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Make sure you are getting what you want, though. Upon closer inspection of some canned goods which I thought were exactly the same as those I buy in a grocery store, the DS stuff was all 'product of China', not what I wanted. The Superstore stuff was product of Canada...

Just make sure if it makes a difference to you that you are getting what you think you are.
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i get beef jerky, dryed fruit and nuts,trail mix,band aids tape other medical stuff,ect.things that you would have to pay full price for in other stores.
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What have you found handy from your local DS?
My local dollar store (Dollar Tree) has several quality overstocked food items inluding brand bread. There are literally aisles of foodstuffs, and cleaning supplies are cheap and affordable as well. The downside is that even though it's only a buck an item (or less) some items are in smaller sizes which in the long run would be better to buy from a normal store.
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Just bought door alarm there. Yes it is cheap but it works, went into BOB great for urban survival.
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best thing i bought at one was a plant and a pot for the plant to go into.
the batterys i bought sucked. didnt last long.
lots of the food is out of date. cleaning chemicals kinda suck.
boot polish kit was great though.
tie down rope wasn't that great.
shasta soda was extremely flat.
cupcake mix was great.
cupcake icing not so great.
i'm not so big on dollar stores.
but i'm glad i bought my shoe polish kit from there.
i do like my cleaning bucket though. cleaning mop only lasted good for acuple times.

so its a so-so.
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Great place to stock up on cheap candles in case of a power outage! I knew mine came in handy after we lost power for 2 weeks after hurricane Ike! And if I remember correctly they also sold them cheap oil lantens but I dont know if I would trust them or not.
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How much longer before they get renamed the $2 Stores?
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How much longer before they get renamed the $2 Stores?
no doubt. when i was in utah visting family. i stopped into a general dollar, thinking it was a dollar store they had tons of stuff that was over a dollar! when you see a store named general dollar you think ok a dollar store.
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+1 on the candles. Rope, and lamp oil. I also tend to get disposable razors by BIC at a good price/per qty.
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I get all kinds of stuff there, but have to agree about the food, just check the exp. dates and where they were made. We go every other week and buy tortillas, which are actually tastier than the 2-4 dollar ones at the grocery store.

As far as preps, what I've seen and think would be useful:
emergency candles and other candles and candle holders
razors, bar soap, liquid soap, combs, toothbrushes and toothpaste
playing cards, poker chips, and dice for entertainment
buckets, cleaning supplies, sponges, kitchen towels, plastic dropcloths
bungee cords, rope, screwdrivers and big packs of screws, nuts, and bolts (don't know how well they'd hold up)
paper products
dry baking mixes (pancake, biscuit, muffins)*NOTE: DO NOT EAT EXPIRED BAKING MIXES!
olive oil, vegetable oil
band-aids, gauze rolls, ace bandages, antibiotic ointments, pain relievers, tums/rolaids, vitamins (warning:some are from china, some are not), cotton swabs, cotton balls
cheap toys, coloring books, color pencils/markers/crayons for kids (and awesome flash cards, kids still gotta learn!)
blank journals, pens/pencils, Bibles, books
and this is just the small list because I'm tired

While there are so many things that you aren't going to find here that you will depend on more, it's nice to know you can still get something for a dollar!
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thanks for all the great ideas folks.
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Watch out for the hand sanitizers sold at some Dollar Stores. they may not have the required amount of alcohol in it to work correctly. Many of the cheapo ones have less than 60 percent in them. ALso be careful of buying a lot of bleach since it goes bad very fast and some of the off brands are old to begin with. Bleach does not store well under the best circumstances.
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thanks for that list. I'm always so focus on the food items, I forget about the duct tape rope etc items. I will keep a better mind set for these things
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Watch the china made food. Eat one before you buy a bunch.
The coffee sucks.
Bleach, ammonia, j&j floss, Murine tears(NOT chinese offbrand), great emergency eyewash, some of the stuff I got last time.
Ammonia deters raccoons.
$1 electronic thermometer actually worked.
Bandages vary in quality. Cheap band aids don't stick.
Batteries are better and cheaper at Costco.
The cashier had big dog bones tattooed across her breasts...
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I have found that stocking up on Over-The-Counter (OTC) medication at the dollar store is the way to go. Generic brands of aspirin, acetaminophen, allergy meds, cough and cold medications, etc., are all available. While I am not a huge believer in expiration dates unless they are WAY out of time, it is probably best to make sure you are rotating all your preps, including meds.

I am one of the ones that swears by the dollar store ( an not swears at it) for miscellaneous preps, however I wouldn't depend on DS items in a life or death situation. For example, rope purchased at a DS just might not hold your weight while mountain climbing for example.

Also, one other bit of information I remember reading. I believe it was a non-profit, takes no advertising "consumer" magazine that stated you should never buy anything you put into your mouth at a dollar store. I really haven't had a problem in that respect, but if you have I'd like to hear about it.

Thanks for listening. Stay safe, be well, keep alert
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Not sure if its been mentioned, but walmart sells allergy meds along with pain meds that are generic brand for dirt cheap compared to other places local to us. Boxes of allergy meds run $.88 per box (my wife has bad allergies and this is the cheapest she has found it)
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Instant coffee for storage or barter
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Hi guys try to buy stuff that doesn't come from China just saying check out the Chinese Communist have been up to
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