How Good Is Dollar Store Food?

by James Hendrickson on August 18, 2013 · 3 comments


In our ongoing quest to bring you the best personal finance news on the web, we came across this gem from Doug Bennett over at the Tampa Bay Times.  Basically Doug took a dare from some of his work colleagues to eat only at the dollar store.  He tried it for three days.  Here is what he concluded:

1. To keep things cheap the dollar store sells smaller units of food.  So instead of 8 ozs of tuna, the dollar store will sell 4 ozs.  if you’re getting meat, its going to be a thinner cut and have fillers.

2. There isn’t a huge difference in terms of health or nutritional content between like products at the dollar store and places like Wal-Mart.

3. Dollar store items aren’t as flavorful.  For example spices from the dollar store can taste flat.

Bennet’s conclusion: the dollar store has some good deals, but you’ll need to go to a regular supermarket or a farmers market to get everything you need.  The upside is stuff is super cheap at the dollar store, so you even if the taste isn’t that great its balanced out by the low low price.   His article also gives some great recipes you can make for like 5 bucks with dollar store ingredients.

dollar storeFor more check the rest of the article here.

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1 greg August 19, 2013 at 3:19 am

“article no longer exists” kind of surprising, it’s only a couple of days ago……

2 James August 21, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Greg, bad editing on my part. Just fixed the link. Thanks!


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