The Dollar Store and Friday's Circle of Friends - March 9

circle of friendsWinter is Here

After having somewhat of an unusually mild winter we definitely received our share of snow this week. I was out shoveling Monday afternoon only to wake up Tuesday morning to find the driveway and side walk covered with at least 5 inches of new snow. The ski hill operators in the mountains are very excited because they received over 12 inches of new snow in just 24 hours.

Today the mild temperatures returned and the roads are quite slushy. You know, the kind of slush that makes you go through gallons of windshield washer fluid.

Have You Ever Shopped at a Dollar Store?

We did a trip to the Dollar Store this week and we will definitely be shopping there more often.

How is it that the grocery stores and drug stores can charge $9.00 for a bottle of body wash soap and the Dollar Store charges a dollar for the same size bottle with just a different label on it?

Batteries at most stores are $8.00 a package. At the dollar store a pack of 4 double A size batteries is, you guessed it, one dollar!

I always knew that the dollar store was a great place to buy greeting cards, gift bags, wrapping paper, etc.

But this particular Dollar Store is quite large and actually sells brand name items.

And even if some of their products are not brand name, most of these products are usually made by the same manufacturer as the brand name ones anyways.

I’ve read that there are several dollar stores in the states that even sell produce and deli products. Our Dollar Store doesn’t, but I sure wish they did. And if they sold eggs, milk and butter, I’d be forever grateful.

I’ve also had the opportunity this week to make great connections with new people and to continue to get to know my fellow bloggers. Here are some wonderful posts that I collected during the week that I wanted to share with you. Please take a look.

Friday's Circle of Friends

Debt Payoff Success Story: Anna Newell Jones This is a post written by my new friend Julie @ the Family CEO. It is an interview with Anna Newell Jones and talks about how Anna figured out how to repay her debts by implementing a Spending Fast.

Frugal/Cheap or Resourceful/Smart? A Debate on Semantics is a post written by another new friend who writes the blog known as AmericanDebtProject.

Jason @ WorkSaveLive wrote an article about money that you definitely need to read. It is titled Money Won’t Make You Happy…But It Will Buy You Stuff!

Canadian Budget Binder written by Mr CBB loves writing about grocery shopping and saving money with coupons. Check out the great shopping deals that he and his loyal fans found this week at The Grocery Game Challenge March 5-March 11/Week 2

AverageJoe @ the free financial advisor wrote a post that you need to check out titled 5 Good Reasons to Hire a Financial Advisor and 2 Bad Ones.

Emily @ Evolving Personal Finance wrote a post titled The Financial Implications of Dropping One Car which is about her and her husband sharing one car.

If the price of gas has been on your mind lately check out this post at See Debt Run Gas Sure Is Expensive!

Have a nice relaxing weekend!



    • CanadianBudgetBinder

      CanadianBudgetBinder 03/09/2012 11:18 a.m. #

      Thanks for the mention here about The Grocery Game Challenge at Canadian Budget Binder. It's slowly gaining interest amongst our fans who participate weekly. Cheers and Happy Friday! Mr.CBB Helping others save every step of the way!

    • Julie @ The Family CEO

      Julie @ The Family CEO 03/09/2012 12:01 p.m. #

      Thanks so much for including me. Anna is an inspiration, isn't she?

      I haven't shopped at a Dollar Store in a long, long time, but your post has me re-thinking that. Have a good weekend!

    • AverageJoe

      AverageJoe 03/09/2012 1:01 p.m. #

      The dollar store near us DID have produce and deli. It was by far our most-visited store. If they'd had frequent flier miles attached to my shopping, I would have flown around the world. Maybe twice.

      Thanks for including my Advisor piece!

    • Tackling Our Debt

      Tackling Our Debt 03/09/2012 2:55 p.m. #

      You guys are all welcome! More than happy to connect with you.

    • WorkSaveLive

      WorkSaveLive 03/10/2012 4:41 a.m. #

      Winter? Skiing? Where do you live???

      Thanks for the mention by the way...have a great weekend!

    • Tackling Our Debt

      Tackling Our Debt 03/10/2012 10:24 a.m. #

      We live in Western Canada and we are known for having harsh winters but this year other than having a week of extremely cold temps it has actually been pretty mild. The snow earlier this week probably added up to more than we have had all winter this year.

    • WorkSaveLive

      WorkSaveLive 03/12/2012 5:17 p.m. #

      Well...I'm jealous. I wish we had gotten some snow this winter. It's been lame in Kansas City!

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