Saving money on groceries is high on everyone's list. Places like the 99-cent Only Stores make it easy by stocking a wide variety of food items, including fresh produce. For example, a recent flyer from there advertised 2 lbs. of beef steak tomatoes for 99 cents, as well as cantaloupe or honeydew melons for 99 cents each.
My neighborhood dollar store, Dollarama, devotes two aisles to food items, which isn't a lot but I still found 10 brand name items that cost less there than buying them at a major grocery store in my area. You'll need to compare prices in your locality, but here are a few of the things I found:
The grocery store chain sells Jello brand instant puddings for $1.19 a package. The dollar store has Neilson instant pudding mix, 2 packages for $1, a savings of $1.38 on two packages.
A 19 oz. jar of the store brand applesauce was $1.69. Save 69 cents by buying Apple Snax applesauce at the dollar store.
A 5.5 oz can of Burns flaked ham was $1.29 at the grocery store but only a buck at the dollar store.
Puritan stews in 14 oz. cans cost $1.79 each at the grocery store. That's 79 cents more than you'll pay for the same thing at the dollar store.
The same goes for Hunts Manwich in the 14 oz. tin which also sells for $1.79 at the supermarket.
Stokely beans with pork in tomato sauce, 19 fl. oz. cost $1 at the dollar store, while a smaller 10 oz. size of beans with pork cost $1.09 at the grocery store.
A 23 oz. can of Primo spaghetti sauce that sells for $1 at the dollar store, costs $1.49 at the grocery store.
Save 79 cents a can on 15 oz. cans of Chef Boyardee Pastas by buying them at the dollar store rather than the grocery store.
You can get two 10 oz cans of Heinz tomato soup for $1 at the dollar store. No Heinz on the shelves at my supermarket, but they sell Campbells tomato soup for 99 cents a can.
A 1.98 lb. bag of Dainty Rice that sells for $1 at the dollar store is $2.49 at the grocery store.
On just these few items, my total savings would be $7.78 and that ain't hay when you've got a family to feed. Imagine what you would save if you bought most of your canned goods from a dollar store?
Marlene Alexander is a freelance writer and dollar store diva. She write free tips and decorating ideas using only items from the dollar store.