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Old 04-03-2009, 10:12 AM   #1
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Tell Me About Family Dollar!

OK, so I will admit that I am a store snob. I cannot remember the last time I was in a dollar store...they hold no interest for me. When they first started popping up and I checked them out, all I saw was junk...nothing worth spending my money on, not even if it only cost a dollar.

But yesterday, in the mail, comes this flyer for Family Dollar. They're advertising products I would actually use, and for what I think seems to be a pretty good discount. PLUS, there is a spend $25, get $5 off coupon. 25% off stuff that is already discounted is hard to pass up, especially since DH has been laid off since last June!

How likely is it that they will actually have the products that are advertised in the flyer? $2.50 for a 12 pack of Coke products (limit 2), .90 for Dawn or Joy dish detergent (15 oz), $5 Tide 2X (19-25 loads), 6" plush Easter toys $1, Disney toys (spinning wand, lantern, toy cell phone, and microphone) for $3 (good for the grands Easter baskets). I could go on, this add is FULL of stuff we use on a pretty regular basis, but I don't want to waste my time if the ad is just a tease and most of the stuff won't be available.
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Old 04-03-2009, 10:18 AM   #2
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Family Dollar is not like the dollar stores you are thinking of that price everything at $1.00 - like Dollar Tree. I never waste my time going in there. My Family Dollar generally has most of the stuff advertised. Even if I don't read the ad, I stop in when I am in the area just to see what they have. I've found some pretty good bargains there.

Worth a visit to check out in my opnion.
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:26 PM   #3
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We have 3 Dollar Stores in our town - a Dollar Tree, Family Dollar - and I can't even remember the other one - I think it's privately owned - Everything A Buck or something like that. Family Dollar is my least favorite of the three. You can find the items cheaper across the street at the grocery store, and the brands & quality of what they have is terrible. There's nothing in there for a dollar either - everything is $3 or $5!

Check closely at what's on sale in the flyer - at my Family Dollar it's usually a smaller package than the regular size you get in a grocery store - that's why it appears you're getting a great bargain. I got Ragu pasta sauce in there once - $1.50 a jar which was less than my grocery store...but when I got home & put the jars by my others, I saw they were 20-oz jars, not 26-oz. jars like they regularly sell. Same thing with Maxwell House coffee - $2.50 for a canister seemed great - but a regular canister is 11-oz....Family Dollar had a 9-oz. canister for $2.50. Not so great deal afterall. So just be careful!
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Old 04-03-2009, 02:18 PM   #4
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Our Family Dollar is nothing short of a total disaster area. The store is cluttered and items are hard to find with questionable quality. They even have exploding ink tags on $5.00 curtains. I can get better deals elsewhere.
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Old 04-03-2009, 02:23 PM   #5
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I don't go to our Family Dollar either, the place is always disgusting I think a gas station bathroom may be cleaner...yours may be different tho. Somethings arent worth saving a few pennies in my opinion.
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Old 04-03-2009, 02:37 PM   #6
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The ONLY thing I ever buy there is their brand of that Downy Wrinkle spray stuff. It's $1.50 for a big bottle compared to the almost $4 for the small size name brand. I walk in, pick up 3 bottles of it so I don't have to go there very often, walk to the front counter, pay, & get the heck outa there! Ugh, those places are gross. They're never clean, most of their mdse. is junk or it's stained, and like someone else said the most product's sizes are smaller than the grocery store but the price per ounce isn't much better.
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Old 04-03-2009, 02:54 PM   #7
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family dollars tend to be kinda messy & dirty looking(probably due to lack of staff & the volume of people shopping), but i have found some AWESOME deals there for shoes, garden supplies, kids clothes, holiday decor, sunglasses & a few odds & ends.
I think dollar stores hold some excellent deals but you do need to be aware of prices..on occasion i found it wasnt cheaper at the dollar store.

we have Dollare Tree, Big Lots, Dollar General, Family Dollar & lots of knock off stores...so lots to chose from!
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Old 04-03-2009, 03:01 PM   #8
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My sentiments exactly a a PP said...UGH!



nasty nasty nasty. Unorganized, cramped and so dirty.
I did buy Christmas decorations and Halloween decorations there because they had markdowns...other than that I keep away.
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Old 04-03-2009, 03:10 PM   #9
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I don't care for ours, either. I do CVS now, but I think a lot of the items they sell you can get on a better deal at Walmart.



If you're NOT using coupons, you need to look at the price per unit. Often Family Dollar may have a toothpaste for $1.50, at Walmart it may be $1.97, but twice the size.... Check that too, sometimes the smaller is the better deal, sometimes the bigger....
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Old 04-03-2009, 03:29 PM   #10
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Thank you all for your opinions.

I did find out that there is one not too far from here, BUT it is in a run-down building. I guess if I have some time this weekend I'll check it out, but I won't expect much, except to maybe be grossed out.
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Old 04-03-2009, 03:40 PM   #11
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I don't care for ours, either. I do CVS now, but I think a lot of the items they sell you can get on a better deal at Walmart.



If you're NOT using coupons, you need to look at the price per unit. Often Family Dollar may have a toothpaste for $1.50, at Walmart it may be $1.97, but twice the size.... Check that too, sometimes the smaller is the better deal, sometimes the bigger....
Does your Family Dollar take coupons? Ours has a big sign (hand-written & taped on the door) that says they do not accept manufacturer's coupons.

I'll add that ours is also very dirty & disorganized as well.
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Old 04-03-2009, 04:31 PM   #12
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ours is gross too, and the people that work there are less than desireable. On the other hand our dollar tree is clean and bright and has great things in it. They have great marker sets and workbooks and seasonal things that are a great value for $1. Don't get me wrong I venture in to the Family Dollar once in awhile, but like the PP I try to make a mad dash and get what I want and get out. Last year they had great Disney trinkets that I took as gifts for DD on our trip.
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Old 04-03-2009, 04:55 PM   #13
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I am not a store snob by any stretch of the imagination, but every Family Dollar I've ever set foot in makes even my local Walmart look like Saks Fifth Avenue.

I'm as bargain-happy as the next DIS-budgeteer, but I draw the line at Family Dollar!
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We have a Family Dollar by our house and by my work, neither one are dirty at all. Since Walmart and other stores are about 10 miles from home, I stop in there often if we run out of something like tp, cleaning stuff, holiday decorations, etc. I wouldn't buy clothes or anything like that there, but for inexpensive other items, they are fine.
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The ONLY thing I ever buy there is their brand of that Downy Wrinkle spray stuff. It's $1.50 for a big bottle compared to the almost $4 for the small size name brand. I walk in, pick up 3 bottles of it so I don't have to go there very often, walk to the front counter, pay, & get the heck outa there! Ugh, those places are gross. They're never clean, most of their mdse. is junk or it's stained, and like someone else said the most product's sizes are smaller than the grocery store but the price per ounce isn't much better.
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