Well I am all grown up now (sort of) and I still love my 99 cent stores and bargain shops. They are my go to source for parties, gag gifts, and treats.
When we moved to California I discovered something crazy here. The 99 cent only store (the chain kind) has endless name brand items along with an entire produce, frozen food, and refrigerated food section. JACKPOT! For all the cooking and baking I do these days I often need specific ingredients that can add up very quickly. But the 99 cent store has been a lifesaver for smaller quantities or cheaper versions of good stuff. This is the place to look for:
Let me show you what you are missing if you have not visited your local store.
Aisles of canned food including pasta sauce, mushrooms, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, chicken broth, etc. all for 99 cents. This store legitimately only charges 99 cents for everything, or even less, but never more.
My particular favorite thing about the CA stores is the produce section. Again, tons of food for only 99 cents.
Also, our stores have milk, eggs, even meats (although even I am not that adventurous) and they have a small bakery section too where I have bought english muffins and pita bread. Such deals!
Each store may carry slightly different things but its worth a few trips and a few stores to check it out! And I almost forgot, a chef who got laid off even wrote a cookbook using only ingredients from the 99 cent store. It costs $9.99 (sadly not 99 cents) although I am looking for a cheaper copy on Amazon. Read the story & see the cookbook here to start trying out some recipes!
This post was in fact NOT sponsored by the 99 cent only store. lol.
***Sadly, I looked up their locations and they are only in CA, AZ, TX, & NV. Visit website here.
Let me know how your trip goes!