So, it's sort of a running joke within my friends that I am the (and I quote) "richest poor person I've ever met", and it's true. I am the girl who will wear $400 shoes and buy my groceries at the dollar store. I will go buy a new dress to wear out for the night then have to sacrifice actually EATING out at dinner with my friends- I almost always put fashion before necessities, PRIORITIES LADIES. Kidding, well, sort of. While I wouldn't say that these are GOOD spending habits, I'm sure at least a few of you can relate.
So imagine my surprise when I went to a talk show with my friend Ilse this afternoon and they discussed women who were addicted to shopping at the 99 cents store. I just about died of laughter when they gave everyone in the audience gift cards to the 99 cents store for $9.99.
OK so before you get all bougie on me let me explain something- I am not buying ALL of my groceries at the dollar store, BUT since I am kind of a struggling artist who has to work every odd job on the planet just to stay afloat- I certainly am known to stretch a couple bucks. So here are my do's and don'ts of dollar store shopping.
DON'T buy meat there- I'm not even sure if they SELL meat, but if you ever see it beware. Chicken and beef are the thing I will actually go all out free range, grass fed, & organic. No one wants nasty hormones or god knows whatever else is in our food these days. Not cute.
DO buy things like toilet paper and paper towel- you can get a 4 pack of angel soft for $1 at the 99 cents store... so for real... why are you paying $3.99 at Walgreens?
DON'T buy any produce that is on the organic only list referred to as the "Dirty Dozen" these fruits and veggies should ALWAYS be bought organic- in case this is new information to you- here is the list:
Apples, Celery, Tomatoes, Grapes, Peaches, Sweet Bell Peppers, Strawberries, Lettuce, Cherries, Nectarines, Spinach, and Potatoes. (Kale and most leafy greens also fall under this category)
DO Go ahead and buy any produce that is on the "Clean Fifteen"
Onions, Avocados, Corn, Pineapples, Mangos, Bananas, Peas, Kiwi, Asparagus, Cabbage, Eggplant, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Grapefruit, and Sweet Potatoes.
DO buy dried goods like pasta or rice- a whole box of pasta for $1? I'm in. They even have wheat pasta.
DON'T be fooled into buying cooking utensils- the knifes are cheap and break which is sort of dangerous.
DO buy coffee mugs, candles, kitchen towels, and hot mitts.
DO buy cleaning supplies. Nothing is worse than spending half of your nightly tips on 409.
DO buy seasonal decorations! If you are feeling festive don't splurge on fancy decorative items for Halloween- chances are you live in an apartment in LA with very little storage space- save the fancy shit for when you actually own a house & can store it in an attic. (Do houses in California have attics??)
Basically, shopping at the dollar store is THE best, you can keep your fridge and cabinets stocked and still be able to grab a dress for a night out so you can convince some hot guys to pay for your $17 glasses of pinot... or MAYBE you'll have enough left to buy your own wine, who knows, anything is possible!
Be sure to check out the new recipes page where I share my favorite healthy smoothie which can be made with items which can all be found at the 99 cents store!