Posts

Unbranded Spin Art (Dollar Tree)

Image
A decent amount of fun for a dollar. Arguably one of the greatest aisles inside Dollar Tree is their toy aisle. It is loaded with quite a bit of cheap junk, sure, but that’s the kind of stuff kids usually take to. I mean, how many times have you bought a toddler a toy, only to have them play with the box instead? Or bought a kid something that costs a lot of money, only to have them look at it once and then never again? The fact of the matter is that kids are fickle creatures, and you typically never know what they’re going to like.  And that’s what makes that aisle so important, at least to me (and other cash-strapped parents): It allows us to test the waters a bit without having to waste a ton of cash. Now, virtually everything inside Dollar Tree aren’t meant to be long-lasting products, or things that can withstand a lot of kid-related torture - that’s also not the point. Sometimes they provide some valuable insight into what toys a kid might want to play with long-term. For example

Simple Truth Dishwashing Packs (Kroger)

Image
Here's a "simple truth": These things are fucking terrible. Here’s a question for no one in particular: Do people use anything else for their dishwasher these days besides the clear, pre-filled packs? I feel like there isn’t even normal detergent on the shelves anymore, or maybe it’s just because I like the convenience of just tossing one in, turning it on, and forgetting all about it. Not that it would take that much longer to measure it out myself.  Anyway, dishes were piling up because we were completely out of all forms of dishwashing detergent, and somehow forgot to grab any at the store. I generally get them from Aldi, but sometimes you have to work with what you got, and since I found myself inside a Kroger store, I figured I might as well see what they had to offer. It wasn’t much, considering the aisle was almost completely wiped out. They had their version of Cascade pacs, but in more expensive, space wasting packages that I wasn’t interested in. Finally, after

Kroger Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Toaster Treats (Kroger)

Image
Dare I say it: Better than the national brand. Here’s an item that I don’t think needs much of an introduction: Kroger’s version of the world’s most famous type of mass-produced “pastry”. I think everyone is familiar with its combination of dry-ass pastry, hard-ass frosting, and delicious (usually) fruit filling: it has become an American staple. And even though my description for it probably doesn’t make it sound too enticing, I think based on my review history you can probably tell that I do like them. And I was also a huge fan of the only other Kroger brand kind I've ever tried. But the stakes will be higher on this one as the brown sugar and cinnamon is my favorite kind. Once inside the box, we're met with a familiar site: A silver wrapper with the flavor of pastry it is stamped all across it. Curiously, there is no mention of the brand whatsoever; I say “curious” because this wrapper design is the same across every store brand I think I’ve ever tried. It’s a good bet that

Priano Rosso Pesto Sauce (Aldi)

Image
Have to settle for another stock image. (Sigh) As with many of these reviews, I must begin with a confession: I don't really care for pesto. I mean, most of the time it's green, but outside of whatever it is that makes it green, the only other ingredient seems to be salt, and lots of it. I've had a few different pestos from a few different places in a few different ways (on bread, pizza, etc.) and I can't ever remember one that really blew me away. My wife, on the other hand, loves the stuff. At any rate, a tomato-based pesto was an entirely new thing for me, just as I believe it was for my wife. Much to my delight (and up to my expectations), one of the main flavors is tomato, and I love tomatoes. There are very few vegetables with such a strong, delicious flavor; they seem to be rather divisive, as I know a lot of people that don't care for them, but I'd have to peg them as one of my favorites out of all the veggies (or fruits, depending on which side of the n

Welby Strawberry Pediatric Electrolyte Solution (Aldi)

Image
A decent deal, but flavor limited to just strawberry. I usually get my “electrolyte solutions” from Dollar Tree, because they are ridiculously cheap yet still taste the same as the national brand. Also, it's because I never saw them at Aldi, which is where I normally do my shopping. All that changed one day when I stumbled on a bottle of “pediatric electrolyte solution” there one day! How long had it slipped under my radar? I’m not quite sure, given my propensity to completely skim past the “health and beauty” section (which mostly consists of name brands, with a few off-brand feminine products and other things I personally have no use for) but considering I've tried other brands, I had to give this one a shot. One immediate downside to Aldi’s “limited selection” mantra is that, out of all the flavors electrolyte beverages are available in, they only offer it in strawberry. Strawberry?! I mean, even Dollar Tree has two choices (tropical fruit and grape)! I’m not going to preten