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Auto XS Cell Phone Windshield/Dash Universal Car Mount (Aldi)

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Worth it for my wife, but turned out to be a horrid solution for my car. NOTE: My wife owned this product in the past, and I just bought one for myself, so this review will be a combination of both experiences. Car mounts are, in my opinion, quickly becoming a “must-have” item these days: With everyone seemingly unable to put down their phones for more than two seconds, it’s becoming more and more commonplace to see drivers swerving across four lanes on the freeway because they’re texting while driving, putting themselves (which is fine), as well as everyone else (which is not) in danger. I have to admit I’ve been guilty of it, too: not texting, but using GPS without a mount has required me to look down at the phone to check the navigation at some points. It’s only for a fraction of a second, but sometimes that’s all it takes, and that’s why I decided I was going to pick one up. It should go without saying that I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a car mount, and t

e-Circuit Vent Mount Auto Cell Phone Holder (Dollar Tree)

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Up to you to decide if the frustrations are negated by the $1 price point. A few Special Buy cycles back at Aldi, I grabbed an Auto XS Cell Phone Holder for my wife's Jeep (see review above). I initially wanted to buy one for myself, as well, but by the time they marked them down to a price I was willing to pay (which, ironically, was just $2 less than retail price), there were only a couple remaining. I wanted one, but was a little hesitant about the quality; after taking it home and seeing how easy it was to install (just set on the windshield, and push down on the base to lock the suction/adhesive into place), I got a little jealous and regretful that I didn't grab one for myself while I was there. A couple days later, after seeing its smooth operation, I decided to go grab it. Of course, Aldi had sold out of their last one by the time I had made my commitment, and so I searched for one at the cheapest place I could think of: Dollar Tree. According to their website, th

Medion Akoya P53002 19" Widescreen LCD Monitor

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A faithful companion for seven years. When I first bought my HP computer (after ruining my Sony VAIO desktop) about seven years ago, I happened to have a super-old, bulky monitor from the ‘90s.  Refusing to join the modern age, when that one died, I frantically searched used computer stores for the cheapest replacement I could find, opting to spend $10 on a similarly-bulky, and awkwardly heavy replacement.  Part of this was out of necessity--my wife and I had just gotten married, and she had a terribly low-paying job at a popular coffee chain, so we couldn’t afford much--but it was also out of my notorious love of penny-pinching. Flash forward about a year; Aldi was selling a 19” Medion widescreen monitor for $150.  While even back in 2008, this wasn’t a spectacular deal, it was decent enough to capture my attention, and I thought long and hard about buying it to finally replace my unreliable old-school monitor for Aldi’s slim LCD.  But there were a couple things that made me h

Circuit Slim Jewel Cases (Dollar Tree)

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Underneath that packaging, there's probably five broken jewel cases. I feel like I’ve been giving Dollar Tree the shaft.  Even though I love the place, most of the few reviews I’ve posted about them have been overwhelmingly negative…so I guess the old adage that people are more apt to write about a bad experience than a good one is true.  So I’ll make a note to myself to start reviewing more positive products from the Tree. However, in the meantime, here’s another negative review, because these slim jewel cases are absolute crap to the point that they should immediately be taken off the shelves because they serve no justifiable purpose whatsoever.  If they don’t all break as you’re ripping off the cellophane wrapper, then they’ll just break the moment you open them.  Seriously.  Out of the first five I purchased, all but one ripped in half the first time I opened them, and I even made sure to open them gently.  I know that even standard jewel cases fall apart some times, and