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Vremi 13-Pc. Mixing Bowl Set (Amazon)

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As functional and affordable as they are colorful. After being impressed with Vremi's solid (but small) cookware set, we kept our attention on them when it was time to upgrade our mixing bowls. Similar to the multi-colored pots and pans set we purchased, their mixing bowl set comes in a variety of eye-popping colors, which certainly stand out in a sea of boring, neutrally-colored kitchenware. Beyond that, reviews were even better for this than they were for the pots and pans, while the value—under $20 for two mixing bowls (one large and one small), one strainer, one colander, four measuring cups, and five measuring spoons—was pretty well off the charts. These have also performed admirably throughout the years, although without the requirement of being heated up and beaten around like pots and pans can be, that probably  should be the case. As with most mixing sets, these are made of plastic, but you can tell just from holding them that they're built to last a while; they

Vremi 15-Pc. Saucy Pots Multi-Color Nonstick Cookware Set (Various)

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A pretty, surprisingly long-lasting set...just be forewarned these are small . After being incredibly disappointed by a multi-piece cooking set we bought at Aldi around Christmastime several years back, we quickly found ourselves in the market for yet another one. We looked at Calphalon, Rachael Ray, and all the big name brands, but having just had our first (and only...knock on wood) baby in November of that year, we didn't have a lot of money to be throwing around for cookware that we probably wouldn't have a lot of time to use. And sure, those brands usually offer “entry level” sets, but judging from the reviews, they also use entry-level materials. Certainly there was an under-the-radar company offering up quality sets for a price suggesting a lack thereof, right? Well after endlessly researching pots and pans for what felt like years, one set caught my eye. Amidst the sea of "boring" black or solid-colored pans stood a 15-piece set by a brand I had never he

Boulder Flex Extra Strong Drawstring Trash Bags (Aldi)

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Not worth the price. Or any, really. There seem to be a wide variance in the quality of trash bags. I guess it makes sense, given that more expensive bags tend to use materials that are more resistant to tearing and ripping than the cheaper things; let's just say I bought dollar store trash bags once in my life, and that was the only time I ever made that mistake. But even a lot of store brands seem to struggle with quality issues, as if the national brands are the only ones with a patent on anti-rip technology. And one of the worst offenders in recent memory comes in the form of Boulder Flex Drawstring trash bags, which actually begs you to compare them to the national brand right there on the packaging. Now, for starters, I'll admit that I could come off as somewhat biased, because I think drawstring trash bags are a complete waste of money. It was actually Aldi that put it into perspective for me when comparing prices one day at one of their stores: while on the shelf th

Sunbeam Color Changing LED Night Light (Dollar Tree)

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If you want a night light that only illuminates things half the time, this is the one for you. A vast majority of the items I cover in this blog are store brands, simply because those are generally the most budget-conscious kinds of items. But that is just a preference, not a rule, and so here we are taking a look at a night light from Sunbeam, a company known for making cheap shit. Some of their stuff lasts, most of it does not, so let's cut right to the chase. First things first: This thing feels cheap. Again, though, that was not a surprise to me. I mean, just look at it...it doesn't really scream "well-made". But it's a dollar and something that you're just going to plug into a wall and forget about, so I neither require nor expect it to be built like a tank...it's just offered as an observation. However, I managed to take it out of the package without breaking it, so at least there's that. We live in a rather small condo, and decided to pl

Fresh Scent In-Wash Laundry Fragrance Booster (Dollar Tree)

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Items without a brand name are usually a huge red-flag. This is a rare exception. One of the purchases that really irk me about my wife, is her insistence on buying fragrance boosters for laundry. I'm not angry about, nor denying, the results—her clothes smell good enough to eat, and way better than mine when they come out of the laundry—but it's the cost that gets me: around $6 for a bottle that gets her maybe 10 uses, if not less, which is absurd. I could understand more if it provided some other laundry-related function—removing stains or softening the fabric, perhaps?--but no, literally all it's there for is to make your laundry smell stronger. Why do you need your clothes to smell like you sprayed a gallon jug of Febreze on them? For me, it's good enough just to know my clothes are clean and don't smell like sweat, but to each their own, I guess. Then I saw a bottle of fragrance booster at Dollar Tree, and figured "Why not?". After all, this to

Cooking Concepts Digital Timer (Dollar Tree)

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A solid budget timer for those who just need the basics.  It seems I’m always using a timer for something, whether it be games, or cooking, so I need to have one on hand.  The last one I had, a digital one from Taylor, lasted me about five years, but finally started to become too much of a hassle to operate as the buttons starting wonking out.  Even though Taylor’s aren’t very expensive, I had heard good things about the digital timers at Dollar Tree, and decided to give one a shot.  After all, it’s not like they require a large investment, so if it was terrible, I could just pitch it, and spend a couple more dollars and get a name brand one. Right out of the package, there was some frustration:  The minute key didn’t work very well.  Over one year later, and it still doesn’t.  I was going to get another one to see if it had the same problem, but I’ve gotten used to working around it, as it just requires a little extra force to get it moving.  Thankfully, the second button wo

Mister Plumber Drain Opener (Dollar Tree)

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If you're not using this, you're paying too much. I was skeptical using Mr. Plumber for the first time a while back to treat a tough clog.  But like everything else in Dollar Tree, I justified it with a simple, “Well if it sucks, it was only a dollar,” which come to think of it, should actually be their motto.  (I can only imagine the number of times per day people use that as a reasoning to try one of their products, but I digress.)  I mean, all the major brands cost upwards of three-to-four times as much, and those prices seem to keep steadily rising, so how was this going to compete? Well let me tell you, this is one of those Dollar Tree staples; a product that works so well, you can just toss the national brands out the window, and never use them again.  It’s one of those excellent products that keeps Dollar Tree on the map, and helps give them the reputation of offering quality products.  To put it plainly, this stuff is phenomenal.  The only time it ever failed m

Home Collection 70"x72" Vinyl Shower Curtains (Dollar Tree)

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You get what you pay for... I was surprised to see that Dollar Tree carried these, as I would have thought the size alone would have required more than a dollar’s worth of materials, but I guess I was wrong! This is one of the many things at “The Tree” where you get what you pay for, and that is not necessarily a bad thing (at least in this case).  For a dollar, do you really expect to get a rugged shower liner that can withstand pulling and tugging?  If so, you’re exactly the kind of person that should never shop there.  Obviously, these things are pretty fragile, and aren’t meant to put up with a lot of resistance or wear and tear.  As should be expected for the price, the rings are not enforced with metal, so it doesn’t take much to rip it, and any kind of tear is going to spread rapidly.  So if you have children, or are pretty hard on your shower curtains, I probably wouldn’t even waste the money on this.  But for households like mine (which is just made up of the wife and me

Pull-Tie 30 Gallon Large Trash Bags (Dollar Tree)

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What a rip-off looks like. As I mentioned in my review for Pacific’s multi-color razors (see above), there are certain things I hate buying when I go to the grocery store.  And it just so happens that trash bags are also among them.  Even though a typical $5 trash bag investment will last my wife and I a good few months, does it really cost that much money to make things that are essentially over-sized plastic bags?  Surely they can be had for much cheaper, right? So on a recent visit to my local Deal$ store (a place that is owned by Dollar Tree, but also has things that are more expensive than a dollar), I looked for some value trash bags.  And hidden among the nearly-name brand items, which were closer in cost to the Glad’s of the world, I found exactly what I was looking for.  A pack of eight 30-gallon trash bags for the ultra-low price of $1.  As an added bonus, they even came with a  drawstring!  Surely they couldn’t be that bad, right? I’ll just cut right to the chase on