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Cheese Club Shells and Cheese Cups (Aldi)

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A pretty tasty knockoff. Aldi always carries the cupped version of the typical noodled macaroni and cheese, and they also always carry the large boxes of the shells and cheese.  But they don't always carry a combination of the two, so when I laid eyes on this in an Aldi advertisement, I was chomping at the bit to go and get them.  I like their typical mac and cheese cups as an occasional snack, but the shells and cheese variant has always been my favorite, even dating back to when I had the national brands as a child (hey, I'll eat virtually anything on someone else's dime). The cupped version is surprisingly similar to its single box counterpart, as each individual 2.39 oz. cup includes its own cheese sauce packet, rather than the cheese powder included with the regular noodles.  Here it's not such a big deal—since these are made to eat on the go, even the powdered versions don't require any additional ingredients—but I always prefer the taste of the sauce to the p

Unbranded Strong and Soft Toilet Paper (Dollar Tree)

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It's a good toilet paper at a great price point. There are few things more divisive in our house than toilet paper. I believe I have mentioned in previous reviews that my wife virtually requires her toilet paper to be cushiony-soft, whereas my main requirement is that my hand doesn’t poke through it in mid-use. Although I will say my rather lax standards have somehow still been let down a couple of times before, I still maintain that, as long as it’s not like using sandpaper, I don’t really care how “soft” it is. So it should come as no surprise that Dollar Tree has a cheap, basic toilet paper option that’s always available (another disease outbreak notwithstanding), and it should also come as no surprise that, while it’s far from perfect, it’s still one of my standard go-tos when I need to stock up. I guess right from the packaging comes its first knock: no brand name. I can’t stand it when items don’t have a brand name associated with them. How hard would it be to just slap on a

Poore Brothers Kettle Cooked Jalapeno Potato Chips (Dollar Tree)

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This is a rather "Poore" example of a jalapeno chip. A couple weeks back I went to Tennessee with my wife to visit the good ol' in-laws, who just recently moved there. Most of the trip consisted of the usual: bickering over what to do and where to go. Thankfully, for a very small window, my wife agreed to accompany me on a quick trip out, just the two of us (she's attached to her parents at the hip). The point of the trip was kind of depressing—aside from a bookstore I had never heard of, we just hit up Big Lots and Dollar Tree, two places we have within a mile of our own homes—but I wanted to see just how different the inventory was between states. To my surprise, Big Lots' inventory seemed to be the most consistent from Ohio to Tennessee, at least in the few aisles that I went down. I thought, with the nature of closeouts, that inventory would vary widely, but it was pretty much exactly the things that we had at our store. Of course, any corporation is going t

Simply Nature Organic Gold Fusion 100% Juice Blend (Aldi)

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A delicious juice, but is it worth the "organic" price tag? I love juice. The problem is, many of them are not great for your teeth considering the high sugar content (according to a couple dentists I’ve talked to), but I don’t really care. I mean, we’re all going to die anyway. At the very least, I always stick to the 100% juice, which generally avoids added sugars, and at least has a few natural vitamins. Speaking of avoidance, one label I tend to avoid is the “organic” label, which generally just translates to “same flavor but for (at least) a $1 upcharge.” No thanks. But that changed when I saw the glowing orange color of Simply Nature’s Organic Gold Fusion 100% Juice Blend staring at me from the shelf of an Aldi store. There was just something so...enticing about it that I had to go in for a closer look. And it revealed everything I needed to know: it consists solely of organic apple juice, orange juice, and carrot juice. That’s it. Hmmm...as weird as carrot juice sound

Members Mark Chocolate Protein Shake (Dollar Tree)

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NOTE: I'm aware Members Mark is a Sams' Club product, but they are being offered in individual cartons at Dollar Tree stores, which is where I got them.  Possibly worth it for the right person...of which I am not one. Have I started shopping at Sam’s Club? Ha, of course not...we learned our lesson several years ago when we, as a two-person family, got tricked into thinking we could benefit from a membership and proceeded to shop there precisely zero times after signing up. Even now that we’re a slightly larger three-person family, I just don’t really feel the need; I’m sure there are some good deals to be had, even for smaller families, but it’s just not worth the trip (or the membership cost) when there are so many other options around. So then, how did I end up with this weird package of Members Mark Chocolate Protein Shake? Well, in a rather weird occurrence, this was on the shelf of Dollar Tree! I don’t know how it ended up there (maybe they’re discontinuing it; I thought i