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Dollar Tree Cinnamon Crumble Cakes (Dollar Tree)

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I'd pass on this one. I had Aldi’s version of these not too long ago, and after stumbling upon a similar product inside Dollar Tree, decided to give them a shot. I didn’t really have high hopes for them, considering I wasn’t all that impressed with Aldi’s brand (which costs 2.5x more), but figured they’re only a buck, so who cares? They’re small, as to be expected in this price range (hell, Aldi’s are teeny too, though a little bigger than these, and cost $2.49 for the same number of cakes). There’s a mild-looking layer of cinnamon streusel on the top...it doesn’t look great, but should probably be serviceable. Like the Intergalactic Brownies, they each have a muffin wrapper around them, even though they’re, like, a third of the size of a typical muffin. Also, where is that luscious packaging that’s featured on their version of Twinkies?! All we get here is a typical plastic wrapper, but without divots to easily tear them open. First things first: it smells like a factory. Like, i

Kroger Orange Pineapple Juice (Kroger)

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An overly acidic, but otherwise excellent, juice concoction. Juice is one of my favorite beverages. I used to always have some on hand, but lately have been opting for water more frequently, so it's a once or twice a month purchase instead. Recently, though, I stumbled onto an old friend that I forgot was even available: Orange pineapple juice, available in half-gallon jugs from Kroger. I’ve mentioned that virtually my only criteria is that it’s “100% juice”, and not juice cocktails. What’s the difference? Cocktails are made primarily with water, and contain small amounts of actual juice (usually around 15%, sometimes more or less). The former consists of “100% juice” in correlation to the definition established by the FDA. There are actually two “definitions” of 100% juice according to the government agency: “Made from Concentrate” are juices that have been vacuum sealed to have all their juices removed during transport, in an effort to save money. Once the fruit arrives at its in

Too Good Gourmet Lump of Coal Chocolate Fudge Cookies (Dollar Tree)

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A very fitting name for some very bad cookies. As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, I’m always a sucker to try new things…that’s something that might apply double at Dollar Tree. There’s just something about the potential of finding a steal for $1 that excites me…it’s a hard thing to explain without sounding creepy, but the gist is, I like trying to find deals, and Dollar Tree is a great place for that. Of course, not everything within their four walls are good, or even worth the dollar: there’s a fair bit of junk. But the same can be said for any store, and elsewhere, you'll typically spend more than four quarters to find that out. When I saw a small box of Too Good Gourmet Lump of Coal Cookies, which describe themselves on the packaging as “dense chocolate fudge cookies”, I was all in. Okay, well you already had me with the “lump of coal” motif, but the cookies themselves are chocolate? Alright, sign me up. It really is a cute idea for the holiday season, and the fact they look

Unbranded Spin Art (Dollar Tree)

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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)

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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