Jolene’s 99 Cents Store Shopping Trip 9/11

Yogurts are back (yay!), and some sweet Organic/Natural food finds at the 99 Cents Only Store!  Here’s my shopping cart:

1.    Yoplait Splitz Kid’s Yogurt, 4 pk.
2.    Yoplait Greek 100-calorie Yogurt, 5.3 oz. (2/$1)
3.    Mountain High All-Natural Plain Yogurt, big 32 oz.
4.    Archer Farms Organic Instant Oatmeal, 8 pk.
5.    Oscar Mayer Selects Applewood Turkey Breast, 9 oz.
6.    Earthbound Farm Organic Frisee, 5 oz.
7.    Baby Carrots, 1.25 lbs.
8.    Athenos Spreadable Cheese, 6.5 oz.
9.    Contac Cold & Flu, 16 daytime/12 nighttime caplets
10.  Alka Seltzer Plus Allergy, 48 tablets

Just last week, a group of readers & I were lamenting the absence of yogurt lately.  If you’re a regular shopper here, you know that it’s an ever-changing landscape of products!  That’s what keeps it fresh & fun — you never know what’s in stock for only $1.  Well, friends, I’m happy to report that the yogurt is back!  My kids love to dip baby carrots into a dip using All-Natural Plain Yogurt.  Simply add a tiny bit of Good Seasons Ranch Dip Mix into plain yogurt, and dip to your heart’s content!  Another idea for plain yogurt is to sweeten it up with honey or jam.  One of my favorite finds is the Organic Instant Oatmeal with Organic Almonds +  Dried Cherries by Archer Farms (a Target brand).  And my other favorite is the Oscar Mayer Selects which contain no artificial preservatives — this is retailing for $6.09 at Safeway!  Finally, I thought the cold medicines might be something to keep at home … it’ll spare you a late-night dash to the drugstore in case someone gets sick (this seems to always happen in the middle-of-the-night, and when the medicine is NOT on sale!)  Be prepared & don’t pay full-price!

This week’s shopping trip highlight was brought to you by Jolene, the  TFF 99 Cents Only Store expert! Find a 99 Cents Store location near you.  


    • Jolene says

      Linda, frisee is a type of gourmet chicory. It is fairly expensive, has a pleasantly bitter bite, nice texture, and gives your salad a very pretty, feathery look. Frisee is included in pre-mixed mesculun or spring mix salads such as Earthbound Farm. I pinch-off a few curly frisee leaves to add to my lettuce salads. Also, when serving fried cutlets (chicken or pork), set it upon a bed of frisee tossed lightly with oil & vinegar. Yummy! For me, the frisee pairs well w/ the richness of the fried cutlet. I’ve learned so much about new veggies by encountering them at the 99 Cents Only Store!

  1. says

    I saw Zantac 8ct there today too. My Mountain High yogurt also rang up $0.33 for the large container. I am going to go back for more tomorrow and pop them in the freezer. I also found Quaker Oats Stila Apple Cinnamon Cookie bars 6pk.

    • Jolene says

      Dara, so amazing right!? Also, I think people are finding it at The Dollar Tree as well, and attempting to use a coupon on it there. 99 Cents Only does not accept coupons, but you are right–still a great deal at only $ coupons, no ECBs or RRs to stress about :)

  2. Peggy Grasso says

    Hi Jolene…how much do you usually stock up when finding great deals? Also, how is the consistency of the yogurt after it comes out of the freezer?

    • Jolene says

      Hi Peggy,

      How much I buy depends on these factors:

      1.) Spoilage/Expiration — if I buy multiple bags of salad, for example, it’s likely to expire before my family eats it all. I don’t like wasting food or money. So I try to gauge my purchases with spoilage/expiration in mind.

      2.) Regularly Stocked Item vs. A Special Stock Item — as you already know, there are certain items that are regularly stocked & 100% sure to be available every week. Those items I will purchase in smaller quantities on a need-only basis. An example of regular stock (in my store) is the 5lb. bag of potatoes. However, the exciting appearance of a Special Stock Item is cause for buying multiples for one’s stockpile! An example of special stock (in my store) is the frozen 4 ct. of Boca Burgers. I knew that was a rarity, so I went ahead and bought 8 boxes and stocked my freezer!

      3.) Can the item be frozen or not — if you use google or pinterest, there’s information about freezing various items. The ability to freeze an item also plays into my decision to buy multiples, or not. If you peeked into my freezer, you’d find ricotta, shredded cheese, yogurt, lunch meats, etc. from my 99 Cent trips.

      So, Peggy, hopefully that helps you out a little bit in determining how much to buy. It is a uniquely individual decision based on your family-size, your storage capacity, and your rate of consuming. I personally had to learn the hard way, thru’ trial-and-error. I used to get over-excited & purchase too much, only to throw away unused items :( and that is not saving money! Thank you for a very good question!

  3. Janet says

    Trial and error is so right! 99cent store is a hit or a miss. I go on the days that they stock the items, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, for my local store. However, they don’t bring in good deal every single time.

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