There is a large Dollar General store across the street from my apartment building. I shop there often. The prices are very reasonable and there really are many items that cost only a dollar or a little more than a dollar that you would pay much more for if you bought the exact same items somewhere else. I bought a package of three spoons ( I have know idea where my one spoon is) yesterday for one dollar. Not plastic spoons, but sturdy spoons and when I tap the spoons they sound like metal. But I’ve blogged about dollar stores several times already and yesterday’s trip did not inspire me to publish another post about saving money by shopping at a dollar store.
That all changed a little while ago.
A little while ago I got a craving for ice cream sandwiches. I have no idea why. I try not to buy things that I want. The way you save money at a dollar store is to buy what you need; but I wanted a couple of ice sandwiches.
When I entered the store there were several customers checking out the vast amount of stuff on the shelves and in the coolers. The store is the size of a medium warehouse. Let me just say that you could probably find in this store just about everything you would need to set up house.
I got a six-pack of bathroom tissue and two nice-size ice cream sandwiches and I got in the check out line. Several customers were in front of me. The customer being served was having several balloons blown up. The clerk put each balloon over the nozzle of a tank of gas and blew each one up until it looked like it was going to burst. None did.
My purchase cost $3.50.
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
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