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Old 09-07-2007, 11:55 AM   #11
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Keltin, looks like we were posting around the same time. Great minds think alike.
Do ya' think it is about great minds......or are we both just deranged?
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Old 09-07-2007, 11:58 AM   #12
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Do ya' think it is about great minds......or are we both just deranged?
No, just cheap j/k I like the 99 cent stores. Gotta stay away from them. You can get a few good deals on everyday junk, er practical things.
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Old 09-07-2007, 12:03 PM   #13
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what?! No one in the windshield wiper camp?...
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Old 09-07-2007, 12:09 PM   #14
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No, just cheap j/k I like the 99 cent stores. Gotta stay away from them. You can get a few good deals on everyday junk, er practical things.
Ahem.....I was going to say "frugal" (I'm holding my pinky up as I type that). Nah.....I'm cheap!

I like the 99 cent stores too. I've made out like a bandit on containers, glasses, trays, etc. It's the best place to get small glass or SS bowls for mise en place. You can even find imported sauces and spices at some of them! Big Lots is fun as well, and you can find some great dollar deals in there.
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Old 09-07-2007, 12:17 PM   #15
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I am not much into dollar stores except for gift bags so I would say gift cards. I think a $5 dollar gift card to block buster, starbucks or any other coffee shop or baskin robbins is better and they can always add a bit more to it and use it than the cheap stuff from dollar stores. Again strictly my opinion.
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I am not much into dollar stores except for gift bags so I would say gift cards. I think a $5 dollar gift card to block buster, starbucks or any other coffee shop or baskin robbins is better and they can always add a bit more to it and use it than the cheap stuff from dollar stores. Again strictly my opinion.
Ever been to a Dollar Store? A glass bowl is a glass bowl is a glass bowl. Watch Food Network sometime and check out the little mise en place bowls that Emeril or other cooks are using. I’ve bought them 2 for a dollar at a dollar store. I cannot possibly fathom why anyone would pay more for mise en place bowls.

And gift cards are so bland and just scream “I’m lazy and have no creativity” in my opinion. Why not just hand them the $5 in cash so that you don’t force them to go to the store that you bought the card at? But again, that is strictly my opinion and POV.
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Ahem.....I was going to say "frugal" (I'm holding my pinky up as I type that). Nah.....I'm cheap!

I like the 99 cent stores too. I've made out like a bandit on containers, glasses, trays, etc. It's the best place to get small glass or SS bowls for mise en place. You can even find imported sauces and spices at some of them! Big Lots is fun as well, and you can find some great dollar deals in there.
Yes I meant frugal. Kidding aside, they do have some good deals - i.e. I pay $3-4 dollars at the market for bagels, when I can get them for a buck there - & they are fresh. The glass pasta jars were a good find. The down side is, sometimes you wind up w more crap then you 'bargained' for. Gotta go check out Big Lots some day.
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You can definitely get some good deals at the Dollar Stores, and they are great sources for party fun. Every year at Christmas, my DW and I go to a Dollar Store and buy about $25 or so worth of stuff and then wrap it up.

Then we push all of the “real" presents to the back of the Christmas Tree, and load all the dollar gifts up front with no names on them. The tree is absolutely bulging. Then, when it’s time to open presents, we all gather around and sit in a circle on the floor near the tree and DW picks one of the dollar gifts and passes it to the first person. They open it, and then it’s time for the second person. Once two or more have been opened, you can then “trade” what you have for what someone else haves, if they want to trade. When you get to where about 15 or so gifts have been opened, the bartering and trading is insane and quite funny.

This little game is inexpensive and good for an hour or more of fun, and THEN we get to open the real presents. It’s a blast. And I find it odd every year that someone in the group actually wants that pair of “fuzzy dice”.
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I like consumable gifts that I don't have to find places for, don't have to dust and wouldn't normally buy for myself.

Like a $15 bottle of wine. Or a jar of imported olives. Or a selection of cheeses. Or some imported soppressettas and salamis. Or just give me a $15 gift card to Trader Joe's and I'll go get them myself. :-)

p.s. Keltin, that game is called a "Yankee Swap" around here, and it's ubiquitous at Christmas time. The best version I ever played was one where each person had to wrap up the item from their home that they most wanted to get rid of LOL! It was great!

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What about a block or two of modelling clay.
I also like Andy's idea of the obscure gadget.
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