Tuesday, December 27, 2016

2016 Cheap$kate Food Finds

The Cheap$kate Forager has a grab bag  full of the best 2016 deals from Dollar Tree and 99c only Stores.

Los Angeles is the epicenter for cheap food finds. And, while not all 99 cent or dollar stores are created equal, this Chintzy Cuisineste knows were to get the goods for the most economical deals.

 Some of my cheap$kate finds are healthy and some are not - that's what happens when you cruise the aisles. What you find today may not be there tomorrow, so I have learned to get it while you can.

This year I've found everything from grass-fed cow yogurt to Star Wars themed SpaghettiOs.

I tried the delish yogurt but only took a photo of the SpaghettiOs - I'm no fool.

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Freeze-dried fruit, like grapes and pear, are "in" this year. There is not much to them really - they are all air and lightness, with none of the heft and concentrated sweetness that regular dried fruit carries. I can't say I'm a big fan....yet.

This year my local Dollar Tree store has really kicked it up a few notches. While the selection is no where near what my fave budget 99c only Stores stock, they are getting better.

 Single servings of frozen, seafood, pork, beef and poultry are well represented.

I've even found enough dollar ingredients to create tasty individual pizzas (click here to see my recipe for Sausage and Black Olive Pizza.)

I always discover fantastic eatable finds at my local 99c only Stores. Again, if you see it today, it may not be there tomorrow, so I advise impulsive purchasing.

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Not every 99c only Store sells beer and wine, but I have found the ones that do, and boy do they ever! Twelve to sixteen ounce bottles or cans of Pumpkin Ale, Thai lager or The Hobbit Smaug Stout, anyone?

Deli meats make frequent appearances, everything from sliced Roast Beef to Blackened Chicken Breast. Those are the kind of finds that vanish from the store shelves very quickly.

I picked up a couple of containers of Oyster Mushrooms last week, to simply saute in butter.

Living in Louisiana during my high school daze, the Southern product brand of Zatarain's was everywhere to be found -- and here in Los Angeles it's a great treat to get it at such cheap prices. 

So major props to the 99c only Store and Dollar Tree for keeping my stockings stuffed all through the new year! And be sure to check back next week for my Top 9 Recipes of 2016.


KETA RITA said...

I loved reading this list! I have been following this blog for a long time, and 2016 was another awesome year of reading this blog! Happy New Year!

Fab50 said...

While eating a delicious, healthy, and "ecomomical" salmon salad lunch today, I marveled that all ingredients were from the 99 cents only store. I checked the web to see if a related blog existed and found yours. I enjoyed reading this list. My favorites to add would be: Ocean Eclipse 4oz frozen salmon-wild caught all natural and Simply Seafood 4oz frozen North Pacific sole. These single-servings are low fat, low calorie and pack 21-23 grams of protein and healthy omega-3 into a meal. Easy to cook and delicious.
My current ecomomical fave is Oscar Mayer P3 Portable Protein Packs. A steal at 3 for 99 cents!!! (These sell for about $3 ea in other stores). 2oz containers of cubed applewood smoked turkey breast + cubed Colby/jack cheese + dry roasted almonds make a perfect high protein, (13g) low cal. Lo fat snack on-the-go. one of the few foods my picky teenage daughter will take to school. Her favorite has crumbled bacon instead of nuts.
I look forward to reading future posts.

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