Monday, November 10, 2014

Dollar store thanksgiving

    The dollar stores here have ramped up their grocery offerings in the past couple of years. I've noticed lately that they've been featuring their holiday food offerings.   So for the heck of it, I decided to tally up the number of items that could be used in a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  Here's what I found:

Meat
No turkey or ham, though I did find pork loin chops and turkey bacon.

Side dishes

8 ounce box of instant mashed potatoes (or an 8 ounce box of sweet potatoes Au gratin)
3-pack box of brown gravy mix
6 ounce box of stuffing
1 lb bag of frozen mixed vegetables -- various kinds (this store also has canned vegetables for 79 cents each)
15 ounce can of yams
1 quart of boxed milk or 20 ounces of fresh milk if needed for potatoes or gravy.

Dessert
No traditional pumpkin pie fixings here.  However, there were 9-inch graham cracker crusts, and 21-ounce cans of lemon or chocolate pie filling.  
16 ounce can of whipped topping for the pie.

(Note:  I'm not suggesting this is the way to go. I know some of these items are less expensive at the supermarkets.)

Actually, I was hoping for a bit more ... like cranberry sauce and pumpkin.  But there's another dollar store near my house, and I think it has a better grocery selection.  So I'll pop in to see what's available and report back.

Update:  The second store had most of the same items, though it did have canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie mix.  It also had cheese biscuit and sweet potato muffin mixes for a different twist.
    And while they had no traditional Thanksgiving meats, both stores had plenty of foil pans to cook them in!

1 comment:

Jackie said...

Your Dollar stores have a much better selection of groceries than the ones here in Canada do. Or perhaps I should say better than the ones we have here in my city.

God bless.