Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 9/9

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1. General Mills Chocolate Toast Crunch – 12.7oz
2. Post Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy Cinnamon Crunch – 14.75oz
3. Disney Frozen Coloring Paint Set
4. Office Pro 1” 3-Ring Binder
5. Office Pro Manila File Folders – 10pk
6. Hi-Liter The Original – 3pk
7. Marks-A-Lot Permanent Markers – 3pk
8. Disney’s Jack & the Neverland Pirates Coloring Paint Set
9. Snapdragon Roasted Peanut Chow Mein Noodles – 6.9oz
10. New York Style Brand Original Bagel Crisps Roasted Garlic – 7.2oz
11. Quaker Big Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars – 14pk/1.48oz

Unfortunately, our store didn’t seem stocked yet this morning from the newest shipment. The refrigerated section was still quite picked over and I was underwhelmed with the food deals. I was very excited though with the office section. Our store has undergone a re-do and the aisles are huge now with a lot of “standard stock” selection, but seemingly less name brand deals.

The Disney Coloring Paint sets were a bit disappointing when we opened them. The “coloring sheet” is print on a glossy cardstock that I question will hold the paint on it. Some of the paint pots were already dried up, so check them. But as most little children, my daughter is obsessed with Frozen and I was surprised today to see some Frozen items in the craft/office aisle.

Binders are SO expensive. It never ceases to amaze me how pricey they are! I was just looking to organize some home items and was looking to spend $0.99. Finally, today they had a small selection of binders. Yay!

Hi-Liter and Marks-A-Lot seemed to be a good deal for a three pack each. Don’t know what I need them for, but I love having them around! :)

Hope you all don’t get sick of seeing my Quaker Chewy Bar deals, but these are BIG Chewies! A 60% bigger bar compared to regular Chewy bars.

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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 9/2

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1. Challenge Butter European Style Unsalted – 8oz
2. Quaker Chewy Bars Variety Pack – 8pack/0.84oz
3. Hostess HoHos – 10pack/1oz
4. Aquafresh Training Tooth & Gum Brush and Gel
5. The Laughing Cow Cinnamon Cream Cheese Spread – 8pack/0.75oz
6. Horizon Organic Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese – 6oz
7. Post Honey Bunches of Oats Cinnamon Granola – 11oz
8. Nestle Coffee-mate French Vanilla Single Serve Portion – 24pack/ 3/8oz
9. Clean Classics Nylon Scrubbers – 8pack
10. Post-it Notes – 50notes
11. Plum Organic Go Bar Snickerdoodle – 6pack/1.27oz
12. Kushyfoot Organic Cotton Knee Socks – 1 pair

* This shop was done on Saturday morning, not my usual Tuesday as I knew I would be unable to shop. I may have to throw some Saturdays in as I was pretty happy with my finds this week.

Firstly, Horizon Organic Shredded Cheese!!! One of my top finds, I think, as they retail for around $5.00 in local grocery stores. I was surprised to not see many people picking them up. I took two and there was a decent amount left in the little organizer baskets my stores uses. The cheese is tricky, so keep an eye out in those little baskets. I would have never found the Pepper Jack previously if my store employee friend hadn’t pointed them out. Now I make a more concerted effort to really look in this area for awesome finds like this one!!

Challenge Butter European Style. We use so much butter in our house and I had run out, so I was happy to find this one package hanging out in the fridge section. Not sure what the difference is in the European style… but it still tastes and cooks like butter so it’s a winner.

The Aquafresh training set is a great deal seeing as how the toothpaste itself goes for around $2.50 where I shop. It may be slightly smaller in ounces, but I not by much.

I have weaned myself off coffee creamer to save money and eliminate extra things in my coffee. I just use milk and sugar, but I had to grab this cute little dispenser to treat myself. It’s easier to regulate with the tiny cups and they’re just so cute!!

I love my nylon scrubbers for extra tough cleaning jobs. I cut each pad in half and store them with my cleaning supplies. Great for pretty much any scrubbing need, cheap and pretty colors! And at $0.99, I’m completely okay with using them once and tossing if the job is really quite tough.

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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 8/26

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1.  Yoplait Go-Gurt Simple Strawberry & Berry – 32pk/2.25oz (exp. 9/7/14)
2.  Nabisco Barnum’s Animals Crackers – 2.125oz (2 for $0.99)
3.  Gold Peak Sweet Tea – 50oz
4.  Yoplait Greek 100 Calories -
5.  Sweet Mini Peppers – 1lb
6.  Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Flavor Squares – 6oz
7.  Rice-a-Roni Quick Serve Cheddar Broccoli – 4.8oz (2 for $0.99)
8.  Studio 35 Sunglasses
9.  Earth Wise Entirely Natural Watermelon Supreme – 4pk/5.07oz

Bless the lady that gave me one of her Yoplait boxes!!  She just saw me glance at the 2 in her cart and into the empty fridge case and she offered me one whole box.  So nice and gracious!  I was so sad that I wasn’t going to be able to share this deal with you… but here it is!  Over 4 lbs of yogurt in the handy (albeit messy) go-gurt sleeves.  I think we will freeze ours as they taste so yummy and it will get us past that 9/7 expiration date

Rice-a-Roni Quick Serve is a good pantry staple and one that I didn’t want to pass up at 2 for $0.99.  I believe my store also had beef and chicken flavors.  I’ll be using this as a side with salmon one night this week.

Studio 35 sunglasses were marked for sale by Walgreens initially at $9.99.  I found it ironic that the 99 Cents Only Store official Instagram account posted today a follower’s amazing find… Nordstrom sunglasses!  (And here I thought these Walgreen glasses were great.)  The Nordstrom glasses looked to have been originally from a Rack store and about $37.00 or more.  A pretty amazing find!  99centsonly is the store’s IG name.

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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 8/19

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1.  Quaker Real Medleys Peach Apple Walnut Multigrain Cereal – 15.5oz
2.  Plum Organic Go Bar Chocolate Brownie – 6pack/1.27oz
3.  Plum Organic Go Bar Chocolate Chip – 6pack/1.27oz
4.  Veet 2-Step Facial Hair Cream Kit Hair Remover
5.  Nasoya Vegan Nayo Whipped Sandwich Spread – 15oz
6.  Pirate’s Booty Sour Cream & Onion – 4oz
7.  Merico Pre-Split Sourdough English Muffins – 6pack/12oz total
8.  Craftology Pom Poms – 100pcs
9.  Avocados – 8pcs
10.  Hydra-Motive Handi-Grip Sponge
11.  Craftology Googly Eyes – 200pcs
12.  Elmer’s Craft Bond Precision Tip Glue Pens – 3pack/0.356oz

Super excited to find these Plum Organic Go Bars at the store today.  My friend spotted them at her local store last week about an hour from me.  I wasn’t even looking for them today, but spotted them on an end cap in fairly good quantity.  These boxes expire a bit before the end of October 2014.  I’m sure they’ll be eaten quickly if they taste anything like the similar organic Z-bars at Costco!

The Veet facial hair remover kit retails from $4-$6 and is a great find, I think.  There was very limited quantity… get it while you can!

Nasoya Vegan Nayo Whipped is going on walmart.com for $5.50 a jar, in bulk!  This is a really great deal for the vegan in your life.  This is a great find for those in the market for faux-mayo!

Elmer’s Craft Bond Glue Pens are sure to be snatched up quickly.  If you scrapbook you know the cost is almost prohibitively expensive.  Trying to save wherever you can is ideal.  Three pens for $0.99 is a good start.  Hope you find some good deals too this week.

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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 8/12

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1.  Quaker Oatmeal to Go Oatmeal Raisin – 6pack/2.1oz
2.  Dean’s Zesty Guacamole Dip – 17oz
3.  La Victoria Salsa Picante – 8oz
4.  Nabisco 100 Cal Chips Ahoy! Thin Crisps – 6pack/0.81oz
5.  Knorr Pasta Sides Parmesan – 4.3oz
6.  Lucy’s Distilled White Vinegar – 1qt
7.  Allary Craft Thread/Floss – 8skeins/8yards each
8.  Yoplait Greek 2x Protein Strawberry w/ Nature Valley Granola – 2pack/6oz
9.  Nabisco Cheese Nips – 10oz
10.  Spic and Span Microfiber Pocket Duster
11.  Pond’s Luminous Clean Daily Exfoliating Cleanser – 5oz

Today I had to do my shop a bit later than usual and am afraid I missed out on some things as I struggled to find some fun items to share.  I really think between 10am-12pm is the sweet spot on delivery days.  9:00am seems to be too early and 3:00 seemed much too late.  On top of my “time change”… the floor plan of my store has changed to mimic other stores and I don’t like it.  The fruit is all the way across the store next to the toys (which is satanic when you have young kids… maybe melodramatic, but seriously?!).  The freestanding refrigerator cases were all moved about and I think one was missing entirely.  I hope this turns out to be a change for the better.  Do you feel like your stores are focus more on non-food items?  I feel as though the perishable food deals aren’t as good as they used to be.  The quantity and variety seems diminished.  Do you agree?

Knorr Pasta Sides are a good staple to have in the pantry for those days when you need something quick.  This one cooks in 8 minutes and would accompany some grilled chicken nicely.  The Knorr brand is easily recognized and I think they last forever in the cupboard.  Hehe.

Lucy’s Distilled White Vinegar and that Spic and Span Pocket Duster are going to be new best friends!!  I saw a lady with 4 or more of the dusters in her cart and she was gracious enough to tell me where to find them.  I love vinegar for cleaning.  (The best is a cup of vinegar in the machine with clothes you forgot about and have started to smell musty.  The vinegar really does disinfect and kill the smell.)  I typically buy a gallon of vinegar during our grocery store shop, but I’m out and this will tide me over for awhile.

Allary craft thread is fun.  I recently got into embroidery (with the rest of the craft-trendy world) and this is perfect for my beginner budget.

Pond’s Luminous Clean Daily Exfoliating Cleanser was a good deal as I’m seeing it for about $6.49 elsewhere.  It seems to be rated highly by users.  I’ve near given up on my skin post babies.  Not sure what my face is up to but I keep switching up products to see what is going to work for me.  I try to stick to natural as possible, but I intend to use this as a weekly exfoliant and not a daily cleanser, although it is both.

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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 8/5

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1.  Coppertone Wet ‘n Clear SPF 50 – 6oz
2.  Crayola Jumbo Bath Dropz Scented 3 Color Bath Fizzy – 1ct.
3.  Momentum Brands Round Plates – 12ct.
4.  Momentum Brand Party Napkins
5.  Immaculate Cinnamon Rolls with Icing – 17.5oz
6.  Immaculate Buttermilk Biscuits – 16oz
7.  Giorgio Sliced Baby Bella (Crimini) Mushrooms – 5oz
8.  Swanson Cooking Stock Vegetable – 26oz
9.  Dannon Light DanActive Probiotic Dairy Drink – 8pack/3.1oz
10.  Bear Naked Real Nut Energy Bars Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter – 2oz (2 for $0.99)
11.  Kellogg’s Special Chocolatey Drizzle Cereal Bars – 12pack/0.8oz
12.  Mountain High Lowfat Yoghurt Honey – 32oz

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Also Pictured: Best of Friends Disc 3 & 4 – 10 Fan Favorites

I’m sure you’re sick of seeing sunscreen… I apologize, but one guy at the store today sure wasn’t!!  I swear this man had at least 20 bottles of sunscreen piled up in his cart.  These have an expiration of 11/14, but I’m unsure of how accurate that is.  Sunscreen is one product I do try to adhere closely to the expiration date.  Just being safe.

Crayola Jumbo Fizz!  How fun for the kiddos!  I ended up putting this one back because our tub grout job was a DIY and isn’t yet sealed.  The bag did say it could stain porous and unsealed tubs and grout.  Fortunately the kids didn’t notice/mind.

The Swanson Cooking Stock I have been seeing for over a month or so now but in the Turkey flavor.  It doesn’t seem to be moving very quickly, but maybe with November coming up before too long.  I plan to use it when making quinoa.  My husband doesn’t care for the bitter taste that quinoa can have (I swear I don’t notice it), but hopefully the stock will help to hide the bitterness.

12 pack of the Special K cereal bars seems like a pretty good deal!  I saw a dual pack of 50 bars this weekend at Grocery Outlet for $9.99, which I thought was a good deal for 50!  This is even better of a deal for those of you who can snag some boxes!

I was in the checkout line when I noticed this Best of Friends DVD!  Looks like you can find it on Ebay for $3.99, so not a huge score but still a fun stocking stuffer or gift for the Friends fan in your life.  I own all 10 seasons on DVD… so I think I’m set.  ;)  I was surprised though to see other movies that I actually recognized and had seen before!  I hope this is the beginning of a new trend.

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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 7/29

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1. Planting Pot
2. Gold Peak Tea Lemon – 59oz
3. Ritz Fresh Stacks Everything Crackers – 11.8oz
4. Suave Professionals Waterless Foam Shampoo – 4oz
5. Expressions Pony-O’s
6. Rice A Roni Whole Grain Chicken & Herb Classico – 3.8oz
7. Gulden’s Spicy Brown Mustard – 8oz
8. Lea & Perrins Marine-In-A-Bag Roasted Garlic Balsamic – 12oz
9. Organic Bella Italia Spaghetti – 16oz
10. Organic FireSide Wheat Thin Crackers – 8oz
11. Kraft Velveeta Cheesy Potatoes Mashed 2 pack – 11.75oz
12. Heinz BBQ Sauce Honey – 19oz

A planting pot for $0.99 is lovely! So many fun pinterested-inspired things you could do, including a patio herb garden, painted pot with flowers for a gift, or heavens know what other creative things you could do. And the price is right for trying some fun crafts!

Suave Professional’s has this Waterless Foam Shampoo that (per the bottle) is salon tested to compare with the Bumble and Bumble version. I used to use Bumble and Bumble in college when I frivolously spent money and while I do love their products… they surely aren’t frugal. Such an interesting concept after the popularity of dry shampoos and now conditioner washing, which is where you only cleanse with a light conditioner. So many options. Get to your local store to try this for yourself!!

Gulden’s Spicy Brown Mustard isn’t a brand I’ve seen before at 99 cents only stores, so voila! I LOVE dipping pretzels (especially the sticks) in some spicy brown mustard. This mustard with a bag of pretzels would be less than a $2.00 snack for at least one week’s worth. A yummy and super frugal treat for your lunch!

Kraft Velveeta Cheesy Potatoes… yum. And two packs in a box. Yum, yum, yum.

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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 7/22

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1. Ritz “Spring” Crackers – 13.7oz
2. Cucumbers – 4ct.
3. Cheese Nips Angry Birds Crackers – 10oz
4. Chocolate Toast Crunch – 12.7oz
5. Tree Top Apple Sauce Mango Pouches – 4pack/3.2oz
6. Udi’s Gluten Free Ancient Grain Omega, Flax & Fiber Bread – 14.3oz
7. Red Globe Grapes w/ seeds ($0.99/lb)
8. Coppertone Sport 30SPF Spray Sunscreen (exp. 9/14) – 6oz
9. Mountain High Lowfat Yoghurt Strawberry – 32oz

Ritz crackers… buttery, yummy, salty, good badness. I’ve said it before, but this is where we get our treats for the week. Crackers have such a low nutritional value that we try not to eat too many, but they ARE delicious. I can justify the treat when it’s only costing us $0.99 per item.

The above statement goes for cereal too. My husband loved the chocolate Cheerios from a previous week, which I did buy two more boxes of in addition to this Choc. Toast Crunch. He’ll be delighted and I’m just delighted it’s not full price at near $5.00/box. How do they charge so much for cereal? It’s got to be the convenience, right?

Apple sauce pouches… every parents new best friend. These Mango flavor were delicious. There was only one box left after I grabbed my one box, but I wish there had been lots more as my kids could (and sometimes do) easily eat 2 or 3 pouches in a sitting.

Sunscreen… one of my top favorite finds. This bottle does expire in September, but I know we can use it between my husband and I. It’s just fabulous that these bottles trickle their way into these stores as it’s almost prohibitively expensive to be spending near $10.00/bottle retail. I’ve also found Grocery Outlet to be a good place to purchase sunscreen as I’m sure many of you know. Go grab a bottle and get your SPF on!!

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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 7/15

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1. Earth’s Best Crunchin Cheddar Crackers – 5.3oz
2. Hostess Donettes Frosted Mini Donuts – 11.25oz
3. YoCrunch Yopa! Greek Nonfat Yogurt Strawberries and Granola – 4pack/14oz
4. Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Mesquite Smoked Turkey Breast – 8oz
5. Hostess Cup Cakes – 8pack/12.7oz
6. Grimmway Farms Carrot Chips – 16oz
7. Hostess Banana Creme Twinkies – 10pack/13.58oz
8. Simply Cottage Cheese – 16oz
9. Simply Kraft Creamy Ranch Dip – 12oz
10. Immaculate Crescent Rolls – 8oz
11. Kraft Pepper Jack – 10slices/7oz

Darn you, Hostess!!!! All these naughty items for $0.99 that were impossible to pass up and not share with you all! I already unloaded half the mini donuts onto my kids and their friends, because children burn calories more quickly. The twinkies can go to work with my husband… but that leaves those darn cup cakes that have been my favorite for over 25 years. I’m in trouble! Especially as the sell by dates are 7/21 & 8/01!!

“Isn’t that the kind of deli meat you get at Safeway?!?!” I love sharing my finds with friends who don’t yet know all the amazingness of the 99 Cents Only stores! This turkey is really yummy. There were still a few boxes left mid day which surprised me.

Grimmway Farm’s carrot chips are so cute and pair wonderfully with the Simply Kraft ranch dip. I was hoping the chip design would motivate my kids to eat more carrots. This is the type of thing that is great to bring to a party when you’re on a tight budget. Some carrots, celery, and dip arranged nicely would make a great appetizer at your next potluck or summer BBQ.

Kraft Pepper Jack slices… be still my beating heart. Okay a little over dramatic, but I love pepper jack and yet it’s definitely not popular enough in my house to be a regular in the fridge. My favorite 99 cents employee pointed it out to me. Love her!! I was delighted to find this as a pairing with the deli turkey. It also made me feel more balanced (health-wise) with all the Hostess products we also took home. ;)

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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 6/24

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1.  Kellogg’s To Go Breakfast Shake Mix Milk Chocolate – 6pack/1.27oz
2.  Rocky Mountain Popcorn Company White Cheddar (1.5oz) & Naked (1.1oz) – 2/$0.99
3.  Quaker Oat & Yogurt Strawberry Sandwich Biscuits – 6pack/1.34oz
4.  Grapes – $0.99/lb!
5.  Personal Seedless Watermelon
6.  Ore Ida Mini Tater Tots – 28oz
7.  Circo Infant Swimsuit, Hat & Sunglasses – $0.99 each
8.  Newtons 100% Whole Grain Baked Apple & Cinnamon – 12oz
9.  Angry Birds Star Wars TelePods – 2ct/pack

In the to-go summer mode, I thought the Kellogg’s breakfast shakes could be a neat item to grab.  May be heavy on the sugar, but 13g of protein and 5g of fiber do make this better (in my opinion) than no breakfast at all!

Rocky Mountain Popcorn Company isn’t a brand that I’m familiar with, but these looked delicious.  I was at my local grocer last night and kept picking up and putting down bags of popcorn.  We have a road trip to pack snacks for and these little 2/$0.99 bags won!

$0.99/lb grapes are JUST in time for our road trip as well.  Grateful to have found these at the only price I like.  They even had purple, black and green grapes to choose from.

I know I’ve shown the swimsuits, hats and sunglasses recently, but the entire set was just too great not to share.  So excited because I actually had a little lady to purchase all these for this time.  Last time I saw the suits I couldn’t think of anyone in the size range I found, which made it a disappointing item to pass on.  Luckily, I found a size 12 month in the suit this time which should work just wonderfully.

Angry Birds Star Wars TelePods.  Apparently this seems to be a mix between a screen game and real game.  I’m not sure… but they go for more than $0.99 on Ebay and those who review the items have an extremely complex understanding of the game that I can’t even begin to share with you all.  Hopefully you know of some little ones who would be delighted with this fabulously frugal gift!

Additionally… the 99 cent only store has a good selection of items to help make your kid’s road trips this year pass by a little more merrily.  I picked up a couple clip boards for coloring, coloring books, modeling clay (for our destination..not the car), obligatory stickers, and wall decals for my kids to play with on the car windows.  What are your go-to items for road trips?

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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 6/17

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1.  Tidy Turtle Easy Wipe Bib
2.  Gift Bags
3.  Aloe Gloe Organic Aloe Water – 33.8oz
4.  Lil Dutch Maid Animal Cracker Cookies – 10oz
5.  Campbell’s Go Chicken & Quinoa w/ Poblano Chilies Soup – 14oz
6.  Okf Caffe Latte – 8.11oz
7.  Betty Crocker Mac & Cheese Twists – 6.4oz (2 for $0.99)
8.  Moxie Girlz Sunglasses (100% UV Protection)
9.  Disney’s Phineas & Ferb (100% UV Protection)
10.  Asian Creations Thai Kitchen Roasted Garlic Rice Noodle Soup Bowl – 9.7oz
11.  Fireside Organic Cheddar Duck Crackers – 5.5oz
12.  Honest Splash Goodness Grapeness – 12oz ($0.59 each)
13.  Mission Sun Defeated SPF 50 Continuous Spray Sunscreen – 5oz

Today I shopped at a different location about 30 minutes from my regular store.  They had much bigger refrigerated section, but it was extremely picked over.  Aisles were busy with carts full of boxes to unpack and lots of people, but it added to the fun of the hunt.  At least for one day… it was a tad too chaotic for my usual routine shop.  Fun nonetheless though!

I’m excited for the Tidy Turtle bibs as they are a great gift to stock and save.  Free of pthalate, PVC, BPA and lead… they are sure to please the most discerning of moms!  The snap in back is adjustable, it’s oversize and it even has a limited lifetime warranty.  I grabbed two for a mom friend who is expecting.  A really nice extra gift at a great price.

I was disappointed with this store’s selection of gift bags as it was lacking tissue paper… but the did have a selection of bags, including some Hallmark gift bags.

Walmart sunglasses with the $5.00 price tag still on!  These were in a box in a cart still being unloaded.  This is the kind of find that I really love.  I ended up going back to get two more as kids lose sunglasses and break them often, so I felt like a back up pair was prudent!

Thai Kitchen noodle bowls are perfect for work.  I really think they are delicious, healthier than Cup of Noodle, and SO easy.  Buy a few and store them in your desk drawer!!!

I know I already featured the Organic Duck crackers, but the store had such a large selection I wanted to show them off again!!  Go get yourself some!!

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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 6/10

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1.  ($3.00) Lala 2% Reduced Fat Chocolate Milk – 59oz
2.  Minute Maid Watermelon – 59oz
3.  Minute Maid Lemonade – 59oz
4.  Earth Balance Vegan Sour Cream & Onion Flavor Kettle Chips – 5oz
5.  Belvita Breakfast Soft Baked Oats & Chocolate – 5pack/1.76oz
6.  Children’s Dimetapp Multi Symptom Cold & Flu -
7.  Smacker’s Disney To-ki-o Treats Eye Shadow Duo
8.  Washington Apples
9.  Bain de Terre Day Lily Blow Out Bodifier – 4oz
10.  Bain de Terre Jasmine Blow Dry Smoothing Cream – 5.1oz
11.  Udi’s Gluten Free Ancient Grain Mega Flax & Fiber Bread – 14.3oz
12.  Fireside Organic Cheddar Duck Crackers – 5.5oz
13.  Meiji Hello Panda Chocolate Filled Cookies – 2.1oz

Whoops!  Got to the check out and the lady informed me that the chocolate milk is marked at $3.00.  Sounded like they hadn’t been moving it too quickly.  I hope we don’t see more and more items being snuck in at a higher price point.  I can understand the milk and eggs (for convenience sake), but I do hope this isn’t a new trend for the store.

Thank  you Minute Maid!  It’s been in the high 90’s these last few days and sometimes water just doesn’t cut it in the heat.  Really excited to grab my favorite lemonade and try this Watermelon.

Belvita Breakfast bars are really popular right now.  Our local Costco sold out for a month or so.  I love being able to grab easy-to-go snacks for my kids at the 99 cents store, so this was a great find.  I don’t think this Soft Baked is going to have the same fiber and nutrients as the breakfast crackers… but not complaining for a dollar.  ;)

Bain de Terre – thank you awesome reader, Ali, for educating me on the Bain de Terre products and their participation in the popular Birchbox beauty subscription.  Today I saw the Bain de Terre products and am excited to try them out!

Fireside Organic crackers!  Goldfish, cheddar bunnies and now ducks!!  It’s a menagerie of cheddar animal crackers.  I’ve been saddened by the lack of organic finds but was delighted to score these crackers today as they’re pretty much a safe bet for little ones.  My box seemed to have darker/burned ducks and I wonder if that’s how they ended up in our 99 cents stores.

Update – that Chap Ice featured last week was a no-no and a go-back for me.  It burned and smelled way too chemically, unfortunately.  Just FYI!!

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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 6/3

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1.  Fruit of the Loom Must-Have Convertible Sports Bra
2.  Milton’s Baked Snack Cracker Multi-Grain Original – 3.75oz
3.  Kroger Ready to Mash Potatoes – 24oz
4.  Breyers Real Fruit Strawberry Topping – 8.4oz
5.  Peaches
6.  Dawn Escapes Fuji Cherry Blossom Dishwashing Liquid – 9oz
7.  Chap Ice Cherry Lip Balm
8.  OreIda Sweet Potato Steak Fries – 19oz
9.  Minute Maid Cherry Limeade – 59oz
10.  Best Foods Real Mayonnaise – 22oz
11.  Spic and Span Multi-Surface Cleaner Midnight Meadow – 22oz
12.  Green Giant Steamers Antioxidant Blend – 7oz

Fruit of the Loom sports bra!!  There were three of these that I spotted at my store.  Along with more Miley Cyrus/Max Azria (Junior’s) jumpers and floral print shorts.  The sports bras are for low-impact activities, but perfect for lounging and even sleeping.

Milton’s brand breads are good quality, multi-grain, and yummy.  I was literally just looking at their crackers in Winco yesterday and decided against getting crackers.  Surprise… here are Milton crackers in my 99 cent store!  The weight is slight at 3.75 ounces, but a healthy option!

Dawn dishwashing liquid and Spic and Span surface cleaner – cleaning items are ones that I do choose to go name-brand.  I really don’t think the alternatives are comparable in suds (dishwashing) and grease-cutting power (surface spray).  I would suggest looking for the concentrated forms of dish liquid because even the larger Dawn and Palmolives don’t provide as many suds as the smaller, concentrated bottle.  Why suds equate to cleanliness in my mind… I’m not sure, but I’m betting I’m not alone in that theory.  ;)

Score on the Best Food Mayonnaise!!!  I did stock up on these.  The squirt bottles are the perfect size for camping, etc.  Better yet, mayonnaise is a pretty standard ingredient and it’s one that I don’t think hurts to keep stocked in the house.  My husband would eat it straight of a jar if I didn’t scream in horror.. so these are for him!

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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 5/27

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1.  Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bars Cashew – 6pack/1.2oz
2.  Strawberries – 16oz
3.  Nature Valley Protein Crunchy Granola Cranberry Almond – 11oz
4.  Hanes Girl’s Tagless Briefs with Fancy Nancy – 3pack
5.  Circo Girl’s Black Leotard
6.  Scunci Knotted Ponytailers – 6pack
7.  Starbucks Refreshers Revitalizing Energy – 12oz
8.  Dannon Oikos Dips Roasted Red Pepper – 12oz
9.  Ocean Spray Wave Apple with White Cranberries – 32oz
10.  Santa Paula California Chili Pepper – 1.4oz
11.  Cake Mate Super Star Party Candles – 4pack
12.  Gerber Graduates Yogurt Blends Banana Vanilla – 4pack/3.5oz
13.  Reynolds Wrappers Pop-Up Foil Sheets – 25pack
14.  Back to Nature Harvest Whole Wheat Crackers – 8.5oz

Not Pictured: Miley Cyrus/Max Azria Floral Jumper ($16.00 MSRP)

The fruit has been looking good lately at our local store!  I’ve been trying to shop our local farmer’s market more for produce (as ours is actually very reasonable).  The strawberries looked too good to pass up and I regretfully spotted $0.49/lb cantaloupe on my way out.

Little kid’s underwear aren’t cheap… but these were!!  We’re in potty training phase and go through a few pairs some days, so this was a great find for us!  Sizes 2T-8.

Scunci knotted ponytailers – this style of holder is SO popular lately.  They had two packs of colors and the neon won out!

Cake Mate Super Star candles are adorable!  There were two other styles as well.  These are the perfect item to stock and store for a later date.

Reynolds Wrappers in the 25 count – $5.22 on Amazon, retailing for $7.00 elsewhere.

Miley Cyrus/Max Azria floral jumper – I took a chance.  It wasn’t a good one!  :)  Very cute and even had adorable pockets, but it was so unbelievably short.  For a dollar, I’m tempted to keep it and try to cut and hem it into a shirt.  But, wow.  It was the world’s shortest jumper on my long torso.  Had to share though because I love Max Azria and the print was quite cute.  AND it was $0.99 obviously!


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Jillian’s 99 Cents Only Shopping Trip 5/20

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1.  Fiber One Protein Maple Brown Sugar – 16.2oz
2.  Back to Nature Mini Chocolate Chunk Cookies – 6pack/1.25oz
3.  Dole Classic Coleslaw – 14oz
4.  Kraft Colby Jack Slices – 10slices/7oz
5.  Oscar Mayer Maple Bacon – 16oz
6.  Creation’s Garden PMS Relief – 20tabs (Homeopathic, natural)
7.  Sunset Yelo Campari Cocktail Tomatoes on the Vine – 10oz
8.  Naked Probiotic Machine Tropical Mango 100% Juice – 15.2oz
9.  Coppertone Oil Free Faces SPF 50+ Sunscreen Lotion – 3oz
10.  Santa Paula Italian Seasoning – 0.5oz
11.  Munchkin Balanced Meal Toddler Plate (BPA free)

The 99 Cents Only Store has their own Instagram account that features other shoppers other finds and their own little specials and such.  Someone found Oscar Mayer Maple Bacon AND 20 pack Oscar Mayer Weiners.  I was mentioning this amazing deal to an employee and she said, “Oh, yeah we had those in a couple days ago.  Let me see if there is anymore in the back because it was gone fast.”  Bless her heart, she hooked me up and got me two packs of bacon AND pointed out the Colby Jack cheese.  So awesome!  Looks like we’ll be having some BLTs with that dollar store bacon and vine-on tomatoes!

I still can never get over how expensive cereal is!  Literally sometimes $5.oo and more for something that never fills me up.  Personally, I have a bowl of cereal and I’m hungry an hour or two later.  I can justify the purchase at $0.99, but not for much more.

Coppertone Oil Free Faces sunscreen.  What with faces, sport, child, spray, 15/30/45/55/75SPF… you’d go crazy and BROKE with all the sunscreen needs.  thank you 99 cents only stores for hooking me up with enough options to fill all the bags I regularly use!  No more excuses to be at the park/pool/beach with no sunscreen!

Santa Paula seasonings!  This is what I forgot to mention I used in my pasta sauce a few blog entries back!  Whoops, hehehe.  I use the Italian Seasoning every time I make sauce and it’s good on sauteed zucchini too!  Often times this mix is sold out, but our store had a big shipment in today, yay!

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