Let The Dollar Store Wars Begin: Dollar General Reportedly Considering Bid Of Its Own For Family Dollar

Let The Dollar Store Wars Begin: Dollar General Reportedly Considering Bid Of Its Own For Family Dollar

The No. 1 dollar store chain apparently doesn’t like the thought of becoming No. 2. Hot off the heels of Dollar Tree’s $8.5 billion offer to acquire Family Dollar, Dollar General is reportedly considering getting in on the action with a counterbid of its own. [More]

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$8.5 Billion Discount Store Merger: Dollar Tree Purchases Family Dollar

Those dollar purchases really add up, but for Dollar Tree it’s just one proposed purchase that’s creating a rather substantial tab. The discount store recently announced plans to acquire its larger rival Family Dollar. [More]

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Dollar Store Bubble Bursting? Family Dollar Closing 370 Stores, Cutting Prices

Once upon a time, dollar stores were living the high life, enjoying increased revenue and making plans for expansion. Okay, that was just a year ago, but still, a lot can change in a year. And that’s definitely the case for Family Dollar, whose recent revenue drop has executives taking some pretty serious action. [More]

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10 Things You Should Never Buy At The Dollar Store

A few weeks ago, we presented you with a list of 15 things that you should buy at the dollar store. Okay, great, but it’s a big store: there must be something that you should avoid, either because of crappy quality or because paying a dollar isn’t such a good deal. Right? [More]

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15 Things You Really Should Buy At The Dollar Store

Dollar stores: they sell almost everything that you might want, and a lot of things that you didn’t know you wanted. There are items available at these cheaporiums that you don’t need, or didn’t even think you needed before you saw them. Then there are items that, if you can find them in a dollar store, you shouldn’t even bother to shop for them anywhere else. [More]

99¢ Only Stores Offer Actual Healthy Food, Big Savings, Weight Loss

If I’ve learned anything in the last week, it’s that we really need to import California’s 99¢ Only Stores to the East Coast. They hadn’t even crossed my mental radar screen until this week, when I saw two articles that presented it as not just a money-saving option, but a valid place to get edible, whole foods, which helped two different people save money and lose weight. [More]

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Dollar Store Owner In Trouble Because Food Stamps Shouldn’t Be Used To Buy Electronics

The thing about food stamps is, they’re called “food” stamps. Not “smartphone” or “iPod” or “tablet” stamps. You can’t eat those things (please don’t try), as they aren’t what’s known as “food.” As such, the owner of four dollar stores in New Jersey is in hot water after allegedly allowing customers to ring up more than $5 million fraudulent food stamp transactions. [More]

A map of Family Dollar stores in the Philadelphia area. The chain hopes to open its 11,000th store this year.

Did The Recession Create A Dollar Store Bubble?

Seven years ago, we were flipping houses with loans we received for passing the “Are you currently breathing?” underwriting requirements. Then it all collapsed and we transitioned from shopping at Neiman Marcus to the local dollar stores, which have ballooned in numbers due to a misguided belief that people will remain thrifty. [More]

Dollar Stores Existed In 1870, And They Were Pretty Classy

Dollar Stores Existed In 1870, And They Were Pretty Classy

The late 19th century gave us the five-and-dime store, where everything cost five or ten cents. Those are the ancestors of what we think of as a “dollar store” today. What you might not know is that dollar stores have been around for more than 140 years. It’s just that back then, a dollar could buy you a lot more, so they were rather swanky. [More]

What's The Best Way For A Cashier To Handle Problem Child With Complaining Mom?

What's The Best Way For A Cashier To Handle Problem Child With Complaining Mom?

Learning how to handle problem customers in retail isn’t easy. If you treat them with even a fraction of the lack of respect they show to you, it can balloon into a full-on “situation.” And things can get especially complicated if that bad consumer has a little kid in tow. [More]

Would You Shop In A Store Hot Enough To Turn A Snickers Bar Into A Beverage?

Would You Shop In A Store Hot Enough To Turn A Snickers Bar Into A Beverage?

For at least five days, the employees at a Family Dollar store in the St. Louis area claim they have been working without proper air-conditioning and that temperatures in the store have been in the triple digits. But that hasn’t stopped some customers from coming in. [More]

Do Dollar Stores Always Offer The Best Deal?

Do Dollar Stores Always Offer The Best Deal?

The allure of the dollar store for some shoppers is the idea that they will save money compared to what they would spend going to another retailer. But that may not always be the case, especially if you’re buying larger sizes of some products. [More]

You Can Probably Find A Dollar Store Faster Than A Drugstore

You Can Probably Find A Dollar Store Faster Than A Drugstore

Need something quick? You might be able to dash out and find a dollar store faster than you can spot a chain drugstore location. A new study says drugstores are being outpaced in numbers by the total amount of dollar stores in the U.S. [More]

Dollar Tree Recalls 117,000 Glass Candles For Shattering

Dollar Tree Recalls 117,000 Glass Candles For Shattering

117,000 glass votive candle holders sold at Dollar Tree, Dollar Bill$, and Dollar Tree Deal$ stores have been recalled. They can shatter when they’re lit, leaving glass and fire all over the place where it can cut and/or burn you. [More]

Extreme Couponers: Dollar Stores Are For Suckers

Extreme Couponers: Dollar Stores Are For Suckers

With many people still looking for ways to save in this tough economy, you might expect bargain-hunters lined up to buy things at dollar stores. But some practitioners of the dark art of extreme couponing (soon to be an X Games event, we hope), say that you can often do a lot better by going to your regular grocery or big box store so long as you come armed with coupons. [More]

Dollar Store Grand Opening Attracts Hundreds Of Shoppers

Dollar Store Grand Opening Attracts Hundreds Of Shoppers

To promote the opening of a new store, ultra-discount chain 99 Cents Only stocked a few things they don’t normally carry, and sold them for 99 cents. Things like iPods and scooters. When they opened a store in San Jose, Calif., this sale proved popular. Very popular.

Shop At A Dollar Store, Gamble On Quality

Shop At A Dollar Store, Gamble On Quality

Marlene Alexander will buy pretty much anything, at least once, from her local dollar store. Then depending on how well it holds up, she might write about it to warn others. She’s put together a list of some of the biggest dollar store failures she’s encountered over the past year.

Save Money On Groceries By Buying The Ugly Ones

Save Money On Groceries By Buying The Ugly Ones

Salvage grocers are stores that stock all the dented, crushed, slightly past their “best by” date products that consumers have been trained to avoid. Because of this, they’re the Dollar General or Big Lots of supermarkets, with prices up to half off regular store prices, says the Associated Press.