Pro tip: the Dollar Tree sells soy milk online!

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

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I will have deliciously moist cereal in the apocalypse, dammit!

So maybe you’ve heard that some dollar stores sell soy milk – but your location doesn’t carry the stuff. Or perhaps your local Dollar Tree stocks it, but only sporadically, and not in the quantities you need. Well, prepare to have your mind blown: the Dollar Tree allows you to order items by the case online for in-store pickup – with free shipping. BOOM!

I honestly don’t know how I’m just finding out about this. We’ve been relying on the nearest Dollar Tree for our soy milk needs for a few years now, with moderate success. It’s not what you’d call close; a 45-minute drive from our house in the sticks, the Dollar Tree is located right around the corner from our dentist and other frequently visited grocery stores, so we stop by whenever we’re in the area. We empty the shelf whenever the soy milk is in stock, but half the time they’re out, without even a space on the shelf where it should be. It’s a gamble, and when we run out – which is about half the time – we have to buy it from Price Chopper at more than double the price (and minus the per-case discount we’d get from Whole Foods or Green Acres if we’d planned and ordered ahead). This special ordering thing such an unexpected convenience I can’t even. We placed an order for two cases of soy milk last week, were kept updated via email, and once it arrives in the store, you have a week to pick it up. Easy peasy.

Unfortunately, the Dollar Store’s website isn’t super vegan friendly. The product listings aren’t very detailed and don’t appear to include a list of ingredients – so you have to google each product separately to find out whether it’s vegan. A search for “vegan” items turns up products as varied as paper plates and beef stew (for reals!) – I have zero idea how that works. Their soy milk selection can generously be described as “limited”; the only kind they carry is WestSoy Organic Low Fat Plain.

Plus, at a quick glance it doesn’t appear as though all the items found in-store are available online: Luna bars, for example, are missing from the website. (They only offer one nutritional bar online: Crunchy PB Cliff Bars.) Also, their pirate stuff is sadly lacking. Not like I feel like celebrating FSMas this year, but still. I like to keep my options open.

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Whole Foods sure could use a special label like this, if you know what I’m saying.
(They’re always losing/stocking our special orders, is what I’m saying.)

Vegan finds at the Dollar Store!

Friday, June 15th, 2012

I plan on doing a Dollar Store post every time Vegan MoFo rolls around, but somehow I never find the time to make the trip. Or the store’s selection is poo that day. Or I lose my photos. Or they just flat out suck. Whatever, you get the idea. So fuck it! Let’s do a mini “vegan finds” post right here, right now!


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The Topsy Turvy Hot Pepper Planter! (AS SEEN ON TV!) I was so excited to see this that Shane had to physically restrain me from emptying the display. I don’t really care for hot peppers, but hopefully it’ll work well with tomatoes and strawberries. *crossing fingers*

And THEN I shall empty the display!


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West Soy Low Fat Soy Milk! Usually we drink non-fat West Soy – but at a buck a quart, low fat is good. Hell, I would settle for the full fat at that price! Besides, it’s soy milk; how much fat could there be?

And yes, we pretty much cleared the shelf. Vegan Doomsday Preppers over here!


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Striped Shortbread Cookies! We polished off the cookies before I thought to snap a pic, but our local Dollar Store has a pretty decent selection of vegan junk food, cookies included. The Striped Shortbread Cookies are my favorite, and the Fudge Graham ones are good too. (Pictured above is a banana soft serve dessert I made with my most recent score.)

Always bring your phone for on-the-spot ingredient checks!


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