The devil is in the details: Homeschool Mom lists the 10 things her family is not completely happy about at the 99 Cent Only Store.
1. Weird Canned Goods
There are more processed canned goods of an extremely distasteful nature than we could ever have imagined.
2. Stingy Cheese
You would think that cheese was made out of precious gems rather than aged milk. For 99 cents, you get all of three pieces of string cheese or three ounces of cheddar. The other choices involve imitation cheese-flavored food. Anything that needs to be defined as food for me is not a viable choice.
3. Crappy Toys
My shopping trips are inevitably delayed by the begging for and choosing of crappy toys that break as they are taken out of the package or are made in China and probably painted with toxic waste.
4. Competitive Aggression
I found myself coveting the Newman's Peanut Butter Cookies that an elderly man had the good fortune to find. My Christian resolve was being severely tested, because I wanted to snatch those cookies from his trembling hands. We left cookieless. Perhaps the devil is in the 99 Cent Only Store.
5. The Baked Goods
I have not been able to buy any trans-fat-free cookies or baked goods. All of the cake batters, etc., have trans fat, and there are no chocolate chips or Baker's chocolate. I could try to bake something from scratch, but without chocolate there is really no point. I took pity on us all and bought some Hershey's bars. I wonder if you could bake with Hershey's bars?
6. Where's the Animal Protein?
You can easily find beans and rice and barley for the vegetarian, although no tofu. However, finding non-processed animal protein is difficult. Not only is it nonexistent most of the time, it is tiny when you do find it. I found some salmon fillets, and they were about three ounces. To feed my family, I would have had to buy seven, at least, so the price would have been about $7.00 and then I might as well just purchase good salmon from a fresh fish grocer. The same is true for chicken. I found some tiny breasts so I bought enough to make tortilla soup. I did find some chicken patties as well, but they may be gross; I haven't opened them yet. Foster Farms chicken hot dogs were there as well, but I don't think I would count them as good nutrition, just yummy. I did find canned wild salmon that, while it is a little unattractive, works great in sandwiches or in casseroles. They also have eggs.
7. No Nuts
I love nuts and so does my husband. There are not any nuts that are not salted or roasted in oil at the 99 Cent Only Store. That is too bad because they are a good source of protein for those who don't eat meat. I found some Bora Bora organic bars which have seeds and nuts in them, so my husband has been taking them in his lunch.
8. Yucky Cereal
I have not found any oatmeal and the cold cereals are either bad for you or very unattractive. I was surprised by the poor choices because I thought those items would be a shoo-in.
9. Milk Rip-Off
Milk is not a good deal at the 99 Cent store. A quart is 99 cents, but you would need to buy four of them to make a gallon. $4.00 is about what you pay for a gallon of organic milk with a much later expiration date at Trader Joe's.
10. Finding Out I Am a Snob
Because the truth is that the 99 Cent store has many great deals, and a lot of us who avoid it are actually wasting money and missing out on some very good produce. By the way, my kids love the peanut butter.
|Homeschool Mom: Pam Heilman is a California Credentialed Teacher who once won some body lotion in a raffle at the Y. She is currently residing in Southern California with her husband Eric, and homeschools their three children.|