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Can't remember when I first started shopping here but do know it was commonly frequented when class projects came around when I needed to get something to cater the whole class. Since allowance was limited, Dollar Tree was the best choice. Snacks were the main go to followed by project supplies.

From younger years up to college, the Dollar Tree has become a top shopping spot. When I was working on campus, this store was used to stock up on snacks and lunch items. For a past major league project, a light box was needed to photograph my work so I came here to get the materials needed to build one.

Creative Projects

As mentioned above, this store is frequented for project materials. For middle and high school projects, obtaining the materials is straight forward. However; upon reaching college level, you find it a bit challenging to find all that you need at one location.

I made this work on multiple occasions. There was a dilemma where my pictures weren't turning out great and one of my classmates suggested a lightbox; of which I didn't have nor could afford. After racking my brain, it was discovered that it would be easiest to build one.*

Materials Needed:
* white foam boards
* tape (preferably packing)
* box cutter
* ruler
* pencil

Since there was limited storage space I made use of two foam boards that were cut in half. Two halves for the side walls and the other two halves for the back and floor portions. There is room to have a another wall but I was using available light that was in the room.

The end result was a functional box that aided in decent picture taking of my project pieces. In retrospect, I made use of two stores while working on this project which involved designing and making a multi-unit carrier. There were other projects along the lines of creating a portfolio to keep my material together in one place along with drawing pads to sketch out ideas.

Based on their inventory there are a variety of creative things one can indulge in during down time from whatever. There are ample materials available for plant arranging projects like foliage, flowers, green floral foam, glass vases, glass accent gems and river stones. Aside from arrangements you could create a rock garden of sorts utilizing the accent gems and river stones; the garden doesn't have to be big. 

There are countless other creative materials like stickers, foam sheets, chenille stems, boggle eyes, clothes pins, craft sticks (popsicle sticks), glitter, glitter glue, safety pins, beads, artificial fruit, shells, tea lights and countless others. 

*The lightbox instructional above was Version 1. I recently designed another, much simpler, version which involves a single foam board and a trifold display board.

Edibles Galore

Remember when I mentioned getting snacks and stuff for my lunch while working on campus? Well there is a frige/freezer section in the store where you can load up on easy prep frozen goods. My main go-to items in this section are: pizza rolls, french toast sticks, Italian Ice Cups and spaghetti meals.

Aside from the snackage, you can actually purchase a good amount of groceries or just dinner items for the current day. Thinking back to some years ago, my mom and I where just out, about and decided to stop by the local DT store to check it out. Upon discovering the frige/freezer section she sent me to get a buggy.

She purchased some frozen vegetables, spaghetti pasta, cans of spaghetti sauce, olives, loaves of bread, canned goods, cereal bars, cookies, snack cakes, cans of soup and a bag of rice. We even purchased some household supplies while we were at it. The selection of items has expanded since then so there's a lot more bang for the buck.

You can even buy food items to cook a nice breakfast/lunch/dinner for two or more individuals.

$5.00 Breakfast Menu: toast, eggs, bacon, donuts (or coffee cake) and coffee.

Loaf of bread, half dozen eggs, bacon pack, bag of mini donuts or box of coffee cakes and box of instant coffee.

$5.o0 Lunch Menu: 2 Burritos, corn chips, beverage and a snack cake.

2 frozen burritos, bag of corn chips, drink of your choice and a box of snack cakes.

$5.00 Dinner Menu: Pasta meal with crackers, drink and cookies

Pasta bag/box of choice, can of pasta sauce, box of crackers, beverage multipack of choice and a pack of cookies.

This is only a sample of what you can put together to form a meal for throughout the day. There is even dishware you can purchase to serve the food on if you're looking to: add to your current set or to get a set started. 

Seasonal Delights

I don't mind cooking to an extent though it has its moments of calmness. There's a moment of giddiness while strolling through the cookware section of the store especially when I see ramekins. Creme brulee aside, there are baking pans in both the disposable and reusable categories that can be utilized to cook a variety of dishes along with tasty treats.

More so true throughout the year than not. Starting with Fall, the stores I go to will usually have the baking goods congregated in a single location; you know, to make things less hectic. While in the store prior to Fall Break, they had a little section in the store dedicated to ingredients and supplies needed to make stuffing, season meat and other dishes along with baking goods for sweet potato pie and yam casserole.

No, I didn't forget about Hallow's Eve. All things pertaining to this event are set out during during the first week of October. Everything stays in place till the day of by which time seasonal transitions take place.

For the school goers, July is the time to start shopping at the DT stores because that's when you're guaranteed to get the school items you need; most notably portable planners and desktop calendars. Yet, one of my favorite seasons is Spring. Why?

Because that's when they break out the gardening gear. From pots to seeds, this is one of those go to places to shop.

Solar Powered Dancing & Blinking Penguin
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Too cute for words. Actually got one of these solar dancers, a turkey, as part of a prize basket back in November. A quaint little gift to calm during the most hectic of days.

One of My Favorites

This store became a favorite when it was first introduced to me in the now long gone mall; we still have malls though. I can remember the wooden kits of build your creatures like bugs and vehicles. I currently shop here for drawing pads for both me and my nephew.

One of my main go to items are snacks followed by office supplies. Another bonus is that you can shop their online site for bulk shopping, delivery and in-store pickup. If you haven't been to a Dollar Tree, you really got to give this store a go.

Just be prepared to not leave empty handed. Till next, keep on shopping.