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Old 06-15-2019, 03:43 PM
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What can you buy for $1.00 (including tax) today?...


Putting on my old man hat after a nap...

When I was growing up in the 60's & 70's, $1.00 could buy half a bag of candy (about a pint) or a dozen Popscicles with change to spare. I don't remember the exact price breakdown, but I remember getting a Big Mac and a small soda for $.90, then added a waffle ice cream sandwich from Woolworth's for an additional $.14. It sticks in my mind because our local tax was 4%, so my meal was exactly $1.00 before tax.

Excluding Dollar and 99 Cent stores, because of additional local tax, what can you buy for $1.00 or less today?

Offhand I can think of:

A candy bar, possibly two if they're on sale
Two five packs of Wrigley's Gum (They're still $.35 right?)
A small handful of loose nails and screws from the hardware store
A can of soda or juice

Hmmm...what else???

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Old 06-15-2019, 03:53 PM
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From my latest few trips to the local 24/7 gas station
Lottery ticket
Muffin / Pastry
Coffee / water
Banana / Apple
Onion
Potato
Loaf of bread
Package of hamburger buns
1/2 pint of milk

<some was on sale>
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Old 06-15-2019, 04:03 PM
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Taco Bell has an impressive Dollar Menu these days. Alas, our 11% sales tax goes on top of that.

The vending machine in my office will give you a vile cup of coffee for a buck flat.
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Old 06-15-2019, 04:08 PM
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A can of name brand kidney beans or black beans (no sales tax on food in my state) at Target or Wal Mart. The store brand is usually around $0.79.
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Old 06-15-2019, 04:12 PM
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Too easy. There are lots of things you can still get for under a dollar—out of curiosity I just went to walmart.com and found quite a few examples.
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Old 06-15-2019, 04:27 PM
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From my latest few trips to the local 24/7 gas station
Lottery ticket
Muffin / Pastry
Coffee / water
Banana / Apple
Onion
Potato
Loaf of bread
Package of hamburger buns
1/2 pint of milk

<some was on sale>
A loaf of bread or buns for less than $1.00 at a gas station??? In Hawaii, the last loaf of bread I bought was $4.50 at the market and the cheapest I've seen hamburger buns go on sale was $2.00. Must be all the rice we eat in Hawaii!
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Old 06-15-2019, 05:00 PM
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A bag of Fritos or a bag of Doritos from the vending machine at work cost $1 each. The liquor store down the road features small bags of peanuts at the register that are 2 for a buck. (Those are an excellent purchase, especially the hot peanuts.)

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Old 06-15-2019, 06:24 PM
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Can of beans at our Safeway when they are on sale, which is fairly frequently. Also box of Rice-a-Roni or Noodle-Roni when on sale.

Almost counting - before tax - is a sheet of posterboard at the dollar store. I bought four of them, taped them together, and made a puzzle board which can handle a 5,000 piece jigsaw puzzle. $1 each.
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Old 06-15-2019, 07:18 PM
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A bag of Fritos or a bag of Doritos from the vending machine at work cost $1 each. The liquor store down the road features small bags of peanuts at the register that are 2 for a buck. (Those are an excellent purchase, especially the hot peanuts.)
Deer nuts are also under a buck.

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Old 06-15-2019, 07:53 PM
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The Coca-Cola plant in town has six vending machines outside near the back doors that vend one can, or one bottle, for one quarter each. The soda or juice is either old (almost at the sell by date), or an oddball drink.

What I usually buy there is Mello-Yello, Mr Pibb, or one of the Crush products. I also will gamble on the "Mystery sugar" drinks. I have tasted some weird stuff with that selection. Although the last "Mystery Sugar" drink I bought turned out to be a Sprite, which I like, so I won with that one.

One of my co-workers buys all of the Tab that they have. She tries the "Mystery Diet" drinks. There are all kinds of oddly named diet drinks out there.

Neither of us has any inclination to try any of the flavored water drinks.

Thus, I can say that I can buy four cans/bottles of soda for a dollar.
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Old 06-15-2019, 07:58 PM
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At my local Aldi's you can get a dozen eggs for under a buck (was 59 cents a few weeks ago, but .93 this week) Cheap loaf of bread is under a dollar, too.

They sell a 10 lb package of dark meat chicken (a random selection of legs and thighs and thighs connected to legs) for around $4.50, so a $1.00 portion of that would be a pretty significant amount of chicken.

Most fast food places have a mini burger or a taco or something for $1.00.
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I see signs up at some of the local dispensaries offering dollar grams--if you have a medical card there's no tax so there you go!
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Old 06-15-2019, 08:23 PM
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You can pretty much always find some name brand of yogurt that's on sale for a dollar. And the store brands sell for under a dollar.
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Old 06-15-2019, 08:32 PM
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Wendy's has a pretty good dollar menu, too. Or there's a 4-for-4 deal that gets you a choice of sandwich, nuggets, fries, and a drink. No tax if you get it to go.

You can usually get off-brand 2-liters for $.99, and the Aldi store brand is only $.69. Aldi's single-serving yogurt is usually about $.39.

There are often a variety of sales/coupons on Life cereal, and I've seen it dip under a dollar a box when enough of them overlap at once (though you generally have to buy four boxes at a time to get that).

And for a cool summer treat, you can get a Speedway Speedy-Freeze for 79 cents (any size), or a McDonald's cone for 50 cents.
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Old 06-15-2019, 08:52 PM
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In Ontario, you can't even get gas station air for a dollar.

We got rid of the penny here a few years back. We could seriously get rid of the nickel and then the dime and no one would notice, or care.

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Old 06-15-2019, 09:01 PM
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A car? I just sold one "For One Dollar ($1.00) and other good and valuable consideration,..."

The buyer got a bargain. I'm pretty sure it was worth at least...ten dollars.
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Old 06-15-2019, 09:02 PM
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Ohio doesn’t have tax on food so candy and food at Dollar Tree an at fast food places really is a buck.

You can get 2 cans of green beans at Wal Mart or Giant Eagle for 49 cents each. Probably a lot of other canned store-brand veggies too but I just buy green beans for my dogs.
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Old 06-15-2019, 10:17 PM
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xcluding Dollar and 99 Cent stores, because of additional local tax
No sales tax here, so....

Today I was at a farm and yard store. Cany was under a dollar, and the 4H kids were selling hamburgers for a quarter each in the parking lot.
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Old 06-15-2019, 10:29 PM
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No sales tax here, so....

Today I was at a farm and yard store. Cany was under a dollar, and the 4H kids were selling hamburgers for a quarter each in the parking lot.
Couldn't figure out how anyone can make money on a $0.25 hamburger, then realized...4H! Good for them!
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Old 06-15-2019, 10:43 PM
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There is no sales tax on food in Indiana. Therefore, at Dollar Tree you can get a 6 ounce bag of frozen spicy breaded chicken breast strips. I use them as a snack or cut them up and use them as "meatballs" in spaghetti sauce. Of course, there's the usual range of chips, sardines, and other snacks. They have frozen White Castles 2 for $1, which is cheaper than the restaurant price.
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Old 06-16-2019, 07:17 AM
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You can get an amazing assortment of crap from China for a buck, including shipping.

E.g., this "fashoin" mp3 player.

(I bought a better version of this a few years ago for a couple bucks. It actually works. I put in a SD card with sleep tapes on it and keep it on the nightstand.)
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Old 06-16-2019, 08:27 AM
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You can get an amazing assortment of crap from China for a buck, including shipping.

E.g., this "fashoin" mp3 player.
That reminds me, I once had a coupon for AliExpress that was $3 off $5 or something. I found something I wanted and was 15 cents short of the $5 minimum. I browsed around some more and settled on a little plastic toy dinosaur that just got me there. Free shipping even.

Thing is, AliExpress is like Amazon if Amazon was all third party sellers. So my main product and dinosaur came from different people and were shipped separately. I got my stuff and then, month later, got a little mystery envelope with the dinosaur in it. For fifteen cents, someone manufactured, posted a sales listing, and packed my dinosaur, put it on a boat to travel from China to California, then have the Postal service bring it to my door where it now sits on my monitor stand. Yay capitalism.
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Old 06-16-2019, 11:27 AM
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In Ontario, you can't even get gas station air for a dollar.

We got rid of the penny here a few years back. We could seriously get rid of the nickel and then the dime and no one would notice, or care.
At some point, you're just going to have stop calling them dollars and start calling them pesos.
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Deer nuts are also under a buck.



(ducks and runs)

I will give you a polite golf clap for this effort. That should keep you in place while my associates come up behind you with the gunnysack and baseball bats.
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Old 06-17-2019, 10:54 PM
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Lots of things at the dollar store are really just a dollar. And if you buy food, there’s no tax, at least in California.
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For fifteen cents, someone manufactured, posted a sales listing, and packed my dinosaur, put it on a boat to travel from China to California, then have the Postal service bring it to my door where it now sits on my monitor stand. Yay capitalism.
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A car? I just sold one "For One Dollar ($1.00) and other good and valuable consideration,..."

The buyer got a bargain. I'm pretty sure it was worth at least...ten dollars.
A car. I'll be buying a car from my mother's estate for $1 this weekend.
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At the discount store where I work, we sell gift bags, aluminium tins, Krazy Glue, little tubs of Vaseline, candy bars, single serving bags of chips and cookies, and tape measures on a key chain for under a dollar.

The tape measures on the key chain are at my register and are big sellers.
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Around here I could buy 93˘.
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Old 06-19-2019, 11:25 AM
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There is a place here that sells money orders for 79 cents.

ETA: Right now, 7-eleven has Big Gulps for 79 cents.

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Two years ago, the store I work at sold Fidget Spinners for $1.99 and we could not keep them on the shelves. Several times, I had to get bulk purchases (50 or more) okayed by the manager.

Today, they are 79 cents and we can't give them away.
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You might get a hand job from a desperate crackhead hooker for $1.

(I really don't know what the going rate is.)
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Excluding Dollar and 99 Cent stores, because of additional local tax, what can you buy for $1.00 or less today?
Can those of us living in sales-tax-free utopias claim an exception to include dollar stores/dollar menus?
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At some point, you're just going to have stop calling them dollars and start calling them pesos.
At some point the US needs to eliminate the penny, and replace the one dollar bill with a coin.
Seriously though, apart from unprocessed grocery items just about everything has a 13% tax here.

I know the Canadian dollar is, what 75% of the US dollar, but there's pretty much nothing to be had for a dollar here. Maybe if you went to a bulk food store and bought 20 peanuts or chocolate chips perhaps.

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Old 06-21-2019, 01:34 AM
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Can those of us living in sales-tax-free utopias claim an exception to include dollar stores/dollar menus?
Ooookay...but it really makes me jealous!

AFAIK, we don't have any $ stores left in Hawaii. Everything would end up being $1.04 or $1.05 (depending on county) anyway.

Edit: We do have two Daiso stores though I hear few things are actually a dollar.

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