Saturday, September 24, 2016
I turned to a local Dollar Tree that installed a few cooler, wall units, with one reserved for use as a refrigerator while the bulk carries frozen foods. This store does not, however, carry fresh produce, as I've read others reporting. While much of what they carry aren't items I'd consider (country of origin, smaller quantity factored in makes the item more costly than acquiring it at a traditional grocery store), there are a few staples that I do get at DT. Once Xpect was gone and as egg prices rose, I turned to DT as a source for eggs, mostly used in cooking recipes, as I try to use organic free range eggs for actual egg breakfasts. I pay $4/dozen for the organics.
DT initially, once I started buying what I'll call my cooking eggs there, had a full dozen of medium eggs. As prices changed, and shortages started, the dozen turned into an 8 count pkg-weird looking, too. Eventually, it became 1/2 of a dozen and often the prices at the Aldi's next door for the large eggs were a better deal.
These past few months, I have seen the ever increasing egg cartons at DT. 6 count became 8, which then became a full dozen. As always, I compare the price per doz. vs the price of large at Aldi's or other retailers. The guideline I was taught is that if the price difference between 2 different sized eggs is 12 cents or less, go with the larger size.
I recently did a double take at Dollar Tree as the dozen eggs have now become an 18 count pkg! These equate 60 cents/doz. The equivalent in a dozen large would be 72 cents. While egg prices have dropped (currently $1.29/doz @ Aldi), the DT eggs are a super bargain! I use quite a few eggs in cooking. I also like to keep hard boiled on hand for a quick protein boost mid morning for myself (per MD's recommendation). I use hard boiled eggs, sliced, on a sandwich or chop them up for egg salad.
At these prices, and with my now being at home, there have been lots of eggs served in the morning. I recently bought 2 doz organic eggs from a farmer, and still had 2 doz purchased at the grocer's eggs (a free doz after cpns of LOL eggs, and a 99 doz of Egglands best) as well as the doz hardboiled that are sitting in the meat drawer of the fridge. Still, I grabbed 2 of these 18 count pkgs. I'd be foolish not too.
Have you seen a drop in egg prices? Are these 18 ct eggs being sold at anyone else's Dollar Tree?