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99-Cent Only Store Gumption & Imagination... Delicious, Cheap Meals

By Vicki McClure Davidson

 

I've been shopping at the dollar/99-cent stores for quite a while. One night, I was looking through YouTube video clips, and stumbled upon other non-culinary-professional people, like you and me, who also embrace the stores' frugality. Here are a few video clips of imaginative ways to use food bargains in home-style recipes. We wanted to share these ideas with you so that you can use them as a springboard for your own imaginative and inexpensive gastronomical creations.

The last video is a brief business analysis and history of the 99-Cent Only stores, conducted by Pat Dorsey with Morningstar, that we thought you'd find interesting. It covers how the discounter chain initially failed in its expansion in Texas, how it was revamped to a "treasure hunt" concept, and how it grew to be the retail giant it is today. This video summary was produced in August 2007, so the projected stock prices obviously no longer apply.

 

Video embeds provided here for review/educational purposes only. All copyrights honored and attributed to producers.

 

99-Cent Store Gumption & Imagination

Video's Title: Christiane Jory, "The 99-Cent Store Cookbook, Segment 1"

Synopsis: Writer and cook Christiane Jory demonstrates in this segment how to cook with bargains from the 99-Cent Only store. She has also published a cookbook with recipes made of items bought at the 99-Cent Only store.

Running Time of Clip: 2:54
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99-Cent Store Gumption & Imagination

Video's Title: Christiane Jory, "The 99-Cent Store Cookbook, Segment 2"

Synopsis: Writer and cook Christiane Jory demonstrates in this segment how to cook with bargains from the 99-Cent Only store. She has also published a cookbook with recipes made of items bought at the 99-Cent Only store.

Running Time of Clip: 4:59
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99 Cent Chef

Billy Vasquez calls himself the 99 Cent Chef. He frequently shops the 99-Cent Only stores in Los Angeles and devises unique recipes from products he's found there. His popular 99 Cent Chef blog features recipes and videos.

99 Cent Chef's blog

Video's Title: "99 Cent Fish and Chips"

Synopsis: The 99 Cent Chef tackles recreating a British fish and chips meal with items he's bought at the 99-Cent Only store.

Running Time of Clip: 6:58
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99 Cent Chef

This is another cooking demo clip of the 99 Cent Chef.

Program's Title: "Corn Dog Party"

Synopsis: The 99 Cent Chef demonstrates how to make corn dogs using ingredients purchased at the 99-Cent Only store and serves them at a casual party.

Running Time of Clip: 4:00
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News & Business: 99-Cent Stores

Program's Title: "A Great Discount on a Unique Discounter"

Synopsis: Brief business analysis and history of the 99-Cent Only stores, by Pat Dorsey with Morningstar: how the discounter chain initially failed in its expansion in Texas, how it was revamped to a "treasure hunt" concept, and how it grew to be the retail giant it is today. This video summary was produced in August 2007, so the projected stock prices no longer apply. However, even in this dire ecomony, the stores are doing well

Running Time of Clip: 3:58
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