Count me a convert to the "2/$1 cards" crowd - although I often splurge on the $1 cards. I gave up on Hmark the day that they offered drab so-so-nothing-special cards for an extraordinary occasion. I sent a heartfelt personal note (which would have been added to the card anyway) on pretty stationery instead. After realizing it was more appreciated and meant more to the recipient - I gave up my expensive card habit cold turkey and have never looked back.
I prefer DollarTree to Dollar General because there is no question about price, and I have no concerns about quality there. Books, cards, wrapping paper, baskets for organizing, "find a word" books and Jergens bath soap in just the right size for my favorite senior, little "thinking of you" presents, Palmolive dishwashing detergent, and did I mention books? ... it boggles the imagination.
Oh, and based on a recent article
, maybe dollar stores will catch on as a place to meet that "special someone". So, cities with good jobs and lots of dollar stores: it's an angle just waiting to be discovered by a clever spin doctor ;)