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I work at a Staples that happens to be next door to a Wal-Mart. On lunch breaks I tend to go over there and just browse.

Around January when the economic crunch started I noticed a flood of additional people start going there. The store was packed with everyone tightening their budgets and shopping at the cheaper place.

Yesterday I went there to walk around and was actually offered customer service. Twice. Traffic at that store has now cut back so far they are having cashiers walk the floor doing customer service.

People are now too broke to even shop at Wal-Mart.

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c_eagle March 19th, 2009
Hometown Buffet and SoupPlantation are our favorites for that. Both have email clubs with deals, and both have local flyers in the mail or newspapers giving usually at least $5 off, or two-for-one deals. A full priced meal is about $20 to $25 for two, but we usually eat for $12 to $15 with the special offers at those places. Koo Koo Roo is our 3rd choice, and that is about $17 after mom's senior discount.
Other places we frequent:
Wendy's = $14
Carl's = $17
Boston Market = $16
Old Spaghetti Factory = over $20
the chinese place I mentioned before = $7
a local mongolian bbq = $17
Denny's (if it gets late)= over $20 unless coupons
McDonald's = $12
a local mexican place = $16

There's a few other places.. the average is $15 to $20 for those. I like to try to keep it under $15 most often.
Remember when a whole meal was $3 ?

c_eagle March 19th, 2009
It's worth mentioning, the items we get at the Starlight Express (the chinese dinner) are:

a big scoop of rice
a big scoop of chow mein noodles
teriyaki chicken (7 or 8 nice chunks)
broccoli with beef slices
tofu and cashews
green beans and carrot strips
a few other veggies and a fortune cookie

I should weigh this thing some time.. it's huge! probably 3 or 4 lbs of food.

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