A Florida couple inspires others with their ‘Dollar Tree date night’, where they plan their meals based on the results of a competition with food found in the store.
The TikTok tells of the situation, captioning it: “Dollar Tree date night because we are both poor and it was the [bomb emoji] #fyp #datenight #couple #food,” has been viewed more than 816,800 times and liked 83,500 times since it was shared on April 27.
According to Statista, net sales for Dollar Tree in the United States and Canada in 2021 were $26.3 million. The company has also seen an increase in sales since 2007.
Higher freight and operating costs were cited as the reason behind Dollar Tree’s rise from one dollar to $1.25 for most items, as previously reported by news week†
An official statement said the price increase will allow Dollar Tree to “expand its offerings, introduce new products and sizes.” In addition, the move will allow the company to relist items “that were previously discontinued due to $1 price restrictions.”
The $1.25 cost would allow the company to “return to its historic gross margin range by reducing historically high price increases for goods,” including more expensive freight and distribution costs and operating expenses such as the rise in wages.
The 43-second viral clip was posted by TikToker @dylanowens84, or Dylan Owens, who filmed the date from his perspective at a Dollar Tree store as they used a game to choose what to eat later.
The song The very first night of Taylor Swift played in the background as the TikToker and the woman, presumably his girlfriend, played paper scissors to determine who would pick the first roster, which was drinks.
They stood in the drink aisle and played for the best of the three. Owens won the first round and he chose two flavors of Jarritos Tamarind Sodas for their drinks, moving them closer to the camera to get a better look.
Then the pair played rock-paper-scissors again, this time deciding who would pick the entree. The wife won and she chose a pack of pickles from the refrigerated section with a hot and spicy taste. She held up the item before they played their next round of the game.
This time, Owens won the competition and chose Alfredo sauce and penne pasta for the main course, holding the ingredients in front of the camera.
Finally, the pair played one last game of rock paper scissors to choose dessert. The woman won the last round and chose a pack of chocolate chip cookies from the refrigerated section. She held them up with both hands and with a smile on her face.
Before the video ended, a look at the finished product was shown and the cooked meal included the soft drinks in glasses with ice along with two bowls of the Alfredo pasta with green beans also on a table.
Then the couple pressed the biscuit pieces together to cheer, and the woman took a bite before the video ended.
More than 600 comments poured in about the Dollar Tree date and based on what viewers had to say, it’s an idea that is sure to be copied.
Countless people seemed eager to join a date as shown in the future. “I love Dollar Tree so much,” said one viewer. “Maybe I have a date like that!”
Other people think it’s a good idea too. “Let’s do this,” wrote one viewer. “It’s budget-friendly.”
The video brought back memories for some. “This reminds me of when my husband and I first got together, times were tough, but man, we were in love,” a TikToker wrote.
Some people see the point in having everything in one place. “This is pretty cool to just be able to find everything I mean,” said one viewer.
While a TikToker thought it doesn’t matter “the price, it’s just enjoying the special times with your person.”
Apparently the idea is not new to some people. “Dollar Tree date nights were some of my favorite memories,” said one viewer.
Approval comments include things like, “I love this idea,” “Stop, this is really cute,” and “This looks so nice.”
news week reached out to TikToker @dylanowens84 for comment.
This isn’t the only viral moment with a date. A man laughed at his date saying that their dating goal is marriage. A man schedules his dates with his girlfriend in Google Calendar. In addition, a man made a “rude” comment, which made a woman not want to see him again.