Regina King loves shopping at Costco and the .99 Cent store, ditto

Regina King was on Jimmy Kimmel Live, it was her first time on Kimmel since winning an Oscar. Jimmy asked her if anything has changed since she became Regina King, Oscar Winner, and her answer made me like her more than I already do. She said she still shops at Costco. When she started enthusing about the .99 Store (Dollar Tree by me, not to be confused with Dollar General, where I also shop) she sounded so much like me. I love the dollar store.

The .99 cent store has brand name toothbrushes for a dollar.

Why are those same toothbrushes $3.49 at CVS?
I don’t know, but this lady saw me and she was like ‘Regina King? What are you doing in the .99 cent store?’

‘I like a bargain too.’

You may be the only Oscar winner that does that.
Maybe, maybe not, there are .99 cent stores everywhere.

[From Jimmy Kimmel Live on YouTube]

Have you seen the Dollar Tree Youtube haul videos? They’re almost as fun as going to Dollar Tree with a friend, I love doing that. I can’t tell you how many times I have gone to Lowes for just one thing when I ended up finding the exact same thing at the Dollar Tree for 1/5th to 1/10th of the price. Dollar Tree has drain snakes which are the same as the $5.50 ones at Lowes, they have Command hooks seasonally, they have tools and I have to be careful because they have almost all the candy you can get other places – including Jelly Bellies. Oh and you can get sponges at Dollar Tree! They aren’t as good as the sponges at the store but they’re 4 for a dollar and you can’t beat that. The only thing you really shouldn’t buy at Dollar Tree are batteries, get those from Dollar General or your neighborhood discount store. (Also never buy batteries or other expensive staples from CVS or you will get gouged.)

As for Costco, I’m lucky the nearest one is an hour away because I used to walk in there for one thing and end up spending at least $150.

Regina talked about her trip to Italy, where she saw The Last Supper and said she loved the food so much she “backed it up like a garbage truck.” She’s starring in Watchmen on HBO, a superhero show based on the graphic novel and written and produced by Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers). She deserves better than this, but at least she’s the lead and gets to play the superhero. She was also on The Leftovers. I couldn’t get past the first episode however I’ve heard it ended up being decent.

Here’s Regina at the Watchmen premiere. Arm goals! She’s in Oscar de la Renta.

Here’s Regina’s interview!


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  1. LadyMTL says:

    Hm, $150 US is about $197 in Canadian dollars…that’s not that bad, honestly. I count myself lucky if I emerge from Costco having spent less than $250. Mind you, I only go 2-3 times a year, when I can mooch a lift with someone (not having a car definitely makes Costco trips more of an event, hahaha.)

    As for 99c stores, here they’re getting more expensive, alas. A lot of items are now $1.25 or more. Still cheap, of course, but yeah.

  2. lucy2 says:

    I love her so much. I hope she gets a lot of offers for work, she is always fantastic.
    I’m not much of a dollar store shopper, but I do love Costco. I do a lot of grocery shopping there.

    • Olenna says:

      Love her, too (and .99c stores). Shopping aside, she was fantastic in the Watchmen’s first episode last night.

    • Tiffany says:

      Oddly, she has been getting into more directing and producing. While I am happy for her, no, she should be in all the things in front of the camera.

      • Lala11_7 says:

        Especially for Black actors…who have an extensive acting portfolio….the BEST way to have career longevity…and have the power to navigate their careers….it’s best to move BEHIND the camera….also or definitively….

      • Tiffany says:

        This…this is true. She has been a actor since her teen years, I want her around well into Cicely Tyson age.

      • lucy2 says:

        Oh that’s great though, if she’s producing and directing. As long as she keeps acting a lot too! She’s just so good.

        I remember her from way back in the 227 days and various other projects, but it was Southland where I truly realized what a talented actor she is.

  3. Tiffany says:

    She was one of the best things if not the best about The Leftovers.

    CB, you might not watch it from the beginning but look up her scene with Carrie Coons. Easily one of the best put to celluloid.

    • mia girl says:

      I agree re: Leftovers.

      And King is already killing in Watchmen. First episode last night and I’m totally into it.

  4. Nicegirl says:

    I’ve loved Regina since 227.

  5. BlueSky says:

    I love Dollar General. The recently opened a new dollar store called Five Below near me. I went to the beach this past summer and was so annoyed that I spent $15 on a beach towel at TJ Maxx and they were only $3 dollars at Five Below.

    I like Costco too but I have a membership at Sam’s. Just like you said, I went in there this past weekend with the intention of buying one thing and ended up spending $50!

  6. La says:

    The Leftovers gets really good at around episode 8 of the first season and then is awesome the rest of the way. It was so hard to get into and if my husband hadn’t pushed to see it through the first season I would have given up too.

    My husband was way excited for the Watchmen so I watched it with him last night totally expecting to zone out and start playing on my phone but it ended up keeping my attention. I’m curious to see where it goes. And Regina is awesome in it, as she always is.

  7. Lowercaselila says:

    I love the 99 cent store. I am a teacher and it is a great place to pick up supplies for my classroom. Also, when my own kids were potty training ,after they earned a certain amount of stickers on a chart, I would let them pick out something at the 99 cent store for a reward.

  8. stepup says:

    Anyone else watch 227 when they were younger?

    I just got to thinking about “Calvin” (real life: Curtis Baldwin). Guuuuurl, homeboy looks EXACTLY the same! He’s got six kids and is a successful music producer.

    Also, Watchmen was excellent last night! Looking forward to the season and where it goes.

    Lastly, $-store air freshener candles. That’s my weakness.

  9. Goldengirlslover34 says:

    Love Costco. We bought the whole family adidas track suits for a fraction of the cost. My husband has found great deals in Lima sweat pants and sneakers. And I have gotten my kids super hero hoodies there and the quality has been fantastic. Same for costumes. I bought another brand name hoodie from Nordstrom and it didn’t even hold up after three washes. I keep hoping Costco would bring back the hoodies so I can stock up. I also buy my batteries there in bulk. I have a ton of dollar stores near me so go to different ones for different things. It makes me so happy to get a bargain.

    • HK9 says:

      Costco lover here too!! I was there yesterday and I got Birkinstocks there for a great deal. I keep hoping they’ll bring back their Kirkland brand wipes back and the 3 piece ladies pjs back because they’re amazing!!!

      • Goldengirlslover34 says:

        Yes the pjs and the loungewear are the best. Amazing quality. I get so happy to go to Costco.

      • lucy2 says:

        I have their loungewear too – I practically lived in it last winter, and just bought another set last week. I spent $180 in there though, I hadn’t been in months! They’re also good for beach chairs and umbrellas in the summer.
        Plus they pay their employees well, and most of them have health insurance through the company, so I’m happy to shop there.

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      I can spend an entire morning going up and down the aisles and get lost in the middle (clothes, books, shoes lol). In fact, I’m wearing my Costco shearling slippers right now (look *just* like the $110 Ugg slippers, lug sole and all, and feel a hellava lot softer inside, for $17! Sperry Rain boots were just $39!). I usually never walk out w/out spending about $300 (but I”m good for 3 mos.).

      I also load up on paper products at 99¢ store, cleaning stuff (an expert said recently that they’re pretty much the same as the market, but, of course, cheaper!).

      When I was teaching, I’d load up on “rainy day” things for the kids, class birthday/holiday gifts (just little grab-bag things), crayons, markers, decorations…it was a treasure trove for my classroom!

  10. tinyfencer says:

    I actually love getting batteries from Dollar Tree. I know they don’t last as long, but when my kids were little they used to leave all their toys running continuously. If they’re going to wear the batteries down anyway, may as well make them cheap ones.

    • ME says:

      I don’t understand why people aren’t supposed to buy batteries from the dollar store? My dollar store has Panasonic batteries…the SAME ones I can get at Wal-Mart or any hardware store but for a higher price. It’s the same battery or are we supposed to believe defected batteries are sent to the dollar store…that would be illegal no?

      • tinyfencer says:

        Dollar Tree has their own store brand of batteries that are like, obscenely cheap. Sometimes they have these big bonus packs where you get 16 AA batteries for a dollar. Those are definitely poorer quality than some brand name ones. The one by me only has the Panasonic ones occasionally, and when they do there are 4 in the package instead of 8 or 16. So I think some people just think they’re a crummy value because they don’t last quite as long. But for things like a computer mouse or television remote that doesn’t suck a lot of power they’re just fine. For something like a video game controller that my kids pathologically refuse to switch off, it’s fine. That battery is getting drained anyway. I wouldn’t use them in the flashlights we keep for emergencies.

      • ME says:

        I’m in Canada and haven’t seen Dollar Tree’s own brand of batteries yet. Yeah I might think twice about buying those, but the Panasonic ones they sell last a good amount of time in my TV remote. For fire alarms/carbon monoxide detectors I buy the 5 year Energizer ones from the hardware store because that sh*t is too important for cheap batteries lol.

  11. Noodle says:

    My community opened a Daiso, which is a Japanese Dollar Store, and it is pretty epic. It doesn’t have a ton of everything like a traditional dollar store, but they have office supplies, stoneware (bowls and plates and dipping dishes), candy, and some skincare. It’s so much cheaper than Sanrio or the Japanese shopping mall or grocery stores. Between that, Dollar Tree, Home Goods, and Marshall’s/TJ Maxx, I can get just about anything for a huge discount.

  12. Amelie says:

    Love Costco! My parents have a membership and their clothes are pretty great. My family has gotten coats, shoes, and what not over the years. I just got a nice coat and vest there a few weeks ago. My mom once bought me Hunter rain boots for Christmas for a great deal.

    Also they have good quality food. People think I’m being funny when I say they have some of the best croissants I’ve ever had!

    • Some chick says:

      And the $5 rotisserie chickens! Several meals there, and then I can make stock from the bones.

    • Noodle says:

      Costco’s cinnamon rolls are epic. I have to stop myself from buying them regularly.

    • lucy2 says:

      I got a high quality rain coat last year for $20. And sometimes a nice sweater or something for work.
      The food is pretty good too! Their chocolate chunk cookies…I may have caved and bought some last week…and may have eaten several already…

  13. KellyRyan says:

    My husband loves Costco for bulk purchases. I favor Winco which may only be in western states at this time. It’s also employee owned.
    We shop Dollar General and Dollar Tree. Summer flip-flops for $1.00, nice.

  14. Tiffany says:

    After seeing all the comments about Costco, I went to check out the website.

    I just might have to invest in a membership now.

  15. Susie Moloney says:

    I love Costco and the dollar store, too. And if I NEED something that’s where I start. But I’m trying so so so so so hard not to buy new this year. I’m getting all my clothes through consignment or thrift stores. But you can’t buy some things second hard, like TOOTHBRUSHES. So yeah DOLLAR STORE FOR THE WIN!!

  16. Other Renee says:

    I love the .99 store and the Dollar Tree Store. Best deals ever especially the greeting cards. At the Dollar Tree there is a much better selection and half of it is two cards for $1!! They won’t be those ridiculously fancy cards but they are the exact same cards you’ll find elsewhere for many times the price. I spoke to one of the staff once who said the supplier told her he drops off the exact same cards at other stores who charge way more.

    I go to Costco several times a year for bulk items for special occasions. I don’t have storage space to keep large quantities at home but when I did, I went more frequently. It’s a great place to shop. If you’re looking for seasonal clothing, go early in the season because once they sell out, they don’t replace.

  17. Onemoretime says:

    She is bad ass in the Watchmen, took me back to her as a badass detective from Southland. It was so good I watched the episode back to back. The opening of the episode told the world about Bass Reeves the real Lone Ranger and The Black Wall Street massacre . A lot of but hurt white supremacist crying foul about it on Twitter. Calling white supremacy terrorism!! Can’t wait til next week.
    She’s a great actress and deserves the world.

  18. A says:

    I think dollar stores, much like every other type of shopping experience, is much better in America in terms of selection and prices. I’m not saying you can’t pick up some great things in a Canadian dollar store or anything, but no matter what it is, we always seem to have a generally lower selection of items for much higher prices. See also: amazon dot com vs amazon dot ca. And that’s not factoring in shipping duties and stuff.

    All this to say, I love Regina King. Loved her in Legally Blonde 2 loved her in Cinderella Story. I would love to see her in more mainstream stuff, and I hope she gets roles worthy of her chops going forward!!

  19. JanetFerber says:

    She is looking absolutely fierce in that outfit. Toned and gorgeous.