The dollar store can be a great place to find deals, but only if you selecting the right items. If you’re not careful and buy just because it’s a dollar, you can come home with inexpensive items that do not last long, laundry detergent that make your skin itch, or canned goods with questionable materials. If you can stay away from electronics, food, and laundry/cleaning supplies, you can actually find some items that make sense to purchase from the dollar store to save money compared to what it would cost at other stores.
If you’ve gone to a card or drugstore to pick up a greeting card, you can be in shock when you see at the register that the card costs $7 itself, for something you’re lucky if it’s kept any longer after reading. Same goes with wrapping and tissue paper, not to mention gift bags, you can all find for a dollar each at the dollar store that is a fraction of the price at what you would spend otherwise. By the time you add up the card, wrapping, or gift bags, that could equal out to what you’re spending on the gift itself.
Going grocery shopping is a great way to save money instead of the high price of going out to eat, but sometimes cooking at home brings leftovers, at which instead of throwing away, you can store for lunch or dinner the next day. At the dollar store you can find storage containers, you just have to look to see if you can put in the dishwasher or wash by hand, due to the quality. Another household item you can get at the dollar store instead of a craft store is a picture frame, for a fraction of the price.
There are so many parties that we attend throughout the year, whether it’s a 4th of July, Cinco de Mayo, Halloween, or Easter, there really are more than we named. It can be costly to host the event, but by picking up the seasonal decorations at the dollar store, you can have decorations on hand for any occasion. Even if you are planning a tailgate or Super Bowl party, you can pick up football themed platters, cups, and napkins for hosting a party for the big game. When it comes to picking up office gifts, you can put together Christmas baskets for team members and fill with cups, candy, and other festive accessories, for it’s the thought that counts, at a discount price.
It’s nice to get flowers, but sometimes can be hard to search for someplace to store them, so why not pick up an inexpensive vase, after all the flowers are the focal point, not what they’re stored in. Also, if you are in need of bar glasses or plates, the dollar store can be a great place to pick up these items to host a party, and if you need to toss them after, they were only a dollar after all.