This morning I was watching Studio 5 on KSL (a local NBC morning show here in Utah) and they did a special on how to find a good deal at the Dollar Store and what to buy and what not to buy. I wanted to share it will ya'll.
I looked at:
- Overall quality
- Price per unit (sometimes ounce for ounce, or piece for piece it was cheaper to buy it in bulk somewhere else)
- Effectiveness for the job (if it was a cleaning product)
- Possible concerns--lead in the ceramic of dishes made in China, OTC medications effectiveness or safety, vitamins being "good", etc
Generally a good deal
- Gift bags, party invites, ribbons, bows, tissue paper, gift wrap, greeting cards (often 2/$1)
- Kitchen tooks--measuring cups/spoons, ice cream scoops, wire whisks, spatulas, etc.
- Small storage containers, tubs, baskets and bins
- Cleaning products and supplies...mops, rubber gloves, sponges, and all purpose cleaners...work just as well as the higher priced cleaners.
- Pet toys...savings close to $3 per toy
- Holiday/Seasonal decorations
- Mylar Balloons...may save as much as $4+ per balloon
- Disposable aluminum pans for freeze ahead meals...savings of around $2-$3 per pan
- Picture frames
- Pregnancy tests
- Baby Shampoo and De-tangler
- Spices--while there isn't a big selection the price point is quite substantial
- Hair elastics, headbands, clips and bows are a great bargain at the dollar store.
- Disposable food storage containers.
- Some dishtowels-look them over carefully, some are better than others.
- Some make-up, like lipsticks, eye liners, and applicator brushes are generally a good deal...savings can be as much as $6-$7 depending on the items.
- kids toys
- canned goods
- over the counter medications
- paper products
- salt, baking soda, brown sugar
Happy Savings Ya'll! ~Lauralee
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