Don’t you love it when someone asks a cashier at the dollar store how much a particular item costs? I never know whether they’re joking or not, but I’m pretty sure they’re usually not.
Remembering the price of an item at your local dollar store should be easy, but it might not always be so simple to figure out which items to purchase there. When I’m at a dollar store, sometimes I find myself thinking that one dollar seems like a pretty good price for a particular item, but I also wonder how much it goes for at my local grocery or drug store. And if it’s a generic item, I try to figure out if the price reduction makes choosing it over a brand name – or even a store brand name – worthwhile.
The key is to buy items at the dollar store that have the biggest price difference from similar items in other stores. And, of course, you only want to purchase items that you will actually use. Otherwise, all you would have accomplished is cluttering up your home with a bunch of cheap items.
So, here are a few items you might find it beneficial to acquire from your local dollar store:
- Whether it’s for your kids, grandkids or you and your spouse, craft items are great to have around the house for a rainy (or very cold) day when you don’t feeling like leaving home. Stock up now on paints, glitter and beads.
- Christmas décor. No matter what time of year it is, you know you’ll need Christmas-themed wrapping paper, bows and bags eventually, so why not get them now inexpensively and store them with your other seasonal items. You’d pay a lot more for them at other stores.
- You know you’re going to lose half of your socks eventually, so why not spend only a dollar rather than three or four dollars. In fact, you can probably get several pairs of socks for $1, so grab some for the entire family.
- Cleaning products. Even if you have to use a little more of a generic cleaner than you would a brand name, you’ll still save money on cleaning supplies at the dollar store. And you know it’s just a matter of time until you need them. Grab disposable gloves, cloths and sponges while you’re at it.
- Greeting cards. What do you suppose the mark-up is on a $6 greeting card at a drug store? There’s just no reason to buy cards there when you can get them for $1 or less at the dollar store. Find cards with a simple message and room to add your own personal touch.
Our readers would love to know what other items you’ve found to be well worth buying at the dollar store. Please chime in with your thoughts.