As caregivers, we all love a good price, especially in this economy. Shopping at one of many various dollar stores (The Dollar Store, The Dollar Tree, The 99 Cent Store, etc.) can shave a serious bit off your monthly household and care giving budget.
It is important to maintain in mind when you shop at these discount stores is because they are certainly not held for the high standards the food markets are. Which means you should be careful whatever you purchase.
The Do Buys:
Cleaning goods are reported to be a great value on the dollar stores. And when you discover a name brand which you trust, proceed to buy it. It’s safe.
Most of the time, bleach is bleach is bleach and a lot of other cleaning products have the same ingredients as the name brands. (Veronica Bright of Hub Pages states she found an excellent cleaner called Mean Green on the dollar store near me which she says is amazing!) Sponges are typically a great buy, as well.
Greeting cards are a fantastic dollar store find. Brand name cards can cost just as much as $5.00 a piece and also at the dollar store, you can find nicely made cards for as little as fifty cents a piece. I stock up on the “homemade scrapbook-like” cards so that I’m never without the perfect card. I’ve also found some very pretty and well made Gift bags as well as paper shred. The ribbon didn’t are most often a great deal of bargain.
Food storage containers, are less expensive and from my experience, hold as well as the food store brands. I buy the aluminum foil type casserole pans to use for pot lucks and delivered church meals. I’ve also seen tortilla warmers for a dollar.
School Supplies can be found cheaper at stores like Target and Wallmart during back-to-school sales but if you find that you need poster board in January, it’s significantly better to pay for a dollar than the $3.79 it would cost at other stores. Two sets of tabbed dividers are $1.00 when compared with $2.50 – $3.00 at office supply stores.
Movie Night Candies can be expensive particularly when purchased on the theatre. The dollar stores carry name brand candies in “movie-sized” containers. Although most sugars don’t deteriorate quickly, it’s still a smart idea to check the experation date.
Children’s footwear is actually a great buy because their feet grow so quickly. Summer sandals and flip flops are an especially good bargain and can be a fun gift for that grandchildren.
Picture frames can be rather costly in shops. If you’re lucky, you can find some decent ones now and then at the dollar store.
Wine goblets are a great find. For just a dollar, you can purchase big (we detest those tiny 4 oz glasses that don’t permit the wine to breath or even be swirled) sturdy glasses for both red and white wines. Now I’m not advocating hvcxft you serve your care recipient giant glasses of wine but long into his 80s, my dad loved wine yet still had an outstanding palate. There shouldn’t be lead within these, having said that i might conduct a bit of research about this.
In accordance with Jeff Yeager, author of “The Cheapskate Nearby”, Spices are a good purchase. I would agree with that when you’re not super picky. It’s challenging to mess up pepper or parsley but there are more spices that need higher quality. Be sure you check expiration dates.
Books and specialty CDs are two of my favorite finds. I’ve found some great current reads plus some lovely inspirational books for just a dollar each – excellent gift items. CDs with relaxing music for mediatation or bubble baths can regularly be found together with holiday CDs – just don’t expect well-known artists.