As caregivers, we all love a great deal, especially in this economy. Shopping at among the 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.
The most important thing to maintain in mind when you shop at these discount stores is that they are certainly not held for the high standards the food markets are. Which means you has to be careful whatever you purchase.
The Do Buys:
Cleaning products are reported to be a great value on the dollar stores. And if you come across a reputation brand that you trust, proceed to purchase it. It’s safe.
In most cases, bleach is bleach is bleach and most of other cleaning products have the identical ingredients because the name brands. (Veronica Bright of Hub Pages states that she found a wonderful cleaner called Mean Green at the closest dollar store to me which she says is amazing!) Sponges are usually a great buy, as well.
Greeting cards are a fantastic dollar store find. Brand cards can cost just as much as $5.00 a piece as well as at the dollar store, you can find nicely made cards for as low as fifty cents a piece. I stock up on the “homemade scrapbook-like” cards to ensure that I’m never minus the perfect card. I’ve also found some very pretty and well made Gift bags as well as paper shred. The ribbon didn’t seem to be a good deal of bargain.
Food canisters, are less expensive and from my experience, hold up as well because the food store brands. I purchase the aluminum foil type casserole pans 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 discover that you need poster board in January, it’s much better to pay for a dollar than the $3.79 it would cost at other stores. Two groups of tabbed dividers are $1.00 as compared to $2.50 – $3.00 at office supply stores.
Movie Night Candies can be expensive specially when purchased at the theatre. The dollar stores carry name brand candies in “movie-sized” containers. Although most sugars don’t deteriorate quickly, it’s still smart to check the experation date.
Children’s footwear is actually a good buy since their feet grow so quickly. Summer sandals and flip flops are an especially good bargain and can be a fun gift for your grandchildren.
Picture frames can be rather costly in shops. If you’re lucky, you can find some decent ones from time to time at the dollar store.
Wine goblets are a good find. For just a dollar, you can purchase big (we detest those tiny 4 oz glasses that don’t allow the wine to breath or perhaps be swirled) sturdy glasses both for 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 father loved wine yet still had an excellent palate. There shouldn’t be lead in these, but I might perform a bit of research with that.
In accordance with Jeff Yeager, author of “The Cheapskate Nearby”, Spices are a wonderful purchase. I might go along with that when you’re not super picky. It’s difficult to mess up pepper or parsley but there are more spices that need higher quality. Make sure to check expiration dates.
Books and specialty CDs are two of the best finds. I’ve found some terrific current reads and some lovely inspirational books for just a dollar each – excellent gift items. CDs with relaxing music for mediatation or bubble baths can often be found along with holiday CDs – just don’t expect well-known artists.