As caregivers, most of us love a good price, especially in this economy. Shopping at one of 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.
It is essential to maintain in mind while shopping at these discount stores is they usually are not held to the high standards the grocery stores are. So that you should be careful whatever you purchase.
The Do Buys:
Cleaning goods are said to be a good value in the dollar stores. And in case you come across a name brand that you simply trust, go on and 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 that she found an awesome cleaner called Mean Green at the dollar store near me which she says is amazing!) Sponges are usually a good buy, as well.
Greeting cards are a fantastic dollar store find. Brand cards can cost as much as $5.00 a piece and also 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 storage containers, are less costly and from my experience, hold as well as the food store brands. I get the aluminum foil type casserole pans for pot lucks and delivered church meals. I’ve also seen tortilla warmers for any dollar.
School Supplies can be found cheaper at stores like Target and Wallmart during back-to-school sales but when you discover that you need poster board in January, it’s far better to cover a dollar than the $3.79 it might cost at other stores. Two sets of tabbed dividers are $1.00 as compared to $2.50 – $3.00 at office supply stores.
Movie Night Candies can be expensive especially when purchased in the theatre. The dollar stores carry name brand candies in “movie-sized” containers. Although most sugars don’t deteriorate quickly, it’s still a good idea to check the experation date.
Children’s shoes are actually a great buy because their feet grow so quickly. Summer sandals and flip flops are an especially good bargain and can be considered a fun gift for your grandchildren.
Picture frames can be rather costly in shops. If you’re lucky, you can find some decent ones occasionally 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 permit the wine to breath or even be swirled) sturdy glasses both for red and white wines. Now I’m not advocating hvcxft you serve your care recipient giant servings of wine but long into his 80s, my father loved wine and still had a great palate. There shouldn’t be lead in these, having said that i might do a bit of research about that.
In accordance with Jeff Yeager, author of “The Cheapskate Nearby”, Spices are a great purchase. I would accept that when you’re not super picky. It’s hard to mess up pepper or parsley but there are many spices which require 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 and a few lovely inspirational books for just a dollar each – excellent gifts. CDs with relaxing music for mediatation or bubble baths can regularly be found along with holiday CDs – just don’t expect well-known artists.