As caregivers, all 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 quite a bit off your monthly household and care giving budget.
The most important thing to keep in mind when you shop at these discount stores is because they are not held to the high standards that the food markets are. So you must be careful what you purchase.
The Do Buys:
Cleaning goods are reported to be a great value in the dollar stores. And when you locate an identity brand that you trust, go ahead and buy it. It’s safe.
Most of the time, bleach is bleach is bleach and many of other cleaning products have the identical ingredients because the name brands. (Veronica Bright of Hub Pages states that she found an excellent cleaner called Mean Green at the dollar store locations near me which she says is amazing!) Sponges are usually a great buy, as well.
Greeting cards are a good dollar store find. Name brand cards can cost around $5.00 a piece and at the dollar store, you can find nicely made cards for less than fifty cents a piece. I stock up on the “homemade scrapbook-like” cards in order that I’m never with no perfect card. I’ve also found some very pretty and well made Gift bags as well as paper shred. The ribbon didn’t appear to be a great deal of bargain.
Food canisters, are cheaper and from my experience, hold up as well as the supermarket brands. I get 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 however when you discover that you need poster board in January, it’s far better to cover a dollar compared to $3.79 it might cost at other stores. Two sets of tabbed dividers are $1.00 in comparison with $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 smart idea to check the experation date.
Children’s shoes are actually an excellent buy since 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 department stores. If you’re lucky, you can find some decent ones occasionally in 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 be swirled) sturdy glasses for both 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 yet still had an excellent palate. There shouldn’t be lead in these, however i might perform a bit of research about this.
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 hard to mess up pepper or parsley but there are many spices that require higher quality. Make sure to check expiration dates.
Books and specialty CDs are two of my personal favorite finds. I’ve found some great current reads and a few lovely inspirational books for just a dollar each – excellent gift items. CDs with relaxing music for mediatation or bubble baths can often be found together with holiday CDs – just don’t expect well-known artists.