As caregivers, we all love a good price, especially in this tight 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.
The most important thing to keep in mind when you shop at these discount stores is because they are certainly not held to the high standards that the grocery stores are. Which means you must be careful everything you purchase.
The Do Buys:
Cleaning products are reported to be an excellent value in the dollar stores. And in case you come across an identity brand which 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 same ingredients as the name brands. (Veronica Bright of Hub Pages states that she found an excellent cleaner called Mean Green at the nearest dollar store which she says is amazing!) Sponges are typically a great buy, as well.
Greeting cards are a fantastic dollar store find. Name brand 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 low as fifty cents a piece. I stock up on the “homemade scrapbook-like” cards so 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 are most often a good deal of bargain.
Food canisters, are less expensive and from my experience, hold as well since the food store brands. I get the aluminum foil type casserole pans to use for pot lucks and delivered church meals. I’ve also seen tortilla warmers to get 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 compared to the $3.79 it would cost at other stores. Two groups of tabbed dividers are $1.00 in comparison with $2.50 – $3.00 at office supply stores.
Movie Night Candies can be expensive particularly when purchased at the theatre. The dollar stores carry brand name 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 because 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 department shops. If you’re lucky, you can find some decent ones from time to time on 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 be swirled) sturdy glasses 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 dad loved wine and still had an outstanding palate. There shouldn’t be lead within these, however i might perform a bit of research with that.
According to Jeff Yeager, author of “The Cheapskate Nearby”, Spices are a wonderful purchase. I might go along with that if you’re not super picky. It’s challenging to mess up pepper or parsley but there are other spices that need better quality. Be sure you check expiration dates.
Books and specialty CDs are 2 of my personal favorite finds. I’ve found some good 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 often be found together with holiday CDs – just don’t expect well-known artists.