Do you shop at Dollar Stores? I like to shop at our two local stores. They can be a great place to save money.
There are some good deals to be found especially on Brand Name products. However, there are some items that can end up costing you more money than if you were to buy it from a grocery or hardware store.
You have to know your pricing and it helps to know your products. Watch your local flyers for sale items because if an item is on sale at your regular grocer you might end up saving more money buying it there than buying that same item at the Dollar Store.
There are some Dollar Store products that I rave about. Some are unexpected finds and others are just regular items that I buy.
Toothpaste for instance is a regular item for me, but watch the price on some of these because some stores offer the same or lower prices.
Another Dollar Store item on my list is shampoo. Most of the time I buy organic skin and hair care product, but I also look for shampoo with very little ingredients. There are way too many chemicals in our products today and some Dollar Store shampoos have few ingredients. They also clean well.
I have also found some products, even brand name product, are inferior. Perhaps they ended up in the Dollar Store inventory because they didn’t pass standard quality control or quality assurance tests by manufacturers. It doesn’t mean that they aren’t good to use it just means there might be something about the product that is just a little off and can’t be sold on the regular grocery or hardware store shelves. As an example, I purchased a brand name deodorant that I know works for me but when I started to use the item I bought in the Dollar Store I found I wasn’t getting the results that I had always experienced with the regular store product.
Items that I will no longer buy at a Dollar Store are things like nails or screws and some plastics. I find the metals are too soft and not like those you would buy elsewhere. As for plastics, many of them stink and it makes you wonder what is in them and how toxic they are. I always look on the bottom of the plastic container for the symbols that tell us whether or not the plastic item is food-grade. I will not buy anything to store food or grow vegetables in that is not food grade. Please, think about this when you are buying plastics from the Dollar Store, or even other stores, so you are not putting your family at risk with unknown toxins when you store your foods. If it has no symbol, don’t buy it! Better yet, use glass when you can. Here is a link that explains food-grade plastics. Know your symbols.
Check this video out about Dollar Store savings where the Shopper Army Community (I’m a member) voted on good savings – “The Morning Show Global News: What to Buy from the Dollar Store”
When you are finished watching the video head on over and have a look at the Shopper Army website. It’s a great place to test drive and review new products and you get reimbursed for your test item, or the item is shipped to you free of charge for evaluation.
The more you shop the Dollar Store the better you will get at evaluating products and pricing. You can save money at a Dollar Store. If you do it right, use some of that extra money to buy yourself a treat. Please, don’t compromise your health to save a little money though.
Do you have any secret finds that you would like to share? Please do, I’d love to hear about them!
Thanks for stopping in and happy shopping!