Dollar Stores Can Be a Great Place to Save Money

dollar tree name on building

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.

Canadian DollarAnother 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.

good plastics 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”

shopper army logoWhen 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!


Rosemary Lavender Bath Salts

homemade bath salts in a jarvia The Community Farm Store Newsletter, Duncan, BC




This is a simple, wonderful gift to make and give to someone you love. Change the essential oil and herb combination to suit the person you’re gifting. Find everything you need in our Wellness Section!

  • 2 cups Epsom Salt
  • ¾ cup Baking Soda
  • 1-2 Sprigs Fresh Rosemary (or 2 tbsp dried if you don’t have fresh)
  • 8-10 drops Lavender Essential Oil

In a mixing bowl, combine epsom salt and baking soda. Chop the rosemary up as tiny as you can because it does need to go down the drain without causing problems, add to mixture. Slowly add essential oil in, stirring as you go or you’ll get little clumps. Store in an airtight container (such as a pretty Weck jar decorated with twine) and make someone happy!

I am a member and always look forward to receiving the Community Farm Store newsletter in my email. There are always great tips, and information on new products. Learn more about becoming a member of a caring and healthy community. It’s easy to do and you save money too. Check out their website below.

Do you strive to eat and live healthier? This is the store for you. If you live in the Duncan area, or are driving through town, stop off and have a look around.

The Community Farm Store, 2-5380 Trans Canada Highway, 101-330 Duncan Street, Duncan, BC V9L 6W4 Canada

Phone 250-748-6227
Fax 250-748-6292

Writing Myself a Letter – the BounceBack Program

Well, Christmas is here again! Have you been good this year? Have you been a good frugal shopper? I hope this message finds you all healthy and happy.

Christmas can be a hard time of the year. Families are struggling more than ever to make ends meet. Prices are going up for everything. Here in BC we are looking at increases in hydro, car insurance, medical services plan (for some couples and seniors), and our foods and materials are about to take another big hit. Being frugal is becoming a bit of a challenge for those of us already pinching pennies and not by choice. The stress is taking it’s toll.

And there are those who are suffering from mental illness. Depression and anxiety can make the Christmas season a sad time. Those who are alone may not see any joy in Christmas carols, or bright coloured tree lights, or the laughter of families as they go about their visits. This is not something one just gets over. Continue reading

When Times are Tough and You Need to Save More Money

Is Being Frugal by Choice or Necessity?


Frugal living for some people is a choice while for others it’s a requirement. Many singles and families find it hard to get through the month due to low income. Times are tough for some and it is likely to continue. Having enough money to pay the bills and feed the family can be a challenge.

Over the years, I have had to find ways to save money. I understand how hard it can be to have little to no money before the end of the month. It’s not fun and it can be stressful for the whole family. Therefore, if you are finding that your money is not going as far as it used to you may want to find ways to help your situation. Below you will find a few tips that I want to share with you. I hope these tips, along with tips in my other articles, help to ease the burden.

Finding what works for you may take a little time, but be patient, it is worth it. Hopefully, you will find that you are coming out ahead. Get the whole family involved. It can be a learning experience for all and one that may become part of your lifestyle once things get better!

As I have mentioned in the past, I not only try to save money but to be health and environmentally conscious as well (money permitting).

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