As caregivers, we all love a good price, especially in this economy. Shopping at among 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.
The most important thing to maintain in mind when shopping at these discount stores is they are certainly not held towards the high standards the food markets are. Which means you should be careful what you purchase.
The Do Buys:
Cleaning products are said to be an excellent value at the dollar stores. And in case you locate a name brand which you trust, go ahead and buy it. It’s safe.
Generally speaking, bleach is bleach is bleach and most of other cleaning products have a similar ingredients since the name brands. (Veronica Bright of Hub Pages states she found an awesome cleaner called Mean Green in the dollar shop near me which she says is amazing!) Sponges are typically a good buy, as well.
Greeting cards are a great dollar store find. Brand name cards can cost as much as $5.00 a piece and also 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 so 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 great deal of bargain.
Food packing containers, are less costly and from my experience, hold up as well as 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 for any dollar.
School Supplies can be found cheaper at stores like Target and Wallmart during back-to-school sales but if you find that you need poster board in January, it’s much better to pay a dollar compared to the $3.79 it would cost at other stores. Two groups of tabbed dividers are $1.00 as compared to $2.50 – $3.00 at office supply stores.
Movie Night Candies can be expensive specially when purchased in 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 a good buy since their feet grow so quickly. Summer sandals and flip flops are an especially good bargain and can become a fun gift for the grandchildren.
Picture frames can be rather costly in department shops. If you’re lucky, you can find some decent ones from time to time 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 outstanding palate. There shouldn’t be lead in these, however i might perform a bit of research about that.
Based on Jeff Yeager, author of “The Cheapskate Next Door”, Spices are a wonderful purchase. I would accept that in case you’re not super picky. It’s difficult to mess up pepper or parsley but there are more spices that require higher quality. Remember to check expiration dates.
Books and specialty CDs are a couple of my favorite finds. I’ve found some good 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 in addition to holiday CDs – just don’t expect well-known artists.