As caregivers, all of us love a great deal, 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 a serious bit off your monthly household and care giving budget.
It is essential to maintain in mind when shopping at these discount stores is that they usually are not held towards the high standards that this supermarkets are. So that you should be careful whatever you purchase.
The Do Buys:
Cleaning items are reported to be an excellent value at the dollar stores. And in case you come across an identity brand that you simply trust, go ahead and purchase it. It’s safe.
Most of the time, bleach is bleach is bleach and most of other cleaning products have the identical ingredients as the name brands. (Veronica Bright of Hub Pages states she found an excellent cleaner called Mean Green on the dollar store near me which she says is amazing!) Sponges are typically a great buy, as well.
Greeting cards are a good dollar store find. Name brand cards can cost just as much as $5.00 a piece as well as at the dollar store, you can find nicely made cards for as little as 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 are most often a good deal of bargain.
Food packing containers, are less expensive and from my experience, hold up as well because the grocery store brands. I buy 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 but when you find that you need poster board in January, it’s significantly better to pay for a dollar compared to the $3.79 it could cost at other stores. Two groups of tabbed dividers are $1.00 when compared 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 name brand candies in “movie-sized” containers. Although most sugars don’t deteriorate quickly, it’s still a good 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 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 occasionally at 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 enable the wine to breath or perhaps 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 dad loved wine yet still had an outstanding palate. There shouldn’t be lead in these, but I might do a bit of research about that.
Based on Jeff Yeager, author of “The Cheapskate Nearby”, Spices are a great purchase. I might agree with that when you’re not super picky. It’s hard to mess up pepper or parsley but there are more spices which require higher quality. Be sure you check expiration dates.
Books and specialty CDs are two of my favorite finds. I’ve found some terrific current reads and some lovely inspirational books for just a dollar each – excellent gifts. 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.