As caregivers, we all 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 significant bit off your monthly household and care giving budget.
It is essential to help keep in mind while shopping at these discount stores is because they usually are not held for the high standards that this food markets are. So you should be careful everything you purchase.
The Do Buys:
Cleaning goods are reported to be a good value on the dollar stores. And when you come across an identity brand that you trust, go ahead and purchase it. It’s safe.
In most cases, bleach is bleach is bleach and many of other cleaning products have the identical ingredients as the name brands. (Veronica Bright of Hub Pages states that she found an awesome cleaner called Mean Green on the nearest dollar store which she says is amazing!) Sponges are generally an excellent 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 as low 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 canisters, are less expensive and from my experience, hold up as well as 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 any 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 far better to pay for a dollar than the $3.79 it could 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 on 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 as their feet grow so quickly. Summer sandals and flip flops are an especially good bargain and can become a fun gift for that grandchildren.
Picture frames can be rather costly in department stores. If you’re lucky, you can find some decent ones occasionally on 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 both for red and white wines. Now I’m not advocating hvcxft you serve your care recipient giant glasses of wine but long into his 80s, my father loved wine and still had a great palate. There shouldn’t be lead during these, but I might do a bit of research about this.
Based on Jeff Yeager, author of “The Cheapskate Nearby”, Spices are a good purchase. I would personally agree with that if you’re not super picky. It’s hard to mess up pepper or parsley but there are many spices that require better quality. Remember to check expiration dates.
Books and specialty CDs are a couple of the best 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 regularly be found along with holiday CDs – just don’t expect well-known artists.