As caregivers, we all love a good deal, especially in this tight 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 important to help keep in mind when shopping at these discount stores is they usually are not held towards the high standards that the food markets are. So you must be careful everything you purchase.
The Do Buys:
Cleaning products are said to be a good value in the dollar stores. And when you discover a reputation brand that you trust, go ahead and buy it. It’s safe.
In most cases, bleach is bleach is bleach and many of other cleaning products have the identical ingredients because the name brands. (Veronica Bright of Hub Pages states she found an awesome cleaner called Mean Green on the dollar shop near me which she says is amazing!) Sponges are usually a good buy, as well.
Greeting cards are a good dollar store find. Name brand cards can cost around $5.00 a piece as well as 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 without the perfect card. I’ve also found some very pretty and well made Gift bags as well as paper shred. The ribbon didn’t appear to be a great deal of bargain.
Food storage containers, are cheaper and from my experience, hold up as well because the grocery store brands. I purchase 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 if you discover that you need poster board in January, it’s far better to pay a dollar than the $3.79 it could 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 especially when purchased at the theatre. The dollar stores carry brand name candies in “movie-sized” containers. Although most sugars don’t deteriorate quickly, it’s still smart to check the experation date.
Children’s footwear is actually a good buy because 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 now and then 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 even be swirled) sturdy glasses 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 an excellent palate. There shouldn’t be lead during these, but I might perform a bit of research about this.
According to Jeff Yeager, author of “The Cheapskate Next Door”, Spices are a great purchase. I would personally go along with that when you’re not super picky. It’s hard to mess up pepper or parsley but there are many spices which require better quality. Be sure you check expiration dates.
Books and specialty CDs are a couple of my personal favorite finds. I’ve found some great 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 along with holiday CDs – just don’t expect well-known artists.