As caregivers, all of us love a good price, 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 significant bit off your monthly household and care giving budget.
It is important to help keep in mind while shopping at these discount stores is that they are certainly not held towards the high standards that this supermarkets are. So you has to be careful everything you purchase.
The Do Buys:
Cleaning items are reported to be an excellent value in the dollar stores. And when you come across a name brand which you trust, proceed to buy it. It’s safe.
Most of the time, bleach is bleach is bleach and most of other cleaning products have the same ingredients since the name brands. (Veronica Bright of Hub Pages states that she found an excellent cleaner called Mean Green in the dollar store near me now which she says is amazing!) Sponges are generally an excellent buy, as well.
Greeting cards are a great dollar store find. Name brand 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 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 are most often much of a bargain.
Food storage containers, are less costly and from my experience, hold as well since the supermarket brands. I purchase the aluminum foil type casserole pans to use 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 however when you find that you need poster board in January, it’s far better to pay for a dollar compared to the $3.79 it would cost at other stores. Two sets of tabbed dividers are $1.00 in comparison with $2.50 – $3.00 at office supply stores.
Movie Night Candies can be expensive specially when purchased in the theatre. The dollar stores carry name brand 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 footwear is actually a good buy as 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 shops. If you’re lucky, you can find some decent ones occasionally on the dollar store.
Wine goblets are a fantastic 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 glasses of wine but long into his 80s, my dad loved wine but still had a great palate. There shouldn’t be lead during these, having said that i might conduct a bit of research with that.
According to Jeff Yeager, author of “The Cheapskate Next Door”, Spices are a good purchase. I might accept that when you’re not super picky. It’s hard to mess up pepper or parsley but there are more spices that require higher quality. Be sure you check expiration dates.
Books and specialty CDs are 2 of my favorite finds. I’ve found some great current reads and some 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.