You get what you pay for, an old saying but a wise one. How many times have you thought something was a great price, only to take it home and realize it was junk? Unfortunately that can happen no matter where you shop. The chain of dollar stores have gotten a reputation for exactly that, however I have found that reputation is undeserved.
I have often heard that some people will not buy anything at the Dollar Store because they ware worried about what is in the food. All food sold in the store must pass the exact same regulations as food sold in the main grocery store chains. It is no more or less safe than food you might buy at Safeway or Wal Mart.
The next concern I hear is that the non-food products come from China. Well, some do. So do many of the items you buy at your Micheal’s and Costco. Being an informed consumer means you should always know where your products are made, no matter where you are purchasing them. Just because it was at the Dollar Store does not mean you should be especially worried.
The last argument is that not everything is a good deal and that is absolutely true. You have to know not only your prices, but your prices per unit. Sometimes items are cheaper because there is less in the packaging. Take toilet paper for example. It is not the same quality as Charmin, and the rolls are much smaller. But if you are going to use it in a classic bridal shower game, do you really care?
So what is worth buying? Start in the card section where you can choose 2 for $1. The selection is certainly not as big as the Hallmark Store but compare 50 cents to even a lower priced card of $1.99 at Hallmark and you are saving 75%. Gift bags, tissue paper and ribbon is also sold at a significant savings. Don’t forget the party-wall, where you can purchase plates, napkins and streamers.
The craft section can offer huge savings. I buy 70% of the supplies for my Girl Scout Troop at the Dollar Store. More than once I picked up something at Wal Mart and found it was 50% less at the Dollar Store. (I returned the items to Wal mart of course) Remember, living in Smallville means Wal Mart is our only option, those who have access to Micheal’s can often pick up items on sale and clearance that I simply don’t have access to.
Some food is cheaper a The Dollar Store as well. You must take into consideration the sale price you could potentially find on the item and if you will have coupons to get it even lower. Sometimes, you just cannot beat the sale price. For example, I picked up 2 full-sized containers of salt for $1 for both.
Bonus, some chains do accept manufacture coupons! Make sure you ask in advance but it certainly never hurts to see if you can save even more money.
I hope I have convinced you to give your local Dollar Store a try. Let me know what great deals you find!