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Shopping at Dollar Stores

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Love them or hate them, dollar stores attract a lot of consumers with their low prices. This is a guide about shopping at dollar stores.
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December 28, 2007

Dollar stores can be great sources for necessary items. However, don't assume that because something is in the dollar store, it is a good buy. Sometimes one can buy things elsewhere cheaper. For example, after Christmas last year, I was able to buy wrapping paper in the grocery store for fifty cents a roll. Not only was it cheaper, but there was more on the roll and it was of better quality. Know how much you want to pay for an item, and then wait until you see it for that price to stock up on it.

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By Carol from Wyoming, PA

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February 12, 2015

Before you set out to do your shopping, stop at your local Dollar Store. I have had to become very frugal, due to sudden changes in my life; the loss of my husband 18 months ago, and now living alone for the first time in 59 years. It's time to get frugal!

I spend approx. $20.00 a month at The Dollar store before I go into The Supermarket. What an amazing savings. Yes, I was always a name brand shopper, but when you can't afford it, you realize the inexpensive products work just as well. Try it, you may like it!

  • Dish liquid
  • sponges
  • computer paper
  • spices (88 cents)
  • zip-lock bags- all sizes
  • plastic ware w/lids
  • foil & plastic wrap
  • laundry detergent & fabric softener (Does the same job as the expensive stuff, that's all marketing ideas)
  • All gift bags, cards 2/$1.00, tissue paper
  • All stationary items; pens, pencils, tape, batteries ect...
  • Cleaners, toilet paper, paper towels, toilet bowl cleaner.
  • Seasonal items for your home.

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August 1, 2007

Shop at your local .99 Cent stores or Dollar stores first before your regular grocery stores. Sometimes you can find items like canned crabmeat at the dollar store, where as in the regular grocery store it might have a costly price tag of $6.00 a can! Plan your weekly shopping trip, keep a list while shopping. Know what stores you can get the best prices at.

By Terri H. from NV

Editor's Note: There is a massive recall of Castleberry canned products due to Botulism, which can be deadly. Some of the smaller stores, including Dollar stores, have been found to still have these products on their shelves. Here is the recall article.

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April 21, 20081 found this helpful

To save money shopping, purchase your incidentals at Dollar Tree, Dollar General and Big Lots. You'll be surprised at how much money you'll save by buying shampoos and cleansers. Most of their snacks are quite good, also Giant Eagle's bread is cheaper than Wal-Mart. I used to do all my shopping at Wal-Mart, but now I split it up amongst these stores to save 75 dollars in groceries. That is, of course, if these stores are located within close proximity because of the ever increasing gas prices.

By Kelli from Patton

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March 13, 2017

Whenever you are in the dollar store, make sure you go down the food aisle. Many times, you get lucky and find items that are much more expensive in the supermarket. You may even find gourmet items.

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The picture here shows Dijon mustard, which I use for salad dressing and recipes, as well as sandwiches. It was $1 at the dollar store, and $4 and up in the supermarket. Two weeks ago, I found frozen blueberries, which are also over $4 in the supermarket. I have also found baking powder that retails for $2.69 , real chocolate chips and flavored coffee syrups.

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December 7, 20040 found this helpful

This year when Christmas shopping, consider buying gifts as well as decorative items from your local dollar store. I went into our dollar store yesterday and was very pleasantly surprised at the amount of decorative items as well as gift items available - and at such a reasonable price!

By Robin

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October 2, 2008

WARNING - Do not buy the knockoff of the "Scott 1000" Toilet Paper at the Dollar Store! This gave my 5 year old granddaughter a very painful and itchy problem "down there" and it took 2 weeks and 2 visits to the doctors office to get her all healed up!

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March 28, 20050 found this helpful

'Family Dollar Stores' accept manufacturer's coupons. Shop there before shopping at the grocery or elsewhere to get the most for your money.

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November 23, 2016

I bought a queen size pair of panty hose at the Dollar Store for storing white potatoes. I put 10 pounds of potatoes in the panty hose and hung it on a nail. I retrieved potatoes here and there until the hose was empty. I really put that pair of panty hose through some rough treatment. Guess what? Not one run with all that rough handling!

A hand inside a pair of pantyhose.

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November 12, 2008

I recently found that my local Dollar Tree carries high quality brand name frozen foods. I got Green Giant steam in the bag vegetables for a dollar a pack, which is much less expensive than at my local supermarket.

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July 5, 20170 found this helpful

To save some money at the dollar store, keep an eye out for coupons you can use when you shop there. This is a guide about using coupons at dollar stores.

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