5 Things You Can Buy for a Dollar But Probably Don’t
(The following guest article is by Nikki Harris. If you would like to guest post for us please see our guidelines. Kyle’s Note: As I have written before, we have a fun family tradition of taking our kids to the Dollar Store to let them shop for Christmas gifts.)
When it’s time for weekly grocery shopping trips, most people just go to one store and buy everything. Depending on where you shop, you might find that some items are available in other places for less. Discount stores, for example, offer select brand name items at a reduced price. If you shop at a discount store that offers everything for the same price, you’ll find that you can spend anywhere from 35 to 75 percent less for the exact same items you’ll find at the grocery store or even the drugstore.
If you’re serious about frugality, you might not think twice about going to two different stores to buy everything you need to get you through the week. However, most people don’t make the little extra effort it requires, especially if they have to bring the kids along to a second stop. In reality, there’s a variety of items you can buy cheaply at a discount store that you probably pay too much for at the grocery store. Here are 5 useful things you can buy for a dollar but probably don’t.
1. Cleaning Supplies
Keeping the house clean takes some work. It doesn’t help when you have muddy footprints on the ceramic tile and little fingerprints on the bedroom mirror. The interesting things that happen to your nice clean bathtub might make some people shudder. It seems like the more kids you have, the more you have to clean. Cleaning supplies, like glass cleaner, sponges, ceramic cleanser and scrubbing brushes, don’t have to cost a fortune, but they can make your home look like a million bucks – even if it’s just for a few days at a time.
2. Paper Products
From paper towels to toilet paper to paper plates, disposable and recyclable is in style for a reason. Paper products are great for quick clean-ups and lower water bills.
3. Party Supplies
Everyone loves a party. The festivities only last for a few hours, but the memories last forever. It’s not worth spending a lot on balloons, streamers, cups, plates and napkins. You can save any leftover party supplies for the next event or use them up on crafting projects. If you like to have the occasional ant-free picnic with a blanket spread out on your living room floor, create a more festive mood. You can pull out the leftover party cups and plates without worrying about broken glasses and dirty dishes.
4. Home Improvement Items
When you’re planning do-it-yourself home improvement projects, check at the discount store first for paint rollers, latex gloves, screwdrivers and rubber mallets. Don’t let the kids see the rubber mallets, though, unless you’re prepared for a homemade rendition of whack-a-mole on your 9-year-old’s lunchbox.
5. Automotive Fluids
If you keep up on your vehicle’s routine maintenance at home, you probably buy items like brake fluid, octane booster, injector cleaner and power steering fluid when your car starts making shrieking noises and other hideous sounds. Quiet things down without overwhelming your budget. If you have teens or tweens, this is also a good way to teach them how to take care of the car they might soon be driving.
While making a double stop on a grocery shopping trip might be an inconvenience at times, it can also make a difference in how heavy your wallet feels at the end of the week. If you’re serious about being frugal and you’d rather be shopping, it’s an easy way to save a little money.
Author Bio: Nikki is an independent writer for DollarTree.com. Dollar Tree offers great deals on office supplies, party supplies and more.
Ask the Readers: Do you shop at the dollar store? What items are worth the $1 and what aren’t? They clearly have loss-leaders and they also have products that I think they make .99 cents profit on. I look forward to your comments.If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed!
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