Dollar Store Bargains

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 by No Comments
Dollar Store Bargains

It never ceases to amaze me how many people think shopping at the dollar store is beneath them – even if they’re having financial problems.

I love my dollar store! Where else can you get your shopping fix for next to nothing?

If you’ve never been to your nearest dollar store, you’re missing out. Don’t let snobbishness or embarrassment keep you from taking advantage of the easiest way possible to stretch your household budget.

Some things we buy at the dollar store on a regular basis include:

  • Hardcover books and DVDs – The selection is hit or miss, but I’ve found some great titles in the past. My most recent find was a 6 DVD set of an old educational children’s show called Lunar Jim. It provided my son with hours of entertainment for just one $1.
  • Gift wrap and gift bags – My local Dollar General has really cute gift bags for birthdays.
  • Craft supplies – Dollar stores often have beads for jewelry making, yarn for knitting, scrapbooking stickers, and rubber stamps.
  • Simple toys – I buy puppets, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, kites, and coloring books for my son to play with from the dollar store. We avoid costume jewelry because of the concern over lead, and toys with wheels because the wheels fall off too easily.
  • Household essentials – I like to pick up cheap conditioner to use as a substitute for shaving gel and cheap toothbrushes so I can afford to replace them when someone gets sick. I also buy batteries for all the low drain toys in the house that I haven’t been able to afford rechargeable batteries for.

Like any other money saving strategy, dollar store shopping takes a bit of practice. Sometimes you’ll find great bargains, sometimes you won’t. But, it’s definitely worth a shot when you need to stretch your household budget as far as possible.

Photo credit: Dollar General

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Dana Hinders

Dana Hinders lives in Iowa with her husband and son. She has been a freelance writer since shortly after earning her degree in journalism from The University of Iowa in 2003. She writes extensively about parenting, crafts, and creative ways to save money. Visit her at

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