As caregivers, all of us love a great deal, especially in this tight economy. Shopping at one of many 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.
The most important thing to keep in mind while shopping at these discount stores is they are not held for the high standards that this supermarkets are. So you must be careful everything you purchase.
The Do Buys:
Cleaning products are reported to be a good value at the dollar stores. And when you discover an identity brand that you simply trust, go on and purchase it. It’s safe.
In most cases, bleach is bleach is bleach and a lot of other cleaning products have a similar ingredients since the name brands. (Veronica Bright of Hub Pages states that she found a wonderful cleaner called Mean Green in the closest dollar store which she says is amazing!) Sponges are typically an excellent buy, as well.
Greeting cards are a fantastic dollar store find. Brand name cards can cost around $5.00 a piece and also at the dollar store, you can find nicely made cards for less than fifty cents a piece. I stock up on the “homemade scrapbook-like” cards so that I’m never without the perfect card. I’ve also found some very pretty and well made Gift bags as well as paper shred. The ribbon didn’t seem to be a great deal of bargain.
Food storage containers, are cheaper and from my experience, hold up as well because the grocery store brands. I buy the aluminum foil type casserole pans for pot lucks and delivered church meals. I’ve also seen tortilla warmers to get a dollar.
School Supplies can be found cheaper at stores like Target and Wallmart during back-to-school sales but if 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 as compared to $2.50 – $3.00 at office supply stores.
Movie Night Candies can be expensive specially when purchased on the theatre. The dollar stores carry name brand candies in “movie-sized” containers. Although most sugars don’t deteriorate quickly, it’s still a good idea to check the experation date.
Children’s footwear is actually a good buy because their feet grow so quickly. Summer sandals and flip flops are an especially good bargain and can be considered a fun gift for that grandchildren.
Picture frames can be rather costly in department shops. If you’re lucky, you can find some decent ones now and then at the dollar store.
Wine goblets are a good find. For just a dollar, you can purchase big (we detest those tiny 4 oz glasses that don’t enable the wine to breath or even be swirled) sturdy glasses both for red and white wines. Now I’m not advocating hvcxft you serve your care recipient giant servings of wine but long into his 80s, my father loved wine yet still had an excellent palate. There shouldn’t be lead during these, but I might conduct a bit of research about that.
Based on Jeff Yeager, author of “The Cheapskate Next Door”, Spices are a wonderful purchase. I would go along with that in case you’re not super picky. It’s difficult to mess up pepper or parsley but there are more spices that need higher quality. Be sure you check expiration dates.
Books and specialty CDs are two of the best finds. I’ve found some good current reads and a few lovely inspirational books for just a dollar each – excellent gifts. CDs with relaxing music for mediatation or bubble baths can often be found along with holiday CDs – just don’t expect well-known artists.