If you’re looking for ways to cut expenses, dollar stores can be a great resource. In my area, we have the $.99 Store and Dollar Tree and I have found some great deals at both stores.
Here are some of my favorite dollar store bargains:
–Books: you never know what you’ll find in the book section – I have found some great board books for my kids and some great hardcover books for myself by spending a few minutes browsing (this is definitely hit or miss)
–Cards: cards for all occasions are 2/$1 at both stores – you can’t beat that!
–Coloring books: if your kids love coloring books, you can’t beat getting them for $1 (and sometimes they are 2/$1!), and they usually have educational workbooks and flash cards, too!
–Craft supplies: if you have kids who love craft projects, you’ll find lots of great, affordable options at the dollar store!
–Gift bags: gift bags of varying sizes are $.79 at the $.99 store and $1 at Dollar Tree (these retail for $2-3/each at other stores, so this is definitely a steal!). They have wrapping paper, boxes, and tissue paper, too!
–Holiday themed items: if you’re looking for seasonal partyware, you can’t beat their prices
–Party supplies: whether you’re having a themed party or you’re just looking for paper goods in coordinating colors, you can find it all for $1/each (cups, plates, plasticware, table cloths, napkins, and even banners or other decor) – I haven’t seen prices that cheap anywhere else!
–Pregnancy tests: I know it sounds crazy, but the tests from the dollar store are really accurate (I’ve got a 3 year old now to prove it!), so why spend $7-10 on a “name brand” one?
Sometimes you can even find name brand ice cream (Dreyer’s) for $1!
Just remember – $1 can add up quickly and if you end up buying a lot of things you don’t need, it’s no longer a bargain. You may want to leave your kids at home. Mine are suckers for all the “junk” that they have there, too!
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