As caregivers, all of us love a great deal, especially in this 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.
It is important to help keep in mind when shopping at these discount stores is that they usually are not held for the high standards that this supermarkets are. So that you should be careful whatever you purchase.
The Do Buys:
Cleaning items are reported to be a good value at the dollar stores. And if you discover a reputation brand that you simply trust, go on and buy it. It’s safe.
In most cases, bleach is bleach is bleach and a lot of other cleaning products have the same ingredients because the name brands. (Veronica Bright of Hub Pages states that she found an excellent cleaner called Mean Green at the dollar store near me now which she says is amazing!) Sponges are usually a good buy, as well.
Greeting cards are a fantastic dollar store find. Name brand cards can cost around $5.00 a piece and at the dollar store, you can find nicely made cards for as little as fifty cents a piece. I stock up on the “homemade scrapbook-like” cards so that I’m never minus 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 as well since the grocery store brands. I get the aluminum foil type casserole pans to use for pot lucks and delivered church meals. I’ve also seen tortilla warmers for a dollar.
School Supplies can be found cheaper at stores like Target and Wallmart during back-to-school sales but when you discover that you need poster board in January, it’s much better to cover a dollar than the $3.79 it might cost at other stores. Two groups of tabbed dividers are $1.00 as compared to $2.50 – $3.00 at office supply stores.
Movie Night Candies can be expensive particularly when purchased on the theatre. The dollar stores carry brand name candies in “movie-sized” containers. Although most sugars don’t deteriorate quickly, it’s still a smart idea to check the experation date.
Children’s shoes are actually an excellent buy as their feet grow so quickly. Summer sandals and flip flops are an especially good bargain and can be 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 occasionally 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 glasses of wine but long into his 80s, my dad loved wine yet still had a great palate. There shouldn’t be lead during these, however i might conduct a bit of research with that.
Based on Jeff Yeager, author of “The Cheapskate Nearby”, Spices are a wonderful purchase. I might go along with that in case you’re not super picky. It’s difficult to mess up pepper or parsley but there are other spices which require higher quality. Be sure you check expiration dates.
Books and specialty CDs are two of the best finds. I’ve found some terrific current reads and some lovely inspirational books for just a dollar each – excellent gifts. CDs with relaxing music for mediatation or bubble baths can regularly be found together with holiday CDs – just don’t expect well-known artists.