Are you a dollar store shopper?
But only for very certain things. For clarification, by dollar store I mean the stores where everything is a dollar (and not just have the word dollar in the name (I'm lookin' at you, Dollar General). Around here that's Dollar Tree.
Don't get me wrong, I am totally all about small and local businesses and buying handmade when possible. I love that. I love Etsy and small boutiques and such. But that's not the reality for most of us with every single purchase. And if you're just as well going to Target or Walmart or whatever for these foreign-made things anyway, you might as well be going to the dollar store and getting yoself a better price. Right? Right.
So here's the following things that if you buy them, you should be buying at the dollar store:
Because it's silly to urinate on a ten dollar bill when you can do it on a one.
Really, they work just as well as the ten or fifteen dollar ones for the most part and for most purposes. The only drawback is that they're not the kind where you go directly on the stick one and you have to use the enclosed dropper to drop the urine in the special spot. But if you're possibly pregnant, you may as well get used to close encounters with bodily fluids anyway, amiright? And it's way easier to stock up and explain to the husband a $10 crazy purchase versus a one hundred dollar one.
I almost physically hurt when I see the prices on greeting cards in the normal store. Five dollars?!? For a card?? The cards at our Dollar Tree are two for $1. And really, they're just as good as the others. (And does anyone ever read the actual card anyway? Like ten percent of the time maybe??) They also have packs of thank you cards or invitations for that same buck.
I have the same visceral response to the price of gift bags as I do to greeting cards. You can find them at the dollar store for either a buck each or two for $1. Get them there when you need a new one. Then, of course, save them all and rotate them through your family repeatedly like we do. I think I still have a few saved from John Paul's birth a decade ago. Heck, I think we even have some from our wedding. And I've seen the same bag passed back and forth for various cousin birthdays, too, because cheapness runs in the family.
The dollar store is by far the best place to buy colored plates and cups and things for parties when you need them. They have a ton of colors and themes as well as other party supplies. We've hosted a good many parties in our day and the best value I've always found there.
School, Office, and Craft Supplies
(Posterboard, glue, notebooks, tape, googly eyes, popsicle sticks etc.)
I don't feel like I need to go crazy stocking up at the back to school sales anymore since the dollar store has most of those items just as cheap all year round. Or if they are a ton cheaper at the Target sale, you know it's only because they're luring you in to also buy the more expensive inflated items along with it.
Plastic and Aluminum Storage Containers
When you make a meal for someone in need it's really nice to be able to put it in a storage container that they can keep or toss. Our Dollar Tree has some good size ones that are perfect for this. I like to keep a few on hand for when an occasion arises to gift a meal to someone.
First Aid Supplies
(Rubbing alcohol, bandages, cotton balls, aspirin, etc.)
John Paul went through this thing last year (probably due to The Dangerous Book for Boys) where he decided to put together first aid kits for our family. Which was good because we didn't have anything like that. We went to the Dollar Tree for almost everything in it - bandages, wipes, aspirin...they even have braces, ace bandages, and epsom salt (this pregnant lady is loving her epsom salt baths right now). I now make sure bandages are bought there...four boys and all.
So what shouldn't you buy at the dollar store? Food. Pretty much any of it. :)
Do you shop at the dollar store? What do you make sure to get there?
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