What You Should And Shouldn’t Buy At Dollar Stores

November 17, 2016  |  


I have been shopping all wrong at dollar stores. Seems there are just some things you should never buy at a dollar store, according to Kiplinger, which reported, “A $1 price tag doesn’t make an item a bargain.”



“If you find yourself filling your basket with dollar-store buys that you never use because the quality is poor or the brand is unfamiliar, then you’re simply wasting money,” the site reported.

For starters, don’t stock on batteries at the discount store, which I love to.do. It’s a no-no because those cheap batteries are usually of the carbon-zinc variety and don’t last as long as alkaline–and they can leak, so you wind up buying more and sooner. And, surprise, you shouldn’t stock up on canned goods either. The grocery story might actually be cheaper for these products.

Skip the dollar windshield washer fluid as well. “The price is right, but the quality is all wrong. The $1 fluid we found isn’t effective in winter when temperatures drop,” reported Kiplinger. Don’t pick up any gum either. “Again, not much of a bargain at Dollar Tree, where a four-pack of Wrigley’s Doublemint gum is $1. At five sticks per pack, that works out to 5 cents per stick. (The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is 35 cents per pack, or 7 cents per stick.) But at Costco, a bulk package of 20 14-piece packs of Orbit spearmint gum costs $11.49, or about 4 cents per piece,” reported Kiplinger.

And ladies, don’t think you’re getting a bargain with dollar store hair and skincare products. No, all shampoo is not created equal. The dollar store variety might be filled with harmful chemicals, and they might not have been tested for allergies.

Dollar store school supplies might also be hazardous. A “2015 report from the Ecology Center, a group that does environmental education, advocacy and testing, found elevated levels of at least one hazardous chemical in 81 percent of the dollar-store products it tested including some kids’ backpacks and pencil cases,” reported Kiplinger.

Also on the site’s skip list for dollar stores are: steaks (really, how good can $1 beef be?); tools, as the poor quality might be unsafe to use and also won’t last long.

There are some things you should definitely put in your cart when shopping at the dollar store though. They are:

–Cleaning supplies. If you’re not brand loyal, you can get some great deals at the dollar store on these products.

–Greeting cards. With you basic greeting card going for about $4, a $1 card is a good deal.

–Goods for the kitchen. From disposable kitchenware, to cheap plates, cups, mugs, and silverware you can save some bucks at the dollar store.

–Office supplies. Just look at paperclips, you can get 250 metal paper clips from Dollar Tree for $1, while Staples will charge you about $2.50 for  a box of 100 paper clips.

–Party supplies. These are much cheaper at the dollar store than going to a party supply place. And you can get nearly everything, even helium balloons.

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