Bargain Hunting – Finding Local Low Cost Deals
Doing a little bargain hunting is a great way to stretch your money! One way to save more is to buy smaller gifts.
One place to find them is to shop at stores where everything’s priced at a deep discount.
You may have turned your nose up to Dollar Stores in the past, but tough times call for tough measures. In fact, you probably have one or two of these stores near your home right now. Besides saving money, these stores can be a real time saver when you forget a few items at the grocery store.
Dollar stores are reminiscent of what used to be discount stores like Roses. If you’ve ever shopped in one, you know they have a large variety of products. If you haven’t been in one, you maybe missing out. They are not just full of junky, trashy trinkets but have a wide selection of foods and other items that save money big time.
Discount stores have gotten a bad rap in recent years, but they are not just a place to find toys for your children. Sure you won’t find things that are of fine quality, but some things don't need to be of high quality for them to be a good buy. For the little things, they're perfect if you’re bargain hunting.
Bargain Hunting at the Dollar Store
Toys - The dollar store is the good place to purchase some toys for smaller children. You can get a bag full of goodies for around $20! Good buys are bottles of bubbles, glow sticks, coloring books, crayons, markers, and stickers. These items are not of junk quality. They are low cost items that keep the lid on fussing or crying. How long do most toys for small children last anyway? Even the most expensive of items find the trash can after they've been in the hands of toddlers long enough!
Gift Wrapping Supplies - The dollar store can really take the edge off gift wrapping supplies. Gift bags, ribbons, bows, tape, party supplies, and greeting cards are staple products you’ll find. They all come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, so compare around to get the best deals. Bargain hunting depends on the Dollar Store you’re shopping in though. Sometimes everything’s a dollar, sometimes not. Check price tags for the best deals.
Household goods - While walking through the household aisles, you're sure to spot something you need. You’ll find a wide variety of paper products, trash bags, and household cleaners in name brands that you recognize and off brands that you don't. I recently purchased 3 boxes of large trash bags (containing 8 trash bags each), for three dollars. They aren't the highest quality but who cares. They serve their purpose. You can also find plastic goods such as bowls or cups. Other household items include shower curtains, table cloths, moth balls, and clothes hangers.
School and office supplies - The dollar store is an excellent place to get inexpensive school supplies. Pencils, pens, envelopes, notebooks, paper clips, and notebook paper are examples of the items you’ll find there.
Plastic Containers – The Dollar store is a fantastic place to find plastic containers. They have large and small containers, with or without lids, to choose from. Small containers are great for storing leftovers, carrying lunches, and hair accessories. Some of them come in packages of three or four for a dollar.
Larger containers are great for storing all sorts of larger things. If you’ve been meaning to clean out a messy closet, you can organize it much less expensively using them. Compare these to the containers found at the supermarket and you'll be sure to agree that they're of equal quality, but at a better price.
Baking Pans - I recently saw large foil roasting pans at the superstore that sold for $3. I knew I could get the same exact product at the Dollar Tree for a mere dollar. Dollar stores have roasting pans in every shape and size. You’ll save a bunch of money by doing some real bargain hunting for everyday items such as these.
Towels and wash cloths - You'll find a good selection of towels, dish towels, pot holders, and wash cloths. They won't be of a great quality but for everyday clean up and chores you can’t beat the cost. It also means you can save the good towels for your body.
Candles, Makeup, and other Nick Knacks – If you are on a budget and get a last minute party invitation, you can find some great buy’s at the Dollar Store so you don’t show up empty handed. You can find candles, incense, bangles, makeup, and other types of inexpensive presents that may just do for someone you know. They are not usually high quality items, but it beats the heck out of showing up without anything.
I recently bought some LA colors shimmer eyeshadow at the Dollar Store. The application brush sucked but the makeup is great and new. I just used my own makeup brush for application. You just have to look around when you’re bargain hunting!
Reading Glasses – Anyone whose lost or broken their reading glasses, knows about getting these at the dollar store. Many of them come in a protective case too, and because they’re inexpensive, you can buy several pair to leave around the house, in your purse, or in the car.
Groceries – Many Dollar stores have a large selection of groceries to consider purchasing when you're bargain hunting. You can find name brand canned goods, chips, drinks, and other grocery items that cost a lot more to buy at the superstore. Cake mixes, sugar, vinegar, oil, and other grocery supplies are smart buys! Some dollar stores sell eggs, cheese, milk, and even country ham. Just goes to show that not all stores are created equal.
Holiday Shopping – The Dollar store is a great place to find small holiday items for every holiday. They are packed full of mugs, plates, household decorations, gift bags, cards, and other small holiday items. They are a great place to find stocking stuffers for Christmas, end of year gifts for teachers, and even Halloween decorations for a party. Some dollar stores have lots of things stocked while others lack supplies, so shop around for the best stores in your area when you’re bargain hunting!
Clothes – Buying clothes from a dollar store might raise a few eyebrows and drop a few jaws. However, for those dirty jobs around the house, you may rethink some of them. You can get a lot of clothes for doing odd jobs so you don’t mess up your nice clothes. T-shirts and cheap sweat pants come in handy when you are planning to clean out closets, add hair color, paint a room, or make crafts. The dollar store is also a source for other small clothing items such as socks or gloves. You aren’t going to get the best quality but their purpose is well served.
Do your homework though. There maybe a few items that are not a good buy at the Dollar Store. Bargain hunting for things such as electrical cords can be down right dangerous. A major consumer magazine cautioned against buying extension cords at the dollar store since they're not of good quality and can be unsafe.
Electronics are also not something you’ll want to purchase there. You get what you pay for and any electronic item that only costs a dollar is questionable. Also batteries are another item that aren’t a good buy. Most of the time, they won’t last very long and are of poor quality. For those type of items, it’s always a good idea to err on the side of caution. There are some good deals though. You just need to look around!
Of course, there are other stores to go bargain hunting where you’ll also find great items for under $10 or $20. Shop at Antique stores, consignment shops, Big Lots, Overstock.com, Roses, Kmart, outlet malls, Discount Store of America, and others for the best deals. Living in a recession is all about making do with less money. You may just surprise yourself by finding a few good deals on your own.
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