What to Buy at a Dollar Store

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There’s nothing like a good dollar store, but how do you know if what you’re getting is really a bargain or just junk? The September Issue of ShopSmart Magazine gives us the answers, with a great story on what one should, and shouldn’t, buy from the local dollar store. Here’s some tips.

What to Buy at the Dollar Store

Based on the unit price, these items are steals at the dollar store.

* Heavy-duty Aluminum Foil: At 3 cents per square foot, the dollar store can’t be beat on price.
* Gift Wrap: Dollar stores had the cheapest price at 2 cents per square foot versus 17 cents at one grocery store. But, skip the tissue paper. It’s more expensive at dollar stores.
* Cotton Rounds: For something used everyday to remove makeup, the savings could really add up over time.
* Party Supplies: Gift bags, ribbon, greeting cards, decorations and balloons are all great buys.

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  1. elderberry says

    I always buy emery boards, nail polish remover (especially the wipes) and orangewood sticks at Dollar Tree.  They also sometimes have regional or hard to find brands of food.  I got some nice spice blends there once. I also stock up on coffee filters.
    Cleaning supplies, buckets, rubber gloves and sponges.
    You have to keep your eyes open, they often have buy out lots of name brand product.

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