I live way too close to The Dollar Store
I end up spending a lot of time there
Which means I also tend to spend a lot of money there too.
I've bought a few things that have been worth a dollar.
And I've bought a few things that are totally not worth a dollar.
So stroll with me through the aisles and I will tell you all those things you should snag
and all those things you should avoid.
Tissue Paper-Snag it
It's so much cheaper at The Dollar Store and works great in those
recycled gift bags we all have laying around.
Scotch Tape-Snag it
Is it just me or does your house go through tape like it's going out of style?
Thumb Tacks-Snag it
You probably don't need these every day, but I did do a project
recently and wish I knew they had them at The Dollar Store because I paid too much.
Furniture Polish and Window Cleaner: Snag it
Both things I use often, both things worth picking up
Windex does not corner the market on window cleaner and Pledge doesn't either
You can read about Anna's top secret cleaning tip (hint, it involves furniture polish) here
While they may look like the scotch brite sponges, they are not the same.
Don't waste your money
Sun dishwashing liquid: Pass
This stuff is so watered down that it's cheaper to buy the name brand
Stor-it sandwich bags: Snag it
We don't use a lot of these baggies (I use my reusable ones
but when I do need them, they do the job
Potted Meat: Pass
I'm pretty sure potted meat is never a good idea
also, any "meat" at The Dollar Store-gross!
Pretzels: Snag it
These are great for lunches and so much cheaper than at the grocery store
Kids Shampoo: Snag it
If you have kids that wash themselves you know how much shampoo you go through.
Shower Curtain: Snag it
Now I'm not saying you should use just this shower curtain in your bathroom,
but under your fancy shower curtain, this one for $1 is perfect.
Washcloths and Towels: Pass
So thin and so not worth it
Extra Healing Lotion: Pass
It may look like Vaseline's healing lotion, but it is not even close.
Find a sale and buy the real deal
Bobby pins: Pass
Honestly didn't know anyone could screw up bobby pins
but they did.
Cotton Swabs: Pass
Stick with Q-tips
These guys bend before you even stick 'em in your ear.
It's like they are scared or something.
Pregnancy Test: Snag it
Seriously, the best $1 deal in the store
Compare them with other brands here
Glue Pens-Snag it
I always peruse the craft aisle you never know what you will find
I know I've bought these at Michael's before for WAY more!
Colored Pencils: Pass
These are awful! They won't sharpen and they get dull in a nanosecond
There is something to be said for Crayola. They have crayons figured out.
These are just waxy and yuck
Dough Pate: Pass
It's called Pate...seriously...skip it.
It's not play doh
Bubbles: Snag it
I buy these by the armful during the summer
Cheap, big and full of fun
So what dollar store items did I miss?
Good or bad I want to know!
What would you add to the list? Are there things that you've found to be crappy quality? Or maybe something that you got at the Dollar Store that is actually a good buy?
on Jul. 24, 2012 at 9:38 PM