Know what to buy, what to avoid and how to find the best deals at the dollar store.
The trick to saving money sometimes is not spending money. Just because it costs a dollar doesn’t mean that it is a bargain
especially if you don't need it. Stick to the list!
Overspending without thinking is easy at dollar stores, so before you toss an item into your cart, ask yourself whether it’s on your list– and, if it’s perishable, whether you will consume it before it spoils.
Dollar General and Family Dollar sometimes offer coupons in fliers or online (sign up for the Savings Zone at dollargeneral.com to receive printables). The two retailers also accept manufacturers’ coupons.
BONUS SAVINGS: Ask the manager if you can use your coupons in addition to the store coupons.
Dollar stores tend to have good prices on greeting cards, gift wrap, party decorations and craft materials. Also look to save money on household basics like cleaning supplies such as paper towels, sponges and disinfectants.
Visit the dollar stores' websites for additional deals and savings.
At dollartree.com, you can purchase products in bulk. And Dollar Tree, Dollar General (dollargeneral.com) and Family Dollar (familydollar.com) post sales fliers on their sites. As you make your shopping list for the week, compare their deals with those at the supermarket and other stores.
Cheap doesn't always mean best. So at dollar stores steer clear of buying medication and vitamins, which could have expired
or possess misleading labeling.
Think twice before buying toys with small parts (they can be a choking hazard), electrical items (some have been found with fake UL labels that indicate safety testing) and kids jewelry (which can contain lead), according to ShopSmart, a Consumer Reports publication.