While your local dollar store probably isn’t known for quality, they’re definitely known for their low prices! Sift through your weekly purchases to figure out which products require brand-name quality, and which purchases can be just as great with a significantly lower cost.
- Rainy Day Toys
Maybe the grandkids are coming this weekend, and the weatherman is calling for nothing but rain. Stock up on things like coloring books, bubbles, and glow sticks for hours full of fun! They’ll be ecstatic to have gifts from their grandparents, and you’ll be able to truly enjoy your time with them.
- Cleaning Supplies
The majority of cleaning supplies have identical ingredients, and often times, you’re just paying for the brand. Some local discount stores offer name brand products, but even if not, try an off-brand! Chances are, it’ll work just as well as what you’ve been paying top dollar for. Pick up a few dishrags, spray bottles, and scrub brushes while you’re at it - cleaning is almost fun when you’re saving money!
- Greeting Cards
Trust us, no one has ever felt more or less loved based on how much money their greeting card cost. Save yourself five dollars and pick up a pack of blank notecards. Your own hand-written note will mean so much more than a canned greeting, and you can put the extra dollars into a thoughtful gift they’ll truly appreciate.
- Movie Candy
We’re not sure when a $7 became an acceptable price for a box of sour gummy worms, but we can’t say we’re a fan. Keep a stockpile of movie candy boxes, and grab them whenever you’re headed to the theater or just spending a night in! You’ll have all of the fun of movie theater candy without the sky-high price.
- Party Supplies
A party just isn’t a party without crepe paper and confetti. However, keep in mind that these decorations will definitely be thrown out after just one use. Paper plates, plastic utensils,
table cloths, and all kinds of party decorations can all be found for a much lower price at your local dollar store. See what you can find!
We love finding any way to cut corners and save a few extra dollars. Start with these five suggestions, and see what else you can add to the list! Let us know if you find any cheap alternatives to your usual household staples.
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