Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Dollar Store

"How much is it?"
"It's only a buck."

When we go to The Dollar Store we hear those phases repeated over and over again.  It always makes us laugh as we catch ourselves time after time repeating it along with all the other shoppers.  Yes, the sign on the door says so but we continue to ask anyway.

About once a month we head in and have a great time roaming through the aisles finding all the strange and unusual things on the shelves.  Most do not carry the standard policy of  when the shelf is empty it gets refilled.  No, each time we go there is a different collection of items to pick and choose through as the owner has picked up the deals along the way.  With the holidays approaching the variety is even more colorful.

Even the kids can take their change and find something new and different to enjoy.  Once of the best purchases that was made was a package of colorful pipe cleaners.  Hours and hours of enjoyment and creativity was used in the making of mobiles, bird cages, and roses.  All for a buck.  The same happened with a package of colored Popsicle sticks. 

Some of the many items we have found:
  • Cleaning products including window cleaner, laundry detergent, and dish soap.  Some are brand name
  • Socks. 3 pair for a dollar
  • Party supplies
  • Hardcover and paperback books including some of the top authors
  • Umbrellas
  • Toothpaste
  • Bungee Cords at another store $6
  • T-shirts
  • Hair accessories
  • Calculator
  • Bibles
  • First aid supplies including ibuprofen and band aids
  • Pet Supplies
  • Picture frames
  • Holiday items
  • School supplies
  • Liquid hand soap/sanitizer
  • Gloves
  • Puzzles at another store $4
  • and, my favorite - pink flamingo decorative items.
They also sell all manner of food items but as is always true, know your prices.  A can of vegetables at $1 is not the best price in town.

What can you still buy for a dollar?  Check it out.  You may be surprised and have a fun time in the process.  And, if you REALLY want to save money they also have the 99 cent store where you can even get back change from your dollar.


Olivia said...

Ours has canned mackeral. For a buck. With the price of tuna through the roof, this is a passible substitute mashed up with mayo and celery on a sandwich.

Practical Parsimony said...

Tonight, I discovered Starkist Tuna is $.68 at Walmart in my town. Last year, it went down to $.50 then later back up to $82. I had about a hundred cans at the cheapest price--$.50. But, I started buying about a can a week at $.82 because I was sure it would rise. I was wrong and will get some of the $.68 cans now.

I use tuna instead of salmon to make croquettes. Instead of opening a large, expensive can of salmon, the tuna makes a meal for me. Cost per serving is cheaper. I have never had mackerel.