Everyone loves to get something at a discount. I mean, who doesn’t L-O-V-E a good deal? We all need to learn how to decide if a deal really is the good bargain it seems to be. The deal has to actually be a good deal. Is it a Dollar store deal or no deal?
Dollar Store Deal or No Deal?
If you like to shop at a dollar store you might be making the mistake of assuming any item for a dollar is a good deal but that might not be true. I try to tell my husband.
Keep these tips in mind before your next trip to the dollar store to make sure you are getting the real deals that are offered.
Make a List
How often have you gone into a dollar store to pick up a couple of items and $80 later, you come out, hands full, with stuff you never intended to buy. You need a list of items to buy so you can avoid mindless shopping and blowing your budget on items you just don’t need!
What items should be on your list:
- Office supplies
- Art/School project supplies
- Books and puzzles
- Cleaning supplies
- Home Décor
- Party Décor
- Door Prizes (small)
- Stocking Stuffers
- Baking Supplies(cookie sheets, utensils)
- Beauty Products (shampoo, soap, hair accessories, hairspray)
- Batteries (they seem to last just as long as expensive brands)
What should NOT be on your list:
- Toys (they don’t last)
- Plastic Wrap
- Paper products (napkins, plates)
Something else you should not have on your list is an item you have not priced out prior- for example, food. A can of soup seems like a great buy, it’s just a $1, right? But had you shopped at your grocery store, you could have gotten them for .50 cents or less on sale. It turns out that isn’t such a great deal after all. Check flyers for grocery sales before purchasing items that may be overpriced.
Remember to always check the quantity of any item you are buying. $1 for a product simply packaged smaller is not a good deal, even when it feels like it! Run the numbers before you shop!
When you know pricing from store to store, the deals will come to you.
Do you know if it is a Dollar Store Deal or no deal?
If you are looking to save money when you go shopping check out my list of apps and Coupon sites.
What’s your favourite dollar store to shop at?