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Things That You Can Still Buy for a Dollar
I Could Not Believe What I Found at the Dollar Store!
As I kid I remember going to the dime store and you could buy plenty with just a dime. Now people are asking "What can I even buy with a dollar these days?" to which I answer "plenty!" Have you ever visited a dollar store?
My first venture into a dollar store (or 99 cent store as some are called), was about 5 or 6 years ago. At first I was a little hesitant, I mean really, just what in the heck could you buy for a dollar nowadays? It was reminiscent to me of those five and dime stores of years ago, and I really didn't think I would find anything worthwhile.
Although I wouldn't say that you will find anything of truly great value at a dollar store, what I can say with absolute certainty is that if you shop faithfully at the dollar store before you do your normal shopping, you will save alot of money (Probably hundreds of dollars a year)
Today, I am absolutely hooked on the dollar store, and with the withering economy I have even more reason to make those trips to the dollar store to save lots of money on stuff I actually NEED and USE.
My Favorite 99 Cent Store
My favorite store that I found a couple years ago is about 4 miles from my house. In it I can buy food, plants, household goods, pet food and toys, automotive things, gifts, seasonal decorations, party-ware and just about everything under the sun. Some of the better "finds" that I got there for just 99 cents are:
* My black flower sandals (which had a $6.99 price tag on them)
* My live lavender plants (which retail at the store for $3.99)
* My favorite little ceramic nightlight (which had been in a boutique earlier for $9.99)
* A car charger for my phone (which would have cost me $15.00 at the cell phone store)
At this particular store the stock changes - some things are overstocks, over-runs and discontinued items, so when I see the item I pick it up right then and there. Waiting and thinking about it will probably mean if I go back it's gone! Other items are usually there like the shampoos and such - except - when brand name shampoos come in they usually go fast!
A Baby Shower on a Budget
Throwing a Baby Shower With Dollar Store Items
The latest big savings that I had was at another little local dollar store I found close-by to home. Although this one is smaller and doesn't have as much stuff, the stuff they do have is more specific for some things. I was thrilled when I found all the party-ware and decorations for my daughter-in-laws baby shower that I was going to be giving her.
I bought matching quality cups, plates, napkins, party favors, invitations, baby shower game gifts,streamers, balloons and even the door decorations and a cute little baby shower book. The total cost of my baby shower booty came to about $25.00 and I'm sure that I had gone to a a party store I would have easily sank about $75.00 into the same amount of party-ware!
Who Doesn't Like To Save a Dollar?
I could go on and on all about the good things I get at the dollar store, but I would probably need to end up writing a book about it because the savings have been amazing. In these tough economic times, it has really paid for me to shop at the dollar store first before even entering either the grocery store or other retail stores. At the dollar store, I invariably find something I need that I can save money on.
And in this day and age, who doesn't like to do that? So yes, what can you buy with a dollar nowadays? Plenty if you shop at the right stores!