I love dollar stores. Family Dollar has never been a favorite - as the ones around here are very messy and not that clean nor organized. Just kind of junky. I really like Dollar General and of course the Dollar Tree!!!
I mean - heck it's a dollar! Now we must all realize that not everything there is a deal. I can get many items on discount or sale at the grocery store for less. Some things just aren't worth bringing home and some shouldn't be brought home.
Watch and read when buying things like toothpaste and beauty aids. The packaging looks like brand name - but if you read it carefully - it is not the same. Tons more chemicals added and it often comes from a foreign country. You really DO have to beware.
That being said - I still find a lot of things well worth that dollar bill!. I buy snacks for G sometimes, candy is often a deal, I like to get cards there as well. I love making cards - but always try to keep a bunch of ready made for all occasions here at the house. Most are 2/$1 - that's like dirt cheap. Cards are sooooooo expensive - and they often just get tossed in the trash. I buy kitchen towels, peroxide & alcohol, cards, some spices or grocery items, snacks, silk florals (for cemeteries), and shampoo. Those are my go - to items. It just depends on the season.
I have been seeing lots of posts of FB talking about Pink Himalayan Salt at DT. That is what we use and let me tell you that stuff is pricey. Yes we could use regular table salt, but there is the added iodine and pink salt contains lots of natural minerals of the earth. It is all natural and better for you.
Well I went yesterday, just to see if ours had the salt. THEY DID! I got 5 - 1 lb. bags @ $1 per bag. Now I know that sounds pricey compared to table salt - but it is worth it.
This stuff is great. It is better for you (click on bottom pic to read about it), and it is healing. G has sensitive teeth and had a tooth hurting for a while and he now keeps a bottle of water (w/pink salt added) in the bathroom and rinses his mouth with it everyday. No more pain or sensitivity! It works great for gargling with if you get a scratchy throat. Much like regular salt water - but has minerals in it as well.
I also use pink salt in my canning instead of buying canning/kosher salt. No iodine added - so no cloudiness in our canned goods.
I got the mail in yesterday after I came home and there was a booklet from my spice place - Spices, Etc. I love that place and have purchased our salt from them in the past.
Well check out the price in this flier.
17.8 oz. bag is $19.95!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I paid $1 for 16 oz. bag. HUGE difference.
It is pure salt and comes from the exact same place. I checked the bag I still have. Crazy.
I truly do not know how DT can sell things so cheaply. Is it just that other places are making a fortune? I don't think so. Think about materials & labor, processing or manufacturing, then shipping and location to sell, etc. - it just doesn't make since.
I will continue loving my DT as long as possible - because eventually this cheap train has to come to an end.
These are the kind of deals that make frugal shopping fun! You might check your store for this deal as well.
ALSO keep an eye on your Family Dollar stores as many are starting the discount pricing already. I have seen 20% - 25% off at some stores. Popular items will go fast and you won't even get to think about getting a deeper discount for some things.
Keep your eyes open and shop smart!!!!!