Do You Shop at the Dollar Store?

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Registered: 07-05-2005
Do You Shop at the Dollar Store?
Fri, 05-31-2013 - 8:29am

Who doesn’t love a great deal at the dollar store? It sounds promising -- but does it deliver? The answer is yes and no, say consumer savings experts. If you’re a savvy shopper and avoid shoddy merchandise or products that are still overpriced at a dollar, there are definitely deals to be had. 

A word of warning: not everything at every dollar store costs a dollar, says Andrea Woroch, a consumer savings expert at The Dollar Tree charges a dollar for every item but Dollar General offers pricier stuff, too. That’s where you need to be careful. Impulse buying could get you into trouble even at dollar stores, says consumer savings expert Regina Novickis. While the values may be terrific, it’s easy to get caught up in a shopping frenzy and leave with more than you need. “Just because it’s a dollar, doesn’t mean it’s a deal,” says Farnoosh Torabi, Yahoo! Finance contributor and host of Financially Fit. “If it’s not something you need or even want, forget about it. Come to the dollar store with a mission.” Read on to find out how to get the most for your buck.

Do you ever shop at the local dollar store(s)?  If so, what items do you pick up there? Anything you avoid?

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Fri, 06-07-2013 - 2:57pm

I love shopping at the dollar store - I always go up and down every aisle, just to see if there is anything interesting! I love that I can pick up a whole bunch of things - and it still only costs a few dollars!

I don't shop for food much there though - most of the time it seems I could get it cheaper at the grocery store...

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Registered: 01-23-2013
Sun, 06-09-2013 - 9:23am

I shop at the Dollar General store for my cleaning supplies and odds and ends. My local Dollar General even has milk and bread so it's pretty convenient to run in and grab milk from them too.

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Registered: 08-01-2007
Sun, 08-25-2013 - 12:33am

My favorite things to buy at the dollar store are Pagasa pasta for .25 for a 7 oz package - I stock up, spices, LA Looks eyeliner, Betty Crocker rubber spatulas, generic "swiffer" type dust cloths,  birthday cards, bags, tissue and bows.