If you haven’t been to a Dollar Store recently, I suggest you stop for a look-see. I recently dropped by a Dollar Store and was pleasantly surprised at what I saw being offered for just one buck. But even at the Dollar Store, you must be alert for deals that are truly good deals. Here’s how to tell if you are really getting a good $1.00 deal or if you are being ripped off.
Are you really getting your money’s worth at the Dollar Store?
You may be asking, “What’s the big deal?” It’s only a dollar. But I beg to differ.
If you buy multple items at the Dollar Store, not only are you obviously spending more than a dollar, but at the same time you may not be getting a dollars worth of merchandise.
Dollar Stores are Popular
A Dollar Store
Make Dollars Stretch
In today’s economy, everyone wants to make their dollars stretch. This is why the Dollar Stores are popular now. People may instinctly think they are saving money because they are shopping in a Dollar Store.
But not so fast. Is that $1.00 candle holder you are getting ready to buy really worth a whole dollar. After all, it is made out of plain glass instead of crystal, or lead crystal.
What about that box of Mead envelopes. Are the box of envelopes a good deal for $1.00.
You may be surprised that both items could be bought cheaper at other stores. For example, the Mead envelopes sell for 96cents at Walmart, and when Walgreens has a sale, you can get two boxes for $1.00 (50 cents each).
So before you pick up something at the Dollar Store, do comparison shopping to be sure you are not overpaying for the items.
That being said, there are some good deals to be had at the Dollar Store, including food items. A word of caution here. Be sure to check the expiration dates to be sure you will not be eating old food.
There are good deals on books, for example the paperback book Vampire Dairies, sold for a dollar when it is selling elsewhere for upwards to $7.99.
If you can, try to stay away from the cheap, plastic items. They are probably worth less that a $1.00.
Dollar Store Lessons
The key lessons here are to comparison shop, make sure your food has a good expiration date, and remember that because an item sells for only $1.00 does not mean you are getting a good deal.
Remember — Buyer Beware.
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