dollar store http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10277/all en-US Best Money Tips: Things to Avoid at the Dollar Store http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-things-to-avoid-at-the-dollar-store <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-things-to-avoid-at-the-dollar-store" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_thinking_480207954.jpg" alt="Woman avoiding buying things from the Dollar Store" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on items to avoid at the dollar store, travel mistakes to stop making when you hit 30, and bathroom hacks that will simplify your life.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneyspruce.com/4-items-avoid-dollar-store/">4 Items to Avoid at the Dollar Store</a> &mdash; When it comes to household tools, you definitely get what you pay for. Tools from the dollar store are not made to last. [Money Spruce]</p> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Tips-Traveling-Your-30s-43765117">9 Travel Mistakes to Stop Making Once You Hit 30</a> &mdash; Don't feel obligated to fill your vacation days with activities. Give yourself a break so you don't feel like you need another vacation when you get home. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="https://adebtfreestressfreelife.com/top-bathroom-hacks-simplify-life/">13 Bathroom Hacks That Will Simplify Your Life</a> &mdash; To clean scum and dirt off your bathtub, give it a good scrub with a&hellip;grapefruit?!&nbsp; [A Mess Free Life]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyqanda.com/financial-envy">How to Deal with Financial Envy and Jealousy in Your Life</a> &mdash; Don't be too quick to compare your financial situation to others'. Odds are, they had to sacrifice a whole lot to afford that luxury vacation home that they only use once or twice a year. [Money Q&amp;A]</p> <p><a href="https://studentloanhero.com/featured/most-affordable-cities-live-in/">10 Fun Cities Where Rent Is Seriously Cheap (Under $700 per Month!)</a> &mdash; Looking to move? Consider one of these cheap cities, where the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment is under $700 per month. [Student Loan Hero]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/smartphone-saves-you-money/">35 Amazing Ways Your Smartphone Can Save You Money (Are You Using #23?)</a> &mdash; These apps can help you compare prices, collect coupons, save on gas, and rack on travel savings! [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyminiblog.com/creating-habits/decision-fatigue/">3 Signs You&rsquo;re Suffering From Decision Fatigue (And How to Recover)</a> &mdash; Decision fatigue wears down your willpower so that you end up doing nothing &mdash; or if you DO do something, it's done impulsively. [Money Mini Blog]</p> <p><a href="https://unclutterer.com/2017/07/21/more-than-15-ways-to-handle-recurrent-clutter/">More than 15 ways to handle recurrent clutter</a> &mdash; Spruce up your laundry area so that you actually enjoy being there, doing laundry. [Unclutterer]</p> <p><a href="http://dallisonlee.com/no-apps-productivity/">&ldquo;No Apps Productivity&rdquo; &ndash; How to Get Things Done Without Using Technology</a> &mdash; You don't need technology to stay on top of your tasks and projects. You may find that you're more productive when you get back to the basics. [D. Allison Lee]</p> <p><a href="https://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2017/0720/Summer-jobs-for-teens-wane-even-as-research-finds-big-benefits">Summer jobs for teens wane even as research finds big benefits</a> &mdash; Summer work opportunities reduce crime and offer disadvantaged youths the experience and job connections that can help them in later years, but these part-time jobs are becoming scarce. [The Christian Science Monitor]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-things-to-avoid-at-the-dollar-store">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Today we found articles on items you should buy at the dollar store, great jobs for retirees, and how going to college abroad can help you save money.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Things-Get-Dollar-Store-40954147">85 Items You Should DEFINITELY Buy at the Dollar Store</a> &mdash; The dollar store is the place to go for all sorts of office supplies, from cute erasers to pens and markers to trays for your odds and ends. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.cheapism.com/great-jobs-for-retirees-16341/">50 Great Jobs for Retirees</a> &mdash; Modeling isn't just for teenagers. You can find vigorous-looking older models on magazines, websites, and TV ads all the time. This can be a great gig for retirees who would like a little extra money. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/you-can-actually-save-money-by-going-to-college-abroad-1794274780">You Can Actually Save Money By Going to College Abroad</a> &mdash; Thanks to rising tuition costs in the U.S., it's actually cheaper in some cases to go to college overseas. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://www.artofmanliness.com/2017/04/12/homebrewing-101-make-great-beer-home-kit/">Home-brewing 101: How to Make Great Beer at Home From a Kit</a> &mdash; A brewing kit has everything a beginner home-brewer needs, and this guide will help you through the process. [The Art of Manliness]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog/4-things-you-must-keep-to-declutter-your-life/">4 Things You Must Keep to Declutter Your Life</a> &mdash; Hang on to the interests and hobbies that make you happy. They'll help expand your mind, develop your creativity, and give you an outlet for stress relief. [Change Your Thoughts]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://sweethometimes.com/kitchen-ingredients-need-home/">Kitchen Ingredients You Need in Your Home</a> &mdash; Keep a good variety of your favorite spices. They'll make any meal stand out even if other ingredients are scarce. [Sweet Home Times]</p> <p><a href="http://www.morewithlesstoday.com/new-fundraising-ideas/">New Fundraising Ideas for Parents, Teams, and Schools You May Not Have Heard About</a> &mdash; These days, you have many options for fundraising beyond the usual bake sale and car wash. [More With Less Today]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyspruce.com/five-ways-make-financial-life-easier/">Five Ways to Make Your Financial Life Easier</a> &mdash; Most service providers now give you the option to receive email statements. The faster delivery makes it easier to plan your budget ahead of time. [Money Spruce]</p> <p><a href="https://www.thepennyhoarder.com/life/budget-friendly-homemade-dog-food/">3 Budget-Friendly Dog Food Recipes for People Who Love to Spoil Their Pups</a> &mdash; All the benefits you get from home-cooked meals apply to dog food, too. These recipes give you more control over what your pet eats, and are easy to make and affordable, too. [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-teach-your-kids-to-accept-losing">How to Teach Your Kids to Accept Losing</a> &mdash; Give your child the time and space to grieve. Save the discussion for later when they are in a calmer frame of mind. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-85-things-you-should-buy-at-the-dollar-store">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-never-buy-at-the-dollar-store-and-10-you-should">10 Things You Should Never Buy at the Dollar Store (and 10 You Should)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-dollar-store-buys-that-are-almost-too-good-to-believe">11 Dollar Store Buys That Are Almost Too Good to Believe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-it-done-at-dollar-tree">Getting it Done at Dollar Tree</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-college-perks-you-might-be-missing-out-on">8 College Perks You Might Be Missing Out On</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-camping-stoves">The 5 Best Camping Stoves</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips dollar store Fri, 14 Apr 2017 08:00:07 +0000 Amy Lu 1927308 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Resell Dollar Store Goods http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-resell-dollar-store-goods <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-resell-dollar-store-goods" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_selling_basket_75889333.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to resell dollar store goods" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on two tricks to help you resell anything from a dollar store, states to avoid in retirement, and how to disagree without getting angry.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://flippingincome.com/resell-anything-from-dollar-stores-with-these-two-tricks/">Resell Anything From Dollar Stores With These Two Tricks</a> &mdash; You can individual parts at a dollar store and then sell them as bundled sets for maximum profit. [Flipping Income]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/retirement/T047-C000-S001-3-states-to-avoid-in-retirement.html">3 States to Avoid in Retirement</a> &mdash; These states are the worst places to retire in based on living costs, taxes, and other factors important to retirees. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://productivitytheory.com/disagree-without-getting-angry/">How To Disagree Without Getting Angry</a> &mdash; Focus on expressing your own thoughts instead of trying to attack the views of the other person. [Productivity Theory]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/1023/These-two-features-help-men-s-dress-shoes-last-forever">These two features help men's dress shoes last forever</a> &mdash; High-quality shoes can be expensive, but they'll last years (even decades!) longer than a cheaper pair. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/news/about/money-lessons-teach-kids/">The Most Important Money Lessons to Teach Kids</a> &mdash; It's important to talk to your kids about money early on. Join Experian's #CreditChat tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET for a discussion on the most important money lessons to teach kids at every age. [Experian]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Get-Motivated-42630094">How to Get Your Sh*t Together When You&rsquo;re Feeling Stagnant</a> &mdash; Adapt healthy habits, like cooking at home and exercising regularly. It makes a huge difference when you make an effort to take care of yourself. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2016/10/you-can-build-a-fortune-on-a-small-income.html">You Can Build a Fortune on a Small Income</a> &mdash; It's entirely possible to build a fortune if you save even a modest amount for a long time. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyreasons.com/2016/10/protect-parked-car-questionable-street/">How to Protect Your Parked Car on a Questionable Street</a> &mdash; Engage the emergency brake to make it harder for thieves to roll your car away.&nbsp; [Money Reasons]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyqanda.com/budget-guide-infographic/">A Budget Guide for Every Income &ndash; Boost Your Wallet With These Budgeting Tips</a> &mdash; Here are three ways to build a budget that works for you. [Money Q&amp;A]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/what-to-do-with-all-that-halloween-candy">What to Do With All That Halloween Candy</a> &mdash; Allowing your kids unfettered access to their Halloween candy is a recipe for toothache. Set guidelines for when they can eat the candy and how much. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-resell-dollar-store-goods">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-cash-back-credit-cards">The Best Cash Back Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-when-money-is-tight">9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash When Money Is Tight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-turn-your-backyard-into-a-moneymaker">How to Turn Your Backyard Into a Moneymaker</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cool-convenient-cash-11-easy-ways-to-make-money-online">Effortless Ways to Make Money Online That Don&#039;t Require Skills</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income best money tips dollar store Tue, 01 Nov 2016 09:30:37 +0000 Amy Lu 1824620 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Dollar Store Buys That Are Almost Too Good to Believe http://www.wisebread.com/11-dollar-store-buys-that-are-almost-too-good-to-believe <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-dollar-store-buys-that-are-almost-too-good-to-believe" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_85579391_LARGE.jpg" alt="buying toothpaste at the dollar store" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A couple years ago, my wife and I took our three kids to the dollar store to do their Christmas shopping, and I vividly remember walking down the aisles wondering why the heck we don't shop there all the time. I ended up with a basket full of dollar deals and have been a regular ever since. Here are the 11 items that are total steals and you'd be crazy to buy anywhere else.</p> <h2>1. Toiletries</h2> <p>Often when shoppers think of items like shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste from the dollar store, they think of generic products that don't work well. While the dollar store does have some generics, they also sell quality brands like VO5, Suave, and even Pantene from Dollar General.</p> <p>Toothpaste and deodorant are more of the same. Look for amazing deals on Colgate, Crest, Speed Stick, Degree, and Dial products. The savings are easily in the 60%&ndash;70% range when comparing the price to your local grocery store.</p> <h2>2. Household Tools</h2> <p>I'm talking about basic tools every homeowner or renter needs. Things like a screwdriver, hammer, wrench, and even a small hand-saw can all be found for a buck each. Are they going to be top quality? Well of course not, but for small jobs around the house that don't require the best, they do what you need them to do and provide a terrific value.</p> <h2>3. Cleaning Supplies</h2> <p>Quality cleaning product brands you can usually find at the dollar store include Lysol, Palmolive, and Comet. While the bottle size may be smaller than at regular retailers, the per-ounce cost at the dollar store will almost always beat other stores. This is even true when you consider coupons that you can use at stores like Walmart, Target, and grocery stores.</p> <h2>4. Pregnancy Tests</h2> <p>Yes, I said pregnancy tests. Turns out pregnancy tests from the dollar store are&nbsp;<a href="http://www.momjunction.com/articles/dollar-store-pregnancy-test_00388001/">99% accurate</a>. While name brand versions range from $9&ndash;$15, the dollar store alternative is a great value for essentially the same item.</p> <h2>5. Party Supplies</h2> <p>The next time you're planning your child's birthday party &mdash; or any party, for that matter &mdash; consider stocking up on party supplies at your local dollar store. Most have a fantastic selection of not only party decorations, but also plates, napkins, and plastic utensils all priced for under $1.</p> <h2>6. Reading Glasses</h2> <p>If you need a pair of reading glasses, you'd be crazy to not shop at the dollar store first. The quality is very similar to those you'll find at a drugstore, but at a fraction of the price. At the $1 price tag, you'd be smart to stock-up on a couple pairs, as they have a tendency to get lost or broken.</p> <h2>7. Storage Containers</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/475pARC6RE4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>When it comes to organizing your closet, pantry, office bathroom, or even your garage, the dollar store is a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=475pARC6RE4">great place to stock up</a> on storage and organizing products. From larger storage bins, to smaller organizing containers, you'll find a plethora of products to help you organize your home on the cheap. Many Dollar Tree locations even carry vacuum-sealed storage bags that are great for storing clothing that you won't be wearing until the following year.</p> <h2>8. Hair Accessories</h2> <p>Products like combs, brushes, hair scrunchies, bobby pins, hair ties, and the like, are a terrific value at the dollar store. Not only will they save you money, but they'll do the same job as more expensive versions found at department stores.</p> <h2>9. Greeting Cards</h2> <p>Shop for quality greeting cards at the dollar store and kiss $4.99 Hallmark cards goodbye. Keep in mind that what you write on the card, and any cool DIY tidbits you add to the card are what makes it special. The fancy cardstock, bows, and ribbons found on expensive cards do nothing but make American Greetings and Hallmark rich.</p> <h2>10. Wrapping Paper and Gift Bags</h2> <p>Since you're now buying greeting cards from the dollar store, you might as well stock-up on wrapping paper and gift bags, too. After all, a roll of wrapping paper typically costs $3&ndash;$5 and large gift bags are often priced similarly.</p> <h2>11. Books</h2> <p>Shh, don't tell my dad, but every Christmas I buy him a new hardcover book from our local dollar store. While many of the titles have been out at least a year or two, they typically have a nice selection of both nonfiction and fiction books. My dad is a bit of a history nerd, so the last couple years I found him books on the Civil War, along with a book chronicling the relationship between Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neill. Needless to say, he loved them both.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-never-buy-at-the-dollar-store-and-10-you-should">10 Things You Should Never Buy at the Dollar Store (and 10 You Should)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-money-at-the-post-office">How to Save Money at the Post Office</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lower-your-credit-card-interest-rate-and-reduce-your-phone-bill-immediately-and-easily">Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate and Reduce Your Phone Bill, Immediately and Easily</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-44-sneaky-shopping-traps-to-avoid">Flashback Friday: 44 Sneaky Shopping Traps to Avoid</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-big-list-of-money-saving-coupon-codes-for-halloween-2016">The Big List of Money-Saving Coupon Codes for Halloween 2016</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Shopping budgeting discounted items discounts dollar general dollar store Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:30:21 +0000 Kyle James 1795985 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Things You Should Never Buy at the Dollar Store (and 10 You Should) http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-never-buy-at-the-dollar-store-and-10-you-should <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-things-you-should-never-buy-at-the-dollar-store-and-10-you-should" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dollar-162163356.jpg" alt="shopping" title="shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Who doesn't love a trip to the dollar store? You walk in with five bucks, and you walk out with a bag full of stuff. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-home-decorating-ideas-for-under-5?ref=seealso">Home Decorating for Under $5</a>)</p> <p>Of course, the stuff you have in that bag is going to vary in quality from good to &quot;Are you sure you want to take the risk?&quot; So I have compiled a top 10 list of things to buy, and 10 things to steer clear of.</p> <h2>What to Buy</h2> <p>Here are the items you should look out for every time you're at the dollar store.</p> <h3>1. Gift Wrap, Cards, and Party Supplies</h3> <p>What's the most depressing thing about buying gift-wrap? Personally, I hate spending $3-$4 on a roll of paper that is specifically designed to be seen for 10 seconds before it's ripped off and thrown in the trash. That's why I always get it from the dollar store. It's 75% cheaper, it looks just the same, and it's not so painful to see it get annihilated. While you're there, grab balloons, plates, cups, plastic cutlery, greeting cards, and anything else related to a birthday or anniversary. You'll save a ton of money over the years.</p> <h3>2. Glassware, Cups, and Mugs</h3> <p>There's a decent selection of glassware in most dollar stores, and they're perfectly safe for the home. They're not made of inferior glass that will shatter when you breathe on them. The glasses may not be the most current styles, and you may not get exactly the shape you were looking for. But if you're just looking to add a few glasses to your cupboard, your money goes a long way here. The same goes for cups and mugs. Again, don't expect a massive array of the latest styles. But they hold tea and coffee just fine.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/dollar-179102114-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h3>3. Reusable Plastic Containers</h3> <p>It's often called Gladware, but that's a brand name. You can find these storage containers made by Betty Crocker, Ziploc, Rubbermaid, Tupperware, and many others. Your selection may not be that great in the dollar store, but you'll get a lot more containers for your cash.</p> <h3>4. Coloring Books, Crayons, and Kids' Crafts</h3> <p>The prices of coloring books range from &quot;how much?!&quot; to &quot;seems reasonable.&quot; In the dollar store, however, they're as cheap as chips. And while you're there, stock up on crayons, pencils, erasers, pipe cleaners, colored paper, and glue sticks. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-budget-design-ideas-for-a-kids-playroom?ref=seealso">Budget Design Ideas for a Kids&rsquo; Playroom</a>)</p> <h3>5. Batteries</h3> <p>&quot;No way,&quot; I hear you cry! Well, yes way. Fine, dollar store batteries <a href="http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/01/are-expensive-batteries-worth-the-extra-cost/">aren't as good as the expensive, name brand batteries</a>. Dollar store batteries are usually older carbon-zinc technology, as opposed to alkaline or lithium. BUT, when you're paying $1 for a pack of 4 AA batteries, and the name-brand variety costs $5-$6, you are getting a better deal. So, they won't last as long, but they're at least 80% cheaper. If you don't mind replacing batteries more often (and checking often too, as some batteries will leak if left in too long) they'll do just fine; especially for those power-draining kids toys.</p> <h3>6. Holiday Decorations</h3> <p>Easter. Halloween. Christmas. Thanksgiving. If you can name a holiday, there are expensive decorations to buy. Luckily, your dollar store has a good stock of bargain decorations, and few people will know the difference. A word of warning though&hellip;avoid anything electrical (see the first point in the &quot;Do Not Buy&quot; list below). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-easy-holiday-shopping-at-the-dollar-store?ref=seealso">Holiday Shopping at the Dollar Store</a>)</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/dollar-97859012-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h3>7. Most Cleaning Products</h3> <p>Bleach is bleach. Ammonia is ammonia. Glass cleaner is glass cleaner. Don't worry about paying 75% more for the name brand versions; just get down to your dollar store and stock up on the cleaning products you need at bargain prices. You may find some of the products are not as strong as the name brand versions, but just use a little more. At these prices, you can afford to. While you're in that aisle, pick up sponges, dishcloths, towels, and other cleaning products. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-all-purpose-cleaners?ref=seealso">The 5 Best All-Purpose Cleaners</a>)</p> <h3>8. Personal Hygiene Items</h3> <p>Go ahead and spend a small fortune on those name brand shampoos, conditioners, shaving creams, deodorants, and toothpastes if you want. Cheap shampoos and conditioners often work as well as more-expensive ones. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-luxury-hair-treatments-from-your-kitchen?ref=seealso">Luxury Hair Treatments From Your Kitchen</a>)</p> <h3>9. Socks</h3> <p>Whether for the gym or daily wear, you'll find bargain socks in the dollar store. Just evaluate them as you would any other item of clothing. Some can be very thin and not offer the cushioning you'd like.</p> <h3>10. Movie Theater Candy</h3> <p>Those boxes of candy they sell for an arm and a leg in the cinema are being sold in dollar stores, often at 2-for-1 prices. Stick to the name brands like Raisinets, Skittles, Jujyfruits, Whoppers, and Hot Tamales, and you'll do just fine. Of course, always check expiration dates on any food you buy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-i-eat-this-a-quick-guide-to-expiration-dates-and-food-safety?ref=seealso">A Quick Guide to Expiration Dates</a>)</p> <h2>10 Things to Avoid</h2> <p>From good value, we move to not so good. Or absolutely no way! Here are 10 things to put on your &quot;avoid at all costs&quot; list.</p> <h3>1. Anything With a Plug</h3> <p>There is no way of knowing if these items have met the minimum safety requirements, because the UL (Underwriters Laboratories) <a href="http://www.ul.com/global/eng/pages/offerings/services/programs/anticounterfeitingoperations/fake/">safety seal is often counterfeited</a>. So although those night lights, extension cords, and other electrical &quot;bargains&quot; seem like a good deal, avoid them.</p> <h3>2. Food Storage Bags, Aluminum Foil, and Cling Wrap</h3> <p>You really do get what you pay for with these household staples. It may only be a buck for a box of bags, but look again. How many bags are you really getting? And will they hold a seal like the name brand bags you buy in grocery stores? As for cling wrap, it won't be of the same quality as the varieties you'll find in your supermarket. Expect it to be tricky to get off the roll, thin, and not very &quot;clingy&quot; at all. And the foil will be paper-thin and tear easily.</p> <h3>3. Kitchen Utensils</h3> <p>I speak from personal experience on this one. Way too many times have I been tempted to buy a spatula, can opener, or cooking knife from the dollar store. In my experience, they are not well made &mdash; especially when it comes to knives. Buy good quality knives, especially a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-chefs-knives">chef's knife</a>, and don't skimp on the price. If you get a quality knife, it can last you a lifetime.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/dollar-173445087-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h3>4. Vitamins</h3> <p>If you've looked at the prices of vitamins in your local grocery store or health food shop, you wouldn't be faulted for trying to find them cheaper elsewhere. However, the dollar store is not the place to look. Daily Finance cites a 2004 Consumer Reports study that says half of the 18 multivitamins they tested were <a href="http://www.dailyfinance.com/2009/10/01/not-worth-it-at-the-dollar-store-dollar-store-vitamins/">missing vital ingredients</a>. And the FDA does not have tight controls on vitamins. Bottom line&nbsp;&mdash; they probably won't hurt you, but you may be getting short-changed.</p> <h3>5. Toys</h3> <p>When your kids are involved, it's best to err on the side of caution. Many unbranded toys from the dollar store are low quality. What's more, they may not meet current safety regulations. You don't want to risk the safety of your child to save a few bucks. If money is an issue, shop the clearance aisles in retail stores, or look for good, used toys on Craigslist and second hand stores. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-toys-and-games-you-can-make-at-home?ref=seealso">10 Fun, Homemade Toys and Games</a>)</p> <h3>6. Medicines</h3> <p>When it comes to your health, it's better to go with the name brand or generic items in the supermarkets and retail stores. Painkillers may be substandard, counterfeited, or lacking ingredients that the label claims they have. And one of the biggest problems is medicines like Ibuprofen have often gone past their expiration dates. Keep a watchful eye before you buy.</p> <h3>7. Oven Mitts</h3> <p>They're cheap, and they look the same as more expensive versions. The difference is in the construction and the padding, and you don't want to mess around with something designed to protect you. Do yourself (and your hands) a favor, and buy the more expensive versions. You'll be glad you did.</p> <h3>8. Soda</h3> <p>The one-liter bottles of soda in dollar stores are not really a bargain. You can usually pick up a two-liter of the same variety for just a few cents more at your local grocery store. And the same goes for cans and smaller bottles of soda, too. It's really not worth it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-soda?ref=seealso">Homemade Soda</a>)</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/dollar-164249550-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h3>9. Tools</h3> <p>Any DIY aficionado will tell you&nbsp;&mdash; a $1 screwdriver or hammer is going to break, and quickly. As someone who does a fair bit of DIY myself, I can tell you that tools are worth the investment. Don't go anywhere near the tool section in a dollar store; you are just throwing your money down the drain. And more importantly, <a href="http://www.tradesadvisor.com/diy-advice/1041-dangers-of-buying-cheap-tools">poorly made tools can be dangerous</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-tool-gifts-for-fixer-uppers?ref=seealso">Cool Tool Gifts for Fixer Uppers</a>)</p> <h3>10. Chewing Gum</h3> <p>There's nothing wrong with it, but it's just not a bargain. Go to a warehouse club like Costco or Sam's Club and you'll pick up a huge pack of gum and save way more money than you would buying gum from the dollar store.</p> <p><em>So, that's my list. 10 to try, 10 to avoid. Do you agree? Have you got other things you would add to either list? Let us know.</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-should-buy-at-costco">15 Things You Should Buy at Costco</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-surprising-ways-to-get-deals">5 Surprising Ways to Get Deals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-stores-with-the-best-price-matching">10 Stores With the Best Price Matching</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-couponing-apps">The 10 Best Couponing Apps</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping bargains deals discounts dollar store Wed, 08 Jan 2014 11:25:26 +0000 Paul Michael 1107270 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Things You Should Buy at a Dollar Store http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-things-you-should-buy-at-a-dollar-store <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-things-you-should-buy-at-a-dollar-store" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4328782427_32909b977f_z_0.jpg" alt="dollar store" title="dollar store" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on things you should buy at a Dollar Store, de-stressing during the workday, and tweeting your way to a new gig.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://bargainbabe.com/2013/03/20/draft-10-things-you-should-always-buy-at-a-dollar-store/">28 things you should always buy at a dollar store</a> &mdash; Paper clips and greeting cards are two things you should always buy at the Dollar Store. [Bargain Babe]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Tips-De-Stress-Work-22310420">13 Ways to De-Stress During the Workday</a> &mdash; To de-stress during the workday, make exercise a priority and take your eyes off your computer screen every once in awhile. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/tweet-your-way-to-a-new-job/">How to Effectively Tweet Your Way to a New Gig</a> &mdash; Use hashtags and Twitter chats to tweet your way to a new gig. [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/good-investments-recession/">Good Investments in a Recession</a> &mdash; Cash and cash equivalents are some of the best investments in a recession. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/maternity-care-coverage-while-self-employed/">Getting Maternity Care Coverage While Self-Employed</a> &mdash; Be aware of the 12-month waiting period in regards to getting maternity care coverage. [Cash Money Life]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneywisdom.com/7-ways-to-keep-up-with-mortgage-payments/">7 Ways to Keep Up With Mortgage Payments</a> &mdash; Keep up with mortgage payments by eliminating private mortgage insurance. [Free Money Wisdom]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/work-life-balance-tips/">How to Find a Company with Great Work-Life Balance</a> &mdash; To find a company with great work-life balance, ask current employees of the company you are interested in about work-life balance. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/get-the-best-deal-on-a-new-car">Get the Best Deal on a New Car with One Simple Email</a> &mdash; Before you negotiate the price on a car, settle on the make and model you want. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://youngadultfinances.com/why-sleep-important-successful-people/">Why is Sleep Important for Successful People?</a> &mdash; Sleep is important for successful people because a good night's sleep helps improve learning. [Young Finances]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/moms-don-t-get-sick-days-14-ways-to-plan-for-and-manage-mommy-s-sick-days">Moms Don't Get Sick Days! 14 Tips for &quot;Mommy's Sick&quot; Days</a> &mdash; If you are a mom who has a last minute sick day, consider hiring a &quot;mother's helper&quot; for the day. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-things-you-should-buy-at-a-dollar-store">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/resisting-the-impulse-beauty-buy">Resisting the impulse beauty buy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-was-your-best-purchase-in-the-past-year">What was your best purchase in the past year?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-camping-stoves">The 5 Best Camping Stoves</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cast-iron-skillets">The 5 Best Cast Iron Skillets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-anti-itch-creams">The 5 Best Anti-Itch Creams</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping best money tips buy dollar store purchase shopping Tue, 26 Mar 2013 09:48:31 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 971500 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Dollar Store DIY Projects to Try Out http://www.wisebread.com/9-dollar-store-diy-projects-to-try-out <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-dollar-store-diy-projects-to-try-out" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000013871671Small.jpg" alt="girl crafting" title="girl crafting" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some <a href="http://www.casasugar.com/DIY" title="Latest photos and news for DIY">DIY</a> projects can get pricey because of the materials, but you can always keep your costs low if you stick to dollar store items! I recently spotted this cool site called <a target="_blank" href="http://dollarstorecrafts.com/">Dollar Store Crafts</a> that has plenty of great ideas for what to do with your $1 goodies. Read on to find out some of my favorite dollar store projects.</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/DIY-Powder-Laundry-Detergent-22835913 ">RELATED: How to Make Detergent</a></p> <h2>Umbrella With Ruffles</h2> <p><img width="295" height="350" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/Umbrella-Ruffles.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>To make the <a href="http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2009/11/ruffly-umbrella/">umbrella with ruffles</a>, purchase $1 shower curtain liners from your local dollar store to make cute ruffles, and sew them onto a plain umbrella you already have.</p> <p>Bonus points for you if you want to add a cute flower-like detail using an old button as the center of the flower and sewing on the ruffle around it.</p> <h2>T-Shirt Necklace</h2> <p><img width="526" height="350" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/T-Shirt-Necklace.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>There's plenty of cheap t-shirts you can find at the dollar store, and if you find one in a color you love, you can consider making this <a href="http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2011/01/diy-fashion-blooming-bib-recycled-t-shirt-necklace/">flowery bib necklace</a> out of the T.</p> <h2>Japanese Lantern</h2> <p><img width="232" height="350" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/Japanese-Lantern.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Make this <a href="http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2011/03/japanese-lantern-tutorial/">Japanese-style lantern</a> out of manila folders, bamboo chopsticks or wooden skewers, and colored tissue paper, rice paper, or textured paper.</p> <h2>Egg Pendant Lamp</h2> <p><img width="350" height="350" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/Egg-Pendant-Lamp.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Make an <a href="http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2011/04/make-an-egg-pendant-lamp/">egg pendant lamp</a> with oversized plastic eggs (courtesy of Easter) from the dollar store, battery-operated tea lights, and some string.</p> <h2>Spring Table Runner</h2> <p><img width="234" height="350" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/Spring-Table-Runner.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>This <a href="http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2010/03/spring-table-runner-out-of-dish-towels/">Spring table runner</a> was made out of dish towels from the dollar store. All the crafter did was use leftover cloth to stitch on some flowers and sewed together three dish towels to make this runner.</p> <h2>Flower Brooch</h2> <p><img width="500" height="333" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/Flower-Brooch.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Make an <a href="http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2010/10/make-an-oversize-flower-brooch/">oversized flower brooch</a> from The Original Shammy, a dollar store staple.</p> <h2>Shabby Chic Hooks</h2> <p><img width="252" height="350" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/Shabby-Chic-Hooks.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Buy plastic hooks from the dollar store and stick faux metal embellishment tags on them. Then paint them with some acrylic paint, and you have your <a href="http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2010/04/make-shabby-chic-hooks/">shabby chic hooks</a>!</p> <h2>Tiled Mirror</h2> <p><img width="380" height="350" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/Tiled-Mirror.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>To get this beautiful <a href="http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2012/02/tutorial-pb-inspired-tiled-mirror-for-10/">tiled mirror</a>, piece together nine framed mirrors from the dollar store.</p> <h2>Beaded Chandelier</h2> <p><img width="234" height="350" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/Beaded-Chandelier.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Get some hanging baskets from the dollar store as well as some Mardi Gras-style beads to create this lovely <a href="http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2010/05/make-a-beaded-chandelier/">beaded chandelier</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get your craft on for less with these fun and inexpensive projects for accessories, home decorations, and more. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a style="border:none;" href="http://www.savvysugar.com"><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/savvysugar-300-small.jpg" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>SavvySugar</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Reusing-Hotel-Amenities-21860840">8&nbsp;Cool Things to Do With Hotel Amenities</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Customize-Ikea-Furniture-21602743">5 Ideas to Make Your Ikea Furniture Look&nbsp;High-End</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Organizing-Craft-Materials-22294390">10 Ideas to Organize Your&nbsp;DIY&nbsp;Materials</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-dollar-store-diy-projects-to-try-out">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beat-stress-with-these-28-inexpensive-pastimes">Beat Stress With These 28 Inexpensive Pastimes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-35-best-ways-to-spend-your-free-time-frugally">The 35 Best Ways to Spend Your Free Time (Frugally)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-board-games-you-can-diy">8 Amazing Board Games You Can DIY</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-awesome-useful-gifts">25 Awesome, Useful Gifts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-gifts-you-can-make-today">25 Gifts You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY crafts dollar store hobbies things to do Mon, 30 Apr 2012 10:24:07 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 926045 at http://www.wisebread.com Getting it Done at Dollar Tree http://www.wisebread.com/getting-it-done-at-dollar-tree <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/getting-it-done-at-dollar-tree" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dollar tree.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="240" height="180" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While dollar-priced retail chains are nothing new, the <a href="http://dollartree.com/">Dollar Tree</a> stores in particular have caught my attention as having a few categories of coolness. So what do I find there that I can't necessarily put my hands on at some of the other stores? Read on.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Crafting supplies</strong>, including glass pebbles and river rocks to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/savings-in-every-room ">create your own spa candles</a> or table-scapes.</li> <li><strong>Children's art materials</strong> to celebrate creativity in your home, <a href="http://mtheriault.lessonmag.com/2008/12/16/stock-up-on-classroom-supplies-at-dollar-tree/ ">classroom</a>, or homeschooling environment. We're talking paint brushes, craft sticks, colored art foam, pipe cleaners and more.</li> <li><strong>Square storage baskets with handles.</strong> I found these in fun colors and a size that is actually conducive to storing things in an organized fashion. Great for organizing your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-love-affair-with-industrial-shelving ">shelving</a> or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bulk-buying-101 ">pantry</a>.</li> <li><strong>Very affordable manicure items.</strong> OK, so the selection isn't going to rival Sally's Beauty Supply. But there are still a fair number of decent quality cheapies to help you create that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/spa-bathrooms-on-the-cheap ">at home spa bathroom </a>affordably.</li> <li><strong>Various sizes of affordable scrub brushes </strong>(including bottle brushes for any <a href="http:// http://www.wisebread.com/sanity-saving-ideas-for-canning-jars">canning jars </a>you use to store leftovers) for easy <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/six-simple-housework-hacks ">housework hacking</a>.</li> <li><strong>Dirt cheap personal care products</strong>, including Pepsodent and triple antibiotic ointments. (Remember, this brand of toothpaste scored well on the EWG toxicity scale. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/healthier-toiletries-real-people-can-actually-afford ">Here's the article</a>, for your reference.)</li> <li><strong>Decent gift wrapping supplies</strong>. If you weren't able or interested to stock up on this stuff during <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/party-all-year-long-with-these-post-holiday-deals ">post season sales</a> you can easily get the gift wrapping job done at this store throughout the year.</li> </ul> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><em>Got another great bargain idea you can pull off at the Dollar Tree? Clue us in with a comment post!&nbsp; </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/staff">Staff</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-it-done-at-dollar-tree">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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