What To Buy & What To Skip At The Dollar Store

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I’m on a spring cleaning kick and need to stock up on stuff.  This article from iVillage.com gives me an idea on what’s  a true bargain at my neighborhood dollar store. Check it out:

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BUY THIS: Cleaning Products

The ingredients in most cleaning products are essentially the same; you won’t find much difference between Clorox and a generic brand, says Jackie Warrick, Chief Savings Officer and President at CouponCabin.com. Even if the product is slightly diluted and you need to use a bit more, you’re still only spending $1 on each item. Sponges are usually a good deal too.

See:  Spring Cleaning: Get Your Kitchen In Order

SKIP THAT: Toys

It’s no secret that most kids are rough on their toys. “Toys at dollar stores typically lack in quality, so you’re likely to have a broken toy that needs to be replaced often,” says Warick. Invest in higher quality toys that will last to reduce the damage to your wallet in the long run. Another word of warning: toys purchased at dollar stores may be unsafe and the parts and paints used in them may not meet typical regulatory standards. Kids’ coloring books are the exception. These are $1 or 50 percent cheaper at dollar stores than at retailers like Target.

See: Spring Cleaning: Spruce Up Your Bathroom

BUY THIS: Shampoo

Off-brand shampoos, toothpastes, shaving cream, deodorant, and other bath items are usually just as good as the name brands, and you can save big. You can save up to $2 a bottle on shampoo alone. Expensive shampoos don’t make hair more luxurious than cheap store-brand shampoos, says Consumer Reports. The only noticeable difference is how more expensive shampoos smell, says Novickis.

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