The dollar store often gets a bad reputation for having low quality items and not being of a certain standard. However, I love the dollar store. I prefer the Dollar Tree to other similar stores. I do not do all of my shopping at the Dollar Tree and there are certain items that I would not buy from them, but there are those items that when needed, I always run to the Dollar Tree first.
On my latest trip the store with my girls, we went there specifically looking for craft paint to paint our Halloween pumpkins. They are 8 and 3 and we do not carve our pumpkins, we paint them; for now.
Here is what we picked up.
+Craft supplies; including paint, sparkle glue, shaving cream, jingle bells
+Candy, Skull Rings and Halloween Pencils for our Trick-O-Treaters
+Trick-O-Treat sign for decoration
+ Erasers for school and homework
+Basket for under the sink organizing
+Sponge with handle for tub cleaning, and metal scrubbers for my cast iron pan
+Spoon rest: a small and inexpensive kitchen gadget that I have just never bought but needed
+Poster of all the US presidents for our play room
+Party Supplies: I didn’t pick any up on this visit, but over the summer we held a Harry Potter themed Birthday Party for my now 8 year old, and I was able to get most of the party supplies that I needed. Everything else, I either made or ordered off Amazon.
(Gift bags, table cloths, napkins, plates, silverware, cups)
Things that I DO NOT buy from any dollar store.
+ body lotion, sunscreen, makeup, shampoo, conditioner, etc.
My girls and I have very sensitive skin, we are often allergic to perfumes and dyes often found on these products. I stay away from these products unless I happen to find a trusted brand which happens every once in a while. With these items, I find paying a little more for better quality ingredients is better in the long run.
+Medicine, vitamins, or pregnancy tests: Medicine is going in our bodies to treat an illness, I will only trust top-quality ingredients from trusted brands. The same goes with pregnancy tests, I would not trust such a life-alltering event to a $1 product.
+Dog treats: one of my dogs has a sever gluten allergy; I do not have an option to slack on ingredients with him. On top of that, I’m also really picky about the ingredients that I let my dogs eat.
The dollar store is a great place to find good deals on name brand products, stock up on crafting supplies as well as affordable organization items. You just have to be willing to spend time to really look through all the aisles. Stick to brand names that you know and trust. Read the ingredients to know what you are truly getting. Always compare size and price to other stores. And most important; Have Fun!