It seems like The Dollar Store and some other various discount stores are becoming a common retailer in most areas. Can these discount stores really offer you a bargain or do they just sell poor quality items?
In my opinion, there are plenty of bargains to be found in dollar stores and discount stores if you look for the right items.
I give lots of cards to people, but they can be so expensive at most retailers. I can find some great cards at discount stores for about $.50 each. They are still funny or pretty or sentimental in nature and I never feel like I had to settle for less than what I wanted to say.
Disposable items for a party are also a great deal at discount stores. The cost of napkins, paper plates, cups, silverware, invitations, and tablecloths can really add up fast. Wrapping paper and gift bags are other party items that can be found for a good price at discount stores.
I wouldn’t recommend going to discount stores and buying gifts for your family members or friends, but there are some good items in there.
I personally enjoy buying picture frames from discount stores because they look just as nice. However, I would feel bad giving picture frames from these stores as gifts. For example, I bought a very nice set of three frames from a discount store recently. They look like glass and make a beautiful display on my dresser. Yet when you pick them up you can quickly tell they are made from lightweight plastic.
Most discount stores have plenty of toys for children, but remember that children are very hard on toys. They will be very disappointed when the head pops off the doll or the tires fall off the car. I wouldn’t recommend buying such toys from a discount store as the quality just isn’t there.
Yet there are plenty of fun children’s toys you can get from a discount store including cards, marbles, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and coloring books. These all make great items for stocking stuffers or even for traveling to make the trip go by faster.
There are also plenty of items at discount stores that you can use to decorate your home.
I refuse to pay $35 to $50 for a shower curtain! It just isn’t going to happen. I always get them at the dollar store for just a couple of dollars. They last a very long time and they are cheap when the time comes to replace it. I have also found neat soap dishes and wall hangings for my bathroom at discount stores.
Office supplies are something most of us use on a regular basis. You can get them for a very good price at discount stores. Notebooks, paper, pens, glue, rulers, scissors, calculators, and envelopes can all be found for a really good price. I have never had any problems with the quality of such items. They are very comparable to those at other retail stores for a lot more money.
When it comes to finding bargains at discount stores, there are some to be found.
It is important that you don’t have too high of expectations when it comes to the quality of the items. Yet in most of the cases relating to the different items I have described above, the quality doesn’t have to be exceptional. They will work to serve the purpose without costing you a fortune. This makes party planning much more fun when you know you have the budget to cover it all.
If you don’t shop at discount stores you are really missing out on some great bargains!
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Do you like to go to dollar stores to shop? Do you stick to a certain kind of item or do you shop for everything there?
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I’ve also included this handy printable for you to print off and take with you to the discount stores!!