Beware the dollar store wolf in shabby-sheep clothing. Perhaps one of the most brilliant marketing ideas in recent decades, the “everything’s a buck” mantra lures many a browser into spending far more than at traditional shopping venues. Even the store appearance and odor guarantee its authenticity as offering bottom-dollar prices.
Don’t forgo the buck store altogether—because their inventory is comprised solely of remnants and discontinued items, you can potentially save up to 70% on name brand closeouts, if you know what to look for.
Before shopping, take note:
1. Not all stores accept returns. Ask ahead if you plan on buying in huge bulk to avoid a disaster.
2. Prices may vary. Even at the dollar store, not every product costs just a dollar. Dollar General is a variation of the true dollar store that prices products differently.
3. You can purchase canned goods and pantry items at most dollar stores. Though I would steer clear of baby foods (especially formula) and review the expiration date on all food items.
4. Keep your eyes peeled for name-brand discounts. They are making more appearances on dollar store aisles.
5. Many megastore destinations like Walmart and Target have incorporated the dollar store frenzy into their shopping experiences.
6. In 2005, the dollar store industry accounted for $16 billion each year—larger than the music industry. That number is much higher now in our ailing economy. So be aware that a heavy profit is being made from your shopping cart.
Your best bet for scoring bottom-dollar on products varies by store and location, but some of the most lucrative savings can be reaped on:
As you gleefully skip through the dollar store aisle counting your saved change, do not, under any circumstance fall prey to these products. They are (at best) hit or miss and at worst cause serious damage.