6 best dollar store buys

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6 best dollar store buys
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If you haven’t been to one of the dollar stores lately, you’d be amazed at what you can get for only $1!

Items like gift wrap, ribbons, bows, wrapping paper and tape are all no-brainers at dollar stores—particularly ‘true’ dollar store chains like Dollar Tree and 99-Cent Only chains, where everything is $1 or less, no exceptions! (By contrast, Family Dollar and Dollar General are dollar stores in name only; they have a variety of price points beyond just a buck.)

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But dig a little deeper and you’ll find even more outside-the-box kind of savings — on season items as well as everyday products!

Here are 5 of the best holiday buys at the dollar store

Greeting cards. Forget about paying upwards of $6 or $8 for a fancy card! The dollar store has a fabulous selection of greeting cards that are cute and don’t break the bank. These cards are often priced 2 for $1.
Gift wrapping. You can get a big variety of gift wrapping supplies, including paper, ribbons, boxes and more at the dollar stores. Here are a few options available at Dollar Tree.
Craft supplies. You’ll save up to an estimated 50% on markers, crayons, pens and pencils. The discounts will sometimes be more than 50%, and only very rarely less—though it will always be a savings.
Kitchen gadgets. The dollar store is also an excellent place to stock up on affordable glassware, economic kitchen accessories and zipper storage bags.
Paperware and party supplies: Anything that you would normally get at a big party store can be a real steal at dollar stores.
$1 steaks! Who says entertaining and dining has to be expensive? Dollar Tree now sells ribeye steaks for $1 each. The frozen, boneless beef steaks come pre-seasoned in a brine. The meat is from the brand Stampede, which is available in other major stores. The Dollar Tree steaks are just a smaller portion size!

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But you might think twice about buying these things at dollar stores!

Consumer Reports recently took a close look at dollar stores in their Money Adviser publication and identified some sketchy products in dollar stores that you might want to stay away from. Here’s their list:

  • Jewelry (too much lead content)
  • Electrical products (possibly fake UL labels)
  • Medication (their research turned up expired products, though this may vary greatly from store to store);
  • Vitamins (not from reputable sellers)

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