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!
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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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