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Best dollar store finds

We all love finding deals and steals when we are on shopping sprees — yet many of us avoid the dollar stores because most of the merchandise falls to pieces. Kendal Perez, a frugal fashionista and bargain shopper for HassleFreeSavings.com, says dollar stores do have some money-saving treasures. Here are her top 8 best finds at the dollar store.
We all love finding deals and steals when we are on shopping sprees — yet many of us avoid the dollar stores because most of the merchandise falls to pieces. Kendal Perez, a frugal fashionista and bargain shopper for HassleFreeSavings.com, says dollar stores do have some money-saving treasures. Here are her top 8 best finds at the dollar store.

Items to buy at the dollar store

1. Greeting cards

“This is my number-one dollar-store purchase,” says Perez. “Never again will I pay upwards of $5 for a greeting card when I can find perfectly clever, poignant and practical cards for $1 or less at my local Dollar Tree.” Be on the lookout for bulk card collections, if you have a lot of cards to send out.

2. Candy

Though many candy choices are not vegan-friendly, you can often score your vegan treats for cheap. “I have a raging sweet tooth but can’t bring myself to pay over $2 for something my waistline doesn’t need,” the frugal shopper admits. “The dollar stores are also my go-to place for stocking up on provisions before the movies.”

3. Party supplies

Whether you’re organizing a company party or kids’ birthday bash, dollar stores have scores of party supplies to make your event a hit, according to Perez. “Banners, balloons, confetti, gift bags and wrapping paper are just a sampling of the available inventory, and you can always find holiday-themed decor on the cheap,” she adds.

4. Single servings

“Dollar stores are a great place to pick up single quantities of popular items,” states Perez. “For example, a friend of mine recently purchased two wineglasses as the traditional set of six or eight was way more than she needed. She was able to get what she needed without compromising price or storage space. Score!”

5. Hair accessories

Need some new hair bling? “While some fashionistas may have reservations about getting their hair candy at a discount store, I can’t stress enough how practical it is to load up on the basics for less,” says the budget fashionista. “Most hair bands and bobby pins are created equal, so there’s no reason to pay more for them than you have to. In fact, dollar stores sometimes carry the popular Goody brand of hair bling, so keep your eyes peeled.”

6. School supplies

When you get ready to stock up for back-to-school, save big at the dollar shop. “Thankfully, most educational essentials are as basic as you can get, allowing for incredible savings. Spiral-bound notebooks, three-ring binders, bouquets of freshly sharpened pencils — you can find it all at the dollar store,” says Perez.

7. Kids’ toys

“Children tire of toys faster than the speed of paychecks, so parents everywhere could use a practical outlet for keeping their kids entertained,” empathizes the frugal shopping expert. “Dollar stores dedicate an entire aisle to superhero swag and princess must-haves at unbeatable prices, so check them out before paying department-store prices.”

8. Airplane distractions

If you have a trip planned, don’t wait until you get to the airport to entertain your kids or stock up on in-flight snacks for yourself. “Though airport shops offer plenty of tempting snacks and magazines, the price of these items will quickly eat up your budget,” warns Perez. “Why pay over $3 for trail mix when you can pick some up at a dollar store for a third of the cost? In addition to thrifty snacks, you can find coloring books, Sudoku puzzles and other distractions to keep yourself inexpensively occupied during a long flight.”

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