I became an uber shopper when I was laid off, and I’m proud to say I’m continuing that frugality now that things are better. It took abject poverty for me to truly understand the value of a dollar.
First thing to remember is just because it’s a dollar doesn’t mean it’s a good deal. You have to factor in value and durability but if you’re smart about shopping, (meaning you know what things cost elsewhere) you can find some great deals and usually some entertainment via the clientele.
I’ve found by shopping at the dollar store I save at least 50% on liquid soap, napkins, frames, suit garment bags, and a whole lot more.
My favorite deals? Greeting Cards (2 for a dollar!), Hardcover books, Ibuprofen, Liquid Soap and Hand Sanitizer. My favorite most recent find? Gel shock covers, and an arm sport band for my iPod! I had been fighting a should or shouldn’t I war with myself over buying the Nike sport band for my iPod for the longest time, but couldn’t justify paying the high retail price……I not only stumbled across the arm band but the covers as well which came 3 to a pack!
Shopping at the dollar store can be a very cool, very smart, thrifty tool if you know how to use it.