Dollar stores may seem like a great deal, but when you dig a little deeper you will find that they might be wasting your money instead of saving it. If you are a huge dollar store fan, take a look below at 7 reasons you should never shop at dollar stores. While dollar stores are great for some things, they aren’t great for all. Here is what you need to know.
7 Reasons You Should Never Shop at Dollar Stores
1. Sizes are smaller.
Sure the item only costs you a buck, but the sizes are much smaller. For a few pennies more you could buy a full size item at your local grocer or retail store instead. Always consider the size of the item when buying.
You can download our Stockpiling Price List here, this has our Buy Prices on over 200 items and the Unit Price, when shopping at Dollar Stores the total price is sometimes lower, but the per unit price is higher because box sizes are often smaller.
2. You impulse purchase.
While shopping, chances are you see so many other things you “need.” Because the item is only a buck you toss it in the cart without thinking. Before you know it you have spent $25 on stuff you didn’t intent on buying.
3. Quality isn’t always up to par.
Some of the items are not up to par when it comes to quality. Many of the kitchen items and tools are not made well and will break after a few uses. You would be better off spending a few dollars more and getting a well made item.
4. You don’t have many healthy food options.
You may notice that dollar store don’t offer many healthy options. You have a lot of sugar and salt choices when it comes to food, when shopping at stores with Fresh Produce you will find healthier options to choose from.
5. Avoid the knick knacks.
You may notice that dollar stores sell a great deal of knick knacks. If you are trying to simplify this can be an issue. Avoid the dollar store and avoid the knick knack trap.
6. A buck isn’t always a good deal.
Often times you can find dollar store items for less elsewhere. For example, toothbrushes are often less than a dollar at most retail stores. You can also find soda, mac and cheese, and most canned goods for less than $1 at most grocery stores.
Walmart has an entire section of Pharmacy Items priced at just $0.88 which is less than shopping at the Dollar Sores!
7. Lack of name brands.
If you are true to certain name brand products, you won’t find them at the local dollar store. Sure they carry some name brands, but the rest are small and lesser known companies.
If you are going to shop the Name Brand Items make sure you check out our Dollar Tree Deals we update this list every week with coupons for name brand items at The Dollar Tree.
As you can see, shopping at the dollar store doesn’t always promise you the best deal. You may find occasional deals and now that stores like The Dollar Tree allow you to use Manufacturer Coupons (See the Dollar Tree Coupon Policy Here) you can get better deals but it’s important to know what you are looking for and avoid these traps. Just keep these tips in mind the next time you are tempted to go to the dollar store and spend your hard earned money.
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