One of my favorite ways to save money is to spend less. A great place to do that is by shopping at Dollar Tree, where everything (save a few items which are less then $1.00) is $1.00!!! By trial and error I have learned good buys at The Dollar Tree and not-so-good deals. Here are some of them:
- Coloring Books: With 3 year-old triplets and a 6 year-old, we can go through these rather quickly. The Dollar Tree has a GREAT selection: Disney themed, Bible Themed, Strawberry Shortcake and more. Some have greater detail for an older child, while there is a good selection for the beginner.
- Cards: They have a great card assortment and for most occasions you can buy them 2/$1.00, which is huge savings.
- Reusable Bags: I love to buy these as gifts for my kids, nieces, and family friends. 1. They save on wrapping and 2. The kids now have a “purse/bag” to carry toys in. It’s also nice that these are appropriate for boys and girls.
- Pens: Generic but still very nice.
- Plain Bandaids: These and Dollar Tree’s generic brand both adhere well to busy kids!! They also have Barbie and Marvel as an option too, though I haven’t been as impressed with their stickability.
- Cotten pads: I typically use these to apply toner to my face or remove nail polish. They work very good and are cheaper then other brand name stores.
- “Homeschool Stuff”: This is kind of a generic category but there is a section of classroom decor that includes alphabet borders, “great job” stickers etc. I always look at this section as I’m browsing because I never know when they may be carrying something I will use in the future. These are my next buy to 1. designate the preschoolers “spot” at the table 2. so that we practice recognition of their names etc.
- Disposable baking dishes: These are MUCH cheaper then found at brand stores and hold up well.
- Pencils: While they carry some very cute pencils, including holiday themed, my experience in sharpening them has been dismal. The leads break very easily during sharpening and very quickly I’ve lost my patience trying to get a sharp enough point for Evelyn to do school. The breakage happens so frequently that any savings I got buying them is quickly lost! I’ve become I die-hard fan of the Ticonderoga pencils, which ALWAYS sharpen well and rarely break. I will never buy another pencil again, and always include these as part of our donations to Operation Christmas Child. They are found at most department stores and I got them for a deal during the Back to School shopping at Walgreens.
- Markers: I was trying to save money buying generic. These markers are great unless you have preschoolers, or messy kids. They are not washable and therefore I lost money throwing away clothing permanently stained. In addition to having some interesting conversations about Ella’s leg and arm artwork.
- Bobby pins: One word, OUCH! Buy a good brand, these pulled my hair or scratched my head.
Occasionally I’ve found AWESOME deals on brand name items, that are not a typical product stocked by the Dollar Tree. This included Littlest Pet Shop animals, which normally cost $5. I stocked up for stockings and gifts.
I also found Flintstones gummy vitamins for a $1. I bought 20 🙂 The moral of the story is to be on the look out for these type of items, where you can save your family more then just cents. We are still enjoying the vitamins and I estimate it has saved me $60!
Look for “Save more, shop less Wednesday’s” to be a regular feature. I have more favorites from Dollar Tree and not-so-favorites to share. In fact, I’m going there tomorrow 🙂 Happy shopping!!!