Best Dollar Store Deals
By Marianne McGinnis
Best dollar store deals. I love a good deal. That said, I was dubious when my editor handed down this assignment. My perception of dollar stores has always been that of subpar or off-label products, but then I talked to a couple of pro money-savers and they set me straight. “You can find phenomenal deals at the 99 cent store,” say Steve and Annette Economides, finance experts and bestselling authors ofCut Your Grocery Bill in Half. “But you’ve got to know your stuff before you start stretching your dollars.”
Preparation involves several factors when it comes to dollar stores, the couple told me. They armed me with the following:
- Know your options. Depending on where you live, you may have anywhere from one to a handful of different dollar store varieties. “You’ll get different deals at different stores — some have produce, some sell greeting cards two for one, so get familiar with the deals and differences in your area,” says Steve.
- Check the size. Look at the size of the product compared to the price. “I saw a package of really lean lunchmeat ham that looked great on first glance, but then I saw that it was just 4 ounces for a dollar — that’s four dollars a pound — pass!” says Steve. Some manufacturers are now making products especially for dollar stores, which means they sometimes make the packages smaller.