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What To Avoid At The Dollar Store

Dollar stores seem to have everything you could ever want.  From fun seasonal decor to cute dishes for your kids, and a plethora of household items,  you may find yourself wondering why you have ever spent more than $1 on dish soap or napkins!  While all of these bargains are enticing, some of them really are too good to be true when it comes to quality.  Not everything is worth the savings.  Keep reading to learn more about how dollar stores can offer such discounted rates and what to avoid at the dollar store next time you’re there.  Click this link to read the full article.

Dollar stores make money by obtaining their merchandise directly from manufacturers, overseas factories, and companies that are going out of business. Some of these places tend to produce off-brand items that are cheap to make and don’t have spiffy packaging. The result? Goods that often aren’t well-made—and might even be dangerous.

But we’re certainly not saying all dollar store items are duds.

“There are definitely great buys at dollar stores that are inexpensive and of consistently good quality,” says Mim King, a consumer money management and organization pro, who focuses on household cleaning products when she shops at dollar stores. “Because why should you pay $5 for a vinegar-based product when one for $1 will do the same job?”

Party supplies are another smart buy, says money-saving expert Andrea Woroch. And you can always find holiday-themed decor on the cheap, as well as gift wrap and tissue paper. What’s more? You don’t even have to go in to a dollar store to get the savings.

“Even if you don’t have a dollar store nearby, you can order online and find coupons at coupon sites,” Woroch says.

The key is to do your research about what’s worth a splurge, and what’s worth leaving behind. Good thing we’re here to help! Refrain from picking up the following household goods on your next trip to the bargain basement.

1. Baskets

You get what you pay for when it comes to wicker. Quality baskets are worth the money because they’ll last, which means your organization projects will look fabulous for years to come.

“Cheap baskets are brittle, and faux wicker ones end up crumbling and making a big mess,” cautions Jamie Novak, a home organization pro and author of “Keep This, Toss That.”

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