Whether it's Dollar Tree, Everything's A Dollar or The Dollar Spot-- I'm in!
For many items a dollar is a deal. For others, it's not!
MoneyTalkNews recently listed the items you SHOULD and SHOULDN'T buy at the dollar store.
Here's a quick list and some of the explanations are below.
DO BUY: GREETING CARDS, PARTY SUPPLIES, GIFT BAGS/WRAPPING PAPER, SEASON DECOR, READING GLASSES, HAIR ACCESSORIES, PREGNANCY TESTS, VASES, MUGS/GLASSES, DISHWARE, STORAGE CONTAINERS, PICTURE FRAMES, SOCKS, DISHTOWELS.
DO/DON'T BUY: Candy. Single candy bars will be cheaper at the grocery store. But boxed candy like the movie theater sizes will be cheaper!
DON'T BUY: ELECTRIC CORDS, TOYS, SHAMPOO/BEAUTY PRODUCTS, KITCHEN KNIVES, PAPER PRODUCTS, CANNED/BOXED FOODS, BATTERIES
Several media outlets around the nation have taken the$1 pregnancy tests to doctors and labs.
The end result always seems to be the dollar store pregnancy tests work the same as the ones costing double digits.
Now, the advice is: check the expiration date and follow the instructions carefully. Experts say that the "99% effective" on the box means 99% effective in a lab setting. People often make mistakes like taking the tests too early.
On the MoneyTalksNews DON'T buy list: anything electric(cords, power strips, mini lights). They say there have been too many recalls over the years.
The list also includes shampoo and beauty products but not because of what you think. It's not as much a product problem has it is a value issue. The dollar store bottles are usually smaller so sometimes you're paying more per ounce.
The MoneyNewsTalk researchers found the same value issue for paper products and canned or boxed foods. Often times you can find the item at a better 'price per volume' at the grocery store