With all the parties, crafting, and pinteresting I do on a limited budget- I am a frequent visitor of the Dollar Tree. From stocking stuffers to toiletries, I rely on only spending a few dollars on trinkets and necessities. Some things are a FANTASTIC bargain at the dollar store, and others- not really worth it at all...
Rather than worry about keeping a toothbrush for 60+ days or that accidental dreaded toilet dunk, I also have a few "Three-packs" of kids toothbrushes around. I love how they come in different colors, and how I have three children; kind of perfect, really. Poor Ems has to buy several of these...
I also like to frequently rotate my "poofs" so they don't get mildew on them. Wal-Mart has similar pricing of poofs. Now I have bought the three packs for the kids- they do NOT last as long as the big poofs do. They often unravel with minimal use, so I usually don't buy them.
|Big poofs: good deal|
|Small poofs- buy for company for 1-2x use|
Honestly, I laughed when I found this at my mom's house- Ems had left it there, but I tried it anyway for after my shower- and now I am ADDICTED to it... Having your hair up in a hair wrap rather than a towel is so much nicer!! Wet hair doesn't drip on your neck in the winter and it keeps you cooler in the summer.... LOVE it...
When I moved, I think I found three thousand hair bands strewn throughout the house. Under tables, in couch cushions, and even in the kitchen supplies... of course, I can never find them when I need them. I buy hair bands, barrettes, and even de-tangling spray at the Dollar Tree.
|Worst barrettes ever|
|These work great too.|
With Grace, we go through an amazing amount of Popsicle sticks, glitter glue, pom-poms and stickers-- the Dollar Store has the best prices for all of those items!
|Pipe cleaners, paint brushes, glitter glue, popscicle sticks- all awesome!|
|Not worth it crayons.|
Fun for Kids
Of course I rely on the Dollar Store for fun toys, games, and activities for the children! Compared to Wal-Mart the glow sticks are worth the drive! I even found a TWENTY pack of bracelets- multi-color for ONE dollar yesterday. I had to search through the racks- you can get anything from one magic glow wand for a dollar to 7 bracelets typically.
|The mother load. You cannot get more for $1|
I really like the mini-tea set for the kids (plastic, use with water) along with the fairy wings. They do eventually tear, but they last long enough for fun.
|Worth it for a few weeks of fun! Tea set is great in the bath too!|
Some of the plastic toys are NOT worth it- they are breakable and the parts are so small they are instantly lost. This mermaid lasted a week in the bath before her tail was unfixable...
|Paddle ball does not last connected long, and then paddle becomes weapon for young boys....|
Have you been to a iParty? Each set of plates starts at $3.99 for 10 plates?!?! Who could afford that? I might not be able to find a character or theme that I am looking for- but plain colors can add a lot to a special event. Plus, Grace sometimes adds stickers to the plates to add to the festiveness. I buy table cloths, foam plates for a big crowd, balloons, and streamers here.
|Many of these favors are "pretend" toys. No kid will "pretend" to like them.|
I mistakenly bought toilet paper once-- the quality was "eh" and the rolls ran out quickly- I stick to name brands and "double rolls" from now on.
I do buy my freezer bags, sandwich baggies, and foil containers for meal-sharing. They are much more affordable than the grocery store, and the quality is the same.
Finally, here is the round up of favorite miscellaneous items. I love the random storage bins, trash cans, containers, etc. Some of the imitation tupperware doesn't seal right- but for closet storage- this stuff rocks!
|Mmmm... off to get candy fix now...|
|I especially buy cinnamon here so I can make the applesauce cinnamon ornaments at Christmas without spending a fortune.|
Easy Rule #347234- Don't let pride keep you from trying a discount store- there can be great deals!
Easy Rule #42342- Sometimes even spending a dollar isn't worth it- Make sure you know what's worth your money!