If you haven't been in a Dollar Store in a while, now is the time to go back. Find your local dollar store, in Bluffton, my favorite is the Dollar Tree store in the Best Buy shopping center located next to Petco. I swear by it. Now I'm not advocating buying all the items in the dollar store because let's face it, there is a lot of junk in there. But if you can sort through the things you don't need, and go in with a purpose, you can save a lot of money. The main item that I am constantly going to the dollar store for is bread. At my particular Dollar Tree, they sell Natures Own Whole Wheat bread, obviously for $1.00. At my local Publix, this same bread is $2.50 so I am saving $1.50 a loaf, and guess what? Bread freezes wonderfully. So I normally will clean the dollar store out of their bread to stock up and save money. They also tend to run out of the wheat bread first so I know that there are times that I will need to buy at another store, but when they are stocked, I am ready and waiting.
The other great things that I normally buy at the Dollar Tree are cards (birthday, holiday, whatever), party decorations, mylar balloons, bags for presents, candy for the movie theater, and pool toys. All of these items go for double at your local Target or Walmart and are pretty much the same product. Mylar balloons that sell for $3.00 a piece at the grocery store are . . . yup you guessed it $1.00!
And for those of you that don't know me, I am a self-confessed shopaholic when I'm having a bad day, but a trick that I learned in College was to go to the local dollar store. It appeases my shopping needs while not breaking the bank and curbs that guilt that I would ultimately feel by spending a ton of money at a department store somewhere.
So my tip today is "Find your local Dollar Store and save, save, save!"