Good consumers are always in pursuit of bargains and it's
hard to go wrong when everything in the store is only a buck. But some Dollar
Store deals are no bargain. According to Consumer Report’s ShopSmart magazine,
there are five products you'd be foolish not to buy at dollar stores.
First, look to buy cleaning supplies-- everything from soap to detergent. Next,
gift wrap-- especially gift bags that you may be able to find 2 for $1. Food and
snacks are a huge growth area at the dollar stores-- from bananas to salad
dressing. Next on the must buy list-- shampoo. Finally, kitchen accessories--
many Dollar Stores have bargains on can openers, knives, spatulas and plastic
On the other hand, ShopSmart says there're certain Dollar Store items you
definitely want to avoid too.
Don't buy soft, vinyl lunch boxes-- they may be tainted with lead. Next, keep
clear of electrical products-- things like holiday lights and extension cords
that are not UL listed. Watch out for toys for kids under the age of three--
especially if they're made in china where they might be mislabeled. Avoid fishy
brand names too-- sound a-like products but without the same quality. Finally,
and this is a biggie, don't buy vitamins in dollar stores. Vitamins bought in
Dollar Stores can be outdated and of poor quality. How do you spot them? Look
for tablets that are misshaped or broken, or labels with funny misspellings on
Where do Dollar Stores get their stuff? Most of it comes from closeouts. These
stores aren't just for folks on low-incomes either-- that's a misconception.
Consumers of all walks of life are admitting a bargain's a bargain. Remember
that stores vary so check labels carefully and then judge for yourself whether
you’re getting a deal or a dud at the Dollar Store.