Which items are best deal at the Dollar Store?
(WTOL) - The credit crisis has many of us cutting back on our purchases to
the point where stores are now suffering.
There's one type of store doing better than ever in these tough times: dollar
stores. There, your dollar goes a long way.
Before heading over, you may want to know the best things to buy -- and not to
buy -- from your local dollar store.
Consumer Reports and SmartMoney magazine both say shopping dollar stores is
smart if you know what to buy, and what to avoid.
Smart Money's List of best deals
1. Cleaning supplies
2. Gift wrap and party supplies
3. Name brand snacks such as Lay's potato chips
5. Kitchen accessories
Consumer Reports worst items to buy at a dollar store
vitamins, which can be poorly made
electrical products, especially no name extension cords
off brand toys: they can contain sharp points and lead paint
vinyl lunch boxes, which may contain lead
One more caution: Consumer Reports says be wary of look-a-like brands at some
dollar stores that look like major brands with a slightly different name.
But if you stick to the basics and the name brands, a dollar store can be your
best friend in these tough times. So you don't waste your money.