The first thing to know is that although most dollar store items now cost more than a dollar (some cost $5 or more), shopping there can still save you a small fortune.
Some of the biggest savings are on groceries, according to Meg Streit, editor-in-chief of the Scripps sites Simplemost and Don’t Waste Your Money.
She tells us stocking your spice rack is much cheaper at the dollar store.
“Our writer found, for example, garlic powder at Family Dollar for just $1,” she said. “And there was actually a smaller bottle of the same product at Target for $2.59.”
She says you’ll also find big savings on juice boxes there.
But a word of caution before you shop for food. Tina Lanier recently bought a six-pack of Dr. Pepper when she discovered something wrong.
“I got home, went to open the Dr. Pepper, and there was no fizz,” she said.
So she looked closely at the plastic bottle and says it was well past its sell-by date.
Lanier says she will be checking expiration dates from now on, and urges everyone to do that, even though she too admits the savings on many items can’t be beat.
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