With the large number of dollar and discount stores in the U.S., the quality of items at these stores is becoming more and more on par with larger supermarkets and department stores. From food items, frozen foods, decorations, kitchen gadgets, candles, toys and more, these stores that are cropping up everywhere it seems can stretch your household and grocery budget without sacrificing quality.
Food Items, Frozen and Refrigerated Foods
Many discount stores, such as Big Lots, Dollar General, Sav-A-Lot and Dollar Tree/Stores, now have a frozen food section. The types of food usually vary and may include frozen meals, vegetables, pizzas, desserts, frozen fruits and sometimes name-brand products like Hot Pockets. Visit your local store to see what variety they have each week or during your normal grocery shopping day.
Some stores like Big Lots and Dollar General also have a refrigerated food section. Milk, butter, eggs and cheese are a few good deals they usually have on hand. They also sometimes have juices, sandwich meats, etc. in stock.
Their pantry items are a multitude of varieties. These include pasta, rice, bread and buns, flour tortillas, condiments, spices, herbs, chicken and beef broth, ramen noodles, canned chicken and tuna, canned veggies, pasta and pizza sauce, pepperoni slices, generic baking mix, baby-food, canned beans, dried beans, cornbread mix, canned soups, coffee, teas, honey, sugar and many others. Below is a list of meals you can make using the numerous items I've mentioned:
Decorations and Home Items
Another category that usually has a ton of items is decorations and home items (including kitchen gadgets). Seasonal decorations like Christmas ornaments and miscellaneous embellishments for the home are abundant in Dollar Stores, Big Lots, Sav-a-Lot and Dollar General. When you're looking to do some inexpensive decorating, head to these stores and check out what they have to offer. The same is true for birthdays, anniversaries, kids' parties (they have cute toys for children's birthdays), and other special days throughout the year.
Another good idea is to give gift baskets, using items found at the dollar and discount stores. Below are a few ideas:
Use these ideas and get creative yourself to save money on gifts, toys and home decorating on a dime, using your local dollar and discount stores.
Kristy Wyatt is a SAHM to a 17-month-old daughter and always looking for ways to save money and help supplement the family's monthly income. She loves to write, read mysteries and scrapbook.
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