A MONEY saving expert has revealed the best way to spend $20 at the dollar store.
Twenty bucks can get you a lot at the discount variety stores like Dollar Tree.
Shannon Vissers, a shopping analyst and reviewer with Merchant Maverick, explained what items are actually good at the sometimes gimmicky stores.
The money-saving expert said home office supplies are a great place to start.
“Tape, notebooks, poster board, pencil cases – you’ll save on all of these and other home and school supplies if you stock up at the dollar store vs any other store,” Vissers told Yahoo News.
“This makes dollar stores the perfect place for back-to-school shopping.”
Vissers also said that holiday decor is always a great find at Dollar Tree.
“A dollar store is the cheapest place to save on holiday items, such as holiday décor, stocking stuffers, or goodie bags with party favors for your kids to hand out at school on special days.”
The dollar store is also the most affordable place to buy photo frames, Vissers said.
You can also get tons of personal toiletries for cheap at your local discount variety store.
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“Dollar stores usually sell some name-brand toiletries, such as Colgate and Mr Bubble,” the savings expert said.
“Sometimes the quantities are smaller than you’d get at a store like Target, but this makes those toiletries the perfect size for travel.”
You can also get $1 pregnancy tests.
“This one may sound odd, but there is no cheaper way to buy a stick-style pregnancy test (though when it comes to the strip kind of test, you may be able to buy them for less than a dollar each by buying in bulk on Amazon),” Vissers said.
“Dollar store pregnancy tests may not be name-brand, but studies have been conducted on these tests, and have determined they are just as accurate as name-brand and store-brand pregnancy tests from other retailers.”
Nick Drewe with Wethrift added that a dollar store is a great stop before you go to the movies.
“If you’re someone who likes to snack while watching a movie, skip the overpriced concession stand food and stock up at your local Dollar Tree,” Drewe said.
“Even if you’re staying in for movie night, the dollar store has excellent candy, chip, and snack prices that beat the grocery store and definitely beat the marked-up movie theater prices.”
With Drewe’s $20, he also said he would buy gift-wrapping supplies for any occasion.
“There are occasions for gift-giving year round; so, to save some cash, go to the dollar store for bags, tissue paper, gift wrap, and bows,” Drewe said.
“At specialty or even big-box retailers, gift materials cost several times more than the average dollar store’s pricing.
“Dollar Tree offers an excellent selection and cheap prices that don’t mean you’re coming away with poor quality.”
Another Dollar Tree lover also gave her opinion on the items that are no longer worth a dollar.
And after they upped their items to $1.25 a piece, bargain shopper Liz Fenwick urged customers to reconsider their usual buys.