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Dollar Store Diva

A dollar store diva is someone who not only isn’t afraid to pop into a dollar store for some basic goods at an unbeatable price, but also actually appreciates that great deals and decorative items can and will be found in a dollar store.

Many people don’t give dollar stores a chance because of the stigma that they sell junk that’s only worth a dollar. But this is not the case- there’s a great deal of value to be had within these shops.

Don’t waste time with stores like Dollar General, where everything is not a dollar. They essentially sell the same type of stuff as true dollar stores, but charge more. Check out Dollar Tree for their “everything’s a dollar” motto and for their convenient locations.  There's one in both Crystal Lake and McHenry, on Routes 14 and 120, respectively.

Items that are a great deal are paper plates, which come out to be about half the cost as they are at Jewel and Wal-Mart. The same goes for plastic cutlery and plastic tablecloths (plan that party or picnic you were avoiding because of costs).

Some grocery items at the dollar store are inferior in quality compared to brand names, but not all. Spices like garlic powder, minced dried onion, cinnamon, and salt and pepper are all more affordable at the dollar store and the difference in quality between the dollar store brand and a brand like McCormick is negligible.

Gift bags, tissue paper, and ribbon are all a steal at the dollar store as well. However, they never sell wine bottle size gift bags, so you’ll have to look elsewhere if that’s the gift you’re giving.

Taper candles usually aren't scented, even when bought from specialty stores, but they are often expensive. These are also a steal at dollar stores. There’s a variety of colors, however, the other shaped candles sold here that are scented definitely do not smell as delectable as brands like Yankee Candle. In this instance you do get what you pay for, but they will do in a pinch.

Craft items like river rocks or foam wreaths are also a better deal here than at craft stores, however there aren’t as many different size options sold at dollar stores.

Shower curtain liners, loufas, hand soap, and trial size items are also a deal compared to grocery stores or Wal-Mart.

While it may seem insignificant to spend $1 instead of $1.75, all these items are regularly bought by nearly every consumer and the savings will add up quickly.

Check back frequently for craft, décor and food ideas that can be gotten from the dollar store so you can be your own dollar store diva!

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