Saturday, February 25, 2012

MomsWhoSave's Favorite Dollar Store Finds

Almost everyone has a dollar store in their neighborhood, and if you've shopped in one, you've probably noticed that the quality of the products they stock can vary. If you know what to look for though, you can get good quality items (and often the same brands you normally buy) at a tremendous savings!

Here are some my favorite things to buy at the dollar store:

Cleaning supplies, like window cleaner, sponges, scrub brushes, mops, brooms, "Swiffer" cloths,etc.

Drugstore items - I often find name brand deodorant, kids' shampoos, toothpaste, and more. It's very hit and miss as to what you'll find, but always worth a look.

Party supplies like gift bags, wrapping paper, tissue paper, paper plates and utensils, and related supplies.

Greeting cards, note cards, thank-you notes, etc.

Kids' party supplies, favors, and decorations

Umbrellas -- I don't know if the umbrellas sold at the dollar stores are very high-quality, but I seem to break or lose them no matter how much they cost. 

Office and school supplies, like paper clips, sticky notes, legal pads, tape, rulers, and more.

Seasonal items like Christmas wrapping paper, ribbons and bows, stockings, Easter baskets, Halloween decorations, etc.

Is your list different? Leave a comment below, and let me know what you like to buy at the dollar store.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The road to good intentions

Marine Corps Marathon finished; two half marathons; an evening 10 mile road race, my first 10K-- 2011 was not bad, but then why do I feel like I have so much more to do? I trained with the Schwein who later imploded, but is repairing itself now. I hated the running shoes (Asics 13) after training in awesome Newtons but getting IT band issues and now I have none!! My wide size 10 feet are hard to fit. Big sigh.

I need a plan.....