(Editor’s Note: This post was first published on 13 August 2014.)
Can you actually save money shopping at a dollar store? I ask this question because a brand new huge dollar store opened across the avenue from my apartment building. I live in Oakland in Pittsburgh. And I use to shop at a dollar store in Bloomfield (Little Italy) in Pittsburgh. That dollar store went out of business. Now I shop at the dollar store across the avenue.
The secret to shopping at a dollar store seems to be to know what to buy. I once bought a package of men’s briefs at the dollar store in Little Italy for around $5.00. I thought I was getting a bargain. Three months later I was wearing a safety-pin in my underwear because the elastic was no longer elastic.
I ended up going downtown and paying $20.00 for a package of good briefs.
But I’ve also bought innumerable items at the same dollar store in Little Italy that were worth every penny: toilet paper, laundry and dish liquid, bleach, cleanser, notebooks, big, thick bath towels, paper products, shower curtains and bandanas for Saturday night karaoke at Nico’s in Little Italy. And some of the items even cost around one dollar or less.
I’ve been to the new dollar store across the avenue several times. They have a lot of good stuff; and some of it is one dollar or less. You just have to know what to buy to really save money at a dollar store. Unfortunately, there’s only one way to come by this knowledge.
In other words: buyer beware.
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