At this point I am completely obsessed with shopping at Dollar Tree. So obsessed that I am writing unsolicited rave reviews about their stores. That’s love folks. Because of my new
obsession interest in this store I’ve decided to challenge myself to buy everything I can at this cheapskate’s paradise.
My daughter takes ballroom dance lessons, and on Thursdays she is in the studio for an hour and a half. When my son was smaller it was easy, because he was usually asleep and could tolerate hanging around the studio. As a curious toddler the wait is miserable for both him and me, so we took the opportunity to visit the Dollar Tree next door.
I was needing some of their “Awesome” Oxy Clean generic tub powder. Because I have noticed amazing results with my laundry using this, I purchased two. Bleach is bleach so I got one of those as well.
Pretzels are something my little guy loves. Why purchase a big brand at the grocery store for three bucks when you can get the SAME pretzels for one dollar at Dollar Tree? They’re the same. Same ingredients, same GMO and carbohydrate laden snack that you buy at the Grocery. Why not.
I also bought…shampoo and conditioner. It was Finesse brand. I’m a Moroccan Oil girl. When I run out and can’t find the real deal, I get the One n Only Argan brand at Sally. Because I’m trying to SAVE money, these shampoo and conditioners were ONE DOLLAR. If they are crap, I get rid of them. But of they’re great…then a win for my Dollar Tree Challenge. (But believe me, I’ll be getting my Moroccan Oil shampoo and conditioner ASAP.)
Makeup- I’m a MAC, Mary Kay, Urban Decay, Makeup Forever kind of girl. However…I’ve read rave reviews about e.l.f. And Maybelline. There was a lot of both and since I was killing time, I browsed. I found a pretty color lipstick, lip liner, two eyeshadows, and a lip gloss.
In light of flu season being upon us I purchased Neo Senephrine (that I was shocked to see because it is about $10 around here) and a bottle of a Dollar Tree brand acetaminophen. I’ve read warnings about using meds from the discount stores. I can assure you I’ve used this before and I’m fine and it knocked my headache out just as well as any I’ve purchased at CVS or Rite Aid.
The food aisles yielded some pretty good finds but I bought a huge can of spinach (easier to deal with than frozen) and a tall jar of minced garlic. We go through minced garlic like crazy so I wish I had gotten two.
When all was said and done I spent a total of $16.00 and some change. If I had purchased these items at Kroger or Wal-Mart my total would have been at least four times that, shopping name brands. However, I’m convinced it’s all the same stuff, both from experience and reading the ingredient labels.
What is the method behind my madness? First off, I am a single mom. I work hard and would like to have some wiggle room at the end of every pay period to not have to stress about money. Yes , I have enough to live, but one day I envision being able to just pay for a vacation without having to save for it, or paying full price for a Burberry scarf without having to scour the “outlet” and purchasing the children’s scarf because it is cheaper. Getting ahead and “live like no one else so you can live like no one else” is my mantra right now. (Don’t know what that phrase refers to? Check out this website to read about it.)
I one read a set of three books called “Tightwad Gazette.” It talked about extreme ways to save money. Some of those principles I have employed in my life, others were just a bit too much. I’m trying and it is a constant experiment with many successes and failures.
Have any of you tried to save money in the past? How did you do it? I would love to hear from you, or better yet, share with our readers to guest post on this blog!