I’m a Budget Expert: Accepting the Claim You’ll Save More by Shopping at Dollar Stores Is False

SHOPPING at the dollar store can be extremely tempting as many struggle to make ends meet amid the cost of living crisis and inflation.

But, budgeting experts have warned against accepting the claim that you’ll save more and get a bargain.

Experts have warned that shoppers may not always get a bargain at the dollar store (file photo)

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Experts have warned that shoppers may not always get a bargain at the dollar store (file photo)Credit: Getty

Some items at dollar stores may not cost $1, and workers have warned that some products may not be of the highest quality.

NOT EVERYTHING COST A DOLLAR

Not everything at the dollar store costs $1, a revelation that has caused outrage among shoppers.

In late 2021, Dollar Tree made the decision to end its $1 price after 35 years and increase the cost of most items to $1.25.

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Dollar Tree officials said at the time: “The company believes this is the right time to move away from the $1.00 price constraints to continue offering extreme value to customers.

“This decision is permanent and is not a reaction to transient or short-term market conditions.”

PRODUCT SIZE REDUCTION

Dollar Tree was accused of downsizing some of its products after raising prices.

In one video, a TikToker showed off before-and-after shots of various essential care products, like razors and cotton swabs.

Before the surge, razors were available for five in a pack and cotton swabs in loads of 300.

Later, however, razors were available only in packs of four, and cotton swabs were packaged in packs of 200.

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An irate commenter said: “Damn, charging us more and giving less product than before.”

Dollar Tree did not immediately respond to a request for comment when approached by The Sun.

IMPULSIVE BUY

Shopping at dollar stores can lead to impulse buying, as there is a temptation to stock up on items ranging from pantry groceries to crafts.

However, some influencers have recommended that shoppers look elsewhere.

bargain hunter Kallie Branciforte said customers should buy paper plates and gift wrap from other outlets, rather than the dollar store.

Dollar stores also sell toys that can keep your kids entertained, but Branciforte believed those items aren’t good value for money.

THE PRODUCTS ARE NOT OF THE BEST QUALITY

Dollar store workers took to social media to warn shoppers what items they shouldn’t buy.

One employee, known only as Brenda, told Mental Floss that customers should avoid frozen seafood or meat.

The worker recommended that shoppers go to their local store to buy frozen fish and meat.

LACK OF VARIETY

While shopping at dollar stores can be extremely cheap, there is a risk that the choice of products on sale will be restrictive, according to Finance buzz.

Consumer Reports experts said they found a lack of brand variety among items like cereal.

While buyers from rivals like walmart you can stock up on family favorites like Frosted Flakes, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Lucky Charms.

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The Sun revealed how dollar store fans were making high-end accessories using only $1.25 items.

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