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Sarah Cunnane – May 29, 2020·2 – 2 min read – 2ry.it

What you should (and shouldn't) buy at dollar stores during this pandemic
What you should (and shouldn’t) buy at dollar stores during this pandemic

The dollar store chains are reporting that business has been on fire during the coronavirus pandemic as shoppers try to cut their spending in the midst of layoffs, business shutdowns and a whole lot of uncertainty over the economy.

You can find some seriously great deals at the deep discounters. However, it’s easy to get carried away and try to buy almost EVERYTHING at the dollar store.

For some items, you might find better bargains elsewhere. To help you get the most for your dollars, here are the best and worst buys at dollar stores. And be sure to shop with a cash-back card, so you’ll save even more.

1. Best: Party supplies and cards

TORONTO, CANADA - NOVEMBER 30, 2013: Greeting cards on display in a store. Hallmark Cards and American Greetings are the largest producers of greeting cards in the world.
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Dollar stores are a great spot for finding deals on greeting cards and gift wrap.

Did you forget to pick up a card for your aunt’s birthday or your cousin’s 25th wedding anniversary?

No need to panic — the dollar store offers a great selection of discount greeting cards for every occasion: birthdays, get well, new job, new home, and so on. And they’re much cheaper than the name-brand cards.

After all, the sad reality is that most cards just get shoved in a drawer or thrown out. So there’s really no way to justify spending big bucks on fancy cards, no matter how witty they are.

And while you’re at the dollar store, why not pick up a few supplies for the party?

Many, many dollar stores carry large selections of plastic utensils, plates, cups, streamers, confetti and other party supplies (in a wide array of colors and designs), and at a fraction of the price compared to specialty stores like Party City.

2. Worst: Jewelry

child with lots of fun jewelry on
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Cheap costume jewelry — like the stuff found at dollar stores — has tested for high levels of lead, nickel and even asbestos in some dollar stores. Toxins can leach into the skin and cause long-term organ damage, particularly in children.

Recalls of costume jewelry from some dollar stores are quite common, since the lead levels found in cheap trinkets often surpass the amounts allowed under U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines.

Another inexpensive jewelry item to avoid? Metallic beads — the kind you wear during Mardi Gras. A study from the Michigan-based nonprofit The Ecology Center found that Mardi Gras beads contain tons of hazardous chemicals….Read The Rest At Yahoo.com

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