Best and Worst Items at Discount Stores

By Scott Sarvay

Best and Worst Items at Discount Stores

September 20, 2012 Updated Sep 20, 2012 at 5:21 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – As consumers look to trim their personal budgets many often turn to “dollar stores” to help fill in the gaps. Retail experts are warning that not all those deals are good ones.

While the price tag may reflect a better deal for your pocketbook, the quality of the product may not do you good in the long run. Savingadvice.com advises to not buy certain goods at the discount stores, and one of the items is batteries.

So while the price is great, the brand is not. That’s why experts say the life expectancy of a no-name battery will be 1/16th that of the top selling brands at larger retail stores.

Another item to skip on is sandwich bags. With that cheaper price, you also get fewer baggies and ultimately you end up spending more trying to save a dollar.

The other eight items experts say you should never buy at a dollar store are:
- Boxed Mixes (Cake / Brownies)
- Substitute Products (Sugar replacements, syrups, spices)
- Candy
- Razors
- Vitamins and Allergy Medication
- Extension Cords and Power Strips
- Oven Mitts and Work Gloves

To get a complete explanation on each item, Click Here.

Not all items at the dollar stores are bad deals, according to couponing.about.com, when it comes to great discount items you should stick to these items.

- Cleaning Products
- Snacks (Crackers, potato chips)
- Bath & Beauty (Shampoo)
- Bath Products (Bubble bath, soap)
- Gift Wrap
- Scrapbooking Supplies
- Containers (Plastic bins, baskets)
- Kitchen Gadgets & Tools
- Children's Books
- School Supplies

For the complete explanation on these items, Click Here.

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