These are my 5 go to items that I purchase at The Dollar Tree store. YMMV (your mileage may vary) if you use a different dollar store. Unfortunately, not all items are a dollar in some dollar stores.
Pillar jar candles... Don't burn that $20.00 candle you've been waiting for a special occasion to light, when the power goes out. Six of these take up about a 6X9 inch square of space in your cupboard. No scent, long lasting, uses all the wax up so they are efficient, glass jar candles are safer, and they are 1 buck each. Store on the top shelf, out of the way, and you will be ready for the next power outage. While you are there buying candles, buy one of those lighter for lighting the BBQ. They are perfect for lighting these pillar candles and they are just a buck to buy.
Reading glasses.....$1.00 a pair. There are serious ones
or brightly colored ones.
Buy a couple of each style. One for the purse, one in the kitchen, one in the bedroom, one for the top of your head, and of course one to hang from the neck of your shirt. I have been known to wear two on the top of my head at the same time. But I am fancy like that!! Seriously, if you are over 40, invest a buck or 2 in some of these readers. Your older self will thank you.
I love these boxes of aluminum foil in pre cut sheets. They are perfect for baked potatoes or making a packet of veggies or fish for the grill. No more messing around with trying to rip off a piece that is actually square or rectangle. Mine always wads up on the little saw blade and the only thing that gets cut are my fingers. Buy 2 and you will never look back. Of course you will always need a roll for when you have a large pan to cover but these sheets are perfect for those smaller items. Your fingers will thank you.
And while we are talking about aluminum foil lets also talk about aluminum baking pans, the throw away kind. If you look closely you will find pans that also have plastic (some red some clear) covers. These usually come two to a package for $1.00. I use them when I make cold appetizers or for appetizers that I need to cook like smokey links wrapped in bacon or dates filled with goat cheese and wrapped in bacon. I make them ahead of time but don't fully cook them. Then when I get to my destination I put them in the hostess's oven for a quick warm up and finish up the baking.
Hot appetizers are so much better when they are hot. Especially if there is bacon involved, nobody wants cold bacon. They want bacon, just not cold. These are also great for when you want to bring home some leftovers from your sister's house.
And finally I am going to wrap this up with the wrapping paper and bow aisle. It is shocking what the stores that specializes in cards, wrapping paper, and bows will charge for just a bow. At the dollar stores you buy a bow, a roll of wrapping paper, and a card for what they charge for a card at those fancy schmanzy stores. If you sell items on the Internet and use tissue paper to wrap your item before you ship, then you need to check out the dollar store for tissue paper.
I hope this will save you some $$$.
The next few months are going to be stressful for everyone. If we all have a little patience and work together, we can get through this uncertain time. Know that at the end of the day you, me, and everyone around the world will be one day closer to having this time behind us.
In the mean time
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