We’ve rhapsodized about the Dollar Store and its many, shiny bargains in posts past. Dollar stores can offer pint-size bargains by selling smaller quantities tailor made to their low price point. Which is great. (Except from a packaging standpoint, in which case, not so great.) But while we fully endorse discount detergent, it’s important to be mindful of some of the products at your local Loonie palace. These include:
• Toys. It all comes down to good judgment, but if you’re worried about flaky paint on a lick-able kids toy, steer clear. These toys may contain lead, and have undergone less than stringent inspection when it comes to parts and pieces.
• Electronics. Cheap cords and electronic devices will die even sooner than expensive electronic devices, which are already increasingly disposable.
• Canned goods of dubious origin. Does this one really need an explanation? Also, canned goods are already ridiculously cheap at the supermarket, so clearly you’re just trying to live on the edge with those tinned hot dogs.
• Medicine, toiletries or vitamins that you’re unfamiliar with. It’s been a long time since dollar store toothpaste was found with traces of lead, but you can’t be too careful when it comes to things you put in your mouth on a daily basis!
• Lightbulbs. They’re dirt cheap, but an energy efficient bulb will be infinitely cheaper in the long run.
• Party favours. While some rave about the cheap favours at dollar store, an expert advises against buying party stuffs that may be choking or health hazards.
• Pens, pencils, crayons. Without having personally tested them, we’re relying on numerous blogs that suggest twenty pencils for a dollar is more a burden than a bargain.
• When in doubt, toss it out. Of your cart.