12 Things Dollar Store Employees Won’t Tell You
Learn why everything is usually cheaper, and what items are the best deals at your local or chain dollar or discount store.
Always check expiration dates on food
Make sure to check the expiration date on any food items you might buy from the dollar store. Some of the best options to buy include baking mixes, canned beans, and chicken broth. Here are 10 other dollar store foods you’ll definitely want to add to your cart.
More chain dollar stores are on the way
Chain dollar store locations are growing, fast. A 2011 study found at the time that dollar store locations outnumber drug store locations in the United States, TIME reports. The two biggest dollar chains, Dollar Tree and Dollar General, have more stores combined than the six biggest U.S. retailers, according to Forbes. Plus, between 2010 and 2013, Family Dollar opened1,500 new stores—more than one a day, per the Guardian. Data from Statistia predicts the increase in dollar store locations will continue to rise between 2018 and 2021.
The inventory constantly changes
Chain dollar stores including Dollar General, Family Dollar, and Dollar Tree, constantly have rotating items, so customers don’t get bored. “The fun thing is that items are constantly changing, I think that’s what excites the customer,” Patricia says. Next, check out the 21 things to never buy at the dollar store.