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10 things to buy & never to buy in a dollar store

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As the economy weakened, consumers began to save money in any way possible, resulting in a boom for "dollar stores" across the nation. As the economy weakened, consumers began to save money in any way possible, resulting in a boom for "dollar stores" across the nation.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - As the economy weakened, consumers began to save money in any way possible, resulting in a boom for "dollar stores" across the nation. Retail experts warn, however, that not all deals are great deals.

While the price tag may reflect better in your local dollar store, the quality may not. For example, savingadvice.com advises to not buy certain goods at the discount store, and one of the items is batteries.

The price is great but the brand is not, and 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, according to savingadvice.com, is sandwich bags. Despite the cheaper cost, you're getting fewer baggies and will ultimately spend 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

Although many of the items never to buy are mostly to do with the quantity you receive at the dollar store as compared to a larger retail store, some have to do with quality and health risks. Get a complete explanation for each item.

Make no mistake, there are deals to be had. Here are the 10 things to always buy, according to couponing.about.com, when it comes to cruising the aisles of a discount store.

  • 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

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