Three Great Deals at Dollar Stores

Clip Art Graphic of a Flat Green Dollar Bill Cartoon CharacterDon’t pass these dollar store deals by!

Been to the dollar store lately? You would be amazed at what you can buy for only $1. Considering the level of inflation over the last couple of decades, the dollar store provides price consistency that other popular chain stores cannot.

Here are 3 great deals I like at the dollar store:


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How to Fix a Broken Light Bulb

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Cards on the table:  I am cheap.

My latest adventure in cheapness involves light bulbs, specifically the old school incandescent kind. The kind invented by Thomas Alva Edison. The kind that government put the kibosh on as of January 1, 2014 under the Energy Independence and Security Act.

There’s been a lot of partisan anger about the new energy-efficient light bulb mandates. Personally, I’m not an incandescent bulb hoarder.

Nor am I opposed to CFLs or LEDs. My home has roughly 75% LEDs, 25% CFLs, and 5% incandescents.

But as I said, I am cheap.

I know it’s been said the true cost of a bulb is not the purchase price, but the cost of the energy it burns over time. While I do agree with that statement, sometimes it makes more financial sense to extend the life of a traditional bulb.

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Be Wary of Low-Price CT Scans

CT_Scanner_MaliziaCertain hospitals and medical facilities are aggressively advertising low-cost computerized tomography (CT) scans. These scans sometimes cost just a few hundred dollars or less, a fraction of the price typically charged. Some even are free. Why? Continue reading

Save on Seven Commonly Used Products and Services

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Most people spend more than they have to on the following seven commonly used products and services. In some cases, lower-cost options have only recently become available and are not yet widely known. In others, sellers intentionally put up roadblocks that make it challenging to get the best prices. Smart ways to save money on… Continue reading

Saving Even More at Costco

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Shopping at Costco can be a little overwhelming.  But this holiday season you can work your way to a better deal at the warehouse giant.

Kyle James runs the website .  He’s been telling people about Costco deals for years.

“I started building this resource of these different ways that you can, when you’re in the store. Just by looking at the price you can figure out, okay, is this full price, might this be marked down even more, am I getting the best deal possible,” explained James. Continue reading

15 Things to Buy at a Dollar Store


Dollar stores lure us in with rock-bottom prices. Sometimes you get what you pay for, but often the things they sell are good products at a tremendous discount — a real bargain. Continue reading

Auto Insurance Rip-Off

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If you’re in an auto accident in which another driver is at fault, you’re probably not going to get all the money you should. That driver’s insurance company likely is legally required to compensate you for diminished value—the loss in resale value that your vehicle suffered due the crash. But insurers inevitably try to pay less than is fair and often even deny that diminished-value compensation is required at all.

Even when accident damage is perfectly repaired, having an accident in a vehicle’s history significantly reduces its resale value. Potential buyers worry that the vehicle might have hidden problems. Continue reading