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Going to Dollar Stores Just for Extras
Trinkets and small gifts (e.g., floral nail files, colorful pens, 20-packs of hair elastics) aren't the only things worth buying at dollar stores. These retailers can be gold mines for canned and bottled foods—think pickles, olives, salsa. And while we're on the subject of non-traditional places to buy groceries, avoid stocking up on food at drugstores, says Davidson. They tend to price everything from chips to pasta higher than supermarkets do.