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Want To Pick Up Frugal Habits? Start With 6 Items at These 3 Discount Stores

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You might think that discount stores are only good for finding cheap tchotchkes, those gifts for random co-workers and maybe some small party goods. But you’d be very wrong. In fact, frugal shoppers know that discount stores can be the place to find the same treasures you’d find at any other store, only for a much lower price.

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While the shelves might change depending on the season, there are some stalwart items you should always look for at your local discount store. From groceries to home goods to festive fun, there’s a lot worth loving — including the price — about discount shopping. Here are a few finds you should look out for consistently.

Makeup Sponges at Dollar Tree

You don’t need to spend big to look beautiful. So why get skincare sponges at cosmetics stores when you can find perfectly good options to help you achieve a perfect look at Dollar Tree?


According to YouTuber Sensational Finds, whose channel focuses on shopping tips, the Real Techniques sponge is a real steal for healthy skincare. She compared the price at Dollar Tree, $1.25, to the price at other stores, where it might cost upward of $12.20.

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Press-On Nails at Dollar Tree

Another beauty staple is available on the shelves of your local Dollar Tree — press-on nails. On the Sensational Finds YouTube channel, shopper Sara shared her excitement over finding press-on nails for only $1.25 compared with the usual $9.99 she expects from other outlets. The kit she highlighted comes with 24 nails, glue, a cuticle tool and a file.

Garbage Baskets at Five Below

When YouTuber Bargain Bethany created a list of her own go-tos for Five Below, she was excited to share surprisingly adorable waste baskets shaped like to-go coffee cups. These cute cans are versatile. They add some wit and fun into your space while also serving as a potential gift basket for decidedly more fun items than your old napkins. On the Five Below website, this item is listed at $5.55.

Attractive Glassware at Five Below

You don’t have to go to department or furniture stores for glassware that will impress your dinner guests. Bargain Bethany raved over the beautiful pink and green flower glass cups available at Five Below. She said she’d found similar glasses at places like HomeGoods and Marshalls priced between $6.99 and $9.99 — more expensive than the Five Below price of $5.55.

Bedding at HomeGoods

According to Real Simple magazine, one of the best places to find bedding that will suit all your needs — not to mention your taste — is HomeGoods.

The magazine had high praise for the plethora of options, including cute choices for kids, as well as the range of less expensive bed-in-a-bag sets that come with a coordinated set of sheets, a comforter and pillows. These sets can be an inexpensive way of outfitting a comfortable guest room.

Pillows at HomeGoods

Real Simple also suggested that shoppers with fine tastes and a desire to save money look at HomeGoods for pillows. The magazine quoted interior designer Kate Dawson on the value of pillows from HomeGoods: “HomeGoods and T.J.Maxx always have a large selection to choose from, and it changes pretty much every day! Why spend $300 on a pillow when you can find something beautiful at one of these stores for under $50?”

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