• Maria APG

Update: Shopping At Dollarama and Dollar Tree

Here's an update on products, other than food, found at both of the above stores.

Since finding out that some of your disability income is being spent at dollar stores, we've tested all the products sitting on their shelves. Here's what we've found so far:

Dollarama is thinking ahead to a future with less plastic and most of their new stock, as far as food containers go, are made of glass. Dollar Tree not so much. They're still stocking shelves with tons of plastic containers.

Cleaning supplies at Dollar Tree are mostly diluted, not their original strength. Especially dish soap, it's almost like tinted water. This means that you're spending your dollars on those products twice as often to achieve the same results you would with undiluted products.

Dollarama is now carrying full strength cleaning products but they don't cost $1.25 each anymore. Most are priced at $3.00 and $4.00 a bottle for a normal sized container. When you compare the cost of these products with those in grocery stores, there is no savings.

Laundry supplies such as laundry soap, fabric softener, dryer sheets and bleach are okay at both stores, if you like fabric softener included in your laundry detergent and the scent of their dryer sheets. I prefer to add fabric softener when and if I need to. Containers are also quite small so you'll be buying twice as many as you would with a regular size container from a grocer.

Paper products are great at both stores. Dollar Tree has a large variety of greeting cards, while Dollarama stock choices are more restrictive. Paper towels and toilet paper are not the best of quality but they are perfectly fine for the price.

Toiletries at both stores leave a lot to be desired. Selection is poor and, although I haven't tried any personally, they look thin on ingredients. I don't know how much I trust the list of ingredients in each product. Products like retinol cream and the like don't seem to contain much retinol. Things like cotton swabs, make-up sponges and so forth, are actually quite good.

If you're looking for craft supplies, both stores offer a good selection.

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