Looking for ways to save a buck? Well what about just spending a buck?!

I have created a list of things you should be buying from a dollar store instead of paying full price somewhere else.

And no, I don’t think you should buy EVERYTHING at a dollar store. Personally, I would not purchase medication, baby supplies, or certain foods from there. But there are plenty of items are just as sufficient as their full-priced counterparts!

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Food storage and containers
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Spices and Herbs
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Hand towels (Mostly for cleaning counters or dishes)
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Craft and floral foam
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Teacher Supplies and Classroom Decor
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Educational Flashcards
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Makeup Sponges
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Doggie Waste Bags
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Socks
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Pool and Beach Toys
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Baby Shower Decor
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Children Puzzles
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Stationary
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Paper Goods
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Gift Bags
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Kitchen supplies for a college dorm or apartment.
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Quick Snacks
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Party Glasses. Good for get-togethers with friends. Now if one gets dropped by accident, it's no biggie!
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Rainy Day Kid's Crafts
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Vases (I use these for crafts)
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Mailing Supplies
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Makeup for Dress-Up and Play
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Sudoku and Puzzle Books
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Seasonal Accessories and Decor
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Greeting Cards
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Gift Wrap and Bows
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Cleaning Supplies
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Coloring Books
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Cleaning Tools
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Party Drinks & Snacks
 
 
“Why do people say 'grow some balls'? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding.”
-Betty White
So you can’t find the fountain of youth and a genie is nowhere to be found. No worries. Here are some tips on how to live a longer and more fulfilling life!

Don’t be a Scrooge

Getting older does not have to mean losing your child-like sense of humor. There is a saying, “To be old and wise you must be young and stupid.” So when you're getting older, just be wise and laugh about the “stupid”! Don’t let those face lines be from simply old-age. Let people see they are laugh lines! If you still can’t find proof there are awesome elders out there, check out my girl Betty White! She’s killing it and is what? In her 90’s? Watch her show, Off the Rocker, it proves that old people can be more fun than most youth!

Have a Pet

It is proven that owning a pet can reduce depression and promotes well-being. Here are some reasons you should get a pet:

  • They care and love unconditionally
  • They can keep you active
  • You can meet new people (through training classes, animal parks, and events)
  • They don’t judge
  • They do wild and crazy things that will make you laugh
  • They are completely loyal
  • They depend on you

Engage your Mind

Keeping up your brain activity is vital to live a long and healthy life.  My grandfather is constantly doing  Sudoku’s in order to keep his brain sharp. Here are some things you can do to keep your brain movin’:

  • Learn to play an instrument
  • Play word and brain teaser games
  • Crosswords
  • Get a Word-of-the-Day Calendar
  • Read new books
  • Exercise
  • Be outdoors
  • Write in a journal
  • Learn a new language
  • Travel
  • Play games
  • Come up with new ideas (decorating, recipes, projects, anything!)

Stay Active

This is one that you hear over and over again, but there is a reason! Staying still is not a good thing. Even if you can’t do full-on exercises just find simple ways to keep your body active. You can go for walks, clean the house, or even stand instead of sit.

Surround Yourself with the Right People

I truly believe that we are our surroundings. If you are around negative people you will become more negative. This formula works in the other way too. If you are around people who love life and are living it to the fullest, you will start to follow their path. So try and be around people who are motivated, loving, fun, and overall happy people.

Reduce Stress

Stress is not ALWAYS a bad thing. We can use stress to motivate us or evaluate certain aspects of our lives. However, too much stress can cause many health issues and even lead to death. There are many ways you can reduce stress:

  • Talking with a friend or confidant
  • Writing down your emotions
  • Live in the present
  • Meditation/Yoga
  • Stay active
  • Spend time with friends and family

Love Your Career

Happier professionals are healthier professionals. For many of us, our career/job takes a huge chunk of our time. If you are spending so much of your life doing something, shouldn’t you enjoy it? Being in a work environment that you enjoy will help relieve stress, make you a more enjoyable person to be around, and will keep you looking forward to the days ahead instead of dreading them.

Motivation

Give yourself a reason to get up each morning. It has been said that a lot of people pass-away after they retire. The reason? Because they no longer have to get up for a job or routine. The key to a long life is always having something to look forward to. Here are some little things you can do to keep yourself looking forward to the days to come:

  • Make a bucket list
  • Plan a future vacation
  • Plan future lunch dates with friends
  • Get tickets for an event
  • Write down your blessings
  • Make a list of your loved ones
  • Constantly make a list of new goals
  • Make a list of the things you love about yourself
  • Get a side job
  • Take up a new hobby

Now go out and live!

And some closing words from the Queen-Bee herself:
“It’s [old age] not a surprise, we knew it was coming – make the most of it. So you may not be as fast on your feet, and the image in your mirror may be a little disappointing, but if you are still functioning and not in pain, gratitude should be the name of the game.”
-Betty White