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!
Food storage and containers
Spices and Herbs
Hand towels (Mostly for cleaning counters or dishes)
Craft and floral foam
Teacher Supplies and Classroom Decor
Doggie Waste Bags
Pool and Beach Toys
Baby Shower Decor
Kitchen supplies for a college dorm or apartment.
Party Glasses. Good for get-togethers with friends. Now if one gets dropped by accident, it's no biggie!
Rainy Day Kid's Crafts
Vases (I use these for crafts)
Makeup for Dress-Up and Play
Sudoku and Puzzle Books
Seasonal Accessories and Decor
Gift Wrap and Bows
Party Drinks & Snacks
The winter months can put a major damper on our mood. Here are 10 things you can do to help with those winter blues!
Wear Bright Colors!
During the winter months there are not a lot of vibrant colors around- not outside or even in stores. So pull out some of your bright colored garments or accessories and add some color to your day! Research has shown that colors can influence our moods and emotions.
When it’s cold outside nothing sounds better than just wrapping yourself up in a warm blanket and watching your favorite show. But if you keep yourself cooped up in the house it will put a damper on your mood. Ask a friend out for drinks or to go ice-skating at an outdoor rink! Being around others will pick up your mood.
Catch Some Rays
Vitamin D is a good way to enhance mood! Even though it may seem gloomy outside, you can still catch some of the rays through the clouds.
Embrace Your Surroundings
Even though the winter months can seem gloomy at times, don’t fight it! Have you ever taken a walk after a fresh snowfall? It’s gorgeous! Take out your smart-phone or camera and take some pictures around town. You’ll be amazed at how elegant and beautiful everything looks! And don’t forget, this is the time to go sledding, build a funny snowman, go ice-skating, and go ice-fishing! Use this weather to your advantage, and have some fun!
Even though you will be covered in long pants and comfy sweaters during this season, you can pamper the rest! Go get a mani-pedi, massage, or deep conditioning treatment at your local salon.You will feel beautiful and refreshed (and who isn’t happy when they feel sexy or relaxed?!)
When you’re just sitting around inside it’s hard to ignore the fridge in the other room. But make sure you are making good choices! Eating healthier can give you the feel-good vitamins and nutrients you need to keep your mood up!
It is a known fact that being active will enhance your mood. Your body will release endorphins that will perk you up! And you will also thank yourself come spring when you can fit in those jean shorts and crop top!
Spread the Love
Research has shown that volunteering and doing things for others will enhance your mood. Look for opportunities around your local community to help out and be selfless! You can volunteer at an animal shelter, give away old clothes and household items to GoodWill, help out at your local YMCA, help elderly neighbors shovel their driveways and bring them their newspapers. It will not only help others but make you feel good while doing it!
Supplements and Vitamins
Sometimes our bodies need an extra little boost to get us going! Make sure to take a multi-vitamin every day to give your body what it needs. Some other feel-good vitamins and supplements are Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin D & B, and St. John’s Wort. Iron and Vitamin E will also help with your immune system to keep the winter cold and flu away!
Here is the time to try something new! Take a cooking class, a dance class, or a painting class. There are many attractions around your city just waiting to be seen! If you go to Travel Advisor they give you a list of attractions and things to do in your city along with ratings and reviews!
Now get out there and enjoy these winter months! And just remember that there are only a few months left ;)