One discovers certain things when one is forced into budget tighter than Russell Brand's jeans*. Suddenly all those Brands We Swear By get scrutinized like never before. Do I honestly need Cascade, or can I survive with slightly less sparkling glassware? And yes, I trust Lysol for bouts of obsessive disinfecting, but is it possible that some no-name might protect me just the same? Over the last two years, I have weeded out many of the pricier household items that I thought I couldn't live without and replaced them with knock-off versions or the kind of unfamiliar brands most often found in the nearest everything-is-a-dollar store. High on my list of money-saving tips is the following list of things I now purchase exclusively from the local Dollar Tree and would be hard pressed to come up with a reason to ever pay more than $1.00 for again.
Dish Soap Laundry Soap Bleach Disinfectant Floor Cleaner Dutch Cleanser Drain Cleaner Air/Fabric Freshener Plastic Food Containers Pot Holders Kitchen Towels Napkins Lunch Bags Sandwich bags Plastic wrap Gift Bags Gift Wrap Rawhide Bones Composition Books Roller-Ball Pens Shaving Cream Mouthwash Body Wash Toothpaste Shampoo
Full disclosure: I still swear by Infusium leave-in conditioner, Hefty brand garbage bags and Woolite fabric softener, but everyone has their weaknesses, right?
*I originally wrote "Mick Jagger's jeans", but then realized that at 68 years old, he probably no longer qualifies as the reigning King of Skinny Jeans. Not that I intended to be ageist. I just figure he'd want something a little more comfortable these days. Perhaps a nice cotton twill or some fine linen slacks. But I digress …