Yes I shop at the Dollar Tree and I’m proud of it!

30 Dec


Here is a picture of myself, my son, and a good friend of mine from middle school coming over for a visit…(yet another way to save money by bringing people to the house for a yummy, home-cooked meal instead of spending big bucks at a restaurant!) 🙂

…Yes friends, it’s another cheapskate post! 🙂  I am the ultimate cheapskate…I am still wondering why they didn’t contact me to be on their show!lol…

So I just got back from Dollar Tree, (which is one of my favorite stores to frequent, because where else can you get everything for a dollar???)  🙂

Sometimes my friends and family will laugh at me because of my frugal ways – I make my own soap, I shop at the dollar tree, and I only shop at Wal-Mart if an item can’t be bought at the dollar tree.  I think I’ve been to Target three or four times.

Basically, I am always looking for a way to save a buck.  If we do go out to eat, we use coupons, dollar menu’s, (as seen below,) 🙂 and eat at lunch time.


Sometimes I think about how looks can be deceiving.  When I go to the gym, I do not dress up – I wear my old sweatpants and an oversized T-shirt.  I am not the kind to wear lipstick and blush if I’m just going to sweat on the elliptical!lol…and often I know that based on how I dress on my “down days,” people think that I am poor.

I really don’t mind what others think; I just find it funny that the people who shop at Dollar Tree and “dress down” are often the ones with money in the bank, and those with the newest clothes and cars are often the ones in the most debt.

Please don’t think I’m knocking looking nice or having new things; God does bless us so that we can enjoy our money.  🙂

I just also believe it’s important to be frugal so that I can save for what matters.  Every dollar saved by shopping at Dollar Tree is another dollar that can be put towards my kids college education, a trip to the Dominican Republic, or for having a family over for dinner that doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from!  Every dollar saved is another dollar I can put towards having my mortage paid off by the time I’m 40, (or earlier!) 🙂

Being frugal doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your life or your money; it simply means that you save a lot so that you’ll have money for the things that are important to you.

We still go out to eat – don’t get me wrong.  Here is some yummy Indian food from one of our favorite restaurants, Rajput, (who has an awesome lunch buffet…always eat lunch out b/c it’s usually cheaper than a dinner menu!) 🙂


So be blessed,  and in the words of another extreme cheapskate, “stay cheap!!”lol… ;p

And before I forget…tell me how you save money! 🙂

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8 Responses to “Yes I shop at the Dollar Tree and I’m proud of it!”

  1. Naia December 30, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    I had a gift card totalling $28 for Toys R Us and bought my two boys a play laptop (each) for $18 apiece. Except for that, every item under their tree was from The Dollar Tree. 😉 They don’t know any different.

    I’m with ya – most of the time. We aren’t always that well behaved.


    • lholmes79 December 30, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

      Good for you for saving money, Naia! 🙂 Oh we aren’t that well behaved either…my new years resolution is to stop giving all my money to Chick-fil-A!haha! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Keri @ growinginhisglory January 29, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    I am cheap too and proud of it! The Dollar Tree is one of my favorite places to shop especially for crafts for kids.

    Great post!

    • lholmes79 January 29, 2013 at 11:14 am #

      Keri I’m so glad you mentioned that! they are getting to the age where I think they’re ready for crafts. What kinds of crafts do you do? 🙂 Blessings, Lauren

  3. Leslie February 5, 2013 at 12:41 am #

    I love your tips!!! Dollar Tree is fabulous for so many things! I’ll be back yo see what else you have to say. :).

    • lholmes79 February 5, 2013 at 8:10 am #

      Thanks for stopping by, Leslie! I can’t wait to visit your blog – a cozy little kitchen sounds like fun! 🙂 Yes, I’ll be visiting Dollar Tree today too!lol.. Havea wonderful day! 🙂 Lauren

  4. Jenni Mullinix (@JenniMullinix) February 5, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    I {heart} dollar stores! And thrift stores. And garage sales… 🙂

    • lholmes79 February 5, 2013 at 10:55 am #

      Yes Jenni; thrift stores are awesome, and so are garage sales! I also sell items every Sunday afternoon on craigslist, and I’ve been thinking about re-selling some thrift store-bought items too. I don’t know if you have a Goodwill near you, but they even have certain days that are sale days, and donations are tax write offs. Feel free to share any other tips you have too! 🙂 I’ll be visiting your page soon! Blessings, Lauren

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