I am a dedicated bargain hunter. I am a dedicated gardener. When I put these two passions together, I get garden bargains. I save money, my garden benefits, and I’m a happy, happy camper (and I don’t like camping!).
My local dollar shop is the 99 Cent Store, and it’s my new favorite place to browse the shelves. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve found some amazing garden deals:
- Bird netting. This stuff is normally about $20 a roll. I found packages for 99 cents that were around 30 feet long and 6 feet wide.
- Weed cloth. Even more expensive than bird netting normally, packages of about 15 feet by 3 feet were (take a guess, that’s right!) 99 cents.
- Plant clips. Great for clipping vines to trellises and cages (think tomatoes, cucumbers and the like), you can use these clips over and over, year after year. Package of 20? That’s right! Ninety-nine cents! A nickel a clip! And the sweetest part is that one of my Instagram buds said he got the same thing on Amazon for $4.85!
Finding those great dollar deals
The dollar store industry is full of sharks and minnows at the moment, with one chain gobbling up another, and requisite name shifts throughout this chain-eat-chain evolution. The best way to find your local bargain bin storefront s is with a Google search for “dollar stores near me.”
Once you find your store, it’s a matter of going through the front door and spending time exploring the aisles. You’ll find tons of things in these stores that you’d never, ever want to own or use. But if you’re a determined garden bargain shopper, you’ll also find garden gems—especially during spring and summer.
Dollar store garden bargains: the upside and the downside
The downside of shopping dollar stores is that you never know what you’re going to find, one trip to the next. Of course, for some, that’s also an upside—it’s always an adventure!
So next time you’ve got 5 or 10 garden dollars burning a hole in your pocket, head over to your local dollar store before you hit the local big box store. You just might come home with a few treasures—a few very cheap treasures!
– Su Falcon, Editor in Chief
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