Check the ingredients
Read the ingredient labels on foods, make sure the dollar store foods have the same ingredients and nutrition as the name brands.
Do the size math
Package size varies so make sure you calculate the unit math and compare. For example one package may be 12 oz the other might be 16 oz. The first package is $1.00 while the second is $1.50. $1.00/12 = $.083 per oz and 16/$1.50 = $10.7 so clearly the 12 oz package at the dollar store would be the better deal.
You can use in store and manufacturer coupons at both dollar stores so make sure you check their websites before shopping.
Try the no brand or store brand product
You many find that the store brand products work just as good as the name brand. These might be half the price of the name brand.
Check expiration dates
With any shopping exercise caution and make sure the products you are buying haven't expired.
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