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12 Best Things to Buy at Dollar Stores for the Holidays

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If you want to save a few bucks preparing for the holidays this year, learn to cut corners at the dollar store. It’s a boots-on-the-ground savings tactic many large families learned out of necessity long ago. Good thing, too, since Americans expect to spend an average $1,007.24 shopping for the holidays in 2018, up 4.1% from 2017, according to a National Retail Federation survey. The majority of the spending ($637.67) will go toward gifts, naturally. But a big chunk ($369.57) will be devoted to decorations, greeting cards, flowers, food and other non-gift purchases.

“Dollar stores are a source of bargains during the holiday season,” says Courtney Jespersen, consumer savings expert for NerdWallet.com. “They’re a great option for holiday decorating and seasonal accessories.”

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So whether decking your halls, prepping the holiday meal or ho-ho-ho-sting a seasonal party, see how your budget has a friend at the dollar store.

SEE ALSO: 14 Best Costco Kirkland Products for the Holidays

Most price comparisons were conducted in early December at a Dollar Tree and a Target in Northern Virginia.

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