Home for the holidays, thanks to the dollar stores


Where to start? Whether you're looking to set the table, decorate the house in holiday finery or put together gifts that only look expensive, dollar stores have got you covered. I particularly like Dollar Tree's craft sheets. Its latest one shows you how to create two different types of Christmas wreaths or personalize velvet Christmas stockings. Beautiful!

The 99-cent Only Stores are featuring white embossed dinnerware, 99.99 cents each for a plate, bowl or mug, as well as 11.75" round charger plates in a variety of colors for the same low price. Normally, the dinnerware pieces would sell for $5 each. They also have an 18" pine wreath that would sell elsewhere for $10, for 99.99 cents. Moving on to the holiday feast, buy large aluminum rectangular or oval roasting pans for 99.99 cents each, a 9 oz. package of Duncan Hines chocolate chip cookie mix, a 12 oz jar of Franco-American Turkey or Chicken gravy, Swanson fat-free or natural chicken broth in a 16 oz. carton, and 3 lbs. or russet potatoes all for only 99.99 cents each.

At Family Dollar you can buy a 6 ft. Christmas Tree for $20, a 20" decorated wreath for $8., an 18' garland light set with 300 clear lights for $8. or 200 G.E. mini lights in clear or multi-colored for $7 a set.

Dollar General has a special section on its website called Your Holiday Home that has many different sections to explore including toys and gifts, food and entertaining, stocking stuffers, decorating, gift wrap and cards and create the perfect gift. And each one of these sections has a menu of options. For instance, under decorating you can click on trees, tree decor, inflatables, home decor, yard decorations, lights or, my personal favorite, holiday how-tos. This is another place where you can learn how to decorate a wreath or your mantel for under $10.

These projects are both easy and beautiful. There's a lot to explore on this website. Have fun!

Marlene Alexander is a freelance writer and dollar store diva. She writes tips and ideas for decorating your home using only items from the dollar store.