Lots to start your summer with at the Dollar Store

There are some pretty good savings to be had at dollar stores this week. Dollar Tree has a limited time online special of 4 qt. bags of Schultz garden products, namely green moss, Spanish moss and potting bark, for $1 each. You get six bags per case.Also, you can now buy gift cards online in any amount from $5 to $100.

For the kids, look for the ever-popular water noodles and other pool toys, as well as a 24-pack of freezer pops for only a buck each. I don't know what titles are available, but you might want to check out Dollar Tree's selection of hardcover books for $1 each. Who knows, you just might find some interesting summer reads.

In the personal care department, pick up some Breck shampoo or conditioner in 16-oz. sizes for $1 each, or some men's 2-oz. or ladies 1.4-oz. Speed Stick deodorants. And, yeah, it's summertime but, unfortunately, the house won't clean itself. If you need more cleaners, Dollar Tree has Spic and Span in 22-oz. spray bottles or a 15.8 oz concentrate for just $1 each.

This looks appetizing. Feed a family of six for $5.59 at 99-cent Only Stores. The online flyer has the scoop. Get a 12 oz. package of pasta for about 60 cents, 26.5 oz. of Del Monte Spaghetti sauce, assorted Dole bagged salads, a bottle of salad dressing, a loaf of French bread and a Duncan Hines cupcake mix, all for about a buck apiece. Sounds good to me.

The Dollar General ad features a lot of BBQ fixin's, like assorted Kraft salad dressings, 16-oz. for $2, Kraft BBQ sauce, 18-oz. for a buck and Kraft Mayo or Miracle Whip in 18-oz. squeeze bottles for $2.50 each. Round out your picnic with Chips Ahoy, Oreo or Nutter Butter Cookies for $2 a package, five Kool-Aid Drink Mix packages in assorted flavors for $1 and Kool-Aid Jammers or Capri-Sun drinks in a package of 10 for $2.

Dollar General has assorted scents of Pine Sol cleaner, 28 fl.-oz. for $1.75, Clorox cleaners including bleach, wipes and sprays for $1.75 each and a 4-pack of GE light bulbs for $1.75. The store also has a lot of personal care items for great prices. How about 8.4-oz. of Olay body wash for $2.50, Zest Body Wash, 18-oz. for $3 or Old Spice body wash for $3.50. You could team the Old Spice body wash up with an Old Spice deodorant stick for $2.25 and have a nice start on a Father's Day gift.

The Dollar General flyer also has assorted Cover Girl cosmetics on sale from $2.85 to $7 each, worth a look considering the price of make-up these days.

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

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