Dollar stores let you paint the town red, white, and blue

Time once again to unfurl the flag and celebrate Independence Day. Dollar stores have everything you need for your picnic or barbecue, from flags to red, white and blue dinner ware.

Dollar Tree has a selection of solid red, white and blue party supplies including paper plates, cups, napkins, cutlery and centerpiece/balloon anchors. As always, each package is only $1.

For your picnic needs, check out the Dollar Tree flyer. Get a 2.5 gal. tub with a rope handle for only a buck. They also have Rubbermaid storage containers in two-packs of round, square or sandwich containers for $1 each and 24 oz. Gatorade with sport caps for $1 each. Lots of other picnic supplies here, too.

99-cent Only Stores also has your party supply needs covered. As well as the paper plates, they also have kordite plates in solid colors or plastic pieces covered in red and blue stars that include plates, bowls and tumblers for 99.99 cents each. They've also got a selection of red and blue trays and flag trays for serving up the burgers.

And what would the 4th of July be without the patriotic decor? Get flag banners, 10" lanterns, large 26" bows and 25' garlands for only 99.99 cents. The assortment varies by store. A 1.5' by 1' American flag is also available, but supplies are limited so get yours while you can.

If you're staying in your own back yard to celebrate this year, you can find many of your barbecue needs at 99-cent Only Stores. See the online flyer for details but here are some of the great buys. Zacky hot dogs in 8-10 packs, hot dog or hamburger buns in packages of eight, a 15-oz. can of Chili, 23-oz. can of Arizona ice tea, 10-lbs of potatoes, one pound of strawberries and a dozen eggs, all for under a buck each.

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

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