I guess it has been years since I have ventured into a dollar store.  The first and last time I shopped in one they didn’t have what I needed, so I left unimpressed.  Recently, I tried again.  I was looking for some inexpensive items to take on an airplane trip with my oldest granddaughter (who is almost 2 ½).  I found what I was looking for and a whole lot more.

If you plan a visit to your local dollar store to restock grandma supplies, I suggest you bypass the toy isle, with the cheap toys that will only be looked at once and tossed to the side or broken immediately.  Proceed to the education section.  Here I found a variety of thick coloring books that feature popular characters from Disney and Sesame Street. They had cardboard books for the babies and paperback and picture books for the older grands, those who no longer eat books. They also had educational workbooks like alphabet and number practice if your grandkids are ready for that. I found a variety of puzzles and educational tools for preschoolers on up. I also came across some craft kits that would be prefect for younger kids or tweens.  They have big boxes of crayons and large packages of markers. It is the frugal grandma’s paradise.

So, what did I buy that day?  A package containing two books featuring Elmo (a favorite), three sets of playing cards (one package), a Winnie the Pooh coloring book, pipe cleaners, a small, blue Elmo water bottle and large package of stickers.

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Grand total: $6.36

Ding, ding, ding!  We have a winner.

What treasures have you found at the dollar store?

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