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My Top 5 Favorite Stores For Finding Deals


I just got back from one of my favorite stores and I can’t help but write about my recent deals and the stores where I found them. Here are my top 5 favorite stores:

dollar-tree1) The Dollar Tree

I didn’t discover this store until just recently, but it has quickly become one of my favorites! Unlike the Dollar General and Family Dollar store, absolutely everything in The Dollar Tree is $1 or less! If you see it in the store, you know that you will pay no more than $1 for it. It has to be one of the few stores that actually operates this way anymore. You want to know what I buy here the most? Greeting cards. Often times, they are only $0.50! Plus, if you’re afraid to look cheap, the price on the back typically shows $2.50 or more (that way you can still save face with your friends or spouse when they check to see how much you spent – or how much they think you spent)! If you’re interested in finding deals, this is the place to go.

2) Thrift Shops/Goodwill

My girlfriend and I aren’t the typical movie watching couple (although yes, we do watch movies occasionally). Instead, we like to find some sort of activity to do. We have had fun putting puzzles together, cross country skiing, and working out. And wouldn’t you know it, we can feed all of these activities by visiting the local thrift shops! About a month ago we found an awesome puzzle of New York city for $1. We later saw this puzzle at Meijer for $10 (if you’re counting, that’s a savings of $9)! And, about a week ago, I was able to find a pair of cross country skis and poles for $15 total! Now I no longer have to rent and we can ski anytime we want!

3) Amazon/Ebay

When Christmas time rolls around, I do almost all of my shopping on Amazon. I don’t have to battle any lines and the deals are extraordinary. Often times, I am able to buy everything on someone’s list for less than the amount I wanted to spend. Also, these online stores are great for car repairs. If you know which part you need and your mechanic is willing to install it, this could save you hundreds of dollars. I have done it multiple times for my car flips and it has worked beautifully. If you need to buy something and can wait a week for it, check Amazon or Ebay.


Since I started college classes again, I have had to purchase many leadership books and textbooks. The absolute best place I have found to locate cheap books has been The only issue is that you need to pay $3,95 S&H on every book, but when you find books for $0.01, it still turns out to be a great deal! This site has saved me loads of money.

5) Craigslist

I’m not sure why I saved Craigslist for #5, because I am finding deals on this site all the time. Mainly, I am browsing the listing for inexpensive cars that I would like to fix up, drive, and then resell for a profit, but there are other items that I can look for here as well. For example, I currently don’t have furniture for my porch. Obviously, I don’t really need this furniture until spring time, but this just gives me more time to sniff out a deal! By buying my furniture from Craigslist, I can plan on spending less than 20% of the full retail price. This could easily equate to a few hundred bucks in savings.

What are some of your favorite stores? How much money have you saved with your past purchases?

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My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. We love Zeeland online yard sale through Facebook. We have saved SO MUCH money through here!! I can garage sale shop all day online in my pajamas and don’t have to sift through piles of stuff I don’t need or waste gas drivig my gas guzzler all around town. We have bought all kinds of things for our twins. We purchased a jumper in excellent condition for $20 which retails in stores for $100+, formula and food unopened for upwards of 80% off, and a baby walker for $15 which retails over $40! Aren’t you proud of your big sister? 🙂

    • I sure am! Sounds like you are making some great purchases from that online garage sale! I have checked it out here and there, but it’s mostly baby clothes and toys – neither of which I am interested in at the moment. Is there a way to search through those items or not?

  2. My parents shopped at Goodwill and thrift stores all the time. As a child, I got a great deal of my clothing from there. Just because it’s used doesn’t mean it’s useless.

    • Great comment Brian. “Just because it’s used doesn’t mean it’s useless.” There are quite a few people out there that simply don’t use that item as much as they thought they would, so they just give it away! If you like hunting for buried treasure, then thrift store shopping is probably for you.

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