Why the Dollar Section Isn’t Always a Bargain.​


Here is our quote of the week. Stop waiting for the perfect time to organize. Take this moment and make some progress. Guys there will never be a time where everything is just right. We will always be busy with work and kids and just life. So if you really want to organize, you need to shift your priorities and make time for it and I promise once you’ve put your house in order you will see that you actually have more time to do the things you love and spend time with the people you love. So if you are ready to de-clutter and organize once and for all I can show you how in one of my upcoming webinars. I’ll see you soon.

As we round the corner, in the home stretch towards the cash register, what do we see? The  dollar section. It’s so beautifully laid out for us, just calling our name. Our mind is telling us no, but the cart is pulling us in that direction. Must. Fight. Temptation.

‘I’ll just browse’, we tell ourselves this lie. 

 Approximately 30 minutes later, we snap out of the trance and realize we’ve put about 20 useless things in the cart, most of which will end up in the junk drawer when we return home.

You feel me on this one? I’m not innocent either. The under $5 section has burned me once or twice in the past until I took control over it.

I now skip this section altogether as I’ve realized over the years that these items are not useful and have no place in my home and life. They are simply cheap, which gives me a temporary thrill, but once I’m home, the buzz has worn off and now I’m left with more junk.

In working with clients around the country, I’ve learned that they too struggle with impulse buys in these dollar sections. So I’d like to share a few reasons why it might be a good idea to skip it altogether on your next shopping trip:

  • Poor quality items: The low price point makes you feel as if you are getting something for a bargain, when in fact, many of the items are made with cheap materials so they do not last long. 
  • Wasted money: You may end up spending more money in the long run by having to replace these items frequently.
  • Unnecessary clutter: These items may seem like a good deal at the time, but they can quickly add up and take space in your home.
  • Environmental impact: Many of the items are not made sustainably, which can have a negative impact on the environment.

If you decide you’d still like to browse through this section, because, let’s admit, it is fun, then do so with caution. Really consider the true cost, quality, and purpose before you make a purchase. My advice is to skip it all together so you can make more intentional purchasing decisions that are better for your home and wallet. However, if you are not ready to let go quite yet, it’s your decision. Just don’t come knocking on my door when your home is cluttered up because I’ll just say, “I told you so.” 

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