I cannot stand overpaying for things, especially for items needed around the house on a daily basis. Therefore, I typically like to make these purchases at discount stores. Of course, I also prefer quality items and products made in the U.S.A. Today I needed to stop at the store and grab a few things for the house. I ran to the local Dollar General and purchased the five items on my list.

On my way home, I found myself wondering if I should have waited to make the slightly longer trip to Walmart or if Dollar General was the better buy. This afternoon, I crunched the numbers to find out.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, the results are in!

Product

Walmart Price Dollar General Price

Savings

Febreze Fabric Refresher
Original scent

$0.18/oz

$0.21/oz

$0.81 per bottle at Walmart
Cottonelle  Fresh Care
Flushable Moist Wipes

$.06/wipe

$.05/wipe

$0.42 per pack at Dollar General
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter
Massage Lotion

$0.64/oz

$0.65/oz

$.09 per bottle at Walmart
Dial NutriSkin Replenishing
Lotion w/shea butter

$0.24/oz

$0.33/oz

$1.89 per bottle at Walmart
Dixie coated paper plates

$0.05/plate

$0.04/plate

$0.95 per package at Dollar General

Overall, I could have saved $2.32 by shopping at Walmart. Granted, this is only based on these 5 (all Made in America!) products, but it sure makes me wonder how much I would save on a full month’s worth of goods! Something tells me this experiment isn’t over yet.

UPDATE: I ended up making a trip to Walmart anyway, so I returned the Febreze, Palmer’s and Dial to Dollar General after purchasing the same products at Walmart. It turns out I saved even more by doing this, since Walmart was running a special on the Febreze. Not only did I pay just $0.11/oz instead of the $0.21/oz I originally paid at Dollar General, but the bottle had coupons attached for $15 of Febreze products. Yay, me. 🙂

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