Posted : 24th March / comments (
Everything is getting more and more expensive and wages are not increasing enough for most of us. And while we are super frugal, and love to save money, sometimes cutting corners can be dangerous to your health.
Here are 5 things you should never purchase at the dollar store.
1. Extension cords and other electrical or electronic cables
Products designed to protect your electrical circuits against overheating are often defective and cause irreparable damage to your electronic or electrical equipment. They are also a fire hazard, so it's far better (and safer!) to get quality extensions.
2. Plastic kitchen utensils
Plastic kitchenware from a dollar store - such as plastic spoons, spatulas and the like - could contain bromine, which is a component of brominated flame retardants (BFR).
BFRs are linked to cancer, birth defects, and brain development problems. Instead, buy better quality stainless steel cookware.
3. Canned foods from China
Tomatoes, mushrooms, peaches, these are just some of the canned products from China that are sold in dollar stores.
According to a report published by ToxicFoodCans.org and partner organizations, it is very likely that these preserves contain traces of BPA in the liners. Also, it is more common to find bacteria and impurities in these canned foods.
You'd better look for batteries at a regular retailer rather than at a dollar store, as these are usually misfits and cheap batteries can leak.
5. Pet foods or treats
Look closely at the expiry dates and the country of manufacture. Giving a pet cheap food often means having a sick animal more frequently and therefore a higher veterinarian bill at the end of the year. You may discover that you will get more for your money in big box stores.
Do you have any other items that you will not recommend buying at dollar stores? Share your thoughts in the comments, please! Who knows, you could avoid big worries to someone else.
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