How to Pack a Shoebox on a Budget 10: The Dollar Store

I LOVE Operation Christmas Child and last year managed to pack 45 good quality boxes for just $45 because I didn’t just start in November right before packing week. If that’s you and you don’t have totes full of goodies you’ve saved throughout the year, don’t panic! This is a whole series of posts on Budget Tips for Operation Christmas Child.

Today is about ‘The Dollar Store’

If you’re in a crunch and haven’t had chance to think about Operation Christmas Child until now then there’s a couple of places I would recommend heading and The Dollar Store is the first.

The Dollar Stores is a great place to pick up lots of miscellaneous items. Recently given a bad rep by local press for having expired candy, I’ve never seen that or had issues. The bottom line is, it’s cheap. When you’re packing several boxes you can’t afford to run out and spend $25/box. I’m told by Samaritan’s Purse that quantity is better. Not that quality isn’t but again when someone has nothing something is better than nothing!

I aim to pack more boxes than stuff them full of expensive toys and for that reason I head to the Dollar Store. When there I don’t just pick out a bunch of dollar items either! I try and find the 3 packs of party favors. That way I can often find 6 bouncy balls/crowns/socks for $1, open up the packs and put one item into 6 boxes. The sorting centers will open the boxes to ensure that nothing is yucky but it’s totally fine to take things out of the packages so you can put more in.

The other places to head are the Dollar Spot section at Target or JoAnn Fabrics or other stores that have similar areas. They’re full of great toys that you can fill your box with at the last minute.

Did you check out the rest of the series?
Tip 1: Holiday Clearance
Tip 2: Free Items
Tip 3: Holiday Candy
Tip 4: Regifting
Tip 5: Thrift Stores
Tip 6: Shipping Costs
Tip 7: Hunt Around The House
Tip 8: School Supplies
Tip 9: Hotel Items

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