I’m a Dollar Store superfan – it takes a simple question to cashiers to guarantee you get first dibs on new products

ALL it takes is one simple question to cashiers to ensure you get first dibs on new products at a Dollar Store.

The selection of goods at these discount stores changes constantly, but there's a surefire way to make sure you're in the know and get first pick on items, especially if you buy a lot of perishables.

The key is knowing your store's shipping schedule.

Ask your local store when they get their shipments of the products you buy most. That way you are guaranteed prime access.

For example, Dollar Tree’s product supply varies across stores, so although one item may be available at one store, it may not be at another location. 

If you cannot find your desired product, shopping site querysprout.com recommends calling the customer order support helpline.

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You can talk to the customer service representative to find out when an item will be back in stock, but keep in mind that they may not be sure when the product will be available.

Dollar Tree does have a computerized system to organize shipments, depending upon the capacity of each store.

The chain receives one large shipment every week, according to First Quarter Finance, but employees restock shelves every day.

The shipments mostly take place on Fridays, but the day isn’t the same for every store and can depend on product demand and other logistics.

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When it comes to seasonal items, they typically arrive a few weeks ahead of anticipated demand, according to First Quarter Finance.

Of course, not every purchase is best made at Dollar Stores. There are some things you're better off skipping, like brand-name groceries.

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That's according to Yahoo, which also lists several things you should know before going to a dollar store in order to maximize your shopping experience.

Some things it says to keep in mind is that the chain offers major clearance days from time to time, and shopping during Friends and Family events will save you 10 percent off a purchase of $10 or more.

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