If you're an American from the South just the name Dollar Store probably puts a smile on your face. Where else can you go that most everything in the store costs less than 10 dollars, some things even actually cost just a dollar. (Well at least when I used to live in Florida, things might have changed in the last decade.) I'm a frugal shopper and always looking for a good deal or even just random doodads. And I have found two great bargain stores in Eindhoven (they are also located in other cities). First, and foremost, there is Action.
There are multiple Action's here in town but the mother load is on Insulindelaan. Everything is cheap, maybe not the best quality but cheap. When it comes to plastic baskets or coloring books does the price really matter as long as it serves it purpose. And so what if the stain remover is in a different language, you already know how it works, you're just now spending half the money. There are also decorations, you can spruce your house up inside and out by combining expensive items from another store with accents from the Action (thanks for the tip, you know who you are). You can also prepare easily for a bbq (charcoal, cooler, table cloths, etc.), and they even sell snacks and drinks. It's also a great store to pick up tanks tops and panties for my daughter while potty training, the Disney sets are only 3 euros. I would prefer to shop at Action but I don't always have access to the car, so my plan B (accessible by foot - for me) is the Big Bazar.
It has similar products but is a lot smaller. These are definitely stores that you'll want to take your time in because the selection is always changing and you never know what you'll find. You can find... party favors and decorations... painting supplies... gardening supplies... things for your animals ranging from toys to treats... toiletries (even face masks)... kitchen accessories... I could go on and on, you should just check them out yourself. And before I end this post, I'll leave you with one more tip (for those of you living in the Netherlands). Drop into Xenos some time, it costs more than the above bargain stores but they too have a unique selection as far as bargain stores go. (I bought the mix for my brownies there.)
For those of you not living in the Netherlands pop by a bargain store some time. Maybe many of you frequent them already, maybe you haven't been to one in years, maybe you turn your nose up at them, all I'm saying is give it a shot. Why not save money where you can!