Dollar stores were always deemed to be a magical place because being able to buy something for just a dollar might seem too good to be true. These are places where we would be able to buy the things we need and want for a way lower price. All the items inside the dollar stores would be in front of us, and for most buyers, this could always be tempting. Being able to buy the item that we want for just a dollar would be just like hitting the jackpot. However, it was also true that going to the dollar store to buy something could be a hit or miss. There would be specific items where it would be better to spend the extra bucks than to risk the quality of the product. It would not always be practical to visit the dollar store for our needs so that we could save a few bucks. It was the reason why we decided to make a list of the things of what we should always buy at the dollar stores and of the items we should always avoid and never buy at these places.
There was someone who said that humanity ran on coffee, and we could not agree more. It was why we placed coffee filters on the top of the list of things to buy at the dollar stores. For most people, especially coffee lovers, running out of coffee was a big NO. Most of us always had a cup of coffee to start the day, and we would not want to ruin the very start of our day. The coffee filters at the dollar stores would be one of the best bargains we could have. We would even be a hundred percent sure that we would never run out of coffee filters once we started buying these at the nearest dollar store.
We believe that our hair would be our best accessory, and it might even be a great idea to add some clips and accessories to it. There would be different kinds of hair accessories we could use, such as barrettes, bobby pins, brushes, clips, combs, elastics, hairbands, headbands, pins, ribbons, scrunchies, tiara and a whole lot more. And since the trends and fads for hair accessories quickly change, it would be more practical to just buy these stuff at the dollar store nearest to us. It would not hurt as much once we had to replace them since it did not cost us that much in purchasing these in the first place.
Most of the households owned plastic buckets because of their many uses. It could be used for a lot of stuff, and it would be most commonly used for transporting fluids and other liquid materials. However, some claimed that buying plastic buckets were impractical, but it was still useful. It could be used to clean the house, wash the car, and carry other things. Because of the many uses of plastic buckets, we would be having a bargain once we got these items for a lower price by purchasing them at the dollar store.
Dish Towels And Washcloths
Dish towels and washcloths were commonly used to clean off cutting boards, to dry dishes, to dry hands, to wipe up spills, and even to hold hot plates and dishes. These typical household items were frequently used, which would be why these items easily run-down. Even though these items were made to be durable enough to withstand the repeated uses, the frequency in which these items were used caused them to wear out easily. It would be the main reason why it would be more practical to just splurge on these items in the dollar stores.
Greeting cards were usually given out during special occasions. It would include birthdays, Christmas, Halloweens, and other holidays. However, these were not the only times when these greeting cards were given. These could also be used to convey gratitude or express other kinds of feelings, such as to get well from illness. Greeting cards usually came in a variety of styles and were typically packaged with an envelope. However, for those who always received greeting cards, we were all aware that it was not worth it to spend such a high amount of money for them. Some greeting cards would just be thrown away, which was why we did not see enough reason to spend 5 dollars on these. Instead, we could just go to the nearest dollar store, and we could even get five pieces of greeting cards for the same price.
Picture frames were still included in the list because these could be given out as gifts. One of the reasons for this was because they could be considered creative and thoughtful. We could even decorate these using some paints, glitters, stickers, and other decors. Aside from giving these out as gifts, we could buy picture frames to display our family pictures or to frame our certificates of achievements and diplomas. We could get the simple picture frames in the nearest dollar store, and this could even be our opportunity to bring out our creative side and to start improving on our decorating skills.
Aside from picture frames, socks could also be given out as gifts because most of us wear a pair. There would be no doubt that there would be a time that the person receiving the pair of socks would eventually find a use for them. Sometimes, we had no choice but to replace our favorite socks because it had many holes in them or were mysteriously lost during laundry. We could say that the pairs of socks available in the dollar stores were also as good as the ones in the department stores.
Just when a party had ended, it always seemed that there would be another one at the corner. Aside from holiday parties, there would also be birthday parties, Super Bowl parties, Halloween Parties, and even Valentine’s Day Parties. The ideal party supplies would consist of balloons, banners, confetti, cups, napkins, party invitations, plates, placemats, ribbons, serving platters, spoons, straws, and so many more. These items could be bought at the dollar stores, and it would be best to purchase these items from there. It would help us save as high as 70 percent as compared to buying it anywhere else.
The kits for taking pregnancy tests would cost as much as 15 dollars when bought in pharmacies. Instead, we can opt to buy these at the nearest drugstore, and it would only cost a dollar at most. Besides, they work just as well as the ones that could be bought at the pharmacy. We could assure that the quality of the pregnancy test kits in drugstores was not any less dependable than the expensive kinds.
Vase And Decorative Bowls
If we had time, we would rather have a well-decorated home. To achieve this, we could start by buying vases and decorative bowls for flowers or these could be used as decorations by themselves in their bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and living room. We can purchase these items in the nearest dollar store. Even the dollar stores would have these items in different colors, prices, sizes, and styles, and for sure, we would be able to find the ones that could match the interior of our houses. And it would be a bit impractical to spend much money on vases and decorative bowls when the guests would most likely focus on the flowers instead.
Plastic Food Containers
Plastic food containers had always been handy in our kitchen. These would also be ideal for transporting food. Also, these containers could be used for cold and hot foods. And since the plastic food containers could be cleaned and reused, these were also ideal for food storage. These could also be used to keep leftovers and for packed meals. Usually, retailers sold these containers for around 5 dollars per container, but the dollar stores offer them for a way lower price. Some dollar containers offer them four pieces per dollar, and when we think about it, this could surely be a great deal.
Chocolate And Candy
Every meal should end with something sweet, such as chocolate and candy. Whenever we experienced cravings for something sweet, we should start to skip going to the supermarket, and instead, we should take a quick visit to the nearest dollar store. These dollar stores would usually have many varieties of chocolates and candies to choose from. And the dollar stores would be the ideal place for shopping for Halloween treats since the dollar stores would be selling them for a lower price. Since we would just be giving these away, we should just go to the dollar store. However, the one thing we should look out for when purchasing chocolates and candies at the dollar stores would be the expiration dates.
Notebooks always had lots of uses. We could use it for journaling, and this would be one of the most popular uses of notebooks because many of us would love to record exciting stuff that happened. Notebooks could also be used for brainstorming so that we could jot down our ideas quickly. Some people loved writing lists, and notebooks would be a great help. We could also use notebooks to write reviews, stories, poems, and other types of literature. Notebooks typically were not expensive, but buying them at the supermarket usually cost at a range of $5 to $10 per piece. Instead, we could just purchase the notebooks at the dollar store. So, if we were looking for something to write on, then we should just go to the dollar store near us.
Storage containers would be the must-haves of those who loved to organize their stuff. The dollar store usually had a variety of these containers that were typically available in different colors, prices, and sizes that would suit the taste of these organization freaks. These containers would surely help to maintain the cleanliness and organization of the house because the dollar stores would be here to help us to do this for a lower price.
Mugs And Glasses
Mugs could be deemed as a good gift, especially for those who loved to drink coffee. Buying one at the dollar store would surely do the trick because there would be no reason to spend much money on stuff that could wear out quickly. Another advantage of buying mugs and glasses from the dollar store would be because it could be purchased per piece instead of buying a set.
We had no choice but to admit that seasonal decors would really add a sense of excitement. These usually brighten up the place and would bring new energy into the room instead of feeling stagnant and unchanging. Some also used seasonal decors to make themselves more present mentally. The dollar stores would typically have these various items. Dollar stores would always have Easter bunny statues, Santa figures, scarecrows, and a whole lot more. The dollar store would be the perfect stop if we were feeling festive, and more importantly, we would not have to spend too much money.
We typically used dishware to set the table, to serve and display food. This would include cutlery, glassware, serving dishes, and other items that were both practical and decorative. It would be used to set the table to eat a meal or to serve food to the family and guests. Most of us would rather have useful and straightforward dishware. It would be more practical because these items wear out very quickly and would get broken easily because of frequent use. It would be better just to purchase dishware from the dollar store.
Tote bags usually had many uses and typically bought for shopping, for work, for school, for the gym, as a bag, as a purse, or even storage. Tote bags were also deemed to be more environmentally friendly as compared to their counterparts. Those who liked to use reusable bags frequently use tote bags as well. The dollar stores would typically have a variety of these and for a low price. Not only would we be helping the planet by using these tote bags instead of plastic bags.
Reading glasses usually helped to compensate for vision that was connected to a normal-age related loss of the ability to focus on close-up objects just like words in a newspaper or a message on the smartphone. The dollar stores also sold reading glasses that were just as functional as the ones advertised by brands. As they have the same function and purpose, it would surely be more practical to buy a pair of reading glasses from the nearest dollar store and get them for just a fraction of the branded price.
Wrapping Paper, Gift Bags, Boxes
As a tradition, we usually wrap our gifts in the desire to hide what we were sending out as presents. However, these wrapping papers, gift bags, and boxes would usually only be thrown in the garbage once their purpose had been served. Because of this, there was no need to buy and spend too much money on something that would just be thrown away. Instead, just buy these at the dollar stores as these works just as elegant as the more expensive ones.
Most of us always used deodorant to prevent or to mask body odor that was caused by bacterial breakdown. Because of this, we should refrain from buying deodorant from the dollar store as it would not be worth it to buy them there. We had checked and compared the size of the deodorants from the dollar store to the ones that could be bought in pharmacies. The ones available in pharmacies were bigger and just priced the same.
Toys were also a staple of dollar stores. Do not fret because the toys from the dollar stores were just as fine as long as the kids did not use them all the time. Nevertheless, please be warned not to expect too much from it. The toys from the dollar stores were not as sturdy as the ones that could be purchased from the regular toy stores. Also, be cautious because these are more prone to breaking apart and might turn into a choking hazard. Beware of the risk before buying.
Tools would be primarily used to either put things together or to take them apart. These could be further classified as hand tools and power tools. Hand tools would include all non-powered tools like hammers and pliers. It would be fine to buy these in the dollar store for emergency purposes. However, for those who would rather have something that would last for years, it would be better not to buy them from the dollar store. Spending more money on tools would surely be worth it because these would always come in handy and were very useful.
One of the most common uses of batteries would be for backup power. The ones that could be bought in dollar stores would just run out fast because these were poorly manufactured and did not typically use modern formulations. It might leak as well. It would be better not to take the risk and just to go and purchase with brand names instead.
Knives were mostly used as a tool for dining. We usually used knives for food preparation. Also, these could be used as cutlery. There were different kinds of knives, such as a bread knife, which was used for cutting bread. Another example would be the boning knife that was used to remove the bones of poultry, meat, and fish. If we just wanted to have extra knives in case of an emergency, then it would be fine to purchase them at the dollar store. However, it would not hurt so bad to invest in better and more expensive knives just to save ourselves from frustration.
Earbuds and headphones were both useful devices as long as these were used at low volumes. These are a pair of tiny speakers to place inside the ears. Most dollar stores would offer these items for a lower price; however, the quality of these would not match the expensive kind. Instead, we suggest just buy the ones in retail, and even though it might cost more, these would probably last longer and had better sound quality in comparison to the ones that can be bought in the dollar store.
Dollar stores also had USB chargers, so if ever we need one, we could go to the nearest dollar store to make a purchase. However, be warned that the quality of these USB chargers would not be at par from the branded, and purchasing one from the dollar store would just bring about disappointment. The USB charger from the dollar stores simply would not have enough power for our devices. It might also be possible that it might have enough power but that the charging time would be too slow.
We knew that HDMI stood for a high-definition multimedia interface, and this would support the connection between a device and a flat-screen HDTV or projector. These cables were also used tor audio equipment like mixers, recording systems, and speakers. Most stores would charge unreasonable prices for these cables, so it would not come as much of a surprise if others decided to buy from the dollar store to save a few dollars. And while these HDMI cables from the dollar store might seem cheap, it would no doubt break easily. Instead, try being patient and purchase these cables online.
Plastic Cooking Utensils
For those who always loved using plastic cooking utensils, we highly recommend stopping using them. And for good reasons. First, they would not last long. BPA-free did not mean that it was safe. It only meant that a similar chemical just replaced it. There would be no such thing as safe plastic. There had been many organizations that requested from FDA to remove phthalates from touching food. There were other valid reasons, such as polluting the environment. The lit would just go on and on. Instead, replace these plastic cooking utensils with stainless steel utensils. Even though these would be more expensive, this would be more preferable to voluntarily putting health at risk.
School supplies could also be bought at the dollar stores. These would include ballpoint pens, erasers, index cards, highlighters, pencils, permanent markers, sharpeners, stationeries, sticky notes, and a whole lot more. In all fairness, these items could be bought from the dollar stores with good quality. However, there was one article from the Las Vega Review-Journal, which stated that to save money from school supplies, it would be best to buy them in bulk quantity offers that the big stores usually had when they went on sale.
Double-sided tapes were coated with pressure-sensitive adhesive on both sides, and when sandwiched between two surfaces, it would form a bond between them. The dollar stores sold the 130-inch double-sided tape for a way lower price. Staples sold them for $4.70 for the 450-inch roll. And although the ones sold by the dollar stores were shorter, they were still cheaper when converted.
Cotton swabs were most commonly used to clean or caress the ear canal to remove earwax. These were also used for applying and removing makeup. It could also be used for arts and crafts. Because of its many uses, we could not see a reason why we would have to pay for a way higher price from CVS when we could just buy these at the dollar stores for a lower price. One box of 170 swabs would cost $2.79 at CVS, and we felt like this was a little too much because there were barely differences between the ones at the dollar store and the ones in CVS.
Paper clips were typically used to hold sheets of paper together, and these were usually made of steel wire bent to a looped shape, though some were covered in plastic. And just like Office Depot, the dollar stores also had many office supplies. A pack of 100 vinyl-coated colored paper clips could be bought for a mere dollar at the dollar store while the Office Depot sold them for $2.49 for a pack of 60.
Clay Flower Pots
Some of us would enjoy decorating clay flower pots. It was one of the creative ways to pass the time. Some put stones while some would instead paint. The dollar stores also offer these clay flower pots for a bargain. This could be the perfect gift for our friends, loved ones, and even to ourselves. The ones in the dollar store could be bought for a dollar, but the ones sold at Lowes were sold for almost $4 even though they were practically the same.
People usually got excited during the holidays. It was the reason why most dollar stores offered them a bargain. Holiday decorations would give the vibe of the season and usually added the holiday elements. These decorations would help to liven up space. We could find holiday gifts and decorations in the nearest dollar store where we could by a lot of this stuff without having to spend too much.
Mailing labels would help in making sure that the printing postage for letters, flats, and packages would be fast and free of errors. We could print the postage, shipping address, return address, and certified mail forms. Then just simply peel and stick to the mail. The dollar stores typically offered these mailing labels for a package of 10 in just a low price. However, some mailing labels were being sold for a higher price because of the brand name. We did not see any reason to pay for a way higher price, and something overpriced when we knew that it would just be thrown out in the end. We should all be practical.
Shaving cream would help lubricate the face for a better shave. It would also soften the beard so that the razor would cut them more comfortably. Aside from that, it would raise the hairs on the face so they could be cut closer. And last but not least, it would moisturize the face so that the irritation would be minimal. Dollar stores would have shaving cream for a lower price compared to the ones at CVS, which could be bought for almost $3 even though the quality would be pretty much the same. So, we suggest that for those who used shaving cream, make sure to stack up a lot.
Advil would be typically used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation that was caused by many conditions like arthritis, back pain, headache, toothache, menstrual cramps, or even minor injuries. Small packs of Advil could be expensive when bought at the local drug store and when the pain felt too much to handle, we did not even bother checking for the price so that we could hurriedly ease the pain. However, instead of rushing to the drug store, visit the nearest dollar store. These dollar stores would offer them three 2-count packs in just a dollar.
Balloons were usually used for decorative purposes or recreational purposes. Balloons were cheap and colorful. Also, it was always fun to watch them flew away. It would not be reasonable to purchase expensive balloons because these did not typically last that long and would just eventually be thrown away. For something that would just be gone in a few hours or days, we could not see any reason why we would buy these for a higher price. We would suggest to just buy these for half the price at the dollar store.
Band-aids were used as bandages that would be applied directly to the wound to protect from the outer environment. It would also contain blood flow and prevent infection. However, sometimes the only reason why a product was expensive would be because of the brand name. We could save as much as 50% by sacrificing the brand and buying these at the dollar store instead of the pharmacy. The band-aids from the dollar store would work just as excellent as the ones that could be bought for the brands.
Pint glasses were a form of drinkware that was made to hold either a British pint of 20 imperial fluid ounces or an American pint of 16 US fluid ounces. Imagine if we could stock up on these just like the ones being sold in the bar for just a dollar, and we would not even worry that much if it would get broken because we got them for a lower price.
Playing board games helped to increase brain function. Board games would help to stimulate the brain areas that were responsible for memory formation and complex thought processes. Engaging in board game activities would help to practice essential cognitive skills, which included decision making, strategic thinking, and problem-solving. These were also being sold at dollar stores. It would be the perfect place to get different puzzles and board games and could be purchased for just a dollar. There were even some dollar stores that had licensed products like Disney.
The primary use of bobby pins was to hold the hair in place. In addition to bobbed hair, these could also be used for up-dos, buns, and other hairstyles. Because of how easily these get misplaced, it would be better to just buy them for a dollar where we could grab a 72-pack at the dollar stores. It would not be practical to waste money just so we could lose the, again. It would be smart just to purchase them at the dollar store.
Not many people were aware of this, but Oroweat bread could be purchased at the dollar store. The creators of Krazy Coupon Lady discovered it. The dollar stores offered this bread for a third of how much they would cost at the regular groceries. It was amazing how we could purchase something for just a dollar.
Cleaning supplies always helped improve cleaning efficiency and make the area easier to clean and hygienic. A lot of these cleaning supplies tended to be overpriced in supermarkets. It was great news that these were also available for purchase at the dollar store.
Cookie sheets could be used for different kitchen items, just like the magnetic board and other DIY projects. Some bloggers claimed that they bought their cookie sheets at the nearest dollar store.
Index cards were used for many applications. It could be used to record and store recipes, shopping lists, contact information, and other data that needed to be organized. These were also in demand during exam season. A hundred of these could be bought for just 50 cents at the dollar store. It would be easier to stock up on these because of how cheap these could be bought.
Flashlights were typically used as a light source during power outages or when the light was needed in places where the electric lights would not be able to reach. The dollar store might not offer them with the best quality, but they would come in handy when the power went out. These are super cheap and had a fashion look because of the keychain hook.
Flip flops were simple sandals that were held on with a strap or thong at the front. These were typically used when going to the beach. These could also be used around the house, camp showers, and college dorm rooms. The dollar stores would generally sell them for a low price, and even though these were affordable, they were still of exceptional quality.
The general purpose of permanent markers was to write on metals, plastics, ceramics, wood, stone, cardboard, and a whole lot more. We could but a pack of four for the price of one at the dollar stores. Ignore the name of the brand because the quality and function were the same. The only difference between the two was that it would not make a scratch on the wallet.
Some of the products that could be found at the dollar store might contain some harsh chemicals, and this would include plastics. These products should be kept away from babies. It would be safer just to spend more money instead of placing the life of a baby at risk.
Hair dye was usually used to emphasize the importance of appearance for cosmetic purposes. And even though it could be bought for a low price at the dollar store, we would not recommend buying them there. The ones that could be bought in dollar stores would usually have harmful chemicals present. It would be better to understand the nature of the ingredients before placing them anywhere near the scalp.
We always stopped by the dollar stores whenever we needed to have a quick and cheap charge for our phones. However, it would be better to just invest in the branded chargers instead of the ones that were found in the dollar stores. The ones in the dollar stores might even damage the battery of the phone. And aside from that, the phones would not charge as fast as compared to the original.
Trash bags were lightweight and were useful for messy or wet rubbish that is common with food waste. These could also be used to wrap up garbage to minimize odor. Trash bags were frequently used to line litter or waste containers or bins. We might be lured to purchase the trash bags with brand names, but it would not be worth it, especially since these would not even last for a week.
Dishwasher pods would typically have detergent and rinse aids. We would not recommend buying the ones from the dollar store because even though we could purchase them for 2-pack in one dollar, we could opt to buy the 14-pack at the other stores such as Walmart or even Target for just $4.50.
We somehow felt frustrated whenever we could not close our sandwich bags. These could be bought for the dollar stores, but they were even worse because the ones from the dollar stores were made with cheap materials and could easily tear but challenging to close. It would be more worth it just to buy them at the supermarkets even though they typically cost more.
Crayons were sticks of chalk, charcoal, colored wax, or other material used for writing or drawing. Be warned to avoid making the same mistake as many people who bought the unbranded crayons and watercolor paints. The ones from the dollar store barely had any color that came out, and eventually, we would just have to purchase the branded ones. It would be better to just buy them from Walmart or Target at the start because they would last longer, and the quality was better.
We better think twice before we bought jewelry at the dollar store. The quality was not much, even though we could buy them for a dollar. It would not take long before the material would just change colors and might easily break. So, in the end, it would be more worth it to spend more on a beautiful piece of jewelry.
Fabric softener was formulated to soften and freshen fabric. Some could even help prevent fading, pilling, and stretching. We usually got lured when we see lower prices, especially for products that we usually used. We might be tempted to buy the fabric softener for a dollar. Still, upon computation, we would be able to get 4 times of this amount at the supermarket, especially when we presented a coupon.
Sunscreens were used to protect the skin from the harmful effects of the sun. They would help to prevent sunburn and premature aging. So, buying one from the dollar store was not that effective. Even though we applied much sunscreen from the dollar store, it would be as if we did not apply anything in the first place. Most of the products would not work anymore because these were almost near the expiration date.
We could buy a bundle of baking soda in warehouse stores such as Costco, and it would only cost for around 85 cents per box. We could stock up whenever we want because of how cheap these are, and it would not get spoiled. This way, we would never run out of baking soda.
Shampoos were typically applied to wet hair, massaging the product into the scalp, and finally rinsing it out. Even though the shampoo was not branded, the ones without brand do the same stuff that the expensive ones did. We could also save more money by buying them from the dollar stores.
We would not recommend buying the medications from the dollar stores because they might even be mislabeled or might not have undergone the same testing as the products from the other stores. Some products did not contain the right amount needed and might even cause harm to our health.
Spices usually played a new vital role in modern food preparation, and not only would they add unique flavors to food, but they also add color and variety as well. We could get the necessary spices and herbs from the dollar stores. It would still be worthwhile to visit when making a purchase, but make sure not to skip checking the expiration date before we purchased.
We would not recommend buying the paper towels from the dollar store because they would not do the job when it came to cleaning. We could find paper towels at supermarkets for better quality and even low prices.
We might be able to score great deals on packaged food at the dollar store. It would include olives, pickles, and a whole lot more. We could also find perishable items like dairy products or produce. As we had already mentioned before, just try not to forget to check the expiration date before making the purchase.
We might think that we would be getting a steal when we bought a liter of soda for just a dollar. However, we could buy two liters of soda for a dollar at the grocery store. It would be better to just buy in bulk at the groceries rather than purchasing them individually at the dollar store.
Whenever it came to safety and wellbeing, it would be safer just to buy the pet food from warehouse stores to make sure that our pet was eating food with quality. It would be better than to risk the lives of our furry friends. We could even find discounted prices at national chains. Let us avoid playing around when buying pet food.
We had already mentioned this on the list, but we could not make sure of the ingredients used in makeup when it comes to dollar stores. And even though these might contain similar ingredients, it might be of the cheaper version. So, for those with sensitive skin, it would just be better not to risk it and not buy from the knockoff brands.
We highly recommend buying the oven mitt at the grocery store. The primary purpose of the oven mitts was to keep our hands safe from intense heat. However, the ones from the dollar store would usually fail from this job because they were made from cheap materials. We would recommend not to waste your dollar for something that might not do the job.