Things You Should Always (Or Never) Buy From The Dollar Store

Published on 01/08/2020
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If you’re someone who loves the dollar store, then you will likely agree that it is a magical place. Even if you’re the dollar store’s biggest fan, there are times when you should throw in the towel and pay a few extra dollars to get the product somewhere else. Sometimes it’s just not worth it to save a little bit of money for something that has far worse quality to its competitor. You can get some amazing items at the dollar store, though. Keep reading to see what you should and shouldn’t buy at the dollar store!

Coffee Filters

Coffee lovers, this one is for you. Filters at the grocery store can be quite pricey, but why?  For something like a coffee filter that you use once and throw it away, there is no sense in paying so much money for it. To ensure that you never run out of coffee filters at school or at home, stock up on them at the dollar store.

Coffee Filters

Coffee Filters

Hair Accessories

Why pay five dollars for something when you can pay one dollar? If you’re a frequent user of hairbands, you know that they tend to break after a few weeks anyway, so why not save yourself some money and get the same exact item for a fraction of the price?

Hair Accessories

Hair Accessories

Plastic Buckets

You will likely find yourself needing plastic buckets at some point or another, so why not stock up on them when you can find them for such a cheap price? Whether it’s holding drinks at a barbecue, washing your car, or storing items in the garage, you can always find a good use for plastic buckets.

Plastic Buckets

Plastic Buckets

Dish Towels And Washcloths

For an item that will get food spilled on it and burnt from touching hot items out of the oven, why spend crazy amounts of money on dish towels? You can find them for such a cheap price at the dollar store that it simply doesn’t make sense to spend more on them.

Dish Towels And Washcloths

Dish Towels And Washcloths

Greeting Cards

Some people love gifting their loved ones with the accompaniment of a nice greeting card, but if you’re someone who does this frequently, you’ll know that they can be quite expensive sometimes. Why would you want to spend upwards of five dollars on a greeting card when you can get one that’s just as good for less?

Greeting Cards

Greeting Cards

Picture Frames

There’s no better feeling than walking into your house and seeing all of your beautiful family photos on display, but picture frames can sometimes be over five dollars for the same item you could get at the dollar store for one dollar! Make sure to check out the deals here first.

Picture Frames

Picture Frames

Socks

Socks go missing in the washing machine every time you do laundry, so why spend so much money on your socks when you will likely lose them soon anyway? The socks you will get at the dollar store are just as high quality as the socks you’d get at a department store.

Socks

Socks

Party Supplies

If you’re trying to plan a birthday party, make sure to go to the dollar store to get your decorations and supplies. You can save up to 70 percent on these items when you buy them from the dollar store instead of going to a party supply store to get what you need.

Party Supplies

Party Supplies

Pregnancy Tests

Did you know that a drugstore pregnancy test can cost you up to $15 at the pharmacy? This seems crazy once you realize that you can get one for just one dollar here! They are just as trusted and reliable as a name brand pregnancy test from the drug store, but it will save you $14 when you buy it here!

Pregnancy Tests

Pregnancy Tests

Vase And Decorative Bowls

If you’re a flower lover, there is no need to spend hundreds of dollars on finding a fancy vase from a store when buying one at the dollar store will give you the same result. Nobody will be paying attention to your vase when it’s filled with beautiful flowers, so who cares if you only spend one dollar on it?

Vase And Decorative Bowls

Vase And Decorative Bowls

Plastic Food Containers

Most of the time you will have to pay at least 5 dollars for one plastic food container, but at the dollar store, you can get packs of multiple containers for only one dollar! It’s quite the bargain, and it does just as good of a job as any other food containers would.

Plastic Food Containers

Plastic Food Containers

Chocolate And Candy

Whether you just need a bit of a sugar fix or it’s Halloween time, come to the dollar store instead of going to the regular grocery stores. You’ll find the same bags of candy for one dollar instead of three, so why pay more when you don’t have to? Make sure to check the expiration dates, though.

Chocolate And Candy

Chocolate And Candy

Notebooks

Notebooks can range anywhere from $3-10 at a regular school supply store, but when you need to buy many of them for school, or when you need to replace one that you filled up quickly with notes, why spend that kind of money? At the dollar store you can get 10 notebooks for $10, so why would you say no to that?

Notebooks

Notebooks

Storage Containers

Did you know that the dollar store is basically storage container heaven? These containers are perfect for organizing the kitchen pantry, helping your child learn how to keep their bedroom clean and tidy, or for storing dog toys in the corner of the living room. At a price of one dollar, it can’t be beaten.

Storage Containers

Storage Containers

Mugs And Glasses

Just like other glassware, buying mugs and cups at the dollar store is just as good as buying them from a home furnishings store where they will cost five times the price. One of the best parts about buying these items from the dollar store is that you can buy however many you need, you don’t have to stick to buying them from a closed set.

Mugs And Glasses

Mugs And Glasses

Seasonal Décor

It’s always fun to decorate your home for the holidays, but why break the bank on something that you will use for just a small amount of time? You’d be surprised by the great selection of holiday decorations you can buy at the dollar store; from Halloween to Christmas and even Easter decorations, they have it all.

Seasonal Decor

Seasonal Decor

Dishware

Especially if, but not only if, you’re buying dishes for kids or college students on a tight budget, going to the dollar store is your best bet for getting the best deals you can on dishware. They have fun colors in everything, so you can mix and match for a colorful home!

Dishware

Dishware

Tote Bags

It’s no secret that one-use paper and plastic bags have a horrible effect on the environment, so why keep using them when you can buy reusable bags from the dollar store and never have to use a single-use plastic bag again? The bags are durable and are great for the environment.

Tote Bags

Tote Bags

Reading Glasses

If you just need simple reading glasses and don’t really need to get the fancy and expensive glasses from your eye doctor, why not come to the dollar store for them? The prescription is just as good in these, and it will save you quite possibly hundreds of dollars.

Reading Glasses

Reading Glasses

Wrapping Paper, Gift Bags, Boxes

Honestly, nobody keeps wrapping paper after they’ve opened their gift; after all, they’ve probably ripped it to shreds trying to get to the good stuff! So why spend so much money on gift wrapping when it’s just going to end up in the garbage a few minutes later anyway?

Wrapping Paper, Gift Bags, Boxes

Wrapping Paper, Gift Bags, Boxes

Deodorant

Now we present to you the things you should never buy at the dollar store! It’s true that they sell deodorant at the dollar store, but the sticks are usually pretty small and not much cheaper than what you’d get for a better brand at the regular store.

Deodorant

Deodorant

Toys

These toys are okay to put inside of goodie bags after a birthday party, but we’d recommend steering clear of them if it’s something your child would want to play with often. It’s true that you get what you pay for in this case, because more often than not these toys don’t last for very long.

Toys

Toys

Tools

When you’re in a bind, buying cheap tools for an emergency situation is okay, but if you want something that will really last you a long time and be high quality, we don’t recommend buying this type of stuff from the dollar store. It likely won’t sustain for very long.

Tools

Tools

Batteries

Batteries in the dollar store and batteries not in the dollar store are not made with the same quality; batteries that you can buy at the dollar store are not made in the same way, and it’s not uncommon for them to leak. In this case, it’s a better choice to go with the name brand option.

Batteries

Batteries

Knives

If you need a knife for a one-time thing like a camping trip, feel free to go the cheap route and purchase it from the dollar store. If you’re looking to buy knives for your home and want something that will last you a good while, we’d recommend steering clear of these.

Knives

Knives

Earbuds, Headphones

We understand why you’d rather pay one dollar for a pair of headphones rather than upwards of $150, but if you’re trying to stay on the cheap side, you should at least go to a regular retailer and pay $10-20 for them. Headphones for just one dollar will be horrible quality and likely won’t last long.

Earbuds, Headphones

Earbuds, Headphones

USB Chargers

If you’re looking for a cheap fix that may or may not work to its fullest potential, go buy a USB charger from the dollar store. You should be warned, however, that these chargers simply don’t have the capacity to charge your electronics safely to the proper amount.

USB Chargers

USB Chargers

HDMI Cables

In all fairness, most stores charge way too much money for an HDMI cable, but there are much better options to get one from rather than at the dollar store. Getting one here will not give you the high quality that you need for your products, and you’re likely going to need to buy a new one anyway. Your best bet is to find one online.

HDMI Cables

HDMI Cables

Plastic Cooking Utensils

It has recently come out in the Las Vegas Review-Journal that many kitchen utensils that are made from plastic can actually lead to big health issues from the chemicals inside of them. You’re much safer to stick with a regular cooking store and getting stainless steel utensils.

Plastic Cooking Utensils

Plastic Cooking Utensils

School Supplies

If you’re looking for school supplies that generally will make you need to turn back around and go get better-quality ones at the regular stores anyway, then go ahead and buy them here. The pens tend to be leaky and the post-it notes aren’t so sticky. Things like paper and regular pencils can be fine here, but the Las Vegas Review-Journal suggests buying regular school supplies in bulk when they go on sale.

School Supplies

School Supplies

Double-Sided Tape

At the dollar store, you can get 130 inches of double-sided tape for much cheaper than at a regular store. At a store like Staples it’s sold for nearly $5. While the tape from staples is a longer roll, you’re still saving a decent amount of money by going to the dollar store.

 

Double Sides Tape

Double Sides Tape

Cotton Swabs

Cotton swabs are definitely something that you don’t need to buy the name brand of if it means saving yourself some money. At CVS a box of cotton swabs will cost you around $3, but at the dollar store, you can buy the same item for 1/3 of the price!

Cotton Swabs

Cotton Swabs

Paper Clips

Did you know that you can actually buy a pack of 100 vinyl-coated colored paper clips for just one dollar instead of buying 60 paperclips for $2.49 at Office Depot? When you have the option to save money and get even more than originally planned, why would you say no to that?

Paper Clips

Paper Clips

Clay Flower Pots

Buying flower pots to decorate however you want is a super fun activity for a rainy spring day. Of course you will still need to buy paint or stickers to use to decorate the pots, but the same exact pot at a hardware store will cost you nearly $4, when one at the dollar store will be 25% of that price.

Clay Flower Pots

Clay Flower Pots

Holiday Decorations

Around the holiday season, you will see aisles upon aisles filled with holiday decorations, and why would you want to spend more money than you have to on things like icing, sprinkles, or candy canes? These sweet treats will taste the same no matter where you choose to buy them, anyway.

 

Holiday Decorations

Holiday Decorations

Mailing Labels

Were you aware that the dollar store sells these personalized return labels? These are perfect for the holidays when you’re constantly sending people letters and holiday cards. The only other place that is known to have these labels is the post office, so you know they are overpriced.

Mailing Labels

Mailing Labels

Shaving Cream

A can of shaving cream at CVS can cost you up to $3, but at the dollar store, you can get the same thing for a small fraction of the price! Why spend so much more money when you truly do not need to? Stock up from the dollar store and have enough shaving cream to last a while.

Shaving Cream

Shaving Cream

Advil

When you buy Advil and other over-the-counter painkillers from the drug store, they will likely cost you a lot of money, but when you have such a bad headache that you can’t even think about spending a lot of money, run over to the dollar store and pick up three two-packs of Advil for only one dollar!

Advil

Advil

Balloons

Once you blow up a balloon, you’re unlikely to save it for that long, anyway. Why spend so much money on party decorations like balloons when you’re going to throw them away after a few days? Save yourself some money and buy these from the dollar store. Sometimes they even come in bigger packages.

Balloons

Balloons

Band-aids

Instead of spending top money for a package of bandaids, why don’t you go to the dollar store to get something that’s just as good of quality for, again, a fraction of the price? It will get the job done perfectly well and won’t cost you so much money to buy a box of them.

Band Aids

Band-Aids

Pint Glasses

If you’re someone who likes to enjoy a nice cold beer at home after a long day of work instead of going out to a bar or pub all the time, you should invest in these pint glasses from the dollar store. They are great quality and will get the job done without you having to leave the comfort of your own home.

Pint Glasses

Pint Glasses

Board Games

When you have kids that are constantly changing their minds about things and switching their personal game preferences, it gets annoying to spend $20-30 on a game for them to play. Did you know that you can actually get board games at the dollar store, even licensed ones from companies like Disney? That’s truly unbeatable!

Board Games

Board Games

Bobby Pins

You can find a 72-pack of bobby pins for only a dollar at the dollar store! Why would you want to spend so much money on these when you don’t have to? Losing bobby pins is an everyday occurrence for some people, and it surely gets annoying having to spend so much money to replace them all the time.

Bobby Pins

Bobby Pins

Bread

Did you know that Oroweat bread can be purchased at the dollar store for about 66 percent less money than you’d pay at the grocery store for the same exact loaf?! Why would anyone want to spend this kind of money anymore after hearing this amazing news?

Bread

Bread

Cleaning Supplies

You can actually find name brand items like Clorox or Windex at the dollar store, and it’s such a small fraction of the price you’d have to pay in a regular store. Once again, why bother spending so much money when you can buy triple the amount of stuff for the same price?

Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning Supplies

Cookie Sheets

The Crazy Craft Lady blogger buys all of her cookie sheets at the dollar store, so we would, of course, trust her! These things wear out and get burnt in the oven, so why bother spending so much money on it? You cover it with foil anyway, so who cares how expensive it was?

Cookie Sheets

Cookie Sheets

Index Cards

Did you know that you can buy 12 packs of index cards for just $6 at the dollar store?! If you’re a student or the parent of a student who is constantly writing on index cards to study for exams, you will know the true pain of having to shell out a ton of money for them all the time.

Index Cards

Index Cards

Flashlight

If you’re someone who is on the go a lot and parks in dark places, or just someone who finds that they need a small flashlight a lot of the time, the dollar store is a better option for you than a hardware store. They’ll be a fraction of the price and will get the job done.

Flashlight

Flashlight

Flip Flops

Whether you need flip flops for the camp shower, for your dorm bathroom, for the beach, or for anything else in your life, you can’t beat buying a pair of new flip flops for just a dollar. If you’re using them for something like a dirty shower, odds are you’ll want to buy new ones every few months anyway, so you can do it guilt-free.

 

Flip Flops

Flip Flops

Permanent Markers

If you are not someone who cares about buying the brand name of every product, then do yourself a favor and buy your permanent markers from the dollar store. You won’t be able to flaunt the Sharpie brand name, but who cares? You saved yourself a ton of money and got the same product.

Permanent Marker

Permanent Markers

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