Your local Dollar General, Dollar Tree, or other dollar store can be a great source of inexpensive goods that can save you tons of money. Some items are a better deal than others, though, so it’s good to go in with a plan. Next time you hit up the dollar store, keep an eye out for these items!
Certain toiletries and personal items
While some generic toiletries are best avoided at the dollar store, there are quite a few that can save you big bucks. Q-tips and cotton balls are pretty much the same wherever you get them, but they cost much less at the dollar store. Reading glasses, sunglasses, and toothbrushes (especially ones for kids) are a steal. And you can even get Pregnancy tests (they are suppose to be just as accurate).
Pick up some nail polish remover too! As mentioned below, keep your eye out for name brands and pick up those if you find them.
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Whether you’re cleaning the couch, your bathroom, or clothes, you can find just about any cleaning supply you need at the dollar store. This is a great way to try out a new cleaner that you’re not sure about.
If it’s time to bake cookies or bars, stop at the dollar store first. You can get aluminum foil, parchment paper, and wax paper. Disposable aluminum baking trays can also be picked up in packs here.
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As long as you can find BPA-free food storage, get all you need at the dollar store. They often have name brand items, like Betty Crocker. This makes it less of a hassle when you don’t get your food storage back from people. I also love to snag my food storage and sandwich bags.
With switching out holiday decorations every couple months, who can afford to buy full-priced decorations at other stores? You can decorate your entire house for Christmas, Halloween, Easter, or any other holiday for relatively cheap.
These are so cheap (well, $1) and perfect for kids birthdays and get-togethers. I have even noticed a lot of character supplies. Totally worth the $1 you will spend vs several elsewhere.
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At other stores, greeting cards run $1.99 to over $5.00—yikes! On the other hand, cards at the dollar store are often 2/$1.
Brand Named Stuff
My local $.99 Cent Only often has brand named items like toothpastes, foods and even some toiletries and medications. Just make sure to look carefully at the sell by date. I have have found that the brand name items are often overbuys on products that are coming up soon. So make sure you can use it or freeze it (if it’s food) by the sell by date.
One other tip: If you come across something interesting at the dollar store but you have never heard of it before then do a search on Google with your smart phone for the item and add the term “reviews”. A few will probably come up and let you know if you want to stock up on this item or just let it be.
Have you ever gotten these items at the dollar store—what do you think? Is there anything you’d add to the list?
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