Buy Or Skip: Which Products At The Dollar Store Are Worth Buying?

Published on 12/19/2019
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If you are just like us, you must find a dollar store to be a magical place. This is the place to go for nearly anything you need. However, there are things you should spend more bucks on instead. At any rate, there are still bargains to be had at the dollar store. What should you get and what should you avoid?

Coffee Filters

This will be a bargain any coffee lover will love. Coffee is surely one of the best food items on the planet. You will never run out of filters at the office or home when you get them from the dollar store!

Coffee Filters

Coffee Filters

Hair Accessories

Do you need brushes, combs, bobby pins, and headbands? Whatever product you want to get, you must buy them from the dollar store. Fashion fads and trends fade fast, so the cheaper you get the better.

Hair Accessories

Hair Accessories

Plastic Buckets

At some point, you will need a plastic bucket or two. They can be used to wash the car, carry your stuff, or clean the house. A cheap one will work just as well as something that costs a lot more, trust us.

Plastic Buckets

Plastic Buckets

Dish Towels And Washcloths

For dish towels and washcloths, you cannot beat what they offer at the dollar store. These things tend to get burnt or stained right away, so there is no need to get something of better quality anyway.

Dish Towels And Washcloths

Dish Towels And Washcloths

Greeting Cards

Are you the sort of person who likes giving out greeting cards? If so, you probably know how expensive they can get. Honestly, there is no need to spend $5 for one when you can buy five pieces instead.

Greeting Cards

Greeting Cards

Picture Frames

Can’t wait to show everyone your family photos? If so, we highly recommend buying basic photo frames from the dollar store. After that, simply decorate them to your liking. This is a great activity for the kids!

Picture Frames

Picture Frames

Socks

We promise you that socks from the dollar store will work just as well as those from the department store. It is not unlikely that you will lose half of the pair in the future, so there is no need to spend more.

Socks

Socks

Party Supplies

If you want to throw a party, the most economical thing to do would be to get straws, cups, plates, balloons, and streamers from your local dollar store. This way, you can save as high as 70% of the costs.

Party Supplies

Party Supplies

Pregnancy Tests

If you get your pregnancy tests from the pharmacy, expect to pay about $10 to $15. The ones from the dollar store will work just fine, however. You should know that they are just as reliable as pricier tests!

Pregnancy Tests

Pregnancy Tests

Vase And Decorative Bowls

Need vases and bowls? Drop by the dollar store, then. There are prices, styles, and sizes to choose from. Surely, you can find something to go with your home décor. The flowers are more important anyway!

Vase And Decorative Bowls

Vase And Decorative Bowls

Plastic Food Containers

A lot of stores would sell plastic containers for $5 each. The good news is that you can get a great deal on them if you head to the dollar store. You might even stumble upon a 4 for $1 deal. How cool is that?

Plastic Food Containers

Plastic Food Containers

Chocolate And Candy

Do you need something sweet for your cravings? Don’t go to the supermarket and just go to the dollar store. This is a great idea when Halloween comes around. Just make sure to check the expiry date!

Chocolate And Candy

Chocolate And Candy

Notebooks

While notebooks are generally affordable, the costs add up if you get them from the superstore. There is no need to pay $5 or $10 for one when you need a place to scribble on. Just go to the dollar store!

Notebooks

Notebooks

Storage Containers

Organization fans love going to the dollar store. After all, where else can one get a variety of storage containers at such a cheap price? You do not need to shell out so much money to keep the house clean.

Storage Containers

Storage Containers

Mugs And Glasses

Like vases and bowls, mugs and glasses from the dollar store should work just as well. One great thing about this is that you do not need to get the entire set. No, you can get just as many as you need!

Mugs And Glasses

Mugs And Glasses

Seasonal Décor

Maybe you will feel surprised when you see the huge selection of décor available at the dollar store. It is possible to get Santa figures, scarecrows, and more there. Feel free to decorate to your heart’s desires.

Seasonal Decor

Seasonal Decor

Dishware

When buying dishes, a lot of people only want something serviceable and simple. This is the reason it is more practical to buy them from the dollar store. After all, they might just break in no time at all.

Dishware

Dishware

Tote Bags

In light of certain events, we are sure you have started thinking more about the environment. We bet you like reusable bags then. Next time, invest in cheap polyester totes for your shopping trips instead.

Tote Bags

Tote Bags

Reading Glasses

Reading glasses from the dollar store will help your vision just as much as branded ones. There is no need to shell out hundreds of dollars for a pair when you get one for a fraction of the price.

Reading Glasses

Reading Glasses

Wrapping Paper, Gift Bags, Boxes

Let us not kid ourselves. Your gift bag and wrapping paper will just go into the trash bin once it is time to open the present. Why bother spending so much on pricey gift wraps when this will happen anyway?

Wrapping Paper, Gift Bags, Boxes

Wrapping Paper, Gift Bags, Boxes

Deodorant

Now, let us talk about things you should skip the dollar store for. Deodorants and antiperspirants found there are not worth it. You can probably get a bigger size at the pharmacy for a negligible difference.

Deodorant

Deodorant

Toys

Dollar store toys will be fine if they are not going to be used that much. However, they would not last long with regular use. Also, be careful because parts might come loose and become a choking hazard.

Toys

Toys

Tools

Cheap tools will do if you have no other choice. However, we highly recommend investing on these things. After all, you will use them over and over again. You want something that will last for a while.

Tools

Tools

Batteries

The batteries you will find at dollar stores often run out much quicker since they are of poor quality. They often do not have modern formulations and will likely leak as well. Talk about a hazard! Yikes.

Batteries

Batteries

Knives

You should only buy knives from there if you want something that would not be very useful. They should do the trick for odd camping trips, but it is a better idea to avoid frustration by getting good knives.

Knives

Knives

Earbuds, Headphones

Sure, it might sound appealing to go get cheap headphones. However, the sound quality will disappoint you. Major retailers often have pairs available for only $10 to $20. They will last longer than cheap ones!

Earbuds, Headphones

Earbuds, Headphones

USB Chargers

Do you want cheap chargers that would not treat your devices right? If so, feel free to get USB chargers from the dollar store. They would not charge your devices to their full capacity. Invest in a pricier one!

USB Chargers

USB Chargers

HDMI Cables

HDMI cables go for rather high prices, so we are not surprised t hat many go to the dollar store for these things instead. However, they will probably break soon. Get them from trusted online stores instead!

HDMI Cables

HDMI Cables

Plastic Cooking Utensils

The Las Vegas Review-Journal told us all that many plastic utensils come with chemicals that can be harmful to your health. It is the reason stainless steel utensils are worth shelling out more money for.

Plastic Cooking Utensils

Plastic Cooking Utensils

School Supplies

Do you want Post-its that would not stick or pens that leak like nothing else? If so, head over to the stationary section at the dollar store. Some school supplies might be just fine, but the Las Vegas Review-Journal has revealed that it is better to get bulk orders from big stores during their big sales instead.

School Supplies

School Supplies

Double-Sided Tape

It is possible to buy 130 inches of the tape below for cheap. However, it is a lot shorter than the 450 inches one they sell at Staples for only $4.70. We will let you figure out which one is a better deal.

Double Sides Tape

Double Sides Tape

Cotton Swabs

We would not waste any money on CVS cotton swabs when they are available for the same price at the dollar store. CVS sells 170-swab boxes for $2.79. This is highway robbery, as far as we are concerned.

Cotton Swabs

Cotton Swabs

Paper Clips

You can buy a pack of 100 vinyl colored paper clips for only a dollar. At Office Depot, you can buy 60 clips for $2.49. We have no idea why you would say no when you get more for a lower price.

Paper Clips

Paper Clips

Clay Flower Pots

Flower pots provide us all with great ways to pass the time. Buy a couple, decorate them to your liking, and transfer your plants. This is a great gift since similar pots are available at Lowes for $3.97.

Clay Flower Pots

Clay Flower Pots

Holiday Decorations

When it is holiday season, you can find aisles full of new decorations. They make for cheap gifts for little kids and economical ways to light up the offices. Get the best bang for your buck at the dollar store!

 

Holiday Decorations

Holiday Decorations

Mailing Labels

If you need mailing labels, you can get a pack of 10 at the dollar store for cheap. If you go to the post office instead, you will find similar products that are severely overpriced.

Mailing Labels

Mailing Labels

Shaving Cream

Why would you spend $2.99 at CVS for this when it is also available at the dollar store? They often have more expensive holistic expectorant there as well. Doesn’t that sound like an amazing deal to you?

Shaving Cream

Shaving Cream

Advil

Drug stores sell small Advil packs for very expensive prices. If your headache is that bad, we won’t blame you for splurging. Still, you should go to the dollar store and buy three 2-count packs for a buck.

Advil

Advil

Balloons

How long do you need party decorations? We dispose of balloons one or two after we blow them up. There is no need to spend more than necessary. Buy more for a fraction of the price at the dollar store!

Balloons

Balloons

Band-aids

There is no need to go for name brands when it comes to first aid essentials like this one. You can get the same products at the dollar store for half the price! This is a good trick to save yourself some money.

Band Aids

Band-Aids

Pint Glasses

For just a dollar, you can get as many pint glasses as you need. They look exactly like the ones available in bars. The prices would not stress you out either. After all, they might get broken on wilder nights.

Pint Glasses

Pint Glasses

Board Games

Board games and puzzles for kids should come from the dollar store if you want to cut costs. For just $1, you have many options. We are amazed to hear that it is the case. There are even Disney licensed items!

Board Games

Board Games

Bobby Pins

You always lose your small hair accessories, so we do not recommend wasting that much money on them. At a dollar store, you can pay $1 and get 72 pieces in one go. Isn’t that incredible?

Bobby Pins

Bobby Pins

Bread

Krazy Coupon Lady blog creators found out that you can get Oroweat bread at the dollar store for over a third of its grocery store price. It is something we commonly buy, so this tip will come in handy!

Bread

Bread

Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning supplies often go for high prices at supermarkets. We just want to clean our houses, right? At the dollar store, you can actually get Clorox and Tide for over half the price at regular stores. Neat.

Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning Supplies

Cookie Sheets

The Crazy Craft Lady reveals that she buys her cookie sheets at the dollar store. If she does it, you should too. They are good for DIY projects. You can get magnetic boards and more kitchen items there too.

Cookie Sheets

Cookie Sheets

Index Cards

Are you a parent? If so, you probably know that kids can go through a lot of index cards when exams roll in. You can get a 100-card pack for 50 cents at your dollar store! There are 12 packs for only $6 as well.

Index Cards

Index Cards

Flashlight

While not the best quality, mini flashlights can get really useful when the power goes out. They also have a keychain hook, which makes it a fun decorative piece. They’re not expensive, so why not?

Flashlight

Flashlight

Flip Flops

The dollar store offers cheap footwear as well. These flip flops are good for communal shower rooms, the beach, or the house. There are even people who have claimed that theirs have lasted them years!

 

Flip Flops

Flip Flops

Permanent Markers

Do you really need to get brand name markers? We don’t think so. After all, you can get four markers at the dollar store for the price of one of those. The quality is pretty much the same, so no need to worry!

Permanent Marker

Permanent Markers

Baby Utensils

It’s hard to know what chemicals may be included in plastics sold at the dollar store. What makes these products so cheap? We may take this risk on ourselves, but when it comes to babies its more important to spend the extra money to ensure our child’s safety.

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Baby Utensils

Hair Dye

There are so many chemicals included in hair dye but they may even be intensified in the ones found at the dollar store. We aren’t exactly sure what is inside this product but we thinks it best to stay away from any additional damage to your scalp.

Hair Dye

Hair Dye

Phone Chargers

We all can relate to the frustration we feel when our phone chargers start to break down. You may be inclined to run into the local dollar store to pick up a cheap charger but be careful about this, not only will these chords break down but they are also less effective at charging your phone and may damage the battery.

Phone Chargers

Phone Chargers

Trash Bags

There isn’t actually a great deal on trash bags at the dollar store and the ones you’ll find will actually break on you. The cheap plastic is not made to sustain for a long time and you don’t want to get yourself into a situation where your trashbag rips in the middle of the street!

Trash Bags

Trash Bags

Dishwasher Pods

This is one product that you may overspend if you purchase at the dollar store. At the dollar store, you can purchase a pack for $1 but at Walmart or Target you can actually get 14 for up to $5, in the end, this is a better deal.

Dishwasher Pods

Dishwasher Pods

Sandwich Bags

This product may actually irritate you more than you would expect. Sandwich bags made from cheap plastic are likely to rip and may even be difficult to close. Instead of wasting money on likely to break sandwich bags you just buy this product at the grocery store.

Sandwich Bags

Sandwich Bags

Crayons

Crayons are actually something you don’t want to buy off-brand because they barely work. While they may be incredibly cheap, their quality is too. Buying this item at Walmart or Target will benefit you since they will work in the long run.

Crayons

Crayons

Jewelry

$1 jewelry sounds great and all until your arm turns blue from your rusty bracelet. The quality of the jewelry found at the dollar store is not worth it, it doesn’t matter how cheap it is! You may as well invest in jewelry that will last you and not break after two times wearing it.

Jewelry

Jewelry

Fabric Softener

Fabric softener for only a few dollars may be tempting to buy. Before you make this mistake, keep in mind that you can get the exact same product for more than double the amount but the same exact price at warehouse stores, all you need is a coupon!

Fabric Softener

Fabric Softener

Sunscreen

Sunscreen is definitely something we are going to recommend that you stay away from at the dollar store. Your skin is not something to play around with and we definitely don’t want to be basking in the hot sun with sunscreen that is expired and no longer works!

Sunscreen

Sunscreen

Baking Soda

You can purchase a stock of Baking Soda at Costco for just 85 cents per box. This is a steal and it also doesn’t expire so you can buy in bulk and never feel guilty because the price is so cheap! This is an item we would recommend buying anywhere but the dollar store.

Baking Soda

Baking Soda

Shampoo

Off-brand shampoo works exactly the same way as brand name shampoo, the only difference is the price. Brand named bottles are almost $2 more and for what? While your hair may have a nicer smell, there’s really not noticeable or beneficial difference.

Shampoo

Shampoo

Medication

Medicine at the dollar store isn’t always regulated and may potentially be mislabeled. Since they are so cheap, they don’t go through the exact same testing that products from big-name stores require. Be careful when reading the label, sometimes not everything is how it seems.

Medication

Medication

Spices

At the dollar store, you can find the basic spices in large containers just for a dollar per spice. This is awesome, the only thing that we suggest is looking at the expiration date before using it because you never know.

Spices

Spices

Paper Towels

The dollar store doesn’t have the best selection of paper towels because the thin material is usually rather flimsy and doesn’t actually clean up the mess. Not only is this important to know but you can also find it at big-time grocery stores for better quality and lower prices.

Paper Towels

Paper Towels

Packaged Food

There are usually tons of deals on canned and packaged food at the dollar store and these items won’t spoil if you buy in bulk. They also have perishable products at cheap prices but be wary of the expiration date.

Packaged Foods

Packaged Foods

Drinks

A liter of soda at the dollar store is not an incredible deal when you can actually find two liters at the local grocery store for the same price. Why spend the same amount and get less when you can just get a better deal at the supermarket.

Drinks

Drinks

Pet Food

All you pet owners know not to mess around when it comes to your animals. Don’t take the chance of buying cheap pet food when you don’t even know what’s inside. Not only this but you can find better deals at national chains and Target is always giving great discounts!

Pet Food

Pet Food

Makeup

While we can’t always know what’s in the products we are using, this is the same for beauty products. The ingredients written on the back may not necessarily be true to their name, given that they are the cheaper version. Remember this when you are purchasing what to put on your face.

Makeup

Makeup

Oven Mitt

Oven mitts are there to make sure that your hands are protected from severe oven heat. The ones you’ll find at the dollar store are usually made from a thin material that doesn’t help keep your fingers safe.

Oven Mitt

Oven Mitt

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