You Need These Amazing Dollar Store Finds
Whether you’re a deal hunter or you love finding interesting products, the dollar store makes saving a few bucks easier for everyone. While a lot of things there are exactly worth the dollar you’ll pay for them, there are a few items you shouldn't bother to buy anywhere else.
With so many communities having dollar or 99 cent stores nearby, finding these items should be relatively easy. Check out this list of the best items to pick up when you’re passing by your local bargain store.
One of the absolute best deals to find at the dollar store is on greeting cards. Sometimes even priced at two for $1 at many of these bargain stores, you can save an average of 80% off the cost of cards at other retailers.
The cost of disposable party items can add up fast. If you make your first stop the dollar store when you’re planning a party, you can save an estimated 70% on cutlery, plates and cups for your event. Your local dollar store is a great place to pick up tablecloths, napkins, party games, decor items and even balloons, too.
Wrapping Paper and Gift Bags
You can sometimes get amazing deals on gift-wrapping supplies at the dollar store. Compared to $6 for a roll of wrapping paper or a gift bag at a big-box retailer, spending $1 on something that your recipient will toss out within seconds of opening their gifts makes a whole lot more sense.
One amazing household secret? Using your dollar store’s vitamin E- and aloe-infused antibacterial wet wipes for everything from sanitizing your hands to removing stains. This trick works on delicate fabrics and removes the trickiest of stains, including makeup, without leaving a water stain behind.
Pens and Markers
Pens, permanent or dry-erase markers and highlighters are some of those items you take for granted until you need to go buy some and find that the cost is appalling. Fortunately, the dollar store has a great selection of all types of pens, markers and highlighters.
Most dollar stores are pretty good about stocking up for all the major holidays about two months in advance. Why spend a ton of money on a single day when there’s no need to? Plus, with these items only costing a dollar, it's a great place to pick up seasonally themed goodies to give to your co-workers or child's classmates. You’ll show you’re thinking about them, just without breaking the bank.
If you’re like most people who wear glasses, then you’ve likely lost more reading glasses than you care to count or remember. If you don't need a specialty prescription for those readers, start picking them up at the dollar store.
Having organized spaces is linked to improved productivity and a happier overall disposition. While they offer beautiful organization systems, retail outlets like The Container Store can become cost-prohibitive when you have a big space to tackle. The dollar store is the perfect solution with storage containers in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes.
Depending on what’s at your local store, you might be able to find an impressive selection of glass drinkware. Look for plain or decorated wine glasses, beer pint glasses and basic juice glasses. An especially great find are thick glass beer steins that look and feel like they’re worth way more than $1.
Bobby Pins and Hair Accessories
Much like the dryer gnomes who steal all the socks we launder, there has to be a bobby pin pixie out there who has a giant nest of pilfered hairpins. If you’ve ever used bobby pins, then you know how they seemingly disappear into thin air.
Makeup and Beauty Products
While you might think there’s no way the dollar store sells quality makeup and beauty supplies for so little money, you’ll be shocked to know that famous brands like Maybelline, Rimmel and Physicians Formula have been spotted at dollar stores. Masks that sell for $4.50 or more everywhere else are just $1 here.
Why pay $10 for a home pregnancy test that’s notorious for evaporation lines when the dollar store offers pregnancy tests that can detect HCG almost as early? Because all pregnancy tests are regulated by the FDA, there’s no risk that these cheaper tests won’t work as well as their pricier counterparts. You may just need to wait until after a missed period for them to be most accurate.
Food Storage Containers
The dollar store is a great place to stock up on storage containers for leftovers or packed lunches. Dollar Trees specifically sell Betty Crocker sets that often sell for four times as much at Walmart and on Amazon.
Reusable bags are the way of the future, but if you aren't in the habit of keeping them on hand, it's hard to remember to bring them everywhere you go. Fortunately, the dollar store usually carries some pretty cute designs and styles.
Themed Gear for Your Disney Vacation
There’s no way around it; Disney can be expensive. But you can save a few bucks before your next Disney family vacation by swinging by the dollar store. You may be able to find licensed Disney merchandise like toys, games, activity sets and tote bags.
With toothpaste prices running around $5 a tube everywhere else, you might only want to buy it from the dollar store from now on. The oral hygiene aisle might be stocked with brands like Colgate, Crest and Oral-B in full-size packages.
While a lot of the clothing items at the dollar store are made from itchy, thin fabrics that aren’t that comfortable, socks are another story. With cute colors and patterns in every cut and style, you can make even the pickiest sock wearer happy.
Every back-to-school season, it’s easy to get blown away by how pricey a simple binder is. While some stores run dollar deals on school supplies, binders never seem to fall into this category. Fortunately, the dollar store is picking up the slack.
Not only can you find some brand-name cleaning products at the dollar store, but you can also get great deals on the actual cleaning tools. This is the perfect place to go when you’re just starting out at a new home or are furnishing a short-term rental.
While it might not have a famous brand name, the oxygen bleach you can find in the laundry section of your dollar store is just as effective — at a lower price. For anyone interested in making their own simple cleaning products, oxygen bleach is a staple to keep on hand.
For the love of crafting — you know how dangerous for your wallet a craft supply store can be. You might not even need anything and walk out spending $50 on a handful of items. Thankfully, the dollar store has an amazing craft supply aisle where you don't have to feel so bad about getting carried away.
Anyone who still likes to read actual books knows how expensive they've gotten. With hardback cover prices running at up to $30 sometimes, reading can be a surprisingly costly hobby. But your dollar store likely has a nice stash of books, including some bestsellers.
Planners and Notebooks
If you’re not a committed planner person just yet, the small notebooks at the dollar store are the perfect size for jotting down quick notes or tossing into your bag. There are also some great spiral-bound options for students.
This might come as a surprise, but you can find lots of brand-name medications at your dollar store. So next time you’re feeling a little under the weather, run into the dollar store instead of the drugstore to save quite a bit of money.
With so many teachers having to buy classroom supplies out of their own pockets, it’s a wonderful blessing to be able to go shopping at the dollar store and find suitable learning materials. Offering everything from flashcards to workbooks to educational wall graphics, the school supply aisle is an educator's dream.
The Sunday Newspaper
If you’ve ever considered getting into couponing, the dollar store is where you should buy your Sunday paper. With cover prices ranging from $2.50 to $4 in big-market cities, you have to use several coupons to make a purchase worth it.
Basic pet supplies like collars, leashes and toys are great to pick up at the dollar store, especially if your dog likes to tear up a toy within minutes to get to the squeaker. The absolute best deal, though, is on those disposable doggy waste bags.
Not all dollar stores carry the Band-aid brand specifically, but they do carry some great cloth alternatives and even liquid bandages. Definitely stock up on the licensed character bandages for the kiddos in your life.
Flower Pots and Garden Supplies
Depending on the season, you can find some great gardening supplies at the dollar store. While the gardening gloves can feel a bit lower in quality, you can find some beautiful packs of seeds and bulbs for planting. The hand tools are perfect for getting kids involved in sprouting seeds, too.
Another amazing section at the dollar store that never fails to impress? The kitchen supply aisle. From serving and cooking utensils to simple baking dishes, there are plenty of essentials to stock up on for camping or a beginner kitchen.