Definitely buy these 15 things at the dollar store
You may be amazed at the variety of tremendous bargains you'll find at the dollar store. Yes, even pregnancy tests.
This post comes from Maryalene LaPonsie at partner site Money Talks News.
Dollar stores lure us in with rock-bottom prices. Sometimes you get what you pay for, but often the things they sell are good products at a tremendous discount -- a real bargain.
Here are 15 items that are definitely worth buying at the dollar store.
1. Greeting cards
There is no reason to spend $4 to $5 or more on a greeting card when dollar stores typically have a wide selection available for a buck or less. You might not get textured paper or fancy extras like ribbon, but the heartfelt message you write will be the same regardless of how expensive the card looks.
2. Party supplies
By some estimates, you can save up to 70 percent by using party supplies from a dollar store. Get plastic tablecloths, paper plates and cups, streamers and favors from the dollar store and save a bundle. Don't forget to look for Mylar/foil balloons too. These are an absolute bargain and can easily sell for five times as much elsewhere.
3. Gift bags, boxes and wrapping paper
While you're getting your party supplies, look for gift bags and wrapping paper too. You could end up paying two or three times more for gift bags and boxes at other stores. In addition, wrapping paper can be a steal. You might not get the same thickness of expensive paper, but for something that's going to end up in the trash, why pay more?
4. Seasonal décor
From extra ornaments for your Christmas tree to a scarecrow to stake in your front yard for the fall, dollar stores can have a surprisingly robust selection of seasonal décor. Pick up some bargain-priced items to decorate your house for less. But stay away from holiday lights, which have a poor track record of safety at discount stores.
5. Reading glasses
As we age, we often lose elasticity in our eyes and that makes it more difficult to focus on close objects. In many cases, a simple pair of reading glasses is all you need, and the reading glasses at dollar stores are as good as those found in other stores. However, if you have trouble seeing at a distance, it may be time to schedule an eye exam and see about getting a prescription pair.
6. Hair accessories
From elastic bands to bobby pins to headbands, you can find hair accessories at a fraction of the price at dollar stores. Combs and brushes can be a bargain too.
7. Pregnancy tests
Grocery store pregnancy tests will set you back $10 to $15, but you can find them at some dollar stores for only a buck. You might be wondering whether a $1 pregnancy test is going to be accurate. That's a good question and, according to this news report, the answer is yes.
8. Vases and decorative bowls
Don’t bother with other stores for vases and decorative bowls. The dollar store probably carries a number of styles at a price that can't be beat. You can use vases to skip the florist and make your own, much cheaper arrangements. Or spruce up decorative glass bowls to make inexpensive gifts for family or friends.
9. Mugs and glasses
Like vases and bowls, mugs and glasses are also a good buy at dollar stores. The quality is comparable to what you might get at Wal-Mart or other mass merchandisers. As a bonus, you can typically buy only the items you need rather than being forced to purchase a set.
Dollar stores also often have a nice selection of open stock dishware. This isn't going to be top-of-the-line quality, but they're perfectly serviceable pieces. For those with little kids, dollar store dishes can be just what you need to get you through that phase of life when something seems to get broken in the kitchen on a weekly basis.
11. Storage containers
Plastic storage containers also get a thumbs up when it comes to great dollar store buys. In the grocery store, you can easily pay up to $5 for disposable containers. Get them for a buck at the dollar store instead. You can also find some great deals on storage bags, but be wary of off-brands that may not seal correctly.
12. Picture frames
If you're crafty, dollar store picture frames are an excellent buy. With a little paint or other decoration, bargain frames can look as nice on your walls as their more expensive counterparts. However, quality can vary widely. Check the joints to make sure they are secure and look for stray glue that may be difficult to remove.
13. Bagged or boxed candy
Checkout lane candy will likely be just as cheap, if not cheaper, at the grocery store, but movie theater-style boxed candy and bagged candy can be a bargain at the dollar store. Next Halloween, head there for your treats rather than paying supermarket prices.
Much of the clothing you find at dollar stores is of an inferior quality and not worth the money. One exception may be socks. Dollar store socks can be as good as department store varieties if you buy the right type. Look for ones made with acrylic or spandex for a comfy fit.
15. Washcloths and dish towels
Finally, the price of washcloths and dish towels at the dollar store can't be beat. You need to be careful with some towels that won’t be absorbent enough to dry dishes. However, even those work great as cleaning rags.
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The biggest advantage of the dollar store isn't the prices.
It's the fact I don't have to get all dressed up like I was going to the walmart!
I love the dollar store and have bought all of these items there except for socks. I buy all our toothbrushes, stocking stuffers, easter candy there. I also always buy a box of dots and a box of sour patch kids there before we go to see a movie and I sneak them inside in my purse.
And try the store brands at a good dollar store. Some stink, but some are excellent! I can get 2 cans of "Rotel-style" tomatoes, mild or habanero, for the price of one can in supers or wally. They have knockoffs of Girl Scout Cookies (not bad ones, either) so that when I've munched out on my yearly allotment of GSC's, I can still have something comparable to tide me over.
And remember to factor in travel time/expense. My Dollar General in a small Ohio town is 1 block away, versus driving 10 miles each way to the "big city," where I do the bulk of my grocery shopping. Our Dollar General even has a larger grocery section that the local market in town. But, to be fair, the local market has a killer meat counter and deli.
Have gotten some insane values on spices, especially chicken and steak seasonings; real good values on garlic salt, too. Won't buy my microfiber hand towels and wash cloths anywhere else; can't beat the prices for soft microfiber towels.
My new favorite is DIY basic first aid and emergency fire starting kits. The travel packs of medicines actually have a longer code than the stuff you find at chain drug stores; having Imodium to go with the Tylenols and Aleve would be an improvement. Two bottles of hand sanitizer for a buck is a can't miss; kill germs and be able to start a fire, in my opinion, is a score. Sleeve of cosmetic pads for a buck is another score; you've got tinder, along with something to cover cuts and blisters. The jars of Vaseline need to be smaller so they're more kit-compatible. The boxes from the personal first aid kits, by themselves, are worth the buck you pay for them; just remove the contents and repack with contents more suitable to your needs.
We have a great 99 cent store in my area that has name brand food, fresh produce and sometimes organic. Cleaning supplies (including mop/brooms), office supplies, name brand soap/shampoo. I have bought glassware/plates from the dollar store that I love and have had for years. Whatever i can't find there I get somewhere else but it is worth sorting thru some crap to get good stuff 4 cheap and I've saved a LOT of $$ shopping at the dollar store. The End.
I don't buy food at the Dollar stoers because I don't know where it comes from like (CHINA)!
I do get all my gift bags, some candies, and odds and inns there.
So go shopping lady's shop until you drop//
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