Things You Didn’t Expect To See At The Dollar Store

Published on 04/23/2020
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As the years go by, the prices of various goods that are essential to our daily lives increases. But huge thanks to dollar stores because they sell products at a cheaper amount. Of course, we could not trust that those goods would be able to function well for an extended time, but you could guarantee that you would get good deals in a dollar store. Do not worry because we are here to guide you about shopping in dollar stores. Here is the list of items you must always buy, and you should never purchase in a variety store that sells inexpensive products.

Coffee Filters

Coffee had played a big part in people’s lives ever since it was invented. A coffee filter is a tool usually made of disposable paper that catches coffee grounds, letting the pure coffee pass through. These are one of the must-have items at home, office, and other establishments. Do not hesitate to come by the dollar store if you need coffee filters.

Coffee Filters

Coffee Filters

Hair Accessories

This one is for the people who are fond of styling their hair. Whatever item you need in designing your hair – headbands, pins, combs, hairbrushes, and the like. A variety of hair accessories could be found at dollar stores with a wallet-friendly price.

Hair Accessories

Hair Accessories

Plastic Buckets

Plastic buckets give different benefits to people. They could be used as containers at home, office, restaurants, and such. They could also help people in carrying a bunch of things. Buying plastic buckets is not a waste of buying. So whenever you would need some buckets and be interested, go to the nearest dollar store and I am a hundred percent sure you would not regret it.

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Plastic Buckets

Plastic Buckets

Dish Towels And Washcloths

We all know that dish towels and washcloths do not last forever because of some reasons like they could get easily burned and extremely dirty. Whenever you would run out of these things, do not worry because dish towels and washcloths could be purchased at different dollar stores at a very low price.

Dish Towels And Washcloths

Dish Towels And Washcloths

Greeting Cards

Greeting cards are indeed special. For some people, they spend lots of money buying fancy and expensive cards, but practically speaking, what matters more is what is written inside the card. I could give you a good tip and that is to buy less expensive greeting cards that could be found at dollar stores and just find a way to make it look fancier and special if you want to. 

Greeting Cards

Greeting Cards

Picture Frames

Whenever you visit your friend’s house, do you feel excited to look at the embarrassing, yet cute baby pictures of him or her in picture frames? Well, most people do that is why it is important to get presentable frames you would put your pictures in. Adorable picture frames at different sizes, colors, and decorations could be found at dollar stores. You should come and get some!

Picture Frames

Picture Frames

Socks

In buying socks, there is actually no big difference between the socks in fancy stores and the ones in a dollar store, so it is better that you go to a dollar store whenever you would purchase socks – it is more practical. Imagine buying tons of pairs in a dollar store instead of just buying a single pair in a department store.

Socks

Socks

Party Supplies

Whenever someone you know or even if you would be the one to throw a party, it is best to drop by a dollar store and buy goods needed in the party such as party hats, balloons, paper plates, plastic cups, straws, and the like. We are confident that even if you bring a small amount of money, you would be able to buy all the things you would need in your party.

Party Supplies

Party Supplies

Pregnancy Tests

Technically, there are no pregnancy test kits created to fool somebody and give a wrong result, so pregnancy tests in dollar stores have no difference with the ones that could be bought in different pharmacy stores. Do not be scared because the ones in dollar stores are just as accurate as of the more expensive ones. At the end of the day, it would be best to consult a doctor no matter what the result of the pregnancy test would be.

Pregnancy Tests

Pregnancy Tests

Vase And Decorative Bowls

If you are looking for a shop where you could buy containers where you could place different plants, a dollar store is a perfect place for you. Vases and bowls that come in different colors, decorations, and sizes could be purchased in a dollar store at a very considerate price. 

Vase And Decorative Bowls

Vase And Decorative Bowls

Plastic Food Containers

If you are struggling in looking for a shop where you could buy cheap plastic food containers, a dollar store would be a perfect suggestion. Even with a small amount of money, you could buy lots of food containers. Whether in a fancy shop or a cheap variety store, plastic food containers are still containers.

Plastic Food Containers

Plastic Food Containers

Chocolate And Candy

Are you craving for sweet goods such as chocolates and candies? Do not have a second thought in going to the nearest dollar store whenever you would have the need to buy chocolates and candies. With a small amount of money, you could purchase a bunch of sweets in a dollar store. Just be responsible for picking and never forget to check the date when they would expire.

Chocolate And Candy

Chocolate And Candy

Notebooks

Notebooks are essential for people in school, office, and the like. All kinds of notebooks could be used in various activities such as writing and drawing. They just differ in the quality of the paper. If you are not choosy and just need something you could write on, drop by a dollar store and check out the notebooks which come in different sizes and decorations that could be bought at a very cheap price.

Notebooks

Notebooks

Storage Containers

If you are a perfectionist and want all of your stuff to be organized in a very good manner, you would love to visit the nearest dollar store because different storage containers and organizers could be bought there. Another good idea in paying a visit to a dollar store is that everything sold there is priced at a very low amount.

Storage Containers

Storage Containers

Mugs And Glasses

In department stores, most of the glassware comes in a set. That is why if you would only need a specified number of mugs or glasses, it would be best to buy such things in a dollar store. There, various glassware could be bought at a very cheap price. At the end of the day, all mugs and glasses, whether in a dollar store or a fancy store, are just the same – all could be used in different activities such as drinking and eating.

Mugs And Glasses

Mugs And Glasses

Seasonal Décor

Most people are excited whenever different joyous events are approaching like Christmas, New Year, Easter, and the like. Gifts and meals would be prepared at different houses. Another good thing about preparing for such seasonal events is paying a visit to a dollar store. You could buy decorations that come in different designs in dollar stores at a very low price. 

Seasonal Decor

Seasonal Decor

Dishware

Sure, having fancy and luxurious dishware would be eye-catching, but the important thing is to be practical. You do not always have to buy those expensive dishware sold at department stores. When on a budget, you would love to check out various dishware sold in dollar stores. They come in different sizes, colors, and decorations. Another fun idea to think about is that they are sold at a very low price.

Dishware

Dishware

Tote Bags

Ever since they were invented, people have always been fond of using plastic bags in activities like shopping at the market, but as people use plastic bags, Mother Earth gets damaged. You do not have to worry about that because in dollar stores, polyester tote bags that are reusable are sold there at a wallet-friendly price. If I were you, I would totally check these tote bags out. That way, you would be giving yourself the convenience of carrying a bunch of things and at the same time, you would be saving the environment.

Tote Bags

Tote Bags

Reading Glasses

If you are already experiencing inconvenience in reading because of an eye problem, we guarantee you that buying reading glasses in a dollar store would be a good decision – of course, with the permission of a medical expert. Eyeglasses sold in fancy department stores are just as effective as the less expensive ones that could be found in a dollar store. 

Reading Glasses

Reading Glasses

Wrapping Paper, Gift Bags, Boxes

Are you struggling with finding a shop where you could buy gifting goods? Worry no more because dollar stores are here to save the day. You could find boxes, gift bags, and wrapping papers in different sizes and designs at a dollar store – you could buy them at a very cheap price compared to the ones sold in department stores. To be honest, there is no need for you to buy expensive gift goods like wrapping papers because at the end of the day, all of them would be damaged and thrown away – what matters the most is the gift inside those gift boxes and wrappers.

Wrapping Paper, Gift Bags, Boxes

Wrapping Paper, Gift Bags, Boxes

Deodorant

This marks the end of the list of items you should always buy whenever you would be visiting a dollar store – the following products would be the ones you should always avoid buying. If you happen to be standing at the deodorant section of the store, do not be tricked by the low price, because in some pharmacies and beauty stores, products like deodorants are just sold at the same price – sometimes, even at a bigger size.

Deodorant

Deodorant

Toys

When you would be going to a dollar store, expecting to be surrounded by-products at a very cheap price, you would also have to expect a little worse quality than items sold at a more expensive price. If you would buy toys, it is not advisable to buy them at a dollar store because of the quality, but do not mind if you would just use it for a single or couple of times. 

Toys

Toys

Tools

Tools are one of the most important things that should be kept in a house, a vehicle, and others – in case a part of them would get broken, tools would be a big help to fix the damage. That is why if you would plan to buy tools, you would want to purchase the ones that would last for a very long time – going to a dollar store is not advisable. 

Tools

Tools

Batteries

Whenever you would need to purchase batteries for devices such as remote controls, toys, and other gadgets, it is not advisable to go to a dollar store and buy them there. With a lower price, it is expected that batteries sold in dollar stores have lower quality. It would not hurt to spend more buying things that would need to last for a long time.

Batteries

Batteries

Knives

Different meals would not be prepared without the use of knives. That is why it is important to buy the ones with much higher quality, though they also come at higher prices. Spending a lot of money in purchasing things that are really essential is not bad at all – actually, it would be a great deal for it would last for a longer time. Dollar stores are still an option, though – if you would need a knife that you would also dispose of right after a short time.

Knives

Knives

Earbuds, Headphones

When you do not have something to do in a vehicle, grocery store, and other places where you often get bored, headphones and earphones would always be there to save you. People also use these in other forms of entertainment. No one would like to suffer from hearing low-quality sounds because of earbuds and headphones sold in dollar stores. That is why you should not bother in spending more in purchasing more pricey, yet high-quality headphones or earphones.

Earbuds, Headphones

Earbuds, Headphones

USB Chargers

Our gadgets, especially our cellular phones, deserve a high-quality charger that would give them the power boost that they need. It would be best to buy USB chargers in electronic stores, despite the fact that they are priced more expensively there. Charging a gadget using a charger with low quality could give you a higher chance of damaging your gadget and could result in a hazard. Also, isn’t it annoying to change USB chargers from time to time because of their low quality?

USB Chargers

USB Chargers

HDMI Cables

Normally, original HDMI cables are really sold at a quite expensive price depending on the length, but at least they give a good performance when used. Do not be tricked by buying much less expensive HDMI cables available in dollar stores because for sure, they have a lower quality than the ones sold in electronic shops – this would just really cost you more because these cables have a high tendency of being broken after a short time of usage, so you would buy another one, and the cycle would go on.

HDMI Cables

HDMI Cables

Plastic Cooking Utensils

If you are planning to buy plastic cooking utensils in a dollar store just to save money from buying the more expensive ones, think again. The newspaper, Las Vegas Review-Journal, had an article about these dollar store utensils and said that these were made with different toxic chemicals. It is best to invest in a much pricey set of plastic cooking utensils that could be bought in department stores rather than sacrificing your own and your family’s health.

Plastic Cooking Utensils

Plastic Cooking Utensils

School Supplies

As a student, would you be motivated to study when you have school supplies that barely function well? Of course, not. That is why you would want to visit book stores or department stores rather than going to a dollar store because the school supplies sold there has really low quality. Yes things are more expensive in book and department stores, but be wise – these stores often go on a sale. Make sure to grab the opportunity whenever a shop goes on sale.

School Supplies

School Supplies

Double-Sided Tape

We are back at the things you should always think of buying whenever going to a dollar store. Double-sided tapes are often sold and priced by inches. Do not be fooled by the big measurements flashed in big stores and their reasonable prices. Make sure to calculate how much an inch cost. Be wise about shopping!

 

Double Sides Tape

Double Sides Tape

Cotton Swabs

Cotton swabs, commonly known as cotton buds, are essential in our hygiene. They are responsible for keeping our ears clean. A set of 170 cotton buds are available in CVS pharmacy with a price of $2.79. Yes, above all, health and hygiene are the most important things, but isn’t it just really pricey? You would want to check out cotton swabs sold in dollar stores and realize that you could buy much more swabs for a couple of dollars. Always compare prices because, to be honest, there is kind of no difference whether the cotton buds are from a big store or a dollar store.

Cotton Swabs

Cotton Swabs

Paper Clips

Paper clips have a lot of uses other than joining several papers together. It could be used as a clip for other things like hair. It could be involved in some do-it-yourself projects. When purchasing paper clips, do not hesitate to go to a dollar store because they sell clips at a meager price with almost the same quality compared with the ones available in bookstores. 

Paper Clips

Paper Clips

Clay Flower Pots

If you are fond of spending your time crafting flower pots, visiting, a dollar store would be good for you. You could buy tons of clay flower pots, with design or not, at a meager price. This would be a good deal for you whenever you would be thinking of designing them to be a display or to be a gift.

Clay Flower Pots

Clay Flower Pots

Holiday Decorations

As the holiday approaches, people feel excited to celebrate with their families, friends, neighbors, and other loved ones. Another idea that makes them thrilled is buying decorations. It is best to check out various decorations coming in different sizes, colors, and designs that could be found at dollar stores because they are much less expensive there compared to the ones available at department stores.

 

Holiday Decorations

Holiday Decorations

Mailing Labels

Do you have to send a letter or a gift to someone, but you are on a budget and find the mailing labels available at different post offices too pricey? Worry no more because mailing labels that come in different designs and sizes could be bought in a dollar store at a meager price. Imagine buying a bunch of them in the dollar store instead of just one in a post office.

Mailing Labels

Mailing Labels

Shaving Cream

Shaving cream plays a big role in moisturizing the hair whenever a body part would be shaved. It is a really essential product that both men and women use. Stop spending too much money on purchasing shaving cream available on pharmacies priced at $2.99. With that amount, you could buy more packs of shaving cream in the dollar store. Considering the huge difference in the prices and the fact that the qualities have no difference, you better be wise and choose shopping at the dollar store.

Shaving Cream

Shaving Cream

Advil

Advil is one of the go-to drugs whenever a person suffers from a severe headache. It is very attainable for it is identified as an over the counter drug – meaning, purchasing it does not require a medical expert’s prescription. It is great to purchase it in pharmacies, but did purchase it in dollar stores ever come into your mind? In a dollar store, Advil of the same quality could be purchased there at a much lower price – in fact, with a dollar, you could buy packs of it.

Advil

Advil

Balloons

We all know that balloons are just a one-time thing that is most commonly used in parties. It is important to be practical. You do not have to buy expensive balloons available in big stores. Just go to the nearest dollar store and purchase balloons there. To be honest, in dollar stores, there is a high possibility that you could buy twice the amount of balloons you could buy in department stores.

Balloons

Balloons

Band-aids

When buying band-aids, the first thing that would cross your mind would probably be pharmacies. Of course, it is the safest place to buy first aid things such as band-aids. But to be practical, it is also advisable to check out the band-aids available at dollar stores – first of all; they are much cheaper. The ones in dollar stores and the ones in pharmacies just differ in brands, but they all have the same use – protecting the wound from infection and containing the flow of the blood.

Band Aids

Band-Aids

Pint Glasses

Pint glasses are the ones usually used by restaurants and bars to serve beers. It would be nice having pint glasses at home because these could be used during parties, but never forget the risk of getting it broken. For you not to regret using pint glasses and breaking them after a while, you should engage in buying these at a dollar store. This way, you could buy a bunch of glasses at a meager price and would not be guilty if ever you break it.

Pint Glasses

Pint Glasses

Board Games

If you are looking for something entertaining and save yourself and your family or friends from boredom, check out different board games available at dollar stores. You could purchase lots of fun games at the same time, not spending too much. You could even get lucky by finding an original and authorized toy or game.

Board Games

Board Games

Bobby Pins

Bobby pins are mostly used by people finding some strands of hair distractive – getting into their faces, covering their eyes, and other inconveniences. These are also used to design a hairstyle. Because of physical activities, people would just notice that they already lost their hairpins, so here is a good tip for you – go to the nearest dollar store and purchase a bunch bobby pins at a meager price. This way, you would get a great deal by buying more pins at a low price and would not regret losing them because you could simply repurchase it.

Bobby Pins

Bobby Pins

Bread

Most people love bread – any kind of bread. It could be commonly found at various grocery stores until the people behind the Krazy Coupon Lady found out that a single bread could be bought in a dollar store and amounts to ⅓ of its original price in grocery stores. Do not spend too much money on grocery stores; checking out different kinds of bread available at dollar stores would not hurt. Be a wise consumer!

Bread

Bread

Cleaning Supplies

Do you ever wonder why various cleaning supplies in grocery stores are costly? I mean, we just want to clean and disinfect our homes, but don’t you worry because cleaning supplies could also be purchased in different dollar stores. You would find the most popular brands there sold half the price of the ones available in grocery stores. 

Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning Supplies

Cookie Sheets

If you are fond of baking and find it difficult to manage your money in buying different ingredients and materials such as cookie sheets, here is a good tip for you. Save more money by purchasing cookie sheets in a dollar store. They are much less expensive there, and you do not have to worry about the quality because the blogger behind the crazy craft lady shared that she usually buys cookie sheets in a dollar store and confirmed its quality.

Cookie Sheets

Cookie Sheets

Index Cards

Index cards are one of the must-haves of students, especially when examinations are approaching. These cards are essential to students for being a great form of notes and reviewers. But buying packs of these in bookstores cost a lot, that is why you should try purchasing much more inexpensive index cards available at dollar stores. 

Index Cards

Index Cards

Flashlight

Heavy-duty flashlights are one of the most important things you should have at your house, office, and other establishments. When purchasing such flashlights, it is not advisable to go to a dollar store because, for sure, they would have a lower quality compared to those sold in hardware stores. But, there are things such as mini-flashlights that could be placed in your bag, wallet, or even in your id lace, which are sold by dollar stores. It would not hurt buying these inexpensive mini-flashlights, especially because they could be used during emergencies. 

Flashlight

Flashlight

Flip Flops

If you visit a dollar store, you will find a section full of clothes, footwear, and the like. You would be interested in buying some flip flops because of their low price and, at the same time, manage to have great quality as confirmed by other consumers who already bought and tried several flip flops.

 

Flip Flops

Flip Flops

Permanent Markers

Permanent markers are one of the biggest needs of students, teachers, and employees. As time goes by, as you buy markers on bookstores, you would notice that you are slowly spending a lot of money. You could put a stop on that by buying inexpensive permanent markers in dollar stores. With the price of a single marker in bookstores, you could buy a couple or even three markers in a dollar store.

Permanent Marker

Permanent Markers

Baby Utensils

This is an item you should not buy in dollar stores. Plastic baby utensils in dollar stores, because of their low qualities, were made from different toxic chemicals that surely would be dangerous for the baby. It would be better to buy baby utensils in department stores or shops that sell baby stuff that surely would be more expensive rather than sacrificing the health of the baby. 

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Baby Utensils

Hair Dye

Do not be fooled by the tag showing a low price that comes along hair dyes in dollar stores. Remember that it is always important to take care of your body, so it would not be bad to invest in a much safer hair dye that could be bought in pharmacies and grocery stores even if they are more pricey.

Hair Dye

Hair Dye

Phone Chargers

Whenever you would experience a situation where your phone’s charger suddenly got broken, it would be advisable to buy a new one in electronic stores and not in dollar stores so that you would get a charger with high-quality. Avoid buying inexpensive yet low-quality phone chargers because it would harm your gadget’s battery, which could eventually damage the whole phone.

Phone Chargers

Phone Chargers

Trash Bags

You would want to buy quite pricey packs of trash bags with greater quality than the ones available in dollar stores. If you think of it thoroughly, the prices of the ones in grocery stores are just reasonable because of the good quality of plastic bags compared to the inexpensive trash bags that barely can hold a bunch of garbage.

Trash Bags

Trash Bags

Dishwasher Pods

As we have told you earlier, be a wise consumer. Always compare and calculate the prices of stuff in different stores. It could be surprising, but you could buy dishwasher pods in big supermarkets and end up spending less than you would on dollar stores. 

Dishwasher Pods

Dishwasher Pods

Sandwich Bags

If preparing a bunch of sandwiches is one of your hobbies, you would want to use sandwich bags with great quality. So going to a dollar store would not be advisable because sandwich bags available there are with the lowest of qualities – they do not even close. Spending a few more dollars would not be bad if you would want to please your audience, who would receive the sandwiches.

Sandwich Bags

Sandwich Bags

Crayons

Crayons available in dollar stores are the ones usually made without a brand. These coloring materials only last for a short period, which would just lead to you spending more money than simply buying quite pricey ones available in different book stores and supermarkets that would surely be used for a much longer time.

Crayons

Crayons

Jewelry

Jewelry could also be found at different dollar stores. If you are planning on buying pieces of jewelry for yourself or as a gift to a loved one, think again. Is there even a piece of jewelry with a high quality that comes at a low price? It would not hurt to spend more money buying original pieces of jewelry at authorized stores. Besides, some people’s skins react negatively to pieces of jewelry with poor quality, so choose wisely!

Jewelry

Jewelry

Fabric Softener

To get good deals on shopping, you have to compare the prices of products well. If you thought of it, fabric softeners that come in packs that could be found at big supermarkets actually would help you save more money rather than buying softeners in dollar stores. To be a wise consumer, you have to think more critically and practically.

Fabric Softener

Fabric Softener

Sunscreen

When summer comes, people tend to buy a bunch of sunscreens to protect their skins from the strong rays of the sun. If you would want to buy sunscreen, going to a dollar store is not advisable because the sunscreens they sell are mostly near to expiration and not effective. It would not be bad to spend a few more bucks in buying a sunscreen, which is effective.

Sunscreen

Sunscreen

Baking Soda

Baking soda has a lot of uses in our daily lives, and the most common one is for cleaning. Did you know that you would find a greater deal of buying boxes of baking soda when you purchase at big warehouses like Costco? The qualities of the ones in a dollar store and warehouses have subtle differences, but the prices have a big gap.

Baking Soda

Baking Soda

Shampoo

There are shampoos created by experts with special hair treatments that come along them, and surely, they are much more expensive than the ordinary shampoos. But to be practical, you would want to shop ordinary shampoos in dollar stores rather than shopping at huge grocery stores because the prices have a huge difference, yet the quality is just the same.

Shampoo

Shampoo

Medication

Going to dollar stores to buy different household products are okay, but when it comes to medication, it is not advisable to purchase medicine in dollar stores. People discovered that inexpensive vitamins sold in dollar stores do not contain the same nutrients that vitamins sold in pharmacies have. Health is wealth, so it is better to buy quite pricey medicines in authorized stores rather than sacrificing your health.

Medication

Medication

Spices

Shopping for basic spices used in cooking at dollar stores is not bad at all. We guarantee you that there is no chance that these ingredients are poisonous and dangerous at all. You could buy any amount of spices at a low price as much as you want, but never forget to look at the expiration dates.

Spices

Spices

Paper Towels

No one wants paper towels that are easy to break. People need paper towels with great quality that could be used in cleaning and drying things up. That is why you should never shop paper towels at any dollar store – trust me, you would not be amazed by the quality. It is better to shop at supermarkets because inexpensive paper towels with high-quality could be purchased there.

Paper Towels

Paper Towels

Packaged Food

If ever you are worried about buying packaged food in a dollar store, this serves as a signal because packaged food and meals in dollar stores are much cheaper, and at the same time, they also have good quality. Just make sure to look at the expiration date. If it is still not near to spoiling, then you are good to go – buy packaged food as much as you want.

Packaged Foods

Packaged Foods

Drinks

It could be surprising, but you could spend less amount of money buying drinks in bulk at grocery stores. The total amount you would spend would just be the same with the amount you would pay in buying drinks in dollar stores. This simply proves that not all products are cheaper in dollar stores.

Drinks

Drinks

Pet Food

When you happen to be a pet owner, you would want the best for your pet. That is why even if you are on a budget, you should never buy their food in dollar stores. You could even get a greater bargain at warehouses or pet shops, especially if you buy in bulk and whenever they are on sale. That way, you are assured that your pet’s health is not in danger, and you saved half of the money you could have spent on a dollar store because of the great discounts in pet shops and supermarkets.

Pet Food

Pet Food

Makeup

Given the fact that some people have sensitive skin that could react negatively on substances with poor quality, you should always mind the brand of makeup you are buying. Do not risk your skin’s health in purchasing the inexpensive ones with no official brands. Sometimes when it comes to the body and health, it is better to spend a few more bucks in buying things such as cosmetics in authorized stores rather than buying the cheaper ones with a low quality that might contain toxic chemicals.

Makeup

Makeup

Oven Mitt

There are a few things in dollar stores that fail to perform their functions due to poor quality – an oven mitt is one of them. An oven mitt is an essential thing to wear when you would be working in the kitchen. It would protect you from getting yourself burnt. To truly protect yourself during cooking, it is advisable to buy oven mitts in supermarkets. Even if they are more expensive compared to the ones in dollar stores, they have better quality.

Oven Mitt

Oven Mitt

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