Everyone knows stores like the Dollar Tree and Dollar General offer deep discounts, but if you’re not careful you could actually end up spending more per unit on certain items. These cleaning supplies, decorating picks, food items and more are the ones you’re really going to want to buy to save some serious dough.
If you’ve ever had to pop in a drugstore when a headache strikes, you know those portable packs of ibuprofen are super expensive. At the Dollar Tree, you can get three 2-count packs for just $1. Stock up on them ahead of time, then store them in your purse for when emergencies hit.
You get rid of the party favors after a day or two anyway, so they’re not worth spending more than a dollar on. Plus, at some dollar stores you can get twice as many balloons for half the price of other popular retailers.
Beads, feathers, stickers, foam shapes and more are just $1 at dollar stores across the country. Just be sure to keep an eye out for small items if you have little ones — they could be a choking hazard.
If you have kids in school, you know how easy it is for them to blow through a pack when prepping for a big test. One hundred cards are just 50 cents at Dollar General. You can also stock up on 12 packs for just $6.
For you next picnic or barbecue, pack your side dish in one of these disposable tins. You may have to double up on the dollar store variety, but even if you do, their pans still cost half as much as the name brand.
You’ll find pool floats and games for much less than the seasonal aisle at other drugstores — and they’re available all year round. Note: Because they are likely lesser quality, it’s best to skip using these without a backup floatation device.
When family planning, at-home tests can get pricey. Dollar stores across the country offer more affordable options for those who are testing more often. One tip from the Good Housekeeping Institute: Make sure you follow the instructions closely and always confirm your pregnancy with a blood test from a doctor.
For decorative items that will only be on display for a few months out of the year, it’s not worth shelling out the big bucks. Instead, shop the Dollar Tree’s discounted selection of wreaths, florals, garland and more.
If you follow our recommendation for ditching your sponge every two to three weeks, you likely won’t want to overspend on them. Dollar General offers a six-pack for just a buck, meaning you’ll pay less than 13 cents a piece.
For notebooks and other paper products, you could be paying up to nine times the price at supply stores. Instead, opt for pads from the Dollar Tree. You’ll save some cash and will barely notice a difference in quality.
Instead of paying top dollar for a new vases every time you get a bouquet, opt for these cheaper options from Dollar Tree instead. They’re simplistic in design, but the flowers are what people are looking at anyway.