50 Things You Should Always Buy at the Dollar Store

Hizkiail - May 29, 2021
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14. Dish Towels

These kitchen staples get dirty fast, so stock up on a few back ups you can use for drying when the nicer towels are in the washer.

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15. Mugs

Dollar Tree has a selection of solid color mugs in every color under the sun — perfect for these adorable DIYs that might take a few tries to get right.

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16. Double-Sided Tape

According to Bargain Babe, you can get 130 inches of this tape for a fifth of the cost at popular supply stores. Hey, every penny counts!

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17. Index Cards

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.

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18. Flashlights

These aren’t the best quality, but will offer a glow if the power goes out. Dollar Tree offers this mini variety that comes with a keychain hook for a buck.

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19. Flip Flops

The Simple Dollar swears by these super-cheap shoes. They can be used for college dorm showers, beach dwelling and more. Plus, she says her pair from Dollar Tree have lasted for years.

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20. Flower Pots

File under things that are surprisingly expensive: Similar cotta pots that go for $10 or more at home improvement stores can be found at dollar stores across the country.

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21. Disposable Baking Pans

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.

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22. Greeting Cards

Dollar Tree is known for its 2-for-$1 cards, which is nearly a 10th of what you’ll pay when grabbing a card from the drugstore in a pinch.

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23. Hula Hoops

Introduce your kids to this iconic toy from your childhood. It’ll get them away from their screens and may just become their new favorite toy.

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24. Mailing Supplies

The post office is notorious for jacking up the prices of their envelopes, stamps and more. Ditch their high prices for a 40-count pack from Dollar General for just one George Washington.

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25. Party Supplies

According to Hip2Save’s bargain buyers, the Dollar Tree has a huge party selection with plates, streamers, napkins and more — all for a buck per pack.

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26. Permanent Markers

If you’re willing to ditch the name brand, you can get a pack of four of these markers for the price of one at the Dollar Tree.

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27. Picture Frames

They may not be the most elegant options, but for basic colored frames (like for your wall collage), dollar stores let you stock up for much less.

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28. Storage Containers

The Penny Hoarder says to skip the plastic food containers, but for bins that don’t need to be air-sealed, the dollar store is the way to go.

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29. Pool Toys

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.

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30. Poster Board

Foam boards — you know, the ones your child always needs last-minute for a big project — go for just $1 at Dollar Tree, meaning you can get a whole year’s worth (or more!) for less than $20.

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31. Pregnancy Test

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.

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32. Readers

If you’re constantly misplacing your glasses, get a back up or two. Fashion frames from the Dollar Tree go for just a buck.

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33. Rubber Cleaning Gloves

Protecting your hands from harsh cleaning chemicals can cost up to 15 times more at popular retailers. Opt for the cheaper version, available at dollar stores across the country, instead.

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34. Sandwich Bags

These lunch essentials cost nearly a third less at dollar stores compared to other retailers. Plus, Dollar Tree is known to carry popular brands like Glad and Hefty.

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35. Seasonal Decor

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.

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36. Socks

So you’ll always have a matching pair, no matter how close to laundry day it gets.

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37. Spices

For what you’re currently paying at the grocery store, you could be getting two to three times as many spices at Dollar Tree.

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38. Sponges

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.

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39. Stationary

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.

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40. Teaching Supplies

Teachers know that prepping for the school year can get expensive. Dollar General offers popular supplies like pencils, calculators and sticky notes in bulk so she can stock up for the whole class.

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41. Aluminium Foil

Even though you’re getting less than when you buy at the grocery store, Bargain Babe says the price per inch is still cheaper at her local dollar store.

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42. Toothbrushes

For guests and after sicknesses, Dollar Tree offers name-brand brushes like Colgate for nearly a third of the price of others.

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43. Wrapping Paper

Dollar Tree offers bulk packaging of 48 rolls of assorted wrapping paper for $48, so you’ll be set for the whole year.

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44. Vases

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.

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45. White T-Shirts

For tie-dying and other DIY projects, Dollar General offers a three-pack of Hanes crew neck t-shirts for a third less than competitors.

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46. Brooms and Dust Pans

Stock up on these cleaning essentials for just $1 each at stores like Dollar Tree compared to paying up to $15 elsewhere.

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47. DIY Party Favors

For weddings, baby showers and more, Dollar Tree offers DIY supplies — plus ideas— for just a buck each.

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48. Beach Toys

If you’re planning a vacation, hit up the dollar store beforehand. Their cheap prices will save you more on buckets, shovels and more than the shops in beach towns.

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49. Candy

Everyone knows to stock up before hitting up the movie theater. But did you know dollar store prices are up to a third less that drugstores? So, you’ll save even more before the show.

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50. Hair Elastics

When you pay $2 less than what you’d typically at the drugstore, you won’t feel as bad when you miraculously lose all of your hair ties.

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