For the longest time, I really disliked the dollar store. I think part of my aversion to dollar stores was the knick-knack aisle. I am not a knick-knack or trinket person and that section of the store made my skin crawl. If I’m honest, it still does.
But, I’ve come a long way since those early years of loathing the dollar stores. In fact, I visit the dollar store at least once a month now to pick up some of my “go-to” items.
Since I visited the dollar store this past week, I thought it was time for me to spread the word to any of my non dollar store friends. You might be surprised at some of the useful items you can find. Here is my list of 10 things you SHOULD buy at the dollar store.
1. Storage containers
You can find all sorts of plastic storage containers at dollar stores. They are great for storing toiletries, medicines, batteries/flashlights, or anything else that you’d like to keep more organized. They come in all shapes and sizes and with or without lids.
2. Disposable pans
I pick up most of my disposable foil pans at dollar stores. I use these for freezer-cooking or when I bring meals to people. They often come in packs of two, which make them an even better bargain.
3. Storage bags
We use a lot of plastic storage bags in our house, so I love getting these at a cheap price. My local dollar store has a variety of sizes which is great for our family’s needs. I prefer to use brand named bags for my freezer-cooking, but we still use lots of dollar store bags for travel items, snack items, organizing toys or puzzle pieces, etc. We can’t seem to have enough of them around our house!
4. Greeting cards
I love Hallmark cards, but they can be pricey. While there are some occasions that justify spending $5.99 for a greeting card, I love being able to pick up a few cards for my friends or loved ones for a much more affordable price.
5. Party supplies
When I am planning a party, I always start out at the dollar store. Party stores are the place to go if you want very specific patterns or need a large selection, but dollar stores are a great option if you are looking for solid colors or basic items like plastic utensils, platters, or clear drinking cups. They also have vases, votive candles, and other supplies that can be used for centerpieces for your party or event.
6. Cheap toys
The toy aisle at dollar stores can sometimes overwhelm and annoy me. I am typically not a fan of “junk” toys, but I have found that there is sometimes a time and place for them. They can be great for incentives during potty training, goodie bag fillers, or new toys for road trips.
7. Seasonal decorations/items
There is usually a whole section of the dollar stores designated for seasonal decor or toys. Their Christmas containers/tins are perfect for homemade baked goods to give as gifts. They also have some great items that can be used for seasonal decorating.
8. Mailing supplies
When I sell on eBay, I almost always ship my smaller items in the padded envelopes purchased from the dollar store. They are often sold in packs of 2 and you can pick up some packing tape while you are there. I’ve even seen flat photo envelopes as well.
9. Pregnancy/ovulation tests
I’m sort of embarrassed to mention this, but it’s true! Had my friend not told me that these were sold at dollar stores, I would have never known. Or, I wouldn’t have been brave enough to try them for myself. If you are trying to conceive, you know how the costs of these supplies can add up. I’m here to tell you that the ones at the dollar stores do work. 🙂
10. Light bulbs
I’m not sure what will happen with the changes in legislation regarding light bulbs, but I still saw some the other day when I stopped in my dollar store. You might want to consider stocking up while you still can. I always try to buy mine there first.
While I am now a big fan of the dollar stores, there are some items that I do not purchase. Some of those items include:
– cleaning products
– canned goods
There are some items that are actually cheaper when I purchase on sale and with coupons at the retail/grocery/drug store rather than at the dollar store. I can usually get name brands for less money at other stores, so I don’t even bother going down those aisles.
What items do you like to purchase at the dollar store?
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