It happens time and again. You wander through the dollar store, placing these “bargain” items in your cart, only to find that you’ve spent $50 on a bunch of stuff that you may or may not need. Then you begin to wonder if what you’ve bought at the dollar store could have been purchased for less somewhere else! Well, that may be the case for a variety of things.
However dollar stores do have some items that almost always come in at significantly lower prices than you will find, even at some of your major discount retailers. So let’s take a look at the best bargains that you should totally buy at a dollar store.
1. Gift Wrap
It’s really bad when you’re shopping for a birthday party that your kid is attending, you get to the checkout and find that you have spent more on a gift bag and tissue paper than you did on the actual gift! Gift bags can cost a premium at even the big box stores, particularly for larger-size varieties. Instead, be proactive by picking up a few at a dollar store in various shapes and sizes, add a package of tissue, and keep them on hand for whatever occasion might arise.
2. Cleaning Supplies
Who wants to spend $4 or more just to keep your toilet clean? You’re literally pouring that money down the drain! Dollar stores are great about providing off-brand cleaning products for your home at a fraction of the price. In most cases the quality is similar, although you may find a few of the items to be smaller in size so do be aware of this. Window cleaner, fabric softener, scrub brushes, and those little magic erasing sponges are all significantly less expensive at dollar stores.
3. Kids’ Crafts
Going to a regular craft store such as Michael’s or JoAnn’s can bring with it a hefty price tag! Especially if you’re looking for the basics such as pipe cleaners or Popsicle sticks, and you don’t have specific colors or needs in mind. Always, always check out what a dollar store has to offer before heading over to the name brand stores. You’ll find yourself saving a boat-load of money, particularly if you are a teacher or someone who works with kids on a regular basis.
4. Hair Accessories
You know those little pony tail holders and bobby pins can disappear without a trace? Well, replacing them can be much less painful at a dollar store. Prices for these and other hair accessories can be a fraction of the cost of what you’d pay at a big box retailer, and they’re just as cute. And if you have daughters, then you don’t have to worry about them losing them on the playground because they’re quite inexpensive. Dollar stores typically have an excellent selection of hair accessories in every style and color.
5. Holiday Decorations
Needing tinsel for the tree or baskets for the Easter bunny to fill? Check out the offerings from your local dollar store first, and early. For instance, if you’re shopping for Christmas decorations, start looking for them in, say, October. For those little plastic Easter eggs, start watching for them in February. These types of products may be in high demand so snatch them up when you find them and then tuck them away for use in a month or two.
6. Health Supplies
Picking up some ibuprofen or bandages? Needing some cream for sore muscles or even pregnancy tests? Check out your dollar store! Allergy pills, stomach medicine, and antibiotic ointments will all come in at a significant savings when you get them here. Just be sure you know the generic name instead of the name brand of what you are shopping for. For instance, Tylenol is actually acetaminophen. If you know this then you can save a bundle on your first aid and health care products.