9 Things To Buy At The Dollar Store

9 Things To Buy At The Dollar StoreDepartment stores like Target or Walmart have some pretty good deals. But they can’t compare to the savings you’ll get at the 99¢ store. Sure, there are items at the dollar store which are inferior to the name brand items you’ll find at Target, but not everything needs to be name brand.

Here’s a list of 9 things you should be buying at your local dollar store.

1. Party Supplies

When you’re throwing a party, there’s no need to spend big bucks on disposable items like balloons, cups and plates. Nobody knows nor cares where you bought these items.

You can save big by purchasing things like tablecloths, plastic utensils, cups and paper plates. When the party is over those items will be thrown away anyway.

2. Wrapping Paper

A few times per year, and especially during the holidays, you’ll need to wrap presents and get gift bags. But what’s the point of getting top quality wrapping paper? The recipient is going to rip it and throw it away anyway. I’m sure they’re more interested in what’s inside.

3. Dishes

The dishes sold at dollar stores are certainly not top of the line. But when you have kids you don’t want to use fancy dishes that break easily. You’ll want to find cheap plastic plates and cups at the dollar store.

4. Greeting Cards

You do not need to spend $4 on a greeting card. Most of the time the gift I’d appreciated but then discarded. The dollar store may not have top quality cards, but it’s the message you write inside that counts.

5. Picture Frames

Prices for picture frames vary wildly at stores like Michaels. But sometimes the best picture frames are plain. A simple picture frame draws attention to the photograph, rather than the frame. And if a simple picture frame is what you’re after, the dollar store is the place to get it. Just check the quality of the item first.

Since these products are mass produced, check the hardware to see if it was built correctly. I doubt there’s any quality control going on at the Chinese factories they were made in. Make sure the frame is not too flimsy and there’s no excess glue on the frame which could be hard to remove.

6. Fashion Accessories

You don’t want to buy clothing at the dollar stores, but accessories may be alright. You can find anything from colorful shoelaces to hair bows there. Other accessories include headbands, bobby pins and bracelets.

7. Holiday Decor

You may be the kind if person who decorates their home for every major Holliday. If this is you, then you should be picking up the decor at the dollar store every year.

You can find more than just Christmas ornaments. There’s also Halloween decor, Easter eggs and decorations for Thanksgiving too.

8. Washcloths

If you’re looking for cleaning rags, look no further than the dollar store. You can buy them at two for a dollar. That price can’t be beat.

9. Plastic Storage Containers

The big stores typically want to sell you a full set of plastic containers. But at the dollar store you can buy them individually for just a buck. You may not recognize the brand but it doesn’t really matter does it. The same goes for storage bags. Ziplock is the leading brand, but the $1 bags hold your sandwiches just the same.

What other items do you like to buy at the dollar stores?


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Edwin is the money hacking millennial behind Cash The Checks. He lives a minimalist lifestyle and is always eager to learn and share his methods to save and make money.


  1. Frank Moreau

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  2. Investment Hunting

    They also have decent dish soup, laundry soup etc.

  3. Edwin C (Post author)

    Indeed they do. I wouldn’t buy lotion or body wash there, but I don’t mind the soap I use for the dishes – and I know they won’t mind either!

  4. Jim at MyCareerReboot.com

    Good post Edwin. I agree with all your items. I always tell my wife to simply avoid any “Food items” (for the most part) and I’m happy! You’ve summed up the best of the best here. Thanks.

    1. Edwin C (Post author)

      Yeah I agree, I don’t trust the food there too much.

  5. Staci

    They have name brand body washes. I buy them all the time. Especially when I don’t want to go to Walmart.


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