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The top 10 Dollar Store Buys
Family & Kids
1 Party Supplies
The dollar store has everything you need for any type of party: birthdays, baby showers, bridal showers, graduations, etc. The products are cute and the price, unbeatable.
Say YES to:
tissue paper-not only is it great as gift wrap, tissue paper can be used to make paper party flowers and much morewrapping paper and gift bagstapeplastic table cloths-so many fabulous uses! They can be chair covers, ceiling drapes, and decor for any party.party paper goodsparty invitationsthank-you cardsparty favors seasonal decorationsmylar balloons
2 Seasonal Items
If you’re throwing a quick party, the dollar store can be a great place to find themed or seasonal items. It’s easy to find fun treasures for every season.
Seasonal decor– if you are selective, you can actually find some great decor items that can even last a few seasons.
Pool items- noodles, diving rings, and some pool toysholiday party favors and decor
Steer clear of:
pool goggles– the seal is ineffective and a perfect waste of your dollar.cheap plastic squirt toys-they break easilyyard lights
4 Personal Items
Most dollar stores carry personal items like shampoos, conditioners, lotions, toothpaste, etc. It seems like a steal to only pay a dollar for items you’d spend four times more on in a department store. However, be aware of products that just aren’t what they seem.
Tried and true, definitely worth a try:
Pregnancy tests- it may seem strange, or even a little too personal, but HowDoesShe readers everywhere raved about their accuracy. Pregnancy tests can be super expensive, especially if you are buying them often. Worth a try!
Children’s toothbrushesReading glasses- a lot of HDS readers have been very pleased with dollar store reading glasses. However, it’s always best to consult an optometrist if you have more specific needs.
Not worth the risk:
Anything applied to the skin- when in comes to lotions, bath washes, soaps, and hair care products, many products the dollar store carries may not be safe. Do your research, but it’s probably best to buy products you already know and trust. Be especially careful of products you apply to your baby.Toothpastes and mouth washes-For the same reasons as above, these products maynot be safe.towels, hand towels, wash cloths- their quality is sub-par. Quality towels will definitely last you longer.razors
Your local dollar store has a great selection of plates, bowls, and glasses. I love using them for party dishes and home decor.
decorative glass bowls/containers– I constantly use these as vehicles for party treats and decor. A friend was in shock when she learned I got them at the dollar store. She bought identical ones for her wedding centerpieces and spent a small fortune.deep glass bowls- perfect for cereal in the morning or a nice bowl of ice cream!plates- perfect for a quick dinner party. They come in classic white, or lots of fun colors.wine and martini glassesmugs, fancy glasses
6 Storage containers
When it comes to storage, the dollar store is one of the best places to go. Just check out this fridge organization you could do using dollar store containers. You could transform your shelves with these organization tips and a few great finds at the dollar store. And we absolutely love this pantry transformation using a few dollar store baskets!
toss and go food containers
aluminum food containers- great for taking food to neighbors or friends.sandwich bags, gallon storage bags- a great deal alone, and many dollar stores accept manufacture coupons, making it a GREAT deal! I scored these two Hefty bags for $1, making them .50 cents each!baskets- perfect for gift-giving, pantry storage, drawer storage (I store all of my girls’ bows, headbands, etc)cool containers
You’ll definitely want to use your judgement when separating trash from treasures when it comes to office supplies, but there are some good buys to be had!
Go ahead, give it a try!
notepadssharpie markerssidewalk chalk-so many HDS readers raved about the individually wrapped sidewalk chalk at the dollar store.teacher suppliesenvelopesheadphones
crayons- it is unanimous; crayons are a HORRIBLE dollar store buy. Don’t waste your money!pencils
Go for the:
Totally Awesome cleaners- so many of you RAVED about these cleaners. As the name claims, they are…totally awesome!
measuring cups and spoonsname brand cleanerspre-cut foil sheetsdiaper sized trash bags- you can’t beat 75 bags for a buck!
Pass on the:
generic dish soaps- they hardly suds and are of poor quality.large trash bagslight bulbsbatteries- they do the job for a little bit, but if you’re looking for something long-lasting, invest in the real things.candles for scentkitchen tools-like cheese graters, pizza cutters, etc.
9 Craft Supplies
Craft supplies can get expensive, so the dollar store can sometimes be a crafter’s dream.
Craft items to buy:
foam blocksglass vases and containersfaux fruits- I was so excited to find these fake fruits at the dollar store! What a fun craft item.
Dollar store toy and candy bargains:
coloring bookshard board booksglow sticksSeasonal summer toys- like pool noodles, sand buckets, bubbles, etc.movie theater candysome bagged candy- most packages are smaller than usual, and you end up paying more money. Just beware.
Don’t waste your money on:
hula hoops-great for occasional use and for making jumbo bubbles, but know that they bend easily.crayons– horrible quality. There is a reason why Crayola has been around for so long.any battery-operated toydollsmusic cdsmost food items-be aware of expiration dates and quality.