10 Things You Should Always Buy When Shopping at the Dollar Store

Raise your hand if you love shopping at the dollar store. 🙂 I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone that doesn’t enjoy the rush of filling up their cart with items and only paying $20 at checkout. For this article, I’m referring to a true dollar store, where everything is $1.

Shopping at the Dollar Store

Shopping at the Dollar Store

I’m guessing if someone doesn’t like shopping at the dollar store, it’s probably because they think the merchandise is not of good quality and will break easily.

Well, for some items that may be true, but here are 10 things I think you should always buy when shopping at the dollar store.

  1. Candy- Anytime I’m going to the movies, I always fill up on their boxed candy. I’m not even going to tell you how much those same boxes cost at the theater, because I’m sure you already know! It is also smart to purchase your Halloween candy here because it is much cheaper than getting it anywhere else.
  2. Toothpaste and Toothbrushes– Dollar stores usually carry name-brand toothpaste, so you can get a tube for $1 when it typically costs $3 in other stores. The same thing applies to toothbrushes. I am always able to find good, name-brand toothbrushes  and have no problems with their performance.
  3.  Books- You can get many types of books from the dollar store. They sell fiction, nonfiction, crossword puzzles, journals, coloring and activity books, and children’s books. I usually purchase books for book drives and birthday presents.
  4. Greeting cards– Unless you’re looking for a particular brand, purchasing greeting cards can save you a lot of money. Sometimes you can even find 2 cards in a pack for $1!
  5. Party supplies– If you’re planning a get-together or party, you’ll be able to find really good party supplies. The best items to buy are plates, cups, streamers, and balloons. I find the quality to be very good and the inflatable balloons will last for weeks!
  6. Office Supplies– You can’t beat purchasing binders, paper clips, binder clips, rubber bands, scissors,and push pins for $1. The prices for these items in other stores are outrageous! I can’t believe people pay those prices when you can get the same item for $1.
  7. Gift Bags– Anytime I have a party to go to or a gift to give, I go to the dollar store for gift bags. They have seasonal and birthday designs and are really well made. You can also purchase them in packs of 2 for $1.
  8. Wrapping paper– This is one of my favorite things to buy from the dollar store! The paper is always good quality and most of the time I find wrapping paper that has the lines to help you cut the paper straight.
  9. Containers & Bins- Storage containers are great buys because they are only $1. You are going to pay at least 5 times more than that at other stores. I’ve even been able to find air-tight containers. Don’t pass up their storage bins- they can  help you organize the rooms in your house on a budget.
  10. Crafts for kids– There are so many crafts for kids for only $1. I like to stock up on crafts and pull a bunch of them out on rainy days or when my daughter tells me she’s bored. They are so cute and can keep us busy for hours!

So, there are my top 10 things to buy when shopping at the dollar store. I always make a point to pick up some of these items every time I’m there so I’ll always be prepared.

What are your favorite things to buy at the dollar store?

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18 thoughts on “10 Things You Should Always Buy When Shopping at the Dollar Store

  1. FrugalFox says:

    I always pick up cables for charging my phone from the pound (dollar) store. Also other cables such as a headphone to input cable.
    Padded envelopes for dispatching my LEGO orders are a good price.

  2. Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories says:

    These are fabulous ideas. As a book lover, I didn’t even think about checking the dollar store for books! And yes, gift wrap and candy! Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup and I hope you link up with our Pretty Pinterest Party that starts tomorrow too. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you found some great posts to visit this week!

  3. Kayla says:

    Cleaning supplies! When me & my husband adopted our dog, we also adopted “cleaning up a lot more”. You can get a huge thing of bleach there for a $ instead of paying 6 or 7 at other stores! Dollar tree is the ONLY place we purchase our cleaning supplies & even fabric softener!

  4. MrFireStation says:

    Here’s one to add to your list – balloons! They have the mylar balloons there for $1 which is a $2-$3 savings over the grocery store or local party store. On Valentine’s Day, Dollar Tree has a huge stock of them, but they are good for birthdays and other events too.

  5. Tiffany says:

    This is a great list!! I honestly don’t have many trips to the Dollar Store simply because I normally buy everything in one stop which is normally a bigger chained Store BUT this list gives me great ways to save on items that I can get with the same quality at an even greater discount!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at the Mommy Monday Blog Hop!

    • SimpLeighOrganized says:

      Hi Tiffany, I’m glad you found the post helpful. There are so many great deals at dollar stores, but also things to stay away from. I’ll be posting about that soon. Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

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