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11 Things You Should Have Been Buying from the Dollar Store This Whole Time

You may think it's filled with junk, but the dollar store could provide you with some great, cheap finds.


Party supplies

Hosting a party? Plates, cups, napkins, utensils, balloons, and even party hats can all be found for just a dollar. You’ll be able to go all out with decorating because you can easily stick to your budget. Try these other 17 habits of people who are great at saving money.

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Cleaning supplies

You’re going to need to clean up after your party. Buy sponges, cleaning sprays, and dish detergent on the cheap. Better yet, go online for these 15 things you can buy on Amazon for less than $1.


Greeting cards

Buying a card from a specialty store can run you upwards of five dollars. Save money on the next birthday card you buy and put it towards the gift.


Seasonal items

Like to decorate your home for Halloween or Christmas? The dollar store always has a big selection of festive bargains. But don’t bother with these 14 dollar store items that are actually bad deals.

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Pregnancy test

Bet you weren’t expecting that one! Don’t worry, the 99 cent tests are just as effective as the ones at the pharmacy. “For the average woman, dollar store tests are fine and just as accurate as name-brand tests,” Beth Taylor, an infertility specialist at Olive Fertility in Vancouver told Today’s Parent. You have to be patient though before taking the test. To get the best results, women have to wait until the date of their expected period.

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Cooking accessories

Cheese graters, salt shakers, ice cream scoops, wine glasses, and more—any cooking supply at the dollar store is usually a good buy, except for knives, which may not be of high quality. Keep your bank account even fuller by avoiding these 21 ways you’re wasting money without knowing it.


Paper products

Stock up on paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, and paper plates and cups. Constantly running to the store to buy these everyday necessities can really take away from your monthly budget. Don’t feel like you have to splurge on the name-brand products, the ones from the dollar store will get the job done just as well.

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A lot of dollar stores sell name-brand breads, bagels, and more. Just keep in mind that some of the packages may be close to expiring, so plan on eating them fast or storing in the freezer. Learn the real difference between Dollar Tree and Dollar General.

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Reading glasses

You constantly lose your reading glasses or accidentally sit on them and they break. Don’t waste money spending more than a dollar on your reading glasses. Many dollar stores offer a variety of styles so you’re bound to find something you like. Find out how many items really sell for $1 at dollar stores.

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Fill your spice cabinet with products from the dollar store. Normally you will find name-brand spices and can even stock up on salt and pepper. Skip the grocery store when getting spices for your next BBQ and instead get them for cheap.

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Sometimes you can find popular books by best selling authors for only a buck. Also, take advantage of the kid books and coloring books. Just steer clear of these 16 things you should never buy from dollar stores.

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is an Associate Editor at Reader’s Digest. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She writes for, helps lead the editorial relationship with our partners, manages our year-round interns, and keeps the hundreds of pieces of content our team produces every month organized. In her free time, she likes exploring the seacoast of Maine where she lives and works remotely full time and snuggling up on the couch with her corgi, Eggo, to watch HGTV or The Office.