Love these tips? Here are 8 more things you can buy at the dollar store to save money.
If there’s one thing I love in this world, it’s finding a good deal. My favorite place to go when I’m looking to save on my bottom line? The Dollar Store.
The Dollar Store? you might ask. Yes, the Dollar Store. Seriously. If you haven’t been to one lately: go. Go now. You’ll be shocked by how much you can find there that you were driving all around town to get before. Don’t believe me? You should: I’m a very frequent customer.
1. Bath Products
The first product on my list is one that I never hear people talk about, but I think is the most useful: bath products. I know, everyone loves their $8 bottle of Waterfall Shampoo, but the stuff you get at the dollar store gets you just as clean! Soaps, shampoos, shaving creams — if you check the ingredients lists, it’s more often than not exactly the same as the stuff you buy at the drugstore. Not only that, but things like loofahs, brushes, washcloths, nail clippers, pumice stones, q-tips (things that normally rack up a hefty sum at places like Bed, Bath, & Beyond) are perfect Dollar Store grabs.
2. Baking Supplies
I personally love to bake, but hate having to drop major $$$ every time I need a new roll of parchment paper, or aluminum foil, or a larger-than-the-one-I-have cake pan, cupcake cups, new cookie cutters, piping bags, ziplock bags, pot holders — the list goes on and on. The Dollar Store is the perfect place for picking up all these things. Next time you’re in charge of making something for the school bake sale, be sure to hit up the dollar store before the grocery store to save some major cash.
3. First Aid Kit
Do you have kids? If you do, you know how many band-aids they go through. Even the most minor of boo-boos requires a band-aid to make it feel better. The dollar store is perfect for picking up those first aid items you know you’ll run through fast. For the price you’d normally pay, you can buy an ice-pack for every car, bag, and bathroom – so you’ll never be searching when someone gets a scraped knee.
When you think of the dollar store, you might not immediately think "glassware," but you’ll often find a great selection of simple drinking glasses, mugs, even sometimes wine glasses. These are perfect for anyone heading off to college, moving into their first apartment, or someone who just wants some cheap spares for their next house party. You don’t have to worry about anything getting broken, because at the end of the day, you only spent a dollar.
5. College supplies
Speaking of college, the first place I went to when I started college dorm shopping? Dollar Store. Sure, you’ll be hitting up places like Target for bigger items like bedspreads and lamps, but the Dollar Store is a great place to grab great decorating items like small mirrors, picture frames, desk organizers, and storage containers. You can usually even find some cool kitschy wall decorations that are great for someone who’ll probably throw it all away on move-out day at the end of the year.
6. Wedding decorations
Another life milestone that perfect for Dollar Store hacks? Weddings! Ok, hear me out. Have you noticed that weddings are getting more and more expensive? Well if you’re looking to cut costs, look no further than the Dollar Store. You may have to get a little creative, but it’s worth it. Like, instead of paying for fancy centerpieces, get a bunch of glass vases and candles from the dollar store, group three or four together at the center of each table and BOOM, you just saved yourself a bundle and still have awesome mood lighting. And those favors you’re giving out to guests? Why not buy all the bags at the dollar store, and assemble them yourself instead of paying someone else to do it?
On the topic of celebrations, how many times have you woken up in the dead of night, in a cold sweat, suddenly remembering it’s your cousin’s, or your aunts, or your boss' birthday, and then spent a good part of your morning scrambling to get to a drugstore to buy a card? And spent $4 on it to boot. This could all be avoided by stocking up at, you guessed it!, the Dollar Store. Once or twice a year I’ll grab a bunch of birthday/thank you/get well cards, that way I always have one to grab when I need it. No muss, no fuss.
What are your tips for finding the best value at your local dollar store? Share them below!
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