Cleaning Supplies: The household cleaning products at the dollar store, like window cleaner, bleach, and dish soap, are just as effective as the pricier stuff. The ingredients are pretty much the same; they’ll just have silly names.
Tools: If you want to put together a basic toolbox containing: screwdrivers, hammers, tape measures, and other simple stuff for small, occasional projects, start at the dollar store.
Kitchen Utensils and Tableware: Spatulas, tongs, mixing bowls, and even tableware like plates and cereal bowls from the dollar store are affordable, and often just as sturdy as something you’d buy elsewhere.
Shampoo, Deodorant, and Other Bathroom Products: If you don’t mind using generic or off-brands, shampoo, deodorant, soap, and body wash are basically the same ingredients you pay more for elsewhere. Even first aid items like bandages and antiseptic cream are a good buy.
Storage Containers: Most dollar stores have everything from simple baskets to thick plastic containers to organize your bathroom, cleaning supplies, or your closet.
Hair Accessories: You can pick up brushes, combs, hair ties, hair elastics, and other accessories. They all get the job done and cost you less money.
Reading Glasses: If you can find them, reading glasses at dollar stores are basically the same thing you’d find at the drugstore or supermarket, only a lot cheaper.
Seasonal Decor: You can decorate your home or office for holidays like Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s for only few dollars.
Canned and Non-Perishable Food: Canned and shelf-stable boxed goods are the best bargains you can find at the dollar store.
Greeting Cards: Greeting cards are pricey…one can typically run $3-$5. So, check the card selection at the dollar stores.
Party Supplies: Look for paper plates, tablecloths, and balloons at dollar stores specifically. Also, keep an eye out for cheap cups, theater-sized or full bags of candy, and decorations like streamers, confetti, and other party products.
Gift Bags and Wrapping Paper: Dollar stores are a great place to pick up gift bags for those same parties or wrapping paper for birthdays or the holidays. Ultimately it’ll all get ripped off and thrown away, so save your money.
Pregnancy Tests: These can cost upwards of $12 somewhere else, but you can get the same thing at the dollar store for less. A pregnancy test has to do what it says on the package.
A lot of generic stuff at the Dollar Stores are just fine…But, keep an eye out for brand name products too!