Many towns have dollar stores that offer an array of product for a dollar or less. When one opened in my hometown, it quickly became one of my favorite places to shop for great deals. Many people are wary of the products there because they fear the quality will be poor, or that the products just won’t work. Here is a quick guide to hit and miss products I have used from my local dollar store.
Party Supplies– My dollar store has a wide array of paper plates, napkins, cups and cutlery in many colors. You usually only get six or eight per pack, but at just a dollar, it costs a lot less than special ordering them for a theme party. It really makes a party special when you don’t have plain cups and plates. They even sell decorations for weddings and every holiday has great decorations you could use to make your party and home even more festive. Some dollar stores even have helium balloons, including mylar balloons which are usually quite costly. You can really make a stellar party and keep plenty of money for snacks.
Hair Accessories– I am constantly losing bobby pins and hair bands, so my dollar store is my go to for these products. There is a huge variety of colors and styles from scrunchies down to multi packs of hair combs. Hair brushes are a product I refuse to shell out a lot of money on, and my brush from my dollar store has been a staple in my beauty routine for a few years. Make sure, however, that you don’t purchase hair bands with metal holding them together. These can rip and tear hair very easily. Otherwise, you will find great options that are budget friendly in this aisle.
School Supplies– Every year at back to school time stores do huge sales on paper, pens and pencils, but by mid semester I had used every single product I purchased. My dollar store allows me to grab a pack of pens or even computer paper that work great and aren’t expensive. Before a recent meeting, I hopped in and grabbed a professional looking pen and mini notebook with a slot for business cards. They also carry cute stationary and even classroom decorations. Any teacher or home schooling parent would find this aisle of great use.
Paper Goods-Paper towel and toilet paper are two products I avoid from the dollar store. If you are the only person in your household, they may last you a long time, but with a busy family they run out very quickly. The quality is not too bad, but the amount of sheets per roll is very small. For cleaning messes, though, I do recommend dollar store microfiber cloths. They are reusable, washable, and will last way longer than any roll of paper towel.
Reusable Cups and Bowls-I will admit, I am tempted each time I walk down the aisle with glasses to purchase one, especially when they’re beautifully decorated. My biggest issue I have had with these products is that they break very easily. If you are not clumsy and don’t have children, they might be a good choice for you, however I would suggest spending a little more on higher quality product. I do recommend, however, their reusable cutlery which is pretty good and can hold up to a dishwasher.
Detergent and Fabric Softener– As a person with extremely sensitive skin, I am cautious when considering purchasing any detergent or fabric softener from a dollar store. These tend to be bargain brands and can have harsh detergents and lots of perfume. I have on occasion found a name brand on the shelf, but I had one bad experience and have avoided it since. I do recommend their basic household cleaners, however, as they are usually as good of quality as the more expensive products.
Dollar stores can be a great resource for anyone looking to stretch their money a little further and still have a great product. Be aware that these stores are no-frills, so you may not be able to find everything you’re looking for. If you’re flexible, willing to not buy name brands and are a bit adventurous, a dollar store just might be the right place for you to shop.