What to Buy at the Dollar Store and What to Avoid

 

If you’re like me, you enter your neighborhood dollar store intending to quickly grab one or two things. Instead, you end up slowly roaming the aisles for an hour, leaving with bags full of stuff. While some things are great to buy at the Dollar Store, others are not. Here are my recommendations.

 

BUY

Definitely buy household items, like plant supplies, like clay pots and glass marbles. Packing tape, masking tape and scotch tape are also a great deal, as are party supplies, like decorative bags, tissue paper and mylar balloons. I also like paper school supplies, like composition books and foam core.

 

BUY

Personal care items, like coated elastics and hair combs are also worth a look at the dollar store. If you can find brand name toothpaste or toothbrushes, grab those, but skip generic tooth care products. Also look for 100% cotton balls and pads and branded QTips.

 

SKIP

With perishable & packaged foods (including candy), freshness and quality can be questionable, so I would proceed with caution. Same goes for skin care products, and especially those with SPF, which tends to degrade over time. It’s hard to tell how long these products have been sitting on the shelves and it’s not worth the risk.

 

SKIP

You’ll find plenty of power cords, ear buds and other tech accessories and the price will be appealing, but there’s no knowing if the manufacturing of these items is up to snuff. Given that you’d be plugging them into your beloved smartphone or tablet, why chance it?

 

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