The Best Things To Buy At The Dollar Store

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Vote up the best dollar store buys.

It's nice to get good deals on things you need. That's why discount shopping centers are so popular. Smart shoppers realize that items at the dollar store can rival or even be better than name brands for only a fraction of the cost. But what are the best things to buy at the dollar store?

To be fair, there's some stuff that deserves a splurge. But choosing certain low-cost products can free up your budget for other big-ticket purchases. Whether you're a college student or you just love bargains, a dollar store trip can save you money.


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    171 votes

    Party Supplies

    Party Supplies
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    Dollar stores have tons of party supplies like balloons, streamers, themed tableware, and even goody bag fillers. Most people don't save party supplies for a second use, so why spend more than a few bucks on them?

    You can even get helium balloons for $1. That price multiplies by 10 at places like Party City.

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    151 votes

    Children's Books

    Children's Books
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    Best-selling literature can sometimes be found at the dollar store, but children's workbooks and coloring books are always available. These items need to be replaced all the time, so choosing the dollar store versions will save parents tons of money.

    On top of that, many books still feature characters from popular series such as Dora the Explorer and My Little Pony.

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    152 votes

    Greeting Cards

    Greeting Cards
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    Most things at the dollar store cost a buck, but sometimes greeting cards are even cheaper. During Dollar Tree sales, you can purchase two cards for $1 to get even more bang for your buck.

    Even Walmart charges several dollars per card - why not save?

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    137 votes

    Mailing Supplies

    Mailing Supplies
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    Letter and package mailing usually requires a trip to the stationery store or the post office for supplies, but their prices can be quite high. The dollar store is a more cost-effective option for shipping supplies.

    Buy inexpensive stationery and bulk packages of envelopes, and your wallet will rejoice.

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    147 votes

    Drinking Glasses

    Drinking Glasses
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    If you're looking to get cups and tumblers that actually match, the dollar store is a good resource. There are plastic versions for picnics, as well as more formal wineglasses and beer pints for everyday use. There are even printed mugs with funny sayings, especially around the holidays. One cup at a housewares store might cost more than $10, and even Walmart drinkware can be pricey.

    The dollar store also carries plenty of paper cups, if you'd rather go the disposable route.

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    155 votes

    Holiday Decorations

    Holiday Decorations
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    When the holidays roll around, dollar stores are definitely the place to shop. You can get everything from table settings to wreaths and ornaments. Don't just shop for winter holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah, either. Dollar stores stock all sorts of holiday goodies, including Halloween decorations, Easter hats and plastic eggs, and even items for Valentine's Day.

    Holiday supplies only see the light of day about once a year, so you don't need durable decorations. Plus, it's easy to replace dollar store versions.