10 of the BEST Items to Buy at the Dollar Store!

June 07, 2022

My top ten favorite dollar store purchases!


These are the top ten items I always grab at the dollar store! We all love a good dollar store deal, but there are definitely some items that aren't worth the money, or can be found in greater quantities for less. 

There are a few that I ALWAYS grab when I stop in. I've compared the prices of these items to places like Target and Walmart, and they are all much better at the dollar store. 

OK...a lot of the items are actually $1.25 now. But there are plenty of items that are still a dollar or less! :)

I'd love to hear what your favorite go-to items are too! Feel free to share them in the comments at the end. 

Let's start with my favorite dollar store find...

Gift bags

I don't find their small rolls of gift wrap to be worth it, because you get so little. But their other wrapping supplies like bows and gift bags are priced competitively. 

I haven't found a selection of gift bags for this price anywhere else: 
cute cheap gift bag options

They carry options in every color, size and for all the big events -- baby shower to wedding to birthday. The dollar store is an affordable option for large gift bags as well. You'll save a good three to five bucks on the bigger sizes. 
Also, their 24 count tissue paper is half the price of larger stores!

I'm always impressed with the colorful and fun designs -- so cute! And the quality matches bags I've bought anywhere else. 

Of course their holiday selection is always adorable too. Check out how I use gift bags to make Christmas decor and artwork here!

Greeting cards

I've always noticed the HUGE selection of greeting cards, but it hasn't been until the past year or so that I started picking them up and looking closer:
cheapest greeting cards dollar store

They are adorable! From funny to really sweet -- I've found everything I need.

As a family we love to gift each other cards from both the animals and us, so it can get expensive. They have a great variety for every holiday and event. 

Now I just need to get my husband to shop for his cards at the dollar store. ;) 

All cards are a dollar at most, and some are two for a buck. You save at least $3 on each card -- it's hard to beat that price!

Candles/glass decor

The home decor glass aisle at the dollar store is the best! Their simple glass holders are timeless and they have a great selection of vases that are perfect for a DIY project. 

dollar store DIY candles

Those look great all year, but especially dressed up for the holidays! I've also used their simple glass holders for other crafty projects like these "snow"-covered candles

If you like the glow of candlelight, but prefer them unscented, their basic candles are great. 

Screen protectors


These phone screen protectors are one fo my all time favorite dollar store purchases!

You can find them in all different sizes and phone types, and they work just as well as the $10 (and UP!) options at other stores:

We've used these for a few years now and they last just as long as the more expensive versions.

It even comes with the little prep pads and applicators other kits include:

I've dropped my phone hundreds of times 😀 with this $1.25 version tempered glass and it holds up great! Our whole family uses these exclusively now.


Storage bins and baskets

I've used their inexpensive organizational items many times over the years. They carry a bunch of different sizes and colors, but I find their smaller bins are more sturdy: 
dollar store storage bins travel

The small to medium storage options they carry are perfect for smaller toiletries and pantry items! 

Their cutlery trays also seem to be sturdy -- great for all kinds of small kitchen utensils. 

I love their selection of kitchen gadgets and storage in general! 


Foam painting brushes 

I use these foam brushes for DIY projects ALL the time. They are a steal at the Dollar Tree! I get eight (in a variety of sizes) for $1.25: 
foam brushes for stain and poly

I use these so often for staining and protective polyurethane coats. I also use them for smaller crafty projects -- especially those skinnier options! 

They are so handy to have around. I try to keep a stash on hand at all times. 

A similar set (with nine in the pack) sells for nearly $5 at our local hardware store, and if you buy them individually they are even more. The dollar store also carries a selection of standard paint brushes that are great to have around for quick paint touch ups around the house. 

I stick with higher quality brushes for painting trim, furniture and cutting in.

Cleaning supplies 

I feel like this one goes without saying! I've had good luck with their basic cleaning solutions over the years:
best cleaning supplies from dollar store

For general purpose and bathroom needs I find these options work well. I haven't tried their window and glass cleaner though -- anyone have thoughts on that? 

I also like their sponge selection. These are great for general indoor cleaning and I often use them when cleaning outdoor items as well: 
cleaning sponges dollar store

Entertaining/party supplies 

The dollar store is a MUST for stocking up for big gatherings! Their prices on party supplies are also hard to beat.

This is my favorite spot for disposable plates, cups and napkins for entertaining. I've compared their pricing with the big box stores and they always win out. (At least with quantities 24 or less.)

Especially with the HUGE variety in colors (especially when it comes to plates and napkins). There were four cutlery colors in stock just in the graduation aisle:
party supplies for cheap

Dollar Tree also has a great selection of themed kid's party supplies that easily beat prices at most party retailers: 
great party supplies dollar store

They carry adorable signage, table decor, streamers and buntings in all kinds of colors and themes. 

AND the dollar store is the best spot for affordable helium balloons! 

There are so many designs to choose from and at only $1.25 each, you'll save a TON on a balloon bouquet. 

Office and craft supplies

I find a lot of office and school supplies for a better price at the dollar store.

Be careful with this one though -- take a look at quantities to see if the price on these items are worth it. I always buy poster and foam boards for craft projects there: 
dollar store craft supplies

I use both to make my own mats for picture frames and artwork. I find their most basic office items are the best deals -- staples, paper clips, etc. 

There you go! Those are some of my favorite dollar finds, but I have a few honorable mentions as well. ;) 

Dollar store honorable mentions

  • Reading glasses. The time has come my friends. I'm learning I will need a pair of reading glasses in every room, in my purse, the car, etc. 😂 I'm thankful these are so inexpensive there!
  • Pregnancy tests. In my experience (and from what I hear from others) these tests work just as well as the more expensive options. 
  • Seasonal decor. This is another given! The dollar store is one of my favorite spots to browse for seasonal items. It gets my creative juices flowing!

Are there any products you would add to my list? And is there anything you think is way overpriced at the dollar store? 

I think their candy and snacks are where they make a lot of money -- in general buying larger sizes at the grocery store is a better deal. And other than convenient travel-sized items, many of their toiletries like shampoo and conditioner seem to be overpriced for the amount you get.


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Comments

  1. I like to buy the children's fluoride mouth rinse. My kids have haven't had a cavitity using this regularly and for 1.25 it is a much cheaper option than at other retailers.

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  2. I don't shop very often at the dollar store but I ALWAYS get my gift bags and tissue paper there for sure and often, cards. I'll be going in soon to check out more of your list items! I have bought seasonal party supplies there with great success too. :-)

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  3. I buy my toothbrushes from the Dollar Store. Their sensitive toothpaste too if a fantastic deal. The main ingredient in it is the same main ingredient as the $6 name brand. I talked to my dentist about it and he agrees - it's perfectly fine to use.

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  4. I actually love their wrapping paper! It is a small quantity but I like being able to wrap for one occasion and then be able to do something different the next time. I wrap gifts instead of using gift bags just because it's fun to open a wrapped package. :)

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  5. We always stop at Dollar Tree for candy on our way to the movie theater, saves a ton of $! They also have ICEE cups in the freezer section that my kids love for summer. I wish they didn’t sell mylar balloons- call me a Debbie Downer, but they are so bad for the environment!

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  6. Thank you for this post! I don't think to go to the Dollar Store very often and this inspired me! I agree with the storage bins. . .one time I was helping a friend organize her new laundry room and went to WM but was short on a few things. I passed a Dollar Tree on the way back to her place and popped in -- found EXACTLY what I was looking for for a fraction of the price!!

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  7. I have Dollar Tree Envy! I have 2 stores near me. For many years, neither store carries hardly (or none at all) of many of the items you listed. Recently, both stores have been very unorganized, have really rude employees, shelf items are empty, have broken items, the stores are trashed out, etc. Also a lot of the items are really, really dirty. I am not a germ-a-phobe, but I really do not want to bring home a new item that is filthy (even for a $1). Because of all these issues, I have quit going to either of the stores and go to Target instead (which is just a few stores away from both of the Dollar Tree's in my area).

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  8. I too love the bins and baskets. The artificial flowers are great for wreathes. I love their Bella Black Olives and their Fire Roasted Red Peppers. The garden section has some cute outdoor stuff for planters etc.

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  9. I don't usually shop at Dollar stores but a friend told me about their 'Awesome' Cleaner. It's concentrated so pick up an empty spray bottle too. It's unbelievable on mold, algae on porch furniture, siding, spots, oil, you will be amazed!

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  10. Oh my gosh! How do you cut your own mats? I love this whole post - and agree with your “10 best”, but if you could explain your mat cutting process I would really appreciate it!

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  11. My go to for greeting cards. Why pay $4.99 for a card?

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  12. For glass and windows, I use hot water and an E-cloth for window cleaning. No need to buy a cleaner, and they shine beautifully!

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  13. I get cleaning scrub brushes, & food/kitchen brushes there, as well as vitamin organizers, yearly planners & goo-gone. My other go-to's have been mentioned: gift bags, sympathy cards, balloons, & poster board. I don't stop there often, but I do go specifically for these items.
    I'll look for the screen protectors next time! Thanks. Chrissy

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  14. I love their rain ponchos! Any time we head to Disney (or Florida, in general!), I grab a few for the trip!

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  15. Love your blog! I also buy similar items and placemats, oven mitts, shower curtain liners, dish gloves, I'm still surprised on items I still find for way less. I found this blogger by accident but she loves the Dollar Tree and has great ideas! Do It On A Dime

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  16. You missed the biggest purchase there! CANDY! You have to buy candy there to stash in your bedroom drawer . . . ahem, I mean before you go to the movies! The other thing I REALLY stock up on is ziplock bags! I buy at least ten of each when I go. Ten quart and ten gallon. I know they are bad for the environment, but I recycle everything else, so I consider it a wash. I used to buy toothbrushes for all of the teenagers that managed to end up sleeping over all the time. Two for a buck. I hated morning breath at my kitchen table. 😳😜

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  17. Oh! One more thing and you’re gonna love this one! I m very snooty about my beauty products and things I use on my body, but someone suggested this and I rolled my eyes, but OMG, I love them! Their men’s (not women’s) five blade razors. I think they are navy blue and have that royal blue lotion strip (if that’s what it is?) on it. I think there’s four or five in a package. The women’s razors are not as good. But the men’s are perfection! Razors are so expensive! And these? So cheap and good!

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