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You can buy some bomb stuff from the Dollar Store.

Seriously. Genuinely.

Drinking glasses, face cloths, make up removers, glass lock kitchen containers, fridge organizers, cleaners, rope baskets, wire baskets, plants… there are so many good things.

You can buy a Wet Brush at Wal Mart for $14.99. You can buy that exact same Wet Brush at the dollar store for $4.

You can buy acrylic fridge organizers for $10+ per container at TJ Maxx or could buy them for $2-5 at the Dollar Store. They’re the exact same containers.

Some people say it’s cheap, I say it’s smart. If they’re literally the exact same items from the same manufacturers, why would you pay more money for it? The makers of Clorox don’t care where I buy their bleach from. It all comes off the same assembly line.

What are your favourite items to get from the dollar store?

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  1. I love the Dollar Store!! It IS smart to shop at these places. You can save a LOT of money! Once I found adult coloring cards at Dollar Tree that sell for $7.50 (pack of 2) at Michael’s. Same brand and everything. That was a steal. I feel like I am robbing Bulk Barn too every time I go there. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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      1. Bulk Barn is pretty safe. I’ve only been there once since the pandemic – I buy my herbal teas there. They will give you a mask and they will fetch you the things you want, which are all pre-measured and sealed.

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    1. Oh yes, school and office supplies are a really good deal at the dollar store. And, bonus, they often have some really cute notebooks and stationery! Yes to everything on your list!

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  2. The best party plates I have ever seen. Have to host one every year. I print my own place mats and the Daiso gives me some retro art paper plates – 10 large ones for 100 yen. I prefer pricey stationery, so everything balances out in the end.

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  3. Surrealiously…I didnโ€™t find out about these secrets until I hit 50! I swore it was a secret, since I didnโ€™t know about it!
    Since you know, I say โ€œGreat!โ€
    But, still…watch your back for the Oldie Mafia!

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    1. I’ve heard that the Dollar Store is a great resource for teachers to decorate their classrooms and pay for extra classroom supplies for their students!

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    1. You can order things online now too, which is a huge convenience.
      I’ve heard though if you order Dollar Store products online, you have to order in bulk. Is that true? Like instead of one tube of toothpaste, you’d have to order 20?

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  4. You’re right. I’ve bought stuff there and it’s fine. It all comes from China and I would love to be able NOT to buy anything from there but like plastic, it has insinuated itself into our lives, so the less we pay for it the better!

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    1. Not all of it! Sure, a lot of it comes from China. When I moved into this house I bought drinking glasses that all had made in the USA stickers on them. My toothpaste was also made in the United States and I got it from the Dollar Store.

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  5. I love dollar stores! My niece and I used to schedule trips pre-Covid just to see what sort of things we could find at the ones around town. One of my favorite coffee mugs was found during one of those trips.

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  6. I live in a pretty small town. We don’t have any department stores, and the nearest Walmart is about 35 minutes away on the highway! There are two dollar stores in our town, and so that is where we do probably 90% of our shopping with the exception of groceries. LOVE the dollar stores. By now I know which items are cheaper here in town at the dollar store, and which items I have to go to Walmart for. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  7. Your Dollar Store and my Dollar Store seem different. When I say Dollar Store, I’m talking about a place where, literally, everything in the store is $1.00. And I’ll admit, even though that’s probably different than the store you’re talking about, the Dollar Stores around here (called Dollar Tree) do have a lot of decent things. In fact, I got on a saving money kick a few years ago and decided that if the Dollar Tree didn’t have it, I didn’t need it. That’s an okay philosophy in the short-term, but it doesn’t make sense for life long shenanigans.

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    1. Yeah, we don’t have any more of the true ‘everything a dollar or less’ stores in Canada. At least not that I’ve seen. Here our Dollar Tree is $1.25+ (because inflation lol) and Dollarama is $1-5 per item.

      I can see how that money saving strategy wouldn’t work long term. There are definitely some things in life you need to invest in. But, there are also definitely some things in life that I would always recommend getting from the dollar store.

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    1. I’m not much of a crafter but I’ve seen the craft aisle and it’s always packed with cool things, so I bet it’s a crafters dream to be able to pick and choose so many options for so cheap.

      And they have really bomb food containers, especially for the freezer!

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  8. For me the best things to get at the dollar store are cleaning supplies like floor cleaner or bathroom cleaner. Dish soap is also something I like to pick up. Pretty much all of my dishes are from the dollar store as well. Seriously I love the dollar store!

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    1. I’m with you, I love the dollar store. Cleaning supplies are so cheap there, which is great because everyone has to clean their house (or should) repeatedly. If you have to buy it all the time, or at least, several times a year, you might as well make it more affordable for your budget.

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  9. T.J. Maxx!? LOL, we have T.K. Maxx here. Although looks like the North American one came first!

    “TK Maxx is a subsidiary of the American apparel and home goods company TJX Companies based in Framingham, Massachusetts. It uses a slightly different name from that of the TJ Maxx stores in the United States, to avoid confusion with the British retailer T. J. Hughes”.

    Funny.

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    1. We don’t have TJ Maxx in Canada, but I am abundantly aware that 90% of the people who read this blog are American. In Canada it’s called Winners. lol
      I remember when I first heard it was called TJ Maxx and TK Maxx, I was like ‘Okay, who got confused and forgot which letter the store name was supposed to be?’

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    1. Your Dollar Store has gift cards? I’ve never seen gift cards at them around here! Seasonal decorations are a good one though! Especially for people who choose different decorating schemes each time a holiday comes around.

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      1. Ya gift cards!!! 2 for $1! I always buy a bunch when Iโ€™m there to keep on hand. And we always hang 1 decoration on our front porch light every holiday or season. Thatโ€™s about the extent of our decorating๐Ÿ˜‚

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  10. Ohh I love the pound shops here, my sister and I always visit when she comes from Norway as she buys a lot of stuff there. Things like bandages and band-aids are expensive at home but only cost a fraction here.
    In fact on our itinerary when we (eventually) go to Japan is that I would like to visit different 100 yen stores and go bananas in there. Husband has been informed we will be travelling with very empty suitcases for this reason โค

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  11. Sometimes i get toys for my son from the dollar store. The small ones. Also I’ve gotten saucers and plastic cups and lunchboxes and sometimes faux bijoux from there. But in this economic crisis, I’m avoiding buying something if i don’t need it. I used to go once a month and just shop whatever caught my eye at the dollar store

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