Dollar stores have been proliferating across the country in recent years, particularly in low-income and rural areas. Some people welcome the trend as they often open in under-served areas. Others have criticized them for displacing full-service groceries and undercutting competition.
Whatever your view of dollar stores, they do offer bargains in bulk, although not everything costs just a buck. They’re good for things you might use on a daily basis, such as coffee filters and plastic storage bags, or only on a seasonal basis, such as school supplies and holiday decorations.
Dollar stores are a particularly good choice when there’s no point in paying more for a branded item. Do you really care who made your pool toys or what label is on your dish towels? And aspirin is aspirin whether it sells for one dollar or five.
With all that in mind, 24/7 Wall Street has compiled a list of 20 things you should always buy at a dollar store because it doesn’t make sense to pay any more for them. (And if you’re trying to save money, watch out for these groceries driving up your food bill the most during the pandemic!)