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Why I love dollar stores

Looking to save money? Head to the dollar store.

They have so much stuff, and it is all inexpensive. The quality is actually very good as well, these days.

Dollarama is my favorite dollar store. Not too long ago they raised some of the prices in their stores from $1 to $1.25, $1.50 and $2. I have never seen anything over $2.

Here are some of my favorite things from dollar stores:

Baskets: The best place to buy small baskets is the dollar store.

Pregnancy tests – I know some people are weirded out by pregnancy tests from a dollar store, but – they work. And they’re only a dollar.

Kitchen gadgets – Scrubbers, soap dispensers, dish drying rack. Lots of good quality items for under $2.

Stationary/school/scrapbooking supplies – They have so much of this stuff for less than $2 (usually around $1). The dollar store is the perfect place for a crafter.

Party supplies – I won’t ever buy party supplies from anywhere but the dollar store (unless it’s cheaper, which is not likely).

Those are just a few of <em<my favorite things.

Here’s some more great deals from dollar stores:
– Shampoo/Conditioner (name brand)
– Body Lotion (name brand)
– Toothpaste/Toothbrushes (name brand)
– Soap (name brand)
– Greeting Cards/Gift Bags
– First Aid Items
– Make-Up (some is name brand)
– Nail Polish
– Books
– Home Decor Items
– Colouring Books
– Painting Supplies
– Gardening Tools
– Dishes
– Gum

There are so many deals to be had at the dollar store. Head on over to save yourself some serious cash. Don’t forget to check out our other site,, to see all of the latest deals at your local dollar stores!

Have you seen any great deals at the dollar store lately?


  1. Ashley

    I love Dollarama! I buy all my office supply stuff there: envelopes, paperclips, etc. And their bandaids that are only $1.25/box are just as good as the actual BAND-AID brand! I also buy all my greeting cards from Dollarama because I can’t justify spending $5 on a card that’s going to get thrown in the garbage. Soooo many great deals there.

  2. Cassie Howard

    oh yah office supplies! i always buy them there. i go through lots of envelopes with coupon trading. 😛

  3. Leanne

    I love Dollar stores as well! I love how you can buy groceries there 😛 Hah.

    PS: Cassie, I’m not sure if you have done this already, but I think it would be a neat idea if you could do a post about Swagbucks. I just signed up and I’m kinda confused about how it works. Maybe you can make a post about it? 😉

  4. Cassie Howard

    leanne, i have a swagbucks post ready to go. it will be up next weel 🙂

  5. Michelle jadaa

    oooh yes,dollar stores!I can rate most of them near me lol.For crafting, for household items .My newest favourite find was a screen cleaner for my laptop,it works wonders and was $1,i couldnt find one anywhere else less than $10 oh and one of those hairtowels that twist and button at the back for $1 ….so diva!

  6. Claudia

    I love the little things you can get for art projects…with a baby that likes to paint I really do not have to feel bad that all of “his” art supplies are a buck a piece. Sure, the paint brushes aren’t the upper echelon of quality, but they work perfectly fine for him!:)

  7. Eddy Worrall

    Quite a good article and reader comments that you have here. I would point out that other people may make a varying viewpoint, particularly in terms of gardening. Has anyone here found good information on the Web, and could you let me know where?

  8. Kathy

    There are so many brand name products at dollarama. I find you do have to watch though because, here in Alberta at least, there are still occasional items that are less expensive elsewhere. Storage bags, scrubbies and eyeglass wipes are just a few of my favorites. If you like the spam type meats and canned corned beef you’ve found your place. I find on average most brand names are 1/4 to 1/3 of the price they are anywhere else

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