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Dollar Stores are great for a lot of things, but there are quite a few that you shouldn’t buy at one. For some, it’s a price issue, for others it’s a quality issue. Either way, a surefire way to lose money would be purchasing any of these items to never buy at the dollar store.
20 Items to Never Buy at the Dollar Stores
Aluminum Foil – Ever bring home a tube of foil only to find out that it’s so flimsy you have to use it three times more because it keeps ripping? Welcome to a dollar store purchase. Instead, pick up the name-brand foil. You’ll pay more but you’ll use less meaning you save in the long run. Watch Amazon you can score some great deals on aluminum foil.
Meats – Yes, some dollar stores sell meats. While it is easier on the bank account does it really make sense? Less quality and smaller portions could lead you to buy more than you normally would. Use my article on how to save on meats before you purchase from the dollar store.
Electronics – A lot of the time, electronics and appliances that the dollar stores are selling are units that are labeled as seconds or are badly refurbished units. Instead, head to a reputable big box store or a site like Amazon and buy your electronics from there.
Batteries – These just don't seem to last as long as the brand names ones.
School Supplies – The lists are coming in from teachers and you want to buy all the things to help them and that is amazing of you, but don't do it at the dollar store. The quality is horrible for the most part and you will find yourself buying double or triple what you normally would. Read this article on How to save on back to school to save the most.
Makeup – sometimes there is a rare occasion you get brand name makeup from the dollar store. However, 9 times out of 10 it's an off-brand you really know nothing about. Do you really want that on your face?
Vitamins– As much as you may want to ignore it, a large portion of dollar store items are shipped from outside of the US, and in some cases that can include vitamins and medicine. Since the FDA doesn’t regulate vitamins, it’s best to skip them at the dollar store. You don’t know for sure what you’d be getting and when it comes to putting something in your body, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Oven Mitts & Kitchen Towels – If you’ve ever bought them at the dollar store, you know that they’re going to last you exactly one or two washes. You’ll spend more money by buying cheap than if you were to buy quality and pay more out of pocket.
Knives – Good knives are not found at the dollar store. You will spend more replacing chape knives than if you simply purchase a good knife set that will last you years.
Toilet Paper – if you enjoy the go now, don't buy cheap toilet paper. Just saying 🙂
Jewelry – unless it's for a costume, skip this.
Kitchen Utensils – perfect for a gathering you just need for the day and toss but not realistic for the long term. Spend the money and get good quality utensils.
Bath linens – Bath towels and washcloths at the dollar store are smaller and thinner than their more expensive counterparts. Instead, watch Kohl’s or Macys for sales and coupon codes and you can pick up quality ones for around the same price.
Pet Food – Love your pets more than dollar store food. The ingredients are generally less quality and won't provide the proper nutrition for your fur babies.
Wrapping Paper – I'm not sure what you are wrapping with this but it has to be small. The mega rolls from just about anywhere else are your better option for more for your money.
Toys – While the dollar stores are full of affordable toys, most of them are very cheaply made and won’t last past one play. The last thing any Mom wants is heartbroken kiddo whose new toy just broke. Instead, check online sites like Amazon for great deals or troll the clearance aisle at Walmart. You’ll get better-quality toys for just a few dollars more.
Wind Shield Washer Fluid – The jugs you get at a dollar store are super small. For more bang for your buck get a regular size jug that is generally more than double the dollar store ones.
Tools and Hardware – Ever paid attention to a dollar store hammer? They’ve got a thinner neck which means it won’t take much to break that thinner hammer neck right in half. Instead, watch for deals on quality tools and get your money’s worth.
Sunscreen – If you are an avid user of sunscreen this is not something to mess with. Your skin will thank you for not going cheap here.
Paper Towels – these are more quicker-thrower-awayer than quicker picker-upper.
Hair Ties – the elastic just doesn't hold up and if you have thick hair – good luck.
Food Storage Containers – most are low quality and split after a few uses.
The dollar stores are full of deals that are great, but these seven items will only have you spending more in the long run. Steer clear of them and you’ll be sure to get a much better deal even though you might spend a bit more at first.