Useful things to purchase at the dollar store include seasonal items, such as stocking-stuffers and decorations, cleaning supplies and seasonings. Children's items, such as bubbles, crafts and coloring books are also good dollar store buys.
Dollar stores allow individuals to purchase household essentials at affordable prices. While dollar stores have a wide selection of worthwhile items available to consumers, shoppers should keep in mind that they may find better deals available at other retailers, depending on the product, notes Today.
For example, batteries are available at dollar stores; however, batteries sold there may wear out quicker than those sold at regular retailers. Batteries made with lithium last longer than those made with carbon zinc, says Today. While at dollar stores, shoppers should read battery labels to ensure they're getting the best value.
Picture frames and grooming items are additional good buys to find at dollar stores. There is often a wide selection of both of these items available, and the value is typically good in comparison to other major retailers. Ivory soap and Gillette shaving cream are just a couple of familiar, grooming brands available. Pregnancy tests can be purchased at such stores too, and at a sizable discount, as of 2015.