February 12, 2015 11:18 am
Updated: February 12, 2015 6:04 pm

5 things you should buy at the dollar store

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TORONTO – Just like how buying certain items in bulk can save you money, buying specific items at your local dollar store can amount to big savings as well. But not everything is a deal, and some items are even more expensive than elsewhere. Below are the five items you should buy to help stretch your dollar the furthest.

Party supplies

You will not find better deals on party supplies than you will at the dollar store. From balloons and streamers, to paper plates and red cups, if you are planning a party, this is the place to get your goods. Shopping for party supplies at a dollar store is especially great for kids parties as you can build excellent goody bags out of the wide range of items the stores sell.

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Office supplies

Even when compared to giant discount chain Walmart, most dollar stores win when it comes to the price of office supplies. A good example is a can of compressed air. At Walmart the price is $8.95, but that same size can at the Dollarama in my neighbourhood is only $3. Binders and binder inserts, pens, pencils, crayons, notepads, clipboards — all better priced at most dollar stores.

Kitchen items

You won’t be able to get everything for your kitchen at the dollar store, but for items like sponges, can openers, strainers, storage jars, glassware and cutlery, hands down picking these up at a dollar store is cheaper than a big box store. Some unique items, such as mini spice jars, also make great gifts.

Junk food

No, you shouldn’t be buying junk food, but if you want to treat yourself or need it (for a party or movie night), the deals on chocolate bars and candy at a dollar store are amazing. You can especially save around the holidays and Valentine’s Day as most stores stock up during these times and even offer special sales. Just make sure you check the expiry date on some items if you plan to purchase a large amount at once.

Greeting cards

The best deal on greeting cards is making your own. But sometimes — pardon the pun — that’s not in the cards. If you must purchase one, check a dollar store before venturing to a pricier card shop or big box store. You’ll still end up paying a few dollars, but it won’t be as bad as the $6+ price tag some other places charge.

Some items to avoid when dollar store shopping include electronics, light bulbs, toiletries and toys.

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Infographic credit: Janet Cordahi, Global News

SOUND OFF: What items do you find are the best to buy at a dollar store and what do you avoid? Share your thoughts in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

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