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15 Things You Should Never Have To Spend More Than a Dollar On

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You don't have to be a penny-pincher to reap the benefits of saving money on products you would otherwise waste more than a few dollars on.

Stores like Dollar Tree or Super Dollar Store offer many products that are just as good as their expensive counterparts. If you're unable to find the products you need in store, you can certainly find them online.  

Coupons and garage sales are other ways to find quality products that have not been abused to death.

15. Coffee filters

If you're a frequent coffee drinker, you're frequently buying overpriced coffee filters. Save your money and go purchase these filters at a cheaper price at your local dollar store.

14. Bobby pins and other hair accessories

The number of hair accessories you own always seems to dwindle only months after their purchase. This is a sign you need to stop spending all that money on things you're going to inevitably lose soon. Dollar stores offer many hair accessories that are the same quality as other competing brands. So stock up!

13. Chewing gum

It may be a small price difference, but buying chewing gum from the dollar store can save you a lot of money in the long run.

12. Office supplies

Pencils, notebooks, tape, pens, markers, poster boards, or you name it, you can find all these office supplies without emptying all the cash in your wallet.

11. Cleaning supplies

Items like rubber gloves, dish brushes, and dish towels are not meant to last forever. They'll wear down in a few days or weeks, despite how good the brand is.

10. Books

If you can't find some of your favorite books at a dollar store, try searching for them online, at library book sales, or at your local discounted bookstore. Everyone's looking to get rid of books that are taking too much space in their homes, so it's never too late to start hunting for your favorites.

9. Mugs

They're just adorable, and you don't have to spend too much money on them.

8. Flip flops

These flimsy plastic summer sandals don't last for long. Whether it's dollar store quality or some other brand, it's all made out of the same flimsy material, so don't spend more than a a dollar or two on this necessary summer accessory.

7. Greeting cards

Dollar stores are known for their ridiculously cheap greeting cards. Some dollar store locations have a two for $1 deal that will make your life a whole lot easier. Other companies that sell greeting cards will cost from $3 to $10. Honestly, there's no need for that, unless you need a pop-up card that sings.

6. Picture frames

We all love our family, but it doesn't mean we love them less by putting their photograph in a cheaper frame. Many dollar stores can help you stock up on beautiful frames of all shapes and sizes. This means there'll be more precious memories around you!

5. Storage containers

It's probably not a good idea to microwave plastic containers anyway, but consider buying these containers from the dollar store if you need to store food in your fridge or freezer. Other similar plastic containers can sometimes be more than triple the price of what you could get at any local dollar store!

4. Reading glasses

If you need readers, you probably have a pair that's good quality. However, you can probably attest to losing or misplacing your reading glasses occasionally. It can be useful to have a couple of cheap ones laying around.

3. Kids' toys

There's nothing more frustrating than having to dish out hundreds of dollars a year on toys that your child breaks or grows bored of in only a few days. These will eventually find themselves sold for a few dollars at a garage sale in early summer, or will be sent straight to the trash. If you want to still buy new toys for your kids, there's lots of options at the dollar store!

2. Seasonal decorations

Save the big bucks for things that won't be tossed in the basement after the season is over. Many dollar stores offer brand new seasonal supplies that are just as good as their expensive counterparts.

1. Party supplies

If you've ever walked into a dollar store, you've noticed their extravagant party selection. There's no need to spend more than a dollar on plates, napkins, party hats, streamers and many other party supplies.

Will you start saving money? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Moojan has been a writer at Shared for a year. When she's not on the lookout for viral content, she's looking at cute animal photos. Reach her at moojan@shared.com.