I like my fingers.
And have grown quite fond of having ten of them that I would like to keep.
A dull knife isn't worth it.
But that said:
We are still using the Dollar Store serrated steak knives I bought when I moved into my 1st apartment...from 10 years ago! They work great and can go right into the dishwasher. Can't beat that for value! :)
Shelf Liner: Snag it
When we moved into our home last year, the first thing I did before unpacking was line the shelves.
I had no idea the dollar store carried this and ended up spending $10 per roll!
Contact Paper: Snag it
I've not personally used it but
I also buy: Contact paper-way cheaper than vinyl
I've never tried it as a vinyl alternative, but it might be worth a shot!
Our family uses clothespins to hold the bread bag closed or the top of a chip bag.
These clothespins break easily or don't work at all
Several of them literally fell apart in my hand when I reached for them.
Oven Mitts: Pass
Pick one of these up and do a feel test
These oven mitts are so thin you could really only use them for decoration.
Chair Protectors: Snag it
Another household thing I paid too much for when we moved.
We have these on the bottom of the chair legs on the hardwood floors.
I spent $7 for a box of them last year.
Work Gloves: Pass
If you are wearing work gloves, it usually means work is involved.
These gloves are so thin you might as well be wearing nothing.
Invest in a good pair of work gloves and save your buck here.
Decorative rocks: Snag it
The possibilities for these accent stones and other decorative stones are endless.
Use these to make a river rock shower mat
or get the pretty clear ones for the bottom of a vase.
At our Dollar Tree they have clear cylinder vases that are closer to 6.00 at Wal-Mart. They also have the colored stones to go in the bottom of the vases.
Hardback books and CD's: Snag it
I have already professed my love of the library here
but I do keep my eyes peeled in the book/CD section just in case.
Books---hardback nice books are often there.
Photo Paper: Snag it
I don't have a photo printer, but I have heard from several of you that photo paper is nice to have on hand.
School Supplies: Snag it
When I get my kids school supply list I make a master list of the items they need
(5 composition notebooks, 2 bottles of hand sanitizer, 1 calculator)
When I am shopping for items in August I carry that list with me
After I hit all of the super save sales at the big stores
I hit the Dollar Store for some of the remaining items.
Or if the kids run out of supplies mid year when there aren't any sales, this is a great place to find them.
Poster Board: Snag it
Most kids will need this for a project at some point in their school career
It's good to know you can find it here for 50 cents
Foam Board: Snag it
I used foam board for one of my favorite art pieces that I made for my sons room
It's lightweight and can be used for so many things.
Fire Starter: Snag it
We BBQ year round and always have these on hand
With young kids in the house, I would rather have these around than matches or a lighter.
Sharpies: Snag it
Cheap and permanent
I always have one in my purse
Scented Candles: Pass
I already mentioned in part 1 about buying smelly household items.
The things that are supposed to smell don't
(and ironically some of the things that shouldn't smell do)
Skip on these
Gift Wrap: snag it
I know most people aren't wrapping present anymore, but when you do, there are some great prints for only a buck.
Gift Bags: Snag it
Out of all of the comments, most of you told me that you pick up your gift bags at the Dollar Store.
I don't buy bags often but there have been times when my supply has been running low and I have picked a few up.
I so agree with the tissue paper and would include the gift bags because sometimes my recycled gift bag assortment amazingly doesn't have just the "right" bag for the occasion.
Party Supplies: Snag it (cautiously)
The party supplies are great for kids birthday parties or school parties but I would skip them if you need heavy duty paper ware.
There is a huge assortment of colors to match any party
Plastic cutlery: Pass
I sometimes buy these to put inside my kids lunches but would be embarrassed to use them for a party.
They are flimsy and break easily and I'm not the only one that hasn't had a good experience with them.
I totally agree. Another pass - the plasticware (to use at parties), breaks as soon as you use it!
Ribbon: Snag it
Several of you told me you pick up their ribbon.
I had no idea the Dollar store carried such an assortment.
I like those little plastic treat bags that have pictures printed on them and curly ribbon. I use them to wrap up my handmade items that I sell online. It only costs a few cents and makes my customers feel like they got something special because they get a cute package to open when their order arrives.
Candles: Snag it
Always good to have on hand
You never know when you will need them
Party Trays: Snag it
There are several different shapes and sizes to choose from at our dollar store
A thing to snag is the silver trays...they are so pretty to take to a party when I bring a dish to share...and i can just leave the tray..for 1$ it is ok!
Straws: Snag it
I always have these on hand at home.
My kids are too big for sippy cups, but still occasionally spill
I have several insulated cups from Starbucks that we use at home.
A drink is always more fun with a straw in it!
Invitations and thank you notes: Snag it
There are so many ways to make invitations special and do it without spending a lot of money, but if you are looking for doing it the quick and easy way, the dollar store has some great invitations that don't cost a lot of money.
I loved this set that also had matching thank you notes.
Kids Party Supplies/Favors: Snag it
The Dollar Store is always the first place I check for party supplies.
There are several very popular kids themes and you can usually find something to go along with your parties theme
More party items: Snag it
You can also sometimes get balloon weights there, much cheaper than the party store.
I did find balloon weights at our store, and cute favor boxes.
It's worth stopping at the dollar store first before you hit the party supply store
Cards: Snag it
Another huge response in my comments section was for the greeting cards.
Our store has a huge selection and always features cards for upcoming holidays (mother's day, graduation, etc...)
You can't beat the price!
love the greeting cards @ 2/$1!
Are you surprised about some of the things you can pick up at the Dollar Store?
I know I was!
Anything I missed that you would like to add to the list?