The dollar store is full of junk, and most of it's not worth my time or money—what's the use of buying something just to have it fall apart in a few days? But there are a few things that I like to get there.
- Jarred red peppers. Much cheaper than at the grocery store, and the quality is fine. They're always out of roasted red peppers when I go, but I've tried the ones labeled "sweet," and they work too.
- Batteries. I can't handle the prices on name-brand batteries. Look closely, though; sometimes I find packages with half as many batteries for the same price.
- Prizes and bribes for the kids. I hate to say it, but I don't necessarily want "potty prizes" to be kicking around the house forever. If their natural lifespan is short, that's good with me.
- Halloween candy. You have to choose carefully here. I think Pixy Stix are a great deal, because there are a lot in each package, and kids think they're cool. Some sorts of candy don't come many to a package, though, so check before you buy.
- Yardley soaps. They last practically forever and smell nice. They are more expensive than normal soaps, but for something fun, they're a good price. I also like the Pears soap, but it doesn't last nearly as long for me.
- Orange marmalade. Honestly, I mostly just get this because I love the octagonal jars.
- Tissue paper. But don't try to buy it at Christmas time, they'll be out. Stock up now!
- Craft supplies. They have a pretty good selection of craft supplies, and although I don't do a ton of crafting, I always check here before I go to a craft store.