What kind of things do you buy at the Dollar stores?

United States
August 22, 2008 5:07pm CST
Not only do I shop at the dollar stores I also am an asst manager at one. I work for Dollar General here in Virginia. I buy all kinds of things from the store I work at. Once a week I get my can goods from there and my cleaning supplies as well . There line of cloths is Bobby brooks and I love them . I always get great sales from there .. the only down fall is we don't get a a discount from working there .. it would be nice but we don't. What kind of things do you buy from dollar stores and which ones do you shop at ?
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@coffeebreak (17811)
• United States
24 Aug 08
I mainly buy toys for my grand kids - a buck and they just play the living daylights out of it! Many times the dollar toys are played with longer or more often than the more expensive ones! I just got both my girls pricness stuff - necklaces, earings, brackelts etc all in a package - a buck. Also a furry capelet, and a princess wand. This i s the first toy they run to when they come to my house and they literally "wear it" all day long! Whether they are actually playing princess or not, they just love wearing it! ANd there sits the My Littles PEt SHop stash...forgotten! I also always check every single isle everytime I go in - never know what they might have this week! They have been increasing their scrapbook section - and that stuff can get rather pricey in stores - but a buck at Dollar Tree and name brands and all! I love their box cereals - Malt-o-Meal brand - better than the name brands! Hair stuff, school stuff they just have such a variety and all for a buck. Hope mine doesn't raise the prices any! If you are a Asst Maanger - how much of your pay check gets spent before you leave the store!?!?!?!?! LOL!!! my daughter was looking for a second part time job and I mentioned to her Dollar Tree was hiring and that is what she said - "my pay check would be spent before I got out the door!".
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• United States
24 Aug 08
alot of my pay check goes back into the store ..LOL mostly things for the house I started putting up the holiday toys today .. can you believe it .. I started at dollar general as a part time cashier it will be a year ago on the 26th of this month... I started being an asst manager about 2 months ago when I stared I only worked 15 hrs a week .. now I am full time 40 hours a week but I love it :)
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@coffeebreak (17811)
• United States
25 Aug 08
It probably would be a "fun" job - just seeing all the new things that come in and setting some aside for yourself!!!! But I guess so what if you do spend your paycheck - you'd spend it elsewhere anyway! Have fun!
• United States
25 Aug 08
oh your so right I would spend my pay check somewhere else .. so whay not find the bargins like everyone else .. yea I do put things aside from time to time .. and I really love setting up the displays with new items .. I love it .. have a great day and thanks for posting again hugs me
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
23 Aug 08
I love Dollar General and drive 25 miles to go to one.....I love their glitter pens by starlitz....I use them for making my cards. I also love the Bobby Brooks clothes and last year found the best pair of sweats I have ever worn! Thier supplements are less expensive like I use fish oil or flax oil and it's by far cheaper and when I was looking for a round plastic table cloth last year.....yup....got it at Dollar General. We have a Dollar tree here and I buy my napkins...and other paper goods as well as scrapping and craft supplies for my granddaughter. I love dollar stores!
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• United States
23 Aug 08
good for you .. keep a good eye out becouse dollar general is getting alot of new products .. alot of new name brand foods too .. we are re doing our shelves in the store and stocking new stuff .. I am not sure how fast they are doing it in your area but ours is going up this week
@peavey (16991)
• United States
22 Aug 08
I buy mainly groceries, but sometimes things like socks or small gifts. I'll get holiday candy there, like for Halloween or Christmas. I go to Family Dollar, Dollar General and another one I can't remember the name of... haven't been to any of them in awhile, so it's about time for it!
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• United States
23 Aug 08
Oh holiday candy is awsome at the dollar stores I save so much money .. we get so many kids here .. last year I made about 110 candy bags and they all went .. now I know this year to buy alot more
• Canada
22 Aug 08
When I am in a dollar store I am in a state of glory. Much of my craft supplies I buy, food, coffee, extention cords, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, Cheetos, underwear and socks...my list could extend up and down every aisle. Usually, I just go in, grab a basket, and let my pocketbook be my guide.
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• United States
22 Aug 08
LOl you sound like me .. whats the name if the store you shop at ? it sounds like the kind of store I work in .. we carry some craft supplies mostly stuff for scrap booking .. which I personally have done ..
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• United States
22 Aug 08
One of the dollar stores here does not have that much of a big selection of anything. But when I go, I always buy several bags of candy. lol. I have this decorated cross with a scripture on it that sits on my table--it's really beautiful. I also buy those plastic and glass things--I don't know what they're called--and I've filled some with potpourri and some with seashells that I also got from the dollar store. And also, I've bought those toothbrushes there's like 5 for a dollar, and candles too.
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• United States
22 Aug 08
it sounds like the store you go to is real nice.. my store sells so much stuff .. cloths.. movies .. toys .. candles .. cards .. housewears .. so you can guess where my pay check goes to LOL
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@bunnybon7 (46696)
• Holiday, Florida
23 Aug 08
cool. i love the dollar store and the 99cent store. i've shopped them for years. its surprising how you can sometimes find brand names at such a low price. makes me wonder how and why they offer it so much cheaper than other stores.
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@saundyl (9789)
• Canada
27 Aug 08
Water Spray bottles, Hair ties, Shower curtains, glasses and mugs, floatie toys, scrapbooking material, dog chewies, gift wrap, chili powder, phone line, cd cases, candy, some toys, paper towel. It really depends all on my mood and what I'm inclined to buy as i wander through and the prices. I LOVE dollarama. They have awesome prices on things like dove shampoo and soaps and stuff as well as colouring books and crayons and dog toys.
• United States
27 Aug 08
you really like to shop in the dollar store LOL just like me ... The only thing I can say I don't buy from them is meat.. we sell milk and bread I buy them at my job.. pet milk and natures own bread :) Hugs me
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@saundyl (9789)
• Canada
27 Aug 08
The dollar stores here don't sell much for food so I don't buy that from there.
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• United States
27 Aug 08
we have so much food in our store .. and we are stocking new products this week .. its exciting for me becouse for one the store is growing.. second I know my prices and I will be saving even more money shopping there with the new things we are getting in that I normally get at a regular food store . Thanks for posting hugs me
@wachit14 (3599)
• United States
23 Aug 08
I do buy things in my local dollar store, but sometimes I wonder if I'm getting the best deal. I sometimes see things in Walmart and Target where the prices are actually lower than the dollar store, but my dollar store is so close to me that I will often go there to pick up wrapping paper, gift bags and greeting cards. I did order balloons from the dollar store and they were quite a bit less than the party store and they did just as good a job.
• Canada
23 Aug 08
This is definitely true! Most things at the dollar store are the best deals, but not everything! You really have to know your stuff and the pricing of different stores. I've even found that there are some things that one dollar store will have for $1 each, another dollar store will have them 2/$1. But if the dollar store is closest to you there is probably so little difference in some things that it's not worth a trip further to save so little. I have a Walmart closer to me than any of the good dollar stores, so if I only needed a couple of things and Walmart's only like a quarter more there is no point in me going to the dollar store for it.
• United States
23 Aug 08
you really have to know your prices no doubt .. I find can goods are good prices .. cleaning products .. but as long as you know your prices you know where to get the better deal
@mommyboo (13191)
• United States
23 Aug 08
I'm actually going to keep better track to ensure I get a better deal when I do go to the 99 cent store and do not pay more for an item than I would at the grocery store or Target. I try to only buy things at the 99 cent store if it would cost me more anywhere else I go - or it's something I like that I can't find anywhere else.
• United States
23 Aug 08
I was just at Dollar General today. I was really just killing some time before an appointment. I got some of those green bags for veggies, and a little musical saxephone for my daughter's boyfriend's little girl. I usually stop in at the 99cent store once a week just to see what is new. While I am there, I will pick up tooth paste, shampoo, dish soap, and what ever else may catch my eye. Oh yeah, I have to pick up some kind of little toy to put in the toy box.*L*
• United States
23 Aug 08
I hoped you liked it .. I guess you did find some good sales since you bought some things :) I am not only working there but I do alot of shopping there myself as well ..
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• United States
23 Aug 08
The one I went to was really kind of nice. It was big, not overly crowded, but had a lot of stuff, and some pretty good prices compared to the grocery stores. I was really kind of surprised to see brand name foods there, and there was a good variety of food items there, as well.
• United States
25 Aug 08
we carry alot of brand name foods .. how the dollar stores get them is simple .. over stock from regular food stores .. which was somethiong I never knew untill I started to work for dollar general .. thanks for the post .. glad you enjoyed the store you went too . Hugs me
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@jomom75 (90)
• Canada
23 Aug 08
Here in Canada our good dollar stores are Dollar Giant and Dollarama. We go to both of them a LOT. We buy all sorts of things from there; garbage bags, sandwich bags, kitchen utensils(I get the BEST "spoonula's" from there), storage items(like baskets), hangers, dish cloths, kitchen towels, stationary, gift wrap and bags, cards, socks, craft stuff, seasonal decorations, and definitely so much more. They are truly a money saver! Just one example, I got a booklight from there that I have seen at other places for anywhere from $5 to $15, the exact same light, and I only paid a buck, got a backup one too. We spent some time in the US and we shopped at the 99 Cent Store and Dollar Tree while we were there. There is some things different that the dollar stores there had that we don't have in our dollar stores here and vice versa. I didn't shop at Dollar General a whole lot because not everything was $1 and under there, I like the stores where nothing is over a dollar. I did shop at Dollar General a bit in AZ when we were there though because there wasn't an under a dollar kind of dollar store near where we were.
• United States
23 Aug 08
Dollare general does not claim to have everything for a dollar.. alot of people are mislead due to there own thinking beocuse of the word dollar in the name .. I am glad you enjoyed the dollar tree I like that store too
• Canada
26 Aug 08
Yep, didn't say they did claim that:). But yes, it is sort of deceiving to see the word "dollar" in the name and it not be an actual dollar store, we have lots of stores up here that are like that too, fortunately though I know which ones are the real dollar stores. Sadly most of them are a rip-off, they make you think you're getting deal but you really aren't, I've gone into some of them and seen things priced for $4 in their "dollar" store that I get for $1 in the real dollar stores. Dollar General wasn't too bad though, we bought stuff from there to supply an apartment that we were only staying in for a couple of months, the quality wasn't good on most of the stuff we got, but it served our purpose perfectly, we only needed it to last a couple of months and we didn't want to spend much and that's exactly what we got!
@di1159 (1580)
• United States
23 Aug 08
I go to the 99 ceents only store. Lately though, prices have increased a bit. It's still a lot cheaper than the regular store though. I buy fresh fruits and vegetables, canned goods, some frozen veggies, individual pizzas, pot pies, frozen fish filets, and a lot of paper goods. Every week there is a new item for that week. Sometimes it's 2 liter sodas which are sold 2 for 99 cents, sometimes is other discounted items. I also buy bread and bagels. I stocked up on a lot of items today for $89.00 so I pretty much have a lot of extras and meals to make for a small amount of money. These days, it really helps out to be able to get extras at rock bottom prices.
• United States
23 Aug 08
Is buying food from dollar stores safe? About a year or so we had some news story here about telling us basically not to buy anything that we would put into our bodies....food..toothpaste..etc. If I am wrong, let me know.
• United States
23 Aug 08
I heard the same thing .. yes its perfectly safe .. as in any store just check your dates .. I buy alot of food from the store I work at .. can goods .. hubby loves hamburger helper but I buy dollar general brand just as good and alot cheaper.. yes prices have gone up all over .. as I posted we are getting alot of new food product in .. mostly brand names .. so you may want to take the time to compare prices from your food store to dollar general
@oscar6 (1938)
• United States
1 Sep 08
I shop at dollar tree. I buy a lot of different things there. I buy cleaning products, dishes, office supplies, cooking supplies, gift wrap and so much more. I also buy my shampoo there and my shaving cream. I love dollar stores and I buy as much as possible there since they are way cheaper then other places. I even buy food their occasionally.
• United States
1 Sep 08
Hi there and thanks for posting, my son and I went to the dollar tree the other evening and I picked up a few things .. I got him some school supplies .. some snacks for school .. I like to get my fake flowers from there as well .. for the fall and then some for the spring too .. I love to save money like the next guy.. Hugs me
• United States
28 Aug 08
Woah! Dollar General is not just in Texas?? Crazy. Anyways i've bought it all. Food, clothes, shoes, hats, books, movies, games, stationary, candy, school supplies, holiday decor, crafts, candles, bath products, and now frozen (since they finally added a frozen section)! I love the dollar stores! Especially Dollar Tree... my FAVORITE!
• United States
28 Aug 08
no its sure not LOL they are so many branches you would be suprised.. you sound like me on what I buy in there too LOL .. Thanks for posting .. happy lotting Hugs me
@cher913 (25859)
• Canada
24 Aug 08
i live in canada and have one dollar store that gets clothing in from time to time and i just bought a denim skirt (for a dollar!) and i buy a lot of scrapbooking stuff from different dollar stores for my cards and books, plus candy, shower gel and hair stuff.
• United States
24 Aug 08
we have a clothing section all year round at our store.. we also sell greeting cards and stuff for scrapbooking as well .. my boss laughts at me becouse every time we get something new I am like ohhhhh there goes my pay check again LOL
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• United States
23 Aug 08
I don't shop at Dollar General or Family Dollar much. I do a lot of shopping at Dollar Tree where everything is a dollar. I buy a good bit of my teaching supplies there as they've started stocking a bunch of teaching stuff. I have a lot of projects to do with children and I don't want to break the bank if I can help it. Sometimes I will buy some food products there but more often than not, it's usually bagged products or some canned goods. I also like checking out there craft products. Sometimes they have wooden unfinished boxes that we can turn into pretty craft projects. Sometimes they have other nice crafts too that we can turn into something nice if we look hard enough. We have bought cleaning supplies from the Dollar Tree a few times and they worked fine. We bought a shower spray that we would spray the shower down with every once we each had finished our shower and it kept it clean.
• United States
23 Aug 08
as long as you are saving money thats all that matters .. dollar trees here are now raiseing some of there prices on diffrent products .. with the way the prices are going up I don't know for how much longer they can keep things at a 1.00 anymore with out loseing money
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
23 Aug 08
I like to buy craft supplies & some basic household stuff like baskets or whatnot...most recently I bought birthday party supplies for my daughter! I have never been a big fan of the cleaning products or foods that ours carry, but mostly I like to just go in and see what they have and if there's anything I need.
• United States
23 Aug 08
I can browse dollar stores for hours on end .. I liek to leave hubby home when I go becouse he hates to go shopping LOL becouse I browse too much for him
@irishidid (8712)
• United States
23 Aug 08
I used to work at the Dollar General. Mean Green. I think DG is the only place that sells it around here.
• United States
23 Aug 08
mean green is a really good product .. I tries it for the first time a few weeks ago and I love it .. I have to look in my local food lion to see if they carry it or not ..
• United States
23 Aug 08
I just bought a a new food journal, Green Rubber Bracelette, and Some pain relief at the Dollar General store on Thursday! It cost me $1.50 for the journal has the pattern of a quilt on it, the pain relief was like $2.00, the bracelette was $1.00! I am calling my bracelette, my Reminder bracelette. To help me stay on track with my eating! I have bought calculators there. Some cleaning supplies. Make up. Some canned goods. there is a good selection really.
• United States
23 Aug 08
ahhh got the food journal .. good for you my new friend :) you can get some really good stuff there no doubt .. keeo an eye on the journals they do go on sale alot :) ( just a hint for ya LOL )
• India
23 Aug 08
I think Dollar shops are very interesting concept.I visited one when I had gone to US some years back.I almost bought things worth 50$ as everything looked so cheap.I bought toys, small figurines etc.Some things also got broke while coming backHowever it was a good experience.
• United States
23 Aug 08
glad you had a good experiance .. next time if you get a chance to do that again .. just pack your things very well .. maybe even ship it ahead of you before you go back home :)
@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
23 Aug 08
I shop at Dollarama, and the rule for me is pretty much everything is ok unless I put it in my mouth. There have been too many stories of counterfeit goods, and expired stuff ending up in dollar stores, I wouldn't risk it. There's really no clothes at the dollar stores here in Ontario, maybe a few socks, but that's about it.
• United States
23 Aug 08
as long as you check the dates on the foods they are ok .. let me explain about the expired dates .. some employes are either too lazy to roatte the food when the trucks come in .. putting the new things in the back and bringing the older forward .. thats why there was a conflict on the food .. I personally am always checking the dates on the food we carry and if its old or getting ready to expire I pull it from the shelf and destory it .. did you know 99% of the foods with a name u never heard of are made by the major compinies such as hunts etc .. something for you to think about :)