10 Things You Should Always Buy at Dollarama
While there are certainly some things you should avoid at Dollarama (i.e. canned meat), we all know the dollar store can offer some cheap and well-worth it buys. The answer of what to buy and what not to buy isn’t always that obvious, so we did some sleuthing to uncover which items are a waste of money if you purchase them anywhere else. Take a look at 8 things you should always buy at Dollarama below.
Household Cleaning Products
If you go to grocery stores for household cleaning products, you’re paying a premium. Not only does Dollarama sell brand name dish soap for less, their house brand is only $1 and works just as well. Same goes for cleaning products like window cleaner and all purpose cleaner.
Tip: Also buy your dish rags and hand towels here; you’re using them to clean up a mess anyways.
From Christmas ornaments to Halloween decorations, Dollarama usually has a large selection of seasonal decor. Do not waste your money on expensive decorations that are in storage for most of the year. If you’re going to decorate your entire house, why not do it for less?
Tip: Avoid holiday lights as they don’t have the best safety reputation at discount stores.
Similar to holiday decorations, Dollarama is a great place to source party supplies; they have a wide selection of streamers, confetti, balloons etc. When everything gets thrown out the day afterwards, it doesn’t make sense to spend more than you have to.
Tip: While you’re getting your party supplies, also look for discount gift bags and wrapping paper.
FYI: the brand name candy at Dollarama is not a scam. If you’re craving a chocolate bar or some Lays chips, they’ll definitely be selling it for less.
Tip: Brand name cereal is also cheaper at Dollarama too!
Tupperware can surprisingly get pretty pricey, but at the end of the day as long as they perform their basic function, why pay upwards of $5 at the grocery store? Every store usually has a wide selection of tupperware, so save some dollars the next time you need new ones.
Tip: Check that the lids open and seal properly before buying tupperware.
Basic Beauty Supplies
Beauty supplies can definitely add up so don’t waste money on basic items like cotton swabs and cotton balls, hair elastics, bobby pins, hair brushes and nail files. Dollarama also sometimes gets excess brand name makeup – we’ve seen CoverGirl’s LashBlast Luxe Mascara for only $3!
Tip: When buying cosmetics check for expiration dates and properly sealed packaging.
Okay, we know what you’re thinking: pregnancy tests at the dollar store? But they work! At Dollarama, you can can get pregnancy tests for about $3, and they are just as accurate as the ones in pharmacies. Like all pregnancy tests, it’s not 100% accurate — but they are right 99% of the time. And if you don’t believe us, try for yourself or read real reviews on Dollarama’s pregnancy tests here.
Tip: If you’re trying to get pregnant, buying tests from Dollarama is way more cost efficient than buying from the pharmacy, as you’ll probably be buying often.
It may not be top of the line, but Dollarama actually has a large selection of plates, bowls, mugs and glasses that are comparable to the quality at Walmart. There is also a fairly wide variety of kitchen supplies like spatulas and mixing bowls.
Tip: Everything is open source, so you can buy what you need rather than an entire set.
Always buy batteries at Dollarama – they carry brand name like Panasonic for way less!
Tip: There’s no catch! Batteries are a major steal.
Stocking up on spices at the grocery store can get expensive, but at the Dollarama, you can add just the right amount of spice to your life for less.
Tip: If you’re looking for Himalayan pink salt, you can get it from Dollarama!
Did we miss any of the best buys from Dollarama? Share them in the comment section.
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