Last week I made a post around 18 things you should buy at the dollar store and this week I wanted to highlight on items that you should never buy. While there are lots of great deals at your local dollar store, not everything is a bargain. The price may be low, but the size may be smaller, meaning that you can get a better deal elsewhere.
As with anything cheap, quality takes a hit. Many dollar store items are just fine for single or light use. But don’t expect them to last forever. In many cases, you get what you pay for. And sometimes you get even less. So let’s get into what not to buy at the dollar store.
What NOT To Buy At The Dollar Store
Of course every store varies and there can be some fantastic brands of these below items, but generally, these items should be avoided:
- Power Strips, Electrical Cords and Electronics: Any time something electrical is made with lesser quality materials, it can lead to electrical fires and a generally subpar device.
- Batteries that Contain Carbon Zinc: Inferior batteries can cause serious damage since they can leak. Also, they run out of juice a lot sooner than mainstream brands.
- Vitamins and Medication: Studies have shown that vitamins and medication at the dollar store are often missing essential ingredients and aren’t as strictly regulated by the FDA.
- Plastic Wrap, Oven Mitts and Knives: These items simply don’t work as well as the more expensive variety.
- Toys that can break into small pieces: Any plastic toys that can easily break into smaller pieces aren’t a good idea for the kiddies.
- Cotton Swabs: They have a tendency to break easier and since the name brand is not much more, you’re better off going with that.
- Off-Brand Makeup, Shampoo and Conditioner, and Lotions: While some people swear by these dollar store products to save money, it really depends on the specific item. Many of these items are filled with chemicals that could be harsh on your skin and dry out your hair. Plus, they may not be allergy tested.
- Candles: Generally, candles don’t burn long and omit a less-than-desirable odor.
- Glue and Crayons: These items simply do not work as well, and you’ll be spending more to replace them.
- Pet Food: Depending on the product, some pet foods you’d find at the dollar store may not be as carefully regulated as other stores.
- Kids’ Floaties (Flotation Devices): With anything involving safety, you’re better off paying more for a stronger, more durable flotation device.
- Some Cleaning Supplies: Much of the feedback on dollar store cleaning supplies is they are more diluted than a regular brand.
- Feminine Products: Tampons, pads, panty liners, pregnancy tests, and feminine hygiene products, like washes, should all be purchased from a reputable store or pharmacy. You definitely don’t want to put something in or on your body that is full of toxins.
Anything else that you think I have missed? I would love to know about it in the comments.