Dollar stores have a bad reputation for selling low-quality products and attracting low-quality people. However, those in the know have discovered that dollar stores can be a treasure trove of unexpected delights that people at any income level can enjoy.
Here are 10 times people stumbled across shocking finds:
The Sweet, Sweet World of Off-Brand Cookies
One person raved about their love for Kroger Kaleidoscope cookies. Most people echoed this point by mentioning their love for off-brand Oreo-style cookies. Of course, some differences in texture, consistency, and flavor are likely to exist, but they are NEVER bad. Additionally, cheese crackers from Great Value appear to be another household favorite.
Beauty on a Budget
It’s not just food that can be found at your local dollar store – personal care items are also a popular purchase. One unexpected gem is the Trader Joe’s Shea Butter & Coconut Oil Hair Mask, which one user swears works wonders for their thick, wavy hair. Expensive hair treatment is not always going to be better.
Word of advice: save your money! The amount of folks endorsing deodorants from brands like Suave and Arm & Hammer is insane. They are just as good as any premium brand and can last for a really long time. Impressive odor control, too.
While it’s always important to check the ingredients and dosages before purchasing any medication, users discovered that the cheap and expensive variants often share the same exact ingredients for something as simple as cold relief meds. For those with allergies or sinus issues, the dollar-store nasal spray can be just as effective as a fancy brand for a fraction of the price.
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Comfort for Your Feet and Your Wallet
I can already imagine many people giving an eye roll at this one. Still, those premium-quality shoes are not as good as advertised. One person with arthritis recounted their experience with high-quality shoes; it turns out they were horrible for their feet. A pair of $35 Walmart slippers was far better.
Don’t Break the Bank on Batteries
Here’s a relatively simple product that you definitely don’t want to overspend on. According to one person, Dollar Tree batteries do the job. On top of that, someone advised going for lithium or alkaline ones as long-lasting options.
Clean Like a Pro
Cleaning supplies are just about the same anywhere. Folks recommended glass cleaners, sponges, hand towels, brooms, and much more. One person loved the LA Awesome Cleaner from Dollar Tree to clean up that messy microwave. Another exciting recommendation was Up&Up from Target as a substitute for Magic Eraser.
TVs for Less
Someone recounted their most surprising purchase yet was a $200 Hisense TV they bought on sale. They raved that its picture quality is MUCH better than most TVs on display. Additionally, the volume is decent, and you get fun slideshows too!
Baby Bottoms Deserve the Best
One parent commented about diapers from Dollar General. With sales and coupons, you get immense value and can help save up hundreds of dollars. The same applies to baby wipes which one person claimed to be better quality than the name brand.
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Cooking in Style
Skillets and saucepans can be insanely expensive, but dollar store versions can quickly come down to a few dollars, thanks to clearance and coupons. A few years later, people commented on their pride in these purchases.
Tools for the Average Joe
If you’re anything like me, you might think that tools are one of those things you have to splurge on if you want quality. But this one user tells you how Harbor Freight’s grabber is a game-changer.
You don’t have to be a handyman or a contractor to appreciate their selection of affordable tools. You can find everything you need, from screwdrivers to saws to drills, for your DIY projects and home repairs. And the best part? You don’t have to break the bank to get them.
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10 Iconic Snacks That Should Have Never Been Discontinued
Snacks are a staple of our daily lives, satisfying our cravings and giving us that extra energy boost throughout the day. Some snacks, however, have become a part of our culture and have gained a loyal fan base. These iconic snacks have become a part of our childhood memories, and even after their discontinuation, they still hold a special place in our hearts.
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These 10 Healthy Foods Are Just As Satisfying As Junk Food
In a world where unhealthy foods are often marketed as indulgent treats, it can be easy to overlook the delicious and satisfying healthy options available. Luckily, the internet is filled with people who are eager to share their favorite healthy foods that taste just as good as the less nutritious options. Here are some of the top suggestions from individuals who have found healthy foods that satisfy their cravings just as well as their less healthy counterparts.
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You’re Missing Out If You’ve Never Tried These 10 Gas Station Snacks
When you think of gas station snacks, your mind might immediately jump to the usual chips, candy bars, and energy drinks. However, many gas stations offer a surprisingly wide variety of unique snacks that often go overlooked. From Pickle in a Pouch to Moon Cheese, there are plenty of options to choose from that can satisfy your cravings and offer a new taste experience.
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You’re Way Too Polite If You Do These 10 Things
Being polite is generally considered a good quality, but, as with most things, it can be taken too far. It’s important to remember that being overly polite can have negative consequences. If you struggle to say ‘no’ or get pushed around by others, you may be too polite for your good. This blog post will look at ten signs of being too polite and how to break out of the habit of excessive politeness. Whether you have difficulty saying no in social situations or putting others before yourself, these tips help you take charge of your life and set better boundaries with others.
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