dollar store long-term bargainsIn the past, we've slammed stuff from the dollar store that wasn't worth your buck but, as you might expect, I have a lot of things from the dollar store in my home. Many of them have been around for two to four years and are still in use. Each one of these only cost me a buck or two at the dollar store but would have cost as much as three times more at a department store. Here's an example of what I mean.

In my kitchen -

The four-sided metal cheese grater I own is one of the first items I ever bought in a dollar store and is at least four years old. The same day I bought it, I saw the exact same grater in a major department store for three times the price.

My dollar store supplies for the kitchen also include:

  • silicone mixing spoons and spatulas
  • metal egg turners and ladles with comfort-grip handles
  • digital timers
  • plastic storage containers
  • wine glasses and tumblers
  • mugs
  • ceramic salt and pepper shakers

Gardening supplies

I have a set of sturdy hand-held metal trowels, cultivators and other garden tools that I've had almost from the beginning of my dollar-store shopping experience. They are dirty and the leather hangers have fallen off but, otherwise, they are in perfect condition. Other gardening things I use every summer that have stood the test of time are pruning shears and various-sized plastic patio planters.

Bathroom

Some of the dollar store items I have in my bathroom include a toilet bowl brush in a stand (I think I paid two bucks for that),
embroidered fingertip towels and attractive 8" square canvas-style artwork.

Office supplies

The stationery aisle at the dollar store has supplied a bunch of stuff for my home office including:
  • folding file boxes
  • file folders
  • 1" binders
  • retractable ball point pens
  • scissors
  • desk top tape dispenser
  • mesh pencil cup
  • mesh wastebasket
  • calculators
  • stapler
Craft tools

Among the items I've brought home from the dollar store craft section, here are just a few that are still functioning as intended:
  • a metal Exacto-like knife with extra blades
  • scrapbook paper storage folders
  • decorative paper punches
  • craft scissors (the ones that cut a pattern into the paper.)

You can see examples of some of the things I've mentioned above at your local Dollar Tree.

Now I want to hear from you. Tell me some of the things you've bought at the dollar store that met or even exceeded your expectations.

Marlene Alexander is a freelance writer and dollar store diva. She writes tips and ideas for home decorating using only items from the dollar store.

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