6 Things you should NOT buy at the Dollar Store

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Few things are as irresistible as a good ‘ol fashioned bargain. For some of us, simply the thrill of getting more for less is enough of a reward in and of itself.

But as the adage goes: You get what you pay for. And while this isn’t always the case, of course, it likely applies to at least some of the things at your local dollar store.

So, the next time you’re tempted to save a buck by buying the following items for a dollar, just…don’t.

There are most certainly ways to find precisely what you want online, shop safely, and have a perfectly pleasant experience. Here’s how…

  1. Electronics
    The next time you arrive at the electronics aisle at the dollar store, just keep walking. According to a dollar store safety report released by nonprofit organizations the Ecology Center and Campaign for Healthier Solutions, both extension cords and USB cables from dollar stores tested high in chlorine. And that’s just for starters. “Most electronics that plugin are junk and don’t last long, especially HDMI cords and power strips,” says consumer savings expert, Andrea Woroch.
  2. Toys
    I know, I know: The prospect of snagging a basket of toys for less than the price of a fast-food value meal is enticing. But don’t take the bait. If offered to your feistiest child or grandchild, these toys probably wouldn’t make it out of the parking lot in one piece. And worse yet, many of these toys are made in China and have not been tested by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  3. Tools
    Oh, sure. It sounds like a great deal: a $1 hammer. But with its poor quality, subpar engineering, and horrible execution, this tool probably wouldn’t remain in your toolbox for long.
  4. Knives
    Straws, perhaps. Food storage containers, maybe. But knives? Nope. When you’re prepping for dinner at the end of a tiring day, you’ll want a knife that can get the job done—and one from the dollar store will likely not live up to the duty.” And dull knives can be very dangerous,” Woroch adds.
  5. Pet food or treats
    “Many folks have found that giving cheap food or chewable to the dog means having a violently ill pet,” says Woroch. Sticking to name-brand pet food is often your best bet, especially if your dog or cat has dietary restrictions. Additionally, you might discover you’ll get more bang for your buck at big-box stores.
  6. Batteries
    Purchasing batteries is a necessity that often puts a dent in your wallet, especially if you buy them regularly. But in the long run, you’re better off springing for batteries from a regular retailer.


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