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30 Items You Should Never Buy At the Dollar Store


The dollar store can be a wonderful place. If you're like most of us, you're overpaying for lots of everyday items, and dollar stores are one way to save some serious money on these essentials. Why pay more for name brands when you can get the same product for a dollar? It just doesn't make any sense! 

However, there's a downside to buying things this cheap—they're, For many things, this doesn't matter at all. No one is going to be able to tell the difference between your dollar store aluminum foil and their name-brand product that costs twice as much. But for other items, paying a little extra is worth it. And for some specific cases, it's absolutely necessary. If you don't shell out the extra cash for these items, you might find yourself getting burned...literally! The last thing you want is to end up with a major burn because the cheaper option looked like a better deal.

That's why we're counting down the 30 products that you should leave on the shelves when you come across them at the dollar store. Because even if you save money on them in the short term, they'll cost you more in the long run. From baby items to batteries, these are some of the things that no one should buy from the dollar, ever. Are there any items that you absolutely refuse to buy at the dollar store, even if they're half the price of a supermarket?



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