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40 Best Things That Cost $1 Or Less

ShannonNovember 17, 2018
Yankee Candle makes all of their scents in mini form. JGuana.com

21. Mini Candles

Burning a scented candle can make a house cozy and smell delicious. At Yankee Candle, you can get miniature candles for just $1, and most dollar stores have them as well.

Antique malls and co-ops have options in every price range. AppleAnnieAntiques.com

20. Antiques

There is a common misconception that all antiques are expensive. If you have an antique mall or co-op in your local area, it is seriously worth checking out. You would be surprised just how many things you can find for $1.

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19. Packs of Seeds

If you want to try your luck at having a green thumb, check out Home Depot, where they sell packs of seeds for just 50 cents each. Amazon.com also sells 50 packs of assorted seeds for just $17, making it even cheaper per-pack.

Herbs and spices can add a lot of flavor to your cooking. Credit: Pexels

18. Herbs and Spices

If you aren’t already using herbs and spices in your cooking, you should really grab some! Most grocery stores have one-dollar brands, and Walmart has just about everything you could ever need.

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17. Yard Sale Items

At most yard sales, people are trying to clear out their house, and they aren’t picky about the asking prices on a lot of their goods. This means that it’s possible to score tons of unexpected things for just $1.

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16. The Sunday Newspaper

Buying a paper newspaper might sound old school, but you can actually get a lot out of a newspaper. It helps to keep you up on local news, and if you buy on Sunday, you can get coupons that will save you on purchases for the rest of the week. 

The travel section has almost anything you could ever want. Credit: TheKrazyCouponLady.com

15. Travel-Sized Products

Do you ever buy a full-sized product and realize that it expires before it all gets used up? The travel section of Walmart and Target have just about everything you need for just $1, so it’s worth checking out, even if you don’t plan to go on vacation any time soon.

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14. Ear Plugs

If you have a partner who snores, or if you plan on sleeping on an overnight flight, make sure to buy some ear plugs. They are usually available at most dollar stores.

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13. Eye Mask

If you are planning to travel somewhere, or if you get a lot of light coming through your windows, an eye mask can help improve your quality of sleep by blacking our your vision.

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12. A Dog or Cat Toy

Instead of just buying things for yourself, why not treat your furry friend to a new toy? Most dollar stores sell pet toys, and even PetCo and PetSmart have $1 options.

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11. The Clearance Section at Target

Target is always updating their inventory, and when a season is over, everything goes on clearance up to 90% off the original price. You can stock up on tops of useful items for $1 or less.

There are several brands that sell $1 nail polish. Credit: Pexels

10. Nail Polish

Some brands of nail polish, like Wet & Wild, are just $1 per bottle. This will help save you even more by skipping a manicure.

Even as an adult, you can still enjoy arcade games. Credit: Pexels

9. Arcade Games

Depending on where you go, arcade games can range from 25 cents to $1 per game.  Whether it’s a claw machine, pinball, billiards, or a vintage video game, you can spend your dollar on a few minutes of fun. While it may not last very long, you can get in touch with your inner child.

Most decks of cards only cost $1. Credit: Pexels

8. A Deck of Cards

If you plan to invite your friends over for a beer, why not get ready with a deck of cards? You can play poker, mafia, and so much more. They are sold at Walmart and Target, and nearly every dollar store sells decks of cards, too.

Blue IKEA bags can be used for a lot of things. Credit: Ikea

7. IKEA Bags

Those blue IKEA bags near the cash registers are extremely useful and versatile. Made from durable tarpaulin, they can really take a beating. They’re great for moving into a new apartment, carrying clothes to the laundromat, and so much more.

Just about every type of liquor comes in miniature form. Credit: Bloomberg

6. Mini Liquor Bottles

If you really wish you could have a cocktail at the end of the day, but you don’t want to buy a whole bottle, mini shots are perfect. They also help with pre-gaming before going out with your friends.

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5. Dryer Sheets

Not everyone bothers to use fabric softener or dryer sheets, but once you do, you’ll never go back. They smell amazing, and they can also be used to stuff into stinky shoes and drawers to freshen up your home.

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4. Greeting Cards

Whether it’s someone’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, or if you want to wish someone to “Get Well Soon”, people appreciate a nice greeting card with a note inside. All dollar stores have a big greeting card section, but most drug stores and even Hallmark have a 99 cent card section.


Movies are only a dollar a day with Redbox. Credit: Digital Trends

3. Rent a Movie From Redbox

Redbox is only $1 a day to rent a movie. To make the process go faster, reserve your movie online ahead of time, and all you need to do is put your credit card in the machine, and it will know what your ordered. Just remember to return it within 24 hours!

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2. Dollar Spot Items At Target

When you walk through the door at Target, there are tons of amazing $1 to $3 items to match the current season. There are also snacks and educational items for children. When things go on clearance, you can snag some great deals at just a few cents.

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1. A Balloon

Dollar Tree has balloons for just $1 each, and you can buy one for any occasion. Even adults love receiving balloons on their birthday, Mother’s day, Valentine’s Day, and so much more. Your friends will really appreciate the gesture.