14 Best Things to Buy at Dollar Stores for the Holidays

If you want to save a few bucks getting festive preparing for the holidays this year, learn to cut corners at the dollar store.

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If you want to save a few bucks getting festive preparing for the holidays this year, learn to cut corners at the dollar store. It’s a boots-on-the-ground savings tactic many large families learned out of necessity long ago. Good thing, too, since Americans expect to spend an average $1,048 shopping for the holidays in 2019, up about 4% from 2018, according to a National Retail Federation survey. The majority of the spending ($659) will go toward gifts, naturally. But a big chunk ($389) will be devoted to decorations, greeting cards, flowers, food and other non-gift purchases.

“You don’t want to break the bank for home decor that’s only on display for one month each year. Dollar stores have everything from large-scale, light-up lawn decorations to festive knick-knacks and wall decor,” says Kelsey Sheehy, personal finance expert at NerdWallet (opens in new tab).

So whether decking your halls, prepping the holiday meal or ho-ho-hosting a seasonal party, see how your budget has a friend at the dollar store.

Bob Niedt
Online Editor, Kiplinger.com

Bob is a Senior Online Editor at Kiplinger.com. He has more than 40 years of experience in online, print and visual journalism. Bob has worked as an award-winning writer and editor in the Washington, D.C., market as well as at news organizations in New York, Michigan and California. Bob joined Kiplinger in 2016, bringing a wealth of expertise covering retail, entertainment, and money-saving trends and topics. He was one of the first journalists at a daily news organization to aggressively cover retail as a specialty, and has been lauded in the retail industry for his expertise. Bob has also been an adjunct and associate professor of print, online and visual journalism at Syracuse University and Ithaca College. He has a master’s degree from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a bachelor’s degree in communications and theater from Hope College.