Don’t think anything useful can come from the dollar store but perhaps that’s all you have nearby? Here are some useful homesteading supplies that you can look for at any dollar store!
You know I’m all about money and making my dollar stretch as far as it can go. Moving to a smaller town has been a challenge for me since I don’t have as many options of where we can shop but I’m always up for a good challenge!
I checked out the local dollar store right away because…well there aren’t many other places to shop! I found that I was pleasantly surprised. I’d always found a few things at the dollar stores in our old town before we moved but now that I took the time to really look around I was really excited about all the ways I could save money on homesteading supplies by shopping there.
Here are some useful things I’ve found around the dollar store. I know that items can vary from store to store so you might have different things at your store. Let me know in the comments what homesteading supplies you find at your local dollar store!
1. Sewing Needles. I found this very large pack of 60 sewing needles at the dollar store. Perfect for all the Easy Sewing Projects you might be doing! This was a pretty exciting find for me since I just spent $4 at the fabric store the week before on needles…
2. Cheesecloth. Cheesecloth is a hit or miss at my dollar store but I’ve also seen thin fabric towels that work in place of cheesecloth as well (and are more easily washed and reused anyways!). I use cheesecloth for various projects including Homemade Yogurt Cheese.
3. Freezer Bags. I love freezer bags for saving food scraps for later and for preserving if I’m making things like Frozen Tomatoes or various types of frozen fruits. $1 for 20 freezer bags is a pretty good deal. Oh by the way..here’s a handy post on how long things last in the freezer.
4. Plastic Buckets. Buckets…can any homesteader ever have enough? They seem to serve endless purposes around the house and garden! The dollar store always has a plethora of buckets in all shapes and sizes. I like to use the food grade ones for food storage and the buckets with handles for outdoor projects and a chicken scrap bucket.
5. Heavy String. I can find various kinds and thicknesses of string and twine at the dollar store most of the time. Just like buckets, string always seems to come in handy for various tasks. It’s also perfect for stringing up at homemade clothesline if you are working on some Frugal Laundry Strategies.
6. Wooden Clothespins. At my dollar store, this was right now to the heavy string. I love clothespins for re-closing all kinds of different bags and hanging up random things. And of course for hanging up clothes! (Here’s a cute Homemade Clothespin Bag project!)
7. Rice. We don’t usually eat plain white rice but I do use it in a variety of projects such as Homemade Hand Warmers and Homemade Heating Pads or in fun activities for the kids like this Construction Bin. The dollar store seems to be the cheapest place I can find rice that is perfect for those projects.
8. Cards. At the beginning of this year, I mentioned that we were going to do more written correspondence this year instead of relying on social media. My favorite cards are the Homestead Cards that my husband designed for me. But when I’m looking for a card with a specific theme, I love getting cards at the dollar store. They have smaller packs with several cards for a dollar or larger cards for only $1 each. I like the larger cards for when I’m sending pictures.
9. Epsom Salt. In case you don’t already know, there are so many Uses for Epsom Salt. I particularly love them for a sore muscle soak and detox baths.
10. Tiny Containers. The dollar store always has a large selection of plastic containers but my favorites are these little tiny containers. They usually come in a 6-10 pack and are BPA free! They are perfect for putting in some of my DIY Projects like lotions, shaving creams, etc.
11. Rain Ponchos. I like to keep a few of those cheap rain ponchos in the mudroom for cold rainy days. They are also nice to keep in the car in case of an emergency.
12. Socks. Can a person ever have too many socks? Either the washer eats them or they end up getting lost somewhere between the laundry basket and the drawer. Not to mention the muddy ones from being outside. We go through socks like crazy! I found lots of socks at the dollar store for $1 for 3 pairs.
13. Towels. Sometimes I use old clothing or other old things for rags around the house but my very favorite is small washcloths and cut up kitchen towels. Since towels are only $1 for a 2-4 pack at the dollar store they make perfect cheap Homemade Un-Paper Towels.
There are so many more homesteading supplies that I could mention but these are a few of my favorites! I’d love to hear about what you find for homesteading supplies at your local dollar store.
–Love the dollar store? Here are some Toddler Busy Bags that you can make from dollar store items!
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What are some of the awesome homesteading supplies you’ve found at the dollar store?
This blog post on Homesteading Supplies from the Dollar Store has been updated as of December 2018.