Supplies That You Should Not Buy From The Dollar Stores

Supplies That You Should Not Buy From The Dollar Stores

Dollar stores are wonderful places for those prepping on a budget but don’t be fooled by those low prices. Some things are good buys, while many others need to just be skipped over. These items are selected based on my dollar store prepping experiences. Supplies That You Should Not Buy From The Dollar Stores

Toilet Paper

Toilet paper is a hygiene necessity for everyone in the country. Sure, a buck for a four-pack of rolls may seem like a good deal, until you use it. It rips very easy and you need a lot to get clean. They aren’t very absorbent and can’t be used to wipe up spills or be used as a makeshift bandage. They do make good tinder, but so does everything paper. Trust me when I say when it comes to T.P. stock up on the brand you like. Many stores have T.P. on sale once a month, so check nearby store flyers for local deals.

Pet Supplies

A frequent symbol in every zombie movie is that of a loyal dog by the survivor’s side. Dogs are dedicated creatures. They are also man’s best friend overall. So, why give them sup pair survival gear? We all know if you prepare for your family this must include any pets you have. They depend on us for food and shelter, just as much as we depend on them for protection and companionship. Dollar store brand products have a nasty history of poisoning our fur/feather babies. The food is made with the lowest grade quality meats and fillers know to be harmful to our pets. Plastic dishes have been known to give hives and other skin irritants to their mouths. The toys quickly fall apart becoming choking hazards.

Plastic Utensils

Nothing is more annoying than doing the dishes. I hate this chore the most in life. Imagine how much more annoying it’ll be when you have to fight zombies at the same time. Do yourself a favor a stock up on disposable goods. Now dollar store plates are good, but the utensils not so much. I can’t tell you how many forks I’ve broken while trying to eat with dollar store plastic cutlery, and that’s the fork. Supplies are already scarce as it is and plastic will be an important trading item so don’t go cheap with this hot item.

Duct Tape

Duct tape goes with everything. Everyone should have one roll on hand at all times because of how versatile it is. Have to apply a bandage, duct tape. Need to repair something, duct tape. People have even been known to make clothes out of it and Duck Tape® even holds a scholarship contest given to the best prom dress made out of there product. Dollar store brand duct tape though is pretty bad. It melts in the heat, doesn’t hold well, has a foul odor to it and when you peel the tape up the glue usually remains behind.


Every prepper should have two complete outfits in every kit. Every dollar store has a clothing aisle and beside socks, I don’t recommend any of it. You can’t try anything on so it’s a hit or miss if it’ll fit. The materials aren’t the best and will most likely fall apart under stress. Lastly, and I know this sounds vain, but they’re always awkwardly shaped and ugly looking. You are most likely to wear something you enjoy looking at than something you aren’t. That’s why you always wear the same old stuff instead of that new shirt you got a few months ago as a gift from your sibling.


The first thing to go in every disaster is electricity. Without electricity we have nothing, gas won’t pump, factories will close, automatic doors won’t open. Everything we know and love is dependent on electricity. Without it, we’ll collapse in forty-eight hours. Dollar store brand batteries are terrible and not worth it. They usually die in a couple of hours, if they even work at all. I’m serious, I bought a pack for four AA batteries and they were all dead. Don’t go cheap on this lifeline, buy name brand.


It is a universal tool for every prepper. Need a pot? Shape one out of foil. Need to strengthen your antenna signal? Wrap foil is it. There’s nothing you can’t do with foil. So, why would you cheap out on this versatile item? The foil often sold here is very thin and tears easily. If you can rip it in half with little to no effort, how do you think it’s going to do as makeshift body armor. The same goes for the disposable pans too. In the long run, you’ll be thankful that you put in the extra effort.


This is from my own experience, but I avoid lighters from the dollar store for many reasons. The first, and foremost being they are difficult to operate. The flint striker takes a lot of effort to spark, and when you need it they never work. They are flimsy and often break easily under the slightest stress. If you thought lighting them is difficult on a normal day, try it on a windy, or rainy day. 

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Written by M.L. Lewis

M.L. Lewis is not new to the world of writing. She has written various short stories and poems throughout the years and has won multiple awards in art and literature. The highest honor she received was Poet of the Year in 2000, and again in 2005. A poem she wrote in honor of law enforcement can be seen in the book, Everything You Wanted to Know about the Heroes in Blue. She was also featured in Encounter magazine for the volunteer work she did for the United States troops. In 2010 she won Resident of the Year in a local newspaper titled The South Hills Messanger. Today, she spends her time increasing her knowledge on disaster preparedness while working on her Ph. D. in Paranormal Studies.

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