Emergency preparedness can quickly get expensive.  There are Hand Grain Mill, dehydrators, sun ovens, candle ovens , water barrels, and more that all cost a pretty penny.

Emergency Preparedness can quickly get expensive. But if you know what you can buy at the dollar store, you can put the money you save toward bigger ticket items without impacting your budget.

 

But saving up for big ticket items can be easier if you can spend less elsewhere.  There are many emergency preparedness items you can’t get at the dollar store that might cost $2 – $10 elsewhere.  Buy these there and put the extra money toward something else.

 

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25 Preparedness items to get at the dollar store:

These are all items that I personally buy at the dollar store for my preparedness supplies.  I’ve found them to be high enough quality at my local dollar store that I’m satisfied.  But I would suggest you check yours and make sure the quality will hold up and provide well for your family.

 

First Aid Items:

  • Bandaids
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Burn cream
  • Vinyl gloves
  • Bandanas (great as bandages among many other uses)
  • Super glue (good as a bandage for small cuts)
  • Hydrogen peroxide

 

72 Hour kit items:

  • Magnifying glass (to start a fire)
  • Glow sticks (great for kids 72 hour kits)
  • Compact mirror (for signaling)
  • Ponchos
  • Small packets of pain killers, cold medicine etc
  • Basic sewing kit

 

Power Outage items:

Other items:

  • Duct tape
  • Nylon rope
  • Bungee cords
  • Zip (cable) ties
  • Work gloves
  • Can opener (important if you have lots of cans in your food storage, but be careful of quality)

 

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30 Everyday Dollar Store Items

In addition to the above emergency preparedness items that I buy at the dollar store, there are other everyday items I buy there as well.  Again, getting these items at the dollar store saves me a few dollars per item.  I am able to use the money I save for other purposes (like big ticket emergency preparedness items).

 

Personal Care Items:

  • Floss
  • Toothbrushes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Feminine Hygiene supplies (also great in a first aid kit as bandages for heavy bleeding)
  • Cotton balls
  • Combs
  • Fingernail clippers

 

Office Supplies:

  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Basic paper scissors
  • Coloring books
  • Bubble envelopes / packing supplies
  • Safety pins

 

Kitchen Items:

  • Coffee Filters (I don’t drink coffee, but I’ve heard they are inexpensive there)
  • Kitchen Utensils (some are better than others, but I got a lot of mine from the dollar store and they’ve lasted years)
  • Disposable baking tins
  • Plastic serving dishes
  • Colanders
  • Dish rack
  • Dish towels

 

Food items (could also be used as part of your food storage):

  • Canned meat
  • Condiments (ketchup, mustard etc)
  • Spices

 

Other items:

  • Nails / screws
  • Shower liner
  • Seasonal items (decorations or disposable tableware for holidays)
  • Party supplies
  • Gift bags
  • Streamers

 

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