300 Cool Things That Cost $1.00 or Less

Updated on April 22, 2020
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Gregory DeVictor is a trivia enthusiast who loves to write articles on American nostalgia.

300 cool things to buy at Aldi, the dollar store, or on Amazon that cost $1.00 or less.
300 cool things to buy at Aldi, the dollar store, or on Amazon that cost $1.00 or less.

Back in 1969, there were plenty of cool things to buy that cost $1.00 or less. For example, you could buy a gallon of gasoline for $0.32, a loaf of bread for $0.23, a dozen eggs for $0.62, a jar of baby food for $0.09, a pound of chicken fryers for $0.27, five pounds of sugar for $0.54, and 10 oranges for $0.99. But that’s not all: The former Loblaw grocery store chain in Erie, PA would sometimes feature a loaf of white bread for $0.10, packages of hot dog and hamburger buns for a dime each, and a pound of ground beef for $0.49.

Nearly 50 years later, there are still many things that you can buy for a buck or under. How about a loaf of whole wheat bread at Aldi for $0.99, a butter spreader at Amazon for $0.99, or greeting cards at the dollar store for $1.00 each. Furthermore, did you know that there are thousands of products priced at $1.00 or less at retailers like 99 Cents Only Stores, Aldi, Amazon, Dollar Tree, eBay, Etsy, Hollar, Jet.com, Giant Eagle, Kroger, Rakuten, Safeway, Target, and Walmart?

Here is a list of 300 cool things to buy at Aldi, the dollar store, or on Amazon that cost $1.00 or less. These are products for your apartment, room, and car as well as cool things for kids, teens, and dogs. They will help you to solve problems and live better for less without a penny of regret.

Author’s note: Prices and merchandise at Aldi, Amazon, and the dollar store are subject to change at any time.

What you'll find in this article:

  • 64 grocery items at Aldi priced at $1.00 or less
  • 100 cool things at Amazon that cost $1 or less

  • 136 Dollar Store bargains you can't afford to miss (plus a list of things you should never buy at the Dollar Store)

If you have an Aldi store near you, don’t waste another minute and start saving up to 70% on many of the groceries that you would normally buy at a traditional supermarket or even at Walmart. Aldi currently operates nearly 2,000 stores in 35 states, including California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

I found over 200 grocery items at Aldi that are priced at $1.00 or less. Here are some examples by category:

64 Grocery Items at Aldi Priced at $1.00 or Less


  1. Belle Vie Berry Flavored Sparkling Water (33.8 fluid ounces) - 59 cents
  2. Belle Vie Black Cherry Flavored Sparkling Water (33.8 fluid ounces) - 59 cents

  3. Belle Vie Grapefruit Flavored Sparkling Water (33.8 fluid ounces) - 59 cents

  4. Belle Vie Lemon Lime Flavored Sparkling Water (33.8 fluid ounces) - 59 cents

  5. Belle Vie Orange Flavored Sparkling Water (33.8 fluid ounces) - 59 cents

  6. Belle Vie Pomegranate Flavored Sparkling Water (33.8 fluid ounces) - 59 cents

  7. Belle Vie Raspberry Lime Flavored Sparkling Water (33.8 fluid ounces) - 59 cents

  8. Diet Coke (2 liter bottle) - 99 cents

  9. Gatorade Cherry (32 ounces) - $1.00

  10. Gatorade Frost (32 ounces) - $1.00

  11. Gatorade Lemon Lime (32 ounces) - $1.00

  12. Gatorade Orange (32 ounces) - $1.00

  13. Pur Aqua Water (1 gallon) - 79 cents

  14. Regular Coke (2 liter bottle) - 99 cents

  15. Summit Cola (2 liter bottle) - 75 cents

Bread & Bakery

  1. L’Oven Brown & Serve Rolls (12 count) - 99 cents
  2. L’Oven English Muffins (6 count) - 99 cents

  3. L’Oven Fresh White Bread (20 ounces) - 89 cents

  4. L’Oven Fresh Whole Wheat Bread (20 ounces) - 89 cents

  5. L’Oven Hamburger Buns (8 count) - 83 cents

  6. L’Oven Hot Dog Buns (8 count) - 83 cents

Condiments & Baking

  1. Baker’s Corner Baking Powder - 99 cents
  2. Baker’s Corner Baking Soda - 49 cents

  3. Baker’s Corner Brown Sugar (9.7 ounces) - 99 cents

  4. Baker’s Corner Devil’s Food Cake Mix - 89 cents

  5. Baker’s Corner Evaporated Milk (12 ounces) - 59 cents

  6. Baker’s Corner Fudge Brownie Mix (18.3 ounces) - 85 cents

  7. Baker’s Corner Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix (3 ounce regular) - 49 cents

  8. Baker’s Corner Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix (3 ounce regular) - 49 cents

  9. Baker’s Corner Orange Flavored Gelatin (three-ounce package) - 35 cents

  10. Baker’s Corner Powdered Sugar (9.7 ounces) - 99 cents

  11. Baker’s Corner Regular Marshmallows - 89 cents

  12. Baker’s Corner Strawberry Flavored Gelatin (3 ounce package) - 35 cents

  13. Baker’s Corner White Cake Mix - 89 cents

  14. Burman’s Chili Sauce (12 ounces) - 95 cents

  15. Burman’s Cocktail Sauce (12 ounces) - 95 cents

  16. Burman’s Dijon Mustard (12 ounces) - 99 cents

  17. Burman’s Hot Sauce (12 ounces) - 85 cents

  18. Burman’s Original BBQ Sauce (18 ounces) - 99 cents

  19. Burman’s Spicy Brown Mustard (12 ounces) - 99 cents

  20. Burman’s Yellow Mustard - 65 cents

  21. Carlini Cooking Spray (5 ounces) - 99 cents

  22. Daily Basics Tomato Catsup (24 ounces) - 89 cents

  23. Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix - 47 cents

  24. Stonemill Iodized Salt (26 ounces) - 49 cents

  25. Tuscan Garden Distilled White Vinegar (32 fluid ounces) - 79 cents

International Food Items

  1. Casa Mamita Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles (16 ounces) - 79 cents
  2. Casa Mamita Enchilada Sauce - 89 cents
  3. Casa Mamita Fat Free Refried Beans (16 ounces) - 79 cents
  4. Casa Mamita Taco Mix Low Sodium (10 ounce) - 35 cents
  5. Casa Mamita Taco Mix Regular (10 ounce) - 35 cents
  6. Casa Mamita Taco Shells (12 count) - 89 cents
  7. Casa Mamita Traditional Refried Beans (16 ounces) - 79 cents
  8. Pueblo Lindo Flour Tortillas (10 count) - 99 cents


  1. Baker’s Treat Apple Fruit Pie (4 ounces) - 49 cents
  2. Baker’s Treat Cherry Fruit Pie (4 ounces) - 49 cents

  3. Benton’s Assorted Cookies Chocolate Chip (12 ounces) - 95 cents

  4. Benton’s Assorted Cookies Iced Oatmeal (12 ounces) - 95 cents

  5. Benton’s Assorted Cookies Oatmeal (12 ounces) - 95 cents

  6. Choceur Solid Milk Chocolate Bar (3.17 ounces) - 99 cents

  7. Clancey’s Cheese Puffs (8.5 ounces) - 99 cents

  8. Clancey’s Corn Chips (9.25 ounces) - 99 cents

  9. Daily Basics Saltine Crackers (16 ounces) - 85 cents

  10. Savoritz Oyster Crackers (10 ounces) - 79 cents

In addition to big-ticket items like gems, smartphones, and fridges, there are also hundreds of products at Amazon that are priced at $1.00 or less. Courtesy of GoodHousekeeping.com, you can purchase a sink organizer for $0.19, a garlic slicer for $0.99, drawer caddies for $0.49, a jewelry organizer for $0.99, a cactus coin purse for $0.48, macaroon storage boxes for $0.32, a makeup brush set for $0.89, a handbag organizer for $0.98, a bag dispenser for $0.85, and a butter spreader for $0.99.

Here are 90 more examples of what you can buy at Amazon for $1.00 or less. Please note that shipping costs are not reflected in the prices.

100 Cool Things at Amazon That Cost $1.00 or Less

  1. 0-24 Months Child Jingle Toy
  2. 1992 Topps Manny Ramirez RC
  3. 3D Butterfly Wall Stickers & Magnetic Decals
  4. 4 Mini Animal Erasers Zip Pack, set of two
  5. Air Wick Holiday Freshmatic Automatic Spray - pumpkin spice, 6.17 ounces
  6. Air Wick Scented Oil Air Freshener Warmer - two count
  7. Alcohol Prep Pads
  8. Annie’s Naturals Organic Smoky Maple BBQ Sauce - 12 fluid ounces
  9. BIC Round Stic Xtra Life Ball Pen, 10-count
  10. Back Scratcher
  11. Beantown Tea & Spices Gourmet Loose Leaf Tea Sampler
  12. Black Cowboy Hat Body Light
  13. Blue Cellophane Basket Bags
  14. Brew Rite Basket Style Coffee Filter - 100 count
  15. Brut Revolution Shave Foam
  16. Cal Ripken Jr. Baseball (Super NES)
  17. Chef Craft Round Citrus Peelers, set of four
  18. Classico Olive Puttanesca Riserva Sauce - 24 ounces
  19. Command Wire Hooks - small, white, three hooks
  20. Cottonelle Clean Care Double Roll Bath Tissue - four count
  21. Cottontale Collection 3″ Wind-Up Toy Duck / Duckling
  22. Crayola White Chalk - 12 pack
  23. Creative DIY Sandwich Maker Bread Mold Mould Cutter
  24. Crystal Light Lemonade On The Go - 0.14 ounces, pack of 10
  25. Cute Cat Children’s Room Bedroom Wall Switch Sticker Wall
  26. Darice 1115-06 Poly Re-Closable Bags, 1.5×1.5-Inch, 100 pieces
  27. Deego iPhone 6 Case
  28. Elegant Adjustable Bowtie Collar Necklace for Dogs
  29. FIJI Natural Artesian Water - 500ml bottle, pack of six
  30. Fiskars Kids Classic Pointed Tip Scissors - five-inch, assorted colors
  31. Flameless Faux Tealight Candles
  32. Foil Star Labels, pack of 440
  33. Frost Scraper
  34. Fruit Of The Earth 100% Aloe Vera, 2 ounce gel
  35. GeckoTech 282311 Removable & Reusable Hooks with Microsuction Technology, 1/2-Pound, four-pack
  36. Gefen Chocolate Cake Mix and Frosting - 17 ounces
  37. Hallmark Signature Father’s Day Greeting Card for Husband or Significant Other
  38. High Quality Kitchen Cooking Tool
  39. Instant Krazy Glue (0.18 ounces)
  40. Integra Aluminum Pocket Sharpener, Steel, Silver (ITA42852)
  41. Kashi Honey Nut Baklava Golean Bar - 7.95 ounces
  42. Kellogg’s Fruit Snacks - 22 count
  43. Lady Speed Stick Antiperspirant & Deodorant, Invisible Dry, Powder Fresh, 1.4 ounces
  44. Leather Elastic Hair Band
  45. Lucky Four Leaf Clover Shape Tag Accessory for Collars for Pets
  46. Lysol Multi-Purpose Cleaner with Hydrogen Peroxide - citrus sparkle zest, 22 ounces, two pack
  47. M&M'S Peanut Chocolate Candy, 3.1-ounce box
  48. Makeup Blender Cosmetic Sponge Puff
  49. McCormick Less Sodium Brown Gravy Mix, 0.87 ounces
  50. Men’s & Women’s Bracelet (Energy Stone)
  51. Men’s 8mm Stainless Steel Stud Resin Earrings
  52. Men’s Genuine Leather Bracelet
  53. Metro Fleece Ear Warmers
  54. Mommy's Helper Outlet Plugs, 12-pack
  55. Moon Star Noctilucent Wall Sticker Kid Decal
  56. My Lil Pony Cake Spoon
  57. My Zombie Ate Your Honor Student Decal
  58. Outdoor Survival Emergency Whistle
  59. Pokemon Cards
  60. Professional Cosmetic Makeup Brush Set (eight pieces)
  61. Purple Fedora Hat
  62. Rit Liquid Dye - pearl gray, eight ounces
  63. Rubie’s Costume Child’s Bunny Costume Accessory Kit
  64. Ruff Rider Doggie Bandana
  65. Self-Stick Numbers - 2" black & gold
  66. Silver Firm & Durable Alloy Key Chain with Whistle
  67. Sleeping Eye-Shade for Travellers
  68. Softsoap Antibacterial Liquid Hand Soap - 7.5-ounce pump
  69. Solid Silver Plated Chain Necklace Hollow Heart Pendant
  70. Stainless Steel Hip Flask (six ounces)
  71. Stainless Steel Resin Stud Earrings
  72. Star Wars Attack of the Clones Obi-wan Kenobi
  73. TY Beanie Buddy Ears-Bunny
  74. The Little Dinosaurs Stained Glass Coloring Book
  75. This Is How I Roll Hat
  76. Triangle Compass with Keychain
  77. Triangle Necklace Statement Simple
  78. Tube of Vampire Blood
  79. Tulsi Tea Sweet Rose - 18 bags (1.01 ounces)
  80. Ty Beanie Baby Hippity-Bunny
  81. Ultra Pro 2 Piece 10 Count Clear Card Storage Box
  82. Walk with Jesus: A Journey to the Cross and Beyond (Kindle Book)
  83. Waterproof Funny 3D Peep Frog Auto Car Truck Window Door Decal Stickers
  84. Westcott Classic Kids Scissors, Blunt Tip - five inches, neon pink (15967)
  85. Wet 'n wild Small Concealer Brush - one piece
  86. YOLO Blue Wristbands
  87. Yankee Candle Car Jar Hanging Odor Neutralizing Air Freshener, Coconut Bay Scent
  88. Yankee Candle, Floral Scent
  89. iPhone 4, 4s Mirror and HD Screen Protector
  90. iPhone 6 Case, iPhone 6s Case Flip Folio Wallet Bumper Case

Here are the four leading dollar store chains in the USA:

  1. 99-Cent Only Stores operates over 394 stores in California, Texas, Arizona, and Nevada.

  2. Dollar General operates nearly 14,000 stores in 44 states.

  3. Dollar Tree operates over 13,500 stores throughout the 48 contiguous states and Canada.

  4. Family Dollar operates over 7,000 stores in 48 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

Please note that Dollar Tree and 99 Cents Stores are “true” dollar stores because everything is priced at $1.00 or less with no exceptions. However, Dollar General and Family Dollar are not “true” dollar stores because most of the merchandise is priced higher than $1.00.

In addition to the brick-and-mortar dollar store chains, there are a number of online dollar stores that often have incredible deals. However, like Dollar General and Family Dollar, these stores aren’t “true” dollar stores since much of the merchandise is priced above $1.00. Here is the list: 5 Dollar Fashions, Axcesso Spot, Bargain Bunch, Dollar 1, Dollar Fanatic, Dollar Shave Club, Dollar Store, DollarItem.com, Five Below, H&J Closeout, Miss A, One Dollar Store, and Rosegal.

You can purchase any of the items listed below for $1.00 or less at both Dollar Tree and 99 Cents Only Stores.

136 Dollar Store Bargains That You Can't Afford to Miss

  1. Acrylic gemstones
  2. Aluminum foil sheets
  3. Apple-scented candles
  4. Artificial flowers
  5. Asian hand fan
  6. Baby oil
  7. Baby powder
  8. Bags of colored sand
  9. Baking soda
  10. Ball mason jars
  11. Balloons
  12. Bath fragrances
  13. Beef and chicken broth
  14. Beer glasses
  15. Bingo markers
  16. Bleach
  17. Body lotion
  18. Book lights
  19. Brown paper lunch bags
  20. Bubble bath
  21. Butterfly garden stakes
  22. Butterfly wall stickers
  23. Buttons
  24. Cake decoration tips
  25. Calculators
  26. Canned fruits and vegetables
  27. Canned soups
  28. Clay pots
  29. Clothes pins
  30. Coffee filters
  31. Coloring and puzzle books
  32. Construction paper
  33. Cookie cutters
  34. Cookies, vanilla wafers, etc.
  35. Cooking spray
  36. Corn starch
  37. Cotton balls
  38. Cotton swabs
  39. Craft foam sheets
  40. Craft sticks
  41. Decorative gift bags and baskets
  42. Decorative tape
  43. Dental floss
  44. Die cut letters
  45. Double-sided tape
  46. Dried beans
  47. Drinking glasses and mugs
  48. Fabric flowers
  49. Fabric paint
  50. Fake snow
  51. Feathers
  52. Floral filler craft supply
  53. Fly swatters
  54. Gardening gloves
  55. Glass flower vases
  56. Glitter
  57. Glitter glue
  58. Glue sticks
  59. Granulated and light brown sugar
  60. Greeting cards
  61. Hand sanitizer
  62. Handy wipes
  63. Hardcover and paperback books
  64. Heart-shaped stickers
  65. Highlighters
  66. Holiday decorations (However, you should never buy holiday light strings or metallic Christmas garlands at the dollar store.)
  67. Holographic sheets
  68. Hula hoops
  69. Hydrogen peroxide
  70. Ice cube trays
  71. Jumbo street chalk
  72. Kitchen dish cloths
  73. Kites
  74. Large bowls for chips, snacks, etc.
  75. Led lights
  76. Lemon juice
  77. Letter banners
  78. Letter cutouts
  79. Letter wall art
  80. Locking plastic baggies
  81. Mailing labels
  82. Masking tape
  83. Medicated powder
  84. Metallic embellishments
  85. Natural raffia
  86. Neon paper starbursts
  87. Packing tape
  88. Paint brushes for craft projects
  89. Painters drop cloths
  90. Paper clips
  91. Paper gift bags
  92. Parchment paper
  93. Party supplies
  94. Patterned poster board
  95. Pens and paper
  96. Petroleum jelly
  97. Picnic supplies (packages of napkins with American flags, paper plates, plastic utensils, etc.)
  98. Plain craft sticks
  99. Plain white socks
  100. Plastic utensils
  101. Popsicle sticks
  102. Poster board
  103. Potting soil
  104. Power clips
  105. Push pins
  106. Rose petals
  107. Rubbing alcohol
  108. Ruled index cards
  109. Scotch tape
  110. Scouring pads
  111. Security envelopes
  112. Shampoo and conditioner
  113. Shaving cream
  114. Silk flowers
  115. Small flashlights
  116. Small picture frames
  117. Soda
  118. Spices and seasonings
  119. Sponges
  120. Spray bottles
  121. Spring water
  122. Star-shaped glass
  123. String
  124. Thrifty glassware
  125. Tissue paper craft kits
  126. Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  127. Velcro
  128. Vinyl gloves
  129. Vinyl letters
  130. Watercolors
  131. Wax candles
  132. Wax paper
  133. Waxed basket liners
  134. Wooden clothespins
  135. Wrapping paper
  136. Yarn

What You Should Never Buy at the Dollar Store

  1. Batteries

  2. Canola oil, olive oil, coconut oil, etc.

  3. Earbuds and headphones

  4. Electrical cords

  5. HDMI cables

  6. Holiday light strings and Christmas garlands

  7. Jewelry

  8. Kitchen utensils

  9. Magnifying glasses

  10. Makeup, mascara, lipstick, etc.

  11. Oven mitts

  12. Over-the-counter medications such as cold remedies

  13. Pet foods and treats

  14. Plastic food containers

  15. Plastic trash bags

  16. Reading glasses

  17. Tools

  18. USB chargers

  19. Vitamins and nutritional supplements

  20. Windshield washer fluid

© 2018 Gregory DeVictor


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