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for it." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ten essential dollar store finds for Preppers
Have $10 to spare? Spare no time and head to the dollar store to buy something. Get
one of each of these items, or stock up on ten of them! We've gathered up the best
dollar store finds for survival in our top ten Preppers list. Consider this list of dollar
stores emergency supplies...
Short list (Ten things to buy at the dollar stores):
1. Triple Antibiotic Ointment: Neosporin is the brand name from Johnson &
Johnson that you probably stock in your cabinet for around $7-$8, while Triple
Antibiotic Ointment is the generic equivalent available at the Dollar Tree stores
for buck. Both contain three antibiotics (bacitracin, meomycin and polymyxin B).
It's a great buy, provided you're not allergic to neomycin. Polysporin Ointment is
the best alternative, because it doesn't contain the Neomycin Sulfate allergen.
Your allergy will cost you, though! A three pack of Polysporin, left, is around $25
(and that's great deal on Amazon). The stuff sells for much more elsewhere.
- Honey is an antibiotic! If you want a natural antibiotic, then pick up
honey at the dollar stores. You can apply honey directly to a wound as a
natural antibiotic dressing.
2. Bandages and gauze: For just a buck you can get 100 bandages of varying
sizes at the Dollar Tree. Supplementing your first aid kit with gauze is another
inexpensive and important item for your medical provisions and so inexpensive
and easily available for purchase at the dollar stores. Add cotton balls to your
Dollar Tree store shopping list, too. They are made of real cotton, but available
3. Manual Can opener: Already have a manual can opener? Save the quality can
openers for your kitchen, but stock up on can openers for camping and survival
preparedness. Stash a can opener directly with your of canned goods at each
location! The dollar stores are a great place to stock up on them inexpensively.
Buy ten today for $10! The good ones cost $10-$20 in the culinary stores.
Remember, that electric can opener will do you no good when the power grid
4. Hydrogen peroxide. Your first aid cabinet is not complete without hydrogen
peroxide! Hydrogen peroxide helps manage infections, among many other uses.
With antibacterial qualities, hydrogen peroxide is an ideal first aid cleanser, but
it's not antiseptic. It's available for about half the cost of grocery store sales at
the dollar stores. It may also be used as an oral debriding agent. It can aid in
removing phlegm, mucus or other secretions associated with a sore mouth.
- NOTE: As a first aid essential, Hydrogen Peroxide can help prevent
infection in minor cuts, scrapes and burns. More serious wounds require a
wound care treatment solution prescribed by a doctor.
5. Lip balms and lotions: Happy Preppers buy lip balms at the dollar store for
half the price of the pharmacy or grocery store. Lip balms are comforting for
immediate hydration of lips. Left, Chapstick is a pretty good deal on Amazon,
though. You get two packs of three Chapstick lip balms for around $7.94 and
your order is eligible for free shipping. It's just another reason why the Dollar
Tree store is good for preppers!
6. Petroleum jelly and cotton balls. Did you know petroleum jelly will help you
make a home made fire starter? An old scouting trick, just dip cotton balls into
petroleum jelly. This is highly flammable combo and ideal to start your fire. You
don't need a name brand for Petroleum Jelly. It's the same stuff. Be on the
lookout for cotton balls because they don't always stock them at the dollar
stores and they go quickly.
7. Toothbrushes. Happy Preppers stock up the Dollar Tree store with tooth
brushes. You'll find a case of 72 Colgate soft bristle toothbrushes for $72.
Imagine the savings! This would likely be a year supply for a family of four.
(These would cost a few hundred dollars more if you bought them individually at
the grocery store.)
8. Extra socks. How good you'll feel to stock up on socks for the whole family!
Don't wear them, instead stash them as part of your Prepper supplies. Fresh
socks can offer a boost in morale and would also prove to be vital for long hikes
that might be necessary in a catastrophe bug out situation. Dirty socks during
long hikes can cause overheating, chilling or blistering, so put extra socks in your
bug out bag (preferably, choose hiking socks). Good hiking socks can cost
upwards of $10-$30.
9. Gloves. Brand name latex gloves for dish washing are available at the Dollar
Tree stores and at a great value. These gloves will protect your hands while
working or cleaning. Happy Preppers know the value of preventing injuries
during uncertain times and such latex gloves can help. Wearing a glove could
prevent a cut or scrape; and therefore also an infection. And while you're at it,
stock up on the surgical type cloves,which will be handy for disposing of
sanitation buckets. Garden gloves are also a great value. Stock up for your home
10. Canned foods + bottled water. Check the prices, because while most items
are $1, at the Dollar Tree stores you'll find cans of brand name corn for just $.
079 each. Campbell's soups are just a $1, so you'll wonder why you ever bought
them anywhere else. You will find good deals on items with long lasting
expiration dates, such as pineapple chunks as well. There are other great
sources of canned foods at great prices, including Walmart. You can get freshly
packed and quality spring water in brand names at the dollar stores. In certain
states you will pay the redemption value of the water, so it's not really a buck,
but buying water at the dollar stores is certainly a great deal.
Read the full list of 99 preps to buy at the dollar store.
Ten things to AVOID buying at the dollar stores:
While the dollar stores have many finds (in fact we suggest 99 items to buy for a
buck) not every deal is a good deal. Here's a list of Prepper supplies not to buy
at the dollar stores.
- Don't buy dollar store plastic bags. Preppers need plastic bags; however
a simple check the quantities and you'll see it's better to buy the generic
grocery store brands, stock up on deals at Costco or buy at the grocery
store when there's a sale.
- Skip aluminium food containers. The cheap price is alluring, but the truth
is that aluminium poses a threat to humans. It's not a metal, though it is
found in minerals and ores. Go ahead and buy aluminum as an extra
protection for items in your Faraday box.
- Avoid dollar store bleach. While the Dollar Tree stores do have brand
names, such as Clorox, the bottles are smaller than what you can find at
the grocery store, so it's not a good deal. Look instead for Clorox original
bleach on sale at grocery store. Remember to buy only unscented bleach!
Bleach with scents have contaminants not suitable for helping you keep
your dishes clean and secure potable water. Skip the scented bleach
anywhere you shop because the scents and contaminants will interfere
with water purification, which is among the very reasons why Preppers
use the bleach.
- Skip the dollar store aspirin and ibuprofen. The shelf life of these
medications has gone under scrutiny of Consumer Reports. You can find
generic versions elsewhere that are more reputable, and made in the
- Don't get charged up about the low cost of batteries. The energizer
bunny isn't doing back flips at the dollar stores when it comes to batteries.
In other words, the juice is rather low. Consider instead solar charged
batteries in preparation for a power grid failure.
- Skip the cheap plastic forks, knives and spoons. Happy Preppers know
not to waste precious water cleaning up utensils and it would seem that
the Dollar Tree stores is wonderful place to stock up on plastic forks,
knives and spoons. One pack of utensils for $1 includes 48 pieces (or
enough for 16 place settings). It's a good deal, but BEWARE if you have
children! Don't buy this potential choking hazard. The fork prongs may
break off easily, for example. You'll do better with the highly rated Kirkland
Crystal Clear Cutlery available at Costco or on Amazon, left.
- Avoid Styrofoam party supplies, like coffee cups. Styrofoam is brand
name of polystyrene. Never buy polystyrene foam coffee cups, plates or
bowls at the dollar stores or elsewhere. Your health is in danger if you use
these products with hot foods. Read more about the chemical dangers of
Styrofoam, and never taint your coffee again!
- Skip the dollar store paper plates, too. The paper plates are flimsy. You'll
need several of the dollar store paper plates to make up the quality
offered in such brands as Dixie. You may get only 10 plates for a dollar,
which is .10 cents per plate. Look closely at the quantities offered, and
buy bulk when you can. Do the math and you'll see that you get 12 packs
of 48 heavy duty Dixie plates for around $39.24 and with just $4.77 for
shipping. That's around $44 for 576 plates or around .07 or .08 cents per
- Bypass the chocolates with hydrogenated oils! Chocolates are an
essential part of Prepper's supply list, but what's lurking in the chocolates
at a lower price are partially hydrogenated oils. Keep this toxic trans fat
from your Prepper's diet! You see, the fat found in cocoa butter is one of
the good fats. The manufacturers want to save money. Read labels of all
chocolates you buy whether or not at the dollar stores. While you're at it,
read the contents of your favorite hot chocolate beverage, which may
contain these toxins as well.
- Try not to buy from China! Most of the store is loaded with items from
China, but you can find quality items made in America. Think twice if it's not
made in the U.S.A.
BONUS TIP: Never use your credit card at the Dollar Tree stores. Seriously, you don't
have a dollar? This is exactly what the credit card companies believe. Your credit score will go
down with your shopping habits. It's true! Heck, even if you use your debit card, the credit
reporting agencies know where you've shopped. Read more below.
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