21 Real Food Items at the Dollar Store

21 Real Food Items at the Dollar Store on gracefullittlehoneybee.com

Did you know that you can buy things like nuts, dried fruit and green tea at the dollar store? Check out this list to see what other real foods you can find!


The dollar store is probably the last place you would think to look for real food, but I recently took a trip to see what they had to offer and I was honestly surprised. Hidden in-between the rows of sugary processed foods were a few staple items that you might be interested to know about.


Before I get to the list, I want to say not everything from the dollar store is a good deal. A few of these items are actually cheaper elsewhere so always check the size and quantity to make sure you’re paying a good price.


21 Real Food Items at the Dollar Store



Dried Fruit


Bottled Water (6-pack)

100% Fruit Juice Boxes (6-pack)

Frozen Fruit & Vegetables


Tea Bags (black, green & herbal)



Seasonings (dried herbs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, etc.)


Canned Tuna

Chicken and Beef Broth

Jarred Specialty Items (olives, garlic, peppers, etc.)

Flour – 2 lb

Cornmeal – 2 lb

Sugar – 1 lb

Canned Veggies

Dried Beans (black, pinto, cranberry)

Brown or White Long Grain Rice


Obviously, you shouldn’t be basing your entire diet around the dollar store, but if you’re in a pinch or don’t have any other stores available to you then it’s good to know they have some options!


Do you buy any of your food items from the dollar store? I’d love to know!


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  1. We always buy our tea and nuts from the dollar store. You can usually get a box of 100-count tea bags for $1 and that's a major savings for as much iced tea as we make. Nuts are outrageous at the grocery--but I can usually find a very nice brand of cashews for anywhere from $3.75 to $4.50. Spices are sometimes 2 for $1 and I was amazed to be able to fine REAL vanilla extract--not imitation. Once you get over the "stigma" you can do quite of bit of food shopping at the dollar store!
    1. If your dollar store takes coupons you should look for coupons for tea. I got a box of 100 teabags for a penny a few months ago.
  2. Hello Missy, Thank you so much for these tips! I have bought a couple of spices from our Dollar Store before but I've never really taken the time to seek out 'real food items'. I'll be scanning the shelves next time I visit, thank you! - just caught your post on Pinterest :) ~ Lisa
  3. It's been a while since I've been to Dollar Store but as it happens I just ran out of oatmeal! I'm gonna go have a look.
  4. I have sometimes found spices at the dollar store for cheaper. Otherwise, Aldis has pretty much spoiled me. Aldi's prices are so much cheaper that it makes a dollar store look expensive! We do not have one near us, but thankfully my husband works near one and can stop and pick up things on his way home from work.
  5. Thanks for the list! I usually don't shop at the Dollar store because it's out of my way, but this will be good to keep in the back of my mind. I'm stopping by from the Living Well Spending Less blog link up.
  6. I always stop at the dollar store before I go to the grocery store. I buy spices, snacks, toothpaste, dish detergent and anything I can get cheaper then at the store. We are living on social security and with couponing, sales and the dollar store we spend $50.00 a week for groceries. I keep a well stocked freezer and pantry and something goes on sale I stock up!
  7. I love the dollar store for food, cleaning products, toiletries and even paper goods. I noticed that my dollar tree sells a 4 pack (and sometimes a 6 pack) of tp and it lasts us just as long as the one ply we usually get at the grocery store. Plus, our local dollar tree accepts coupons too. I always check the couponing sites whenever I plan on going there, just in case there is a really great deal. Some even sell the Sunday paper for a dollar, I just can't handle the lines (or getting up early enough) to snag these anymore!
  8. I must say- I still laugh when people buy WATER! Get a decent under-counter (or above) filter and buy a couple of good water bottles. Save $$$, stop filling up on plastic contaminated water, and all the bottles we can't recycle here get shipped to 3rd world countries... And freeze (for several days) any grains you buy, to kill any insects. Who knows how long those grains have sat around? While there's a lot good there, I'd also pass on spices, where freshness is a must, probably old...
    1. I agree, I never buy bottled water, but I thought I would include it to show people what is available. Also, freezing your grains is a great tip that I don't think a lot of people know about.
  9. A dollar store just opened 3 doors down from my husbands pawnshop. It is beyond exciting! We have no dollar stores out here.... Until now. I will be stopping in tomorrow. Can't wait to see if there's a freezer section - that would be cool. I'll be looking to see if our dollar store carries anything organic. That would be awesome.
  10. I recently learned that the local Dollar Tree (where everything actually is a dollar or less) carries 3-4 varieties of Natures Own bread. It is fresh just like what you get at the regular grocery store and previously we were paying around $2.50 a loaf at Walmart. I don't go there often but from now on when I do I plan to buy several loaves and stick them in the freezer!
  11. I love the frozen fruit, I almost save $3.oo on a bag! I make a lot of smoothies with them....mango, blueberries, strawberries are the regular ones they usually have.. I love your blog, just found it! Rae
  12. What an amazing and authentic post. Believe it or not, I actually used this post in one of my curations! I love it because when people think of the " Dollar Store" the thought of real food never comes to mind.
  13. I regularly by the following at Dollar Tree: 12 pack flavored seltzer, Goya cookies, spices, mustard, ketchup, flour tortillas, 24 oz pkgs pasta, lasagna noodles, 8 ct med eggs, fzn pot stickers, fzn fruit/veg, boxed low sodium stock, boxed milk (emergency shelf), fun size chocolate bars, jars of peanuts, refried beans 24 oz can,brown rice, baked and pork beans, cake mixes, spices. I also get soap, body wash, shampoo, rubbing alcohol, peroxide, swabs, dish washing liquid 50 oz, boxed dish washer powder, generic brillo pads, nylon scrubbis, foil trays, tissues, wrapping supplies/cards, desk/home office supplies, cleaning rubber gloves, tall canisters Comet, LA's amazing orange cleaner 2 qts for laundry stains, dehumififying bags/tubs, waxed paper. I price book and know my prices well. Aldi's is right next door-the main source of my groceries. A word of caution is to compare weights/contents for example DT sells 12 oz not 16 oz bags of dried beans.
  14. I buy my paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, and napkins at dollar general. Good quality too!! I also bought a laundry basket for $4 at the dollar store once. There spices are also reasonable.
  15. Our Aldi's beats most of the prices of these items at the Dollar Store except: Vinegar and Bread. We buy 100% Whole Grain Nature's Own at our Dollar Store (I would add this to your list), and Vinegar per ounce is cheaper at the Dollar Store than anywhere else I can find. I would also add Hunt's spaghetti sauce and Barilla's boxed spaghetti (both name brands, but Aldi's is still less than $1). We have found Sam's brand of water beats any other pricing per bottle anywhere, even when on sale. In most cases on the items on your list we are talking about $.10-.20 cents cheaper per item, but the savings do add up when you only have dollars to spend. Hope this helps. I appreciate your postings and have signed up for your newsletters.
  16. Dollar Tree happens ro be my all time favorite store! Plus you can use coupons there as well and buy in bulk on the website. This year has been especially hard on my family and we have had to pinch pennies constantly, I found that buying staplea from the Dollar Tree and using the pick five meats from Piggly Wiggly I have been feeding a family of four for around 35 dollars a week give or take a few dollars. I also have some deoression recipes my gramma taught me that are extremely cheap and very delicious if you would like for me to share them. One such is tomato gravy and rice, it costs under 3 dollars to make feeda the entire family. I love your blog by the way, I have been looking all over it for a couple of hours now, good job!
  17. dear dollar store, i mean cookies, is there 21 in the package? candy, salad, peanuts is cool! thank you. margaret
  18. We stay in budget hotels when we travel and buy cleaning products and snacks at Dollar Tree the stores are everywhere! If the room cleaning isn't up to our standards we clean it ourselves and pocket the money! Also my Dollar Tree takes coupons they also have real bacon bits and great fried onion rings to put on top of green bean cassorole, they taste just like the name brand.
  19. Soup!!! Campbell’s and Lipton dry onion and chicken noodle!! Bigger cans of Campbell’s soups during the winter months were only $1.00 vs. over $1.25 at grocery stores!!
  20. We have a 99 cent store. I buy coconut sugar. Canned milk, oats, dairy, bread, veggiesetc. Today they had ham and yams.
  21. Thank you for your article on the Dollar Tree items.Dollar Tree also has the flour tortillas,veggie burgers,veggie snacks. Not only food items do I purchase I also buy cleaning items as well.We are a family of 10 & I try budgeting as much as I can when it comes to groceries. Before I followed you I was so out of tune in many ways,but now I have it down to my last dollar being very frugal & keeping my budget between $400-$500 a month including animal & cleaning supplies in groceries. I use to coupon & I would be so extreme about it & still not having enough for the week in groceries. Thankfully you have been a life saver & my family thanks you as well!!!
  22. I buy all my cleaning products at the dollar store. Bags of Skinny Pop popcorn are over $2 in Other stores. You have to take the time to look.
  23. I sure do beans oats creamer tea coffee and also some of there frozen items lunch meat eggs and chesse and water never been disappointed oh yeah also nuts and candy and bread and rolls
  24. I always get a couple of BOXES of shelf stable milk , ( always keep one in the back of your fridge) it tastes great COLD )and no more rushing to the store before s snowstorm!

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