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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 rather inconsistently.

    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 fails.

    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 farming efforts.

    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.

99 Ways to Spend a Buck
Dollar Store Finds for Preppers: the complete list

You never know when hyper inflation might kick in and the
dollar stores become the $10 Stores! Take advantage of the
situation now, while things are still reasonable. The buck stops
here with 99 ways to spend a dollar at the dollar stores.
Consider this complete list of dollar stores emergency supplies
for your preparedness...

99 things to buy at the dollar stores:

  1. Advil (ibuprofin) Trusted fever / pain reliever. Each tablet
    has 200 mg of ibuprofen to temporarily reduce fever and
    relieve minor aches and pains from headaches, colds,
    arthritis, muscle aches, toothaches, and menstrual cramps.
  2. America's Almanac (available seasonally, the almanac
    provides useful tidbits of information and a spring planting
  3. Antacids. Regular strength 500 mg calcium carbonate
    tablets bring fast relief of sour and upset stomach, acid
    indigestion, and heart burn. Plus, they’re sodium free,
    have added calcium, and a great fruit flavor!
  4. Antibiotic Ointment. Triple Antibiotic ointment is made in
    the U.S.A.
  5. Anti-bacterial Towelettes.
  6. Automotive repair kits (hose clamps to splice).
  7. Baking tins. Many preppers choose a steel baking tin for
    cooking in their do-it-yourself camping equipment,
    particularly the bread size is popular for bugout bags.
    We've also seen preppers file down a cooling rack to
    create grill to fit into a bugout bag.
  8. Bandages (look for quality brands, including Curad). Buy
    different sizes.
  9. Bandannas. Preppers have dozens of uses for bandannas.
    If you're lucky enough to find them, get them.
  10. Baking soda for slugging pests. Check out ten uses
    Preppers have for baking soda. If you can afford it, buy
    baking soda in bulk at the warehouse stores. You'll pay a
    whole lot less and get a brand name you trust.
  11. BIC Lighters (or generic). Have extra fire starters on
    hand. Ideal for starting fires on high wind conditions.
  12. Boxed foods. Pasta and rice side dishes are in abundance
    at the dollar stores.
  13. Bungee cords (often an overlooked item, but ideal for
    bugging out to strap equipment).
  14. Cable ties. Sometimes also called zip ties are ideal for
    tying gear. Cable ties help keep bicycle wheels in place,
    plus they're great for household repairs, camping to keep
    raccoons out, hanging utensils to dry, lashing sticks
    together, and so much more.
  15. Camping fuel in a can (canned heat). Canned fuel is
    available seasonally or online.
  16. Candles. Emergency candles come packed 6 and each last
    for 5 hours, look also for jar candles and tea light candles.
  17. Canned fruits. The unit price is actually around .79 each,
    and not a dollar!)
  18. Canned meats (Potted meats). Look for a variety of
    potted meats and meals. The unit price for many of the
    potted meats is actually .50 each, and not a dollar! Pork
    and beans is another good find. You probably won't find
    albacore tuna, but you'll find a nice white chunk tuna. Be
    sure to buy only the brands made in the United States.
    Tuna for example, is unregulated in many countries and
    unethical (it won't be dolphin safe).
  19. Canned veggies (unit price is actually around .79 each,
    and not a dollar!). Look for Libby's sliced beets, along with
    the usual varieties of green beans, corn, sweet peas,
    potatoes, and mixed veggies).
  20. Can openers, manual (buy extras to stash with your
    preps). They won't be the best quality, but it's always
    good to have extras around with your #10 cans.
  21. Car towels. Super absorbent car towels will go a long way
    in a life off-grid. You'll wish you stocked up whether you're
    facing an economic depression or other catastrophe.
  22. Chewing gum. Where else can you get for or five packs of
    gum for a buck? Look for gum that contains real sugar.
    Find out why gum is an essential item for your survival.
  23. Clothesline and clothes pins (wooden) for the wooden
    clothes pins. Paracord is better material. Cordage could fill
    many other needs. Look for braided cord that you can
    break down into smaller strands. Clothes pins (wooden)
    for hanging your laundry in an off grid world. Another
    handy use of a clothes pin is to help you hold nails to
  24. Coffee filters. Coffee filters make an excellent survival
  25. Combs. Think of combs as bartering or replacements.
    They take so little space, so why not stock up? (If you
    have more room get also some hair brushes.)
  26. Compact mirror for a signaling device.
  27. Condiments. Certainly you will find hot sauce to make
    cooking during the apocalypse more bearable. Look also
    for chili pepper, Koops mustard, and also Hunts ketchup
    without high fructose corn syrup.
  28. Cotton balls and cotton rounds for use in your first aid
    kit and for fire starting with petroleum jelly.
  29. Cookie tins for making your own home-made charcoal.
  30. Cough drops (look for Halls Cough drops).
  31. Cutting boards -small (look for red cutting boards from
    Betty Crocker). These are ideal for camping or for your
    bugout bag.
  32. Dental Floss. Learn the 25 uses of Dental Floss for
  33. Digital thermometer. Have a personal thermometer handy
    for every member of your family. You could almost use
    them as a disposable thermometer.
  34. Dish towels. You'll need more than you think for cleaning
    up in a life off grid, where better to stock up? (Buy a
    plastic container and fill it up.
  35. Dish rack (plastic dish rack) also for off grid dish washing
    and ideal for camping.
  36. Dish washing pans (rubber, eight quart). Pictured
    immediate right, you'll need three dishpans: one for a
    water rinse, one for warm soapy water, and one for bleach
    rinse (one cap full for the pan).
  37. Dog food (if you have a dog). Gravy train is .50 a can
    (and other name brands come into the store).
  38. Duct tape. Discover 11+ good uses for duct tape for your
  39. Drop cloth. Plastic drop cloths for sealing windows and
    doors on concern of pandemics, also has a myriad of
    camping uses. Unfortunately, there is a limit of four per
  40. Ear plugs. Ear plugs for discreet comfort while manning
  41. Elastic hair bands will last you much longer than rubber
    bands. Rubber bands are a must for tying long hair for fire
  42. Elastic support bandages. Look for AEC latex-free
    spandex (made in the U.S.A) by AEC Narrow Fabrics www.
  43. Emergency Cell Phone Chargers. An emergency cell
    phone charger for  emergency preparedness at a dollar
    store? Yes!
  44. Epsom Salts. Learn the importance of Epsom salts for
    preppers and survivalists.
  45. Eyeglass repair kit. Eyeglass repair kit.
  46. Eyeglass cleaning cloth. Eyeglass cleaning cloths are also
    for sunglasses
  47. Facial tissues (small packs). Great for the car or the
    bugout bag.
  48. Facial Tissues, large (Kleenex and Scott's facial
    tissues). Always just $1 at the Dollar Tree Store, but
    more than double the price elsewhere.
  49. Fingernail cutters (pack one in your bugout bag).
  50. First aid paper tape for use with gauze.
  51. Flashlights. There are many inexpensive options for
    flashlights at the dollar stores and it's essential to have
    extras throughout your home, so long as you can maintain
    the batteries!
  52. Feminine pads. Both for feminine hygiene and for first
    aid. The small sizes are great for this purpose.
  53. Funnel for canning, and another for fuels.
  54. Gauze for your first aid kit, available in different sizes.
  55. Gardening and work gloves for tending to your crops,
    collecting wood and other chores.
  56. Hard candies to boost morale and provide energy burst
    for your bug-out bag.
  57. Hydrogen peroxide. You'll need lots to fight infections,
    but remember hydrogen peroxide has an expiration date.
  58. Hand sanitizer. Unfortunately, most of the stock comes
    from China, but hand sanitizer is a necessary for survival
    and it comes inexpensively at the dollar stores!
  59. Jarred foods, such as salsa, pickles, olives, asparagus,
    peppers and the like.
  60. Instant ice packs.
  61. Knives (for the sheath). Pictured right, your best buy for
    a knife at the dollar stores is the un-serrated edge, as it
    will last longer. You won't find high-quality knives, but the
    plastic sheath is worth buying for your good knives!
  62. Knives (utility). Get an inexpensive Exacto Knife or Tool
    bench utility knives
  63. Latex dishwashing gloves.
  64. Latex medical exam gloves for dealing with medical
    emergencies and pandemics, provided your prepping
    household does not have any allergies.
  65. Lip balms to retain moisture in your lips when water is in
    short supply. Look for name brands such as Chapstick and
  66. Lotions to help you keep moisture in your body when
    water is in short supply.
  67. Magnifying glass. Again, a fire starter option and
    available inexpensively at the Dollar Stores.
  68. Matches (small size and large pack). Extra matches will
    be a welcome addition to your preps. Store them in a
    watertight container. Small packs for the bugout bag.
    You'll find the boxes themselves will also be a source of
  69. Mesh laundry bag. A mesh laundry bag is a lightweight
    way to store items in your bugout bag. Mesh is ideal to
    help clean your pots and pans in a bugout scenario. You
    can hang your cookware out to dry for camping.
  70. Nails and screws.
  71. Petroleum jelly for use as a fire starter with cotton.
    Petroleum jelly is the same as the name brand Vaseline.
  72. Plastic food containers. Look for Rubber maid, which is at
    least 100% cheaper than the same thing at the grocery
  73. Playing cards. You'll need something to do so you won't
    get bored. Read more about board games for the bunker.
  74. Plastic shoe box containers. Make your own Dollar Store
    Kit for the car. Be sure to look for boxes that seal well, as
    some are flimsy.
  75. Rain poncho for the bugout bag.
  76. Rubbing Alcohol. Look for the highest percentage of
    alcohol you can 80-90% is best.
  77. Safety pins. Get 100 safety pins for $1 when elsewhere
    they will cost you three times as much. Safety pins are a
    prepper favorite for bugout bags and key rings.
  78. Salt with iodine. Salt has many uses for preppers and you
    get two for .50 cents.
  79. Scrub buddies (plastic) for dishes, pictured left for
    scouring pots and pans.
  80. Sewing kit (ideal for bugout bags), and the tiny sewing
    kits also include tiny scissors.
  81. Shoe laces or leathers. Always pack extra shoe laces in
    your bugout bag. They are ideal cordage and come in
    handy when you need it for long treks.
  82. Soaps (liquid soaps). Look for SoftSoap (made in the U.S.
    A.). This is a great everyday bargain. Normally they are
    more than double the price at ordinary stores.
  83. Soaps (bar soaps). Tried and true, and ideal for when the
    liquids run out, you'll find bar soaps are ideal for any
    survival situation economic or health related. Ivory soap is
    a classic, tried and true brand, but look also for other
    soaps gentle on the skin without perfumes or dyes.
  84. Socks. It's always a good idea to carry extra socks,
    because you're sure to run out of them when laundry goes
    off the grid. Dry, clean socks will help prevent blisters.
    Ideally, look for wool socks for your bugout bags.
  85. Solar lights.
  86. Spices. The dollar stores are ideal for purchasing chili
    powder, cinnamon, oregano, basil and parsley.
  87. Steel wool, also for scrubbing, but ideal for so many
    prepper uses. Armed with steel wool and a 9-volt battery,
    you can start a fire.
  88. Sponges.
  89. Sugar (Pure Cane Sugar). Look for Domino or C&H pure
    cane sugars.
  90. Sugar (Brown Sugar). Look for Domino or C&H pure cane
  91. Super glue to fix an innumerable things you'll inevitably
    break when you won't be able to buy it again.
  92. Sun hat. For just a buck you can cover your head. Ideal to
    stuff in a bugout bag and forget about.
  93. Toothbrushes (they are double the price everywhere
    else!). Toothpaste if you don't mind the fluoride. Learn
    the dangers of fluoride!
  94. Tote bags. Sturdy tote bags will help you haul all sorts of
    gear and are a lightweight way to carry fruits, such as
    apples and lemons, which you may need in food foraging.
  95. Travel bottles (mark with a Sharpie the contents: rubbing
    alcohol, bleach, dish soap).
  96. Twine. Twine. You'll use twine for the garden, choose
    paracord for outdoor survival.
  97. Utility Pail. Buckets are cheap at the dollar stores!
  98. Water. You'll find plenty of bottled water (jug bottles and
    six-packs). Why pay more than a buck for bottled water
    six packs? Look for Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water by
    the jug or bottles.
  99. Wet wipes. Wet wipes / diaper wipes are a good find for
    sanitation. Just beware they dry quickly, so replenish your
    stock and don't keep them too long in your hot car. If they
    dry, remember you can add a bit of water to moisten them
    up for use.

So there you have it: 99 ways to spend bucks. It's prepping on
the cheap! Print this list and take it with you next time you
shop for essential prepping items. You only need a few bucks
in your hand for
emergency supplies at the Dollar Stores.

What NOT to buy at the dollar stores
With all this said, here are a few suggestions of what NOT to
buy at the dollar store for self reliance. Please for your survival:

  • Skip the Skippy. You really need to be a label reader
    when it comes to peanut butter. Skippy Peanut butter may
    be your favorite, but it has hydrogenated oils, which will
    kill you. Peanut butter should have peanuts, oil and salt.

  • Glow somewhere else. Stay away from the glow sticks
    (found cheaper at Michael's Art supply) and bleach, which
    you'll find in larger quantities and on sale elsewhere.

  • Don't clean the shelves for bleach at the Dollar Stores:
    bulk up on bleach somewhere else. Buy in bulk
    elsewhere because most bleaches at the dollar stores are
    watered down and come in much smaller sizes. Where
    ever you buy bleach, avoid scented bleach which has
    chemicals. The scented varieties are unsuitable for
    purifying your water, though they will certainly still be
    useful in prepping for pandemics. Also, bleach will expire
    in about six months!

  • Common sense never expires! Watch the expiration
    dates and the dollar stores. Even hydrogen peroxide and
    bleach has an expiration date. Spices also expire! Don't
    buy anything that won't last at least a year.

  • Steer clear of the "seedy" deals. Don't get suckered into
    buying seeds. Sure, they're just .25 cents, but they may
    not plant in the Spring and they might be GMO. Instead,
    buy Burpee seeds, which are made in the U.S.A. Go
    heirloom and plant survival seeds.

  • A battery of tests proves that shouldn't buy batteries
    from the dollar stores. Refrain from buying batteries as
    they are cheap carbon zinc or chloride and not lithium

  • Stay away from "made in China" products as best you
    can. Support American made whenever possible! Refrain
    from buying generic medicines and vitamins, which may go
    unregulated and are usually made in China. Look for
    American made.

  • Flush the temptation to buy the toilet paper.  It's always
    filled with unhealthy powders to bulk the roll into looking
    like there's more on the tube. You're better off getting one
    roll of Scott's Toilet Paper (1000 sheets). Left, you'll get
    27 rolls of Scott 1000 Bath Tissue for under $20.

Shopping the dollar stores is the cheapest and fastest thing
you can do for your survival. Grab some things today!

BONUS TIP: Never use your credit card at the Dollar Tree
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. Anything you buy at dollar tree for
prepping should always be paid in cash.

Happy endings...
Now you know how to get cheap prepper supplies. We have
more ideas below on how you can save money on your preps.

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