I’m the first to admit that I’m not a huge fan of shopping…at least in a physical store. With the boatload of kids I have and the various obligations I’ve taken on, it’s no fun for me to find someone to watch my kids (or worse, bring them with me), drive to a store, spend precious time walking down the aisles, wait in line to check out, and drive back home.
But there is one place I’m always willing to go: the dollar store. I find shopping at the dollar store kind of fun – you can get a lot of items for a little bit of money, and there’s usually a pretty big selection to browse.
So…how about we combine the fun of dollar store shopping with the convenience of online shopping? You’ll skip the trip to the store, and you’ll know that the items you’re looking for will be in stock. Plus, shopping online for dollar store items is great for those who need to buy in bulk as you won’t clear out the store and you can get as much as you need.
Best Online Dollar Stores
To help you with your bargain shopping experience, here are the 11 best online dollar stores where you can get some amazing deals.
1. Dollar Tree
You’re no doubt already quite familiar with Dollar Tree as they have numerous store locations nationwide. But what you may not know is they have a robust online presence, as well. Dollar Tree is one of my favorite online dollar stores!
Shipping is free to a store near you; otherwise, you can ship to your home or business for an additional charge. They periodically offer a $4.95 flat-rate shipping promotion that helps you stock up on what you need.
Popular items available at Dollar Tree include party decorations like banners, balloons, and tableware; garden tools and decorations; craft supplies; outdoor and indoor toys; sunglasses and accessories; and lots more.
You’ll want to sign up for their email list to be the first to find out about exclusive products and sales online and join their Value Seekers Club loyalty program to receive exclusive content and perks.
At Dollar Tree, everything truly costs $1. The catch? Most items need to be purchased in minimum quantities of at least 4, and some are only available in bulk cases. Still, it’s a great option if you’re not up for the needle-in-a-haystack search in your local store or you’re looking to buy a lot of items at once, like for a wedding or party.
Please note that Dollar Tree does not offer refunds and considers all sales final. However, if your order is incomplete or damaged, they will correct the problem.
Hollar makes it onto this list online dollar stores because they have a $1 Shop section on their website in which you can browse lots of items for just around $1 or less. (And just a PS – almost everything at Hollar is priced at less than $10, so it’s a great online bargain shopping destination, too.)
Shipping is free on orders of $35 or more; otherwise, it’s a flat-rate $5. Note that they ship to the contiguous US, but not Alaska and Hawaii. Returns are accepted within 30 days of delivery.
Browsing their $1 section, I saw holiday decorations, school supplies, beauty supplies, cleaning products, and lots more.
The rest of their website is very low-priced, and the selection changes frequently but always includes toys, school and craft supplies, home and kitchen items, and the like. Their What’s New section will help you quickly find the latest deals.
3. Dollar General
Another store with a wide physical presence nationwide, Dollar General also has a substantial website. In fact, it seems like whatever you can find in-store at Dollar General, you can also find online at their website. They’ve got garden décor, grocery items, household cleaners, paper products, and lots more.
Their physical locations have weekly and seasonal ads, and you can also shop these limited-time sales online. Sign up for email to receive special offers and news, and opt-in to DG mobile alerts to get offers and coupons sent straight to your phone (max 12 messages per month).
Note that Dollar General is not a true dollar store – in fact, most items are priced higher than $1. Still, many items are priced at $1 or less and are a good value, especially their private label brands like Clover Valley and Good & Smart.
Their AutoDeliver program is similar to Amazon’s Subscribe and Save program and other subscription programs. You’ll save an extra 5% off subscription orders and get free shipping on orders of $25 or more when you choose to automatically receive certain items regularly – anywhere from two to six months.
Returns are available within 30 days of delivery, minus shipping and handling charges. Standard shipping is a flat rate of $4.99.
*Update January 2021: Dollar1 is no longer in business.
Dollar1 is an online-only retailer with a unique concept. They are a volume buyer of liquidation products from the nation’s largest retailers – 100% of their products are authentically sourced from the USA.
Since they buy in bulk, they’re able to pass these savings along to the customer. The downside (or upside, depending on your perspective) is that items are limited in quantity and the selection changes frequently. You’ll want to sign up for their email list to receive daily deals, including a heads up on the $1 Steal of the day.
Note that prices start at $1 and go up from there. I did see some solid deals including a pack of pencils for $1, necklaces for $3, phone cases up to 50% off, and more. Each product page offers price comparisons to other retailers like Target and Amazon so you can see what savings you’re getting.
Shipping is free on orders of $35 or more; otherwise, it’s a flat-rate $6. Returns are accepted up to 30 days after receipt. Note that a restocking fee will be charged, and you will have to pay return shipping. You can cancel an order up to one hour after placing the order Monday – Friday if you’re feeling buyer’s remorse.
DollarStore claims to be the very first of all the online dollar stores, started in 1996. It’s headquartered in California and ships all over the US, except Alaska and Hawaii.
It’s kind of fun and a little random to browse this website. It has a wide variety of items including decorations, seasonal items, food and candy, hardware, and more. As with many of the other retailers on this list, prices range beyond $1, but nothing is super expensive, and you’ll find lots of items priced at just $1.
There’s no minimum order required, and shipping is free on orders of $25 or more (otherwise it’s a flat-rate $4.50). You’ll want to sign up for their email list to receive 50 DollarStore Reward Tokens ($5 equivalent). Returns are accepted within 10 days of receipt – you pay the cost of return shipping.
6. H&J Closeouts
H&J Closeouts buys overstock and surplus inventory from retailers and passes the savings on to you as you shop online. They also provide stock for dollar stores, so you may be able to cut out the middleman by browsing H&J Closeouts first.
They allow anyone to shop their website – not just resellers – but keep in mind that everything ships in cases. Some items are sold in lots with a wide variety of items included. Talk about a treasure hunt! Popular categories include Dollar Store items (yes, that’s its own category), cheap office supplies, and toys.
All orders within the contiguous US ship free. You’ll want to sign up for their email newsletter to receive exclusive deals and browse their sale section to find items as low as 10¢ apiece (but yes, still sold by the case). This would be a great option for prize bins or for giving out keepsakes and goodie bags at large events.
Returns are accepted within 14 days from the date of shipment – you must pay for shipping the inventory back to their warehouse, and returned orders are subject to a restocking fee.
DollarDays is a unique addition to this list because of its mission. Their primary mission is partnering with thousands of nonprofits that need to stretch their donation dollars to help those in need.
But even if you’re not shopping for a nonprofit, you’re still able to be a DollarDays customer – you’ll just need to register for a free account and be OK with buying in bulk.
Their vast selection is worth a second look. Beyond the bulk cases, I did notice some individual supply kits for things like school supplies and arts and crafts, but that may be a limited time offer.
Two other features of DollarDays that give me the warm fuzzies: 1) their 5% Give-Back Program helps support charities, nonprofits, schools, and churches of your choosing by donating 5% of your total purchase, and 2) their DollarDays Wishlist Program allows organizations to fundraise year-round and collect the goods needed to accomplish their goals.
Sign up for their email newsletter to receive exclusive deals and more. Orders under $100 ship for a flat rate of $9.95 and a handling fee of $3.98 in the contiguous United States. Return requests must be made within 14 days of delivery, and all shipping costs are at the customer’s expense and may include a restocking fee.
8. Miss A
If you’re looking for beauty products on a budget, Miss A is the place to go. They offer a wide variety of makeup, cosmetics, and beauty items for as little as $1, and I couldn’t find anything priced higher than $10. Even their sets are priced at $1 or so per item.
Shipping is free for US orders over $35, otherwise standard shipping is $3.95. They accept returns within three business days of receiving your package, but you’ll only receive store credit for your return. Shipping and handling fees are not refundable.
Miss A donates part of the proceeds from some items to those who help support education, animals in need, and other causes. Sign up for their newsletter to stay up to date on their $1 deals.
9. Five Below
Five Below is an option for your online shopping if you’re willing to spend anywhere from $1 – $5 per item. (And if you’re lucky enough to have a Five Below store near you, it’s a great place to take the kids to shop for birthday gifts, rewards for meeting a goal, and the like.)
You’ll find many items on Five Below’s website including craft kits, games, décor, fitness items, and lots more. Easily shop by price or by category, and don’t forget to browse their online clearance section where prices start even lower than $1.
Standard shipping is a flat-rate $5 on any order. They offer free in-store returns with 900 stories in 36 states; otherwise, you can return via mail. Note that shipping charges – including return shipping charges – are not reimbursed.
10. Dollar Fanatic
Sometimes it’s fun to dig for great deals, and Dollar Fanatic is worth digging into. Their big draw is the 11 for $10 Special in which you can, well, buy 11 items for the price of 10 (at $1 each). And yes, you can mix and match!
The selection is random, so you’ll want to check back frequently. You’ll find things like greeting cards, DVDs, nail polish, Play-Doh…really, you just need to look for yourself. Shipping is free on orders of $35 or more.
Another option is their Wholesale Liquidation bundles in which they mix all sorts of items in one package. This might work if you’re planning a prize bin, care packages, white elephant gifts, reselling, etc. The catch, of course, is that you don’t know what you’ll get.
11. Amazon Bargain Finds
Yes, it’s pretty easy to filter Amazon’s huge catalog by price, but did you know that Amazon has a Bargain Finds section? You can browse for items for women and men, electronics, gifts, movies, and lots more.
Items are displayed on a single page with the prices rounded to the nearest dollar so you can quickly find the best deals for you. It’s fun to browse and could be helpful when you’re trying to find that random gift for the person that already has everything.
Amazon has fantastic customer service and offers free returns within 30 days on just about everything.
Online shopping doesn’t just have to be for big-ticket items. In fact, there are plenty of online dollar stores where you can get some amazing deals on a huge variety of products…and have a little fun shopping while you’re at it.
What great deals have you found at any of these online dollar stores? Please comment below to share your experience!