You have to be careful what you buy in the "Dollar" stores. Some items can be counterfeit and others out of date. Remember, they are getting stuff at a discount for a reason.
So read labels carefully before buying.
We buy a lot of our stuff there - but specific things. Cleaning products, for instance - how bad can a discount sponge be? Or how defective a discount light bulb?
We also buy some name brands there - toothpaste, shampoo. I often buy socks, garden tools, pool noodles, batteries there.
They have sales on name brand chips and soda the others don't.
And Dollar General has coupons for 5 dollars off a 25 dollar purchase on Saturdays - on most Saturdays.
And that's about how much I spend, anyway.
EVERY one of these cheaper stores does have a silver lining.