Planning a celebration soon? See Clark’s favorite dollar store party items!

Planning a celebration soon? See Clark’s favorite dollar store party items!
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If you haven’t been to one of the dollar stores lately, you’d be amazed at what you can get for only $1!

‘In my family, the only party store is the dollar store,’ Clark confesses. (Editor’s note: Big surprise there!) ‘The way we handle it is if they don’t have what we need, we live with what they’ve got.’

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Let’s get this party started…

When it comes to party planning, items like ribbons, bows, wrapping paper and tape are all no-brainers at dollar stores — particularly ‘true’ dollar stores like Dollar Tree where everything is $1 or less, no exceptions! (By contrast, Family Dollar and Dollar General are dollar stores in name only; they have a variety of price points beyond just a buck.)

But dig a little deeper and you’ll find even more party supplies at the lowest prices. Here’s how Clark rolls at the dollar store when he’s about to get a party started…

Greeting cards

Forget about paying upwards of $6 or $8 for a fancy card! The dollar store has a fabulous selection of greeting cards that are cute and don’t break the bank. These cards are often priced two for $1.

‘My poor wife has not gotten a card from me that was more than a dollar in all the time I think we’ve been together,’ the consumer champ admits.

Gift wrapping

You can get a big variety of gift wrapping supplies, including paper, ribbons, boxes and more at the dollar stores. Here are a few options available at Dollar Tree.

Planning a celebration soon? See Clark's favorite dollar store party items!

Birthday candles

Why would anyone pay more than a buck for birthday candles?

You’re just going to light them up for a moment or two before tossing them out.

Enter the 60-pack of birthday candles from Dollar Tree.

‘The only problem is I’m 61, so I’d have to get two packs!’ Clark jokes.


You could pay $3 a pop for a Minnie Mouse Happy Birthday foil balloon at a party-good store like Party City.

Or you could pay one buck at Dollar Tree for the same foil balloon with a nearly identical picture of Minnie.

Which would you rather do?

What would you add to this list?

Stocking your medicine cabinet at the dollar store

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Theo Thimou About the author:
Theo has co-written several books with Clark Howard, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Living Large in Lean Times. As a single widowed parent of two young children, he strives to bring unique savings tips to men and women like him who must face life without their spouses. He can be reached at [email protected]
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