33 things you can buy for $1

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One dollar won’t get you far, but there are still some interesting things you can buy. Shutterstock/Anatolii Brohovskyi
  • Deals are out there, but they aren’t always cheap.
  • Luckily for frugal people, there are many cheap things you can still buy for a dollar.
  • And some of those deals are useful: a snack, a book, and a good deed can all cost just a buck.

A dollar won’t get you very far in 2018.

But on the bright side, there’s still plenty of useful things you can buy for a buck, from food and entertainment to a pair of glasses for someone in need.

Here are 33 ways you can spend your hard-earned dollar:


A slice of pizza at a dollar slice restaurant in New York

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A song on iTunes

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A McChicken sandwich, cheeseburger, or drink at McDonald’s

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Enough gas to get you about 10 miles in an average US car

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An ebook on Amazon

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About 15 minutes of street parking in Manhattan

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A scratch-off lottery ticket

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2 stamps, or a stamped envelope


A temporary tattoo

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A can of soda

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A Toraway coin purse

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Buy one here


A doughnut


A miniature scented candle

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A Megabus or BoltBus ticket (if you book early)

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Book Megabus or BoltBus at least two weeks in advance for possible $US1 fares.


A pair of glasses for someone who can’t afford them

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Visit or donate to One Dollar Glasses here


A round of Pac-Man at an arcade (or barcade)

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A bag of rice

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A CD or vinyl record at a thrift store

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A pack of stickers

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School supplies

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An egg separator

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Buy one here


A Pickle in a Pouch

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A postcard

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A song in a jukebox

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A used book

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Multiple bananas at Trader Joe’s

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A new razor from Dollar Shave Club

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Learn more here


A lighter


A can of silly string

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A plastic bag dispenser

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Buy one here


Penny stocks


A game of pool

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A notebook

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Buy one here

This is an updated version of posts originally written by Jill Krasny, Zachry Floro, Gus Lubin, and Kathleen Elkins.