33 things you can buy for $1

Shutterstock/Anatolii BrohovskyiOne dollar won’t get you far, but there are still some interesting things you can buy.
  • 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


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

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An ebook on Amazon


About 15 minutes of street parking in Manhattan

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A scratch-off lottery ticket

2 stamps, or a stamped envelope

A temporary tattoo


A can of soda

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A Toraway coin purse


Buy one here

A doughnut

A miniature scented candle


A Megabus or BoltBus ticket (if you book early)

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)

A bag of rice


A CD or vinyl record at a thrift store

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A pack of stickers


School supplies


An egg separator


Buy one here

A Pickle in a Pouch

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A postcard

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A song in a jukebox

A used book


Multiple bananas at Trader Joe’s


A new razor from Dollar Shave Club

Dollar Shave Club

Learn more here

A lighter

A can of silly string

Dollar Tree

A plastic bag dispenser


Buy one here

Penny stocks

A game of pool


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.

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