27 things you can buy for a dollar

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You can get a small premium roast hot coffee for $1.00 at McDonald’s.
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While a dollar won’t get you what it used to, you can still get quite a few fun and practical things with four quarters.

We surfed the internet and did some exploring in New York City to find the best ways to spend your dollar bill.

Here are 29 options:


A new razor every month with the Dollar Shave Club

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Business Insider / Matthew Lynley

Subscription startupDollar Shave Club will give you two stainless-steel blades and five cartridges per month for just $1.

Business Insider tried the service – check out our review.


A slice of pizza in NYC

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A meal will cost you a fortune anywhere else in New York City, but not at the dollar-pizza joints.

Head to 2 Bros Pizza or 99¢ Fresh Pizza for an inexpensive slice.


A song from iTunes

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Flickr/Garry Knight

If you’re into the latest hits, you’ll probably have to shell out $1.29, but you can still find songs for $.99 on iTunes.

Blogger Len Penzo recommends sorting by song title instead of popularity to find the cheaper versions.


A small coffee at McDonald’s

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You can get a small premium roast hot coffee for $1.00, or upgrade to a medium for an extra $0.29.


Ten 4×6 photo prints at Walmart

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They’re only $0.09 each! If you’re looking for something larger, 5×7 prints will cost you $0.78 each.


An extra mile in a NYC taxi

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That equates to roughly 20 blocks.

Source: NYC.gov


Various e-books on Amazon

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Amazon

Just head to the Kindle Daily Deals page.


A beer during happy hour in NYC

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AP/Toby Talbot

If you know where to go, you could have dollar beer every day of the week.


10 meals for men, women, and children facing hunger in the US

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REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Every dollar you donate through Give A Meal will provide 10 meals to hungry Americans.

The organization offers different donation suggestions, but you can also choose a specific amount of money you wish to give.


A souvenir penny or two

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Most penny-pressing machines will charge you two quarters, such as the one at Disneyland, plus the penny you choose to elongate.


Angry Birds Space and other games on iTunes

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Check out Business Insider’s review of Angry Birds Space – if you’re sold, you can find the popular game here.


An hour of street parking in New York City or San Francisco

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San Francisco.
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Of course, it depends where you’re parking – if you’re below 96th street in NYC, for example, it’ll cost you $3.50 an hour (meaning you’ll get 17 minutes of parking for your $1).

Source: NYC.gov and SFMTA


A ride on the Boltbus (If you book early and get lucky)

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Other bus companies, such as Tripper and Megabus, also offer $1 tickets to those who book far enough in advance, according to an expert traveler who shared his tips with The New York Times.

A $1 ride isn’t guaranteed, but it’s worth a try.


A change of address through the US Post Office website

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If you need to change your address or forward your mail to a different address, you can easily do so online for a fee of $1.00.

You’ll also receive a bunch of coupons from retailers such as Lowes, Target, Best Buy, and West Elm.


A bottle of cheap wine in Italy or Spain

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Most grocery stores and markets offer a variety of cheap bottles, several of which you will find for under €1.

Source: Lonely Planet


An oyster during happy hour in New York City

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A bunch of spots in the city will give you an oyster for a dollar if you’re there at the right time. Try The Wayland or The Mermaid Inn.


A case for your iPhone

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eBay

There’s an option to filter your search on eBayfor products under $1.00 – and there are more case choices than you might think. You can also try Amazon.


Fun knick-knacks and school supplies at Target

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Did you know that most Targets have a “Dollar Spot” at the front of the store?


A Wendy’s small classic frosty

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The classic frosty (chocolate or vanilla)is $0.99. You can also get a junior cheeseburger, a crispy chicken sandwich, and a four-piece chicken-nugget pack for less than $1 each.


Two postage stamps

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A stamp for a one-ounce lettercosts $0.47.


5 bananas at Trader Joe’s

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Head toTrader Joe’sfor one of the best produce deals out there: $0.19 bananas.


A bag of pasta (8 servings) at Trader Joe’s

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Kathleen Elkins/Business Insider

While you’re at it, pick up eight servings of pasta for $0.99.


A trip to the museum

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Many museums offer free admission or a pay-what-you-wish policy, includingNew York’s Metropolitan Museum.


One (or several) used books

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Check out thrift stores or used-book sales for cheap paperbacks under a dollar.

UseBook Sale Finder to find used-book bargains at book sales held by libraries and other nonprofit organizations.


A movie rental on iTunes

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Flickr/Wonderlane

Track the iTunes $0.99 movie rentals of the weekhere.


Play a song or two on the jukebox

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When you’re a couple beers deep and craving a Journey song, a dollar will typically get you at least one request on the bar jukebox.


A scratch lottery ticket

We don’t recommend playing the lottery, but you can find various scratch tickets for $1.