33 things you can buy for $1

One dollar won't get you far, but there are still some interesting things you can buy.

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One dollar won’t get you far, but there are still some interesting things you can buy.
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  • 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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Nuno Cardoso/flickr

A song on iTunes

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Dean Drobot/Shutterstock

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

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McDonald’s

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

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Joe Raedle/Getty

An ebook on Amazon

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Screenshot/Amazon

About 15 minutes of street parking in Manhattan

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f8 Imaging / Hulton Archive / Getty Images

A scratch-off lottery ticket

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Flickr/Andrew Malone

2 stamps, or a stamped envelope


A temporary tattoo

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Shutterstock

A can of soda

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Scott Olson/Getty Images

A Toraway coin purse

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Screenshot/Amazon

Buy one here


A donut


A miniature scented candle

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Screenshot/AliExpress

A Megabus or BoltBus ticket (if you book early)

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david_shane via flickr

Book Megabus or BoltBus at least two weeks in advance for possible $1 fares.


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

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YouTube/Siemens Stiftung

Visit or donate to One Dollar Glasses here


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

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Mental_Floss/Chris Higgins

A bag of rice

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Facebook/99CentChef

A CD or vinyl record at a thrift store

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Flickr Creative Commons

A pack of stickers

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YouTube/CraftyGirl

School supplies

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YouTube/CraftyGirl

An egg separator

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Zapals

Buy one here


A Pickle in a Pouch

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Mark Abadi/Business Insider

A postcard

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Oli Scarff/Getty Images

A song in a jukebox

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PROliz west/flickr

A used book

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YouTube/TimeOut

Multiple bananas at Trader Joe’s

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Twitter/Curlsandwords

A new razor from Dollar Shave Club

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Dollar Shave Club

Learn more here


A lighter

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Thomson Reuters

A can of silly string

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Dollar Tree

A plastic bag dispenser

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Amazon

Buy one here


Penny stocks

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Thomson Reuters

A game of pool

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Instagram/Heya

A notebook

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Ian Forsyth/Stringer/Getty Images

Buy one here

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