Offering produce, meat and name-brand packaged foods, these budget-friendly shops are gunning for your grocery dollar. Here’s why it’s worth giving them a chance.

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Illustration by Jungyeon Roh
| Credit: Illustration by Jungyeon Roh

You’ll find the brands you trust. 

Dollar stores work with the same distributors as supermarkets, so even if the selection isn't as wide, the quality's typically the same. However, brand-name packages are often smaller here,  so check the per-ounce cost to make sure you're getting a bargain.

The prices are often lower. 

No, really, so much lower—experts cited savings of around 50 percent. How do they do it? Dollar stores have low overhead, since they rarely spend money on ads and they have smaller staffs.

You never know what you’ll find—in a good way!

Pick up the ingredients for dinner and the pots and pans to cook it in. Oh, and a gift for your kid to bring to the birthday party. Anda six-pack of sport socks. And pliers.