Update: This story was updated on May 4, 2022.

Every day Americans are feeling the effects of inflation, which hit a 40-year high of 8.5 percent in March.

The war between Russia and Ukraine has also caused gas prices to skyrocket in the last few months, hitting real estate agents’ pockets hard, as they continue to commute to various appointments throughout the workday.

On top of those factors causing agents to pinch pennies, the competition to win listings today is fierce, with agents outnumbering homes for sale in the U.S. As of December, there were 910,000 listings compared to 1.5 million National Association of Realtor (NAR) members, according to the real estate trade organization. Many agents are also already facing a slight market cooldown and potentially less business this summer, as buyers become dissuaded by rising mortgage rates and home prices.

But even with rising prices, real estate agents can still find deals at dollar stores that may come in handy for a showing or open house — from furniture and decor to the necessary bottle of hand sanitizer — without breaking the bank.

Here are 35 ideas to get started.

Natural Woven Striped Rope Basket

Credit: Dollar General

Spruce up a home’s laundry area with this functional and stylish basket. ($12 at Dollar General)

Comfort Bay silk touch blanket


Credit: Dollar General

This blanket will exude luxury at the end of any staged bed. ($27 at Dollar General)

Embossed soap dispenser and pink ombre soap dish

Credit: Dollar General

Give bathrooms some color with this patterned soap dispenser and ombre soap dish. ($5 and $3 at Dollar General)

Tapered glass champagne flutes and ice bucket

Credit: Dollar Tree

Treat your guests with a set of champagne flutes and a bottle of chilled bubbly, artfully displayed on the kitchen island. ($1 each for glasses, $1 for ice bucket at Dollar Tree)

Black decorative rod sets with square finials

Credit: Family Dollar

Agents who are very inspired might want to do a quick window treatment installation inside of a home, and these black decorative curtain rods will do the trick. ($10 at Family Dollar)

Interiors by Design Ivory Sheer Window Panels

Credit: Family Dollar

These ivory sheer window panels will easily refresh a drab living room. ($5 at Family Dollar)

Outdoor By Design Solar Powered Iron Geometric Design Lanterns

Credit: Family Dollar

Light up outdoor walkways for evening showings with these chic lanterns. ($5 at Family Dollar)

Outdoors by Design Ceramic Animals

Credit: Family Dollar

These happy garden ornaments will be a sure-fire hit with any kids tagging along on home showings. ($3 at Family Dollar)

Multicolor Aztec Throw Blanket

Credit: Dollar General

Place this throw on an armchair by the fireplace with some battery-operated candles nearby and potential buyers won’t want to leave. ($15 at Dollar General)

Gray and White 10.5 Inch Dinnerplate

Credit: Family Dollar

Set an inviting dining room table with these eye-catching dinner plates. ($2 each at Family Dollar)

Solid Black Ceramic Bowls

Credit: Family Dollar

To make a striking tablescape, add these snazzy solid black ceramic bowls to complement those striped dinner plates. ($1 each at Family Dollar)

Floral Citrus Print Kitchen Towel

Credit: Dollar General

Brighten up the kitchen with these inspired citrus kitchen towels. ($3 at Dollar General)

Medium Blue Ombre Pottery Canister

Credit: Dollar General

Elegant ceramics, like this pottery canister, can help make any kitchen more homey without costing a fortune. ($6 at Dollar General)

Tropical Leaves Printed Pitcher

Credit: Dollar General

Provide parched guests with water drawn from this trendy, seasonal pitcher. ($7 at Dollar General)

Interiors by Design Decorative Runner Rugs

Credit: Family Dollar

These colorful runner rugs will warm up any room, from a hallway to a bedroom. (Price varies by location at Family Dollar.)

Interiors by Design End Tables Set

Credit: Family Dollar

Fill out living room staging with a quick pair of end tables, perfect for accent lamps or a vase full of fresh flowers. ($18 for two at Family Dollar)

Interiors by Design Black 4-Tier Bookcase

Credit: Family Dollar

A bookcase is a great venue for plants and other accent pieces to make a room more inviting. (Price varies by location at Family Dollar.)

Interiors by Design Floor Lamp

Credit: Family Dollar

Add this floor lamp to any room that suffers from harsh overhead lighting to make the space more welcoming to prospective buyers. ($12 at Family Dollar)

Dual Color Fragrance Warmer

Credit: Dollar Tree

These holders for scented candles provide a decorative touch and a fresh aroma to any room. ($1.25 each at Dollar Tree)

Scented Hand Sanitizer

Credit: Dollar Tree

The new essential for any kind of home showing or open house, these portable bottles with fruity scents will be a sure hit with buyers. ($1 each at Dollar Tree)

Bohemian Cut Glass Scented Candles

Credit: Dollar Tree

Make your home showing a bit more artsy with these colorful candles that will set a fun, yet soothing mood. ($1 each at Dollar Tree)

Distressed Cement Buddha Decorations

Credit: Dollar Tree

Get prospective buyers zenned-out and ready to say “yes” to your listing with these calming buddhas in the garden. ($1 each at Dollar Tree)

Oval Contour Plastic Tubs with Handles

Credit: Dollar Tree

Show prospective buyers how they might organize an entryway or corral kids’ items in a mud room with these handy, kid-friendly buckets. ($1 each at Dollar Tree)

Ceramic Vase Decorations

Credit: Dollar Tree

Grab some discount flowers from a local grocery store and place a few in one of these vases to add a fresh pop of color to a kitchen or dining area. ($1 each at Dollar Tree)

True Living Accent Lamp

Credit: Dollar General

Place this cage accent lamp on an end table for some extra light and a little personality in your listing. ($7 at Dollar General)

Trueliving Large Scatter Rug

Credit: Dollar General

This earthy rug adds texture and style to a space for an affordable price. ($12 at Dollar General)

Wooden Block Perpetual Calendar

Credit: Dollar General

Help potential buyers (and yourself) keep track of things with this functional and cute calendar. ($5 at Dollar General)

Summer Kitchen Mat

Credit: Dollar General

Keep things light in the kitchen with a fun, spunky floor mat. ($6 at Dollar General)

Standing Ceramic Succulent

Credit: Dollar General

You can never have enough greenery. Give a sense of calm to prospective buyers by bringing a little bit of the outdoors inside with these succulents. ($4.50 at Dollar General)

Comfort Bay Summer PEVA Shower Liner

Credit: Dollar General

Give the bathroom beach vibes with a summery beach towel-inspired shower curtain. ($6 at Dollar General)

Gold Embroidered Floral Lumbar Throw Pillow

Credit: Dollar General

This bright throw pillow will add pop to any sofa or lounging chair. ($10 at Dollar General)

LED Super Bright White Desk Lamp

Credit: Dollar Tree

Shows prospective buyers the potential of a home office space with this effective desk lamp. ($1.25 at Dollar Tree)

Trueliving Doormat

Credit: Dollar General

This rug does double duty welcoming guests as they come through the door and allowing them to scrape the muck off their shoes. ($8 at Dollar General)

Writer’s note: Some items listed are only available in-store and not online. In addition, some items have a minimum number purchase requirement in order to purchase them online.

Email Lillian Dickerson

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