Everyday Americans are feeling the effects of inflation today, which was up 5.3 percent in August compared to the same time in 2020.

Households that earn the U.S. median annual income of $70,000 are now spending an additional $175 per month on food, housing and fuel because of inflation, Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, told the New York Post.

Dollar Tree, Inc. even recently announced it would be adding more products at prices above $1, citing rising costs and positive consumer feedback to company-conducted tests with higher-priced products.

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 30 ideas to get started.

Woven paper rope hamper

Credit: Dollar General

Make the laundry room look ripe for a fresh load of laundry with this stylish and functional hamper. (Price varies by location 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)

Marble soap dispenser and soap dish

Credit: Dollar General

Give bathrooms a touch of class with this faux marble soap dispenser and 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)

Comfort Bay plush sherpa throw

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. ($18 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)

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)

Diamond Embossed Decorative Stoneware Fragrance Warmers

Credit: Dollar Tree

These holders for scented wax provide a decorative touch and a fresh aroma to any room. ($1 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 Grey Lampshade

Credit: Dollar General

Just don’t forget the lampshade! ($5 at Dollar General)

Natural Woven Jute Rug

Credit: Dollar General

This earthy doorway rug adds texture and style to a space for an affordable price. ($10 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)

“You Look Radishing” Printed Kitchen Mat

Credit: Dollar General

Keep things light in the kitchen with a fun, spunky floor mat. ($10 at Dollar General)

TrueLiving Outdoors Decorative Potted 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. ($0.50 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)

Wooden Lantern Style Desk Lamp

Credit: Dollar General

Give a home office space a bit of pizazz with this lantern that evokes summers by the sea. ($10 at Dollar General)

Hello/Goodbye Coir Rug

Credit: Dollar General

This rug does double duty welcoming guests as they come through the door, as well as sending them off at the end of their visit. ($10 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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