12 items you should always buy at a drugstore

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Sometimes it seems like you can't drive a mile or walk a block without hitting a drugstore, and for good reason.

Drugstores these days stock everything from health food to holiday decorations.

The benefit of most drugstores is their low prices on the majority of their items. It almost always seems like it makes more sense to run into a CVS to pick up shampoo and conditioner versus a beauty specialty store, or that you'll get a better deal on a bag of chips than you would at your local grocery store.

Here are the top 12 items you should always buy at a drugstore:

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Toothbrush and toothpaste
 

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Petroleum jelly

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Laundry detergent

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Milk

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Garbage bags

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Holiday and seasonal decorations/candy

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Diapers

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Paper towels

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Hair dye

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Flu shot

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Cereal

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Shampoo and conditioner

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But the truth is, not every item you find in a drugstore will end up scoring you a good deal. And some items that you probably wouldn't think to hit your local Walgreens for are actually the items that you should be shopping for at the drugstore.

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So how do you know what to leave on the shelves and what to pick up when you're on your next drugstore run?

We rounded up the top 12 drugstore items that will always offer you a low price while assuring you good quality at the same time--many times name brand versions of these items are cheapest at a drugstore.

For even more deals, here are 17 items you should always buy at the dollar store:

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Cotton swabs

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Paperclips

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Plastic cutlery and plates

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Aluminium foil, plastic wrap and plastic bags 

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Hair accessories
- Hair elastics
- Hair clips
- Headbands 
- Hair brushes 
 

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Socks

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Greeting cards 

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Toothpaste 

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Movie theatre candy 

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Party decorations and supplies 

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Mugs

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Mailing and shipping labels 

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Shaving cream 

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Cleaning supplies 

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Tissue boxes

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Scotch tape 

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Name brand cosmetics 

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