The other week I was walking down a street in the Mission and my eyes almost fell out of my face due to shock when I saw something I’d never think I’d see in San Francisco before: A 99 CENT STORE.

Say WHAT? In the land of designer coffee, $7 artisan chocolate bars and rent that makes us cry… the last thing I’d expect to see in our expensive ass (albeit glorious) city is a discount store.

That got me wondering if there were other discount stores in the city– where were they? We had to find them. Because even a six figure salary person knows that budgeting is a very real thing here.

We compared a trip to Walgreens to a trip to a discount store this week and wrote down just how much we could be saving:

At Walgreens: for a pack 40 paper plates, 25oz dish soap, a pack of highlighters, 8″ handle scissors, 120 ct bobby pins, a large bag of cotton balls, a standard box of 30 bandaids, nail polish remover (8oz), large pack of Q-tips, and a single big roll of paper towels.. before tax, it was $37.20.

For the SAME THING (albeit lesser quality) at a discount store… it was $15.75! QUITE the difference no?

Discount stores are the shit! Sure, the toilet paper might stick to your ass more but it does get the job done.

And when I’m replenishing my house supplies… dish washing soap, cleaning agents, sponges, trash bags, etc… I don’t really care where they are from as long as they are efficient. And discount house supplies are efficient AF!

Also kitchen supplies: Sandwich bags, plastic wrap, aluminum foil… might as well save when you can!

What about decorations? And desk supplies? Even some beauty supplies like hair bands and bobby pins. The discount store prices are WAY lower.

I am however hesitant on medicine and food though… but maybe that’s just me being froo-froo and overly cautious.

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So where are these gems in the city? 

In North Beach, there’s…

Golden 99 Cents Zone.

Located at: 723 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (between Stockton & Emery Lane)


In the Mission, there’s…

Dollar On Up.

Located at: 3030 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94103 (between Hoff & Mission kind of by the 16th/Mission Bart Station)

Discount City. 

Located at: 2762 Mission StSan Francisco, CA 94110 (between 24th St & 23rd St)

One Dollar Only.

Located at: 4550 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94112 (in Mission terrace/outer Mission)

Factory 2-U.

Located at: 2664 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110 (between 22nd & 23rd)


In the Financial District, there’s…


Located at: 570 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94104 (between Sutter & 2nd)


In Outer Sunset, there’s…

Yes Variety.

Located at: 2345 Irving St., San Francisco, CA 94122 (between 24th & 25th Ave.)


Near the Civic Center (Tenderloin), there’s…

Dollar Market.

Located at: 1133 Market St San Francisco, CA 94103

Dollar King.

Located at: 1276 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94102 (between Grove & Hayes)


In Inner Richmond, there’s…

99 Cents Depot.

Located at: 606 Clement St., San Francisco, CA 94118 (between 7th & 8th Ave)


In Japan Town/Lower Pac Heights, there’s…

Daiso Japan. 

Located at: 22 Peace Plz Ste 400, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Geary & Post-ish kind of area)

Y’all. That’s 11 stores you can go to for festive decor instead of spending $30 at CVS for one pack of streamers, two balloons and a cliche wall hanging.

11 stores you can go to for paper towels and save 50%!

11 stores you can go to, to justify your $5 latte a day habit because… you’re saving elsewhere!

Feel free to leave any we left behind in the comments!


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