The phrase has been around forever, "You get what you pay for."  People who wanted to save a buck recently found that they bought some expired goods.

According to WIVB, the State Attorney General's Office sent undercover officers to Dollar General, Dollar Tree, and Family Dollar and they found violations in all three stores.

From expired over the counter drugs, to motor oil that wasn't up to the standards of modern cars, they were all in violation.

As a result, all three chains will pay $1.2 million in fines and damages.

New York consumers have a right to expect that products on store shelves are safe, fresh and suitable for their advertised use. These settlements will ensure that Dollar General, Dollar Tree, and Family Dollar will not only pay both a substantial fine and damages, but, more importantly, update their business practices to comply with the law so that no expired over-the-counter drugs are sold to a New York consumer again."  - Attorney General Letitia James

All three locations were in Central New York.