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18 Things You Should Buy at the Dollar Tree — And 5 to Avoid

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Whoa, when did Dollar Tree get so good?

I’m here to tell you that you if you’re still overlooking Dollar Tree for things to buy, you’re seriously missing out! There are great finds popping up every day in various departments between brand-name goods, home decor, and even food!

Check out our list of items you should buy at Dollar Tree for only $1 before purchasing for more elsewhere – and see which products we think you REALLY should avoid.

What to Buy at Dollar Tree:

1. Candles and candle holders

things to buy or avoid at dollar tree – buy candles and candle holders

Candles are beautiful, from their scents and packaging to the ambiance they create. But when did it start becoming popular to spend over $60 on a jar of scented wax?! Check out the selection at Dollar Tree and you’ll even find dupes for well-known scents similar to the Capri Blue Volcano (a brand that the Hip2Save team LOVES) for just a buck!

2. Planters and gardening supplies

things to buy or avoid at dollar tree – buy gardening supplies and planters

You’ve probably seen your local hardware stores full of tools and supplies to start working your green thumb. However, at Dollar Tree, you can find dowels, planters, and even soil to make your garden blossom for less!

3. Vases

things to buy or avoid at dollar tree — buy glass vases

The assortment of vases at Dollar Tree is MASSIVE — tall, short, round, square, clear, colorful… seriously, you can find just the vase you’re looking for without paying more than the flowers.

dollar tree buy and avoid — vases

Hip Tip: Check out this fun custom photo DIY using Dollar Tree vases!

4. Makeup

things to buy or avoid at dollar tree – buy elf and name brand makeupThis one’s for the beauty lovers out there! The makeup section is full of cheap finds from popular brands like e.l.f., L.A. Colors, and Wet ‘N Wild — all for only $1! Stock up for less than the cost of your makeup bag.

Even sweeter, you can use coupons at Dollar Tree which makes for some significant savings on name brand cosmetics! Take some time to scope out the beauty/personal care section for name brand items mixed in with all the other stuff.

Brittany says: “I LOVE the Wet n Wild mascara in the teal tube. It layers really well, doesn’t clump, washes off easily-yet doesn’t smudge, streak, or run while wearing it. I highly recommend it.”

5. Organizational products

things to buy or avoid at dollar tree – buy organization trays

Whether it’s for your makeup, your bathroom counter, or your junk drawer, acrylic organizers are a must-have for any neat freak! They come in a variety of sizes and layouts so you can mix and match for your own perfect set. But that’s not all — they have a TON of other organizational products for your home!

6. Classroom supplies

things to buy or avoid at dollar tree – buy teacher classroom decor

Teachers, rejoice! We know you spend your own hard earned money outfitting your classrooms to be fun and functional for your students. To make the space beautiful on a budget, give Dollar Tree a look before the school year starts for decor, learning tools, and classroom supplies!

Chantel says: “I love their school supplies. I don’t get pens and pencils, but I do get dry erase markers and things from the teacher section. The calendars and posters are 2 packs for $1.”

Hip Tip: For the kiddos, check out these 15 finds at Dollar Tree to make back to school easier!

7. Picture frames

things to buy or avoid at dollar tree – buy picture frames

It’s picture frames galore at Dollar Tree! Similar picture frames may cost $5 or more at other stores and look just the same. Sure, they’re not the highest quality frames but they’re great for crafts and inexpensive decor! A quick tip — before purchasing, check that the hanging bracket or hook is securely attached.

Hip Tip: Lina used Dollar Tree frames to make these! 😍

8. Gifting supplies

things to buy or avoid at dollar tree – buy gift bags

Just because you’re generous with gift giving doesn’t mean you need to be generous toward expensive gift wrap. You’ll find inexpensive cards, bags, and wrapping paper so that you can allocate the majority of your budget toward the actual gift! My all time favorite buy at Dollar Tree is (and always will be!) their LARGE assortment of gift bags!

One Hip reader says: “We buy our greeting cards and gift bags there! Saves a lot of money for us!”

9. Clothing care essentials

things to buy or avoid at dollar tree – buy laundry and clothing storage essentials

You’ll find everything you need to make caring for your clothes a touch easier with laundering accessories and storage bags.

Hip Tip: Near this section, they have a bunch of bags that make packing for travel a cinch!

10. Batteries

things to buy or avoid at dollar tree – buy batteries

Due to overwhelming comments of readers saying they’ve found batteries at Dollar Tree that work just as well (if not better) than popular name brands, we HAD to add these to the list. While the user experience varies, most think the performance power of these batteries merits snagging a few while you’re at Dollar Tree.

Jen says: “Dollar Tree is the ONLY place I buy batteries! Have never been disappointed yet!”

Joan says: “I use a lot of batteries and have done a lot of research into which batteries are the best, and it’s my conclusion that the cheaper batteries are better than the name brand batteries. They sure cost a lot less so I will continue to buy batteries at Dollar Tree. I’m very happy with them!”

Tim says: “I buy all my batteries at the Dollar Store. Look for ‘alkaline’ marked on the package and avoid the batteries marked ‘heavy duty'”.

11. Reading glasses

things to buy or avoid at dollar tree – buy reading glasses

Glasses for a buck?! Seems like a bargain to us! 🙂 Keep your eyes peeled for prescription strength fashion reading glasses for just $1 per pair, which normally sell for several dollars at other stores.

Also, if you’re anything like me and have lost or broken expensive pairs of sunglasses in the past, you may want to grab a couple of pairs of $1 sunglasses to have on hand!

12. Bread Products

You really can’t beat $1 for name-brand bread! If it’s close to the expiration date, just throw it in the freezer. There are different varieties from multigrain loaves to mini bagels — take advantage and stock up when they have a nice selection.

Hip Tip: Take a look at some of Collin’s favorite Dollar Tree products she picked up on a prior trip!

13. Books

things to buy or avoid at dollar tree – buy books

You may be able to find best-selling books (by authors such as Nicholas Sparks or Janet Evanovich) priced at just $1 each! These books retail for over $8+ at your local bookstore, so this is a great deal for new reading material.

dollar tree must buys — books

14. Pregnancy tests

things to buy or avoid at dollar tree – buy pregnancy tests

Why pay $8-$10 (or more!) for a pregnancy test at the drugstore when you can find pregnancy tests for just $1 each at Dollar Tree!? Most readers seem to agree these tests work just the same as other name-brand tests.

Jackie says: “I was unsure at first but they work just as well, if not better, than regular tests. I found out I was pregnant with my daughter using one.”

Briana says: “I can confirm that the pregnancy tests at Dollar Tree work JUST as well as the expensive ones you find at Walgreens. With my first pregnancy, I spent at LEAST $50 (probably more) on 7 pregnancy tests. With my second I wised-up and went to Dollar Tree so I could take as many tests as I wanted without breaking the bank. I got very clear results 4 days before I was supposed to take the test. I’ll never buy them anywhere else again. 🙂”

15. Toys and kids gifts

things to buy or avoid at dollar tree – buy kids toys

You’ll find your kids’ favorite characters and products in the aisles of Dollar Tree — seriously! These are perfect for gift bag fillers, stocking stuffers, and rewards for your kiddos. And they’ll have no idea you only paid a buck for them!

For younger children who are prone to put objects in their mouth, you may want to reconsider purchasing any small toys that could become a choking hazard.

Leighann says: “My younger two have grown out of the ‘puts everything in the mouth’ stage and are both now in the ‘constantly needs bribes to do ANYTHING’ stage. So, I bribe them with ‘credits’ that they can spend at Dollar Tree. They spend them on bubbles, balls, hula hoops, squirt guns, and other cheap toys. I know these toys aren’t going to last forever, but each child averages one ‘prize’ per week and actually cares about the toy half as long, so I don’t feel like I’m wasting money.”

16. Party supplies

You’ll love the selection so much in the Dollar Tree party supply section that you’ll start celebrating in the aisle! Throw the best parties on a budget with $1 finds – tableware, decorations, and other party goodies.

Mar says: “One of the things my kids, teachers, friends, and I look for at Dollar Tree is party favors — it’s awesome in that department!”

17. Holiday and seasonal buys

things to buy or avoid at dollar tree – buy holiday and seasonal items

Jazz up your home year-round without breaking the bank! You’ll have no problem finding HUGE assortments of holiday and seasonal decor, gifts, and accessories. The only issue you’ll have is finding the space to store it all. 🤔

Gigi says: “Another thing totally worth buying are the Christmas ornaments! They have absolutely BEAUTIFUL Christmas ornaments that sell out quickly. I’ve found amazing ornaments that looked like they cost way more than a dollar, and the ones that I’ve purchased get raves every Christmas.”

Hip Tip: Make beautiful holiday decor that your guests will never guess is from the Dollar Tree!

18. Pool toys

things to buy or avoid at dollar tree – buy summer finds for the pool

Dollar Tree supplies endless frugal fun in the sun with their selection of pool and beach toys! Since they’re bound to get lost (or take a beating during the summer), you may as well pay the least amount possible for them.

What to Avoid at Dollar Tree:

1. Brand name cleaning products

things to buy or avoid at dollar tree – avoid brand name cleaning products

These may seem like a deal but more often than not, these products are packaged in smaller quantities than you’re used to seeing on big box store shelves. This means you’ll actually end up paying more per ounce. 😯

Instead, look out for the cleaning products from LA’s Totally Awesome and Fabuloso — readers and reviewers absolutely LOVE these great budget cleaning products.

One Hip reader says: “Dollar Tree has some cool cleaning products not found anywhere else. Fabuloso smells amazing! Get the seasonal scents!”

2. Brand name pantry foods

things to buy or avoid at dollar tree – avoid pantry products

As with the cleaning products, either the packaging sizes for their name brand foods are small, or the price isn’t a deal for a buck (that’s about the same price they go for at big box stores!). You may sometimes stumble upon a good deal like this Hip2Save reader did, but we can’t guarantee the stock is constant.

Hip Tip: Give some of these brands a try — like this kid-approved list of Dollar Tree generics!

3. Pet Food

things to buy or avoid at dollar tree – avoid pet food

The price per ounce on name brand pet foods can be much higher than if you’d bought a bulk bag at another store. Also, experts warn about the lack of quality standards when it comes to non-name brand dollar store pet food. You may want to stick to just pet stores and other markets for big quantity purchases and brands with stricter ingredient guidelines.

Ash says: “I do not buy pet food from the dollar store. Besides being of questionable quality, it’s cheaper in bigger sizes from other stores. Also, NEVER use the flea and tick products from dollar stores. I’ve seen dogs with chemical burns from cheap flea treatment.”

4. Brand name baby products

things to buy or avoid at dollar tree – avoid brand name baby products

Brand name baby products are hit or miss depending on the size of the product you find, and most of the time, it’s better to locate these brands in bulk. That said, if you’re looking to put together baby gift baskets for friends or family, you can find these brand-name goods for basket fillers on the cheap!

Hip Tip: Save money on generic baby products with this top 10 list of highly-rated baby product options!

5. Tools

things to buy or avoid at dollar tree – avoid tools

Don’t buy your tools at the Dollar Tree unless you’re only planning to use them a couple times (the quality isn’t that great). Consider investing in a more expensive tool set during a sale or around the holiday season.

Some other Hip Tips…

things to buy or avoid at dollar tree – brand names Tide and Huggies

  • Looks can be deceiving! Compare sizes and prices to what you’d normally pay at your local grocery store after coupons before deciding on purchasing. A 3-count package of size 4 Huggies diapers or a 6-load bottle of Tide Simply Clean & Fresh for $1 each may not end up being the best price per item/ounce.

  • At Dollar Tree, you can use manufacturer’s coupons or occasional store coupons for increased savings! Plus, they accept coupons for over a dollar on multiple items as long as the coupon amount does not exceed the combined retail price of the items indicated. Be sure to print the store’s coupon policy and bring it with you while shopping.

  • If you have issues using coupons at Dollar Tree, contact the Dollar Tree customer service by phone at 1-877-530-TREE, or via the contact form to share your positive and negative feedback.

What are your favorite items to buy at Dollar Tree?

Written by Emily for Hip2Save. Emily lives in Buffalo, NY where she spends her time drinking lots of coffee, scouring the internet for deals, and tackling DIY projects. She’s a big believer in self-care and living the fullest life possible, all while saving money of course.

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Comments 68

  1. Keesh

    I love to keep diy materials from dollar tree it’s a great store.

  2. adrianne

    I love looking through all of the books, coloring books and learning books. These can be nice treats/rewards for your kiddos or employees.

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      SO true! My kiddos love that section of the store too!

  3. Katherine

    To the glasses category I would add an eyeglass kit. It is much cheaper and I think even more well stocked than a drugstore comparison. The screwdrivers also come in handy for opening toys with ridiculously small screws!

    • Christina


  4. Heather

    I don’t know that I’d buy candles from the Dollar Tree–they could be releasing a lot of unhealthy chemicals into the air when burned.

    Dollar Tree is a great place to Super Glue! You can get a 2-pack for a dollar, and for quick fixes, it’s a great way to go.

    • Elizabeth with an s

      I wondered about that with candles as well especially with unknown brands.

      • Sandra

        They carry brand names also with candles I found glade candles yesterday
        Love the Cinnabon’s also

    • chickie00

      Ever since I realized what essential oils are, I just diffuse them, for all kinds of benefits. I haven’t burned a candle since. air fresheners smell chemically to me now too.

    • Tatyana

      I totally agree with you. Some ingredients in candles, even brand name ones like Glad and Yankee Candle, are proven carcinogens.

  5. Lana

    Button batteries, 2 to 4 in a pack.

  6. Mamamia

    Love love love the teacher section! They often have awesome posters which I get laminated and can reuse for years. They recently have been,putting out banners with positive messages , great for any classroom. You can also find hallway and bathroom passes too…those go for $7 or more dollars at lakeshore! Borders for bulletins are another excellent investment!

    • Liza (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes! I’ve always loved Lakeshore but have found so many great deals on similar items at the Dollar Tree. 🙂

  7. Suzanne H

    I love getting party supplies from the Dollar Tree. I avoid their food products however. Even if you get a good deal, I have always found their products to be stale/taste old even if they are still within the Best by date.

  8. cpnkay

    Just wanted to say I love that you are now making and using your own GIFs on H2S! I am a GIF lover!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Yay!! Happy to hear that. I think they are so FUN too! 🙌

  9. kait

    I just got an amazing Phaidon coffee table book at DT! It’s selling on Amazon for $13 right now (orig. $70) so it’s obviously a bit older, but omg! I was so stoked! It’s all about contemporary art/architecture/music/culture in Brazil!

  10. Lel

    I have been buying the Crest 3d toothpaste. Its smaller tube but its worth more $1 when you compare drugstore prices.

  11. Lel

    I also get white out, fabric glue, snack size chocolate bar packs. I disagree about size of food items. They have a smaller cake frosting that is worth it.

  12. Marylynn

    I would avoid party plates. People were putting their forks right through the plastic ones at my last party. Very thin and weak.

    • Rockstar

      Yes! And utensils. I bought some for a luau and they were terrible. I still have some leftover and I get so irritated when I pull one out because they break so easily.

  13. Jennifer

    My Dollar Tree has really nice glass dishes and mugs in several colors. Also their kitchen utensils seem sturdier than the regular tools. 🙂

  14. Annie M

    LA’s Totally Awesome Laundry Pre-Wash stain remover is THE BEST! Hands down it gets out more stains than any other product I’ve tried. It was recommended by my kids preschool teacher. I took her word for it and am so glad I did.

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yes! I agree! It works great!

    • emulvey2001

      The generic oxiclean powder is great as well!

  15. Donna

    Near the checkout I found large tubes of Dermasil and in the HBA isle, the same in plastic bottles with a flip lid. Excellent! Nice fragrance and goes on w/o stickiness or greasy residue. I do NOT recommend the long clear pill box. It looked like a sturdier version but the lids are so flimsy that they punched right through. The frozen choices of vegetable and fruit were very fresh, not a re-freeze, at our local store. Dollar Tree is where I buy Dentek disposable mouth guards. A great price!

  16. Brian

    I like to buy Rockstar and Kickstart energy drinks there – if I don’t finish it, I don’t feel bad, as 7-11 and Walgreens are $1.89 for the same can, so savings!
    Their ceramic, single color bowls and plates are awesome. I’ve got a set of 8 each, and have used them since 2013! They seem to be seconds from some brand name, but they do fine!
    +1 on the LA’s Awesome products, love the cleaner – just watch it with the full strength stuff – it’ll take of paint. I like to buy two spray bottles and split the contents up among 3 spray bottles. Still powerful, and for $2, I have a year of cleaning supplies.

  17. Rachel B.

    Another no-no is their cords and chargers for electronics. Some may be fine, but be sure to check the certification online. A recent Sunbeam mini power strip I purchased had a number that didn’t show up in the database of the third-party testing company that had supposedly checked it for safety. In other words, presumably a fake!

  18. Tina

    In your section, “what to avoid buying at the Dollar Tree” i think you missed a key point: these smaller sized products have a few very useful places even though you pay slighter higher per ounce than you would if you were buying larger sizes elsewhere;
    1. Camping
    2. Studio apartments
    3. Road trips
    4. Picnics
    5. Try new products
    6. Gift baskets
    7. Care packages
    8. Tiny living
    9. Products that you use very little of before they expire.
    10. Dorm rooms

    • Jodi P

      Also, the smaller sizes are great if you’re single or a senior. Often a larger size won’t save me money, overall, because I simply will not use that much product before it’s time to toss it. I was so excited to find bottles of A-1 and Heinz 57 sauces in the small bottles. Salad dressings are another that’s nice to have small. the small boxes and bags of cereal, too, because I so seldom eat them, but once in a blue moon Froot Loops are fun, lol

  19. TS

    The pregnancy tests really are just as good as the expensive ones. When I was pregnant with my son I took a dollar tree test days before my “friend” was due and it showed positive. Usually only the pricey ones do that. I took 8 more dollar tree tests (yeah I’m weird lol) over that week to be sure and all were positive. I’ll never pay for the other ones again!

  20. SavingsSamuri

    The 50 cent and $1 greeting cards are a solid buy. I also always get my 6 pack of sponges from there and they hold up well. Also have some quality glassware for $1. Wife loves the yellow cleaning gloves. Cheaper than everywhere else but quality too.

    • Maggie

      Totally agree on the GREETING CARDS! I stock up on birthday, sympathy, and get-well cards there. It’s so much better than paying $3-$5 per card at a drug store just because you need one in a hurry.

      I also love the LA’s Totally Awesome OXYGEN CLEANER (their version of Oxy-Clean) for pet laundry (pet blankets, towels and bed covers). I foster dogs, and sometimes they come to me out of the shelter sick (and filthy). It cleans the nastiest laundry from a sick dog really well. I dissolve it in hot water in a mason jar before adding to the HE wash.

  21. Shaunn Munn

    Frozen fruit!!! A great deal for smoothie nuts like me. They’re seconds in looks, but first in taste. The blueberries are the best deal in frozen fruit!!!

    The Himalayan pink salt is a great deal! If you can still find it, get some! The grinder lid is holding up wonderfully. I use old ones for grinding whole spices.

    And I really like my straw hat when outdoors! It got wet, so I stuffed it with old white tissue paper & it still looks great!

  22. Brenda Paye

    At $1.00 I buy window cleaner and keep it in every area it is used: upstairs & downstairs bathroom, kitchen and outside for glass table. The miniature wrapped real gingerbread houses at Christmas for party prizes, SS gifts and to top off a Christmas stocking. Last time I was ther, saw a bow of miniature bubbles for weddings.

  23. sarah

    I like stocking up on a few of the children’s generic liquid Tylenol bottles during cold season. They are 4oz bottles for $1 which is way less than other stores. Also my local Dollar Tree is not usually very busy and the snacks like mini donuts and nutty buddy bars don’t sell fast so they usually go to $.50 a box. They mark them down days before they are set to expire.

    • Maggie

      Other generic meds are good too: the triple antibiotic ointment is less than half what WM charges for their generic.

      The $1 hand sanitizer pump is also a great deal when there are no Purell coupons to match with sales elsewhere.

  24. Kionna Edwards

    Things to buy are true. But things not to buy is somewhat not true. I just moved in my apartment. I had 7 big containers filled with household supplies I brought from Dollar Tree. All my supplies work good. I even helped my mom Rack up on household supplies from Dollar Tree. I wish I can post pictures of my supplies. I’m stacked up for like 8 months.

  25. Barbara

    The toothpaste for sensitive teeth is just $1 for a large tube! Can’t beat that anywhere!

  26. Maggie

    If you foster or rescue dogs, the $1 dog collars at Dollar Tree are good for “go home” collars for adoption day — so that adopters receive the dog with a collar (and hopefully an ID tag if someone buys them in bulk for your rescue or shelter). They’re not high quality collars, but as temporary ones until the adopters buy something that suits their style, they’re fine. I have been buying them for years for our dog rescue, so every dog goes home with a collar/tag.

  27. Louie2

    The BEST thing I get there every year are the vegetable seed packages. They are 4/$1.00 and they always produce. I grow great carrots and green beans every year.

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I like those too! Thanks for sharing!

  28. acgold

    Balloons!!!! They have great mylar balloons, some just like Party City. A little tip, if you are going a ways with the balloons, instead of driving for hours with the balloons bouncing around the back of the car and blocking your view-buy them near home, keep your receipt and have them blown up near your destination. Just call and make sure they have enough helium. I did this last year for a 50th birthday party. Didn’t have to drive 4 hours on the NJ Turnpike with them!

  29. emulvey2001

    I like to buy the disposable foil pans there. Much cheaper than elsewhere. I use them when we bring dinner to people in need or when I double recipes for my freezer.

    • Emily

      Ditto on the pans. Great for grilling and marinating too. Even the turkey size for Thanksgiving. Brand name or not, we go through several in the turkey smoking/carving/serving steps.

  30. SB

    My husband always gets the super glue products there, too.
    He says they’re comparable strength to Krazy Glue, and much cheaper.

    • Max

      My dollar tree has tubes of Krazy Glue by the registers! They’re a bit smaller than the ones at Walmart, but my one container has lasted a few months and works great.

  31. Rebecca C.

    It is like a treasure hunt going into the Dollar Tree to see what goodies I can find. You really just have to look down every isle top to bottom (even on the end caps & by the registers). I’ve found brand name items that would be way more expensive if I bought them at other stores. Sometimes they have cute wall art and home decor items too 🙂

  32. SandyG

    Dollar Tree gives so much for so little. Disagree with not buying the name brand items due to their smaller size. Depends on your situation. Seniors and folks who live in small spaces need these lighter weight, easy to carry and store sizes.

  33. Tina

    Sooo… I took Brittany’s advice and bought the Wet & Wild mascara. Maybe just me, but it smudged, smeared and looked as if I’d been crying after just 2 hours of wear. Buyer beware, was a bust for me. :0(

    Brittany says: “I LOVE the Wet n Wild mascara in the teal tube. It layers really well, doesn’t clump, washes off easily-yet doesn’t smudge, streak, or run while wearing it. I highly recommend it.”

    • Rockstar

      Yeah, kind of surprised this was a brand that was recommended. It’s the cheapest stuff at Walmart, and the few products I have used over the years have not been longwearing at all.

  34. Bryant

    In the tool section, there are some things worth buying such as sand paper, utility knife, putty spreader, etc. And their paint supplies are a good value for small projects. And, someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I swear Dr. Oz reported that their vitamin supplements are a good deal.

    • Laura

      I’d like to add the small set of tiny head screw drivers is a must have for changing batteries in just about every baby toy and toddler toy in my house. I own two sets and always gift them to new moms at baby showers.

  35. Dawn

    I have found dimmable light bulbs, work great, also chandelier lights.

  36. Mandy

    Thanks to seeing a post on HIp2Save, I am on my 2nd VIPKID contract. I can get fun little toys, books and crafts to use as rewards for my students and I don’t have to feel like I’m blowing all of the money I am making. If I know a regular likes a certain character, I will get something related. Some other favorites are gift bags, batteries, frozen fruit, books and makeup. I have found large bottles of name brand lotions, multi-pack lip balms and local college spirit gear. I used the pregnancy tests with all 3 kids and they were always accurate.

  37. LS

    I’ve tried the PT test once not the Assured brand but it worked.👍🏼

  38. Hennie

    Wow! Didn’t know you could use coupons there. I buy all my cards there and they recently fixed up the display at my Dollar Tree. They also have a great selection of nice looking serving pieces for a party. If you want to give someone cookies or cake on a platter-that’s the place to get it. Buy Mylar balloons there. Last year the silicone holder for my Gevalia coffee maker travel mugs wore out and Gevalia wouldn’t give me replacements. I bought two mugs at the DY with silicone rings and voila! For $2 I resurrected my mugs. Lots of great things there.

  39. Jo-Ann

    Instead of the paper gift bags, I buy the reusable ones in different sizes and designs to keep on hand: 2 gifts in 1. Recent ones I purchased had designs of small pineapples, geometric circles, and flowers. Scarves also make fun gift bows. I am not brand loyal, so buy the dishwashing liquid in the 60 oz. size that I leave under the sink and use it to refill a smaller container that I leave at the sink. Some people mentioned the smaller sizes as good for single people – they are also good for college students who have to haul all their bathing/hair/dental products down the hall & back whenever they shower while living in dorms.

  40. PL

    I love dollar tree and other dollar stores as well! Great post!

  41. Mommyof71987

    Anyone else’s dollar tree not have bread? I have two dollar trees in my town and neither of them sell bread (I have asked). I feel like I am missing out. Ugh Great post ladies. Thank you

    • jen

      Mine doesn’t. I get my bread from the 99 Cent store.

  42. Laura

    I saw the most adorable fun shaped bath bombs at my dollar tree yesterday. They were single packs, but I went to WM next to compare prices and the ones there were 3x more expensive and not nearly as cute!

  43. Nina

    I like the DT $1 scrub buddy sponges – 2-3 per pack, comparable to the sponges that go for $3-5. Their $1 brooms, can’t go wrong with them.
    Our DT doesn’t have the cool wall art hangings but the ones that do have amazing/cool options. Greeting cards Ofcourse, hair accessories, hair brushes, candy, I like the screwdriver sets 4 for $1, stapler/scissors, gift bags are definitely a good deal. Who wants to buy a gift n spend another $4 on a bag?? I never understood that. Anyway, DT is great. I save money there.. then waste $50 on a dumb parking ticket! :/
    That’s city life.

  44. jen

    Generic meds, just have to look at count size. Generic Claritin and Zyrtec are usually 10 to 14 count for $1. Awesome deal considering an 70 count claritin is about $25 at walmart.

  45. Marcia

    I have a gastrointestinal issue, and I take lomotil, have found that the dollar store sells anytidiarehal med. And it works just as well as the expensive one at the drugstore, I ussually buy 10 at a time, and I am ok for a long time!

  46. romy

    i’m a huge fan of the reynolds wrap pre-cut aluminum foil. no hassle and takes up less space than the big rolls. the squares are perfect size for most of my needs. I buy 2 or 3 boxes at a time.! I also buy my plastic cutlery to take to work for lunches – much cheaper than my supermarket. there are some good deals on snacks as well – big bags of popcorn and pretzels.

  47. Karen

    Helium balloons. Why pay more at Party City when the quality is just as great. They even have a great selection and tons of nice ones.

  48. Savannah Smith

    Dollar Tree is great for almost everything! We buy our two year old board books, and coloring supplies there. So if the crayons get broken it’s not a big deal since it was only a dollar, and save thing with the books. We also buy him toys there too, because of him being two he is a rough child lol. It’s much easier seeing a dollar toy broken then a ten dollar or more toy broken. We also buy wrapping paper there too, because the one you can get at Walmart for a dollar hardly covers one gift, but the one at Dollar Tree can do a few!

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