19 Things You Should Always Buy at Dollar Tree, 5 to Avoid, 1 We Can’t Agree On
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Dollar Tree is one of our fave places to shop!
If you’re still overlooking Dollar Tree, you’re seriously missing out! There are great finds popping up every day in various departments, including brand-name goods, home decor, and even food!
Check out our list of items you should buy for only $1 at Dollar Tree instead of spending more elsewhere – and see which products we think you REALLY should avoid.
What to Buy at Dollar Tree:
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 for just a buck!
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 trowels, planters, and even soil to make your garden blossom for less!
Note that these products may be a seasonal item at your local Dollar Tree, depending on your area’s growing season.
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.
Hip Tip: Check out this fun custom photo DIY using Dollar Tree vases!
This one’s for the beauty lovers out there! Dollar Tree’s 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! Dollar Tree’s cosmetics section has everything you need to fill your makeup bag on a budget.
Even sweeter, you can use coupons at Dollar Tree 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.
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. – Hip reader Brittany
Dollar Tree’s organizational products are a must-have for any neat freak! Whether you’re looking for plastic, canvas, or wire mesh, you’ll find a ton of organizational products in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Dollar Tree has everything you’ll need to put together the perfect storage solution for your space without breaking the bank!
Hip Tip: Check out these face mask storage and organization solutions from Dollar Tree – all for just $1 each!
Teachers, rejoice! We know you spend your own hard-earned money outfitting your classrooms to be fun and functional for your students. To make your space beautiful on a budget, give Dollar Tree a look before the school year starts for educational decor, learning tools, and classroom supplies!
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. – Chantel
Love their teacher section! I’m there all the time for stickers and bulletin board items. – Hip reader Mamamia
Hip Tip: Check out these 15 finds at Dollar Tree to make back to school easier!
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 to make sure that the hanging bracket or hook on the back is securely attached.
Hip Tip: See how Lina used Dollar Tree frames to make these! 😍
8. Greeting Cards
Dollar Tree’s greeting cards are sold in-store only, but we’ve found them to be totally worth the trip! Most of the cards are just $1, but you’ll find some that are two for $1, and we stock up on these every single time we set foot inside a Dollar Tree.
I was super thrilled to find that they had HALLMARK cards at Dollar Tree! They are beautiful cards and there is a great variety! – Hip reader Jen
The greeting card section is excellent. I can always find what I need, sometimes it’s even hard to decide on a card with so many great options. – Hip reader Mrs. BK
The greeting cards are a good deal. Dollar Tree is now my first stop for cards! – Hip reader Lee
These greeting cards are made by a division of the Hallmark company, so they’re surprisingly high-quality for the price. Stock up and keep them on hand for children’s birthday parties and all of life’s other occasions. You can’t beat that price!
9. Gift Bags
One of Collin’s all-time favorite Dollar Tree buys is their huge assortment of gift bags! Pair one with Dollar Tree’s inexpensive tissue paper, and it’s the absolute easiest, most cost-effective way to wrap up a pretty present in no time at all!
You’ll find everything you need to help care for your clothes with the laundry essentials and storage bags from Dollar Tree! Use these and these other clever solutions to make packing for travel a cinch!
I love these! I’ve used them on clothes, bears, and blankets. They work wonderfully! I have about 20 of them 😀 (all in use)! I had a problem with maybe one bag that expanded again, and that was a Ziplock brand. Go figure! The Dollar Tree ones are great! – Hip reader Meg
I use them when traveling, especially in winter. They cut down space with jackets and sweaters. You don’t even need a vacuum. Just fill them and roll them (tortilla roll) and it squeezes all the air out. – Hip reader pxl091000
I LOVE the vacuum bags as well. They seem to be made of pretty thick plastic and have a double seal to keep it tightly sealed. I’ve never had an issue with them breaking or tearing. I use them to keep guest pillows and blankets stored when not in use and store winter throws in the summertime. They keep out bugs and spiders so I feel safe keeping things in storage/under the bad. Very useful for $1. – Hip reader DB
11. 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 much more at other stores.
Also, if you’ve been known to lose or break expensive 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 (sold in-store only at Dollar Tree)! If it’s close to the expiration date, just throw it in the freezer. There are lots of different varieties from multigrain loaves, to mini-bagels, to tortillas. Take advantage and stock up when they have a nice selection!
I always check DT for whole wheat bread and sandwich thins before I got to my regular store. – Hip reader Lindsey
I love their tortillas! – Hip reader Dana
You may be able to find best-selling books at Dollar Tree priced at just $1 each! These books retail for much more on Amazon or at your local bookstore, so this is a great deal for new reading material.
Dollar Tree also has a pretty impressive selection of children’s books, activity books, and puzzle books for both kids and adults, all for just a buck!
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14. 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 that these tests work just the same as other name-brand tests.
I have used the pregnancy tests for both of my pregnancies and they have never failed! Best bargain ever! Remember you cant get a false positive!! – Hip reader Debby
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. – Jackie
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. 🙂 – Briana
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!
Just pay close attention to the age recommendations on these toys though, as many of the smaller ones are rated for ages three and up.
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. – Leighann
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 – they have tableware, decorations, party favors, and so many other party essentials!
Many locations also have mylar balloons that they will inflate with helium for you while you shop for just $1 each!
One of the things my kids, teachers, friends, and I look for at Dollar Tree is party favors — it’s awesome in that department! – Mar
Spruce up your home for every season of the year 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. 🤔
My favorite finds are usually seasonal decor. I swear it gets better every year! – Hip reader Rebecca
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 reader Gigi
Get ready for frugal fun in the sun with Dollar Tree’s 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!
19. Pet Supplies
Dollar Tree has a pet department where you can pick up supplies like collars, leashes, harnesses, grooming tools, cleanup essentials, and more. They have some fun extras too, like treats, toys, and rawhides for your furry family members!
I love their dog toys! I buy my pup a rope or a ball often. – Hip reader LaToya
What to Avoid at Dollar Tree:
These may seem like a deal but more often than not, these cleaning products are packaged in smaller quantities than you’re used to seeing on the shelves of big box stores. This means that you’ll actually end up paying more per ounce. 😯
One Hip reader says: Dollar Tree has some cool cleaning products not found anywhere else. Fabuloso smells amazing! Get the seasonal scents!
As with the cleaning products, either the packaging sizes for Dollar Tree’s name-brand foods are small, or the price isn’t any better than what they go for at the big box stores!
You may stumble upon a good deal from time to time, so keep your eyes open for exceptions to this rule. Sometimes you never know what you’ll find from one Dollar Tree to the next!
Hip Tip: Give some of these brands a try — like this kid-approved list of Dollar Tree generics!
3. Pet food
The price per ounce on Dollar Tree’s 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 pet stores and other retailers for larger quantity purchases and brands with stricter ingredient guidelines.
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. – Hip reader Ash
Brand name baby products are hit or miss depending on the size of the product you find. Most of the time, it’s better to locate these brands at a retailer that sells them in bulk.
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Don’t buy your tools at Dollar Tree unless you’re only planning to use them a couple of times. The quality just isn’t that great. Consider investing in a more expensive tool set during a sale, or around the holiday season.
If you’re painting around the house and trying to avoid the difficult task of cleaning paintbrushes, you may want to pick some up at Dollar Tree and just toss them at the end of the job rather than trying to get them clean.
For one day of painting, they’ll work just as well as the more expensive paintbrushes you’d get at the home improvement store, and it won’t matter if they’re not built to last!
I buy paintbrushes at Dollar Tree and that way I don’t have to clean the brushes when I’m done painting. The kids are able to help paint and if the brush gets ruined, it’s not a loss. Our house is a testament that they work fine on trim and interior corners! – Hip reader M
The jury’s still out on this one item from Dollar Tree:
We’ve received so many comments from readers saying that they’ve found Dollar Tree’s batteries to work just as well (if not better) than popular name brands. At the same time, we know that many of our readers have had a much different experience with these inexpensive batteries.
User experience varies on this one, but if you’ve never tried Dollar Tree’s batteries, it might be worth the dollar to see for yourself. Maybe snag a few the next time you’re there and give ’em a try for just a buck! The debate rages on…
Dollar Tree’s batteries run out fast and sometimes they have no charge to them when you buy them. However, I do have to say if you need a specialty battery like the ones that look like nickels and go in things like a little electronics, those are awesome to get there because you can’t beat the price and they work. – Hip team member, Jen
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! – Hip reader Joan
Dollar Tree’s regular batteries don’t last long at all. But I do like buying the lithium batteries there (the flat silver ones), as they are so expensive elsewhere. Those seem to last ok. – Hip team member Angela
I buy all my batteries at the Dollar Store. Look for ‘alkaline’ marked on the package and avoid the batteries marked ‘heavy duty. – Hip reader Tim
DT seem to be OK for items that don’t need a ton of juice, like a tv remote or flashlight. But a no go for video controllers! We bought rechargeable batteries a few years ago and def a better investment than having to fork out $$ for batteries every few months. – Hip reader Mel
I only use Dollar Tree batteries and they are fine for me. We use them for remotes, my cordless mouse, battery string lights for crafts, and battery-operated pillar candles. For that they are great! I don’t use them as the battery backup for our wired smoke alarms, as I don’t trust they will last. For those, I do buy name brand. Otherwise, I think they work well for small stuff, considering they are just a buck! – Hip team member, Amber
Some other Hip Dollar Tree Tips
- Looks can be deceiving! Compare sizes and prices to what you’d normally pay at your local grocery store after coupons. 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 a single item, but the coupon value will be reduced to the purchase price of the item. Be sure to print the store’s coupon policy and bring it with you when shopping.
- If you have issues using coupons at Dollar Tree, contact Dollar Tree customer service by phone at 1-877-530-TREE, or via the contact form to share your feedback.
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