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19 Things You Should Always Buy at Dollar Tree, 5 to Avoid, 1 We Can’t Agree On

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2 for $1 sign on greeting cards at Dollar Tree

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 on store shelf

1. 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 for just a buck!


Dollar Tree seed starter pots

2. Planters and gardening supplies

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.


Dollar Tree vases on the store shelf

3. 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.

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


e.l.f. makeup brushes hanging on pegs at Dollar Tree

4. Makeup

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.

Wet N Wild Mascara at Dollar Tree

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


Stackable Dollar Tree bins

5. Organizational products

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!


Teacher's Corner at Dollar Tree

6. Classroom supplies

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!


things to buy or avoid at dollar tree – picture frames

7. 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 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! 😍


$1 greeting card sign

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

2 for $1 sign on greeting cards at Dollar Tree

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!


gift bags hanging on pegs at Dollar Tree

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!


clothing storage bag at Dollar Tree

10. Clothing storage essentials

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


reading glasses on display at Dollar Tree

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.

Dollar Tree sunglasses display

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!


Collin with bread at Dollar Tree

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


books on shelf at Dollar Tree

13. Books

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.

puzzle books on shelf at Dollar Tree

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!


pregnancy test at Dollar Tree

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


hand holding small Buzz Lightyear toy

15. Toys and kids’ gifts

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


party supply section of Dollar Tree

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


fall decor section of Dollar Tree

17. Holiday and seasonal buys

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

Dollar Tree Christmas ornaments

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


Dollar Tree pool noodles

18. Pool toys & swim goggles

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!


Ball and rope dog toys at Dollar Tree

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:

Clorox at Dollar Tree

1. Brand name cleaning products

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. 😯

Dollar Tree LA Totally Awesome cleaning spray

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

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


Barilla Elbows at Dollar Tree

2. Brand name pantry foods

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!

 


things to buy or avoid at dollar tree – Purina puppy chow

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


Huggies wipes at Dollar Tree

4. Brand name baby products

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.

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


things to buy or avoid at dollar tree – tool wall at Dollar Tree

5. Tools

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.

paint brushes hanging at dollar tree

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:

things to buy or avoid at dollar tree – batteries

Batteries

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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Comments 62

  1. LaToya

    I like nice wrapping paper because I wrap like Martha – LOL – BUT for my husband and kids to use, I get theirs at Dollar Tree.

    And dog toys – grab my pup a rope or a rope ball often.

    And party plates and plastic table cloths – though 97-cents at Walmart and more variety, but sometimes Dollar Tree is more convenient.

    And the greeting cards. They have the $1 ones obviously and the 2/$1 ones – – I send out a whole lot more cards now that they have the 2/$1 ones.

    Also when we have something at school or church, I’ll bake and get a platter from Dollar Tree to take it on and just leave it there. Same thing with like a salad, I’ll get the bowl and the serving spoon there and take it to school or church or a friends and just leave it there. Easy peasy!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Great list, LaToya! Thanks for sharing your favorite Dollar Tree items to score! I like their platters, party items and greeting cards too!

      • TJ

        Totally agree about the platters and utensils. I keep some in my pantry. Also helpful when I’m taking a meal to someone. I just throw the meal and plastic serving spoons, etc. in a box and they don’t have to return anything to me or wash any dishes.

        • Jennifer

          I am another fan of the trays/utensils/bowls that you can leave at that party. Looks fancy yet cost hardly anything.

    • Debra

      thank you for taking the time with this post. lots of good info..i appreciate it..

  2. Mamamia

    Love their teacher section! I’m there all the time for stickers and bulletin board items.
    I also like their table cloths.
    They have great seasonal decor that I use in the class also!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh yes! I have noticed that my store has a great selection of classroom items too. I also can’t resist their cute seasonal decor! Especially the fall items!

  3. Rebecca

    I’m a DT addict lol, and I agree with MOST of this list. Their candles usually have little to no throw, so I avoid them. Sometimes they get value size, name brand food products (like cereal & snack cakes), and those are definitely a great buy. Also their pizza crusts! If your store has a frozen food section, check out the pretzels & cauliflower rice. Their feature item right now is Blu-rays,they have a lot! My favorite finds are usually seasonal decor(I swear it gets better every year!) and toys(like Star Wars collectibles).

    • Erica

      Yes! My son has a whole shelf of those Star Wars die cast figures and helmets I found one year.

      • Rebecca

        We have those too! Those were a great find!

    • Jennifer

      DT Hormel pepperonis are much less than Kroger/Walmart. Stays in my pantry at all times.

  4. Lindsey

    I always check DT for whole wheat bread and sandwich thins before I got to my regular store.

  5. Dana

    I love their tortillas and greeting cards.

  6. M

    I buy paint brushes 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.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Great idea on the brushes, M!

    • Cristine

      Thanks for the tip! Those things are so expensive at the hardware store!!

  7. Gina G.

    I always have to get the Donald Duck apple & orange juices, extra frosted animal crackers, and the microwave pizzas, DT is the only place around here that still sells all of this.

  8. Lacey

    Hallmark greeting cards! Can’t beat it. I also like their basic craft/floral supplies.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      YES! Love the craft supplies, Lacey!

  9. Kristin

    I always buy the 3 pack of Dial Basic soap! It’s a great deal and lasts long!!

    • VB Vee

      This is the only soap used by one of my adult sons. He has serious allergy triggers. It works well as a cleaning soap for him. It does not trigger his allergies. He’s been using this soap for many many years….since I first discovered it at Dollar Tree. I use a coupon when Dial puts out the $1/2 for a 3 ct or larger pack of soap.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh yes! I’ve grabbed that pack too!

  10. joni

    greeting cards and wrapping paper gift bags are good but batteries no way all the ones I ever bought didnt last a week.

  11. April

    I respectfully disagree on the batteries. On more than 1 occasion, the DT batteries leaked and ruined my electronics. Since then, I’ve switched to brand name or rechargable batteries.

    • mel

      Leaking can happen with almost any brand. Happened to me with Duracell not to long ago. The brands at 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 rechargable batteries a few years ago and def a better investment than having to fork out $$ for batteries every few months.

      • Cherryluva

        Yes! A DEFINITE no go for video game controllers!

  12. Lee

    Agree with most of this but definitely a no on the batteries. Didn’t last a week. Also the greeting cards are a good deal. They are now my first stop for cards.

  13. Angie Connelly

    I would add to the list of things to avoid, any kind of medication unless it’s namebrand. If you will look at the boxes on dollar tree medications most of them are made outside of the country and are not controlled by our FDA. They have been found to contain trace elements like lead.

    • Laura

      Name brand could be made in China too. Good luck finding out though, drug manufacturers don’t want you to know where their drugs are made.

  14. Ivan

    DT is a great place to buy a soda or Gatorade when there’s one nearby. About half the price of gas stations. Same with their candy.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      YES! So true, Ivan!

    • Michele

      Yes!!! Movie theater candy for $1 at DT!!

  15. Erica

    I stay away from the picture frames and toys since they have all fallen apart IME. Basically anything made by Greenbriar I don’t buy. Batteries, books, cleaning supplies, gift wrap, stationary, cards and anything name brand that I can’t get for $1, normally I will get. There are very few Greenbriar items that have been good quality.

    • Rebecca

      Greenbriar makes a ton of their stuff and I have to disagree, a lot of it is nice quality. I’ve never had a picture frame fall apart, and I do DIYs and different things with them.

      • Erica

        Well I have bought a lot of Greenbriar, and some things are decent, like the glassware, paper products etc. But other than that Greenbriar is mostly cheap and low quality, now that is just me. People buy different things but for instance all the toys I have ever gotten have fallen apart right away, and other things too so I stick to mosty name brand or other brands.

  16. Jennifer

    I just looked back at the link to Lina’s DIY lanterns made from the Dollar Tree picture frames. What a great idea to turn these into spooky Halloween table decor on the cheap. And they will carry over into fall/Christmas nicely. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You are so welcome, Jennifer!

  17. Lydmonster

    I’ve always thought how fun it would be to do a Dollar Tree Challenge at a party. Either kids or adults. Give an expense limit and guidelines for a “project”. It can be an art project, building or even a food competition. Spend your limit on supplies and create. Vote for the best “Dollar Tree Throw Down”!

    If anybody does this let me know. Seems like so much fun that would get the creative juices flowing!!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      I think that idea is awesome, Lydmonster!

  18. Nita

    Ugh I cannot tolerate things like Fabuloso etc. the chemicals n artificial scents are just not tolerable. There are too many good green products like Method and Trader Joe’s to name a few that do the job just as well, for reasonable prices n that aren’t filled with chemicals and artificial scents. 🤢

    • Hipperchipper

      Not everyone can afford those natural brands. The difference between a $1 bottle of fabuloso and a $4 bottle of Method is a gallon of milk for a lower income person/family.

      • Nita

        I respectfully understand but inhaling these chemical cleaners and artificial scents for kids especially, is not good in the long run. Vinegar and water is also an alternative.

  19. debby

    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!!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing! Good to know how well they work!

  20. tpop

    The LA Awesome works so well that it slightly frightens me – I’m sure it must be caustic, but I use it diluted for very tough jobs, and open windows. I would assume the sunglasses are not quality UV blocking. I’d also watch the cheap candles and no-name makeup for lead.

  21. Dani

    I’m a huge fan of the Reynolds wrap foil sheets, their white dinner plates (Royal Norfolk) and drinking glasses! I’ve had my dinner plates for 4 or 5 years and only one has a small chip.

  22. Bonnie

    I love the 6 pack ‘refill’ of Tape (scotch type). It’s great for all the holiday and gift wrapping throughout the year, I don’t think you can beat the price. I’ve just saved my old Scotch Tape dispensers and popped these refills into them as I run out.
    My 3 yr old LOVES the glitter glue also!

  23. K

    I like to get parchment paper, dog poop bags, cards, rubber gloves, cosmetic cotton rounds and Sunday papers for the coupons if they have them

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for taking the time to share your favorite finds with us, K! We sure appreciate it!

  24. T

    We have a Dollar Tree just down the street from our local movie theater, although maybe not the most popular idea, we always stop there to stock up on $1 candy before going to the movies.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      We always stop at Dollar Tree before the movies too!

  25. Colorado Amy

    I haven’t had good luck with the toys. In my experience they are poor quality and never last long. I have found some good buys on name brand food. They always have Pillsbury cake mixes for $1, which is what I can occasionally get them on sale for at other stores. I have also seen, on a few occassions, the Betty Crocker Mug Cake mixes, which are typically $2.50 or more at other stores.

    • Ariel

      Yes, not all the toys are great quality at all. When they have dinosaurs, we get those. Sometimes they have name brand toys that woykdake great stocking stuffers. Their arts n crafts section is getting awesome.

    • Kristi

      Go right around halloween. We got light up disney disc throwers (batteries included). They go on the wrist. We have one left. They fight over it.

  26. Sara

    Dollar Tree is pretty much the only place in my area that still sells non-concentrated Dawn.

    Dollar Tree is also the only place I can find unflavored flosser sticks. I can’t tolerate any mint flavor other than spearmint. Spearmint only has about 0.05% menthol, unlike peppermint which is about 40% menthol. Menthol makes me gag.

  27. Jen

    I was super thrilled to find that they had HALLMARK cards at Dollar Tree! They are beautiful cards and there is a great variety!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      I agree! They do have some great options to choose from!

  28. Mrs BK

    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.

  29. Bree

    For single people or those with one child or picky eaters…the sizes of the cereal and some snacks are perfect! I realize you’re paying more per ounce but the amount of times I’ve purchased a full box of cereal only for the kiddos to decide they don’t care for it much after all. I’d rather get the smaller sizes and use the whole package up, as I feel I got my $1 worth. Also, please consider trying some fresh foods from DT. While Walmart is slightly cheaper on some things, I don’t spend extra money that I would in there (on clothes, larger toy items, electronics, shoes and other stuff I didn’t need before I went to Walmart). Another benefit to the smaller packaging is for those watching their sugar intake or fat intake etc. When it’s done, it’s done. Sometimes buying the megasize bulk package of pizza rolls because they were on sale wrecks havoc on an eating plan! I am super thankful for everything DT has…it is the perfect reward spot for kids of all ages 🙂 Plus, they have items many teens use and of course, the Mama’s and Daddies too. So yeah pretty much, it’s a part of our family from pregnancy and beyond. Lol 😉 Thanks Hip2Save for all you do to save us $$$

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Aww, You’re very welcome! Thanks a bunch for all of the helpful tips and suggestions, Bree! We sure appreciate YOU!

  30. patricialavenz-goff

    I stocked up on unopened gift wrap and gift bags (with tags still on them) and Christmas cards still in the boxes at the goodwill bins. I don’t need any for years I have stocked up so well. I love finding my holiday items there. It is amazing at the new stuff I find there.

  31. theresaburen-rhoten

    I always stop in for the greeting cards! 2 for $1! And the gift bags! But, lately I have been using for the little kids Birthday gift bags, are the reusable bags. Like minions or Batman, Superman or whatever theme they have. They are cute and did I say “reusable”!? The kids love them and moms always “say what a great idea”! Win win!;) And same price as the standard gift bag.
    I also, love their seasonal decor. Seems to get better each year.
    We also stop by for the candy before a movie! Shhh! Don’t tell!😜

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