Over the course of my adulthood, I have slowly discovered the amazingness of the dollar store. An item that typically costs $4 or $5 at another retail establishment might only cost $1 at the dollar store. After a few of these purchases, the savings could really add up! So why not just put a list together of the things we should be purchasing from the dollar store?
Before I dive into my list of 21 things I always get from the Dollar Tree, I want to make a very important note. All dollar stores are not created equal. In addition to the Dollar Tree, you might also notice Family Dollar and Dollar General in your area. While Family Dollar and Dollar General might have the occasional good deal, not everything is $1.00. There are some items priced at $5, and others that are priced up to $10! If you’re looking for a low-priced deal, then I suggest stepping foot into a Dollar Tree – absolutely everything in the store is $1 or less. No tricks, no gimmicks, just $1 or less. Honestly, I don’t even bother walking into those other dollar stores anymore. Dollar Tree is my choice, every time.
21 Things I Always Get From the Dollar Tree
This list of 21 things will not suddenly make you rich or allow you to go out and buy a new car on your savings, but if money is tight (and I know it is for many of us), then these tips could very well save you $20 every month, which might be just enough to get you through the next month. So without further ado, here is the complete list of things I always get from the Dollar Tree!
When a birthday or special holiday was coming up in the past, I used to head to Target or Meijer to buy my greeting cards, which would cost me between $3 and $5 a piece! At the Dollar Tree, the selection is actually pretty good and many of the cards are only $0.50 (and at times, they have packs of 8 for only a buck!). I love it! If I need a greeting card these days, I get it from the Dollar Tree every time.
#2. Wrapping Paper
Wrapping paper is typically $3 or more at any other retail store, but at the Dollar Tree it’s only $1. Granted, the size of the roll is smaller, but it’s honestly more convenient this way. Instead of trying to buy one huge roll for all possible occasions (which doesn’t work by the way), I have enjoyed buying multiple smaller rolls that are catered to the exact occasion that I’m wrapping for. (If you want to get really cheap, then wrap your gifts with old newspapers – use the comics for kids and the business section for adults.)
#3. Party Plates and Plastic Utensils
Having a party? The Dollar Tree has party plates packaged 20 for $1, and utensils 48 for $1. Spending less than $8 on plates and utensils for 100 plates and forks is a pretty decent deal in my book!
#4. Gift Bags
Don’t want to wrap your gift? You can get a wide variety of gift bags from the Dollar Tree (only $1 of course)!
Instead of buying a one year old an expensive gift that they probably won’t care about and will never remember (they usually end up just playing in a box anyway), why not spend wisely on something that they might actually like that costs you practically nothing! My purchase of choice for one year olds is the Dollar Tree stuffed animals. They are plush, soft, and almost every kid loves them!
#6. Kid’s Books and Puzzles
When those kids get a little older, the Dollar Tree is still a great place to pick up their gifts. There are tons of Sesame Street books, Disney books, and a wide assortment of puzzles for all ages. And of course, each of them are only $1. (As a side note, if you want REALLY cheap kids books and don’t mind used ones – head to Goodwill or garage sales where they’re often 25 cents or less.)
These aren’t on the shelf all year long, but when winter is approaching be sure to stock up on mittens and gloves for yourself and your kids from the Dollar Tree. Since kids often lose their mittens anyway, it’s great they’re only $1 instead of the $5 or $10 ones from the regular retail stores.
#8. Winter Hats
Just like mittens, winter hats are seasonal as well. But, they’re only a dollar and they keep your head warm all winter long! I honestly can’t tell the difference between a $20 hat at the retail shops and the quality winter hats that they sell at the Dollar Tree (other than a stupid logo of course).
A box of 40 plain white envelopes are a dollar at the Dollar Tree. Pretty tough to beat that!
Need a simple flashlight for your nightstand or for your tent when you’re out camping? LED flashlights are a perfect for situations like these and they cost only a buck!
I used to be able to buy batteries for a dollar at Target from their dollar deals display in the front of the store, but I haven’t been able to find them recently. Instead of spending $4 or more on Energizer or Duracell batteries, I decided to scour the Dollar Tree. Sure enough, they sell packs of 8 AA batteries for just a buck!
After breaking my $20 pair of sunglasses just a few months after purchasing them (dropping sunglasses on pavement is NOT advised), I decided that enough was enough. If I was going to break a pair of sunglasses every summer, then I would rather it only cost me a dollar. When checking out the Dollar Tree, I was actually surprised at the selection and quality of their shaded specks. After six months of constant wear, I haven’t yet broken them and no one has any idea that I got them from the dollar store!
Whales crackers are the knock-off versions of Goldfish crackers, and honestly, I like them better! They come in a 7 oz. box and are of course only a dollar when you get them from the Dollar Tree!
#14. Cooking Utensils
Liz and I do a fair amount of camping and often like to take soup along with us to cook over the campfire. Rather than use one of our good cooking spoons to stir the soup, we have purchased some from the Dollar Tree. They have held up pretty well and were cheap enough to justify the added expense.
I can’t stand spending $40 for a name-brand bottle of cologne! After all, most of that cost is due to the constant marketing of the product. The Dollar Tree has a wide selection of perfumes and colognes that smell great and are even modeled after the smells of some of the top-selling name brand fragrances. For a buck, I have never gone wrong with this purchase.
#16. Dryer Sheets
Dryer sheets are an absolute must if you’re drying your own clothes in a machine. To be completely honest, the Dollar Tree dryer sheets aren’t the best I have ever used, but they work perfectly fine for any cotton apparel (and they do make your clothes smell nice). For dress pants and silky shirts, it’s best to use two sheets at a time to avoid static cling. Even with this method though, buying dryer sheets from the Dollar Tree is still cheaper than buying from the typical retail store.
Surprisingly enough, the Dollar Tree has Crest, Colgate, and many other brands of toothpastes that work quite well. You just have to be careful about how many ounces are in the tube you’re buying. Find a larger size for a buck and you’re definitely saving money over the typical cost elsewhere.
#18. Dental Floss
About a week ago I really needed dental floss, and I had to buy it in a hurry while I was at Menards (our local Lowes basically). All of their products are typically pretty reasonable, but their dental floss was $3.50! Since I needed some I bought it anyway, but I was kicking myself for not buying it at the Dollar Tree a few weeks prior.
#19. Carpet Cleaner
Now that I have inherited a couple of dogs from my fiance, Liz, there are few more “accidents” around the house. Thankfully, I don’t have much carpet so the cleanups are often easy. However, when they decide to take a dump or throw-up on one of my carpet slabs, my Dollar Tree carpet cleaner works surprisingly well and hasn’t failed me yet!
The Dollar Tree car freshener trees are actually pretty weak, so I wouldn’t advise them if your car has a noticeable odor that you’re trying to get rid of, but if you can find the spray, that works far better and eliminates pretty much all of the odor while leaving a more pleasant fragrance behind.
#21. Movie Candy
I rarely watch movies at the movie theater, but if I do, I’m certainly not going to pay for their pricey movie theater candy! Instead, I’d rather buy that same box of Milk Duds or Sugar Babies from the Dollar Tree and bring it into the theater in my coat pocket (I know I know, I’m not supposed to, but I don’t really care…what are they going to do? Fine me the $2.oo upcharge?). Boxed movie candy is one of the things I love to get from the Dollar Tree, even if we’re just watching a movie at home. 🙂
Are you a fan of dollar stores? What do you like to buy from the Dollar Tree?
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.