8 Things to Buy at a Dollar Store

Seasonal Decor

You may be wasting a lot of money buying things from your local department or grocery store instead of a dollar store. A lot of times the dollar store is over looked. Many think that all of the items available at the dollar store are cheap and not as well made as brand name items. Although this may be true for some products, it definitely isn’t true for all of them! Knowing the right things to buy from a dollar store is a simple and easy way for you to save a ton of money.

1. Seasonal Décor
You can save a ton of money buying seasonal décor at the dollar store! Why pay a ton of money on things people are only going to see once a year. At Christmas time you can always find gift wrap and bags for super cheap. There are also lots of cute decorations for usually about a dollar. At that price you can afford to decorate the whole house!

  • BoogieBoogieAvenue

    Some good little hints here… I’m usually just browsing when I’m at dollar store, so gotta try to member to get my mouthwash and makeup-ey stuff here. Mouthwash is like 5bux for a bottle! I’m just gonna be spitting it out- hate wasting money on stuff like that. Will have to check dollar store quality vs. price…

  • Kay Erin Cooper

    I always buy toothpaste at the dollar store. Why pay 4-5 dollars for a tube of toothpaste? That’s nuts!

    • Dolph Ramey

      Where you buy teethpaste for 5 dollar a tube? 7-11? Corner liquor store? U buy from paste dealer?

      • mikeatle

        Hahaha! Corner liquor store. That’s perfect.

      • Grace Handy

        I think that’s the only place you can find vodka- or scotch-flavored mouthwash …

      • Lois O

        what is a paste dealer.

        • Rhonda George

          Particularly a teethpaste dealer!

    • Michelle Moyers

      I used to, but you have to watch. Sometimes it may be a brand we know but comes from China and has been found to have toxic chemicals in it. Have a BJs wholesale club near you? You can use a BJs coupon plus manufacturers coupon plus they often have bonus packs (5 tubes for the price of 4)…I get 5pk Colgate Max Fresh biggest tube (7.8 oz) for around $7-8. BJs always has free day or 30 days free trial membership coupons, or you can shop without membership and pay a small surcharge. (5% near us.)

      • Kay Erin Cooper

        That is interesting Michelle. How do you tell…do they say “made in China” somewhere on the box?

        • rosehouse

          Even it is not made in China but it’s made in other unknown countries. Don’t buy toothpaste there, it was reported several years ago that some of the products there were not qualified to sell in the US particular toothpaste. That is the reason price is particular below market.

          • Hilda Orduno

            I buy toothplaste at the Dollar store all the time, so far I have not had any issues. I still have all my teeth and they have not turned colors or killed me yet. Expensive does not always means quality.

          • Abigail Adams

            Losing your teeth is not the issue; losing your health is the issue. Other countries are not held to American standards for quality, purity, or cleanliness. Just a few short yrs ago “name brand” toothpaste and dog food sold at Dollar Stores were culprits. Also, tomatoes and strawberries grown in Mexico led to the death of a number of people, some of which were children served food at school– because Mexico does not hold to American standards in agriculture. Saving a few dollars is not worth the chance. However, there are still a lot of things that are good and safe to buy at Dollar Stores.

          • Lilly Thorn

            there are several dollar store items USA made…just gota read the labels….I read many now ….

          • Eleanor

            No, but what water are you drinking? Do you have it tested regulary(sp)? What about your clothing? The dyes are not tha great either. If you look hard enough you will find things are not good in everything. So far, WE have never had any incidents with DG brands, and I have been using them for Probably since the first one came into my town. That was LONG ago.

          • Sheena Hill

            The Family Dollar, Dollar General and the Dollar Tree are different concepts. The first two have reasonably priced items that vary in price. The Dollar Tree has items for $1.Their items are often very low-quality. The cleaning supplies can be crap. I try them periodically, but I am not willing to pop a buck on something that you have to use 10x more of to do the same job. That being said, there are lots of bargains there. Family Dollar and Dollar General offer cleaning supplies, paper supplies and the like at discount prices when compared to grocery stores or Walmart. They are the exact same brands you find at those other stores. Cheaper isn’t always better. I like to get the best value for my money, don’t you?

          • noemi rodriguez

            Hilda i love you comment. strong and positive. Thank you.

          • ococoob

            Not yet, Hilda!

          • KB

            No expensive doesn’t always mean quality. But lead in small amounts doesn’t hurt you right away, it builds up. That’s true of other toxins as well.

          • Ina Rios

            I buy the Sensitive toothpaste there, and on the box, it says MADE IN THE U.S. It’s got the same ingredients as Sensodyne, which is pricier.

          • Lilly Thorn

            thank you. that was the other one I was tryin to remember…lol..along with close up and pepsident…I still think there is one more but cant recall…

          • Lilly Thorn

            dollar tree has close up, pepsident wich is USA made

        • Michelle Moyers

          Check the label. It often won’t state where it comes from, but if from the states, It should state Made in the USA…..if it says distributed by, or has a US address, but doesn’t say made in, then it can come from anywhere. Also, China often routes their goods through other countries too, to try to get around it. (Honey is one item in MANY stores that is often routed from China through other countries and actually contains very little honey, but that’s another story.) So could say made in turkey, but the ingredients could be from China, for example. If looking for a small tube to take on an airplane, kids sleepover bag, or for guests, then opt for ones that state Made In USA. If trying to save money, opt for full size tubes on sale with coupons at local warehouse clubs or chain stores. If in doubt, there is usually a phone number on the product. You can call and ask where the item is made, AND where the ingredients come from.

        • JSTMY2Cnts

          Yes, or the primary instructions are in another language. The same companies make products for overseas that do not get made under the same restrictions as the FDA requires here in USA. Shop dollar store, but be selective and read labels.

          • noemi rodriguez

            That is true, I buy make in Canada and usa never from china.

        • Lilly Thorn

          yes many items say right there on the box made in china or USA….pepsident, close up and I cant remember the other brand that is USA made….and the oen generic mouth wash is made in usa an close up mouth wash

      • Abigail Adams

        I buy quite a few things at Dollar Tree but never things that go into my body, such as food, drinks, cookies, chips, tooth paste.

    • Geeky Grandma

      Dollar Tree carries the big name brands (Colgate, Crest, and UltraBrite).

      • tcampbellla

        Fluoride is an powerful poison! I am surprised many are still conned into using it. Do some research.

        • Pd Cash

          Gee, why am I alive at 70 with no false teeth, no missing teeth and about 4 fillings, never floss, brush usually, once a day and drank fluoridated water for the first 17 years of my life and haven’t kept up with it since then. I remember going into the Army (at 17) and standing in line for the Dentist while I looked at all the discolored teeth, missing teeth, and the Dentist looked in my mouth and, and said something to the effect of “nice to see at least someone grew up drinking fluoridated water.” Besides looking at my teeth, I have done my research of the professionals who have done their research. While getting my Ph.D., I learned how to do research. I’m just not into conspiracy theories.

      • Lilly Thorn

        and sadly all china made. Closeup, Pepsident are US as well as sensitive toothpaste

    • David C

      Aim toothpaste at Dollar Tree is made in NJ. I refuse to buy Colgate…..made in Mexico

  • KIKI

    Good suggestions however you get what you pay for and using more cleaning supplies or replacing socks often isn’t really cost efficient. However, be aware there is also another article about things NOT to buy at the $ store because they contain chemicals and plastics that are harmful or contain carcinogens, so be careful.

    • fuggetaboudit

      Actually, I’ve noticed that the cleaning supplies are usually a name brand, like Lysol and PineSol. Cheaper!

      • Hay Maker

        Comet and the Works Toilet Bowl Cleaner are the same brands sold at Walmart only cheaper.

        • mysteryuz

          That’s good to know. I typically get them at both places but spaced so far apart that I don’t notice the price difference.

          • Rose Peters

            Since everything is a dollar at the Dollar Tree, and nothing is a dollar at WalMart, It should stand out.

          • I shop at the dollar store not the dollar tree their’s a difference

          • mona19595

            Yes a big difference because the items at the dollar store are OVER a dollar.

          • Lilly Thorn

            dollar store, family dollar, dollar general or even deals…..1 and UP….dollar tree is strickly dollar for everything….luv the dollar tree….lots of great stuff lots of name brands now too tho I can careless bout names….and even get some kewl as seen on tv items now an then

          • Sherry Lee

            Many food products are name brand & you can’t beat their $1 cherry pie filling, which I use atop slice of their pound cake, covered with their whipped cream.
            They also have all sorts of name brand bread, just like other grocery stores, same expiration dates, same quality, but just $1, not $3!

          • Elizabeth Baucum

            This is a great question Melissa as I was unaware of this for a long time. The Dollar store, Family Dollar and Dollar General are the main 3 I use to get mixed up with Dollar Tree. Everything in Dollar Tree is 1.00 or less, but not the others mentioned. The one thing you must pay attention to as well is the size when using coupons at the Dollar Tree as well because the size can prevent you to be able to use your coupons as well.

          • lavermont

            It’s “there’s” a difference.

          • mysteryuz

            Walmart has several sale items located toward the garden center in my area. You can find some items for 88 cents (as they never seem to use 99 cent deals) so it doesn’t always stand out.

          • ncgrma

            I buy a lot of things like this at Dollar Tree also, but the last time I went to Walmart with my daughter, I bought Comet for .99.

          • noemi rodriguez

            At walmart people thing everything is cheap, but i dont think so.

          • mona19595

            You’re right it’s not, you have to be very careful about what you buy at Wal-mart. In fact I wouldn’t touch Great Value brand at all..some of the cheese is good. But I would prefer our local grocery store brand which is the same price as Great Value but so much better tasting.

          • mona19595

            Believe it or not there are some thing’s at Walmart for a dollar or less. You just have to look….

          • Meow Cat

            lol very true. However I’m assuming she meant taking weight/volume into consideration of the cost. Dollar store items tend to be a much smaller volume of product vs. other places… it really just depends.

        • Zenaida Navalta-wright

          I read an article that comet has the most harmful chemicals.

          • Eleanor

            Try Barkeepers Friend. Does a good job and is even easy on glassware, and such. It has been around for a long time.

          • craig poster

            you found barkeepers friend at dollar tree?

        • Lilly Thorn

          finding baking soda and vinegar work great as natural cleaner ..bleach too vs all the other chemical crap

    • Tammie Busch

      Most cleaning products are no different than the brand names! With brand name products, you really do pay for the name on the product! The socks that are sold at these stores are usually good socks. Just more cost friendly!

      I don’t think you understand the concept of the dollar store! The products are the same as in regular retail stores! Now, if a product can be sold at a lower price at dollar store, imagine the mark-up at regular retail stores! The dollar store still needs to make a profit and it does that by specializing in the dollar items which it can sell in bulk amounts every day by having a large number of people come in spending a certain average that covers its expenses and other costs of doing business and still leaves the store with an income!
      It is basically the same as a regular retail store without all the frills! And the retail store charges more for those frills and expects a higher net profit!

      I wouldn’t be saying all this if I wasn’t trying to defend them so much! I am a regular shopper at Dollar Tree! I get good value for my money! And some name brand items at great prices I wouldn’t pay anywhere else! I go as far as buying by the case and taking advantage of it being sent to the store for pickup! It’s great! ! !

      • Shawnda

        Not to mention the other stores have to pay for all their advertising they have done!! The Dollar Tree doesn’t have to do that because we all know it’s a great value!

      • mona19595

        I don’t buy cleaning products with chemicals at all. My favorite cleaner for everything is either straight vinegar or vinegar and water. And if that doesn’t work try using hydrogen peroxide….does a better job that stuff you would pay an arm and a leg for.

        • clevercandi

          and you can buy both vinegar and hydrogen peroxide at the Dollar Tree 🙂

          • Lilly Thorn

            tho I get peroxide at Walmart bigger bottle for like 1 or less

        • Lilly Thorn

          baking soda and vinegar are great together too for scrubbing.

        • Eleanor

          Add backing soda to your vinegar and water, and you will see a big difference, also a tbsp. of blue dish detergent.. To sterilize your cabinet tops use Hydrogen Peroxide. More effective than bleach in killing germs. I also buy all my paper goods at the Dollar General. Generic Vitamins and also generic pain relievers as well as Benadryl. Canned vegetables, pasta, mac and cheese, etc. are just as good as at your grocery store. It is not unusual that I spend over $125 a month at the Dollar General. AND I have not found anything to be ineffective. Oh, and all your plastic bags. They handle name brands with most everything, but I use the DG brand. Also they have added a cold section, too. Offers lunchmeats, milk, Orange juice, cottage cheese, etc. I always laugh and say “They really like to see us come here” I learned value does not mean Name Brand of most everything. Try it, you might like it. As a senior on fixed income

          • Eleanor

            Oh and to have streak free windows/mirrors, etc. Use water and vinegar, wipe with old newspapers. Walla, great shine.
            I have used DG for years and will continue to use it as I would probably have spent $200+ at WalMart or grocery store.

        • Gary

          so, you like your home to smell like a douche

      • clevercandi

        Hint: Any DT cleaner that says “awesome” IS

        • Sonstar

          And THAT is the truth!! Awesome products are the best. I’ve never had anything remove red Kool-Aid stains until I found the yellow awesome cleaner. Wow, just wow!

      • KB

        I’ve found brand name mens socks at Dollar Tree that were $10+ at other stores. Also their office/school supplies can be very good deals! Their plastic organization items can be good too. I did read an article that noted many food & other items are from Mexico & do not meet our FDA or other standards i.e. not listing things in food or lead in other items.

        • KB

          oops! Even the name brand items!!!

    • biff buffington

      Oh geez – cleaning geek here (raising hand)
      I find most cleaning supplies leave a soap residue behind. Truth be told I often water down my cleaning supplies by about 20-25 %
      Now I’m off to clean my car keys …. Always a good idea to boil your car keys once a week to keep them relatively germ free. derp : )

      • Facebook User

        Very true… the toilet bowl cleaner is about 30% as strong as the name brands so you have to use 3 times as much…. no real bargain there.

      • Lilly Thorn

        clean off cell phones too with rag regularly…

      • Eleanor

        Hydrogen Peroxide is better for those things. Put a spray on the bottle, and works great every time. I am a nurse and have tried about everything on the market, cleaning, meds, food, etc, and would always go back to DG, every time. I hate to buy groceries and all other things at same time in same cart. Just an old fashioned woman, I guess. LOL LOL Don’t like my underwear and fresh vegetables touching.

      • Denis

        DO NOT boil remote start car keys! I sure they wont be remote any longer

    • Lilly Thorn

      and sadly that is at ANY store….did you just hear about kraft parm an value brand from Walmart ..and what it contains its not all 100% as it claims .. plus most foods contain crap ..

      • Lilly Thorn

        they also have name brand cleaners too, smaller sizes but name brand just the same and honestly ive not noticed having to use more of any eneric vs name…

  • JeanniB

    i buy the dollar brushes – instead of washing them – i pitch them! i also buy non-fluoride toothpaste which DOES cost $4-5/tube – too bad $Tree doesn’t offer this option.

  • JeanniB

    i buy the dollar brushes – instead of washing them – i pitch them! i also buy non-fluoride toothpaste which DOES cost $4-5/tube – too bad $Tree doesn’t offer this option. my cat loves to be brushed and those $Tree brushes cover a lot more space than standard pet brushes/rakes

  • Stefanina

    Do NOT buy your kids craft paint and stuff from the dollar store unless it’s brand name liquidation! Many of the paints in there have tested positive for lead.

    • Dolph Ramey

      That’s the point. Toxic products for the underclass….death by thrift.

      • Brandy Pastore

        BAHAHAHAHA!!!

      • Abigail Adams

        What a ridiculous thing to say. The Point is: Everybody needs to use their own brain and make wise decisions; this has nothing to do w/ the “underclass,” as you like to say.

      • lady44

        You are such a snob. Death for the underclass by being thrifty.
        Mercy,I sure hope you have pleanty of money and don’t have a limited income so you can pay the highest dollar for products.

        • Dolph Ramey

          Always compare on a “per unit” of measurement basis. Companies who provide products to the DS market have become masters at adjusting packaging and formula changes to meet their own sweet spot of maximizing their net profit. Or maybe your unflavorful bag of crackers was purchased at pennies on the dollar by the retailer himself after the container was stuck for 60 days in customs on the west coast.

    • Bernadine Wiley

      I don’t trust pet food at dollar stores. I like for them to turnover quickly.I’m afraid they have been on the shelf a long time. Check the day. I’m afraid they might have not been kept cool enough. Dry food is ok , I guess.

      • Hilda Orduno

        I had a cat for 13 years and the only food she ate was the dry food that was Dollar Tree brand. She would refuse anything else. Weird cat.

  • David James

    their awsome carpet cleaner works really good on tile and hardwood floor, and with a little brush in the grout cleans it like never before.

  • Dawn

    I am a big couponer and if you don’t know, Dollar Tree does take coupons. I rarely pay over .50 for stuff if that.

  • DefendUSA

    I like to buy their Pagasa brand egg noodles. They cook nicely. At any grocery, you are paying nearly $3 for a 12 oz package. It used to come in 16 oz packages for a dollar but like everything else, they cut the volume. Still, $2 for 24oz makes for a cheap casserole and leftovers for seven!

  • JSTMY2Cnts

    Decorations, externals no problem. If I am going to ingest it or put it on my skin, I want a reputable manufacturer. You have to be discriminating, but lots of savings can be had by shopping dollar stores.

  • penelopetrees

    I buy Spic N Span, Comet and The Works at my Dollar Tree, along with rubber gloves. These are name brands. I need them in my work as a property manager to give to my cleaning staff.

  • penelopetrees

    OOPS I almost forgot office supplies.

  • JCNTX

    Definitely travel toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash. Also all gift bags and mailing supplies will definitely save you money.

  • smartsenior

    Plastic bags of all sizes, from trash bags to sandwich bags are a terrific savings over retail stores. Also, I find food items there such as Ritz (type) or soda crackers that sell for 3.49 at the grocery store, and also some frozen and canned stuff. Their prices for candy are tremendous savings.

  • B Stevens

    I don’t buy anything that will be ingested however paper goods, hair accessories, holiday items, stationary, small kitchen items, and definitely cleaning supplies (name brands too!) save a ton of money over time. I found the aluminum foil to be just as tough as the name brand and far less expensive at a $1.00 a roll.

    • Brenda Johnson

      Name brand bread for $1.00.

    • mysteryuz

      Same.

    • Michelle Moyers

      By ingested do you mean mouthwash and stuff, or food? I see where the items were manufactured and won’t buy any that come from China, even if a name brand. But as for food products, Dollar Tree is a great way to stretch the food budget with name brand items. Just need to check the size of the package to see if it is similar size and quantity. (some name brand juice boxes are a pack of 4 6oz while grocery store may be 6 pk of 8 oz for a few cents more so it pays to know your prices.) They have Pringles, Lays Stacks and other name brand chips, movie candy at a $1 instead of $3-5 at theater, canned goods and boxed items, even frozen foods. (We got Weight Watchers ice cream bars for $1 that were over $4 at the grocery store.) Just like anywhere else, check the labels. And if an item is every stale or tastes off, they will replace the item or give you a refund.

      • Hilda Orduno

        I buy juices, cokes, frozen items, bread and such because it does stretch the food budget.

      • Renee

        I bought a dozen packages of Baker’s baking chocolate for $1 each. It was when they were changing the shapes of the bars. Homemade brownies for everyone!

        • Michelle Moyers

          I got those as well as the full size packages of Baker’s coconut flakes. Making homemade almond joy eggs for Easter. 🙂 They had Sobe Lifewater popsicles too, last time I went. Strawberry Kiwi regular retail is $3.49! My food budget goes a whole lot further with smart shopping at Dollar Tree! They often just have items because the packaging changes, same items inside. It pays to know your prices and watch for those items to show up at the dollar store. 🙂

    • EdjuCat

      Agreed!
      Stationary = standing still, not movable.
      Stationery = paper, envelopes, writing supplies.

      • Renee

        Really?

  • Darlene Price

    I buy the Salmon…cleaning supplies like Lysol , Tide, Fabulous and many others and I look for food items that don’t contain hydronated fats and other unhealthy ingredients… Love the decorative rugs and pillowcases , scarves and fleec gloves in the winter, dried flowers for decoration pieces, office supplies and could go on and on… Love this store… Oh I forgot party supplies and books … Many New York best sellers… Having fun…Health items like gauze…. Knee pads for the gym… Travel bottles… Guess I’ll leave at that for now…

    • JR

      You buy salmon from the Dollar Store?! And you lived to tell about it?

      • Rose Peters

        Yep, I used to buy Tuna snack packs with crackers there. Star Kist. Same as the grocery store.

  • Brenda Johnson

    Pet toys. They have small stuffed toys that my dog loves. Theycan’t be toxic, He just turned 13 and has never been seriously sick.

  • Digital_Dream

    Believe it or not, I have bought rice at the grocery store that cost $4 and had weevils, but I’ve never had that issue with the dollar store rice, which only cost me $1 — go figure! Their flip flops are also a great deal. You can buy flip flops at CVS or Walgreens for about $8, but they’re only a dollar at the Dollar Store! I buy all the things they mentioned in this article, it’s a great way to save money. Their seasonal/holiday decor is beautiful, especially! Now I can decorate my office AND my home without spending more than $5 for a good amount of decorations. Their gift bags have gotten people asking me where I got such pretty gift bags — they are surprised to find out where, and the price I paid!

  • Lee Seibert

    You can skip the dollar store and shop at your favorite stores to find things for a dollar: http://www.1dollarthings.com

    • Dolph Ramey

      This site is a scam…..links to other sites that do not have $1 items

      • Lee Seibert

        It helps you find $1 and below items at stores that sell items at any price.

        • Dolph Ramey

          I just saw the Easter Bunny getting a dollar store egg

  • joe Broz

    A lot of things are name brands, grocery items too. And I really like that their eggs are labeled with the name and location of the egg farm

  • Jeean

    Just make sure what you buy in the way of personal products are MADE IN THE USA. Some of these things are made in China, Taiwan, Phillipines etc., so there’s no telling what kind of fillers were added.

  • machoneman

    I buy virtually all my bathroom and kitchen stuff at a local dollar store. Toothpaste, mouthwash, hair soap, conditioner, pump hand soap, bar soap, shaving cream. For the kitchen, powdered dishwasher soap, liquid dishwashing soap, pump hand soap, various cleaners and anti-spot treatment for the dishwasher.
    Amazingly, for ten times for the kitchen, it’s $10, plus tax. At my local Jewel store, ten similar items (and not all #1 branded stuff either) would easily cost $28-$35 plus a 7.5% tax!, $10.75 versus $30.10 for the low end estimate, a $19.35 saving. Woo-Hoo!

  • eveh

    I buy tea. It gives me a chance to try out different one for cheap. I just bought a 9 envelope box that sells for $9 for .99 You can’t beat that. I buy dried cranberries and nuts too. Lot cheaper. Tuna, any meat in sauce in small cans is good for my hurricane shelf.

  • Melissa Cooper

    No one has mentioned batteries! It’s usually Ray-O-Vac or Sunbeam brand, which I find last a long time. But 8 AA or 8 AAA batteries for $1 is unbeatable! Walmart finally has batteries for.$.97, but it is for only4 batteries. $ Tree is still a better buy. It’s great to have them on hand for TV remotes & Xbox wireless controllers, that seem to need to be changed at night when the store is closed, lol!

    • Bernadine Wiley

      Only buy the Alkaline batteries.The regular ones don’t last very long. I know you get less but they are worth it.

      • Rose Peters

        Alkaline batteries are the regular batteries. Duracell, Energizer, etc are all Alkaline.

        • Louisa

          Lithium batteries are the ones that last for ten years!!! Alkaline have been around a long time and they’re great for toys and stuff. Lithium for computers, phones, and important connections. The problem with lithium supply is that the planet is running out. I know that some company is making progress with other types but I’m not in that loop.

    • Teresa

      BATTERIES! You are so right, I stock up on every brand, from AA, AAA, C, D, 9 volt, batteries for watches, you cant beat the prices.

      • tcampbellla

        Unless you get rechargables!!!

  • jwwinner

    Very nice greeting cards . I buy no food there but cleaning supplies can be a bargain. Plastic containers are Rubber Maid wannabes , and I stay clear of all plastic. Kids lose pencils, glue, and school paper all the time, so stock up when you’re at the Dollar Store.

  • Bernadine Wiley

    Facial Wipes are only $1 there but $7 at Walmart. I’m addicted to them .I buy several packages at a time.

  • KT

    Think about it…….why is it cheaper there??? Because they use chemicals and toxic ingredients in the products eg. make-up, cleaning products, etc. Not only that the sizes are a lot smaller than you would buy else where. Like some one else said you get what you pay for. Don’t get me wrong the Dollar Store is great for a lot of things, just not make-up or cleaning products. If you’re looking for quality and quantity in good products (non toxic) let me know.

    • Wanda M. Holmes

      Not true….they sell the same name brand stuff there as well. Buy them all the time.

      • KT

        I am not saying they are different. II know they are name brands. What I am saying is that those brands are very toxic to the environment and to your body. Re-read what I wrote!

        • Rose Peters

          Really? Revlon? Maybelline? How about getting rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, cotton balls. toothpicks…

          • Eleanor

            Do any of you know where they get the black used in mascara and eyeliner? I was on a tour of a national cave where bats are prevalent, and our guide told us that the piles of bat poop would be sold to cosmetic companies to use for their black color. Since that day I have never used any eyeliners or mascara. Scary as heck.. Bat poop in my eyes? I think not.

        • Teresa

          Well, I’m still alive, so I guess their items are not any more toxic than Walmart.

        • Brandy Pastore

          Dumb.

        • Eleanor

          According to all the Expensive research that our government pays for is finding something bad in everything, even our air. I am 78yrs old, have not suffered any untoward effects from DG brands, or name brands they sell. Guess it depends on whether you are worried that someone knows you buy it at the DG instead of Big brand stores. Money is important to us seniors. some have to choose between food and medicine, and the DG is their way of getting food cheap.

          • lady44

            Eleanor,I think you hit the nail on the head when you said some people don’t want to be ashamed of shopping there. I am a senior of 72 years,on. limited income and have to be careful with my dollars. I shop once a month as have to pay this lady $10.00 an hour to take me shopping. I make out my shopping list,hit Dollar Tree and get as many items on my list there as I can.Then to the Piggly Wiggly for my food items. Their meat is very inexpensive there. Some things are higher ghere,but I save enough between the DT and the PW, that I end up saving money in the long run. The Piggly Wiggly have a senior discount on Wednesdays plus they give out stamps you can use for certain items for the kitchen.

    • Tammie Busch

      Like I said earlier, the products come from the same factories as the name brands, just with different labels and, in some cases, maybe more water which is # 1 on all ingredients list name brand or not!

      • KT

        I am not saying they are different. I know they are name brands. What I am saying is that those brands are very toxic to the environment and to your body. Re-read what I wrote! 🙂

        • Brandy Pastore

          Who cares????? People are buying those brands anyway, why not get them cheaper?? Try to keep up with the class!!

        • oliviaannie

          And just what makes you think the stuff you buy at any of the other stores is really what they claim? People are into buying organic. I will argue that unless you live next to the farmer that produced the meat, fruit, vegetables, you really have no proof, and neither do your stores that rob you of the extra money per pound.

          • lady44

            Yeppers,some organic growers advertising and selling got caught.They were using the same fertilizer we use,plus spraying the plants to keep bugs off the veggies. Unless you grow your own veggies,you sure don’t know what you are eating.
            I bought some frozen okra pods several months back. Boiled them and it had so many tough strands in them I threw them away. Okra has to be picked when the pods are very small to be tender enough to eat. Broccolli,brussells sprouts and canned collards have hard stems also.You just don’t know what you are buying anymore.

    • Eleanor

      Evidently you do not check the size/weight of what you buy at the “other” stores. Everything is of lesser weight, less volume, less of everything. Check out your chips, crackers, etc. What used to be 16 oz is now 12-14 oz and cost even more. Oh well, guess this known as inflation. Even clothes are made smaller. Not me gaining weight, LOL LOL

  • Fernando Medina

    I buy my reading glasses there $1.00 same qulaity as if i buy it at Cvs,Rite aid,Walmart, it’s great i bought 5 pairs.

    • dbrown

      Reading glasses and sunglasses are great there! My favorite sunglasses came from Dollar Tree and lasted for years!

      • Ashley

        Mine too

    • Michael

      Me too.

  • Just Me

    Just be careful of anything that will be ingested. There are high levels of toxins in a lot of imported items. I find a lot of close-outs and name brands in my dollar store. Bottles of brand water (99 cents a 6 pak), day old bread and cakes and donuts are also good buys. Don’t buy any make-up if it isn’t name brand (like a close-out) I buy garden supplies there too. Holiday decor, greeting cards, wrapping paper. There are a lot of good deals, but be careful. Check country of origin on ingestible products.

  • minime

    Most of the comments on here, are ridiculous. As those saying: Be aware of the items at the Dollar Store are a different quality than at ‘big box’ stores. Honestly, do you think that all the represented stores supplying to a ‘Dollar Store’, such as Reynolds, Scope, Colgate, Covergirl, Revlon, Glad, Huggies, Minute Maid, Parkey, Green Giant, and thousands of others, actually spend millions of dollars to have their products split in-between “thrift aka not as good” stores and the Walmart?

    • Grace Handy

      It depends. Sometimes the items sold at Dollar Tree are “rejects”; such as pickle slices that aren’t cut perfectly to size or “leftover” cereals that get put into odd-sized boxes that aren’t sold in stores. Some stuff is fine (like office supplies, wrapping paper, school supplies), but be especially careful with food! Some is OK; some (like individually-wrapped cheese slices) are barely edible, and do not melt like Kraft slices do.

  • Judy P

    I buy stuff from the dollar store, however, I don’t think I would buy beauty products or health products there… I don’t know…could be just my paranoia.

    • Rose Peters

      Really? What do you think happens to the products on their way there?

      • Judy P

        Rose, I read articles that a lot of the products at the Dollar store are discontinued and products that have not sold. My concern would be that they were old and perhaps have bacteria on the products. I am sure they are not all that way but just like the lead they have found in toys in Dollar store inventory I would prefer not to take the chance.

  • Lillian DeCola

    A wonderful “Welcome to the Neighborhood” gift can all be purchased at a dollar store and will be greatly appreciated by your new neighbors. Fill a plastic tote or basket with a roll of paper towels, dish towels, pot holders, scrub brush, window cleaner, generic cleaner for all other surfaces, sponges, air freshener, paper plates and plastic cutlery. $12 can provide a wonderful, practical and much-appreciated gift.

    • Rose Peters

      You forgot toilet paper! And, if you have another dollar to spare, a pack of light bulbs!

    • Grace Handy

      Our subdivision hosts pot lucks for 100 senior citizens every month, and everything we can get for those events we get at our local Dollar Tree. I make centerpieces (12 each month) for giveaways and couldn’t do it if I didn’t have a Dollar Tree close by! Also, don’t forget to use DollarTree.com if you need larger quantities: yours will arrive in perfect condition without having been previously loved in the store!

  • Rose Peters

    Really? Given up on Parmagiano Reggiano cheese?

    • Rhonda George

      Actually if you read the labels on all the grated Parmesan and your “Parmagiano/reggiano” cheeses, they have wood pulp in them. Keeps them from clumping together. How do you like your wood? With cheese? Got any wood added cheese, Laura? (said with the best of Steve Urkel intentions!)

  • Rose Peters

    You gotta watch out for those shoddy Made in Canada products. Just can’t trust the UK.

  • Rose Peters

    When I was unemployed, my other unemployed friends and I had a routine for shopping. First you went to Dollar Tree. Then, you still needed stuff, you went across the street to Big Lots. After that, WalMart for the rest, same shopping center as Big Lots.

  • majilea58

    Like millions I am on a limited income and I love the Dollar Tree. I think it depends on what one needs to buy and if it is a family or just one person buying. I live alone so it is good for me. And Dollar Tree’s items do vary and change products often. The one I go to has frozen items but not that much to buy. In another town the Dollar Tree was HUGE! So I guess it depends on a lot of things whether money is saved or not. I make out well and will always shop there.

  • Teresa

    I always stock up on plastic wrap, foil, trash bags, napkins, paper plates, light bulbs, cleaning products galore, carpet freshener, etc., etc. I spend about $30 to $40 every time I go to the Dollar Tree, I love this store!

  • Teresa

    Always buy greeting cards at the Dollar Tree, but I noticed that Walmart had cards for 47 cents.

    • oliviaannie

      Yeah, but then you have to stand behind someone in line with 3 WIC vouchers. after having to dodge her 3 soon to be thugs running in front of your cart.

  • I think they got this copywriter at the Dollar Store. Using both the word “dollars” and the $ sign? “Loosing”? Sheesh. (Full disclosure: had a 25-year career as an advertising copywriter myself.)

    • Louisa

      they don’t teach spelling in school anymore.

  • I’m a dollar store shopper it’s convenient and cheaper and less people

  • No-Mo-BO

    Paper products, food storage, small tools and workshop supplies (a 3ft., 3 vial spirit level…for a buck!), aftershave, Speedstick Deodorant, office supplies, (a great stylus for my iPhone 6 with a flashlight and laser pointer…for a BUCK!! Can’t beat it.

  • Tonya

    i know someone who works at Dollar General…. There soaps and shampoos and cleaning chemicals are watered down that’s
    why they can sell so cheap. But i buy them just to save money but they are watered down so beware

  • Nattie Rice

    I’m a total thrift-nut, if it’s gonna save even a few cents I’m behind it and I’ve been shopping at my local Dollar Store for years. The cleaning supplies are exactly the same and if you check labels and make sure they’re not from china, toothpaste, perfume, soap, shampoo and lotion are all cheaper there. Not to mention you can get a lot of snack stuff at the Dollar Store, chips, salsa, soup, and even candy and are all cheaper there and most of the time you can even get it in brand names. Why should I pay $3 to $5 bucks for a bag of chips (filled half full of air) when I can just pay $1? Honestly I think the Dollar Store rocks!!!

  • trainman

    I quit shopping at chain grocery stores including Walley World.
    My grocery bill is now 60% less since I started shopping at the Dollar Store.

  • allyoop77

    One of my favorite stores out there. They also carry some nice matching ceramic plates, bowls & mugs….the kind of style you would find at a Pier1 Import.

    • lady44

      I love the ceramic plates and bowls and every time they get a new shipment in I buy six of each and stack them back as gifts. My husband always loved the plates as they had a little depth to them.
      Check out the glasses and cups there also. Candles are a wonderful buy.

      • allyoop77

        That’s very smart & a great idea Lady44 😉

  • EdjuCat

    Liquid hand soap at Dollar Tree that I use in my soap dispensers is watered down and doesn’t lather very much. But the shower gel is much thicker and richer, so I use that for hand soap instead. I love that place.

  • Carla Christiansen Wiberg

    make sure you are at Dollar Tree or Dollar General for $1.00 prices, the Dollar Store has discount prices but not a $1.00

    • oliviaannie

      Dollar Tree is still a dollar. All of the others aren’t, with Dollar General and Family Dollar being the most expensive.

  • Mason1834

    Some of the food items seem like a pretty decent deal at the Dollar Tree down the road.
    The dishwashing tabs I use don’t appear to work any different than the higher priced stuff. And pasta sauce…….hey, at a buck a jar, even if the quality isn’t up there with Guy Frieri’s merchandise, you can’t really complain.

  • Robert Endl

    Great…I love Dollar Tree.

    • lady44

      Don’t forget the kitchen items. Salt and pepper shakers,Betty Crocker kitchen shears,place mats, chop boards,strainers,the black serving spoons etc. all make wonderful bridal shower gifts. By buying these items you can fill a large gift bag that the bride to be can sure use.These items ,even at Walmart can cost a pretty penny if you want to spend your bucks there.
      Dollar Tree also have hot pads, and the terry drain mats. The dish drying cloths aren’t that good. They have that new fiber magic stuff that manufacturers are puting in sheets and pillow cases. Don’t like that at all.Cotton towels dry the best and cotton sheets are cooler. The fiber magic sheets don’t want to stay on the bed and the pillow cases make my face sweat. Just old fashioned I guess.

  • alwaystheindian

    I’d like to add picture frames to this list.

    I run statewide pageants and we have to give out hundreds of framed certificates each year. We use dollar tree frames because they are a great deal!

  • alwaystheindian

    Books are also a great deal at the Dollar Tree. I have found many great novels, cook books, and even a couple of biographies that I really enjoyed in the Dollar Tree’s book section.

    These books are usually over run from large print shipments and marked with a tiny spot on the bottom.

  • Lewis

    I think Awesome is awesome for a buck. Nobody is going to tell me chlorine bleach is better in a name brand bottle. However, not everything is a bargain when other stores have sales.

    • Louisa

      Lewis – you should look at the label and see what percentage of bleach is in the bottle. If they are the same they should work just fine.

  • shelley

    gift bags are one of the biggest savings i find there

  • blinkblank

    Its the only dollar store that everything is a dollar .

  • Mggie

    I bought a large tube of Colgate Toothpaste at the Dollar Tree & when I used it it wasn’t flavored. It was nasty tasting stuff.

  • Mary-Ann Crow Muffoletto

    Children’s books! Including board books, which can be quite pricey. Also, I can buy greeting cards for 50 cents at Walmart.

  • jenny

    don’t buy earbuds because they go out in a day

  • Bill Rentenbach

    There is a big difference between cheap and inexpensive. Personally I don’t buy anything cheap but certainly inexpensive.

  • balletlady

    I always buy special occasion cards at the Dollar Tree….why pay $4 for a card from Hallmark….also buy aluminum “left over” pans so I can send a friend home with something after they’ve eaten dinner with us, the pan are usually 3 for $1 & get tossed or recycled afterwards.

  • trackfodder

    We have enjoyed the long-handled dust pan. It keeps us from bending over to use it and has a good rubber edge. The only thing is it requires a bit of Gorilla tape to keep the handle in.

  • sick of this peon town

    Bar keepers friend is a great cleanser/polisher much better than comet and cheap too.

  • ohjodi

    At Dollar Tree and Dollar General, the greeting cards are from American Greetings and are made in Ohio…(for the most part, still check the label. Boxed Xmas cards are made in China)

    • Eleanor

      So? we ain’t eating the greeting cards. What difference where they are made. Don’t like them, make yur own from computer and scrap booking sites.

  • Josef Becker

    I agree with everything listed except the socks. Maybe for just lounging around they are fine but your feet are an important part of your body and good socks can make all the difference in maintaining a healthy foot. Especially if it’s below freezing or above 80 degrees speciality socks made for those climates are essential if you will be spending time outside. Cotton socks suck for those temperatures. In the cold they don’t retain heat well and suck up moisture from your foot leaving you a soggy cold sock. In the heat same problem with moisture except now that extra moisture and heat can lead to the growth of bacteria and cause rashes and foot fungus. Merino wool (for winter) and synthetic material combos are needed not cheap cotton socks.

  • henry

    I buy my day planner calenders there – cost $2 instead of over $20

  • henry

    Cell phone charging equip, etc. at less than 1/3 the cost is a good buy. DO NOT buy a quart alarm clock for $1. It worked for about 2 days.

  • Ken Reid

    Coffee Filters, Helium filled Balloons.

  • JSTMY2Cnts

    Agree with all but number 8. Be selective. Look for name brands. Some toiletries and cosmetics are not safe for skin contact.

  • Lisa Gloddy

    Kids are always loosing things? Do you mean LOSING things? Did a dollar store employee write this?

  • Linda Arnett

    I’m sorry but buying cleaners from ANYWHERE is a hazard even if it’s
    cheap. And don’t get me started on food! (too late)Our country the
    wonderful united states of america is poisoning their people with
    chemicals, pestisides, msgs, gluten and who knows what else they put in
    the food and let’s not forget to mention chemtrails.If you don’t know
    what that is, look it up. You are gonna freak. I only use vinegar and
    water, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide just like Biff Buffington. (You
    go girl!) I know it’s expensive to buy glutin free organic foods but
    cut down on your snacks(which has gluten too). I’m sure you will see a
    difference in the way you feel and lose some weight too.

    • Eleanor

      Best idea about food, grow your own, buy your meats at butcher shops or buy a hog/cow and split with another family, then have meats cut to your liking. Raise your own chickens, get eggs, and even fryers, as well as boiling chickens. This is how we used do it. We canned everything we could, even meats. We are all still living, drank pump water, fresh milk, homemade grape juice, etc. We might just need to consider these as alternatives to our big stores and spending bundles. It might just come down to that to survive.

      • Linda Arnett

        I’m appreciative for your suggestive assistance however, not everyone lives in the country, much less has a yard that they can grow their own food so your suggestions are for a limited amount of people.

        • Eleanor

          AND not everyone lives in the city, either. We, as a whole, might have to learn to be resourceful should we happen to lose our grids to an attack. Even cars won’t start, let alone run. Yes, I do live in the country and would not trade it for any of the cities I have lived in.

  • J.C Carter

    All the little things add up! I own and import co. Would not believe the mark up’s.
    Purchased “Solar light batteries” 4 for $10.00 +/-. Purchased same-exact item,
    18 batteries, including shipping. $4.81 Total. Dealing in large orders, lowers the price!
    One Great thing about Capitalism. If you do not like the product/service-another store
    down the street will be most happy to take YOUR MONEY!……..maybe better off?

  • rick flippo

    Living in a rural county and living in between Birmingham, Al and Jasper, Al of which are both at least 20 miles from our home We have found that unless we are going to one these cities Walmart is for us. We have Walmart 2 miles from our home, so much of shopping is done at Walmart (except for meats, a local market still cuts it fresh), I agree that a lot of the items are a dollar or just over a dollar, but who wants to drive so far, just for some dollar items, the gas prices alone mess that up.

  • clevercandi

    I LOVE my Dollar Tree 🙂

    I like buying things by the case through their website. If you have it delivered to DT, there are NO shipping costs!!!

    You do need to be careful: make sure you’re getting something of decent quality or good quantity for the price.

    ANYTHING IS BETTER THAN SHOPPING AT WALMART!!!

  • ann

    I also buy some earthquake supplies like gauze, bandages, tape, a& d ointment, beef jerky, canned soups and veggies, plastic utensils, some hardware, lights, sponges, stationary, notebooks, pens, pencils, other school supplies, mens socks, cookies, dried beans, rice crackers, and almost anything I need. Just read the ingredients and the place of origin. Some of their items come from Europe and are the same brands you would find at the World market. Also,my local store has the best fresh avocados that come directly from the farms in Mexico. Of course, trial and error as to whether something is for you. I don’t buy the makeup, medicine or cleaning supplies, as I am very allergic to some ingredients and use ‘green ingredients.

  • Lilly Thorn

    lots of great deals from dollar tree and lots of USA products….one of the best deals is greeting cards..2for1 how can you beat that?

  • Eleanor

    Well, how do we know we can trust Made in USA as being genuine? Our companies have been changing sizes to smaller, product not as good, need use more, etc. So who is to say. It depends on what YOU want to do or trust.

  • Sheldon Cooper

    I went tot a dollar store once, I was surrounded by ghetto freaks, never again.

    • lady44

      Geeze!!!You saying Wally world and other stores don’t have ghetto shoppers.

  • Irene Nevins

    Coffee filters, artificial sweeteners, concentrated lemon juice, plates, glasses, pet toys are all good buys from Dollar Tree.

  • Michael

    I buy a lot of my basic groceries at the 99¢ store. Good selection of canned goods as well as frozen food.

  • CharliAnn Olney

    I travel a lot. So I buy bottled water, especially for my Service dog. (Prevents tummy upsets) I can get six packs of Crystal Geyser water for a dollar. I can also stock up on snacks and microwave entrees for light suppers at the hotels, if is late when I get in or I don’t want to go out.

  • Beverly Walker

    I love to browse the book section. Buying a book for $1, even if I am not familiar with the author, is like a treasure hunt. Sometimes they are really good and the others, I donate to a charity. Win, win, I say.