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12 Things You Shouldn’t Pay More Than a Dollar For

Since we moved last year, we now live across the street from a Dollar Tree.

If you don’t know what Dollar Tree, it’s a store where everything they sell is only $1.

We used to live near Japanese dollar stores, which have cool stuff, but nothing there is really a dollar. It’s more like $1.50 and up.

Now that we live within walking distance to Dollar Tree, I’m hooked and not afraid to admit it!

Every time I walk inside I see something that I should have gotten there and not somewhere else, because I could have only paid only $1 for that item instead of more. And I kick myself for it.

If you’re not familiar with Dollar Tree, check out what items you can get for only a dollar.

1. Gift Items

I was amazed at the selection of nice gift bags of all sizes, gift wrap, metallic balloons that they blow up for you, a good selection of greeting cards for every occasion, ribbons, baskets, basket stuffing, vases, cellophane wrap, tissue paper, and more at Dollar Tree. I have paid around $5 for gift bags at CVS and $4 for a card! At Dollar Tree, I could have paid only $2 and saved $7!

2. Baby Items

Kids are expensive, but they don’t have to be when you shop at the dollar store. You can find onesies, bottle brushes, bath toys, baby shampoo, wash clothes, petroleum jelly, baby wipes, baby socks, bottles, pacifiers, and sippy cups. As a safety precaution, it’s always best to check to see if the item is BPA and lead free.

things you shouldn't pay more than a dollar for

3. Books

I just went today and was pleasantly surprised that they had a selection of hard and soft cover books as well as children’s books and coloring books. The books seem to be ones that didn’t sell in the bookstore so they were sold to Dollar Tree. And now you can get them for $1! What a steal! So I bought a book called Sticks and Stones which was originally priced at $16.99. And I paid, you guessed it, only $1!

4. Toys

There’s an assortment of toys for boys and girls and different ages, things like plastic swords, bubbles, glow sticks, puzzles, stuffed animals, dolls, figurines, jump rope, magic kits, travel games, die cast cars. etc.

5. Party Supplies

Be ready for any party with themed or colored plates, napkins, cups, utensils, decorations, candies, snacks, and favors for birthday, baby showers, bridal showers, and weddings. They also have great items for whatever holiday is coming up. For Valentine’s Day they had a bunch of V-Day balloons already blown up, cards, and decorations.

6. Kitchen Items

This dollar store carries glass mugs, wine glasses, disposable tupperware, ziploc bags, garbage bags, foil, paper towels, foil pans, kitchen utensils, and whatever you can think of.

7. Office Supplies

I almost bought security envelopes at CVS, which were $2.99. But luckily, I held off and checked Dollar Tree first because they had them. You can also find packing envelopes, pens, post it notes, bubble wrap, stationary, notebooks, calculators, tape, desk organization items, folders, and clipboards.

8. Cleaning Supplies

When we first moved in we didn’t have enough waste baskets for each room, so we made do with some buckets from Dollar Tree. Put a grocery bag in it and you have a trash can. You can find dish washing liquid, hand soap, cleaning detergents, sponges, brooms, buckets, laundry baskets, scrubbers, and more.

9. Teacher’s Supplies

Teachers spend a lot of their own money for their own supplies each school year. If you’re a teacher, homeschool, or have kids, you can save at Dollar Tree. You can find classroom decor, stickers, coloring books, activity books, flash cards, certificates and awards, scissors, glue, paint, glitter, poster board, play dough, aprons, and clay.

10. Health and Personal Care Items

They have name brand toothpastes like Colgate and Crest as well as mouthwash, floss, toothbrushes, soaps, shower puffs, medicine, vitamins, first aid supplies, reading glasses, socks, and hangers.

11. Pet Supplies

At Dollar Tree, there’s an assortment of pet food, collars, snacks, feeding dishes, litter supplies, toys, and cleaning sprays.

12. Tools

What else can you find at this dollar store? Flashlights, light bulbs, batteries, bungee cords, screwdrivers, sanding paper, gloves, paint brushes, super glue, masking tape, zip ties, and storage containers.

If you don’t live near Dollar Tree or another dollar store, don’t fret. You can still get these deals online at DollarTree.com. Keep in mind that there will be a small handling fee, minimum order amounts, and a shipping fee when shopping online.

4 Comments on 12 Things You Shouldn’t Pay More Than a Dollar For

  1. Linda
    February 29, 2012 at 8:12 am (2 years ago)

    There are great buys at Dollar Tree and other dollar stores, but buyer beware. Any toys for children or pets, be sure to check where it is made. If China, skip buying it. Chances are great that the toy will contain lead in the paint used. I usually stay away from products made in China. Got some great jelly made in Poland.

    • Fanny
      February 29, 2012 at 11:31 am (2 years ago)

      Linda, thanks for the tip. Good thing to look out for.

  2. elaine
    February 29, 2012 at 12:53 pm (2 years ago)

    I agree with Linda about checking where items come from – but I have heard there are a lot more “made in America” items at Dollar Tree and Dollar General-type stores than at the big box stores. I need to check that out. My favorites from Dollar Tree are gift bags, etc. and party supplies.

  3. Deborah Liebig
    March 16, 2012 at 10:22 am (2 years ago)

    Cheaper isn’t necessarily the better way….. I find some of the cheaper cleaners are watered down and don’t clean as well and you end up using twice as much. I agree with the ladies WATCH OUT FOR CHINA PRODUCTS! Many dangers especially lead.