I love Dollar Tree.
It was invented for people like me, who spend way more than a dollar when they go in there.
I can easily spend 20 dollars per trip at this store when all I walked in there for was rubber bands and Tootsie Rolls.
But there are items in Dollar Tree that are not necessarily worth your precious dollar.
So I am here to help!
Here are some items that I think you need to avoid and some you should definitely add to your list the next time you pop into your local Dollar Tree.
When you use these, they leave wax shavings all over the paper and they break very easily.
With kids who color hard and are not easy on anything in the house, these last maybe a day or two.
Spend the extra fifty cents and buy the name brand.
I am gonna get preachy.
Please stop buying these.
So they stop making these.
For four dollars more you can get a real Barbie doll at Target.
The legs fall off, the heads fall off and they are not even worth the dollar you spent on it.
Back away slowly from the crappy dollies.
Oh, and by the way, it doesn’t have a smell when you light it because, I think, it isn’t even a candle.
Those candles on the bottom shelf are fine though because they are faux candles.
They don’t have a smell.
Just like the “candles” above them.
I don’t know about you but the stuff you buy at discount stores takes a beating so I can’t imagine these items lasting more than one use.
Plus, nothing here is BPA free so stick with spending a little more.
They are only babies for a little while.
I love to save money but this is one I will spend a little more on.
Plus there are always coupons for brand names on this stuff, so go to the big box stores for this.
Toxic Carpet Powder
Stop using this.
It is horrible for your carpets.
Someone once told me that it sinks to the bottom of the carpet and doesn’t even get vacuumed up.
And when they ripped up their carpet, there was an entire sub-floor full of this stuff.
Plus it makes your carpet feel gritty.
Burn a candle instead to get your house smelling nice.
BUT NOT THE CANDLES UP THERE. ^^^^
Sometimes food at Dollar Tree is a trap.
You think you are getting a deal but you are not.
Canned vegetables are A TRAP.
Canned vegetables at the grocery are never, EVER more than a dollar.
So you shouldn’t buy your canned veggies there.
Unless they are under 2/$1.00.
So pay close attention to prices.
This should be a no-brainer but we learned the hard way, literally, with this one.
Good toilet paper is worth the extra money.
I don’t even want to know what this perfume smells like.
Sex panther maybe.
If you are buying your readers at Dollar Tree, one could argue you don’t need to read in the first place.
Do they help?
Because how is it that I have to pay $300 to see and you only have to pay one dollar?
Explain that math to me.
No, I am totally seriously serious.
Explain that to me.
If you need to fill an Easter basket or a Christmas stocking?
This is the place.
I have not bought a party plate, napkin or fork anywhere other than Dollar Tree in the past eight years-plus.
It is my go-to place for parties.
The colors are great for kids but the white is perfect for adult parties.
I never go to the party store anymore because why would you when everything here is a dollar each?
Tissue paper, ribbons, gift bags, etc?
It’s ripped up in a matter of seconds.
Spend your money on the gift, not the wrapping.
Craft items for kids
If your kids are like mine, this stuff is gone in a matter of days.
And I hate spending a lot of money on this.
Michael’s sells the box of foam stickers for eight bucks.
Save your money because it’s just going to end up on the bottom of your shoes, on the bed, on the walls, on the floors……
This is the place to get all of your craft items and stock up for school projects.
They also have great playschool items for kids as well.
Great for those would-be teachers of yours or for your homeschooling parents out there.
I homeschool every summer to avoid the summer slide, so Dollar Tree is amazing for me to give rewards and for keeping my daughter motivated.
Sometimes Dollar Tree gets in brand name items.
This is an example of a good deal because, at big box stores, items like these are upwards of $1.50.
Dollar Tree takes coupons as well so this makes your dollar go even further, so keep your eyes out for these.
Nail polish and makeup
I don’t recommend the eye makeup because eyes are sensitive and my daughter had a reaction to the eye makeup from here before but everyone is different.
I recommend doing a test before you use the makeup on sensitive areas.
They also carry brand name makeup at random Dollar Tree’s, so check your local store.
Blush, lip gloss, nail polish, emery boards, nail polish remover make great goody bag gifts for tweens!
Check out my tween party idea below using Dollar Tree makeup items.
It was a huge hit and so inexpensive too.
But do be careful because sometimes you can find travel size items at Target for under a dollar.
So shop wisely.
Candy is okay but again be careful on price.
Just be aware of prices when shopping.
The Mamba candy above is usually in the dollar spot at Target, so this is spot on.
But some of the bags of candy are very small and you can sometimes find it cheaper at stores such as Walgreen’s, so be a savvy shopper.
We get it here when we needed it for preschool parties/snacks; soccer snacks, etc..
But for regular bottled water, it is cheaper to buy it at the bigger stores for the amount/size you get.
Especially for little girls.
Because my daughters leave these everywhere but in their hair.
In the couch, on the bus, in their backpacks.
Why spend a lot of money on this?
And it is a lot of money at Target and other bigger stores.
I always buy this at Dollar Tree.
One for the car, one at our sinks.
It is cheaper here than at the bigger stores.
So we stock up.
Party bowls, plates, etc.
Buy this here and skip the party store.
If you use these once or break one, who really cares?
But I have been known to reuse these a few times, so definitely worth the dollar.
They are a steal at Dollar Tree.
They have a pretty good selection and you pay half of what you would pay at the party store.
When we run out of a ladle or needed an extra spoon for a church fundraiser, this was the place we went.
If you need something in a pinch, this is the perfect place to run in.
I can’t say how long something might last but sometimes it isn’t about the quality but just to have something in a time of need.
I mean, two for a dollar?
Granted some of them aren’t as say, fancy as the other name brand that will remain nameless but honestly it doesn’t bother me.
I go here all the time for cards, especially for kids’ birthdays.
Especially for kids who can’t read.
DID I SAY THAT OUT LOUD??
They just throw them in the trash anyway.
Oh, they do and you know it.
Don’t get mad at me if you drop 50 bucks at the dollar store next weekend.
And seriously, answer the reading glasses question for me.
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