October 22, 2014

What to buy at the Dollar Tree

As a grad student, I'm on a very VERY tight budget. But I think these days everyone feels the crunch in the financial department. So for people with a shopping obsession (ahem, me), the Dollar Tree can be a great place! 

Not everything at the Dollar Tree is high quality or good buys. So I'm here speaking from experience on what to buy at the DT! 


I've been able to organize nearly the whole apartment with containers and baskets from the DT. Not only do they come in every single color, they come in many shapes and sizes as well. These are also great for making gift baskets. 

This also includes Tupperware! Especially if you're like me and leave leftovers in your fridge for weeks (or months, eek). If you've only spent $1 on a 2-pack of Tupperware, you won't regret throwing the container away as much as you would washing out whatever is growing inside.  And I've bought ice trays for me & Bobby from here and we both agree they are the best! The ice cubes are huge and they pop out so easily every.single.time. 


Why spend $3 for a bottle of windex or Lysol? You can find good quality cleaning items for just a buck. This includes bleach, sponges, brushes, spray bottles, and dusting cloths. 

Beware: Read labels closely and know what chemicals you are using in your household. I know some of the toilet bowl refreshers are absolute garbage. 

Pet items

If you live in an apartment and need to purchase poop bags, you know that Walmart and Target charge around $5-6 for 150 bags. Bags to hold poop! Start getting your bags at the DT. I've noticed the colored bags are thicker and nicer. 

And dog toys galore! If you have a group like mine, they are going to destuff most of their toys in 2.5 seconds anyway, so why spend a ton on anything they are just going to tear up? The DT carried waterproof and stuff-less toys in addition to tennis balls, frisbees, and ropes. 

Beware: not all of the dog treats are high quality. I would not buy anything that doesn't say "made in the USA". But personally, my dogs love the boxes of cheap dog biscuits! 

Seasonal items. 

Dollar Tree always carries a good selection of decorations for each season. I love changing my decor for every holiday - and not just the big ones like Halloween and Christmas. Everyone can have a festive house with these prices! 


I love snail mail and sending cards. But geez, why are most cards $3+?! Get your cards at the DT for any occasion for 2/$1! I pride myself on always being able to find the perfect card. Not all of the cards at the DT are gems and it may take awhile to find the perfect one, but you will save a ton of money if you like to send cards. 

Party supplies.

Dollar Tree has a huge selection of balloons, streamers, banners, plates, and napkins and in every single color. They also have a big selection of children themed items. Parties don't have to be a money suck! 

School supplies.

Back to school time doesn't have to break your bank account! You can find all kinds of school supplies at the DT. I love pens and always have one in my scrub pocket (and sometimes end up losing them), so picking up a pack at the Dollar Tree is convenient and affordable. 

They also have lots of items for teachers or stay at home moms like books, activities, coloring books, and puzzles. 


Now this section can be hit or miss, but you can find name brand items like Essie, Physician's Formula, and Maybelline.  I mean, check out the price on that Aziza eye shadow - $3.95

I love getting nail polishes from here because I am a polish picker and can't justify spending $6 on a small bottle of polish that I'm just going to pick off my nails in a few days. I love the quick dry clear coats. There is always a good selection of manicure items. 

These are just some of my favorite sections at the Dollar Tree. But note, every store carries a little bit different inventory. The one closest to your house may not have a good pet section, but the one on the way home from work does. So definitely check out multiple stores around you! 

As far as food goes at the Dollar Tree, I would definitely be wary. A lot of things are out of date or stale, but you can find a few name brand items like RiceARoni and Gatorade. 

What do you buy from the Dollar Tree?

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