Usually when I think of a dollar store, I think of super cheap items that are of poor quality, don’t last long, and are not a good variety. It’s not a place I go to often. However, I went to my local Dollar Tree to do some research, and holy cow- I was shocked at everything I found!
From groceries to kitchen supplies, here are 21 surprising deals you can find at Dollar Tree.
I love looking at their holiday section; it’s usually right up front and has 2 or 3 aisles of stuff. If your child has a class party or you’re looking to make gifts, seriously, this is the place to go. They have treat bags, decorations, tons of candy, paper plates/cups/napkins… you can get a lot for your money just by buying your holiday supplies at Dollar Tree.
True story: I buy pretty much all of Allison’s party stuff at Dollar Tree. And why not? I can fill the living room with streamers and balloons for about $5.00. Want a themed birthday party but don’t want to spend a ton of money? Just use the theme’s colors instead of buying the licensed character supplies.
For example, for Allison’s second birthday, I bought plain pink cups, plates, and plasticware for her Minnie Mouse party, and for her third birthday, I used red, yellow, and blue items for her Snow White party. Click here to see how I decorated for her Snow White birthday!
Rice and beans- I was surprised when I saw that Dollar Tree actually sold dried rice and beans. If you look closely, you’ll see that the brown rice is a 2-pound bag. Two pounds for a dollar! I pay $1.79 at Meijer. The pinto beans are 32 ounces, and the kidney beans are 24 ounces. Those are amazing deals!
Spices- Right now, the spices at Dollar Tree are the same price as at Aldi, but for some reason Aldi shrunk the bottle size dramatically. If I need to buy more spices, I’ll definitely be trying these next time.
Bread- My store had white loaves, wheat loaves, and hot dog buns. $1.00 is a pretty average price, so if you’re out of bread, this would be an okay place to go.
Yes, Dollar Tree has a frozen section! Some do, anyway. There were a ton of interesting things, but these were the only things of note.
Frozen fruits and vegetables- I was floored when I saw the frozen fruit. These are 12-ounce bags of frozen strawberries, blueberries, and fruit blends. Straight up fruit, no added juices or sugar or anything. These are cheaper per ounce than anywhere, including Aldi and even out-of-season fresh strawberries.
Now obviously, I know fresh is better, but right now I like putting fruit in my yogurt as a dessert and frozen tastes just fine that way. This is a great substitute until strawberries are in season!
Okay, so I don’t really know if this Nathan’s hot dog is a good deal, but I laughed when I saw it so I had to include it here. It’s a full hot dog and bun, pre-packaged and sold for a dollar. John joked, and I totally agree, that you can get a pretty good and quick meal at Dollar Tree for about 4 dollars- Grab a hot dog, a bag of chips, a little dessert, and a soda, and you’re all set.
Candy bars- Dollar Tree is a great place to buy candy, especially the little movie theater sized boxes. And those little packages on the top left picture; that’s a pack of 6 fun-sized candy bars, and there were other varieties besides Snickers.
Name brand rarities- I’m mostly talking about those Gogo Squeez yogurts. I’ve never seen them there before, and I’ve also heard from others that Dollar Tree will often collect the items that are out-of-season from the grocery stores, like the full-sized boxes of Halloween cereal. Keep an eye out for those times, because you can get some great deals!
Snack bars- $1.00 is a good price for granola bars, and these actually don’t taste too bad. Give them a try! I also think it was cute how they packaged up 6 Rice Krispy Treats for a dollar.
I know that a lot of toys from the dollar store aren’t the best quality, but you can find some good stuff, too- like puzzles and coloring/activity books. Allison just loves puzzles, and Zootopia, and I know she’d have a blast with those! We’ve gotten a few coloring books from there before too, and they’re great deals.
Dollar Tree can be a good place to buy random office/school supplies! Those ballpoint pens actually work very well; I bought the package on a whim one day and was surprised at how well they write. Some of the notebooks can be found cheaper at places like Meijer during back-to-school season, but you can find some cool-looking ones here.
Disposable pans- I buy pretty much all of my disposable pans here. Most of them don’t come with lids, which might be a problem depending on what you’re making, but you can’t beat the deals. Especially since some of them are multi-packs, like the pie pans.
Utensils- Dollar Tree sells Betty Crocker utensils, and they’re seriously the best. I do a ton of cooking, which means lots of measuring, and we’re actually about to go buy a third set of measuring cups/spoons there because I do sometimes go through that much in a day. We also like to have a few sets of large spoons and spatulas.
Coffee mugs- Yep. They’re super cute and durable. I bought 7 of the same set to use at a women’s group for church once a month; you couldn’t get that for $7.00 at a regular store.
I was surprised to see the larger tubes of toothpaste at Dollar Tree! I won’t ever pay more than a dollar for toothpaste, and they DO accept manufacturer coupons, so you can get the tubes for as low as $.50 or even free! Same goes for the Reach floss; you might be able to get it cheaper at another store, but if you can find a coupon, it would make this a great deal.
Were you as surprised as I was when I saw some of these items? I’m now thinking twice about not shopping at Dollar Tree regularly, and I’m more open to trying some of their grocery stuff on my next visit.
Have you found any great deals at dollar stores? Be sure to leave a comment and let us know!
Be sure to check out my other posts in my ABCs of Frugal Living series!