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 25 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.
This is my opinion so please don’t email me telling me that you think I am a bad person because I don’t like the toxic plastic dollies. It’s happened. Maybe you like the dollies and to that, I say, good for you. ROCK ON WITH YOUR PLASTIC DOLLIES.
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 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.
PLEASE STOP BUYING THESE.
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.
I am not a Dollar Tree hater
I love that store more than what is probably normal.
So here is my must-have list for my favorite little dollar store.
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 play school items for kids as well.
Great for those would be teachers of yours or for you 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.