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My 15 Favorite Things to Purchase at The Dollar Tree

Guest post from Tanya of 

I am so thankful that I have a Dollar Tree close by. I can usually accomplish quite a bit of my grocery list there — because you can’t beat a dollar! The bonus is that now accepts coupons!

Here are my top 15 picks that I buy regularly:

1. Batteries –They usually come in a pack of four, and they have a variety of sizes.

2. Toothbrushes — I found a pack of two that were Colgate brand. They can cost $2 a piece or more at the grocery store!

3. Toothpaste — They have several name brands.

4. Floss

5. Whole wheat bread — Whole wheat bread for $1!

6. Chips/pretzels — I don’t buy these often, but sometimes I’ll have them as a treat or for lunches.

7. Gum/candy — I mostly buy these at Christmas Valentine’s Day, and Easter

8. Mugs — I use these for gifts. I just put a few teabags in them or decorate them to make it more personable.

9. Body soap — Body soap can be so expensive. Most of them are a generic brand, but they do have a few name brands.

10. Canned fruit — My kids love canned pears and peaches. At the grocery store on sale they are $1.29 or more.

11. Party Supplies — Party supplies can add up quickly. The Dollar Tree has a nice selection of colors and designs.

12. Organizers — I have found clear shoe boxes, hangers, and fabric containers.

13. Highlighters — I buy a pack of four.

14. Mailing supplies

15. Dry Beans — Believe it or not, my family likes pinto beans. They can cost up to $2 for a small bag at the grocery store.

What items do you like to buy at The Dollar Tree?

Tanya is a wife and mother of two teenagers. I blog at . Fruitful means conductive to productivity; causing to bear in abundance. I am excited to share ways I have made my house a loving home while living on a budget.

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  • says:

    I’ve never been much of a $ store shopper, because it’s too far out of my way to justify the cost of gas. They just put a Dollar Tree in next to my favorite grocery store, so I’ll have to take a look. 🙂

    If you want really cheap, accurate pregnancy tests, take a look at . $1.70 for two, and that includes shipping. They are just as accurate (and early) as the expensive tests.

  • Linda R says:

    Pregnancy tests, buckets/baskets, party supplies, and holiday decor for my classroom!

    • says:

      pregnancy tests? really 😀 and I was currently contemplating who would buy that. Do they work?

      • Michel says:

        yes! they’ve been correct twice for me. 🙂

      • Ashley Ivey says:

        Yes I was 2 and a half weeks pregnant and it was right for both my girls(now 3 and 2 )

      • Mariah says:

        I took a pregnancy test from the dollar tree and it was negative. I was actually pregnant though and found out 4 days later with a different test from Walmart. That was 7 years ago though. Perhaps they have gotten better.

        • Abigail's Mommy says:

          The same thing happened to me with expensive test. I keep testing myself. I didn’t get a positive one until I was 3 months pregnant.

        • Anna says:

          I use Dollar Tree tests with both my pregnancies and both were positive on the day of my missed period. 🙂
          The first was over seven years ago, so I know they worked that far back.

        • Karen says:

          Just as accurate. Your HCG levels might not have been high enough to register yet, which can happen with more expensive tests, too. Ah, pregnancy test … the longest 3 minutes of your life! <3

      • Kelsey says:

        I used 4 from the dollar store (at 6-7 weeks) pregnant and they were all positive!

      • ANNIE says:


      • Jennifer says:

        They do, believe it or not! I have two babies that I found out about via a dollar store pregnancy test. 😄 They are identical to the kind my OB uses.

    • Lucille says:

      Don’t forget cat box liners, disposable baking pans, artificial flowers

  • Julie says:

    I ALWAYS buy my gift bags n tissue paper there, recently, I have also begun to buy the flexible oval plastic organizer baskets – the ones that look almost like little clothes baskets, instead of a paper gift bag. I still use the tissue paper, n it adds to the gift!

  • Molly says:

    How fun!
    I buy:
    – razors (now they’re 4 for $1, at one point I could get 10!)
    – cards (sometimes there are the best “just because” cards for my siblings)
    – straws
    – organizing stuff
    – sudoku/crossword/coloring books
    – pitchers
    – soy milk (sometimes they have quarts)

  • Beth says:

    I just bought valentine’s day cards for my son. Great Starwars themed cards.

  • Susannah says:

    Nature’s Own Bread, straws, helium balloons for birthdays, coupon organizers, generic hand lotion, sunflower seeds, emergency candles, coloring books, spray bottles, gifts for my little CC class, wrapping paper, foam core, poster board, to name a few.

    The makeup isn’t that great except for the E.L.F brand…I’ve found that to be pretty good. And lately the eyebrow tweezers they carry are really good (I’ve bought some that weren’t great).

  • Marie says:

    While not everything is a great deal or great quality there are items I buy frequently at my Dollar Tree:
    Stickers, coloring books, puzzles, craft items, bubble mailers, baggies( my store carries 2 kinds and I found the one kind isn’t worth the money but the other brand is great) cards, although I’m trying to make all mine this year to use up my scrapbooking supplies, candy, and some organizing bins, oh and balloons.
    I use to buy tissue paper and gift bags there too but now I shop after Christmas hopefully hit the 75% or 90% off at Target and buy white tissue paper. I look for gift bags without a Christmas theme so i can use they all year for example red and green stripe.
    I do like the expandable washclothes for small gifts or even Operation Christmas child boxes.
    I agree that there can be alot of “junky” toys and other things but there are also really good items too.
    Recently, I wanted to organize my sons lego’s so he can keep his sets together. I found bins with snap lids in the colors red, blue, yellow and green. Then I used my label maker and put the name on them. I was in organizer heaven!!! And it only cost me $20. I also bought extra bins knowing that he will get more sets.
    Also if you don’t find clear sheet protectors on super sale during the back to school season I’ve often gotten them at the Dollar tree in the past.

  • KimH says:

    I agree, you need to look at the products you buy there if you are going to consume it or rub it on your body. There are actually many made here in the USA.

    I buy generic benedryl there all the time. I also buy shaving cream there… and I also buy chicken & beef broth.
    I buy hair clips & hair ties for me, m’honey, & my granddaughter.. I buy cute little colorbooks and other themed items for holidays. I like their cards too. Cute, cheap, & plentiful.
    I buy lots of ammonia there .. & a little bleach too. My guys go thru it like they’re going thru water.
    I’ve been known to buy the Awesome OxyClean stuff and the Awesome Spray Cleaner (which it really is) but I dont use them often, rather using my own homemade cleaners instead.

    All of these products were made in the USA.. Some of the little cute cheap holiday themed items may not be but the allergy/sleep pills, broth, shave cream, bleach, amonia, and Awesome items are all made here so I feel comfortable using them.

    • KimH says:

      I also buy their little baskets and flower pots when they have really cute ones.. its hit or miss with them and different stores have different items too.. I’ve been known to hit 2 different Dollar Trees on the same day.. Yep, I like it too. 😉

  • says:

    We LOVE Dollar Store! It’s our first stop BEFORE the grocery store! Great post!

  • says:

    here is my list! I love that place. Also great for gift wrap and such.

    • Shonda says:

      I always grab some of the torch style lighters for candles and my outdoor grill. You can’t go wrong for a buck there, when they are about $4 each at Walmart.

  • KED says:

    I regulary go to my Dollartree before hitting the grocery store. It provides frozen fruit for my smoothies for only a dollar a bag, I can get mixed berries, strawberries, frozen mango, pineapple and sometimes blueberries. They also have tons of frozen veggies to choose from and staples like rice and beans. My favorite 40 calorie wheat bread is 2.99 in the grocery store but only a buck at Dollartree, I buy several loaves and freeze them when available. For snacks I will pick up cookies, pretzels and veggie sticks. It is also not unusual to see V-8 splash and other name brand juices at our location.

  • Ms. M. says:

    CEREAL IS CHEAPEST (Save Tremendously)
    CHEESE DIP (save $2.00)
    HONEY (save $2.00)
    Jelly (save $2.00)
    Sugar (save $2.00)
    Antahistamine (save $1.00).
    Detergent (save $2.00)
    cheese and peanut butter crackers (save $1.00)
    Tuna Fish in pouches (save $1.00)
    Rice (save $1.00)
    Ketchup, Mayonaise, Spices, pasta (save $2.00)

  • MJo says:

    I get the diaper disposable bags. 75 count for a $1 compared to other places where they are $3-4!!

  • Tracy says:

    They have mylar helium filled balloons. You can’t find those for a dollar anywhere else!

  • Tara says:

    Spray Bottles! I make my own cleaning solutions and the Dollar Tree has the best price for spray bottles and other containers of the like. I’ve found that at my local WalMart and Target that spray bottles are sometimes as much as $5 each! I may as well just buy the cleaners for that price!

  • Deesselisa says:

    bread and tortillas

  • kathy says:

    Doggie treats and Libby’s canned vegetables ( 79 cents a can. )

  • says:

    I give photos to the grandma’s for the holidays so I buy picture frames there a lot(and I get myself some there, the kids like to hang up artwork and it beats paying $5+ for frames) I also get candleholders(plain glass that can be used in crafting), party supplies, crossword/suduku puzzle books, Sunday papers, disposable baking pans, and a few other things there. I dont like the ziploc bags, trash bags, stuff like that…not good quality.

  • Janine says:

    My favorite thing to get at the Dollar Tree is microfiber cloths. This is where I first found them, years ago, and to this day they have the best kind and the best price. I also love them for holiday decorations, party favors and the like. Beware the dish soap! I just bought a bottle of Palmolive, one of my favorites, and it seemed very watery. Lo and behold, in the small print it says, “not concentrated.” It was an absolute waste of money. Two dish washing sessions have already consumed half the bottle.

  • Ally says:

    MOUTHWASH! Dear golly, it’s around $5 at the grocery store, and the ingredients are identical!
    My husband is particularly fond of the Land-O-Lakes raisin bread they have in stock. Occasionally it’s out, but we try to time it when it is available.
    I love the body scrubs. Using them on a daily basis, they run out fairly quickly, and they have just as many scents as Bath and Body Works -without the hefty price tag- , so I can switch them often.
    Movie snacks! Who DOESN’T love the cookie dough bites?!
    And baby items. Clothes, wipes, pacifiers ..etc… (And everything bigger I wait till it’s at my local thrift store!)

  • Carolsue says:

    I get a lot of stuff there, but sometimes they have things in smaller sizes that I like. It might not be much cheaper ounce-for-once, but when all I need is a 1/2 cup of grated Mozzarella, for instance, or 1/2 cup of mayonaise (two items I seldom use), I can get small sizes of these for only $1 rather than 6 ounces of cheese or 12 ounces of mayo which is the smallest size at the store. So, if nothing else, I am not wasting food!

  • Sharlene says:

    I found “glue dots” at Dollar Tree this week in the craft section. They were great to use on the drive home from our spring vacation road trip – we cut up brochures from sites we visited – fixing them with the glue dots onto index cards and inserting them into photo albums I got at Dollar Tree. It kept my daughter happy for a few hours and now we have a nice souvenir. I normally wouldn’t use glue in the car, but the dots were neat.

  • Donna Barnett says:

    We enjoy the jarred pizza sauce and premade pizza crusts.

  • s says:

    I buy the frozen breakfasts, like French toast and sausage. I mean, come on, $1 for breakfast? I can’t fix it at home for that. Shampoo and gallon size drinking water.

  • Michel says:

    Pedialyte! It comes in a smaller container but is only a $1 and I don’t feel like I wast any. A small one gets my little one through being sick.

  • Denise says:

    I freezer cook a lot of casseroles and purchase foil casserole containers (3 for a buck) exclusively at the local Dollar Tree. I can get bread for less than a dollar at my local grocery, but I do get bath soap and body lotion at the Dollar Tree as well.

  • Catrina Knox says:

    Ladies tube socks – I know this sounds weird, but my youngest son is a bug magnet. I’ve tried everything to keep his legs from getting bitten, but nothing worked. So I finally thought of using these. He wears them with shorts anytime he plays outside. They are comfy and thin enough to breathe. My older kids say he looks like Dr. Seuss, but he’s fine with it. He says he’d rather wear the socks than pants.

  • Me says:

    I’m a teacher. I also tutor beginning readers when I’m not teaching. I get school supplies there. I also purchase sight word cards. The cards match up with the Dolch sight words they should know for each grade level. I love them because I can let children take them home and not worry about it. If they lose them, it’s only a dollar – not the $10 some places charge for them.

  • Tiffiney says:

    Razors, dryer sheets, party supplies, candy, bath salts, small tools (screw driver,hammer, paint rollers) socks, nail polish, band aids, cough medicine, food storage containers, Mylar balloons!(they can be over $3 at Wal-Mart!) Kitchen towels, shampoo (VO5 is AWESOME) toothpaste toothbrush floss, phone charger, gym locker, cleaning supplies (my dollar store carries tide pods,gain dryer sheets & oxygen clean) bleach, air fresheners are a favorite! Pet treats, cards, coloring books, ink pens, light bulbs, random gift basket supplies….
    You can practically survive on dollar store products
    LOVE it!

  • Karen Mayo says:

    Greeting cards always!
    Plastic utensils, cute paper plates & napkins for holidays.
    Books and puzzles for young children.

  • Emily says:

    Summer toys for outside.
    Work books for kids
    And when the kids are really good, they get to go on a mini shopping spree . Most of the toys end up in the trash, but the kids loved the freedom of picking out a bunch of toys.

  • Nancy says:

    I buy Cards at the Dollar Tree. They have them for all occasions.

  • sue says:

    Just FYI some of the products can be bought cheaper at ALDI. Canned fruit is less than a $. The chips maybe a dollar at the dollarvstore but when you look at the ounces the chips are cheaper at ALDI. Just my findings

  • Angi says:

    The number one thing that I purchase at the Dollar Store that I shop at is Kleenex/Puffs! I appreciate that I can always find the lotion free tissue there! Tissue with lotion in it gives me a rash because I have “sensitive skin” and that is the last thing that I need when I am not feeling well to start with.

    I have, also, tried some of the cleaning products that they carry and I purchase the “Orange cleaner” that they sell because it works very well and “Orange cleaners” are expensive! The window cleaner works fine too.

    It is hard to go wrong with plasticwares at the Dollar Store! $1.00 buckets, $1.00 art supply caddies, $1.00 scrub brushes, etc. Also, $1.00 for 2 name brand toothbrushes! $1.00 hand sanitizer! Sometimes, Bandaids. Before I switched over to using glass “leftover” containers, I purchased plastic “leftover” containers there. When I was purchasing them, they were selling for $1.00 for a 3 pack. The local Dollar Store that I go to has the “staples” and they have what I call the “hit or miss” items, those are the items that come and go and you never know if you will see them again. If I find a “hit or miss” item that I like, I purchase several of that item, just in case.

  • Debra says:

    I love Dollar Tree!

    I get their clear “bandaids” – they stay on better than name brands and are only $1/box
    Sponges – I get a sleeve of sponges called “,Shaped Scrubbers” 6 in pack
    Gift bags and tissue
    Packaging for gifts at the holiday, ie. large bowl for Caramel Corn, smaller bags for cookies

  • Jackie says:

    I buy most of my foil pans there. I have nearly cut out all processed foods from my diet. I make my own bread,pasta. I use those foil mini loaf for bread,meatloaf make ahead meals. I also buy children’s coloring books to use the pages to make quilt blocks. The Dollar store is my go to store. I am retired. I have cut many things from my budget because I don’t enjoy them any longer. I rather read, knit,crochet,quilt,garden and train my puppy to become my seizure dog. I am an Army veteran.

  • says:

    I shop dollar tree first then what I can*t get there (which is very little) I get at other stores sure saves a lot of money that way as there is very little you can*t get at dollar stores we ALL love you

  • Traci Best says:

    Chicken Broth! Store brand is elsewhere is usually at least $1.75 or more! I also like to get Cherry Pie Filling. You can not touch that at a grocery store for less than $3. Even at Aldi it is more than a dollar

  • Pam says:

    Dollar Tree has the best seasonal scarves!! They are sheer and flimsy but two or three knotted together make a substantial scarf. I just knot them together at the very ends using very small knots. This creates a huge loop-style infinity scarf that can be wrapped three or more times around the neck. Voila! A great scarf for only $2-$3!

  • Sandy says:

    I have to be really selective when buying food at the dollar tree. Some items just don’t taste the same (off brand olives), while others seem like a bargain until you realize that the size and/or number of servings is far less than the regular store version. However, there have been a few gems here and there. Most notably, for me the biggest find was smoked oysters and clams. These things are delicious and often over the 2.00 mark, so to find them at the dollar store and also find that they are superior to the more well-known brands at grocery stores was a thrill.

  • Debi Z says:

    I love Dollar Tree 🙂 I get little brooms and dustpans for each bathroom and extras for anywhere else I want! I have lots of kids, so now they can all sweep at the same time lol. My kids love to take kitchen stuff outside, of course never to be seen again, but now I don’t worry because I can get funnels, utensils, and measuring cups for $1! I make sure to have stickers on hand at all times, and I usually grab decks of cards because we are always losing them. I also get kindergarten workbooks to keep my little kids busy while I do school with the older kids.

    Pipe cleaners are the funnest thing ever 🙂 And shoelaces and beads for the toddlers to thread. Post-it notes, fun pens, and cute dry erase markers are treats for me. And cute socks! Who cares if I only get to wear them 2 or 3 times? They are cute and fun and a buck!!!

  • Ll324 says:

    Shower curtain liners! They’re like $5 at any other store. I don’t feel bad changing them out more often, and before they get really gross!

    Also, little candy dishes. They have great star shaped ones. I’ve gotten some good frames for table numbers for events. Plus, all their plastic baskets for organizing drawers, etc.!

  • Amy says:

    Pool noodles – after playing with them in the summer they can be cut and used to protect pipes in the winter. Decks of cards, toiletries to put into gently used handbags to donate to women in need. Frozen fruit – great for smoothies.

  • T swaine says:

    8 hangers for $1 is a bargain! And gift bags!

  • Kelly says:

    I love the little mini erasers they have for holidays to use as counters for math lessons – I grab 2-3 packages, and we have tons to use for math games, bingo markers, etc. and can even match the season if we want!

  • Penny says:

    I like the shower curtain liners, freezer bags (paired with coupons), and sometimes I can find 18-32 oz. bags or boxes of pasta. Also; generic (birthday or shower) wrapping paper.

  • says:

    I’ve found some really great books for a buck!

  • Elisa says:

    They have generic Magic Erasers by Scrub Buddies that work just as well as the Mr. Clean ones at a way better price. They’re amazing for cleaning the bathroom!

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