The Best Products to Buy at the Dollar Tree (and the Worst)

I can’t go more than a few weeks without writing another post about the Dollar Tree – I’m a little obsessed!

But, it seems like I’m in good company, because so many of YOU seem to be just as big of fans.

One of the hard things about the Dollar Tree is knowing what products are actually a good find, and while products, are, well, worth a dollar (or less).

I will say that I’m a little more hesitant to buy off brands from the Dollar Tree – but fortunately, they carry MANY brand name products for great prices (make sure to read my secrets to shopping at the Dollar Tree for more insider tips).

So, I thought I’d share a few of the times that either I LOVE, or that I’ve been told is amazing. I recently did a survey on Facebook about this very topic, so I’m excited to share these with you (as well as a few items that I’ve found to be junk!).

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1) Bubbles 

We bought our boys some of these for Christmas, and I am AMAZED at how good they are. I’m sure there are different kinds of bubbles there, but these were the Spiderman ones (it says Powered by Miracle Bubble). I believe it’s these licensed character bubbles. Bubbles for days!

2) Greeting Cards

This is one of the #1 things people recommended from the Dollar Tree, and I have to agree. Greeting cards are other stores are getting more and more expensive – it is crazy. There are some really weird ones at the Dollar Tree, but you can find a lot of really nice ones, too.

3) Socks

I especially love the fuzzy socks!

4) Sharpies

5) Floss Picks

6) Pregnancy Tests

I have actually heard that a lot of doctor’s offices get pregnancy tests from the Dollar Tree. It may not write out the words “pregnant” for you, but it gets the job done. You can start saving for baby by buying these!

7) Bag Clips

My mom loves these little metal bag clips that you can buy at the Dollar Tree. Perfect for chips!

8) Bows for Gifts

My mom said that she sometimes has a hard time finding these, but when they are in stock, you should stock up!

9) Soaps

The Dollar Tree has lots of kinds of soap – liquid hand soap, bars of soap, dish soap…it’s all great!

10) Foam board

Now, most of you probably have no use for foam board, but it’s rather popular for bloggers. While it’s several dollars at most other stores, you can get white and black (sometimes) for just $1.


11) Parchment Paper

12) Wrapping Paper

The rolls aren’t that huge, but they have some cute prints. I found that one roll wrapped about 4-5 medium sized presents this Christmas.

13) Balloons

The helium balloons are hard to beat. However, one of the Dollar Trees near our old house hardly had ANY in stock. I’ve found that most normally do, but I would call ahead if you are looking for something super specific.

14) Glow Sticks

We love glow sticks at the Dollar Tree! They have so many different kinds – necklaces, bracelets, wands, glasses….my boys love these.

15) Vases

One reader said that she got a great deal on vases for a wedding. I recently looked at the vases at the Dollar Tree, and they seem to be pretty good quality!

16) Carpet Cleaner/Deodorizer

17) Q-Tips

18) Craft Supplies (pom poms, glitter, etc.). 

19) Tissue Paper

20) Poster Board

21) Toothbrushes

22) Toothpaste

While I had several people recommend this, one person said she heard it wasn’t very good. I think if you stick to the name brands that are sold, you should be okay though!

23) Netty Pot

24) Scotch Tape

Two packs for one dollar – we loved these at Christmas time!

25) Toilet Bowl Cleaner

26) Disinfectant Wipes

27) Saran Wrap

28) Gift Bags

My mom said she wasn’t a big fan of the BIG gift bags. However, I like most of the gift bags I’ve gotten there. I think the baby shower ones are especially cute.

29) Packs of Thank you cards

30) Activity and Coloring Books for Kids

31) Aluminum Pans

These are great for freezer meals, taking dinner to other people, etc.

32) Picture Frames

They are pretty cheap, but this is where we buy most of our frames! Picture frames can be so expensive! They have a wide variety, as well.

33) Candy for Movies

You know those boxes of candy they sometimes sell at the movie theater for like $5? Just stop by the Dollar Tree first and pick up a few boxes for $1 a box. Much better deal!

34) Candy Bars

When I was talking to my mom, I mentioned that I didn’t think candy bars were very good deals here. She said, “Are you serious? Candy bars are often more than $1 nowadays.” I guess I don’t buy a lot of candy bars! But they do have a large variety of full-size candy bars (as well as the little strips of miniature ones).

35) Spices

36) Reading Glasses

This one kind of blew my mind. I had no idea you could buy glasses at the Dollar Tree. However, a lot of people recommended them, so I decided to check them out. And guess what? They seem to be great quality!

37) Dishes

I’ve bought a few different dishes from the Dollar Tree. Some of them break easily, but for the most part, I’ve been pretty pleased with them.

38) Ibuprofen and other medications

39) Stocking Stuffers/Goodie Bag Items

40) Holiday Products – check our posts on Dollar Tree Christmas and Dollar Tree Halloween ideas

41) Air Fresheners 

42) Solar Powered Decorations

Forrest and I LOVE these. They have them for almost all the holidays, and they are super cute. We look forward to getting them with each holiday. (I actually just saw they have solar powered garden lights. Super excited to try these out!).

43) Party Supplies

The Dollar Tree is definitely my go-to place for party supplies (they are great for baby showers, kid parties, as well as for getting table cloths, paper plates and plastic forks, etc.).

44) Artificial Flowers

45) Ribbon

46) Makeup

I say this with a caveat – the brands you recognize are good. If you don’t recognize them…I would probably shy away.

Five Things to Avoid at the Dollar Tree

1) Toys

Okay, not all the toys at the Dollar Tree are bad. We like the little cars. However, for the most part, I find most of them to be just kind of junky. You just have to be careful (but in all honesty, it’s a dollar, and the kiddos might like it). Just don’t be too disappointed if something doesn’t work the way it should.

My mom bought some little toy phones at the Dollar Tree once. They work, but you can’t tell at all what they are saying. It kind of makes me laugh – one of them really sounds like it says “mama milk.”

2) Batteries

Just go to Costco instead and buy their batteries. Dollar Tree batteries really don’t last long.

3) Truffles

This was a suggestion from my mom – she said that she has bought many truffles there that have been smooshed or otherwise unappealing. We bought some at Christmas, and they certainly left something to be desired.

4) Plastic Kitchen Tools 

I like a lot of their kitchen supplies, but many of the plastic kitchen utensils do not stand the test of time!

5) Spray Bottles

This is another suggestion from my mom – she said they leak really easily.

6) Crayons

This is one I’ve heard from many people, and I agree. They just don’t color very well, and you can get better quality crayons for around the same price at Walmart or Target.

7) Cleaning Supplies with Nozzles

Once again, another suggestion from my mom. She said that these often stop working, and she doesn’t feel they are worth buying.

8) Electronics

Just say no to Dollar Store Electronics.

9) Tools and Knives

These are things worth investing in. They don’t last very long when you buy them from the Dollar Tree.

 

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  • You mentioned the plastic kitchen utensil., They may not work long term, but they are wonderful for taking to cook outs or bring a dish to pass. They are full size serving tool, but not expensive enough to care about if they get left behind.

    • This is a great point! We actually did this very thing over Christmas when we were at a beach house and found ourselves missing some kitchen tools. Thanks for bringing this point up 🙂

    • Katie….Not all plastic utensils are bad. Our Dollar Tree where I live they have a large assortment of Utensils .I do buy all my Betty Crocker Utensils there for $1.00 and I have had them for years now and they hold up very well. Love our Dollar Tree too….

  • Hi. Mostly I agree with your suggestions, but on the subject of batteries…. maybe we use them for different purposes. I mostly use them for my exercise bike and clocks. I’ve found the 8/a dollar ones last just as long as the much more expensive ones from Walmart or Target.
    Also I get pancake turners and bowl spatulas at Dollar Tree. They work well, wash easily and can be thrown out without guilt when they get nasty.
    One more item I love are the big root beer mugs. They hold ice and a full can of soda and the heavy weight keeps things cold longer and don’t tip over as easily.

    • Hi, Sandy! Thanks for your input 🙂 I think it could definitely vary depending on use. I haven’t had the best luck with the batteries, but I’m glad they have worked well for you! Good tips on the pancake turners!

      I haven’t ever checked out the root beer mugs. I’m going to have to check those out! Overall, I’ve been pleased with their plates and cups that I’ve used.

    • Hi, Kathy! Thanks for your thoughts. I supposed to each their own – I surveyed quite a few people and went off of my own experience, and most of these items were recommended by multiple people 🙂

    • You are at the Dollar Tree. You aren’t going to get fabulous quality like some expensive brands. So, for us poor folk, it is top of the line for dollar items. I get the comet foaming bleach and the dust wand dusters. Are they like expensive brand? No. But they are adequate and I can pay my bills. The do not buy suggestions are not even close to adequate.

  • Hi Katie!
    I am a merchandiser for the American Greetings company which is the brand of cards sold in all Dollar Trees. You would be surprised (then again maybe not!) just how many Dollar Tree customers comment to me about how “nice” our cards are for $1 or less. And our packs of cards seem to sell really well. I’m glad people appreciate that because we all work really hard to keep them in the stores in an orderly, up-to-date way. And I love that you used one of our card departments in your main image! 🙂
    I would like to also point out that I buy ALOT of sunflower seeds from Dollar Tree. The exact same bag sells at Walmart for $1.24! So the cost of buying 4 bags at Walmart would have yielded 5 bags at Dollar Tree. That really adds up!

    • Hi, Lori! Thanks so much for commenting. American Greetings is certainly a great company, and I certainly appreciate your company’s hard work 🙂 And that’s a great tip about the Sunflower Seeds – I had no idea!

  • I, also, agree that the batteries work just as well from Dollar Tree as Walmart/Target.since many are name brands, I’m not sure where they are sold makes a difference. PS. My husband “thinks” they are not as good either! What does he know? 🙂

    • Haha! Well, if we are talking about the name brand batteries, that’s another story. I’m referring to the Dollar Tree “Sunbeam” brand. My mom was telling me the other day that she has issues with them fitting correctly into things. ha!

  • Over the weekend we had an ice storm that left me without power for a few hours…I had bought a few portable lights to put around a vanity I am making in my bedroom. I realized I had forgotten to buy candles, I gathered them all up and placed them around my house. When the electricity went off they were perfect. My house had light wherever I needed it…I was even able to do my nails….They were powered by DS batteries also. As far as toys go…My grandaughters love the dress up clothes…They last about as long as thier attention span so perfect really.

  • I just bought a pill organizer there it’s a weekly M-F pill organizer it’s circular rather than a rectangle anyways the pill organizer is AWFUL ! I have bought the rectangular ones at Wal-Mart and Walgreens before and they were maybe $1.50 but were much better than this dollar tree pill organizer. The dollar tree pill organizer does not have a tight seal so it wouldn’t be good to carry in your purse it basically must lie flat at all times on a shelf. Until I get another one I am keeping mine in a baggie in case one compartment opens and pills spill they will at least be contained in the baggie.

    Also did you list the single nail clippers and manicure sets as a worst yet? The single clippers and the clippers that come in the manicure sets are dull, buy these at Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens instead also.

    • Good to know! I will make sure to keep an eye out for those pill organizers. I’ve seen different kinds at our DT>

      And I haven’t tried the nail clippers or manicure sets, but that is also good to know to avoid them.

  • Hi, I just wanted to say I’m an assistant manager at dollar tree. I used to keep in mind that everything is worth it because u get what u pay for everything’s a dollar. But working their I have came across some very good items that you would say wow only a dollar when in fact would of been 20 dollars at Walmart.

  • There’s this cleaning spray, Awesome Spray, that my boyfriend introduced me too. Takes out baby poo stains, blood, wine, and just about anything! I would highly recommend! 32 oz for a dollar and some you can get a gallon for three dollars

  • I noticed you mentioned candy. While they are good, I strongly recommend checking expiration dates on them before buying. We walked in to buy the reisen bags and every single bag on the shelf had been expired for months. Same goes for toothpaste or anything you are putting in ur mouth.

  • My husband and I were looking to redo our front entry way. We are very DIY minded and ended up buying bags of river rocks from the dollar tree to lay in grout for the entrance. It took a weekend of work but it looks great and it was less than half the cost it would have been to place tile there!!

    I have also noticed the dollar tree seems to randomly get small amounts of some of the more pricey name brand products that they don’t normally carry. I have come across medicines like Triaminic and Zarbees and I recently just bought Jello brand pudding kits that come with the themed molds for kids that usually run $5 or so. You do have to watch the expiration dates though as those “random” products do seem to be due to expire soon!

    • That’s very cool! I’d love to see a picture of how that turned out.

      And I agree – they do randomly have name brand and pricey items. I definitely think it’s worth checking back regularly!

  • I love Dollar Tree, but I would highly caution customers about candy or food items. Many edible items sold at The Dollar Tree are made in China, so beware! The quality control standards are simply not the same as the US. Make sure any candy or food you buy is US made.

  • I found it interesting that you barely mentioned buying food at Dollar Tree. We buy our pasta there – 2 pounds for a dollar and it tastes like pasta. We also buy our tortillas there – we think they taste great and it sure beats paying $4 a dozen which is what Walmart charges (and other stores). If we had a good local place to buy better quality tortillas, this would be a different story but since all we have access to is cheaply made tortillas, I’m buying mine at the dollar store. Also, they carry Hormel pepperoni. It’s cheaper than the grocery store (smaller package but the price per ounce is still cheaper). They have good pizza sauce and canned tomatoes as well. For someone who really has to stretch her grocery money, the dollar store has been a lifesaver. I wouldn’t do all my grocery shopping there but I have been really impressed with the products I have mentioned (and we’re rather picky food people).

    • Thanks for all your great insights! I actually haven’t bought a ton of food a the dollar tree, so I appreciate your commenting. Great ideas!

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