10 Best Things to Buy at Dollar Tree, and 10 that are Worthless

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In United States many retail stores are losing business and some have even filed for bankruptcy, but Dollar Tree is in its top form even during the pandemic.

The Dollar Tree and Family Dollar have almost 3000 chain all over America and all of them are working fine. The most important thing to notice that they getting even better in this time by selling some major brands like General Mills and Coca-Cola, at discounted prices.

Dollar Tree manager Brenda told Mental Floss in an interview,” The items that my employees and I purchase at Dollar Tree for value would definitely be toilet paper, paper towels, birthday cards, candy, balloons, plastic ware, paper plates, envelopes, stationary products, and the daily newspaper.”

So does everything is good that comes in a single dollar. I don’t think so. In my opinion there are things which one should buy and some things should be avoided purchasing from the dollar store. So, below are the 10 products one should buy and 10 things one should avoid buying from dollar stores.

What Things to Buy at Dollar Store?

There can be numerous items that are worth buying from the dollar store, but if I mention every one of them the list might get very big. So, below are ten things which are worth purchasing from the Dollar Tree.

Flip Flops

flip flops must buy at dollar tree

Among the ten things which you must consider buying at Dollar Tree is Flip Flops. You can surely consider buying Flip Flops because they only worth $1 a piece. You can buy these for everyday home use and they work well for years. Yes, they might wear down more quickly than a pair of Adidas which might have cost you triple or fourth time the price, but for one dollar it is a worthy purchase.

Party Supplies

buy party supplies at dollar stores

Second suggestion of what you should buy at Dollar store is party supplies. Not only the deals are amazing but when you look on Amazon, Walmart, Target, you are not going to find prices as low as this. The prices are incomparable when you check the reduction you receive at Dollar Tree. According to MoneyTalksNews, you can save up to 70 percent money if you buy your party supplies from Dollar store.

Yes, the quality is a bit less if you buy items from a big party stores but if you are looking for decoration items for day or two like for birthday parties then this purchase can be worth it.

If you a looking for gift bags then it might cost you three to five times less than CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens or any local retailer store. The quality of these bags might be little less but for one time give away it does not sound bad.

Pregnancy Tests

pregnancy test at dollar stores

Whenever you buy a pregnancy tests form any local grocery store it costs you in between $10 to $15, but these are available at Dollar stores for just $1.

According to USA Today, pregnancy tests before reaching any store are reviewed by United States Food and Drugs Organization. So if these tests are available at Dollar tree, they must be legit.

There is one thing you should look for is that these tests expire in two to three years, so before buying please check the expiry date.


$1 sunglasses at dollar tree

You might be amazed to hear that it costs a single dollar per sunglasses at Dollar store. If you lose your sunglasses quite frequently then this might be worth taking into consideration. This might be a best purchase for your kids who are mostly irresponsible and lose things now and then.

Normally sunglasses from different stores costs you in between $15 to $22, but a sunglass for just $1 are just perfect. There are lots of styles of sunglasses for everyone.

All Plastic Products

plastic laundry material

Another best purchase at Dollar store is anything plastic. The plastic products making companies tied with the Dollar store has an incredible price. When you see the rates you will find that same plastic products are extremely expensive at any other big stores or retailers.

I will not recommend plastic items for kitchen use because they are not BPA free, which means they are not good for microwave use. Even if they claim that they are dishwasher safe, most people have an bad experience with that.

Laundry room essentials and all the other plastic products you might need for closet organization are pretty awesome purchase at the Dollar Tree.

School Supplies

school supplies at dollar stores

School supplies can be a cheapest purchase if you look at the whole year of discount graph. Most people think that big box retailers bring discounts that are more superior to the dollar store, but this is not true.

Actually back to school promotions are not so appreciable at the dollar store, but when you look for the discounts in every month, Dollar Tree beats every other big box retailer by a quite margin. So if you leave just August and September, dollar store gives impressive discounts in every month.

Dollar store has every famous brand which other retailers have like 3M, Scotch, Avery Dennison, Bic Pens, Crayola etc. Flash cards can be a best purchase from Dollar stores.

Cleaning Supplies

cleaning supplies

Cleaning Supplies can be a best purchase from the dollar stores, with some exceptions. The things you can buy from Dollar Tree are brooms, the mops, dusters, microfibers and cleaning cloths. These things might cost very expensive at any other stores but not here.

 Here is one thing which you should not buy in the cleaning category are cleaning solvents, solutions and sprays. If you want to buy cleaning solutions, soaps etc you should so for Amazon cleaning section, it’s far better and less expensive there than at Dollar Tree.

Home Accents

glass vases at dollar tree

A surprising awesome purchase at the dollar store is home accents. The succulents were not that great at dollar store because of their material quality, they looked more of a fake.

But there is something which is pretty awesome is their vases. Yes, when you buy a vase you look for glass breakability strength and thickness of the glass but vases at dollar stores are quite good in quality as compared to its price. They are perfect for everyday use. This purchase is more superior if you look your purchase at Pier 1 or any other big retailer.

You must go for this purchase, I am pretty sure you will not be disappointed.

Scented Candles

scented candles

If you are looking for candles which have a soothing fragrance then scented candles can be a must buy. These scented candles come in variety of flavors like vanilla, strawberry etc. You can choose according to your taste.

One thing you have to keep in mind that if you are looking candles that last for days or weeks then you must skip these, because these candles are good for creating a fresh and soothing atmosphere for a limited time.

Arts & Crafts

arts and crafts

The most worthy purchase that every household should buy is Arts & Crafts from Dollar Tree. There is every type of brands of glue sticks, glitter and paints.

Glue gun is not a worthy purchase because of its quality but everything else has been wonderful in terms of crafting.

Remember that the quality of paints and glitters are ok to be used by kids at schools. Only spending a buck for buying paint and glitters is just perfect for small households.

If you are professional or an artist then go for a better quality of paints from some famous arts and crafts brand.

What not to buy from Dollar Tree?

Everyone should be cautious when they buy anything. The Dollar Tree products are mostly good but there are some which are harmful for your health. Some of the products are very bad quality and some of them are just too expensive. So below are the products which one should skip whenever they are considering buying from a dollar store.


skip toys at dollar store

Children loves toys, so whenever you visit any stores they might find something adorable and people didn’t think much and agrees to children requests.

The quality of the toys are not that good. They can easily be broken and sometimes cab be even swallowed by children’s.

In my opinion one should consider every aspect while buying toys from any store. For example dollar store don’t have a good reputation when it comes to toys.

In, 2019 New York Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) ordered the federal government to recall the girl doll toy because it contained more than 246 times the federally allowed limit of chemical phthalate Di, also known as DEHP.

On the same issue New York State Secretary Rossana Rosado said, “This toy poses an unacceptable risk to our kids and should not be on store shelves”.

Because of this incident DCP said to always read labels and only buys those which says either flame-resistant or flame-retardant.


skip sunscreen at dollar tree

Another bad purchase at the dollar store would be sunscreen because they have been mislabeled many times and brand qualities are also not that good.

Another thing that you should consider is that sunscreen has a very short expiry period so most of times dollar store sell products which have already expired.


cheapest meat steak at dollar tree

I will not recommend buying meat from the dollar store because it is way too cheap. The Walmart sell a ribeye steak for $8.97 per pound while you can buy the same pound for less than $2 at the dollar store. This seems a little fishy.

One of the Dollar Tree online reviewer complained that the meat was grey and he tossed it in the trash can.

There is a huge difference is quality of meat. Everyone should eat healthy and fresh food, so I think you should skip this one.



According to the Kiplinger reports, the batteries which you buy at the dollar stores are of lower quality. Sure will be tempted with the deal you get but I think you should skip this because it will not have a longer life. So when you sum up the money in a long run you will come out spending more.

Even the branded company batteries like Duracell does not last longs. It looks like Dollar Tree is buying outdated stuff at lower prices.

Groceries and Canned Food

Dollar store have reported many times for selling expired food products. You can say that you can buy products by checking the expiry dates but some items like eggs and some grocery products which do not show their expiry date can be harmful. Check out the news in the above video.

I would recommend you to look on to the story of a mom covered by WCPO 9 Cincinnati News.

Sometime in hurry or if you buy lots of items you light forget seeing one, so the best thing would be buying food products from some trusted local stores.

Medicines and Drugs

medicines and drugs at dollar stores

According to the CNN Health, FDA issues warning to the Dollar Tree about selling potentially unsafe drugs.

New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a press release,” New York consumers have a right to expect that products on store shelves are safe, fresh and suitable for their advertised use”.

There were many incidents when Dollar tree was found selling expired medicines and drugs because of that there evry store was ordered to pay an ransom of $1.2 million in 2019.


earphones in electronics

Buying electronics from the dollar stores can be quite risky. They are not famous for tech material so even if they have some electronic items they must be old models. According to customer reviews earphones at dollar store are very cheap but are of very bad quality and have small life.

It would be better to buy electronic from a tech-savvy place or store for long life expectancy.


Perfumes at the dollar stores are not of good quality and sometimes more like a fake. In the above video the girl finds the perfume to be a fake.

Even some of the branded perfumes have a fake smell.

If you are a perfume love then go for some got budget perfume from a valid perfume store.

Personal Care Products

personal care products dollar tree

Personal care products like lube are of bad quality and can be harmful for you. Other products like hand washes, creams, mouth wash etc are not of good quality.

Even if you go for a buy please be sure to check the expiry date.

Oven Mitts and Utensils

oven mitts

Oven mitts or gloves and even microwave utensils are not of good quality at dollar store. People sometimes complain that they can feel the oven heat even after wearing the mitts from the dollar store.

So you should skip these items and could buy them from other stores which you trust.


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