As the head of the household for a family of six, I find myself constantly having to buy something! Regardless of its size, many families rely on sticking to a budget. Planning and couponing are not always an option due to a number of factors including availability and time management. It’s a never-ending battle.
A few months back, I walked into a Dollar Tree and it quickly became one of my favorite stores. I was surprised by how many items I so often need are available at this store for a steal; an even better bargain than you’d find at some of the most popular retailers.
Below are some of my absolute favorite products to buy at Dollar Tree without worrying about whether or not you’re getting a quality product.
1. Greeting cards and gift wrap.
I hate spending money on greeting cards…hate it. They are so expensive. When shopping for a gift on a budget of $20-30, I don’t want to spend a third of it on a greeting card, wrapping paper, and/or a gift bag. I have found that I can get all of these items for sometimes even less than three dollars. Our particular Dollar Tree sells cards for all occasions (birthday, anniversary, holidays, religious, humorous, etc.) two for a dollar! I am so excited about this deal!
2. School supplies.
Back-to-school shopping is a stressful time of year for lots of families. Many supplies are quite expensive, and when you have several children, it can add up quickly. You can buy a variety of supplies in multiples for a dollar. For example, I was able to buy a pack of three rulers for one dollar. In addition, you can buy highlighters, sticky notes, glue sticks, and pencil containers for just a dollar. When purchasing such products at other stores, the total will add up rapidly.
3. Hairstyling accessories.
Three of my four children are girls. We go through combs, brushes, rubber bands, and barrettes at a ridiculous rate. Again, such products can be pricey at even the cheapest retailers.
4. Kitchen utensils.
The Dollar Tree sells name brand products we all use in the kitchen but are often costly. Rubbermaid containers in a variety of sizes and Betty Crocker utensils such as spatulas, serving spoons, and measuring cups are all available here.
5. Cleaning products.
This is another category of products that I dread buying when I go grocery shopping. They seem to add a significant amount to the overall cost of my grocery bill. Sponges, Lysol cleaning spray, and name brand dryer sheets can all be found at Dollar Tree.
Up until a few months ago, the Dollar Tree was not a store I often shopped. We had a similar store close to our home but it was often cluttered and difficult to walk through. The Dollar Tree opened near us last year and I’m really glad I stopped in to take a look. It’s so helpful for sticking with our family’s budget. My biggest concern was having to give up quality in order to stay within that budget, but I have been able to find many name brand products for a fraction of the cost. It’s a win-win in my book!
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