What Not to Buy at Dollar Tree: 21 Items You Should Never Buy

by Simplify

Christine, The Frugal Fit Mom herself, says that she’s always been a big fan of shopping at Dollar Tree. But, with the recent price hikes, she’s ready to search the store shelves again for what not to buy at Dollar Tree these days (as of May 2022).

Topping Christine’s list of the items not to buy at Dollar Tree is shredded cheese. The shredded cheese-like product they sell is not actually cheese at all, and it won’t even melt. Added to her list of what food should you not buy at Dollar Tree is cream cheese and sour cream because they’re not real dairy products either. Plus, the frozen pizza is actually more expensive than it is at other discount retailers.

What should you not buy at Dollar Tree besides food? Christine says their thin, cheap toilet paper is definitely on the list. And so are plastic food storage containers, flatware, kitchen shears, disposable razors, and batteries.

Furthermore, Christine says anything in the electronics section of the store should also be avoided. From off-brand batteries to headphones, electronics are definitely things not to buy at Dollar Tree. Christine bought a USB phone charger there once, and it started smoking.

Avoid buying electronics at Dollar Tree

Rounding out her list of what not to buy at Dollar Tree are items like dog waste bags, battery-operated tea lights, powdered coffee creamer, saltine crackers, cake and brownie mixes, frosting, cereal, and Monster energy drinks.

According to Christine, these items are often a waste of money because either the quality is not there or the products are so small you can save money by buying them in bulk elsewhere.

What not to buy at Dollar Tree

Lastly, Christine says that her list of what not to buy at Dollar Tree also includes canned goods because the sale price on these items is well below a dollar at other retailers in most areas.

For more money-saving stories, discover what not to buy at Target and how to save on groceries by reverse meal planning.

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  • Cinstol Cinstol on Sep 01, 2022

    I'm not sure where you are located but I live in the New Orleans area and the Dollar Tree stores carry many name brand items: batteries (Panasonic), cake mixes (Pillsbury, Betty Crocker) and coffee creamers (Coffee Mate) as well as Snyder's Pretzels, Bumble Bee Tuna and too many more to list! Seems like you don't particularly care for Dollar Tree. And yes, there are many items not worth buying from Dollar Tree, cheaper at Dollar General or Wal-Mart. You do need to know the prices on the items you purchase on a regular basis before you buy.

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    • Betsy Betsy on Sep 02, 2022

      Went into the dollar Tree and some items were $5.00. I was unaware they had raised their prices that much. We have to watch everything from now on. I do understand however their need to raise their prices during this time of inflation.

  • Pam17637811 Pam17637811 on Sep 02, 2022

    Why do you object to buying canned peas?