10 Things Not to Buy at Dollar Tree & Where to Buy Them Instead

by Simplify

Since the price increase at Dollar Tree, people have been wondering what items not to buy at Dollar Tree. The Deal Guy shares 10 things not to buy at Dollar Tree and explains why.

All the items discussed are $1.25 at Dollar Tree, but at alternative stores, like Aldi, Walmart, Target, or Dollar General, you can find them for a lower price.

1. Baking goods. Cake mix is cheaper at Aldi and even at Walmart. Gelatin and flour are also not worth buying at Dollar Tree.

2. Cleaning products. The Totally Awesome brand is indeed totally awesome, but their products are only $1 at Dollar General. Other cleaning supplies are cheaper there as well. The candle lighters are also under $1 at Walmart.

3. School supplies. Notebooks are the cheapest at Target during the back-to-school rush, and markers and glue are best purchased at Walmart.

4. Pasta. What food should you not buy at Dollar Tree? Pasta, for one. You can find it for $0.92 at Walmart, or get authentic Italian pasta for just $0.99 at Trader Joe’s. Mac and cheese is also now a better buy in other places.

5. Canned products. Canned fruit and vegetables are more budget-friendly at Walmart or Aldi, and pouched tuna is overpriced here, too.

Canned food

6. Hygiene products. Soap, shampoo, cotton swabs, loofahs, toothpaste - all not worth it at Dollar Tree.

7. Spices. At Aldi, spices are cheaper, and reportedly more high-end.

8. Balloons. Preinflated and helium balloons are still great at Dollar Tree, but for non-inflated balloons better go to Dollar General.

9. Storage bags. Instead of 5 bags for $1.25, get 20 for $2.78 at Walmart.

10. Paper products. Tissues and napkins are cheaper elsewhere, with the same quality.

10 Things not to buy at Dollar Tree

For a bonus point, The Deal Guy notes that candy boxes are still $1 at Target and Walmart, and hotdogs are $0.99 at Aldi. Now we all know what not to buy at Dollar Tree. Thanks, The Deal Guy!

For more budget shopping tips, discover this list of things to no longer buy or these $1 kitchen organization items from Dollar Tree.

To see more videos, check out The Deal Guy YouTube channel.

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  • Daniel Herron Daniel Herron on Mar 14, 2024

    Well, my Houston, TX area dollar stores are now about $1.25 or more for most items.

  • Jackie Jackie on Mar 14, 2024

    Our Dollar Tree went up to $1.25 a couple of years ago. Now, most of the things we buy most from The Dollar Tree are popping in at $1.50. It’s not advertised as such, and the sticker shock was way too real.

    At our Dollar Tree Plus Stores, the more expensive merchandise was contained in its own section. Sadly, now, everything is all jumbled together, creating one jumbled mess of pricing nightmares. The lack of organization, and the lack of pricing has ended what uses to be what used to be a weekly stop. I cannot even remember the last time I was in a Dollar Tree Store.

    P.S. They own Dollar General.