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Are you a Dollar Tree Shopper? Over the years I have purchased many items from the Dollar Store that are just not worth the money. Please don’t waste your money. See my list of 10 Dollar Tree Deals to Avoid.
The 10 Things to Skip at The Dollar Store
When you’re on a budget and grocery shopping is one way to help cut costs many choose to shop at their local dollar store. But deals may be deceiving. If you find yourself filling your basket with dollar-store buys that you never use because the quality is poor or the brand is unfamiliar, then you’re simply wasting money. Sure a dollar is a dollar, but when you have 5 extra things in your cart you unsure of those dollar can really add up.
First, your local Dollar store is a fantastic store for finding deals. There are great finds that pop up every day in various departments, including brand-name goods, home décor, and even food! My favorite is shopping for seasonal favorites. You can spruce up your home for every season of the year without breaking the bank!
However, there are some Dollar Store deals you should avoid. It can also be a huge money pit if you let it be. If you were honest, you would admit that you have walked in just to pick up a few items with all intentions of spending a few bucks. After checking out (facepalm to forehead) you just overspent.
It is VERY easy to do. We have all been subjected to impulse buying, especially on what seem like great Dollar Tree deals. Don’t beat yourself up too much if it happens. To keep it from happening, you need to learn which items to skip and which to buy. These 10 items listed below are the items to skip at Dollar Tree list.
First as a Dollar Tree shopper, make sure you are apart of their Value seekers Club.
Avoid Buying These Items from The Dollar Tree
Before shopping, it is important to note that Looks can be deceiving! Compare sizes and prices to what you’d normally pay at your local grocery store after coupons. To keep the cost down, you will find smaller packaged items at your store. You may be surprised that some of these items are really not good deals at all.
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BIG SKIP… Think about it. You will be paying a dollar per can. When in fact you can go to the grocery store and pay as little as fifty cents per can or less with a sale. Even regular grocery prices still tend to be less than Dollar Store deals on some items. It is very tempting to stock up on can good items. But head a word of wisdom, check your local grocery market first and keep in mind the best buy date.
The general rule is if you are going to ingest it or put it on your skin, be extra cautious. Off-brand products may contain harsher ingredients or be watered down (such as shampoo and conditioner) to keep costs low. If you have sensitive skin, avoid the Dollar Store beauty section.
You will get what you pay for. You will not find quality skincare products. I also wonder how long these products have been sitting on the shelves. I can’t imagine makeup being a higher selling item at this type of store.
There is a slight exception to this rule; nail polish. If I see a brand name (and only brand name) polish at the Dollar Store for just a buck. I will pick them up. I have spotted Revlon and Maybelline nail polish.
Mac and Cheese
While Dollar Tree obviously offers bargain-basement prices, Mac & Cheese is often cheaper when they’re on sale or sold at the grocery store. In fact, you can purchase organic mac & cheese for a dollar or less. Don’t forget to use that coupon!
Plastic Wrap & Aluminum Foil
While it might seem like an awesome deal to grab dollar a box? In reality, you’re getting a much thinner piece of foil and a non-cling “cling” plastic wrap. The problem is that the foil is not only cheaper, but it is thinner. I can promise you that you will end up using much more than you normally would. When you use more, you buy more…and the cycle of wasting money starts.
You’re better off buying this at a supermarket, unless you can find a brand-name plastic wrap or alumium foil at dollar stores.
While shopping at the Dollar Tree, you will notice tons of different kinds of power cords. Such as cell phone chargers, power strips to extension cords. After much research, and purchasing a few myself, you will find that they are of low quality and are sometimes dangerous. Don’t risk a bad experience and avoid buying any type of power cord.
Dog or Cat Food
While dog and cat treats can be a good deal at Dollar Tree (versus a non-deal price at another store), steer clear of the actual pet food? Why? It may be cheap, but unfortunately, it is mostly made of filler content and isn’t nutritionally good for your pets.
Experts warn about the lack of quality standards when it comes to non-name brand dollar store pet food. You may want to stick to pet stores and other retailers for larger quantity purchases and brands with stricter ingredient guidelines.
Water bowls, and pet toys are fine to purchase. Just avoid items that could be consumed.
Brand Name Cleaning Products
It may be tempting to buy frequently used cleaning products at dollar stores, but you may be wasting money on a weak product. Over time, cleaning products do loose their efficacy (or effectiveness) and if they have been shitting on the shelves for a long period of time, you better believe they will loose their cleaning powers.
Second thoughts – Scooping up brand name cleaning products may seem like a steal of a deal, but they really are not. You see, they may seem like a deal, but more often than not, these cleaning products are packaged in smaller quantities than you’re used to seeing on the shelves of big-box stores. This means that you’ll actually end up paying more per ounce.
The batteries you will find at your local dollar store are deceiving. You see, the life of that battery is short. And in short, you will have to buy more in order to keep your battery-operated items going strong. Just avoid, purchasing these and go for the brand name batteries at your local hardware or grocery store. The high cost is worth it when quality and life are expected.
I did notice all the Dollar Store brand batteries (also labeled as Panasonic) contained a warning label which stated: “Use for low-drain devices,” such as remotes and clock radios. Now I don’t know about you, but if I loose power and have to rely on my battery to work my alarm, I just don’t trust it.
You see, a roll of toilet paper or paper towels for just a buck and you think, “SCORE!” While it may be tempting to pick up a few rolls the quality and quantity are not worth the dollar you are spending. Usually the rolls are much smaller than normal, and the experts point out that the quality is about as low as it can be.
This also goes for paper towels as well. Most likely you are purchasing cheaper quality. And who wants a paper towel that doesn’t soak up a spill.
Finally, don’t pick up your shaving gear at Dollar Tree. Aside from the fact, that they only sell those horrid two blade razors, you can pick up the cheaper version at Walmart. For more expensive razors, shop at your local drug stores when there are coupons and a deal to go with them.
While there are a lot of other items that you should not buy at Dollar Tree, there are plenty that you should.
Do your price research, pay close attention to the price per ounce, and watch your spending. Once you get into the habit of it, you will soon be using Dollar Tree for what it should be used for. The occasional deal on a great product. Shop your local Dollar Tree deals wisely to save more money in your budget instead of spending needlessly.
*At Dollar Tree, you can use manufacturer’s coupons to increase your savings! Plus, they accept coupons for over a dollar on multiple items as long as the coupon amount does not exceed the combined retail price of the items indicated.
Be sure to print the store’s coupon policy and bring it with you while shopping.