Great Buys at Dollar Tree!

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A few years ago I wrote about my top ten buys at 99Cents Only, but now that there is a Dollar Tree right next door to our house, I’ve had times to peruse the aisles, and I’ve come up with a list of Dollar Tree purchases that are a great deal!

1- Cards! Most discount stores sell off-brand greeting cards, but Dollar Tree sells Hallmark cards! Heartline by Hallmark are 2 for $1, and Expressions by Hallmark are $1 each! And they have tons of cute options for every and all occasion!

2- Party Supplies. From party favors, disposables (cups, silverware, plates, bowls, etc), DT has you covered. I love that they have plain colored stuff, in addition to themes, including baby shower supplies!

3- Craft Supplies. Y’all know how much crafting we do. Dollar Tree has a lot of good, name brand products. Crayola crayons, markers, colored pencils were spotted on my recent trip.  I also like their construction paper, pom poms, chenille stems (aka pipe cleaners), white glue, and small craft kits.


4- Hair accessories. Hair elastics, barrettes, brushes, combs, headbands, you name it! Besides the store brand, you can also find Goody brand, among others.

5-Kitchen Towels, Hot Pads, etc. If you are looking for a quick kitchen makeover on the cheap, Dollar Tree has a lot of great kitchen linens and kitchen decor. For $20, you can give your kitchen a little facelift without a trip to Home Depot!

6- Frozen Veggies. KT Farms and Pictsweet are two of the usual brands that DT stocks. Most bags are 12 ounces, which is a great size for $1!

7- Juice boxes and powdered drinks My kids like the small Juicy Juice juice boxes, so .25 or less each is my price point for juice boxes. Dollar Tree and 99 Cents Only both stock these. The powdered drink sticks sometimes vary by store, but we love the strawberry lemonade the best. And as a bonus, a few times a year there are coupons available. Oh, yeah, Dollar Tree accepts coupons too. Their coupon policy can be found here.

8-Push up/freezees/bolios pops. Whatever you call them, most Dollar Tree locations stock these in different varieties. Our local Dollar Tree sells Sonic Drive-in brand, and two types of Kool Pops. 10 pops in a box for $1 is a great deal, and it’s my price point (or less), so we stock up monthly.

If you need a lot of a specific item, you can order them from Dollartree.com, and have them shipped for free to your local store. Saves time, and shipping fees!

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What brands can I buy at Dollar Tree?

Did you know that Dollar Tree accepts coupons? YUP! Here is their coupon policy.  While I was looking for zip ties today (for tie dying) at our local Dollar Tree, I was noticing all the great brands they have been stocking lately.

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Now, Not all Dollar Tree stores stock the same items, but here is a list of items and brands that I have found in many of our local stores.  I have only listed brands that I have seen/found coupons for:

  • Coca-Cola Brand Soda (There are usually a bunch of varieties)
  • Coffee-Mate Powdered Coffee Creamer Sticks
  • Nescafe Taster’s Choice Stick Pack
  • Nestle Purelife water
  • Pepsi Brand Soda
  • Sunny D
  • WestSoy Soymilk
  • Palmolive Dish Liquid
  • Farmer John Sausage Links (8 Oz.)
  • Luigi’s Real Italian Ice (4-Cups)
  • Ore-Ida Single Serve Baked Potatoes, or Steam n’ Mash Bags
  • SuperPretzel Bites
  • SuperPretzel Poppers
  • Bar-S Franks
  • Hormel Genoa Salami
  • Hormel Pepperoni
  • Betty Crocker Fruit Roll-Ups
  • Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper
  • Betty Crocker Potatoes (Box)
  • Campbell’s Canned Soup
  • Chef Boyardee Canned Pasta
  • Fiber One chewy granola bars
  • Hunt’s Canned Tomatoes
  • Libby’s Canned Vegetables
  • Nature Valley Granola Bars
  • Nature Valley Granola Thins
  • Post Shredded Wheat Cereal
  • Progresso Recipe Starters
  • Stove Top Stuffing
  • Uncle Bens Rice
  • Comet Powder Cleaner
  • Gain Dryer Sheets
  • Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • A&D Cream
  • Brut Deodorant
  • Carefree Liners
  • Colgate Adult Toothbrush
  • Colgate Toothpaste
  • Crest Toothpaste
  • Garnier Fructis Color Shield
  • Irish Spring Bar Soap
  • Lady Speed Stick Deodorant
  • Men Speed Stick Deodorant
  • Softsoap Bar Soap
  • VO5 Shampoo & Conditioners

Remember to check the size restrictions and coupon terms on the coupons you will be using!

10 Tips to Stay on Budget for Groceries

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I frequently get skeptical looks, the side eye, or people thinking I’m starving my kids when I tell them that our grocery budget is $80/week.

It takes a lot of work, but it is doable. I cook a lot from scratch- it’s healthy, cheap, and I can control what goes into each dish (hidden veggies, fruit, less sugar, etc.). I can make a cheese pizza at home for less than $4, and that is enough pizza for the kids for two meals!

Here are a few of our family tactics to stay on budget:

  1. CASH! Go to the bank/ATM and get your grocery money out of the bank every week. This is a great way to start. I get $80 out of the ATM each Saturday for the upcoming weeks’ groceries.
  2. Inventory your Fridge, Freezer, and Pantry. Bonus- You’ll also find stuff that needs to be thrown out or donated. If you are looking for kitchen inventory printables, I like the kitchen inventories here. They are great printables.
  3. Menu Plan. Start by using what you’ve got on-hand. Eat food that’s on sale or in season. We eat a lot of strawberries in the summer because they are cheap!
  4. Make a grocery list. Stick to the list Don’t be afraid to substitute brands, or make changes based on what is on sale, or any in-store markdowns you find.
  5. Don’t be afraid to go to more than one store. I’m not saying run all over town, but going to two stores is OK. In our area, there are a 99 Cents Only store and a Grocery Outlet in the same shopping Center. I hit up both each week. Then, on the way home, I stop at Food4Less and buy milk (cheapest in town!), eggs, and bread (if 99 Cents Only doesn’t have the high protein bread we like).
  6. Eat Less Meat. Not only does it save money, but it’s better for the environment.
  7. Take advantage of local resources. There are a few food co-ops in our area. Additionally, there are free produce distributions too. A couple of my friends and I split a co-op lot twice a month. It comes out to less than $20 per person, and we get all kinds of cool stuff. A quick google search can help you find both in your area.  In the summer, we take advantage of Kid’s free lunches too.
  8. Coupon and/or use money-saving apps.  My complete list of apps can be found here. Right now my favorite apps are Fetch Rewards and Ibotta.  I love that I can use Fetch at any store. It helps because I shop a lot of Grocery Outlet and 99 Cents Only.
  9. Speaking of which… Don’t forget to check out stores like 99 Cents Only. There are all kinds of great bargains. Here is my list of 10 Great Buys at 99 Cents Only!
  10. Be Flexible. Some weeks you will go over budget. It happens. Sometimes you need to stock up on staples, or your family wants to eat something that isn’t on sale. Sometimes you really want to order a pizza and wings. That’s OK! Frugality is a journey, it’s not a punishment or a life of austerity and suffering. You can still live a fun, full life while being frugal.

Talk Back: Share a few of your families tips for staying on budget?

Save More with The Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club!!

Who doesn’t love a value?

Dollar Tree has recently rolled out their Value Seekers Club! Join the club and get access to members-only contests, money-saving party ideas, crafts, recipes, exclusive product sneak peeks & more!

Right now they are having an East Basket making contest, where the winner will receive a $100 Dollar Tree Gift Card!!

To join  or learn more, click here. I already signed up. I can’t wait to save even more at Dollar Tree!