I love Dollar Tree, so much that I go in at least one several times a week to get the best deals. Why so often? Because you never know…
I was talking with some friends and they only grab a few items or avoid it altogether because they went once and it stunk. It wa sthen that I realized, most people don’t know Dollar Tree like I know Dollar Tree, so buckle in, here is how you hack those Dollar Tree deals. I have also included a list of my must buys.
1.) Coupons and Rebates-You can use coupons on name brand items and of course Ibotta works here too. There aren’t many name brand items and you can’t make money but a discount is a discount.
2) Selection may Vary- Every store has different merchandise, there is a buyer for each store or district/area and they buy what they think will work and if two stores are in the same city, they try to vary it a bit. I happen to travel near one of their “test” stores that is very large and they tryout all kinds of new stuff so I always stop in to see what is different. But if you fall in love with something at only one store you don’t have to go there. See #4.
3) Special Buys and Limited Time Offers- Dollar Tree has some really good buyers and they make special deals on certain items. They can be overstocks, discontinued items, old packaging etc. If you are a manufacturer or big chain and you need to dispose of thousands of pallets of one item and want to make a little cash instead of paying to send to the dump, Dollar Tree is one of the few places that can help you. They can even handle a food item and get it distributed to stores within days when it’s close to expiring. **Always check those expiration dates**
I have found some crazy deals on makeup and household items from big names. I know a few resellers who buy all of their stock from Dollar Tree and resell on Amazon and Ebay and make a pretty good living at it. The downside is when they are gone they are gone. If you are kicking yourself that you didn’t get enough of a good thing like when I found large bags of name brand beef jerky, you can ask the manager. They usually know if something is a special buy or if it is a new item that will be ordered regularly. If you get a manager that isn’t helpful, try another one or a long time employee.They get to know the products pretty well.
4) Get what you want, when you want-It happens all the time, you want to throw a party and find the Mickey plates but no balloons, then there are PJ Masks balloons but no plates and you can’t match a set of party goods up. They have limited space so only certain items make the cut. Or maybe you want to do a craft and you need 6 vases and they have 3 and no one knows when more will come in. Prepare to have your mind blown…It’s all online. You can order a lot of the regular line off their website and have it delivered for a small flat fee OR, you can get it shipped to the store for free. When they rolled out online ordering, it wasn’t good. You had to buy minimums and it made no sense to get 12 or 24 boxes but now they split cases and you can mix and match. You might find an item that is usually only carried in California, say certain dried peppers that are $6 a bag at the Mexican food store and get them sent to your store and pay $1 each. You can also order in the store. If the manager is super nice, just ask if they will add an extra case on to their order for you.
5) Extra Discounts- You can sign up online and join their club for special discounts and coupons and to see the new stuff before it hits. You can also see some limited buys here that won’t make it into the store but can be ordered online and picked up at the store.
6) Their website has full videos and step by step how tos to make a ton of cute crafts, costume, makeup hacks and home decor, all made using stuff from the store. You could host a party and make one of their items and order supplies and have it ready to go.
7) Books and DVD’s- The selection is always changing but they have slightly out of date popular hardcover and softcover books and DVD’s. I added a nice hardcover book to every gift I gave out last year and looked like a big spender. The popular fiction for women and teen/young adult seemed to be the most abundant but I have found some nice non-fiction historical books too. Puzzle and coloring books make nice additions to stockings or gifts.
8) Holidays- Want some cheap and fun crafts to do? Want to get a head start on Christmas? You can buy Halloween and Christmas items YEAR ROUND online. I decorated an entire Halloween party from Dollar Tree one year, I bought a ton of weird canned goods like pickled okra and peeled white potatoes and put in mason jars all over for a creepy science experiment feel and filled a dozen frames with scary pictures I printed off the internet and made Frankensteins lab. Have a Christmas in September party where everyone makes and takes a Christmas craft. The day after the holiday supplies go on sale even cheaper in the store. Check the day after Easter, Valentines, 4th of July, Halloween and Christmas. They discounted some creepy looking ravens one year after Halloween, I bought them all at .10 each and pulled the heads off and put them in a huge glass jar we pull out every year and put on the mantle. This is the only place to get your ugly Christmas sweater decorations.
9) Homeschool- If you homeschool or want to keep the kids sharp over the summer, this is the place to go. Lots of workbooks for all ages, reward stickers and charts, flashcards and much more. Add in lots of crafts, art supplies, reference books and prizes and you could put together a nice home classroom, just add textbooks!
My top list of items to buy here
- Jars of pizza sauce
- Coloring books, Licensed popular characters kids love and adult coloring books that can be so expensive for older kids
- Craft supplies, ceramic banks, wood birdhouses and treasure chests, there are a lot of fun rainy day activities
- Baby and kids board books
- Cleaning supplies
- Throw away serving supplies, like foil pans, cupcake carriers and much more that you don’t mind getting lost
- Sandwich bags
- Ms Freshleys baked goods, Swiss Rolls, Honey Buns, nutty bars and granola bars. Ms Freshleys is similar to hostess.
- Wrapping paper, gift bags, bows, tape and holiday supplies
- Bins, buckets, boxes for organizing cubbies and rooms
- Makeup, dramatic eye shadow, cosmetic tools and fun nail polishes without the high priced commitment
- Party favors, decorations and treat bag fillers
- Chewing gum, many popular brands are 4 or 5 packs to a bag
- Operation Christmas Shoebox and other items for donations can be found here
- Mandarin oranges and canned fruit, at most stores they can be $1.25 if not on sale
- Boboli pizza crusts
- Huge variety of regular sized bags of chips, cookies and snacks
- Condiments and spices
- Bags of candy, the same bags can be $2 or more elsewhere
- Mens Cologne, you haven’t lived until your kids gift your brother a huge bottle of Karate Nights that smells like turpentine for Christmas.
- Party supplies like plates, cups, bowls, decorations, themed beads and shot glasses, they have it all
- 2 liter bottles of soda
- Pens and pencils
- Blistex, chapstick and carmex at checkout
- Hearing aid and watch batteries
Do you have any Dollar Tree Hacks?