Shopping the Dollar Tree or any other dollar store could save you money. But aside from unit price, also consider the quality of the items you’re buying.
For example, say you need to buy some kitchen sponges to do dishes. You can pay $1 for a three-pack at Dollar Tree or $2 for a three-pack at Walmart. Your savings instinct tells you the Dollar Tree sponges are the better deal. But if you’re using them up at twice the rate that you use the more expensive Walmart sponges, you may not be saving yourself money in the long run.
So what items should you not buy from Dollar Tree?
Some of the items you may want to steer clear of, either because of quality issues or cost, include:
- Kitchen knives and cutlery
- Over the counter medications
- Beauty products
- Pet food
As for school supplies, they can go either way. As our test showed, you might get a better deal on pens at the dollar store though you can’t beat Walmart’s prices for notebooks. But you might want to look closely at things like canned goods or cleaning supplies so you know exactly what you’re paying per unit.
Dollar Tree vs Walmart: Where can you find the best fall savings? is written by Rebecca Lake for www.chime.com