I haven’t ever been a huge proponent of dollar stores since I generally thought that most of the things they sell aren’t worth $1 or will break too quickly. Well, the new Dollar Tree near my house is changing my mind.
Plethora of Choices
This Dollar Tree is huge. There are seasonal items, household goods, tools, makeup, toiletries, and even food. It’s like a mini-Walmart except I never feel like I’m being trapped into small aisles between baskets and motorized scooters.
I was honestly surprised by the selection. In the 1990’s, I remember dollar stores having cheap toys, candy, wrapping paper, and random stuff that I usually bought elsewhere. Boy, has it changed!
I went in about a month ago to check out their Halloween decorations. I had time, so I browsed around. That’s when I figured out that they had so much. I think I spent $9.72 and came out with six Halloween decorations, cookies, and some batteries.
Everything is $1 or less. I know all dollar stores don’t stick to that rule, but I am glad that this Dollar Tree does. Obviously, not everything is a good deal for $1 or less, but the good buys seem to outweigh the bad options. Heck, I bought poster board for $0.67 each instead of $1 like I found at Walmart…
That brings me to some other awesome deals. This Dollar Tree carries the Nutri-Grain Honey Wheat bread that we like so much for $1 a loaf! It’s $2.25 at Sam’s Club, $2.80 at Walmart, and $3.25 at Kroger usually. For $1 each, I stock up!
They also have $1 off-brand fig newtons and brownie crisp cookies that are really good. Yesterday, I found the light bulb I needed for the oven for $1 and a little $1 LED press on-and-off light that we had been looking at on Amazon for $6. Oh, and I won’t forget to mention the 10 pack of AA batteries. And Mandy, my roommate, found a bunch of supplies for our nails that we use for girls’ nights. We each spent less than $6 and came home very happy!
I’m impressed. I’m also glad that our Dollar Tree is less than 3 minutes away. I will try not to load up my basket with unnecessary purchases, but with a list, I should be safe.
Do you shop at dollar stores? What do you think?