My Dollar Tree Treasures (and total fails).

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So taking children out in public is quiet the experience. Taking two toddler boys into the Dollar Tree is what I would imagine wheeling a drunk octopus who thinks it's on "supermarket sweep" through an endless tunnel of trinkets.

It's not for the faint of heart, I tell you.

Anyway, I came up with this list of Treasures that you too can find at the ole' Tree, because we all know that since EVERYTHING is a dollar, it's easy to get roped into some pretty epic fails.

We'll start with the good stuff, you know, since I'm all into the glass half full business. Here is the list of the "Treasures". First up, Seasonal items.

In my house we lose hats and gloves like it's our lifetime passion. Seriously, somewhere between the car, outside and the door, they disappear into the abyss like those left socks. Target, Wal-Mart and Meijer all carry these (for a much heftier) price, and perhaps a bit better quality, but since they may or may not even make it to the car, these are a great deal. Also the Dollar tree has an awesome section of holiday decor and gift wrap, and since you can never have too much of that, this is the place to go.

Now don't get me wrong, I tend to be pretty picky about my grooming items. Perhaps it's my education in beauty, or perhaps I'm just a total snob when it comes to that kind of thing, but I usually air on the side of caution when trying new (ah hem cheaper) items. The best thing about the Dollar store, is that you can almost always find name brands of products you already use. Even better, products that you may not care as much about (ie shaving cream) are definitely cheaper. Can you say WIN?

Also if you're wondering why I put the Dawn dish soap in the grooming category, I always keep a bottle of blue Dawn on hand for times when my kids need to be de-greased. Let's just say we've had a few two many Vicks Vapor rub in the hair incidents (it also removes sunscreen)!

Cleaning is not at all my forte, but it has to be done, and usually I have a mini heart attack when I actually have to buy cleaning products, because they are just so darn expensive!

A few months ago we switched from Windex to the Dollar Store window cleaner. I can honestly tell you that I cannot tell the difference. The same goes for their version of Lysol wipes (I use these to clean trash cans and toilet seats (blech). They work great without having to spend a ton. Also their powdered detergent works great on my cloth diapers. Dollar tree, you totally have my heart on this one.

Needless to say, I've fallen pretty hard for the $$ savings at the Dollar Tree, but every love has its trials and tribulations.

Meet the items that you DO NOT want to waste your money on .

-The Batteries may look enticing, but the shelf life is very limited. So I guess if a freak snowstorm hits and there are no batteries within 500 miles of your area, then I'd say sure, go for it. Otherwise it's a skip, just because you end up buying twice as many, and even horrible mathematicians like myself can see that wasted dough.

- Aluminum Foils are not all created equally. Sure this stuff is Aluminum foil, but it's paper thin, even ripping a piece big enough to cover a bowl becomes a chore. Save your money and buy the real stuff. It's worth it.

-Oven Mitts are usually able to withstand heat, but not this one, so buyers beware, even the label says flammable.

-Toilet Paper. This one should be a no brainer. Unless it's for camping or your attempt to start a John Wayne- esque walking movement, stay away. Stay far away. Please. For the love of comfort splurge and buy real TP. You'll thank me later.

So there you have it. Don't get caught up in the savings hype, and get what you need and what you will actually use. Follow these tips and I guarantee you'll start to literally see the savings!


  1. Love the octopus analogy - too funny. Got to love a great deal too.

  2. I love Dollar Tree too! But there are definitely things you should stay away from! I've found, for instance, that in the kid stuff, the markers, crayons, and playdough totally suck, but other craft supplies and toys sold there are great for the price!