7 Items You Should Always Look for at the Dollar Tree {Before Paying Full Price}

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I soooo love a trip to the Dollar Tree when it comes to gathering supplies for DIY projects and crafts ~ it’s amazing all they have to offer!  You can find some really cute stuff there, as well as crafting basics to have on hand when the Pinterest bug bites. 🙂

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A DIY project shouldn’t cost you more than buying the real deal at a home decor store, and a trip to the Dollar Tree before paying retail can save you a bundle. Check out these 7 items you should always look for at the Dollar Tree {BEFORE paying full price!}




1 . Floral Picks & Berries

These come in handy for making inexpensive wreaths or front door arrangements as the seasons change, or a fresh centerpiece for the table.



While there definitely are a few tacky flowers in the bunch, watch for a few that may work perfectly for your project. (Look for flowers or berries that look as close to real as possible.)  The smaller flowers and berry picks tend look to be a little more upscale than the big blooms.  (And what about those ADORABLE little faux succulents in pots?! I love those!)


2 . Mason Jars, Glass Vases & Glass Jars

One of the things I use most often in changing up the mantle or table decor are small glass jars. In fact, every time I walk in the Dollar Tree I make a beeline for the glassware aisle (I’m like a kid in a candy store when I’m there!)


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Place a tall candle in the center of the vase or jar (you can even sneak a can under your candle to beef up a $1 Dollar Tree candle) and on the outside, layer with whatever seasonal decor you like (like corn for fall, Valentine candy in February, peppermint sticks at Christmas) ~ the possibilities are endless.



Tie on some Dollar Tree ribbon and Dollar Tree decor, and you’ve got a super cute centerpiece for just a few bucks. 🙂


Mason Jars are handy for all kinds of stuff . . . especially gifting goodies, like this simple Dollar Tree Easter Craft.


Or add a little spray paint for Spring vases too. 

And they make expensive-looking containers for birthday party favors too. (I love those!)




3 . Pots & Tins

Use pots and tins to organize a desk area and cut down clutter.  Do you have a silhouette cutter? (I love mine!)  Customize a pot or tin with a monogram  ~ chalkboard stickers work great too.  These candy-colored guys will add a little splash of color to a shelf display, or make them match your decor with spray paint.

Flower pots with a plant inside make great gifts too.  Let the kids paint a flower pot for Grandparent’s day and plant some seeds in it for an inexpensive gift.


4 . Frames

Inexpensive plastic frames are easy to transform with spray paint to coordinate with your wall collage – and no one will be able to tell those frames are just a buck.



You can also place a cute piece of fabric behind the glass to make a simple dry erase frame.  Use it to display your weekly menu plan or to-do list.


5 . Project Boards

This is my favorite thing to buy at the Dollar Tree. 🙂 

I’m always shocked at how much some stores charge for project boards or foam boards – definitely stock up on these for $1 when you get a chance!  They’re great for making signs and kids craft projects, and you can’t beat snatching them up for a buck.


6 . Craft Foam Wreaths & Balls

I could only find the floral foam wreaths this trip, but watch for craft foam and even small grapevine wreaths too.  (In a pinch – a pool noodle can work as a wreath base as well!)


Build on them by adding your favorite floral or berry picks, spray painted Easter eggs, or  a monogram in the middle.



7 . Ribbons, Twine, Glue Guns & Washi Tape

A pretty ribbon or twine bow can make the perfect finishing touch – but craft stores can charge $3 or $4 for a spool of ribbon.

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Gather a few colors you like to have on hand at the Dollar Tree – you might even get lucky and find some burlap ribbon (woot!) which is useful for all sorts of crafts.



Bonus tip . . .

Watch the Dollar Tree for aluminum containers ~ while these are great for baking and taking meals in, I love them for easy clean up when working on a crafting project. Fun!


Do you love shopping the Dollar Tree as much as I do? 🙂 Check out these extra saving secrets (they even take coupons ~ love that!), and leave a comment to share your favorite Dollar Tree finds.



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30 Deals You Need to Buy at the Dollar Tree {the Easter Edition}


Okie dokie folks, y’all know I love shopping The Dollar Tree for just about anything!  There are a ton of things you need to look for at Dollar Tree before paying more elsewhere, so here’s a quick list of things to consider before heading out!


Easter baskets can get pricey fast, so swinging by the Dollar Tree for the basics is a great way to pinch a penny and stock up. Since Dollar Tree typically sells out of their holiday selection, I’d recommend going soon to get the best selection!



Here’s what to watch for . . . 

1. Easter Baskets

2. Fillable Easter Eggs (regular and bunny, duck, carrot shapes)

3. Eraser Basket Stuffers

4. Bubble Basket Stuffers


5.  Jump Rope Basket Stuffers

6.  Stuffed Animal Basket Stuffers


7.  Easter Candy to Fill the Eggs

8.  Puzzle Basket Stuffers

9.  Painting Basket Stuffers


10.  Easter Front Door Displays

11.  Easter Front Yard Signs


12. Easter Crafting Supplies

13.  Easter Garland

14.  Easter Ribbon

15. Easter Paper Plates

16. Easter Plastic Knifes, Forks, Spoons

17. Easter Napkins

18. Easter Platters

19.  Easter Tablecloths

20. Easter Florals of All Kinds


21.   Bunny Ears

22.  Bunny Sunglasses

23.  Easter cards priced either 2/$1 or $1

24.  Easter Chair Covers

25.  Easter Window Stickies

26.  Easter Dish Towels

27.  Easter Candles


28.  Wrapping paper

29.  Tape



30. Aluminum storage containers (these are great for taking to parties and come 3 to a pack for the smaller containers)


Love decorating at the Dollar Tree? See a few ways I’ve used Dollar Tree finds in our home:


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Dollar Tree: Juicy Fruit 20-Piece Gum $.25

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Right now you can pick up a 4-pack of 5-piece Juicy Fruit Gum for only $.25 right now at Dollar Tree! Here’s how to work the deal:

Juicy Fruit Gum 4 pk, $1

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Dollar Tree: Free Swiffer Duster Starter Kit

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Pick up a free Swiffer Duster Starter Kit right now from Dollar Tree! Here’s what to do:

Buy (1) Swiffer Duster Starter Kit, $1

Thanks, Who Said Nothing In Life Is Free! See more Dollar Tree Deals.

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10 Secrets You Need to Know Before Shopping Dollar Tree


You all know I love (like seriously, love) a trip to the Dollar Tree.


I love meandering their aisles, snagging their inexpensive holiday craft supplies is one of my favorite penny pinched tips, and getting my kids project boards for just a buck leaves me a wee bit giddy.

For real. 😉 


But, there are a few secrets that lots of folks don’t know about the Dollar Tree, so I’m here to tell you my favorite hints.



Here we go.


1. The Dollar Tree accepts manufacturer coupons.

The Dollar Tree really does accept manufacturer coupons, in fact every so often they even offer one of their own store coupons. Go HERE to see their coupon policy and HERE to get your huge printable list of Dollar Tree items all less than $1 after coupons, updated every single week.

2. You can use rebates at the Dollar Tree.

Several mobile app rebates are available to use at the Dollar Tree, which can help you save a bundle if you remember to use them! Here are the rebate apps you can currently take advantage of at the Dollar Tree:

3. Some Dollar Tree stores carry the Sunday paper at a discounted cost.

Check your local store to see if they carry your local paper to save on extra coupons for the week. 

4. The Dollar Tree often carries expensive bread to fill your freezer with.

I’ve found Sara Lee and Healthy Life Bread at my store priced at $1 ~ watch your stores to see if they carry those brands too.


5. Sometimes the Dollar Tree does not have the best price.

The Dollar Tree can have great prices on some items, but you need to do the math to make sure you’re really getting a deal. They often offer smaller sized containers which means you’re really not saving anything.

The picture above shows what Walmart carries in their partyware area, and their prices may actually be a little lower than the Dollar Tree on some items. Be sure to do the math ahead of time to get the best deal!

6. The Dollar Tree carries some name brand items.

While the Dollar Tree carries quite a few off brands, if you look closely you will find some name brands as well. Watch for Zest Bar Soap, Crest Toothpaste, name brand candy bars and more when you’re there. (Picking up $1 “movie” candy is one of my favorite Dollar Tree savings tricks!)


7. Dollar Tree stores vary a lot by location.

What one store has in town will not be the same as another Dollar Tree just down the street, so it may be worth shopping different Dollar Trees in the same town if you have a few nearby. Some stores seem to have a larger selection of glassware, storage containers and home decor, so keep an eye out for the store that offers a larger selection.

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8. The Dollar Tree carries a huge assortment of seasonal items.

The Dollar Tree carries a ton of Holiday items, including St. Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, and Christmas decor. Before paying full price somewhere else for seasonal decor, see what they have in store.

9. The Dollar Tree has been around since the 1950’s when it started as a 5&10. (Who knew?)

Check out the history of the Dollar Tree over HERE ~ I was surprised to see that it was branded with K&K Toys in malls back in the 80’s?  I do remember seeing them in malls as a kid but didn’t know they were part of the same line (way back then I loved heading to the Dollar Tree!)


10. The Dollar Tree carries pregnancy tests.

Great way to get these on a budget if you need them! You can also find several more items  you need to pick up at the Dollar Tree over HERE.



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Dollar Tree: Free Excedrin 125-Count

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Right now you can pick up a free box of Excedrin Mild Headache at Dollar Tree! Here’s how to work the deal:

Buy (1) Excedrin Mild Headache 125 ct, $1

See more Dollar Tree Deals.

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VIDEO: Laurie & Reagan’s CVS, Dollar Tree & Amazon Deals

Reagan and I had a “girl’s night” tonight, and ran to CVS & the Dollar Tree to score a ton of great deals! Be warned, she was a wee bit overzealous as the deals went on, but hopefully these will make sense to you. Here are the deals I mentioned in the ad:

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  • See the complete list of CVS Black Friday Week deals & scenario including how to get 36 stocking stuffers FREE this week
  • There were a few deals we missed because our store didn’t carry them (the free Luden’s cough drops, Ocean Spray Pact, and Gummy Vitamins, but hopefully you’ll find them at your store!)


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Heading off to get this girl a bath and sneak in a little snuggle time ~ hope you have a wonderful Sunday! I’ll be back updating deals tomorrow night as I have a feeling that Kohl’s will be starting their Black Friday sales early, so be watching. 🙂






And be sure to take a peek at our updated Black Friday Price Comparison Sheet to make sure you don’t miss a deal this week! 





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Dollar Tree Coupon: 10% Off Everything

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Just a reminder that this will be available tomorrow – such a great deal, especially when combined with their Ibotta discounts!

Print this Dollar Tree coupon to save 10% off your entire purchase of $10 or more at Dollar General to use on Sunday 11/22 only! Great time to grab some inexpensive Christmas items (you won’t be able to use any other coupons in your purchase).


To make the deal even sweeter, Ibotta has a ton of offers right now at the Dollar Tree, and when you submit 5 Ibotta rebates you’ll get $5 back from Ibotta. This is a great way to save even more at the Dollar Tree ~ love that!

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Not sure what to watch for at the Dollar Tree? Take a peek at my favorite things to buy this time of year! And


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What’s Free In Stores Week Of 11/19/15


Love a freebie? Check out this great list of what’s free this week!  These are the free items you can find this week at Target, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Kroger, Publix, Rite Aid & the Dollar Tree this week. Leave a comment if you find any to add to the list. 🙂


Advil (40 ct) – $5.99

Zantac 150 – $7.69

Wet Ones Wipes (40 ct) – $1.99

Reynolds Pastel Baking Cups 50 ct, $.99 each



Curad Tape – $.96

Wet N Wild Lipstick – $.93

  • Use $.75/1 coupon from the 11/18 SmartSource insert exp 11/28
  • $.18 after coupon

Schick Disposable Razors – $3.47 (will vary by region)

  • Use $4.00/1 Schick Disposable Razor Pack – 10-18-15 SS, Excludes 2 ct and 10 + 2 ct (Expires 11/29/15)
  • Free, $0.53 moneymaker after coupon

Budget Saver Twin Pops $1.78

Raid Fly Ribbon $1.96

Simple Green Cleaner, $1.97

Mahatma Rice – $.64

  • Use $0.50/1 Mahatma or Water Maid Rice – 9-13-15 RP (exp. 12/31/15)
  • $.14 after coupon




Buy 2 Pantene Shampoo or Conditioner at $4, Get $4 ECBs (Limit 1)

  • Use B1G1 coupon from the 11/1 P&G insert (exp 11/15)
  • Free after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Boost Compact Complete Nutritional Drink (4 oz) at $1, Get $1 ECBs (Limit 2) – Monthly Deal

  • Free after ECBs

Buy 1 Pay Anywhere Credit Card Reader at $9.99, Get $9.99 ECBs (Limit 3) – Monthly Deal

  • Free after ECBs

Buy 2 Colgate Total Toothpaste (4 oz) at $2.99, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 2)

  • Use $2/1 coupon from the 11/8 SmartSource insert or $.50/1 coupon from the 10/25 SmartSource insert (exp 11/17)
  • Free, after coupon and ECBs (if Total Repair is included)

Buy 1 Brut or Sure Deodorant at $2, Get $1 ECBs (Limit 1)

  • Use $.75/1 coupon from the 11/15 SmartSource
  • $0.25 after coupon and ECBs




Nestle Carnation Evaporated Canned Milk, 12 oz – $0.79

Purex Liquid Laundry Detergent, 45 – 75 oz – $2.99

Mt. Olive Pickles, 16 – 46 oz – $1.49

Mueller’s Pasta, 8 – 16 oz – $0.85


Kisses Deluxe, 4 ctLoad a coupon for FREE Kisses Deluxe, 4 ct on 11/20 only, and redeem by 12/6

  • Free after dowload

Carnation Evaporated Milk, 12 oz – $0.99

Barilla Elbow Macaroni, 16 oz – $1.25

  • Use $0.55/2, $1/3 Barilla Blue Box Pasta – 11-8-15 RP (exp. 01/03/16) or $0.75/1 Barilla Blue Box Pasta – 11-1-15 RP (exp. 12/26/15)
  • $.50 after coupon



Lysol Disinfecting Wipes 15 ct, $1

Alka-Seltzer Cold Plus – $1

Pediacare – $1

Buy 9 Libby’s Canned Veggies 14.5 – 15 oz, $.33

Buy 12 Libby’s Canned Veggies 14.5 – 15 oz, $.33

Right Guard Extreme 72 Hour Spray Deodorant, 6 oz – $1

Bar S Deli Ham, 4 oz – $1

Splenda, 50 ct – $1

Curad Gauze Pads, 10 ct – $1

Garnier Fructis Shampoo, 3.4 oz – $1

  • Use $1.00/1 Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner or Treatment – 11-1-15 RP (exp. 11/28/15)
  • Free after coupon

Delsym Cough Relief Plus, 16 ct – $1

L’Oréal Paris Project Runway Nail Stickers – $1

Airborne – $1

  • Use $1.00/1 Airborne Product – 9-13-15 SS; Limit 2 Like Coupons In Same Shopping Trip (exp. 12/31/15)
  • Free after coupon

Breathe Right Nasal Strips, 10ct – $1

Reser’s Deli Salads, 8 oz – $1



Carmex Lip Care, .15 – .35 oz – $0.75 4/$3.00 (or $1.59 ea)


  • Use $0.75/1 Brut Classic Fragrance or Antiperspirant/Deodorant – 11-15-15 SS; Excludes Revolution 2.25 oz (exp. 11/30/15)
  • $.25 after coupon and Plenti Points

Check out the complete list of deals this week at Target, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Publix & Kroger!


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33 Deals You Need to Buy at the Dollar Tree {the Christmas Edition}

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Okie dokie folks, y’all know I love shopping The Dollar Tree for just about anything, but shopping there at Christmastime is my favorite time of the year to saveThere are a ton of things you need to look for at Dollar Tree before paying more elsewhere, so here’s a quick list of things to consider before heading out!


1. Christmas Felt Placemats (these are 4/$15.99 at World Market ~ crazy!)

2. Christmas Cookie Tins (so cute this year)

3. Christmas Stockings

4. Tape

5. Wrapping paper

6. Ornaments (see my Dollar Tree Christmas Trees HERE and HERE – and the ornaments are so cute this year!

7. Disney Frozen stocking stuffers

8. Extension cords

9. Plastic candy containers

10. Christmas crafting supplies

11. Cellophane treat bags

12. Christmas paper plates and tags

13. Christmas classroom treats

14. Christmas platters

15. Puzzle stocking stuffers

16. Floral berries

17. Christmas cards priced either 2/$1 or $1

18. Christmas mugs

19. Christmas bags

20. Pet treats

21. Giant candy canes for outdoor displays

22. Movie candy to attach to movie theater gift certificates for teachers

23. Yard signs

24. Cardboard boxes for wrapping

25. Santa hats

26. Boxed cards

27. Christmas dish towels

28. Christmas candles

29. Christmas gift tags

30. Christmas tree skirts (use to make one of these)

31. Christmas Muffin cups



32. Aluminum storage containers (these are great for taking to parties and come 3 to a pack for the smaller containers)

33. Brown packing paper

Love decorating at the Dollar Tree? See a few ways I’ve used Dollar Tree finds in our home at Christmas:



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