My opinion has changed since I've discovered the DOLLAR TREE. Until I took my son's class as part of their Christmas party/field trip, I had never darkened the door. And I certainly did not realize that this dollar store, unlike the others, priced EVERYTHING at $1. One dollar.
Why didn't y'all tell me?!
Since Christmas I have become a frequent Dollar Tree shopper, stopping in at least once a week to get needed items. There is one close to my son's school and it is the perfect way to burn 20 minutes before I get in the carpool line. Y'all would not believe what's in there!
Let me tell you what I buy there:
Notebooks. I use these to make grocery lists and to-do lists.
Pens and pencils and other school supplies.
Stickers. I buy these to give as birthday gifts. In fact, I now buy all my children's friends' birthday gifts here. With 3 kids going on 4, we have so many birthday parties we are invited to. Good problems. My birthday gift budget is $1-$2.
Coloring books. Also, perfect for birthday gifts.
Glue sticks, scissors, etc.
Bread. They sell Nature's Own and Sunbeam. You can buy a whole wheat loaf for $1. I happened to be in there on a Monday morning before the bread delivery for the week, which is why these shelves are sparse. But I went back yesterday and bought 4 loaves of Nature's Own bread for $4.40.
Cleaning supplies. Ironing starch.
Plastic food containers.
Pet supplies. I bought that blue bowl with the bones. Our dog, Jack, can stop using my Pyrex and mixing bowl.
Rubber bands, hair supplies.
Plastic serving pieces.
Kid's toothpaste and toothbrushes.
Paper cups and plates. Perfect for holidays and school parties.
So many colors.
More baskets, etc.
Pitchers, solo cups, plastics cups.
Gift wrapping.... bags.
And wrapping paper. Lots of cute wrapping paper and so many choices. I'm kicking myself for the $15 I spent on Target wrapping paper at Christmas last year.
Balloons. This kind, helium filled and the kind that say "congrats" "happy birthday" and "get well".
Cute paper plates.
It just keeps on going, folks.
Also, they always have great seasonal goods. I bought Easter buckets, candy, and eggs there this year.
All this stuff I've shared can be so marked up at other stores. You can't even get a decent box of birthday candles at Publix for less than $3.
The Dollar Tree is a busy mom's dream. The secret is to not go crazy and avoid taking your kids in there! Get what you need. Just now, I'm feeling comfortable enough to stock up on a few items like birthday gifts.
So tell me, did y'all know about this store? Do you have one near you?
P.S. Thank you for your snack suggestions on my last post (see comments). I feel so inspired! The afternoon snack at our house has been a much more pleasant experience this week.