Thanks to its loyal customers and vast reach, Dollar Tree has been a glimmer of hope in a landscape of struggling big-box retailers.
Today, Dollar Tree — which includes its namesake brand as well as Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Canada — has more than 15,000 stores in North America and consistently posts increasing sales. For the second quarter of 2019, the company reported that same-store sales grew by 2.4% at Dollar Tree stores.
According to shopping expert Michelle Madhok, Dollar Tree's best offerings are household items, ranging from cleaners and detergents to seasonal decor.
"Overall, if you're not picky about brands, it's the way to go. For example, I don't really care about what brands of paper towels I'm using, and you can get a better deal than a store brand," she said.
The benefit of Dollar Tree's bargain prices is that you can experiment with new items without breaking the bank, Madhok said. Plus, in addition to using Dollar Tree coupons, you can also use manufacturer's coupons to maximize discounts, she added.
"It's a great place to make your dollar go further and stretch your budget," she said.
With such low prices, it can be tempting to want to buy everything at Dollar Tree. However, some products are better than others.
With that in mind, here are 15 items to buy at Dollar Tree and 15 items to skip.