When everything costs only $1 or less, it’s hard not to get excited. You’ll always find some great deals — especially if you use Dollar Tree coupons when you shop (and yes, they do accept coupons!).
Download the KCL app and hear about all the best Dollar Tree deals you should jump on, and in the meantime, here’s a list of things every shopper should know about Dollar Tree.
1. Take advantage of Dollar Tree coupons and pay less than $1.
Dollar Tree accepts manufacturer coupons — both printable and newspaper. You can use one manufacturer coupon per item in-store.
Use as many newspaper coupons as you want in a transaction except for the fine print, “Limit of 4 like coupons.” That means you may only use up to four identical coupons in the same transaction.
As for printable coupons you get from the internet, as long as it clearly states, “Manufacturer Coupon,” has a valid expiration date, and a remit address for the manufacturer, Dollar Tree will take it. You can use up to two printable coupons per day.
TIP: Coupon troubles? If all else fails, you can fill out a customer help form. However, Dollar Tree does reserve the right to accept, refuse, or limit the use of any coupon.
2. Dollar Tree’s coupon policy allows you to use coupons valued over $1, but they won’t give you overage.
According to the Dollar Tree coupon policy, “Coupons are accepted for over a dollar on a single item. However, the coupon value will be reduced to the purchase price of the item.”
Let’s say you have a coupon for $1.50 off toothpaste and you find that toothpaste at Dollar Tree. They’ll let you get that toothpaste for free, but you won’t get the extra $0.50 back in cash.
PRO TIP: Print and bring the Dollar Tree coupon policy with you when you shop for employees who don’t know the policy or simply bookmark it on your phone. This way, if you have an issue you can show the cashier their store’s coupon guidelines.
3. Pay attention to Dollar Tree’s coupon size restrictions.
Dollar Tree carries a lot of smaller-sized products you don’t normally see in other stores. Because they carry products with very different sizes, checking the fine print on any coupons you’d like to redeem is an easy way to make sure everything matches up at checkout.
4. Dollar Tree will accept coupons for free BOGO items.
For instance, Dollar Tree will accept a BOGO (Buy 1, Get 1 Free) coupon with a second coupon — so long as you pay for something at checkout.
5. Buy a newspaper at Dollar Tree for $1 to get the coupon inserts every Sunday.
Need manufacturer coupons for your Dollar Tree shopping? Skip the newsstand and just head to your local Dollar Tree, where they sell the Sunday newspaper for a buck. (My local Sunday paper costs $3.49 at the newsstand).
Some stores have a limit on how many papers you can buy (usually three), and some stores don’t carry them at all, so call ahead first.
6. Check out Dollar Tree’s weekly ad to save on things like back-to-school supplies.
Use their weekly circular to find out what items are actually at your local Dollar Tree. Or you can also see previews of the weekly ads at other stores when you change your location settings on the page.
7. Score clearance items like Dollar Tree candy, without coupons.
Only $0.25 for Easter candy?! Yes, please!
8. Sweeten your Dollar tree haul with unexpected name brand items.
Many times, I find the best products in the weirdest spots. Make sure to check the bottom shelves, top shelves, shelf end caps, and every little corner. The name brand products are usually not front and center. I’ve found: Vicks, Maybelline, Gerber, Clorox, Glad, General Mills Kleenex, and Playtex tucked away in hidden places.
Look high and low to spot unexpected products, and match manufacturer coupons with them when you can.
PRO TIP: Even though Dollar Tree is a national retailer, so individual store inventory varies by store. It’s the worst when I arrive with all my coupons to find my store doesn’t have what I want. Your best bet is to visit the different stores in your area to find the one with the biggest selection of products. In my case, it was totally worth it.
9. Order at DollarTree.com and get free in-store pickup.
Unfortunately, you can’t use coupons when shopping online at DollarTree.com, but there are great deals without them — especially if you need items in bulk.
Best part? Dollar Tree offers free in-store pickup so you don’t have to pay for shipping.
10. Stack rebate-app offers with Dollar Tree coupons.
Always check Ibotta, Checkout 51, and Fetch Rewards before heading to checkout. Often, you’ll find cash-back offers for products that also have coupons. (But if you don’t wanna do the homework, the KCL app will do this for you). Use a coupon at the register then submit a photo of your receipt to any apps for even more savings.
11. Shop early to get the best selection of Dollar Tree Christmas decorations.
Ready or not, Dollar Tree rolls out the red and green with more than 100 days until Christmas. Shop early and often, as items sell out quickly.
Look for Halloween stuff to start trickling in at the end of July and Thanksgiving decor to hit a few weeks into August. A good rule of thumb is to check for seasonal decor about two months early.
12. Not everything at the Dollar Tree is a good deal.
Generally, Dollar Tree products rock. But the sneaky little thing about Dollar Tree is that some things you should never buy because they’re actually more expensive than what you’d find at Walmart.
The key to shopping smart at Dollar Tree is knowing what to scoop up and what to avoid. This means considering the unit price and quality before making purchases and always comparing prices before you shop.
For example, Ajax dish soap may cost $1 at Dollar Tree, but it’s only $0.97 at Walmart.
13. Find best-selling books at your Dollar Tree store for only a buck.
Find best-selling books (by authors like Nicholas Sparks) and cookbooks priced at just $1 each. These books retail for over $8 at your local bookstore, so this is a great deal to snag if you need new reading material.
14. Buy a Dollar Tree drug test or pregnancy test and save $17.
Other than having to pee in a cup instead of directly onto a strip, the price is the only real difference between Dollar Tree’s pregnancy tests and those found at Target.
Stop spending up to $18 on pregnancy tests, when the ones at Dollar Tree work just as well and only cost $1. Plus, there are also ovulation predictors and, for what it’s worth, drug tests.
15. Best buys at Dollar Tree are sunglasses and over-the-counter medicine.
Surveys show people can’t tell the difference between name brand sunglasses and the Dollar Tree versions.
If you have a sore, headache, or an upset stomach, Dollar Tree has something that’ll help. In-store they carry $1 aspirin, ibuprofen, sleep aids, stomach medicine, and pain relievers for various ailments. The identical over-the-counter medication can cost $2 – $5 more at other stores, depending on where you live.
PRO TIP: If you want to buy and save on medicine, shop in-store. I say this because, on DollarTree.com, medicine’s are often out-of-stock.
16. Make Dollar Tree gift bags and add a card — 2 for $1!
Let’s be honest, there’s no good reason to spend $3.99 or more on the same cards elsewhere. Plus sales on gift bags — three for $1 — makes for the beginning of a great birthday present.
Next time you’re celebrating a special event, make the gift basket at Dollar Tree and save a bucket load.
17. All sales are final with — no refunds — per the Dollar Tree Return Policy.
Even if you buy something off DollarTree.com and it arrives damaged, or your order is incomplete, Dollar Tree won’t refund your money — they’ll replace the items. For more help, you can also call their 24/7 Customer Order Support Center at (877) 530-8733.
18. Calling all Dollar Tree DIY enthusiasts: check out the Value Seekers Club.
Dollar Tree’s Value Seekers Club is a treasure trove of budget-friendly craft ideas. If that’s right up your alley, you can sign up for the Value Seekers Club, and you’ll get emails every week with store updates and crafting blogs.
Once you’re a club member, Dollar Tree will also send you notifications for savings opportunities and share tips and hacks.
Only care about savings and crafts? You’re in luck — you can customize the content you receive. That way, you don’t get spammed.