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Shopping at Dollar Tree can be a great budget hack. If you know how to clip coupons and find the gems, you can save a lot of money on everyday items. Before you start shopping, though, you should know that the Dollar Tree return policy is almost nonexistent. They’re big on exchanges, but not so big on refunding any money whatsoever.

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1. The Dollar Tree return policy is simple — no refunds or store credit.

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On DollarTree.com, the company says that one of the reasons they’re able to keep prices at $1.25 per item is because they consider all sales final.

They straight-up aren’t in the business of accepting returns or processing refunds or credit.

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2. But you can exchange Dollar Tree products.

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Even though the Dollar Tree return policy says all sales are final, you can still make exchanges.

Bring your unopened item and your original purchase receipt to Dollar Tree and they’ll let you grab something else in its place.

That means you can buy a puzzle, bring it back to the store with a receipt, and walk out with a plunger — no additional money exchanged.

 

3. If a product is broken or defective, the Dollar Tree exchange rule still applies.

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If you discover a product is broken or defective after you open the original packaging, you can bring it back to the store and pick out another item for the same price.

Just to be safe, you’ll want to keep the original packaging — they’ll need the barcode on the back.

 

4. You cannot exchange Dollar Tree items without a receipt.

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End of story. If you don’t have a receipt, you cannot make an exchange.

 

5. You can exchange seasonal items at most Dollar Tree locations.

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There are no restrictions on exchanging seasonal items at the corporate level, but different locations may have different rules. If you’re exchanging wrapping paper or valentines, you might want to call around to make sure the store you’re visiting doesn’t have restrictions on exchanges for seasonal items.

 

6. The time limit for exchanges at Dollar Tree is 30 days.

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While you can exchange your puzzle for a plunger, there’s a time limit on Dollar Tree exchanges. You must bring your receipt with you to prove the purchase was made in the past 30 days.

 

 

7. Even online DollarTree.com orders can’t be returned or refunded.

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Even if your DollarTree.com items arrived damaged or your order is incomplete, Dollar Tree won’t refund your money (even your shipping cost).

You’ll be able to exchange your product, though, by taking it into a physical store with the receipt for your online purchase.

For more help, you can also call their 24/7 Customer Order Support Center at 877-530-8733.

 

8. Don’t like the Dollar Tree return policy? Family Dollar has a better one.

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Although Dollar Tree and Family Dollar are owned by the same company, it doesn’t mean the two stores have the same connection like Old Navy and Gap do. You can’t buy something at Dollar Tree and then return it at Family Dollar.

But if you’re trying to decide where to shop in the first place, Family Dollar’s return policy is more liberal. Customers may return items to Family Dollar for an exchange or refund for up to 30 days after the date of purchase (with receipt).

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9. Dollar Tree will exchange items you bought with a coupon — but beware.

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Did you know that Dollar Tree accepts coupons? They accept manufacturer coupons — both printable and newspaper. You can use one manufacturer coupon per item in store.

Learn more about that and other Dollar Tree haul savings tips and tricks.

If you decide you don’t want an item you bought with a coupon, Dollar Tree won’t stop you from exchanging it. But just know, it’s technically coupon fraud against the manufacturer.

If at some point you’ve absolutely got to return an item and there’s no way to retrieve your coupon, it’s up to you, but we don’t recommend making this a practice.

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Top 9 Things You Need to Know About Dollar Tree's Return Policy