Dollar General does sell Christmas trees, but you have to get real clear on your standards before you actually buy one. While you’ll have a ridiculously hard time beating Dollar General’s pricing, I’ve gotta get a little bah-humbug on this one: a Dollar General Christmas tree isn’t exactly a high-quality item.
Personally, I’d prefer to spend a little bit more to get a lot better quality buying a tree from somewhere like Michaels or Target, but if you’re married to the low price tag, there are people who have enough crafty genes and holiday cheer to make Dollar General trees look good in their space. They even make whole YouTube tutorials for it!
Let’s look at when you can buy Dollar General trees, how to ensure you pay the lowest price, and some of the problems you might run into as you hunt for the deals.
Current deals on Dollar General Christmas trees:
1. Dollar General begins stocking their artificial Christmas trees in early October.
Dollar General stores usually get their first shipments of artificial trees in the first two weeks of October. If your store typically gets stuff in early, expect to see trees set out during the first couple of days of the month.
But even after the initial shipment has arrived, you probably won’t get a full idea of the complete inventory until sometime around Oct. 14.
TIP: If you prefer mini trees, I spotted a 24″ mini snowman tree during their August clearance sale. Normally priced at $12.95, it went for just $6.48 during the sale. You could only find this in select stores, so you had to shop in-person.
2. Dollar General sells some of the cheapest Christmas trees — at $40 for a 6-foot, pre-lit tree!
As far as pricing on artificial Christmas trees goes, not many retailers can beat Dollar General’s prices. Check out some of the pricing we saw last year:
- 4 ft Colorado Pine, $10
- 4 ft pre-lit Nordic Pine, $15
- 6 ft Rocky Mountain Pine, $20
- 6 ft pre-lit Virginia Pine, $35
- 6 ft pre-lit frosted tree, $40
These prices are incredible. They’re far cheaper than Michaels’ Christmas trees, which only go down to about $149.99 for a 6-foot tree during a pre-Christmas sale. And they’re cheaper than Amazon, where the cheapest 5-foot tree costs around $50. The only store that gives them a run for their money is Walmart — during after-Christmas clearance sales, we’ve seen a 6-foot tree go for as low as just $7.25.
But you gotta ask yourself how Dollar General can price their trees so low at the start of the season ….
3. The quality of Dollar General trees is a little “Charlie Brown,” so prepare for disappointment.
If you really can’t be spending $50 – $100 on a new artificial Christmas tree, Dollar General Christmas trees will get the job done. But expect to put in a lot of extra TLC to make them festive. Because Dollar General Christmas trees look like they came right out of the Charlie Brown Christmas Special.
Even if you go with one of the more “expensive” $40 versions, the branches are going to be sparse compared to the Christmas trees at Walmart. There have even been reports of trees lilting slightly to the left or right after all the ornaments are on — the trees just don’t have the strength to stay upright.
If you have an abundance of holiday decor items (or a heck of a lot of holiday spirit), you can try to spruce it up. But as far as quality goes, these Christmas trees simply aren’t the best buy — even with their low price tag.
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4. But you can get $5 off a $25 purchase with the Dollar General Saturday coupon.
Every Saturday, you can clip a $5 off $25 coupon in the DG app. Take full advantage of this coupon if you plan to buy a tree! You can either use it on one of the more expensive trees, or on any order that’s $25 or more (even if you picked up a tree that only ran you $10).
If you just need something cheap and lush, and full branches aren’t a huge factor for you, you’re going to have a hard time beating Dollar General’s pricing — especially after coupons and sales.
5. Dollar General does sell pre-lit Christmas trees for $5 – $15 more than the non-lit ones.
The pre-lit version usually adds about $5 – $15 to the price, so you have to judge if it would be cheaper to just pick up some cheap Christmas tree lights or splurge on the pre-lit version. Even with the pre-lit version, you’re still probably gonna need an extra string of lights to make your tree look a little less depressing.
6. Dollar General stocks mini Christmas trees, but they’re a bad value at $7.
Dollar General does sell mini Christmas trees. There are a lot of varieties, and they’re about 18 inches tall. (We’re not talking about the special snowman tree here. These are your normal Christmas tree designs.)
They are slightly less sad-looking than the bigger versions, but some look better than others. And a whole lot don’t even look like a full tree. They just look like a fake pine tree branch stuck into a tiny, decorative pot.
All this might be fine if the price weren’t $7. For just $3 more, you could’ve gotten a full, 4-foot tree.
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7. No, you won’t find trees for $0.25 after Christmas at Dollar General.
Dollar General does have a wicked Christmas clearance sale, where a TON of items get marked down to just $0.25. Unfortunately, trees don’t get included in the mix of $0.25 items. You can expect markdowns on trees, though, like up to 50% off the week before Christmas and 70% off starting Dec. 26.
Check out this deal we shared last year on Dec. 15:
- Artificial 6-Foot Green Christmas Tree, $10 (reg. $20) — 50% off
And the discounts got higher starting on Dec. 26:
- Holiday Home 6-Foot Pre-Lit Tree, $10.50 (reg. $35) — 70% off
TIP: Dollar General is closed on Christmas Day, but they stay open on Christmas Eve for last-minute shoppers.