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The key to shopping smart at Dollar Tree is knowing what to scoop up and what to avoid. You don’t want to get sucked into buying smaller sized items or certain generic items at Dollar Tree. If you’re buying anything off this list, stop doing it ASAP!

Here’s a list of all the things you should never buy at Dollar Tree.

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1. Avoid Dollar Tree crayons — they’re twice as expensive as Crayola.

Playskool Crayons at dollar tree

Dollar Tree school supplies can save you a bundle when you grab the basics like scissors and calculators. But go to Walmart for crayons instead – they’ve got actual name brands for half the price.

Crayola coupons


2. Avoid the generic Dollar Tree “Vaseline.”

Petroleum jelly at Dollar tree

You’d think Dollar Tree prices would be reliable for generic items, but nope, not always! Forget the Dollar Tree version of Vaseline and go with Walmart’s Equate brand instead.


3. Get four times the sugar at Walmart and save.

generic great buy walmart sugar

Dollar Tree sugar might seem like a good deal, but you can get four times as much for much cheaper per ounce at Walmart.

Sugar coupons


4. Buy Crest toothpaste using a coupon at Walgreens instead.

crest toothpaste at dollar tree

You can use coupons at Dollar Tree, and sometimes that results in a sweet deal. But sometimes item quantities at Dollar Tree make it so a coupon is unusable. You won’t be able to use a toothpaste coupon that’s specifically for 3 ounces or more on a Dollar Tree tube that’s 2.9 ounces.

Instead, combine a Walgreens promo with a coupon to get some Crest toothpaste totally free:

Buy 2 Crest 3D White Toothpaste, 3 oz (reg. $3.59) $3, sale price
Buy 2, receive $4 in Walgreens Cash
Use one $2.00/2 – Crest Toothpaste 3 oz or more, Walgreens L2C Coupon (walgreens.com)
Pay $4, receive $4 Walgreens Cash
Final Price: Free, when you buy 2
  • Dollar Tree’s Crest Toothpaste, 2.9 ounces: $0.34 per ounce

Toothpaste coupons


5. Don’t buy General Mills cereal at Dollar Tree; buy it at CVS instead.

Cereal bags at Dollar Tree

When you’ve got cereal coupons, use them at a store like CVS instead of paying $1 for 3.6 ounces of cereal at Dollar Tree. Instead, just use a coupon and Ibotta rebates to get twice the amount for cheaper:

Buy 1 Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Cereal (reg. $5.29) $1.99, sale price
Use one $3.00/5 – Kellogg’s Cereal 7.2 oz or larger, limit 4 (coupons.com)
And submit four $0.60/1 – Kellogg’s Froot Loops Cereal, Ibotta Rebate (ibotta.com) – limit 5
And submit one $0.50/1 – Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Cereal, Ibotta Rebate (ibotta.com)
Pay $6.95, submit for $2.90 in Ibotta credits
Final Price: $0.81 each, when you buy 5
  • Dollar Tree Cocoa Puffs, 3.6 ounces : $0.27 per ounce

Cereal coupons



6. Avoid Dollar Tree’s generic soda; look for freebies on name brands instead.

Soda at dollar tree

Dollar Tree soda might seem like a great deal, but why not use an Ibotta offer to grab name-brand soda for free instead? Take a look at this:

Buy 1 Pepsi Zero Sugar, 2 L $1.78, regular price
Submit one $1.78/1 – Pepsi Zero Sugar 2 L, Ibotta Rebate (ibotta.com)
Pay $1.78, submit for $1.78 Ibotta credit
Final Price: Free
  • Dollar Tree Shasta, 2 liter bottle: $1 each

Soda coupons


7. Use Ibotta rebates on Walmart coffee creamer and save $0.07 an ounce.

International delight creamer at walmart

Dollar Tree has 8-ounce containers of Coffee Mate liquid creamer for a buck. But with Walmart prices and an Ibotta rebate, you can get four times the amount of creamer for much cheaper:

Buy 1 International Delight Coffee Creamer, 32 oz $2.64, regular price
Submit one $1.00/1 – International Delight Creamer Bottle 32 oz, Ibotta Rebate (ibotta.com)
Free store pickup with Walmart Grocery Pickup orders of $30+
Pay $2.64, submit for $1 Ibotta credit
Final Price: $1.64
  • Dollar Tree Coffee Mate Coffee Creamer, 8 ounces: $0.12 per ounce

Creamer coupons


8. Skip Dollar Tree’s generic shave gel and get Edge brand with coupons at Target instead.

Shave Gel at Dollar Tree

Whenever you can get a brand-name item cheaper than generic with coupons or rebates, you should absolutely do it!

Sure, this is only a couple cents savings, but remember, you’re getting a way better brand of shave gel too.

Use one $1.00/1 – Skintimate, Bloom or Edge product, Target Circle Single-Use Manufacturer Coupon (exp. Sept. 4) (target.com)
And submit one $1.00/1 – Edge Shave Gel, Ibotta Rebate (ibotta.com)
Pay $1.99, submit for $1 Ibotta credit
Final Price: $0.99
  • Personal Care Dollar Tree Shave Gel, 7 ounces: $0.14 per ounce

Shaving cream coupons


9. Don’t buy Carmex lip balm at Dollar Tree — you’ll save almost $0.10 each.

Carmax lip balm at Dollar Tree

Walmart sells three packs of Carmex tubes and jars that both end up being cheaper than a single Dollar Tree container.

Carmex coupons


10. Buy garlic powder at Walmart instead of Dollar Tree and save $0.10 an ounce.

Garlic powder at Dollar Tree

Walmart’s store brand garlic powder isn’t just cheaper than Dollar Tree, but you get more of it.


What’s something you always avoid adding to your Dollar Tree haul? Drop a comment below!

Stop Buying These 10 Dollar Tree Products ASAP!