17 Worst Things to Buy at Dollar Stores (Dollar Tree Included)

A dollar is a dollar – until it’s $1.25. Dollar Tree’s recent price increase – most items formerly $1 are now $1.25 – means it’s time to take a look at the value you’re getting at dollar stores.

If you find yourself filling your basket with dollar-store buys that you never use because the quality is poor or the brand is unfamiliar, then you’re simply wasting money.

We recently revisited Dollar Tree stores, where everything sells for around $1.25 or less, in central Virginia (Dollar Tree operates more than 15,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada operating under the Dollar Tree and Family Dollar names). We wanted another look at what was on the shelves. We were careful to compare prices and packaging of those items with prices and packaging at other retailers, a key step to successful dollar-store shopping. We also talked to shopping experts for their guidance. 

One tip right off the bat: Pay attention to sizes and quantities. Manufacturers will…

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