What’s Really Good and Really Useful at the Dollar Tree?
We all have dollar store go-tos, and every so often, we find ourselves needing some odd or end there. It can be foam board for a kid’s project…or perhaps kraft gift bags or lots of bubbles for a children’s birthday party. These are items I recently found are especially useful, well-valued, and worth going back for (especially with the upcoming Pesach season).
Note that inventory is different in every Dollar Tree store. Some stores are well-organized and it’s easy to find things…and other stores are definitely not. If you do need bulk of an item and you can’t find it locally, I recommend buying online and “shipping to store” so you don’t have to pay shipping fees.
Ever since these Ziploc containers were discontinued, I have been looking for a new “red” storage solution for meat (since I use the Ziploc Twist n’ Loc, with blue covers, for dairy). When I spotted this, I was thrilled! They come in so many great sizes and I find the quality is just as good as comparable Ziploc or Rubbermaid products, of course at a much lower price. Stock up!
Do you want to keep the kids busy…for $1? Dollar Tree has activity books to keep kids of all ages entertained. From Sudoku…to Learn to Draw books…to connect-the-dot and maze books. While the littlest ones are always happy with a fresh coloring book, I find that these activity books interest a wider range of ages and even the boys too. And if your kids love playing with stickers, the selection is great and you don’t have to worry about them opening the packs and messing them up. Let ‘em stick and have fun.
Surprisingly Nice Disposables
You’re going to have to look past the colorful paper plates to find these…but there are actually some really nice options! Like silver forks with blank handles...silver-rimmed dinner and salad plates …and really gorgeous disposable large platters like these! They’re my favorite. Perfect for entertaining a crowd at a time when you might not have a lot of platters, like Pesach. They’re thin, but they look great and you won’t mind tossing them when the meal is done. Here’s another version in round.
Yes, you’ll need to spend a night with Goo Gone to get the stickers off and another night toiveling, but if you’re looking for elegant stemware in bulk to set a nice table for a simcha or when you’re hosting a big crowd (and you don’t have enough of your regular wine glasses or goblets), you really don’t need to look further. There’s really a nice range of colors and options and if you coordinate them nicely with your table setting, no one will know the difference. Note that if you do need 12 or more wine glasses, I recommend first scouting them out in the store (buy one to make sure it matches your tablecloth and setting nicely) and then ordering online via “ship to store.” This way, you get your wine glasses in a nice box with compartments (so they’re easy to store). This is way better than bringing them home individually wrapped in newspaper in a plastic bag.
A friend once delivered a cake to me, and when I went to remove it from the carrier so I could return it, she said, “Oh, don’t bother! It’s $1. I keep them on hand.” If you like to bake and bring cakes to your hosts and you always had trouble transporting them, this could be your solution.
Off-Season Full-Size Cereals
This is probably the only food item I’ve ever purchased from Dollar Tree. Although they usually carry off-brand cereals and mini boxes of regular cereals, sometimes you’ll find full-size boxes of special editions of brand name cereals on an end cap. These aren’t online and they’ll change from season to season. Some options I’ve seen over the winter include Pumpkin Spice Cheerios…Pumpkin Spice Special K…and my kids’ favorite, Sugar Cookie Toast Crunch (a version of Cinnamon Toast Crunch). I find that these limited-edition versions are usually very good!
What are your favorite dollar store goods?