Dollar Tree Review: What to Buy & What Not to Buy

 

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This Wednesday, I shopped at our local Osage Beach Dollar Tree for the first time! Did I enjoy it? Yes, very much! I found some great deals, but I also spotted some not-so-great deals. You can save big by shopping at Dollar Tree, but you need to know what to buy and what not to buy.

That is why I have put this list together to help you figure out which items to buy. This list is by no means comprehensive, but after a little research and personal experience this is what I’ve come up with. I’m sure I will update this list the longer I shop at this store, but hopefully this will give you a good idea of what to look out for. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for the FAQ section!

 

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Seasonal:

I would say everything in this section is a pretty good deal! I cannot think of any items I wouldn’t buy…

 

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Toys and Crafts:

What to Buy:

  • Bubbles
  • Bouncy Balls
  • Card Games
  • Coloring Books and Activity Books
  • Glow Sticks
  • Puzzles
  • Disposable Toys: If it’s something your kids might break or lose anyway, why pay a lot for it?
  • Paint, Glitter, Beads etc: Craft supplies can be very pricey! I learned this the hard way during Christmas! The dollar store is a great place to find simple supplies for kids crafts.

What not to Buy:

  • Very cheaply made toys –You can always tell by looking at a toy if it is going to last past tomorrow…

 

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School and Office Supplies:

What to Buy:

  • Project Display Boards
  • Tab Dividers
  • Binder Clips
  • Dry Erase Supplies
  • 2- pk. Scotch Tape
  • Poster Board
  • Mailing Supplies
  • File Folders
  • Educational Supplies
  • Some Books – Some of these are not worth your time, but you might find something worth reading if you keep your eyes open.

What not to Buy:

  • Composition Books – You can get these for less than $1 at Walmart.
  • Lined Paper – Cheaper in bulk at other stores
  • Crayons – Poor quality and you can get them cheaper at other Walmart.
  • Glue Sticks – I have been told they don’t work very well.
  • Post-Its – Cheaper in bulk.
  • Pens and Highlighters – You can usually find brand name pens on sale at big box stores + you can use coupons.

 

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Parties and Gifts:

What to Buy:

  • Wrapping Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Gift Bags and Boxes
  • Greeting Cards
  • Thank-You Notes
  • Candles
  • Streamers
  • Mylar Balloons
  • Tissue paper – Sooo much cheaper!

What not to Buy:

  • Plastic Silverware – Really flimsy and breaks easily.

 

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Price Cutter Weekly Store Deals 1/14-1/20

Price Cutter Weekly Deals

Ways to save at Price Cutter:

  • Shop the weekly ad and in-store sales.
  • Use manufacturer coupons. Price Cutter doubles coupons $.25 to $.50 (ex. $.50 doubles to $1).
  • Shop their mark-down and clearance sections found throughout the store.

Paige's Picks = Paige’s Picks (Deals that I consider to be the cream-of-the-crop.)

Weekly Store Deals:

Carolina Pride Sausage 16 oz roll – $1.79

John Morrell Smoked Sausage 7 oz – $0.99 with Price Cutter store coupon in-ad and additional $10 purchase (limit 2)

Sugardale Sliced Bacon 12 oz – $2.99

Pork, Whole Boneless Pork Loins or Family Pack Boneless Chops – $2.49 lb

Bell Peppers, large green – $0.50 each Paige's Picks

Blueberries 6 oz – $2.50

Cabbage, Green – $0.49 lb Paige's Picks

Cucumbers – $0.50 each Paige's Picks

Grapefruit, Texas – $0.50 each

Oranges, California Navel – $0.33 each Paige's Picks

Tomatoes, Extra Large Roma Tomatoes – $1.19 lb

Organic Girl Romaine Hearts 3 pack – $3.49
Use $1/1 Organic Girl coupon from here
Final Cost $2.49

Hiland Cottage Cheese 24 oz – $2.99 Paige's Picks
Use $0.50/1 Hiland Cottage Cheese coupon from here (doubles)
Final Cost $1.99

Hiland Orange Juice half gallon – $1.99 Paige's Picks
Use $0.30/1 Hiland Orange Juice 1/2 gallon coupon from here (doubles)
Final Cost $1.29

Hiland Sour Cream & Dips 16 oz – $2.09
Use $0.40/1 Hiland Sour Cream or Dip coupon from here (doubles)
Or $0.30/1 Hiland Sour Cream or Dip coupon from the 12/7 SmartSource insert (doubles)
Final Cost as low as $1.29

Silk Soy or Almond Milk 64 oz – $2.50 with Price Cutter store coupon in-ad and additional $10 purchase (limit 2) Paige's Picks
Use $0.75/1 Silk coupon from here (sign up with NEW account to print)
Final Cost $1.75

Hiland Old Recipe Ice Cream 56 oz – $2.99 with Price Cutter store coupon in-ad and additional $10 purchase (limit 2) Paige's Picks
Use $0.50/1 Hiland Old Recipe coupon from the 12/7 SmartSource insert (doubles)
Final Cost $1.99

Green Giant Steamers 11-12 oz – $1.79
Use $1/3 Green Giant Steamers coupon from here
Final Cost $1.46 each

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*Expired* $2.99 for a Gallon of Milk at Gerbes!

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*Expired*

I received an email from Tiffany this morning letting me know that the gallons of milk are on sale for $2.99 at Gerbes in Camdenton! This is the best price I have seen in a while, so you might want to grab some!

Thanks, Tiffany!

Be sure to check out the best ad deals at Gerbes before you head that way –> Gerbes Weekly Store Deals

Woods Supermarket Weekly Store Deals 1/14-1/20

Woods Weekly Deals

Ways to save at Woods Supermarket:

  • Shop the weekly ad and in-store sales.
  • Use manufacturer coupons. Woods doubles coupons $.25 to $.50 (ex. $.50 doubles to $1).
  • Shop their mark-down and clearance sections found throughout the store.

Paige's Picks = Paige’s Picks (Deals that I consider to be the cream-of-the-crop.)

Weekly Store Deals:

Green Cabbage – $0.48/lb. Paige's Picks

Roma Tomatoes – $0.98/lb. Paige's Picks

Sweet Yellow Onions – $0.98/lb.

Cucumbers – $0.50 Paige's Picks

Red Grapefruit – $0.50

Boneless Half Pork Loin – $2.27/lb.

Farmland Sliced Bacon, 12 oz. – $2.88 Paige's Picks

Pillsbury Grands Biscuits, 16.3-17.3 oz. – $0.97 Paige's Picks
$0.30/2 Pillsbury Refirigerated Grands! Biscuits, exp. 3/28/15 (SS 01/04/15)
$0.40/3 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands or Grands Jr Biscuits, exp. 3/28/15 (SS 01/04/15 R)
$0.30/2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands! Biscuits, exp. 2/28/15 (SS 12/07/14)
$0.40/3 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands or Grands Jr Biscuits, exp. 2/28/15 (SS 12/07/14 R)
$0.30/2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands! Biscuits, exp. 2/14/15 (SS 11/23/14)
$0.40/3 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands or Grands Jr Biscuits, exp. 2/14/15 (SS 11/23/14 R)
$0.40/3 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands or Grands Jr Biscuits, exp. 2/7/15 (SS 11/16/14 R)
$0.30/2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands! Biscuits, exp. 2/7/15 (SS 11/16/14)
$0.40/3 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands or Grands Jr. Biscuits, exp. 1/31/15 (SS 11/09/14 R)
$0.40/3 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands! or Grands! Jr. Biscuits (Kroger Digital Coupon)
$0.40/1 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands! or Grands! Jr. Biscuits printable
$0.40/1 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands! or Grands! Jr. Biscuits printable
Final cost: as low as $0.17 each

Ruffles, Fritos or Cheetos, 16-24 oz. – $1.77

Store Brand Pasta, 16 oz. – $0.89

Freschetta Pizza, 14.54-30.09 oz. – $3.87 Paige's Picks
$1.50/2 Freschetta Pizzas, exp. 2/14/15 (SS 01/04/15 R) [14.5-oz.+]
$0.75/1 Freschetta Pizza printable
Final cost: $3.12 each

Banquet Meals, 4.9-10.5 oz. or 2 ct. – $0.87

Dawn Ultra Liquid Detergent, 9 oz. – $0.99 Paige's Picks
$0.25/1 Dawn Product Hand Renewal, Power Clean, Bleach Alternative or Oxi Product, exp. 1/31/15 (P&G 12/28/14) [ETS; Limit 4]
Final cost: $0.49 each

3-Day sale (1/16-1/18):

Russet Potatoes, 10 lb. – $2.48

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Hy-Vee Weekly Store Deals 1/14-1/20

Ways to save at Hy-Vee:

Paige's Picks = Paige’s Picks (Deals that I consider to be the cream-of-the-crop.)

Weekly Store Deals

Navel Oranges – $0.48/lb.

Fuji Apples – $0.97/lb. Paige's Picks

Store Brand Baby Carrots, 2 lb. – $1.98  (Fuel Saver: Earn $0.01 per gallon)

Yellow Onions, 3 lb. – $1.48

Clementines, 5 lb. – $4.99 Paige's Picks

Dole Classic Iceberg, 12 oz. or Classic Coleslaw, 14 oz. – $1.00 (In-ad coupon – Limit 1)

Store Brand Sliced Bacon, 12 or 16 oz. – $2.50 Paige's Picks

Oscar Mayer Lunchables, 2.25-4.4 oz. – $1.00

Boneless Beef Bottom Round Roast – $3.99/lb.

Store Brand Butter, 16 oz. – $2.68

Store Brand Cheese, 6-8 oz. – $2.00

Store Brand Cottage Cheese, 24 oz. – $1.68 Paige's Picks

Store Brand Orange Juice, 64 oz. – $0.99 Paige's Picks

Jell-O Pudding, Gelatin, Temptations or Mousse, 4 ct. – $1.67

Folgers Country Roast Coffee, 34.5 oz. – $5.99 Paige's Picks

Yoplait Greek or Liberte Yogurt, 5.3-6 oz. – $0.80 (Fuel Saver: Earn $0.01 per gallon) Paige's Picks
$1/5 Yoplait Greek, Greek 100 or Greek 100 Whips Cups, exp. 2/28/15 (SS 01/04/15)
$1/5 Yoplait Greek, Yoplait Greek 100, or Yoplait Greek 100 Whips! Yogurt printable
$1/5 Yoplait Greek, Yoplait Greek 100, or Yoplait Greek 100 Whips! Yogurt Printable
$0.20/1 Liberte Mediterranee Yogurt printable 
$0.20/1 Liberte Mediterranee Yogurt printable
$0.20/1 Liberte Mediterranee Yogurt printable
$0.20/1 Liberte Mediterranee Yogurt printable
Final cost: $0.60 each

Lay’s Potato Chips or Tostitos Tortilla Chips, 9-13 oz. – $2.00 WYB 3 (With in-ad coupon)

Store Brand Single Cup Coffee or Cappucino, 24 ct. – $2.00 off

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Gerbes Weekly Store Deals 1/14-1/20

Ways to save at Gerbes:

  • Shop the weekly ad and in-store sales.
  • Use manufacturer coupons.
  • Use e-coupons.
  • Sign up for a Gerbes reward card to get the best prices.
  • Shop their mark-down and clearance sections found throughout the store.

Paige's Picks = Paige’s Picks (Deals that I consider to be the cream-of-the-crop.)

Weekly Store Deals:

Gala Apples – $0.99/lb. Paige's Picks

Gala, Granny Smith, Red or Golden Delicious – $0.33

D’Anjou, Red or Bosc – $0.99/lb. Paige's Picks

Pomegranates – $0.99

Grape Tomatoes, 10 oz. – $1.99

Mandarins, 3 lb. – $3.99

Boneless Chuck Roast – $3.99/lb.

Oscar Mayer Lunch Meat, 14-16 oz. – $2.50

Oscar Mayer Lunchables, 2.25-4.4 oz. or Bologna, 12 oz. – $1.00

Bar-S Franks or Bologna, 16 oz. – $1.00

Pillsbury Biscuits, 8 ct. – $1.25 Paige's Picks
$0.30/2 Pillsbury Refirigerated Grands! Biscuits, exp. 3/28/15 (SS 01/04/15)
$0.40/3 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands or Grands Jr Biscuits, exp. 3/28/15 (SS 01/04/15 R)
$0.30/2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands! Biscuits, exp. 2/28/15 (SS 12/07/14)
$0.40/3 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands or Grands Jr Biscuits, exp. 2/28/15 (SS 12/07/14 R)
$0.30/2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands! Biscuits, exp. 2/14/15 (SS 11/23/14)
$0.40/3 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands or Grands Jr Biscuits, exp. 2/14/15 (SS 11/23/14 R)
$0.40/3 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands or Grands Jr Biscuits, exp. 2/7/15 (SS 11/16/14 R)
$0.30/2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands! Biscuits, exp. 2/7/15 (SS 11/16/14)
$0.40/3 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands or Grands Jr. Biscuits, exp. 1/31/15 (SS 11/09/14 R)
$0.40/3 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands! or Grands! Jr. Biscuits (Kroger Digital Coupon)
$0.40/1 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands! or Grands! Jr. Biscuits printable
$0.40/1 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands! or Grands! Jr. Biscuits printable
Final cost: as low as $0.85 each

Bolthouse Farms Juice, 15.2 oz. BOGO Free @ $3.19 – $1.59

Store Brand Cheese, 6 or 8 oz. – $1.99

Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper or 7-UP, 8-12 pk. 12 oz. or 6 pk, 24 oz. – $3.00 WYB 3

Pepsi, 24 pk, 12 oz. – $5.99 WYB 2

Vitaminwater, 20 oz. or Smartwater, 700ml. – $0.88

Doritos Chips, 10-11.5 oz. – $2.50
$1/2 Doritos e-coupon
Final cost: $2.00 each

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Paul’s Supermarket Weekly Store Deals 1/14-1/20

Ways to save at Paul’s Supermarket:

  • Shop the weekly ad and in-store sales.
  • Use manufacturer coupons. Paul’s doubles coupons $.25 to $.50 (ex. $.50 doubles to $1).
  • Sign up for Paul’s rewards card to get the best prices.
  • Shop their mark-down and clearance sections found throughout the store.

Paige's Picks = Paige’s Picks (Deals that I consider to be the cream-of-the-crop.)

Weekly Store Deals:

Whole Mushrooms, 8 oz. – $1.29

Green Cabbage – $0.49/lb.

Roma Tomatoes – $0.99/lb. Paige's Picks

Large Grapefruits – $0.50

Chicken Leg Quarters, 10 lb. – $5.90 Paige's Picks

Country Style Pork Ribs – $1.69/lb. Paige's Picks

Oscar Mayer Bologna or Cotto Salami, 12 oz. – $0.99

80% Lean Ground Beef – $2.99/lb. (1/14-1/15 only) Paige's Picks

Prairie Farms Yogurt, 24 oz. – $1.69

Pepsi Products, 2 liter – $1.00

Maxwell House or Yuban Coffee, 28-31 oz. – $6.99

Gevalia Coffee, 12 oz. – $5.99
$1/1 Gevalia Coffee Product, exp. 2/22/15 (SS 01/11/15)
Final cost: $4.99

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Dierbergs Weekly Store Deals 1/14-1/20

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Ways to save at Dierbergs:

  • Shop the weekly ad and in-store sales.
  • Use manufacturer coupons and store coupons. (They can be stacked to double the savings.)
  • Shop their mark-down and clearance sections found throughout the store.

Paige's Picks = Paige’s Picks (Deals that I consider to be the cream-of-the-crop.)

Weekly Store Deals:

Jumbo Green Peppers – $0.50 Paige's Picks

Blackberries, 6 oz. – $1.00 Paige's Picks

Carrots, 1 lb. – $0.48 Paige's Picks

Granny Smith Apples – $0.89/lb. Paige's Picks

Crisp Green Celery – $0.99 Paige's Picks

Jennie-O Sliced Turkey Bacon, 12 oz. – $1.69 Paige's Picks
$0.55/1 Jennie-O Turkey Bacon printable 
$0.55/1 Jennie-O Turkey Bacon or Turkey Breakfast Sausage Printable 
Final cost: $1.14 each

Beef Sirloin Tri-Tip Roast – $6.79/lb.

Tenderbird Chicken Wings, 2 pc. Party Style, 3 lb. – $7.95

Pork Baby Back Ribs – $2.69/lb.

Pork Spare Ribs – $1.99/lb.

Store Brand Sour Cream, 16 oz. – $1.00 Paige's Picks

Cottage Cheese, 16 oz. – $1.50

7-UP, A&W or Sunkist, 2 liter – $0.99

Kettle Brand Chips, 5 oz. – $2.00

Keebler Zesta or Krispy Saltines, 16 oz. – $1.69
$1/2 Keebler Crackers, exp. 2/1/15 (RP 12/07/14 R) [8-oz.+]
Final cost: $1.19 each

Frito Lay Sunchips, 7 oz . – $1.67 WYB 2 Paige's Picks

Sara Lee Snack Cakes, 12.1-12.7 oz. – $1.99

Cousin Willie’s Microwave Popcorn, 3 ct. – $0.79 Paige's Picks

Frito Lay Cheetos, Fritos or Can Dip, 8-9.75 oz. – $1.79 

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Weekly Local Price Comp/Match List 1/11-1/20

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Here is the new price comp/price match list for this week. Look for the Paige’s Picks stars – these are the deals that I consider to be the cream-of-the-crop! Italicized store names can only be comped in Osage Beach.

*There will be no posts or Comp List next week (11/18). I will be back on the 26th to resume posting!

Walmart Price Comp List 1/11-1/20 (PDF)

Questions about price matching? All You Need to Know About Price Matching at Walmart It is be a good idea to bring in the ads or a print out of the ads to show cashier. Also, remember to always carry with you a copy of Walmart’s price match policy & coupon policy to avoid any problems at the register.

Weekly Store Ads:

Please contact me if you have any questions concerning this list.

Menards Store Deals 1/11-1/17

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Ways to save at Menards:

  • Menards Mail-in Rebates. (Rebates are available in the form of a Menards store credit.)
  • Shop the ads and in-store sales. (Promotions typically run 2 weeks.)
  • Use manufacturer coupons. (They can be stacked with rebates to double the savings.)
  • Watch for mark-downs and clearance items.

Rebate Deals

Super Sale (Purchase by 1/17)

 Stackable Parts Bin (SKU 245-4935) $0.65 (Limit 10)
Spend $0.65, then submit for $0.65 mail-in rebate
Final price: Free after rebate

 7” Resin Planter (SKU 278-1750) $2.00 (Limit 6)
Spend $2, then submit for $2 mail-in rebate
Final price: Free after rebate

 Reach Tool (SKU 265-9890) $3.99 (Limit 4)
Spend $3.99, then submit for $3.99 mail-in rebate
Final price: Free after rebate

 Screwdriving Bit Set (10 Pack) (SKU 252-0714) $4.99 (Limit 2)
Spend $4.99, then submit for $4.99 mail-in rebate
Final price: Free after rebate

 Prefinished Shelf (10”D x 48”W) (SKU 211-4230, 4231, 423, 4237, 4285, 4294) $5.99 (Limit 20)
Spend $5.99, then submit for $5 mail-in rebate
Final price: $0.99 after rebate

 Quick Taco (SKU 473-2185) $7.99 (Limit 2)
Spend $7.99, then submit for $7 mail-in rebate
Final price: $0.99 after rebate

 2 Shelf Closet Helper (SKU 211-5402) $14.99 (Limit 4)
Spend $14.99, then submit for $10 mail-in rebate
Final price: $4.99 after rebate

 All Season Floor Mat (4 Piece) (SKU 261-7106-7110) $14.99 (Limit 3)
Spend $14.99, then submit for $5 mail-in rebate
Final price: $9.99 after rebate

 RotoMop (SKU 648-9891) $14.99 (Limit 4)
Spend $14.99, then submit for $5 mail-in rebate
Final price: $9.99 after rebate

 Small Stackube (SKU 211-3394, 3398) $19.99
Spend $19.99, then submit for $10 mail-in rebate
Final price: $9.99 after rebate

 4 Shelf Closet Helper (SKU 211-5401) $25.99 (Limit 4)
Spend $25.99, then submit for $10 mail-in rebate
Final price: $15.99 after rebate

Winter Sale (Purchase by 1/17)

 Multi Purpose Unfaced Handi-Fill (SKU 161-1003) $2.99 (Limit 10)
Spend $2.99, then submit for $2.99 mail-in rebate
Final price: Free after rebate

 Hinge Pin Remover (SKU 244-5060) $4.97 (Limit 2)
Spend $4.97, then submit for $4.97 mail-in rebate
Final price: Free after rebate

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