12 Things Dollar Store Employees Won’t Tell You
Learn why everything is usually cheaper, and what items are the best deals at your local or chain dollar or discount store.
We know everyone buys unnecessary things
Whether you shop at a chain dollar store such as Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Family Dollar, or your local 99 cents store, not everything that’s on sale is necessarily worth purchasing. Bryan Waring, a former Dollar Tree employee, says that you’re not alone in buying more than is necessary from these stores. “It seems basic, but everyone falls for this trap,” he says. “You go into a store where everything is cheap, and you walk out with things you don’t need.” He suggests going into a store—yes, even the dollar store—with a checklist of things you truly need.
It might be less expensive to buy in bulk
In a Reddit AMA, an Assistant Manager at a Dollar Tree says most hand soaps for sale smell nice and work well—but there are probably better deals buying these products in bulk, rather than at the dollar store. Here are 9 things you should never buy in bulk.
Everything is cheaper after the holiday season
Patricia, a seasonal worker at a Dollar Tree who prefers not to share her last name, says that the post-Christmas season means even more deals on everything from decorations to sweets. “After Christmas, all the gift wrap paper went to 50 cents, and all Christmas items were half price,” she says. “Even candy bars are 89 cents versus $1.”
Products are less expensive because of their size
In order for dollar stores to keep their prices low, product sizes are usually smaller than normal, according to Cheapism. Dollar stores aren’t the only ones guilty of this hack. Cheapism also reports Walmart is guilty of doing the same thing to lure in customers.
Employees don’t get discounts
Dollar Tree employees reportedly don’t receive discounts, although a few select accounts claim employees only receive discounts on damaged goods, per the Assistant Manager at the Dollar Tree. Here are 11 things you should have been buying from the dollar store this whole time.
Higher-earners shop at dollar stores, too
Earning more doesn’t necessarily mean shopping at pricey stores instead of dollar stores. More than 22 percent of dollar store shoppers make more than $70,000 per year, according to the New York Times. Another report found that 29 percent of millennial households earning more than $100,000 per year shop at Dollar General, Dollar Tree, and Family Dollar, Forbes reports. The same report estimates that these shoppers represent 25 percent of total sales from the three combined chains. Here are 15 things you can buy on Amazon for less than a dollar.
Employees are Jacks and Jills of all trades
Dollar store workers often take on multiple responsibilities and roles. A few of the chain dollar stores previously came under fire for giving managers too much responsibility to keep staffing costs low, per HuffPost.
Household products are the best deals
Dollar stores are a catch-all for everything from cards to balloons. The most popular and best things to buy, however, are household items, Waring says. This includes toilet paper, cleaning supplies, dish rags, and paper towels. “Regular stores sell these items for prices five times what it should be,” he says.
Avoid buying brand name items
Although you can find name-brand products at dollar stores, you can usually find these products for less at other stores, Business Insider reports. These are 32 almost invisible ways stores trick you into spending more money.
Always check expiration dates on food
Make sure to check the expiration date on any food items you might buy from the dollar store. Some of the best options to buy include baking mixes, canned beans, and chicken broth. Here are 10 other dollar store foods you’ll definitely want to add to your cart.