The Real Difference Between Dollar Tree and Dollar General

Updated: Apr. 08, 2024

Despite their names being so similar, they actually have a difference when it comes to your shopping experience.

The dollar store is the perfect place to go to pick up some cheap party supplies or that other roll of paper towels. Chances are, you’ll leave the store having spent less than ten dollars. If you find yourself spending a little more than expected, it might be because you’re not actually at a “true” dollar store. (Pro tip: Find out everything else dollar store employees aren’t telling you.)

That’s right, despite the name, not all dollar stores sell every item in the store for just a dollar or less.

  • Dollar Tree is an actual dollar store (for the most part). The company recently announced it will sell items in certain locations for more than its typical $1 price. This isn’t totally new for Dollar Tree, though; they’ve tested “Dollar Tree Plus” sections at several hundred of its stores, where they sell items that could have a $5 price tag.
  • Even though Dollar General has the word “dollar” in its name, everything in the store doesn’t go for a buck; their merchandise is just low priced.
  • Family Dollar is another chain that has the word “dollar” in its name but sells items for more than a buck.

Whichever store you choose to shop at, you’ll still be getting a deal than you would for the same items at Walmart or Target. Just remember to look for “Tree” on the storefront before you go in expecting to snag those (mostly) dollar deals. Next, check out these things you can buy on Amazon for less than a dollar.