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Do you ever wonder if Dollar Tree is cheaper than other stores? I often see videos about Dollar Tree hauls and these people have a ton of stuff in their basket and a lot of ‘great deals’. So in my quest to save money, I tested Dollar Tree Prices vs. Walmart Prices. You’ll never guess what I discovered!

Do you ever wonder if Dollar Tree is cheaper than other stores? I often see videos about Dollar Tree hauls and these people have a ton of stuff in their basket and a lot of 'great deals'. So in my quest to save money, I tested Dollar Tree Prices vs. Walmart Prices. You'll never guess what I discovered!

Is Dollar Tree REALLY cheaper?

I have often wondered, Is shopping at Dollar Tree REALLY cheaper than shopping at other stores? A lot of times you see people’s posts about their Dollar Tree hauls and these people have a ton of stuff in their basket and a lot of “great deals”. So in my quest to save money I did “The Great Dollar Tree Test for the Betterment of Mankind 2018”!

I went to my local Dollar Tree and Walmart and I set out to find out once and for all if Dollar Tree is really cheaper! I made a list and bought the same items at each store. Since some product sizes were different at Dollar Tree Stores than Walmart, I also calculated the price per ounce or the price per individual item in the package.

I wasn’t surprised by my findings because I had suspected all along, but now I know for sure that I was right.

Here is what everything cost at both stores:

 

Dollar Tree Prices

Item Item Cost Price Per Unit
25 sheet Tissue Paper $1.00 $.0.04/sheet
Gift Bag $1.00 $1.00
Plastic Table Cover $1.00 $1.00
25 Ft. Aluminum Foil $1.00 $0.04/ft.
Comet Cleanser 25 oz. $1.00 $.0.04/oz.
Bleach 96 oz. $1.00 $0.010/oz.
Oven Cleaner 13 oz. $1.00 $0.07/oz.
The Works Bathroom Cleaner 16 oz. $1.00 $0.06/oz.
Blue Dish Soap $1.00 $0.03/oz.
Colgate Kids 2.7 oz. $1.00 $.37/oz.
Aim 5.5 oz. $1.00 $0.18/oz.
Floss Picks 60 pack $1.00 $0.016/pick
Crest 2.9 oz. $1.00 $0.34/ oz.
Odor Absorbers 8 oz. $1.00 $0.12/oz.
White Rain Shampoo $1.00 $0.05/oz
VO5 15 oz. $1.00 $0.06/oz
Napkins 160 count $1.00 $0.006/napkin
White Rain Kids body wash 12 oz. $1.00 $0.08/oz.
Green Scrubbies 5 pack $1.00 $0.20/scrubbie
Swiffer Copy Cat Wet Cloths $1.00 $0.10/cloth
Sponge with Scrubbie $1.00 $0.50 each
Flower seeds 4/$1.00 $0.25 each
Garlic Powder 1.65 oz. $1.00 $0.60/oz.

If I bought 1 oz. of everything: Dollar Tree Total Cost: $5.16

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Walmart Prices

Item Item Cost Price Per Unit
40 sheet Tissue Paper $3.98 $.0.09/sheet
Gift Bag $1.48 $1.48
Plastic Table Cover $0.97 $0.97
35 Ft. Aluminum Foil $2.97 $0.08/ft.
Comet Cleanser 25 oz. 0.98 $.0.03/oz.
Bleach 121 oz. $2.94 $0.02/oz.
Oven Cleaner 16 oz. $2.74 $0.17/oz.
Works Bathroom Cleaner 32 oz. $.98 $0.03/oz.
Blue Dish Soap 40 oz. $2.97 $0.08/oz.
Colgate Kids 2.7 oz. $0.98 $.36/oz.
Aim 5.5 oz. $0.85 $0.15/oz.
Floss Picks 60 pack $1.00 $0.016/pick
Crest 2.9 oz. $0.97 $0.33/oz.
Odor Absorbers 8 oz. $3.88 $0.48/oz.
VO5 12.5 oz. $0.78 $0.06/oz.
Napkins 150 count $1.00 $0.005/napkin
GV Kids body wash 40 oz. $2.48 $0.06/oz.
Green Scrubbies 6 count $4.48 $0.74/scrubbie
Swiffer Copy Cat Wet Clothes $2.84 $0.23/cloth
Sponge with Scrubbie $0.97 $0.48 each
Flower seeds 4/$1.00 $0.25 each
Garlic Powder 3.4 oz. $0.98 $0.28

If I bought 1 oz. of everything: Walmart Total Cost: $6.69

 

The Outcome: Is Dollar Tree Really Cheaper?

So the outcome of Is Dollar Tree Really Cheaper? Well, yes and no. For certain things it’s cheaper and others it’s not. 

If you are buying these, you are saving when you buy them at Dollar Tree Stores:

  • Tissue Paper
  • Gift Bags
  • Oven Cleaner
  • Odor Absorbers
  • Green Scrubbies
  • Swiffer Copy Cat Cloths
  • Seeds
  • Party Supplies

I would get these at Dollar tree and these items are a good deal cheaper than Walmart. I don’t know about how long the green scrubbies will last compared to the name brand and I don’t know how thick the Swiffer Copy Cloths are, but they are cheaper.

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Everything else that I tested is the same price or cheaper at Walmart.

One thing I noticed is that at Dollar Tree, the packages were often smaller, so if you purchase a bottle of garlic powder at Dollar Tree, the bottle is only half the size of the one at Walmart, so if you do a price comparison by the ounce, Walmart ends up being cheaper even though the price for a bottle of garlic powder appears lower.

Of course, for items like a single gift bag, the price comparison is easier since there’s only one item.

One thing that came up in my Dollar Tree Question to our readers on our Save on Groceries Facebook Group was they LOVED buying spices and party supplies. The spices ended up costing DOUBLE the cost of buying spices at Walmart but the party supplies were half the price of buying them at Walmart.

So in the end, if saving money is important to you, know you prices. Don’t assume that Dollar Tree is cheaper just because things cost $1. Dollar Tree is not cheaper on everything, but it can be on some things. Walmart is cheaper for a lot of other things. So if you shop wisely and pick the right store for the right items, you can get good deals.

 

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