Two Tips Tuesday – Dollar Tree

Hi there! I hope everybody is having a good week. I’m so very sorry that I have been MIA for the past couple of weeks. Just been one thing after another but I’m back and have a couple of great tips for you.

The Dollar Tree is a store here in the United States that sells everything for 1 dollar. You can find everything from pantry staples to party supplies. For the crafters and DIYers, the Dollar Tree provides endless possibilities for repurposing and creating all kinds of things. But, like any other store, there are things that are a really great deal and others that are not so much of a great deal. Here’s a couple of tips to keep in mind when you shop at the Dollar Tree (or a similar discount store).

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Tip #1 – Food products – look at the expiration dates and the size. Many of the stores have pantry staples (soups, sauces, pasta, etc.), bread, even a frozen food section.

I grew up going to food discount centers where the majority of our grocery shopping was done. The cans were dented and food wasn’t always the best or freshest. Once in a while we had different sorts of little critters visiting us while we shopped (I’ll leave it to your imagination to guess what kind of critters those were).

There’s a lot of great food deals at Dollar tree. For instance, spices, soups, albacore tuna, and beans also. But, you need to keep in mind that some of the products they receive will have a short shelf life. For instance you might find cereal that was a specialty item in the grocery store, maybe seasonal. Make sure you look at the expiration date when buying food.

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The other thing to look for with the food products is the size. You will find name brand products but they will come in smaller sizes. The ratio of quantity to price for the same product in the grocery store might not make it worth getting at the Dollar Tree.

Tip #2 – When it comes to all of their other products, see beyond what you are looking at on the shelf. Get your creative juices flowing. There are so many possibilities when it comes to DIYs using Dollar Tree’s products.

Plastic containers and diapers. You wouldn’t think those would be for anything other than putting food in and putting on a baby’s bottom.

Well, you can take these seemingly ordinary things and turn them into this diaper cake. I wanted to share it with you even though I am not completely finished yet. I’m sure you are wondering about the containers and how this was put together. I’m currently finishing up a tutorial on how to make one of these so stay tuned.

Dollar Tree’s plates, glasses, etc. are great deals. They have different styles and colors of plates, bowls, and cups. You could put together an entire dinnerware set. This plate and candle stick are great for what they were intended for.

But, what if for $2.00 and a little bit of E6000 glue you turned it into a cake stand or to serve appetizers on. My next project is to make a 2-tier stand. Using a salad plate, dinner plate, and a candle stick. You could set up an entire dessert table with trays and serving pieces using just Dollar Tree products.

I hope these tips are helpful to you the next time you are in a Dollar Tree. Have a blessed evening.

She is like the merchant ships, She brings her food from afar. She also rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household, And a portion for her maidservants. She considers a field and buys it; From her profits she plants a vineyard. She girds herself with strength, And strengthens her arms. She perceives that her merchandise is good, And her lamp does not go out by night.

Proverbs 31:14-18

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