If you’re not buying food at the Dollar Tree you are missing out. Yes, some items come in such small portions that the $1 price tag isn’t saving you any money. On the other hand, some of these items are flat-out bargains. Know how to get your money’s worth with these top food items you should buy at Dollar Tree.
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This store is seriously one of my absolute favorites. In addition to the staples we consistently buy, the rotation of new and seasonal items is also fantastic.
It’s no secret that a lot of my crafts and office supplies come from Dollar Tree. However, there are also foods that we regularly buy for our home. When you are trying to feed a growing family of 5 on $200 a month, every penny counts.
First up is their trail mix. It is delicious and always available. Don’t limit your beliefs that this can only be a snack. Instead, we use this as the add-in for our homemade instant oatmeal packets.
Bagged Yellow Rice
The bagged yellow rice at Dollar Tree is absolutely delicious. My family loves it so much that I tend to grab a bag every time we’re there. This way we’ll never run out.
Nuts are crazy expensive. I love to snack on almonds but balk at the price in most stores. The snack packs at Dollar Tree are the perfect size to keep in my purse for a quick energy boost throughout the week.
Baking soda, rainbow sprinkles, and food coloring are all much cheaper at Dollar Tree. I use there food coloring in tons of desserts and crafts. The quality is never disappointing.
The large thin crusts are our family’s favorite because we can load them up with veggies and proteins while keeping it low-carb. However, the small 7 inch 2-pack crusts are great if you like more dough.
Pancakes are one of our favorite frugal breakfasts. You can easily cook a large batch and freeze the excess for later. This means we go through a lot of syrup, though. The kids like the Dollar Tree brand and I like the price tag.
Velveeta Cheese Sauce
Shells and cheese are delicious. Unfortunately, they are crazy expensive. Buying the cheese sauce packets at Dollar Tree lets me indulge from time to time without blowing out budget.
Snag delicious pizza toppings while you’re there too. Pepperoni pizza is my baby girl’s favorite. These inexpensive packs let me make multiple pizzas for her easily.
I use minced garlic in a ridiculous amount of my dishes. The only way I’ve found this cheaper is when there is a sale on it at Sam’s Club. In the interim, this is the store to stock up at.
Bread crumbs are used for making chicken nuggets, meatloaf, and more. Panko bread crumbs are my favorite and I can grab a container of them for a buck at Dollar Tree.
Coconut oil is another pricey staple but you can save on it at the Dollar Tree. You can’t even get prices this good at Aldi.
Canned Pasta Sauce
Lastly, Hunt’s pasta sauce is another food staple to buy at Dollar Tree. We use this on our pizzas and it’s perfect. You can get it for $1 when it’s on sale at Kroger but at the Dollar Tree you don’t have to wait for a sale.
Buying a few staples at the Dollar Tree can save you hundreds on your grocery bill. We manage to feed a family of 5 on only $200 a month and you can too. I am here to help you do the same.
Now that you know the top food items to buy at the Dollar Tree, it is only fair that you learn some awesome recipes to make with them. Starting next week I’m sharing easy, budget recipes using some of the items listed above.
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