A DOLLAR Tree superfan has revealed five bargains that defy price hikes and two more that you should definitely avoid.
As inflation continues to rise, many consumers are finding it difficult to save money.
The latest figures from the Labor Department show that the inflation rate is locked in at 8.6% – up 0.3% from the previous month.
While this eats up many Americans’ pockets, thankfully there are some ways to save if you know where to shop.
A Reddit user recently went to r/DollarTree to answer the question asked, “After the price increases, what items are still considered bargains today?”
User @Drusilina said you could go to your local Dollar Tree to pick up “garlic bread, most crafts, most seasonal, 1 liter Pepsi and Coke, and cleaning supplies.”
However, the user added, “My frozen and grocery departments are suffering, I’ve had to reduce over 300 items this week and it looks like next week will be the same or more.”
Other people joined the thread to share their top tips for saving at Dollar Tree.
“I would say our socks are still a good deal, hand soaps, party supplies, seasonal items, most stationery,” commented another person.
“I feel like some things like candles, our individual sheets of thicker paper, aren’t really worth the increased price and you can find better deals on those elsewhere.”
Another Dollar Shop expert listed that “party supplies, craft supplies, seasonal decor, and greeting cards” are great options for bargain shoppers.
Someone commented on that list, saying, “I still buy all my greeting cards and thank-you notes from Dollar Tree.
“Also lots of stickers and stencils if you want to decorate stationery,” they continued.
This happens because a Dollar Tree employee gives customers inside information about certain products to avoid when shopping at the discount store.
The worker, known as Brenda, said shoppers should not buy frozen seafood or meat because some of the items could be hit or miss.
She said the store’s cinnamon bites are “amazing” and admitted that Dollar Tree’s customers love the frozen fruits and vegetables, according to Mental Floss.
But she cautioned, “I don’t eat any of the frozen fish or rib-eyes because I don’t trust frozen seafood or $1 dollar meat.”
The worker advised shoppers to go to their local store to buy frozen fish and meat.
Nate, a Massachusetts store manager, claims he’s heard reports that the steak is undercooked and has been compared to rubber.
A taste test held in Kentucky in 2016 pitted a $1 steak against a $12-per-pound ribeye and a $9-per-pound ribeye from the grocery store, WCPO reported.
A firefighter who sampled the three meat samples described the dollar steak: “I’m guessing it was meat.”
Another commented, “It’s not terrible.”
Meanwhile, other firefighters described the cut of meat as “OK,” “chewy,” and “very rubbery.”
Customers can try a number of tricks to save cash when shopping at Dollar Tree.
The store allows buyers to use printable internet maker coupons.
Customers should also buy in bulk when visiting the discount store.
And you can use a discount app like Ibotta, which gives you cash back every time you shop online, in store, or from your phone.
Another way to save is by paying with a cash-back credit card.
https://www.the-sun.com/money/5670067/dollar-tree-fan-five-bargain-items/ I’m a Dollar Tree superfan – here are 5 bargains that are still defying the price hikes and two to avoid at all costs