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13 Summer Essentials For a Buck at Dollar Tree!

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13 Summer Essentials for a dollar at Dollar Tree

I know spring has only just started, but its never too early to start dreaming of those warm summer nights. The backyard barbeques with their sweet smoky scent. The satin breeze caressing your skin as you watch the stars. I can hardly wait for summer, and I love a bargain. If you share these two passions, then we have things to talk about.

I went to the dollar store today to look around. I wasn’t really looking for anything in particular, but I hadn’t been in a while so I thought I would see what was new.

They have so many awesome things! You need to be careful at the dollar store, not everything there is necessarily a good deal, but if you look around, chances are you will leave having scored quite a bargain!

These are my top 13 picks (I couldn’t narrow it down to just ten!) of summer essentials that you can score at the dollar store for just a buck a piece!

1. Scarves Dollar Tree Scarves

These are wardrobe essentials. As the seasons are still transitioning, these light scarves are perfect to dress up an outfit, and can double as a small pashmina when the sun goes down. They have so many cute colors and styles and at only a dollar, you can afford to grab them all!

2. Flip Flops

Dollar Tree Flip Flops

Flip flops are the quintessential summer footwear. At just a dollar per pair, you can grab one in every color for every member of the family! Some of them even had beaded embellishments. So cute! This is a steal of a price too.

3. Styrofoam Cooler and Ice Packs

dollar tree styrofoam cooler ice pack air conditioner

You can never have too many coolers. They are absolutely essential for backyard BBQ’s and trips to the beach. This one is small, but its the perfect size for a 12 pack of soda or adult libations. Its also the perfect size to make a DIY styrofoam cooler air conditioning unit! I know someone who tried it and said it worked really well!

4. Plastic Patio Partyware

dollar tree patio party ware

Plastic Patio Partyware. Try saying that 5 times fast! This stuff is actually nice quality plastic, and I absolutely adore the blue wine glasses (not pictured, but you can see the green ones on the top shelf). There’s quite an assortment here and they are such fun, vibrant colors perfect for grilling on the deck!

5. Ribeye Steak

dollar tree ribeye steaks

Speaking of grilling, did you know that Dollar Tree sells ribeye steaks?! I haven’t tried them, but I imagine they would be good for marinating and grilling to help tenderize the meat. Not a bad deal if you’re cooking steaks for a crowd! (PS: If you’ve tried them, I would love to know how they were!)

6. K-Cup Reusable Filterdollar tree reusable k-cup filter

One of my favorite things about summer is taking a nice cup of coffee out onto the porch and sipping it early in the morning with a good book before it gets too hot outside. This reusable k-cup filter is perfect for your Keurig machine! I didn’t get one and now I am kicking myself. I might have to go back and grab one. Or two. And maybe a few of those steaks…

7. Garden ToolsDollar Tree gardening tools

If you love to garden, you know it can get expensive quickly with all the tools, pots and accessories. These Dollar Tree finds are perfect for gardening without the big price tag! They had a huge selection of tools, nozzles, gloves, stands, pots, seed starters and even seeds (4 packets for a dollar!!) I would never have thought to look at the dollar store for gardening stuff, but I am glad I stumbled upon it!

8. Hanging Pots

dollar tree hanging baskets

I love these hanging pots with the coconut liners but I have always found them to be a bit pricey. Not anymore! These were just a dollar each (sold separately). You could line your whole patio with these baskets for a lovely, lush look without breaking the bank.

9. Kids Outdoor Toys

dollar tree kids outdoor toys

Summertime means playing hard OUTSIDE, much to the joy of parents everywhere. Make sure your kids have lots of things to play with in the great outdoors to prevent boredom. My favorites as a kid were bubbles, kites and sidewalk chalk, and the dollar store has a huge selection to choose from. These are great to keep the kiddos entertained at block parties and barbecues as well.

10. Grilling Spices and Condiments

dollar tree grilling spices and condiments

You didn’t think I was done talking about grilling did you? There’s a huge assortment of seasonings, spices and condiments here. Perfect for seasoning the fresh ground beef, or encrusting chicken breast or fish. Don’t forget, Dollar Tree also accepts manufacturer coupons, so if you find brand-name condiments (or anything else) you can use coupons on them too for extra savings. Make sure you’re stocked up on ketchup, mustard, mayo and more for all the grillin’ festivities.

11. Garage Sale Suppliesdollar tree garage sale supplies

Garage Sale Season is my faaaavorite time of year! If you’re hosting your own garage sale please send me your address you can grab all your advertising essentials at Dollar Tree. Everything from sign-making materials to coin rolls, price tag stickers and more. Good materials don’t have to cost you all your future profits!

12. Colorful Flower Potsdollar tree flower pots

Aren’t these gorgeous? I love the pops of color that these flower pots provide. At just a dollar a piece, you can use these for all sorts of craft projects These aren’t cheap plastic either, they are nice quality ceramic! I might just have to grab a few to plant succulents on my kitchen windowsill!

13. Plug In Air Freshener Refills

dollar tree air freshener refills glade airwick

Ok, you got me, this isn’t really a “summer” essential, but this was too good a deal to pass up. It looks like these would fit in your Glade or Airwick plug in oil warmers. I bought one to try out, I’ll let you know how it goes, but if they fit this is a great price!

This post was not sponsored in any way by Dollar Tree, I just found these items on a recent trip and thought that it would be good to share since these are great items for summer!

Looking for some fun summer crafts for kids? Check out this post from Seasonal Family Fun!

What’s your favorite summer essential at Dollar Tree?

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Tina Pence

Friday 7th of October 2016

Did anyone try the air freshener? I have a Glade holder and I bought one of the Dollar Tree refills. I will let you know if it fits.


Saturday 12th of November 2016

did the refill fit in the Glade plugin warmer?

Sunday 26th of April 2015

I wish my Dollar Tree had half of the things yours does!!!!

An Exercise in Frugality

Monday 27th of April 2015

I'm fortunate to live near a couple Dollar Tree stores and this happens to be a fairly large one (the smaller ones in my area don't have a lot of this stuff either!)


Thursday 9th of April 2015

Wow, I am not so sure about the rib eye. hah, I am curious to know if anyone has tried it as well.

Have you used the flower baskets at all Rose? I've been wanting to hang some up in the front and back yard but don't want something that is going to be too flimsy.

An Exercise in Frugality

Friday 10th of April 2015

I know right? I am really curious about the steak. I may go pick up a couple just to test it out! I think they are on the small side from what I could see. I'll report back if I try them! I haven't used the flower baskets but I am considering going back and grabbing a few for my patio. I'll let you know if they look too flimsy.