How I got 5 Items From Dollar Tree for Free and Got Money Back

by CarleyClagg

This is just an example of how to save at Dollar Tree. The earning potential is limitless with these simple tips and tricks.

Dollar Tree is a store that has a high appeal for savers. It has a wide variety of stock for one dollar. It can't get better than that, right? Wrong. Using rebates, I was able to buy a Glade candle, a six pack of propel water, 4 pack of blueberry Chobanni greek yogurt, 24 count ziploc bags, and a box of kleenex for free. The savings didn't stop there because I also got a dollar back. Here's a breakdown of how it works.

Shopping Breakdown

I owe all my savings to the handy dandy app Ibotta. Ibotta is an app that gives you grocery rebates for shopping at a wide range of stores. All the items I purchased were also listed as rebates at stores where the items were sold at a higher price. The rebate for the Glade apple cinnamon candle was $.2.25 and the rebate for the blueberry greek yogurt was $1.25. By purchasing these items from dollar tree alone, I've profited $1.50 and received these items for free. Ibotta has $1 rebates for the propel water and ziplock bags, meaning I'll get my money back for purchasing these items too. A box of kleenex has a rebate listed for $.50, so I'll only be paying $.50 for the product. If you do the math, you will see that for purchasing the five items, I have profited $1 and got all of my items for free. 


How to Save Even More

This was just a small example of how much it is possible to save, and even profit from shopping at Dollar Tree. Download the Ibotta app before your next shopping trip and take a look at the twenty-seven rebates that are available now and make a list. This alone will provide you with great savings, but you can even take it a step further with coupons. In Dollar Tree's coupon policy, it states that you can use manufacture coupons for products that are sold at the store. To get a hold of these coupons, simply go to the manufacture's site and you are bound to find coupons. You can print them out and use them at the checkout.

There's only one catch. Dollar tree will not except "free item" coupons, and you are limited to two manufacture coupons per customer. Do not let these limitations discourage you. Bring your child or friend to the store with you, stand in line separately, and you can use four coupons. Looking for coupons for products you are also getting Ibotta rebates on is a great way to create profit and maximize savings. 

This is a simple and easy way I like to take savings a step further to get the best possible bargain. What saving tricks do you use when you go to the store. Comment below to share your own tips and tricks with others. 


Updated: 11/14/2015, CarleyClagg
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DerdriuMarriner on 11/05/2022

Your first paragraph mentions cash back in a store already known for coupon opportunities and low prices.

Cash back is something that I came across quite a bit before the COVID shutdown in 2020-2021.

Would Dollar Tree still be offering that to its customers with its prices now above -- I don't know by how much or on which products -- $1.00?

DerdriuMarriner on 08/26/2022

Grocery stores and one-stop-shop stores such as Walmart had free, fresh samples of coffee brands and of bakery and deli foods before Covid restrictions.

Such samples have not come back. Is Dollar Tree known for now having or once having such practices?

I need to become more familiar with Chhobani yogurt and propel waters. It would be helpful for me, in situations such as you write about above, to sample.

DerdriuMarriner on 08/18/2022

Some stores do not allow coupons on products that are marked down or on sale even as some do.

What is your experience?

DerdriuMarriner on 07/29/2022

The grocery store chain where I shop gave rain checks, until March 2020, when the particular location didn't have products in the particular flavor for a customer or when product quantities ran out before the next Wednesday ad or the next re-stocking. Customer Service has that back in effect this year.

Is there a similar provision with these coupons? For example, what would happen if they didn't have the blueberry yogurt or the apple cinnamon candle? Would they issue a rain check or would they permit another choice, for instance, a strawberry Chobanni or a vanilla Glade?

DerdriuMarriner on 07/15/2022

You indicate in the next-to-the-last paragraph that Dollar Tree accepts only two manufacturer coupons per customer. That must be no more than two during a particular visit, correct?

Is the list of current rebates always restricted to 27? And of those 27 manufacturer coupons, would one customer have to select only two between the time the coupons are released and when they expire?

DerdriuMarriner on 05/18/2022

Did you have to pay tax on the items that the coupons made free? Some stores have the customer pay the tax on a manufacturer's coupon but not on a store coupon.

DerdriuMarriner on 05/16/2022

Something else that I'd meant to ask is whether Dollar Tree only accepted (or accepts still or now) digital coupons or if it also accepted (or still or now accepts) paper coupons?

If the latter be true, did (or does) it allow digital and paper coupons to apply to the same purchase or did (or does) it require digital and paper coupons to be used in separate purchases?

DerdriuMarriner on 05/09/2022

Revisiting your wizzley brought to mind two questions about prices and rebates since 2020.

Did Dollar Tree not recently announce that all items no longer will be priced at no more than a dollar, that some if not most if not all will cost the customer more? Has Dollar Tree adjusted the coupon policy so that it's as favorable as it was when everything was priced at $1.00 or has that policy suffered -- like Kroger, whose free Friday downloads no longer exist -- also since 2020?

DerdriuMarriner on 04/11/2017

CarleyClagg, I go in for good old-fashioned coupons (e and paper), discounts, fuel points, markdowns and mega sales.

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