Here at BargainBabe we love the dollar store! Shopping at the dollar store can save you big bucks especially when combined with coupons. Last year we shared 67 things you should always buy at the Dollar Store and were amazed at the amount of items that our readers love to buy! Make sure to stay away from these dollar store items!
We compared four of the largest dollar stores in the U.S. and the results may surprise you!
Comparison of four largest dollar stores in U.S.
|Store Name||Number of States||Number of Stores||Sells Food||Sells Alcohol||Accepted Forms of Payment||Carries Brand Names||Fiscal Year Sales||Size of Stores||Accepts Coupons|
|Dollar Tree||48||4,800+||Yes||No||Cash and Credit||Yes||$7.84 billion in 2013||11,500 sq. ft.||Yes|
|Dollar General||40||11,000+||Yes||Yes (in select stores)||Cash and Credit||Yes||$17.5 billion in 2013||7,300 sq. ft.||Yes|
|99 Cents Only||4||343||Yes||Yes (in select stores)||Cash and Credit||Yes||$1.5 billion in 10 month fiscal 2014||N/A||No|
|Family Dollar||46||8,200+||Yes||Yes (in select stores)||Check, Cash, Credit||Yes||$8.5 Billion in 2011||7,000-10,000 sq. feet||Yes|
According to our findings, Dollar Tree stores can be found in the highest number of states in the U.S. (I’m partial to this store as there’s one five minutes from my house!) but Dollar General has the highest number of stores throughout the U.S.
Did you know that dollar stores sell alcohol? I was very surprised that many of the dollar stores are now offering discounted wine and beer. Cool! Has anyone ever bought alcohol at the dollar store? I have yet to find a dollar store in Rhode Island that sells alcohol.
I was also surprised to find that all of the dollar stores except the 99 Cents Only store accept coupons! Don’t worry there are still other ways you can save at the 99 Cents Only. What dollar store is your top pick?