If you were feeling like 2021 has been as crap a year as 2020, you're wrong. It's actually worse because of this ridiculous news. For the first time in the history of Dollar Tree's existence, the chain will now carry items that cost more than one dollar. Of course we can thank the inflation rung in by the Covid-19 pandemic that struck in 2020. But the company's CEO Michael Witynski claims "many are telling us that they also want a broader product assortment when they come to shop."

So those big signs that say everything's a dollar will no longer be entirely accurate and I'm mad. Even worse, items that are prices at $1.25 and $1.50 will be mixed in on the same shelves as $1 items. Maybe that doesn't sound like a big deal except for all those quarters add up to spending more than you're used to. And talk about awful timing.

The best thing about Dollar Tree are the seasonal items. Halloween and Christmas decorating is made easy and inexpensive at Dollar Tree. If I wanted to spend more I'd go to Family Dollar which already charges more than a dollar for things. There can however be an expectation of more variety in items with the price increase. Will that be worth it? Maybe. We will have to see.

For now, I'd visit any of the 24 Dollar Tree Locations in Idaho and stock up on your favorites before things start changing. Before you won't get as much change back because everything is just slightly more expensive. Are you taking this as personally as I am?

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