DOLLAR STORES VS. WALMART
Walmart built its reputation on frugality, but dollar stores such as Dollar Tree and Dollar General have long maintained that their prices are as cheap as it gets. You'd think stores where most items cost $1 would win a matchup with Walmart more often, but the real struggle comes down to unit price. To keep that dollar price tag, the stores often have to shrink their packaging and offer less than they did a few years back, while Walmart can put out cheap, somewhat bulkier items and come out ahead on the per-item, per-ounce, or per-fluid-ounce cost. We did find 50 items where dollar stores sell for far less than Walmart — items that help build Dollar Tree and Dollar General's reputation among the most frugal consumers.