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10 $Dollar Store$ Tricks That You Will Definitely Find Valuable

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Dollar stores can be great. Admittedly, you might be reluctant to eat the food sold at them, but you certainly would eat the food if you did not have a choice in the matter.

I actually have eaten food from a dollar store, and it all turned out perfectly fine. They offer some pretty good products.

You really can buy a lot of interesting stuff at those stores, and the prices really can be quite good. In the United States, one of the largest discount variety stores is Dollar Tree. While the stores were designed to attract those who do not make that much money, they are also popular with wealthier costumers. The company is headquartered in Virginia, and there are roughly 14,800 of them in the country. The business was founded in 1986. Also, the stores employ roughly 176,000 people. When you really think about it, that is a lot of people.

There are also Dollar Trees in Canada. There are over 200 stores in the country; most are in Ontario, as well as western Canada.

I really do like the variety that the stores offer, and there are products you can pick up that can be used for purposes other than what they are intended for.

Here are eleven ways to use dollar store products in very creative ways.

1. A Cheap Way to Light Up the Patio

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At many dollar stores, and at many other places, you can buy little vases that are filled with rocks that are supposed to be sort of pretty. I don’t really see the appeal myself, but a lot of people seem to like them. I am not the best when it comes to interior design.

The idea depicted in this image, though, is a great one. The rocks definitely look pretty all lit up like that. They are just solar lights with the stakes removed, and those things can be purchased almost anywhere, and they generally don’t cost more than ten or fifteen dollars. Right now, you can get a four-pack on Amazon for about fifty dollars. That isn’t a bad deal. You can probably get them cheaper, though. You can probably get them at a dollar store. They are probably very cheap there.

2. Make It Easier To Watch Television On Your Phone

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I love that I can watch television shows and movies on my phone. I once watched an entire season of “Better Call Saul” on my phone. I forget the circumstances behind that. I think the cable was out or something.

However, watching television shows on your phone is also a pain unless you find a good way to prop them up. Arms get tired, after all.

The dollar stores probably have solutions, though. In this case, I believe I am looking at something used to display photos, which is a great idea. That seems like a reasonable solution to an irritating problem.

3. Customize the Dishes

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I have never considered doing such a thing, although I probably should have. This is a neat idea. The dollar stores generally sell plain dishes, and they also sell markers.

You could have a lot of fun with this idea if you are a creative, artistic type.

There’s nothing wrong with eating off of plain dishes, of course, but why do so when you can create one-of-a-kind pieces? At the very least, you write your name on your dish so everyone who visits your home knows not to eat off it.

A really good artist could probably do pretty amazing things. Flowers would be nice. I do like the little olive in this image.

Believe it or not, most olives that are grown aren’t used as table olives. The vast majority are used for olive oil. Considering how many things olive oil is used for, though, I suppose that makes sense.
It was not always the case, but olives are now grown in many parts of the world, including the state of California, New Zealand, Australia, France, Peru, and South Africa. Most of them are grown in Spain and Greece.

While table olives may be high in calories and sodium, they are also good for you in a way. For one, they are a good source of vitamin E.

4. Customize the Coasters

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As is the case with the dishes, you will probably want to customize anything you buy from a dollar store, and it is easy to do. Plain coasters work fine, of course, but they are also sort of dull.

In this case, Token & Bliss used tape and paints to decorate the coasters, and they really do look great. Pretty much everything you need is probably available at a dollar store for very little money. In addition to the paint, the tape, and the coasters, all you will really need is a paintbrush.

The woman who came up with this idea clearly has a very creative mind. Based on what she put on her website, she does a lot of crafty stuff, and that is very cool.

5. The Family “Command Center”

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This was apparently made using stuff you can buy at the dollar store, and it looks fantastic.
This is a great way of making sure everyone in your family knows what is going on and where they need to be. When you have a large family, it can be difficult to keep track of everyone’s schedule.
This one was made by a blogger known as Girl Loves Glam. If you go to her blog, she will teach you how to make one for yourself.

Apparently, according to the picture, someone in her family went to Utah in 2014. Utah, of course, is one of states in the United States of America. I don’t know why she went, but Utah is an interesting place. It is found near Nevada, Colorado, and Arizona. It is notable for the fact that most of its residents are Mormons. It is the only state in the US where most residents belong to one particular Church.

Interestingly enough, it is one of the fasting-growing states in the US. Because of the high Mormon population, perhaps, the state’s laws regarding alcohol, gambling, and tobacco are rather strict compared to the rest of the United States.

The capitol of the state is found in Salt Lake City, which was founded back in the 1840s. It was actually founded by Brigham Young, who was the second president of the LDS Church.

6. Buy Organizers To Keep Your Car Clean

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These organizers look great, especially if you have kids. You do have to carry around a lot of stuff if you have a child, after all. I’m sure these didn’t cost much at a dollar store.

Really, there is almost everything a parent might need in this thing. It looks like there is insect repellent and sunscreen, both of which are important to have. Bugs, particularly mosquitos, transmit disease; sunburn is never fun, either.

The DVD is a good idea. It isn’t great to stick your kid in front of a screen when they are getting rowdy, but sometimes a parent just needs to do that.

If you are not familiar with LeapFrog, the company makes products designed to teach children subjects like math, grammar, and history. It offers several technology-based products. The company has been around since 1994, and it employs over 500 people. It is headquartered in the state of California.

One of the stars of the animated DVDs that teach kids to read is Jessica Straus. You might not be familiar with the name, but there is a good chance you have heard her voice. She has actually voiced many characters for video games. For example, she was a voice in “Super Street Fighter IV” as well as “Street Fighter V”. She has also starred in many anime films.

7. Use the Hamper When You Go to the Beach

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You can buy really cheap folding hampers at a lot of dollar stores out there; generally, hampers are used to store dirty clothing, but you can store pretty much whatever you want in them. I know a person who actually stored clean clothing in one of those things.

In this case, one is being used to transport beach toys to the beach. What a great way of storing them! Children definitely need a lot of toys when at the beach. You basically can’t bring enough of them.

You really have to give a lot of credit to the person who came up with this idea. Parents all over the world thank you.

8. The Hair Clips and the Wires

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This may be the best tip on this list. It is practically impossible to prevent your wires from becoming tangled, and that can tend to make cleaning a bit more difficult than it needs to be.v

Using these hairclips is a great idea. I would have never thought of that. I bet it works really well. Furthermore, you can purchase dozens of these things at most dollar stores for a very small amount of money. They do not need to look great, either.v

It looks like the cable in this image is secured very well. It amazes me how easy it is for cables for smartphones and tablets to be damaged. If you buy the proper ones, they are not exactly cheap. The ones you buy from places like a dollar store do not always work, and they are even more fragile. You really just can’t win.

9. The Leg Warmers for the Baby

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I know a lot of people who have babies and spend a small fortune on clothing for them. Obviously, babies need clothing, but they also grow like weeds, so it seems like a waste to spend a fortune on clothes for them unless you have money to burn. Most parents do not have a ton of money to throw around. All children are expensive.

This is another great idea. You just cut the end off of tube socks and you have leg warmers for your little kid. They look about as nice as anything you can buy, and I am sure the pair costs a lot less.
In the United States, on average, it currently costs over $200,000 to raise a child. That does not even include the cost of college. Do you realize how many puppies you can buy for $200,000?
Dogs are not cheap, though. They cost their owners hundreds of dollars every year. Still, they are a lot cheaper than children.

10. Use Dishes to Make a Planter

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As mentioned earlier, dollar stores tend to sell dishes. That’s great, too, because dishes are sometimes a bit overpriced. I appreciate fine china and such, but you don’t need to use it every day. If you are not having company over, what is the point?

This was made by someone named Lucy, who runs the blog named Craftberry Bush. She has a lot of neat stuff on her site.

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Written by Kevin Barrett

Kevin Barrett is an award-winning reporter currently residing in one of the many suburbs of Philadelphia. In addition to working in journalism, he was worked in higher education and logistics. He is single, but does have a distracting little dog who keeps him from achieving maximum productivity.

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