36 Dollar Store Tricks Every Smart Person Should Know

36 Dollar Store Tricks Every Smart Person Should Know


If you’re tight for cash or on a budget, your local Dollar Tree can be your best friend. This is 36 Dollar Store Tricks Every Smart Person Should Know 1. Divvy up candy and snacks for movie night using ordinary shower caddies. Clean organized shower holders!! No fighting & everyone gets some yummies!! 2. Use coffee filters to separate items on a large platter or in a large bowl, or use them as little individual serving bowls on their own! Use them to separate snacks, serve small amounts of dry snacks or as plate dividers. 3. Instead of shelling out for an expensive spice rack, bend cookie cooling sheets into whatever shapes you need to keep your pantry neat and organized. Here’s how you do it: Bend the little legs flat as possible and it will look like this. bend up the one side at the 4th wire then skip one wire and bend the other side. Easy peasy… 4. Take 5 simple picture frames and turn them into a mini-terrarium. Prepare 5 photo frame, remove the paper back and then fold down the tabs to secure the glass to the frame. Glue four frames together on each side to form a cube with hot glue and the basic box is finished. Took another frame, break it down and use a chop saw to cut all the pieces the same length. Hot glue the pieces to form a pyramid and you’re done! 5. Line your refrigerator shelves with inexpensive placemats to make spills and other messes less of an issue. Did you know there was such a thing as fridge mats? Simply flipped over, traced and then trimmed the mats to fit your fridge and you got a cool fridge. 6. Organize your drawers with small baskets instead of pricey drawer dividers. They’re just the right size to fit whatever you need — those pink ones are perfect for silverware. If the colors bother you, give them a coat of white (or whatever color) spray paint 7. With just rope, fabric, and the help of a glue gun, you can transform a plain box into a fashionable basket. Wrap the rope around empty box and cover the top with fabric. If your dollar store doesn’t have fabric, you can use a shower curtain or a flat top sheet as fabric instead. While you’re at it, feed the twine through the glue mixture until it is coated then start draping it around a balloon. once dry, pop the ballon and a nice ball light for your party. 8. Using a dish rack, you can organize your kids coloring books and supplies in a matter of seconds. 9. Wrap inexpensive bamboo utensils in contact paper to make them match your kitchen. If you’re looking for a good but affordable gift for the wannabe chef in your life, contact paper is the easy answer and you can pick the pattern you like best. 10. Glue together felt decorations to make a unique throw for your living room. You could use dollar store snowflakes and then glue it together with hot glue gun. 11. Cut up simple color dot stickers into half-moons to make decorative fruit stickers. With the help of a fine-tip pen, you can make lemons, limes, oranges, watermelons, apples or whatever fruits you want. Use ’em to decorate gifts, handmade cards, bullet journal or notebook cover. 12. Combine artificial flowers to make an epic wreath for almost no money at all. This kind of peony flower wreath will cost you $334 but if you love to craft and make a creative mess, you could DIY one just as gorgeous, for $15. Make as many as you ever want to give as gifts and have loads of fun doing it… 13. Glue five or six empty jars together to organize all of your desk supplies vertically. If you have tomato sauce or other jarred foods, wash and save the empty containers. This is a project you could make for free since all you need is empty jar and hot glue gun. 14. Doctor up your hand-me-down or Ikea furniture with a package of gold pushpins or add a detailed touch to your furniture using simple thumbtacks. 15. Pick up a pack of decorative stones and gems to turn your mirror into a gorgeous focal point or grab 19 compact mirrors and glue them together to knock off a high-end honeycomb mirror. 16. Want a stunning light fixture that won’t cost you a fortune? Create this breathtaking chandelier with just a few dollar store finds. Follow the DIY guide at At Charlottes House. 17. Pick up a mesh laundry bag for any beach trips you plan to take this summer. They’re great for storing beach toys but you can also use them to help tote your water bottles, chairs and umbrellas. 18. Hook one end of a pool noodle to your hose and duct tape the other end shut to make a sprinkler that waters your yard. Simply puncture the pool noodle randomly around all sides of the noodle. The more holes, the better the spray. 19. Repurpose an ice cube tray into an earring holder… it will keep your baubles neat and tidy. 20. Pick up a bunch of supplies to put together an engineering kit to keep your kids and their friends busy one day over the summer. The dollar store can be an amazing place for great materials for tinker trays, engineering kits and simple science experiments. Combine all of these loose materials in one place by grabbing a bin at the store too! 21. Fancy up your next pool party with these curtains made out of dollar store tablecloths. Sure they’re not super durable, but who ever needed them to be? You could also turn them into plastic yarn which you can use for knitting or crochet. You can even make little baskets or shopping bags with it. 22. Grill yourself something special for dinner using your very own disposable charcoal grill. All you need to do is go to Dollar Tree get the pan, the rack and alluminium foild then put them together. Ain’t it simple? 23. Glue glass beads to the back of a bookshelf to make a decorative backsplash. While this would be a huge project to try in your kitchen, it’s a great option if you want to add a pop of color to a small shelf. 24. No cake plate? No problem. You can make your own dollar store tart pan and candlestick. Get yourself some heavy duty glue, add it to your candlestick and then stick it onto your tart pan with the lip facing down when the cake plate is up. 25. Pick up a bedding storage bag and use it to pack towels, tablecloths, and other linens when you go camping. You could also use this tip to store seasonal linens, like your holiday tablecloths and quilts. 26. With a hula hoop and some curtains, you can create a play tent for your kids. It’s fun to make, the materials cost less than $20 and it’s much cheaper than a store bought product. 27. Turn paper lunch bags into cute lanterns to line your aisle. Pick up some battery-operated candles at the dollar store as well. It’s much safer to use flameless candles in luminaries. 28. Make rainbow bubble blowers by using fuzzy socks, duct tape, and food coloring. No expensive bubble solution required here since you will make your own from diluted liquid dish soap. 29. Glue rag rugs using fabric glue around pillow inserts to make cozy pillows for all around your house. Prepare the rug from dollar store, fold them in half, get fabric glue, attached all three sides and they have held up amazingly! 30. Dress up a basic iPad case with ModPodge and fabric scraps. First, paint your fabric with Fabric Mod Podge and let it dry. Plac the iPad case on a wood frame for support and then lightly sand it so that the Mod Podge would adhere more easily. Paint a layer of Mod Podge onto the iPad case and smooth the fabric down on top then let it dry. Tackling the edges will takes some time, pain the sides down after you make sure that folding over the fabric won’t affect the fit of the iPad. And now, you have a beautiful DIY iPad case for yourself or for a gift. 31. Organize the pantry of your dreams using dollar store containers and labels instead of more expensive containers from other stores. 32. Tie cut-up pool noodles around a small plastic bin to make a floating drink cart. First, find or purchase a large plastic container and then cut your pool noodle into four equal parts. Thread the noodle parts over a long, sturdy string or rope and fit the noodle pieces around the plastic container. Test the container in the pool without the drinks not only to make sure its floats but that the noodle fit correctly 33. Paint your own vintage floral designs onto cheap plates and serving ware for a custom kitchen set. This project is more foolproof than it seems, because you draw out your designs with a Sharpie and clear up any mishaps with rubbing alcohol. 34. Organize and display your rings using a square drawer divider, a little bit of cotton batting, and some simple fabric. This is another project that takes a little bit of time, but the gorgeous end result is worth it. Follow the comple step by step guide at Tea Rose Home. 35. Nothing causes more mayhem in your closet than shirts that refuse to stay on their hangers. But pipe cleaners can help prevent that annoying mishap and the resulting wrinkles. Simply wrap pipe cleaners or rubber bands around the hangers you already have to keep your clothes from slipping off. 36. Pick up some buckets, or baskets to institute a “crap basket” system in your two-story home. Anything the kids leave downstairs goes in their crap buckets, and they carry it upstairs at the end of every day to put stuff away. If they wait too long, the stuff is confiscated, and they have to do something to get it back! That’s all for now… For more Dollar Store hacks and DIY Ideas, stay tune to our channel. Thanks for watching and we’ll see you in the next videos…

100 thoughts on “36 Dollar Store Tricks Every Smart Person Should Know

  1. In England we got the pound shop (obviously) lol. Love it when they do half price sales. Lol reminds of a joke my daughter told me.

    Hey mom can I go to a 50 cent concert?

    Yes of course honey. There is a dollar you can take ya sister? Lololxxx

    Sorry couldn’t resist such a sweet innocent joke. Inno cent lolol didn’t mean to do that pmsl lolol

  2. Christina ricciardi I'm Michelle I'm from ct looking for a penny shopping buddy got ur name from crista coupons

  3. I hate when they use the term “Every Smart Person Should Know”. So someone is stupid if they aren’t aware? I guess we all can’t be a genius! 🙄

  4. Don't get me wrong I love the Dollar tree. But if you can afford a chop saw, then you could afford to get real glue and not use hot glue to put things together. I get that some people are on a budget, but just using hot glue to secure things together just makes it look even cheaper than it already is.

  5. Mod Podge is such a rip off! Here in the UK its just white school glue or PVA and there's no difference between 'fabric' or 'photo-transfer' or whatever except the amount of water you dilute it with…by all means stay loyal to the brand but just be aware that what you are paying for is a name and tap water!

  6. Bought a picture frame from dollar tree. Instantly fell apart as I was trying to take the back off. Never again lol

  7. I may be wrong but the voice sounded The same as the Beautiful narrator voice on alux
    If you all have not checked out that channel it is an awesome to annul

  8. I once bought some of that twine to do some rustic gift wrapping and it smells really bad. Like it had been soaked in something like gasoline. I wouldn't trust putting it near anything that produces heat like light bulbs, even fairy lights.

  9. hot glue on a ballon, then pop to obtain the round shape.. uhm I'm pretty sure hot glue will pop the balloon upon contact.

  10. Luv luv u two gals! Glad to c the younger generation making the earth even more beautiful! Wish u 2 lived near me! I've got green fingers and hav thousands of tocipal and garden flowers! Try and find some angel trumphets!

  11. I Pray rn you all have a super Blessed day a Healthy and happy future for you and your family and friends and the Lord is with you every single step of the way he will never leave you or forsake Faith of a mustered seed can move a mountain I'm Claiming and Declaring all these things and Having Faith and Believing and Rebuking the Devil in Jesus name Amen Praise God Hallelujah God Bless you all I'm Claiming and Declaring all these things and Having Faith and Believing in Jesus name Amen Praise God Hallelujah God Bless you all I'm Praying rn for you all and Rebuking the Devil and these chains and bonds and addictions sadness anger or depression or anxiety and sickness and may God fill you with such a peace love and joy and comfort and guidance and strength and Healing and Salvation in Jesus name Amen Praise God Hallelujah God Bless you all❤

  12. You are very creative! Every time I visit the nearest Dollar Store…..one thing noticeable?.. The prices of some items..keep rising……Yeah I know
    their prices is the cheapest in town….or…. depends upon HOW they PAY for the items from their distributors…..who one way or another
    profit more than the Dollar Stores themselves…..How about at least…keeping the prices stable on a certain part of the year..BEFORE you
    tag the prices higher than usual….Gradually….. please…..as we love shopping at your stores….but we would love you more if prices of some items stay reasonable …..as they used to be……

  13. This video is like “what you can do with dollar store items”, while I was expecting a “best dollar tree deals” video.

  14. Thank you for a great vid. You could involve children in making so many of these things too, then they are more likely to use them – like the stair buckets, the small card gift packets etc. Some other things I have found useful – pool noodles can line the roof rack bars on the cars to make more grippy / protective ways of holding kayaks, surfboards, skis, planks etc. White paper plates make useful pallets for mixing paints, then discard instead of washing paint residues down the sink/toilet. Also Dollar Tree 6oz packs of El Morro Espresso coffee are very good if you have an espresso machine. Foam boards make good craft bases to cut out and paint shapes or as boards for painting with acrylics. Dollar Tree seems to be the best of the Dollar stores with a wider range and fixed $1 prices but not some things are actually cheaper in Target or Walmart, especially if you are buying bigger packs.

  15. If you are a dummy get off this video and move along. You are not welcome here 😂😂😭 smart people only please 💓

  16. Thought adults do not like bullies and want it to stop. Oh , its only if its happening to your own child?. This comment section has a lot of bullies. The lady is just suggesting. She may have done even a couple of things wrong .Who does not. Everyone does things different. Everyone has a different amount of money. Any way so many people want to change the world but do not want to put out effort just hate. Sometimes people just have to do what others do just to please so they will not be bullied. Smh!!! Grow up.

  17. How did you get the same narrator of Alux? Her voice is simply beautiful! And you can see she's professional because she speaks very clearly (pronouncing all the syllables), sounding natural at the same time.

  18. Also, don't buy t.t. and p.t.'s at the d.s. Oh, that means toilet tissue and paper towel. You don't get a good deal compared to a lot of other sources. Varies depending on where you live though, and I'm not sure Wlamart is that good deal.

  19. A drawer divider isnt expensive it's $1. Majorty of these hacks you can just buy the item your trying to make at the dollar tree!!

  20. Thanks for the back splash idea. I live in an apartment and I'm drying to have a backsplash in my bathrooms and kitchen 💕😉💕

  21. Honestly I feel like for some of these I'd rather just work during the time it would take to make this stuff then just buy it

  22. This woman is crazy. Books in the dish rack? Make a lantern from pictures frames? The lanterns are cheaper than supplies. Also annoying voice and at times sounds like her dentures are loose.

  23. Has YouTube/Google figured out the Dollar store made this video instead of paying for an ad?. Most of these ideas are a waste or outright tacky

  24. Half of these tips require going to websites to see how they’re done!! What’s the point of even watching if you’re having to look elsewhere? Just another video to waste ones time!

  25. Please use less plastic guys. Save the planet. Does each child really need a caddy to organize their little packs of chips, soda etc? Do we really need those plastic covered cardboard bags at themeparks for kids meals?? Do we really need so many paper/plastic cups, plates, straws and cutlery at every party???
    So much wastage😣😣. At what point does mankind improve and say enough is enough. "NO MORE WASTAGE!!" This is my mother Earth too and not just someone else's😔
    I have traveled to other countries and feel saddened to say that I haven't seen as much wastage and use of paper and plastic anywhere in the world but America. We must remember that we set an example to the rest of the world and we must do the right thing in order tobring change on a large scale. Even small things matter like changing the way we organize parties and such. We gotta stop being so materialistic. Stop the practice of return gifts. Those bags for birthday parties are just filled with junk that end up in landfills!
    We should stop teaching our kids that there is joy only in lot of stuff. Well ultimately it's the next generation that will suffer the consequences of our overusage. They need to learn to live within their means.

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