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…

Dereck Turner

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

  1. Katarina L Kuhn says:

    This almost sounds like a robo voice. .. is it?

  2. quit playin says:

    What dollar store is that? Looking like that…

  3. Beautiful Williams says:

    Thy very useful 👍

  4. Chromantic Vintage Creations says:

    I appreciate all of the positive feedback!

  5. SHrimpS Are Pretty Rich says:

    My dollar store is too small

  6. Broken Winged Phoenix says:

    Why would someone on a budget waste their little bit of money on movie junk food trays?

  7. Helen Murphy says:


  8. Helen Murphy says:


  9. Lindsey Kate says:

    Yeah let me just bust out my chop saw.

  10. Tyrell The Tyrant says:

    I'm totally doing the fridge mat thing… I hate cleaning the fridge 😒

  11. Aisha says:

    Store tricks or DIY projects??

  12. Donna Rodabaugh says:

    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!

  13. Denise Hashim says:

    I like the wreath. It could use a decent bow.

  14. David Samson says:

    #37 skip all this and make do with what you have without spending a cent.

  15. LandofJadeNRocco Journals and Planners says:


  16. Lynn Sandoval says:

    Nail art

  17. deyaaatok3s says:

    Where i live dollar tree dont have nothing like that. 😭

  18. Nicole Fetcenko says:

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  19. Eileen Lester says:

    Love Dollar Tree! 💜For larger boxes you can use a pillow case, also available at Dollar Tree.

  20. Flerida Lopez says:

    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……

  21. Michael Muirhead says:


  22. The Julz to Life says:

    New sub here thanks for the ideas

  23. ecyojnej says:

    Crap bucket?

  24. 🌟 MORNING STAR⭐️ says:

    You probably can’t put these utensils in the dishwasher

  25. BestPysanky Inc says:

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

  26. Steve D says:

    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.

  27. Leigha says:

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

  28. Kurt Cummins says:

    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.

  29. Christa B says:

    Ain't no one got time for this!

  30. Estela Akemi Oyadomari says:

    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.

  31. Jace Warrior says:

    pathetic video.

  32. Anonymike says:

    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.

  33. Khris Charron says:

    Looks like alot of junk and stuff that takes up space.

  34. Joslyn Vish says:

    I have never seen a dollar store that nice and organized lol

  35. TAC Systems says:

    Why not just use that time to make the money you need to buy the quality stuff?

  36. Amanda B says:

    Half these thing are stupid!

  37. Amanda B says:

    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!!

  38. טניה says:

    Oh wow….. I already did the movie night shower caddy without even looking at this video💕🤭💕

  39. טניה says:

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

  40. Billie says:

    5.2 million views?

  41. Maestro Jack says:

    If you buy cheap, you get cheap, and you are cheap.

  42. Brooke fernandez says:

    soccer mom hax

  43. Michael Reed says:

    This lady is a psycho

  44. Sharonparsley says:

    Great ideas!

  45. Adam R says:

    ALUX, I hear ya.

  46. GRYPHOmn says:

    This is trash garbage

  47. R Kells says:

    Oh hell no they lost me at the frame square box ain’t nobody doing all that

  48. mndlgh says:

    The comments 😂

  49. Jami Berrett says:

    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

  50. Bailey Ever says:

    Lol no

  51. Ciarrroscurrro says:

    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.

  52. Ms CEO says:

    That tent for your kids looks scary

  53. mae eswards says:

    I love the dollar tree stores!!

  54. Marten Dekker says:

    Most of these ideas are complete shit.

  55. pamela morrison says:


  56. Kenn Mossman says:

    Don't use hot glue for the bottles…it won't last

  57. Kenn Mossman says:

    pipe cleaners has a sharp metal core – put on a hanger and snag your clothes and skin……great idea

  58. none given says:

    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

  59. Lourdes baby says:

    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!

  60. Keto Kitchen by Lisa says:

    Great video!! Thanks for sharing. New subscriber & rang the bell. Please lets stay in touch.

  61. tom holm says:

    I wouldn't recommend spray painting a silverware holder.

  62. Mona K says:

    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.

  63. don’t touch me fam says:

    I love dollar tree

  64. Maha Kazan says:

    Jansen very bright ideas thanku

  65. Maha Kazan says:

    U Tube makes things easier in our lives thanku U Tube

  66. Je' suis Cherie says:

    Seriously ? This should have been titled, WPS. (white people stuff) 🙂

  67. Riqochet Rose Tarot says:

    Great ideas!

  68. cat sniffer says:

    Only smart people? How insulting to the no so smart crowd!

  69. Ay Gissel says:

    YouTube does it again…This video was posted 2 years ago and it’s in everyone’s recommended

  70. Pinto Bean says:

    I'm not smart so I shouldn't know these? Guess this person discriminates against dumbasses such as myself and should not know this or watch this! Community guidelines broken much? 🤔🤔🤔

  71. At Home with Irish TWINS says:

    Why do my dollar trees never look like on these videos!? 😞

  72. Shanna Van Ausdall says:

    these ideas suck

  73. fancybam says:

    You got great ideas. Don't know where your located but you Dollar tree is very neat and shop able. The ones here are always a train wreck.

  74. NnJ says:

    Tons of great ideas thx! I LOVE the rope lanterns. Can’t wait to make those.

  75. NnJ says:

    You can also use the pool noodle sprinkler thing to water your garden beds. I don’t have kids so that’s what I’ll do.

  76. Misbeauty V says:

    Some of these are so much work I'd rather just buy lol

  77. Surrender17 says:

    Tip 14 looks really tacky. 😉

  78. Julie Anderson says:

    When I go there it's the hundred dollar store. I might have a problem.

  79. Sue Goodwin says:

    "Everyone gets some yummies?" Who writes this SH*T?

  80. J Jo says:

    Hi, everyone. This isn't a Dollar store idea, but it's very useful and practical: If you are like me, you have a drawer filled with address stickers…some accurate, some not, but about 3.45M of them! I recently found a great use for them: as precut pieces of clear sticky tape, (i.e. Scotch tape). Of course, its not for public things, just the scads of uses for clear sticky tape in the home. I started using it shyly, but then more and more and am delighted each time I find an additional application. And, these labels are strong. I used to shred them, and still do with some, but now I have a piece of tape all ready to peel off the paper! Hope this helps others out there. : )

  81. Sister Rose says:

    I wouldn't try #36. That would be a fire hazard.

  82. Irish RedBone says:

    Good place to buy TP 🚽

  83. watercloset99 says:

    Dollar store shit is made in China…..avoid the dollar store….BUY AMERICAN

  84. Carol Clarke says:

    What the hell is a dollar store

  85. Virginia Reid says:

    How do you wash the bamboo spoons, etc. with the contact paper on them?

  86. arkiteckht says:

    Is no one going to mention that at 2:25 they switched from talking about a box to talking about balloons???

  87. Atlanta Glamdoll says:

    It has been said: 1) these aren't store "hacks", they're craft projects. 2) these craft projects are meant to replicate high-end/pricey items. However, after buying the needed materials to diy (not including value of your time and effort) you're spending about the same amount of money for the final product maybe even more $ if you've got a radar for bargains. 3) no one who shops the dollar tree out if budgetary necessity is going to gaf about unnecessary frivalities such as dish spacers or snack caddies.
    That said, there were a couple of decent ideas like the pool drink float and clothes hanger fix.

  88. Piper Mccoy says:

    #1 …No wonder America is dying of an obesity pandemic

  89. karaokecatlady says:

    Many of these comments are tear-causing funny.

  90. טניה says:

    Oh Em Ghee….. I did #1 years ago and it works great! A different color for each child 💕😁💕

  91. thurman says:

    I use the felt place mat as a tool box liner. Works great.

  92. I AM HUMAN says:

    ummm most smart people dont shop in these stores..its all cheap stuff and not worth the dollar they charge..how much more china stuff ya gonna buy…BUY AMERICAN…DANG

  93. GoldenCoin says:

    Some demo would be great. People have very Short attention span. And everyone is full of ideas, just can't be bothered.

  94. Ilovecoupons says:

    Great ideas! Your videos are ALWAYS exceptionally well-made & helpful! Keep up the great work! 🙂

  95. Kayla Steele says:

    The dish rack, mind blown!!!

  96. Ohio Interior Design says:

    These are the dumbest tips I have ever heard. Fucking fail.

  97. Shameless Titan says:


  98. pleiades says:

    Never have toxic snacks.

  99. thee clownster says:

    Smart tricks everyone shod know lol how about already smart to know these tricks are stupid

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