The Best Dollar-Store Deals

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Sure, a buck or two ain't bad, but our frugalista, Amrita Singh, showed us three dollar-store deals that will give you even more bang for your buck. Here's how to stretch your dollar even further.

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1. Epsom Salt

Part magnesium and part sulfate, this amazing mineral relieves stress and relaxes muscles when used in the bath. But that's not all...

Colour and scent your epsom salt for a luxe bath experience.

  1. Pour 1 cup epsom salt into a paper or sealable plastic bag.
  2. Add 2 drops of your favourite essential oil.
  3. Add 8 drops of food colouring to salt.
  4. Seal bag and shake!
  5. Adjust colour and scent to your liking.

Decorate glass objects with epsom salt.

  1. Colour epsom salt (as detailed above); you can even add glitter!
  2. Tape out a design on your glass container. Alternatively, you can secure a stencil onto the glass.
  3. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge with a paint brush or foam brush, depending on intricacy of your design.
  4. Sprinkle epsom salt over top of Mod Podge and gently shake off excess.
  5. Let your masterpiece dry, then carefully remove tape/stencil.
  6. Spray design with acrylic sealant in gloss or matte (optional).
  7. Clean glass surrounding design with a slightly damp rag or cotton swabs dipped in warm water. Be careful to keep water away from your design.

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2. Stuffed Animals

High turnover means you can find cute, new cuddly critters at the dollar store regularly. These are great to store in the car or in your purse for rainy days. But that's not all...

Make stuffed animal bookends.

  1. You'll need 2 stuffed animals with back seams. Undo portion of seam with small scissors or seam ripper.
  2. Remove stuffing from body of animal.
  3. Fill body cavity with rice, beans or heavy beads.
  4. Sew up back seam with a simple stitch.
  5. Repeat with second stuffed animal.

3. Tissue Paper

Gift-wrap at the dollar store is always a good deal (especially greeting cards!), and don't forget to stock up on tissue paper, too. But that's not all...

Make funky wrapping paper with tissue.

  1. Stack two pieces of tissue paper, then fold in half.
  2. Open to centre and sprinkle crayon shavings on one side.
  3. Refold over crayon shavings.
  4. Press top layer of paper with an iron on a low setting. Tip: Don't move iron back and forth across paper. Instead, press down and keep iron stationary for a couple of seconds until crayon shavings melt and colour bleeds through to the top. Be sure to clean the surface of your iron with a damp cloth afterwards.
  5. Use either side of your colourful watermark-style paper to wrap gifts. Or use it as a dramatic piece of abstract art in a kids room.

 

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