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Feb 21, 2015

26 Useful Dollar-Store Finds Every Parent Should Know About

If you've got a dollar, you can make your life easier.

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1. Stop your kids from losing playing cards by storing them in travel soap box holders.

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These are also great for storing crayons, beads, stickers, and more. Learn more here.

2. DIY tube socks into super-cute baby leg warmers.

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Find out how here.

3. Combine a muffin tin with plastic cups to make a wonderfully mobile storage center for art supplies.

4. Buckets are a good choice for organizing art supplies too.

5. Use a mesh laundry bag to hold sand toys at the beach.

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The awesome thing about this is that you don't drag home a bunch of sand at the end of the day! Learn more here.

6. Keep your car clean by using a cereal container as a trash can.

7. You can also keep your car in shape with a hanging shoe organizer.

8. One more for the car: Keep your kids from making a mess on fast-food runs with this dollar-store staple.

9. Craft boxes are perfect for organizing barrettes and hair ties.

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Find out more here.

10. DIY on-the-wall storage for your kid's magnetic toys using dollar-store pizza pans.

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Find the tutorial here.

11. Keep sippy cups organized using dollar-store baskets.

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Never lose another sippy cup lid again. Learn more here.

12. Dollar store baskets are also amazing for outdoor activities.

13. Dish racks make organizing school supplies easy.

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Ideal for homeschoolers. Learn more here.

14. DIY a crib rail cover using a pool noodle.

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Find out how here.

15. Ice-pop trays are surprisingly ideal for organizing your kid's crayons.

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Find out more here.

16. Make traveling with kids easier by putting together a supply box with items from your local dollar store.

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Find out more here.

17. Dollar-store frames are perfect for making window art with glue and food coloring.

18. They're also great for making a "family command center" board.

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Learn how to run a tight ship here.

19. Throw down a plastic table cloth before craft time for easy cleanup.

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Learn more here.

20. A utensil tray is the key to keeping your kids' toothbrushes organized.

21. Kitchen sponges can be used to make low-cost ice packs for your kid's lunch box.

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This way if your kid loses the ice pack it's no big deal. Learn more here.

22. Bring straws with you in a toothbrush container.

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This way you have them when you need them.

23. Put dollar-store baskets on the stairs for your kids to put their loose toys.

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Learn more about "crap baskets" here.

24. Toss glowsticks into the tub to make bath time a blast.

25. Dollar-store toys and trinkets make perfect "Catch 'em being good" gifts.

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Find out more about this positive reinforcement technique here.

26. There are also incredible finds for your kid's American Girl doll in the toy section.

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After spending $100+ on the doll, you deserve these cool — and mercifully affordable — accessories. Learn more here.

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