Parenting is not easy and keeping up with kiddie expenses is pretty darn hard. From the clothes and the toys to their education and health, everything puts a dent in the pocket. So, to make your life slightly easier, here’s a list of some goods right from the dollar store – they are inexpensive, effective "hacks" to help you and your child enjoy life better.
Buy a pair of cheap, colorful tube socks and turn them into cute baby leg warmers by simply snipping off the foot!
There are some great American doll accessories in the Dollar Store toy section. These could function as your kid’s miniature playsets instead of regular expensive tea sets, kitchen sets, and so on that get costly if they break.
Plastic soap cases make for ideal storage for all sorts of playing cards and card games. No more broken elastics, cards strewn on the floor, and missing aces!
Stock up on knick-knacks and small toys as rewards for your kids. When they do something nice and appreciable, whip out one of these to reinforce good habits and make their day!
Use a combination of plastic cups, mesh baskets, and muffin trays to store your kids’ art supplies in a fuss-free way.
You want your kid to enjoy and look forward to bathing? Put in some glow-sticks — always available and inexpensive at the Dollar Store — into the tub and you have yourself some awesome bath toys that were cheap to boot!
Similar to the craft supplies but cute enough to display! Keep your kids from losing pens, pencils, erasers and more by storing them conveniently in mini-buckets.
Kids love to drag their toys all across the house. So place Dollar Store baskets in convenient places to keep things tidy and start teaching them to clean up after themselves.
When going to the beach, swap your beach bags with mesh laundry bags for storing your kids toys, clothes, etc. This way loose sand won’t trickle into the house with all the stuff.
If you go out often and find yourself scrounging for plastic straws for your kids to drink up, start carrying then in Dollar Store toothbrush holders.
Take old cereal cartons, line them with garbage bags and use them as trash cans for your car. Your kids can litter without worry now.
Freeze wet sponges to create low-cost ice packs that come in handy in your kid’s lunch boxes and won't matter if they don't make it home.
Keep all your kids’ stuff neat and organized by arranging it on a shoe holder hung at the back of the car’s driver/passenger seat. Trim it to the right length, if necessary.
Use a Dollar Store kitchen utensil tray for organizing your kids’ toiletries in the bathroom.
Kids with long hair tend to lose their clips and hair-ties more often than ever. Keep them all stored handily in crafts boxes to prevent them disappearing mysteriously.
Prevent huge messes by placing plastic table cloths on surfaces before your kids’ begin with their arts-and-crafts activities.
Keep your kids’ magnetic toys well-organized by attaching them to inverted pizza trays hung on the wall.
Use small white boards as instruction boards to leave directives for your kids to follow. Say good-bye to flimsy post-its and flimsier excuses.
Keep all baby kitchen items like sippy cups and food jars in plastic baskets. Store several in one shelf or drawer for easy access whenever you need them.
Buy Dollar Store frames, remove the paper insert, and have your kids gets artsy using glue and food colouring on the hard plastic glazing. Display them against a window for beautiful patterns when the sun is out.
Use Dollar Store plastic mesh tubs for storing outdoor supplies your kids tend to lose often, like chalks, dusters, canisters, etc. Hang them from nails on the fence so you can easily bring them in when playtime is over.
Use plastic-lid food-storage containers to create a travel kit of art supplies for your kid. No spills, no lost markers, no bored child!
Find it hard to keep your kids’ files and folders neat? Use dish racks for easy storage and they’ll never lose any homework again.
Popsicle trays can double up as convenient crayon holders for your kids’ desk. Sort them by shade so it looks pretty, too!
Secure your baby by putting up soft, cushy crib rail covers. A pool noodle will do the trick and the Dollar Store is where you’ll find a low-price option. You can even cover them in fabric to match the nursery decor.
Yet another practical purpose for those plastic baskets! Help your kids’ avoid making messes in the car by carrying their food in plastic mesh containers from the dollar store.