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Saving money isn’t just about finding good deals–it’s about finding cheap alternatives. For example, rather than buying a terrarium, you could make your own out of picture frames. And instead of buying a mini grill, you could make your own out of lasagna pans and cooling racks.
Here are a few more ideas: Turn pool noodles into waterproof garlands, use S-hooks and binder clips as pot storage, organize crayons by color with popsicle trays, turn manila folders and chopsticks into a lamp, and use dropcloths as curtains.
I’ve listed about 1/4 of all the cool ideas in this article from Buzzfeed. I know these ideas aren’t specifically about preparedness and survival, but I think they’re ideas you’ll love. Follow the link below to see the other dollar store hacks.