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Old 09-07-2016, 05:56 PM   #1
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I love finding interesting tools and making them work in unusual ways.

For instance, we're constantly in need of shims and wedges to level chairs and tables and stoves. I've been collecting bits of various things to use in leveling catastrophies and emergencies, but never quite have the right thing.

Last week I was in the dollar store (getting some clamps, see below), and happened to see THESE:



Two in a package for a buck. I bought two packages.



Got that sucker level!


I also grab a $1.49 drop cloth from the Paint Mart, to use under the outdoor rug. The rug stays 95% cleaner = less mess when we get home. Things weren't very tidy yet, but here's a shot of the rug with drop cloth underneath. The plastic is wide enough that I can stretch it under the trailer, to help keep items we have to stash under there cleaner.



Then since the awning gave us a lot more room, I added an "extension" to the outdoor carpet... but didn't have enough drop cloth to protect it. BUT, did have a pretty huge plastic party tablecloth ($1). It was bigger than the rug, put it down. It was actually stronger than the drop cloth.

to be continued...
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That night our camp stove and equipment was soaked in dew. So, that night I used another $1 investment to cover the whole shebang. Along with clamps and clothes pins from youknowwhere. Six clamps for $1, dozens of wooden clothespines for $1.



Also leaves and junk kept falling down in piles on the carpet, so the NEXT night the tablecloth became an inprovised awning extension, using more clamps, some cordage, metal shower curtain rings, and some paper towels. Oh, and two rubber bands.


Oh, and a few bungee cords.

Result? Dry gear and no more leaves and junk on the outdoor carpet.


I also use a ton of $1 items inside the trailer for organizing (ask me how I happen to have extra cords and guy lines and shower curtain hooks and clamps and stakes and clips etc. handy). Maybe another post one of these days
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Not a Dollar Store Hack

Here's something else that worked really well, and it was free.

This thermal envelope came with something frozen that was shipped to us. We thought it might come in handy.

I tried it like this:



It is covering an enamel coffee pot after we'd got the water Very Hot. When placed on the table on a silicone pad, the water stayed warm for hours.

In this picture, I decided to keep it on top of the dutch oven while baking brownies. It helped insulate the oven, and also collected heat that would have otherwise been lost.

Double hack score.
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I too am a fan of the Dollar Store. One of the sharpest paring knives I own came from there...shudda bought a dozen!


I use the wood clothespins as "potato chip" clips. I think there's 24 clothespins in a bag. Double duty, if I need to hang something to dry on the line.
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I too am a fan of the Dollar Store. One of the sharpest paring knives I own came from there...shudda bought a dozen!


I use the wood clothespins as "potato chip" clips. I think there's 24 clothespins in a bag. Double duty, if I need to hang something to dry on the line.
Double hack score! (Especially if you left your chips out in the dew and THEY needed to hang out to dry )
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Ahhhh...gotta love the Dollar Store!!!

It is one of my "go-to" spots for alot of items.

Good job being so inventive, Ellpea.
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Double hack score! (Especially if you left your chips out in the dew and THEY needed to hang out to dry )
I would love to see this double hack!!! It could be a "progressive dinner" for the squirrels!
I scout out the dollar stores for "out of the box" uses for items also!
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My latest dollar store hack is lighted tent pole pegs ,great for holding down the carpet and not tripping over them
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My latest dollar store hack is lighted tent pole pegs ,great for holding down the carpet and not tripping over them
What? What? What are these? Must know!
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Ahhhh...gotta love the Dollar Store!!!

It is one of my "go-to" spots for alot of items.

Good job being so inventive, Ellpea.
It's how I entertain myself out in the wild. Plus, "Daniel Boone" was one of my favorite programs as a kid!
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I would love to see this double hack!!! It could be a "progressive dinner" for the squirrels!
I scout out the dollar stores for "out of the box" uses for items also!
OK Norma, you're next up. Give us a great out of the box hack!
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Got a small trash can from Dolar General to lay inside of power cord door. My cord is now not interfering with controller, hot water etc.

Also got a 9" wide trash can that fits perfectly under the back bench in my Independence to hold the cheap water bottles use.
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What? What? What are these? Must know!
I get them from dolarama in Canada ,I'm going to try and get as many as I can find as they do sell out quickly. They are actually 2 dollars as we truly don't have a real dollar store in Canada , even dollar tree in Canada the lowest price is $1.25.
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Ahhhh...gotta love the Dollar Store!!!

It is one of my "go-to" spots for alot of items.

Good job being so inventive, Ellpea.
Hi: theresa p... Don't forget to get some LA's Totally Awesome All Purpose cleaner LA's Totally Awesome | Products For Every Day Life from The Dollar Store. It's truly awesome cleaning all things camping!!! Even takes off the dreaded black streaks under the windows and cleans awnings with ease.
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