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This honeycomb painted wall was DIYed with paint stirrers and diluted paint to create that gradient effect. It's just one of the zillion ways you can grab something from your local dollar store to craft up a cheap and cheerful design or organization project.

Here are eight of my favorite ways to turn a cheapo dollar store item into something way more useful and stylish…

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Three days before I found out I was pregnant with my first baby, in an example of worst-timing-ever, I quit my job. Now nine months of being pregnant, broke, and bored loomed ahead. After the first (but not last) major panic attack was over, we realized we would have to become money-saving ninjas, embracing the second hand, the cheap and the wonky, and we would cope.

So now I'm in my second pregnancy, I'd like to share how we managed to keep down the costs of preparing for a newborn…

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When you're trying to save a buck here and there with clothes, learning to work with what you already own is key. This applies doubly for when you're traveling. Re-styling an outfit = fewer items you'll need to pack overall. Here's how you can shop your own closet to save money and maximize your wardrobe…