I miss my dollar store from Canada and my Daiso from Japan and Korea.
I love these stores, cheap and lots of fun.
I think I'd do more DYI. We have some cheap stores in Sweden, still you cannot compare them.
Last time I was in Japan I think I bought over 100 items at Daiso, all from towels, snacks, china, socks. I mean you find things you didn't even know you actually needed ^^
I'm not so good at DYI but I'd be up to try more if I could get stuff cheaper ^^