When we were kids our parents would mend our clothes, build things around the house and find a way to re-use almost every product they bought. So why are we so quick to rush out to the restore and replace every little thing? It's become normal acceptable to toss something away as soon as it's not working, and to spend money on things we don't really need just for the convenience.
If you want to, it's easy to save some money and make your life simpler by making things yourself.
It's a simple idea, but once you take a moment to look around at your life you'll be surprised how many things we buy could easily be made at home!
1. Insect Repellent
We've already shared a number of easy way to keep your home and garden free from ants and other pests without paying for expensive and harmful chemicals. Some are even pretty, like these all-natural Mason jar luminaries.
2. Air Fresheners
People used to keep natural air fresheners to add the scent of sweet ingredients to their home, but over the last few years scented candles and reusable air fresheners have become a big business. Like razor blades, these products are designed to hook you into buying the refills every week - but there's no need!
3. Swiffer Pads
Here's another example of a product that forces you to regularly waste your money. Swiffers are so handy to tidy your home, but buying the pads is so expensive. Thankfully, we have a hack that you can use and re-use forever!
4. Potato Chips
The average American eats 4 pounds of potato chips a year - which is a lot! Instead of stocking up on bags every week, you can buy cheap potatoes and make your own healthier versions. Our recipe uses sweet potatoes, and cooks in your microwave!
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Bread is almost always the #1 item on your grocery bill...but why? Sliced bread is actually a very recent "invention," because just a few decades ago it was normal for families to bake their own fresh bread or buy it from a baker. Now that bread makers are so common, there's no reason not to make your own. It's expensive at first, but over the weeks and weeks your investment will pay off.
6. Laundry Detergent
There are some very simple recipes to make your own laundry detergent from ingredients you already own, which will save you from picking up one of the more expensive items on your grocery list. Then, use that detergent in these handy cleaning hacks.
7. Instant Oatmeal
If you're like me you don't mind the taste of regular or "rolled" oatmeal, but you still use the instant packs because they're so simple. It turns out you can actually cook rolled oats in the microwave exactly the same way (cover them in water, cook slowly until you find the right temperature and time for your microwave). This is much cheaper than buying the bags.
Deodorant is another product you can easily replace with some simple DIY recipes. Along with saving money, these recipes can be much better for you if you have sensitive skin.
9. Other Beauty Products
Finally, just about anything you can think of - from skin creams and face masks to shampoo, has a homemade variety that will help you cut costs. But be warned: switching to natural products from store-bought always takes some getting used-to.
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10. Paper Towels
Okay, so you can't actually make "paper" towels very easily, but un-paper towels have become a big trend lately. Basically, you take some old rags, fabric odds and ends or a towel you haven't used in years and make small, washable and re-usable napkins that are great for all kinds of kitchen messes. You can keep things plain, or really get creative with some wacky designs that are much more fun that boring old white paper towels.
Now, this one is tricky. If you have some sewing know-how it can be easy to make clothes for your family, but you could also wind up going over-budget. Start simple by taking a few plain t-shirts from your local craft store and screen-printing some fun designs. It's thrift and a fun activity.
12. Jewelry Cleaner
You should trust the experts on what materials are and aren't safe to use on your jewelry, but it's totally possible to add some shine to your rings and necklaces without spending a dime.
13. Popsicles and Ice cream
Promise yourself right now that you won't buy either of these this summer. Why would you? With a Popsicle mold or some simple ingredients for ice cream, they're a snap to make at home - and we guarantee it tastes just as good!
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