Making things yourself instead of buying them is an easy way to save money! There are so many things that are cheaper to make yourself then to buy. Check out this list of 25 things to stop buying and make yourself to not only save money but have better quality products in your home!
Things to Make yourself instead of Buying
There are many ways that you can save money and somethings that you might not even realize you can save on. There are things to stop buying and make yourself that you might not even think of, but doing so will save you money. These items are some that we do not even think twice about buying when we are at the grocery store or doing shopping in general. These things to stop buying and make yourself are fairly easy to do and make, and most do not take a lot of extra time but they will help you save money.
Household Products to make yourself
Stain Remover – You can make homemade Stain Remover at home super easy. Plus you can save a lot of money making your own instead of buying it.
Foaming Hand Soap – Foaming hand soap makes washing hands easier because it saves money because you use less soap. But you can stretch the money even further by making your own Foaming Hand Soap. And it is easy to make too!
Disinfecting wipes. Homemade Disinfecting Wipes are so easy to make. You can make reusable disinfecting wipes or throw away disinfecting wipes.
Hand Sanitizer. Homemade Hand Sanitizer is great for the times when you are unable to wash your hands. As much as hand washing is important there are always times that washing your hands might not be possible and having DIY hand sanitizer on hand will keep your hands clean.
Wellness Products to Make at home
Homemade Pedialyte. Skip buying the pedialyte in the store that tastes gross and is expensive, the homemade version works just as well and tastes SO much better! Pick from Blue Raspberry Homemade Pedialyte or Cherry Homemade Pedialyte.
Pedialyte Popsicles. These easy Pedialyte pops are made with homemade pedialyte that has just 5 simple ingredients! The kids will love these Pedialyte Ice Pops when they are sick!
Beauty Products to Make at home
Homemade Shaving cream. With only 2 ingredients this coconut shaving cream will not only save you money, but it is all natural and it makes your skin feel amazing when you are done shaving!
Coconut Lime Salt Scrub. With just a few ingredients you can whip up this homemade body scrub and have a relaxing spa night at home! This homemade body scrub exfoliates and moisturizes your skin, leaving it super soft!
Homemade Coffee Scrub. Coffee is a great natural exfoliant. When you combine that with other great natural products like coconut oil and Epsom salt it makes this great Homemade Vanilla Coffee Scrub.
Food Items to Make yourself Instead of buying
Frosting. Not only is the frosting that you buy off the grocery store shelf more expensive but it does not taste anywhere near as good as homemade frosting. Use this homemade frosting recipe instead.
Looking for more Frosting recipes? Check these out!
- Lemon Buttercream
- Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
- Strawberry Buttercream
- Mocha Buttercream
- Caramel Buttercream Frosting
Bakery cakes. Instead of spending $15-$20 on a cake at the grocery store bakery use this How to make a boxed cake taste like a bakery cake recipe instead. It will cost you a lot less, plus it tastes a lot better too. Then use the frosting recipe above for your frosting. Best cake EVER!
Looking for awesome cake and cupcake recipes? Check these out!
- Red Velvet Cupcakes
- Mocha Cupcakes
- Peanut Butter cupcakes
- Strawberry Cupcakes
- Chocolate cupcakes
- Vanilla Cupcakes
Ice. Skip buying bags of ice at $2 a piece. You can grab some ice trays and make your own ice at home. It is so much cheaper!
Ice Tea. Buying Iced Tea in the store is expensive, buy tea bags and make your own at home. Buy one of the iced tea makers and it is really simple!
Salad Dressing. There are so many salad dressing recipes that you can make and they taste soo much better then the store bought ones. Check out some of our favorites!
- Poppy Seed Dressing
- Balsamic Dressing Recipe
- Garlic Lime Vinaigrette Dressing
- Homemade Ranch Dressing
Pasta Sauce. There are so many easy pasta sauce recipes that you can make at home. Homemade pasta sauce tastes much better then the store bought versions and there are so many different flavors that you can make that make dinner amazing!
- Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
- Pumpkin Pasta Sauce
- Sun dried tomato Pasta Sauce
- Homemade Marinara Sauce
- Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce
Homemade Pasta. When you are in a rush to get dinner on the table, boxed pasta is fine. However homemade pasta is amazing and definitely something that tastes so much better homemade then the store bought ones.
Marshmallow Fluff. Marshmallow fluff is amazing when you buy the store bought version but the homemade marshmallow fluff can not be beat!
Homemade Marshmallows. If you have never made Marshmallows at home you are in for a real treat when you make homemade marshmallows for the first time. You may never buy a bag of marshmallows again!
Pie Crust. Homemade Pie crust is one of the easiest things to make at home. Buying it in the store costs a lot more then making it yourself and it is so easy to make at home. Homemade pie crust makes pies taste so much better!
Roasted Peppers. Roasted Peppers in a jar might be quick to grab at the store but you can make roasted peppers at home almost as easily.
Kids DIY Products
Play-doh. Play-doh can be expensive but you can make any color you want to at home. Just use this homemade play-doh recipe. or the homemade fall scented play-doh
Bath Stickers. They can get costly, but of course the kids love them in the tub so we buy them. Did you know you can make them sooo easily it is not even funny. Follow these directions for easy to make bath stickers and you can make them for your kids in any shape they want them in!
Slime. There is no reason to buy those containers of slime in the store. Not only is the store bought slime expensive but I have yet to find a store bought slime that is a good quality slime. Check out all of our awesome slime recipes that the kids will love!
- Butter Slime
- glow in the dark slime
- Floam Slime
- galaxy slime
- Unicorn Slime
- Fluffy slime without borax
- Glitter Glue Slime
Cloud Dough. You can buy cloud dough in the store, but it is costly. It is also not good for the younger kids if they are putting their hands in their mouth. Making this homemade cloud dough not only saves you money but it is safe for the kids to use and if they put it in their mouth or put their hands in their mouths when playing with it it will not hurt them.
Coloring Books. You can print coloring pages of just about any character your kid wants. Just use google and search for “free coloring pages” you can also print out many different ones here. Some of them are Star Wars Printable Coloring pages, Inside Out Coloring pages and other Disney Coloring pages.
Comments & Reviews
These are all good ideas except for the coloring pages. It costs alot to print things. In my opinion it would be cheaper to buy the dollar coloring books that gives you a whole book for just a dollar.
I always stock up when i can get printer paper for free so if you are buying paper then yes buying the $1 coloring books are a lot cheaper 🙂
Monica Matthews, how2winscholarships.com says
Great ideas! I need to start making my own frosting.
Cara @ Fashionably Frugal says
Great ideas, thank you for including the recipes for play-dough. My daughters are finally old enough for me to make it at home without them trying to eat it all the time (I like to add Lavender Essential Oils to make it smell nicer).
I really agree with making things at home yourself, lately I have stopped buying even cake mixes, making a simple white cake at home is so simple, and then you can really know what is going into it. Plus, then you can substitute thing to make it into a banana cake, chocolate, etc. there is so much more room to play with it!
Lewis Adely says
I have never seen such amazing and useful ideas. Really great. Thanks and keep sharing.