Have you ever paused to consider how much you buy that you could make yourself for a whole lot cheaper? It doesn’t take a financial expert such as Don Gayhardt to tell you that you’re losing money by purchasing easy-to-make items. Look around your home and think about all the things that you could make from scratch. You might be surprised at how much money you can save.
When it really comes down to it, buying a box of premade cake mix only charges you for the dry ingredients. Instead of spending $1.50 on staple items like flour, baking powder and salt in a pre-packaged form, why not make it yourself?
Look up recipes for basics like chocolate and vanilla cake, muffins and waffle mixes. It might surprise you just how easy these actually are to put together! Write down wet ingredients and portions on Ziploc baggies, then pour the dry ingredients into their corresponding bags. Keep them sealed and they’ll stay good for a long time!
These lovely-scented little squares are perfect for keeping the frizz out of your clothes (and preventing you from shocking everyone you touch after folding laundry). There are other ways of preventing static cling without buying expensive dryer sheets, though. Try some other DIY methods such as:
- Using clean tennis balls to bounce around in the dryer. These essentially beat the electricity out of your clothes and keep them from getting wrinkled at the same time.
- Balling up aluminum foil and throwing it in the dryer. This serves the same function as tennis balls, but for cheaper (and less enticing to your dog).
- Making your own “fabric sheets” using this handy DIY trick with sponges.
Spices and Seasonings
Like baking mixes, there really is not much to those fancy seasoning packets that you buy from the grocery store. In fact, you probably already have the ingredients in your pantry for that taco seasoning you just bought. Put your spice rack to good use by blending spices together and making your own rubs and seasonings. Store them in mason jars to keep them fresh.
- Taco: 1½ tsp paprika, 2 Tbsp cumin, ½ to 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp salt, 1-2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp oregano.
- Asian: 1 Tbsp ginger, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 2 tsp coriander, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper.
- Greek: 1 tsp dried basil, 2 tsp garlic powder, 1½ tsp onion powder, 2 tsp rosemary, 1 tsp thyme, 2½ tsp oregano, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp salt
Cleaners for the Home
Going green when cleaning your home doesn’t have to be a costly, dramatic change. Make simple DIY concoctions for keeping your house clean and green at the same time.
- All-purpose: One tablespoon dish soap, one cup vinegar, fill the rest of a spray bottle with water.
- Glass cleaner: Half water, half vinegar. That’s it!
- Disinfectant: One part water to one part rubbing alcohol. (This is something that you spray on as a last step in a wash, rinse, sanitize regimen.)
Living doesn’t have to be expensive. Start looking around your home and deciding what you could switch to DIY instead of spending money on at the store.