Budgeting for all the things your household needs can be tough! From grocery and insurance bills to rent and car payments, it’s often not easy to stretch funds out over the course of the month. That’s when getting creative and thinking outside of the box can pay off big. Instead of buying the following items at the store, consider making them at home.
Things You Can Make at Home To Save Money
1. Vanilla Extract
If you’re a baker, you know that a small bottle of vanilla extract can cost quite a bit. Did you know it’s easy to make at home? Simply place 4-5 vanilla beans in a bottle of Vodka and let it sit. It takes at least six weeks to be useable in baking, but you can let it sit for months at a time. Repackage it in smaller bottles tied with pretty ribbons and give it to friends and family as Christmas gifts!
It may sound simple, but by cooking dinner at home, you can significantly cut down on spending. It costs the typical family of four about $40-50 to go to a restaurant, so imagine the savings if you turned your eating out habit into an eat-at-home one.
3. Laundry Soap
Basic laundry soap recipes cost a fraction of the price of commercial detergents and they’re customizable. Would you like a lavender scent to yours? Use a couple of drops of lavender essential oil in your recipe. Your clothes will get clean and your wallet will be ecstatic.
Love to crochet or knit? Then making simple square washcloths is a great way to save on costs. You can even make them out of leftover cotton yarn from other projects! Crochet larger pieces and use them as dishrags or cleaning cloths. Just remember to use cotton yarn for your projects – not acrylic!
Forget buying Halloween costumes at the store this year! Browse your favorite Halloween boards on Pinterest and discover some easy and creative DIY costumes that use the things you already have at home.
There’s something comforting about the smell of baking bread and something even more delicious about eating it warm. You don’t need a fancy bread maker to turn into a bread baker, just order some yeast and prepare the dough when you rise in the morning. Your lunchtime sandwiches will thank you!
Say goodbye to jams with preservatives and chemicals and hello to fresh, delicious, homemade jam. Use the summer months when fruits are plentiful (and less expensive!) to make your own jams. A case of pint size Mason Jars and some simple canning supplies will make the job a breeze!
Did you know that you can make your own butter? It’s delicious and simple to whip up a batch of butter daily. All you need is heavy whipping cream and a jar for shaking. There are also butter makers that make the job a bit easier, so if you’re going to be making a lot, it’s a sound investment.
9. Vegetables and Herbs
Use whatever outdoor space you have available to plant some vegetables and herbs this year. Container gardens are perfect for those who aren’t allowed to dig on their rented property. No outside space? That’s okay, because small pots with herbs grow perfectly on a sunny windowsill. If the harvest is more than you can eat, trade with neighbors for vegetables that you didn’t grow or can them for use in the winter.
In the age of beautiful Pinterest homes, it can be hard not to compare a relatively undecorated room with the pictures online. Instead of spending money, use the things you already have to make your own decorations! A white bowl with lemons on the dining room table makes the space warm and inviting. Cut flowers from the rose bush can be placed in a vase on the fireplace mantel. Paper hearts or printable banners are easy ways to decorate for Valentine’s Day. Use what you have to make your home beautiful!
Saving money is hard, but by “shopping” your own home for solutions before purchasing, you’ll find that money can be found. From food to décor, there are ways to save on everything. Use your creativity and clever thinking to make your dollars stretch a little bit further this month!