Why buy something when you can DIY it? Check out these everyday items you can make at home for inspiration. You don’t want to miss these cool ideas.
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You guys, I cannot believe how much money burns through my budget every month! Oh sure, I go on the occasional splurge for my crafty goodies, a pedicure perhaps, or – more so lately – some nice new clothes to replace my battered and worn wardrobe pieces – but that’s not even the main culprit of the spend! THE GROCERY BILLS ARE INSANE.
This is a not a political site, and we aren’t getting into the roots of anything here, but as with anything else, you know I love a good DIY solution to any problem! Therefore, it is only natural to explore the various ways you can DIY your budget under control – every penny counts, right?
We all want to shop sales (who said Black Friday?), use coupons, and find ways to stretch our budgets with the cost of living increasing. One way to do this is by creating common products instead of purchasing them. Soooo, let’s take a look at some everyday items you can make at home!
Instead of buying a bunch of different cleaners, make an all-purpose cleaner with a few household items! Add equal parts water and white vinegar in a bottle. Then, incorporate a few drops of your favorite essential oil (peppermint and lemon are popular options). Use the cleaner on countertops, floors, and other surfaces all around your home. This will save you money and steer you away from the harmful chemicals found in cleaning products.
Like some store-bought cleaners, commercial furniture polish may contain harmful chemicals. Fortunately, you can make furniture polish with olive oil and vinegar. Mix equal parts olive oil and vinegar in a spray bottle and use a rag to apply to your furniture. Your furniture will have a beautiful shine, and it’s safe for your family and pets!
We’ve all been there. Sometimes, we don’t have enough time (or patience) to wash our hair. Luckily, dry shampoo is the unsung hero of hair care products! It’s a great item to have on hand, and it’s super simple to make. Cornstarch is the main ingredient for DIY dry shampoo, but you can add unsweetened cocoa powder if you have darker hair. Apply the powder to your roots and brush through. It will absorb dirt, oil, and grease from your scalp.
If you don’t want to spend money on expensive lip products, try making your own. You can make lip gloss at home with a few ingredients like beeswax, coconut oil, and essential oils. Melt the ingredients together and pour them into containers. Your lips and budget will thank you!
Homemade snacks are more everyday items you can make at home. It’s cost-effective and a great way to control the ingredients in your food. You can easily make granola bars with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. You can also make nut butter with nuts, honey, and oil. Customize snacks to suit your family’s taste preferences.
Handcrafted Home Decor
If you’re looking for a way to decorate your home on a budget, try your hand at some DIY home decor projects. Upcycling old items is a great way to save money and add some unique personality to your home. For example, transform an old mason jar into a beautiful vase by adding some paint and embellishments. You can also make seasonal decor like a teal pumpkin for Halloween. The possibilities are endless!
That is a very small sample of all the basic, everyday items that you can DIY and pinch some pennies! Who knows, you might be the hit with your friends on a new snack recipe, or amaze-balls home cleaner! Maybe you’ve got essential oil game and you never knew it!
For more DIY inspo, be sure to check out:
Make Your Own Laundry Powder by My Pinterventures
Make Your Own Cleaners by Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons