There’s a lot of money to be saved if you’re willing to tap into your inner DIY-er! While there will always be a time where it doesn’t hurt to spend a little more for the convenience of prepackaged goods, a lot of us could stand to benefit from taking the extra time to skip out on store-bought. Many of these products are a whole lot easier to make than you probably realize!
1. Peanut Butter (Or Any Nut Butter)
Peanut butter is a staple in a large majority of households. Packing a protein punch in a tasty spread, it’s not hard to see why. If you’re interested in making your own nutty butter, not only is it easier than you might think, but it also ends up being far better than many of the sugar-clogged varieties at the store. All it calls for is roasting your nut of choice, pulsing them in a food processor, then gradually adding in salt to taste and choice of oil (coconut, peanut, olive oil, etc) until smooth.
2. Laundry Detergent
Laundry detergent can get really pricey, especially if you have a large or active family. In reality, there are a plethora of recipes for making your own detergent at home, and almost all of them are far cheaper than what you’re paying for store-bought jugs. Not only that but if you’re looking for more natural alternatives to add in your life, this is a great avenue to pursue.
Another staple of most households, bread is easy to make and impressive to present to family and friends. Basic recipes don’t call for many ingredients at all and are easy to embellish with your own flavors and twists as you learn. The only part involving much effort is the kneading, and it’s more than worth it to have fresh-baked bread from your own oven!
4. All-Purpose Cleaner
Every home needs a standard all-purpose cleaner for those everyday messes. There are lots of choices at any store, but so often they are chock full of harmful chemicals and can cost a pretty penny. There are plenty of natural options you can whip up at home that is tried and true replacements for the harsh store varieties.
Not many people realize that they can create this tasty treat for themselves in the comfort of their own home. Whether you eat yogurt as a snack or for a healthy breakfast addition, you can save a lot of money by learning how to make it yourself, all while skipping out on the extra additives of the store-bought brands.