Finding ways to save money involves more than just keeping a fixed amount aside every month and making do with the remainder for your monthly expenses.
You can save a lot more money with some simple money saving tips and DIY ideas at home. By making things at home instead of buying them from a store, you can dramatically improve your finances over a short period of time.
It may sound surprising, but there are plenty of popular products that you can easily turn into things to make at home. Products made at home can be healthier for your body, the environment, and of course your finances. Here are some of the easiest things you can make at home which would otherwise cost you a packet.
Everyone loves their daily fix of java while on the go in mornings. However, did you ever realize that you spend upwards of $3.75 whenever you purchase a regular latte at your favorite neighborhood cafe? You can either kick the habit or look for cheap alternatives!
Invest in a French Coffee Press. This machine is great for making regular coffee at home. You can skip the French Press and use a regular saucepan and strainer to get the same effect. If you like your coffee with an inch of froth, then use a milk frother or an immersion blade. This is one of the easiest ways to save money and can easily save you $100 at least every month.
Paper napkins are convenient to keep around the house and very easy to buy. The small change amount does not even feel like much during individual trips to the supermarket. Switching to cloth napkins can help you save money fast.
Try for the easy to wash types or the inexpensive ones which can be thrown away after a few washes.
If you want to save extra money, you can make your own cloth napkins at home. All you need is some matching fabric, scissors, thread and a needle. For 6 napkins, you will need to cut the fabric in 12 equal squares or rectangles. Sew two fabric pieces together by tucking in the sides. Use a heavy iron to smooth out the creases and your napkins are ready.
Everyone is going probiotic crazy. But do you really need to shell out those extra dollars to have your daily dose of ‘gurt? The answer is no. With a little culture or yogurt starter you can have your very own yogurt at home. Whether you buy it in the store or add it to your list of things to make at home, this fermented food is power packed with nutrients.
Boil whole milk and let it cool down to 110 degree Fahrenheit. Add in the yogurt culture or starter and give the mixture a whirl.
Pour it into jars and let it sit overnight in a warm place such as the inside of your oven. The mix should not be moved or otherwise disturbed during this incubation period. After that, feel free to add your own mixture of berries, nuts, and more for a twist of delicious flavor for a morning or midday snack.
Laundry detergents take up a major portion of your monthly bills and can add quite a bit of coin to a routine visit to the supermarket. You can enjoy some savings daily if you elect to start making your own detergent at home. At the same time, you can also save the environment and your clothes from harsh chemicals.
All you need is 5 minutes, a bar of homemade laundry soap, 1 cup borax and 1 cup washing soda. Blend it in a food processor and your laundry detergent is ready. The powder form works better than liquid in cleaning your clothes. For fragrance you can use any essential oil of your choice such as peppermint, lavender, lemon, or patchouli.
This is one of the easiest at home products to make at home and one of the easiest ways to save money! You know you want a safer alternative after all the harmful chemicals added to regular cleaning supplies. Bleach and ammonia are not safe and not cheap. You can protect your health and your skin by making your own cleaning spray.
You can make your own all-purpose cleaning solution with a cup of vinegar mixed in 1-1/2 cups of water. Add in essential oils of your choice such as lavender and lemon for a nice lingering fragrance that will make your home smell and feel great.
Vinegar is one of the strongest natural cleaning solutions out there. In fact, pure vinegar solution is strong enough to remove grout from between bathroom tiles while being mild enough on your hands. If you were wondering how to save money fast, this is one easy answer.
If you love your garden, chances are good you may be spending massive amounts every month on fertilizers, manure, and insecticides. You can do away with this expense by creating your own kitchen compost. Kitchen compost buckets cost approximately $20 in the market, but after that you will be saving buckets of cash by using leftover organic matter from your meals to help feed your garden.
If you’re looking for even more ways to DIY to save money, you can also just make your own kitchen compost bucket with any large container such as an old empty coffee can, a drill, and super crazy glue.
You can keep out the smell by using charcoal filters which are sold in all pet stores to be used in kitty litter boxes. Drill holes in the lid and glue the charcoal air filters. Your compost bucket is ready to use.
Dog food is expensive regardless of the brand you buy. However, you can give your furry friend some quick homemade meals that are nutritious and tasty. You can do this by buying ingredients in bulk you can save even more. You can add anything as long as you keep the portions right.
Every bowl should include 1/4th proteins such as ground beef or chicken breast, 1/4th carbohydrates like brown rice or broken wheat and half dog-friendly vegetables like zucchini, carrots, peas, and spinach. You can boil and store this in packets for the whole week, or store in the freezer and save for much longer. It’s a great way to save money and give your best friend some homemade meals that don’t come in a bag or can and are filled with preservatives.
Money Saving Tips and DIY Projects
If you are not careful, a DIY project can cost more than store bought product. Here is how you can save money on DIY projects.
- Scour Second Hand Stores for Materials
Never miss a garden sale or car boot sale. There are a lot of things that can be of use in such areas. It is best to create DIY products with second hand items because they are cheap.
- Get the basic tools in place
You need the basic tools such as a drill, glue gun, and sharp scissors among others for most DIY projects. Make sure to invest in a good piece of machinery that will serve you for a long time. It is better to borrow a tool which is not used often.
With the proliferation of online retail, it is now quite easy (and tempting!) to buy products at the click of a button.
However, convenience comes at a cost. It is very easy to save money if you choose to make some of the things at home. You would not even miss store purchases once you get into the habit of using self-made things.