30 Things I Simply Stopped Buying (and Why You Should Too!)

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2014 was a bad year for my family financially. We suffered an income loss of over 70% which meant we were living on very little income each month. When we set out at the beginning of 2015 to revamp our budget and get things back on track the way they should be, we knew that our grocery budget had to be one of the first places that we took a ball bat to. One of the best ways that I know to save money on groceries easily is to stop buying as much as possible and to start making things at home. So I made that my mission for 2015; to stop buying and start making what I could. It has worked out much better than I planned and by the end of 2015 we had saved over $2500 simply by making these things ourselves!

30 Products I Stopped Buying and Started Making at Home - Money saved? $2500 this year alone. Are you making these things too or are you still wasting your hard earned cash?

That’s a crazy amount, right?! I sure thought so and I know that it might seem impossible that we saved that much, but the truth is that none of us actually stop and think about how much those everyday items add up to each month and year. Aside from the fact that we saved so much, my entire family ended the year feeling much better. You would not believe some of the stuff that is put into our foods and the other items that we use on our bodies or in our homes. Just removing a handful of those things has helped us all to get back to feeling better overall. In fact, we were actually able to nail down (with the help of my doctors) that the chemicals in store bought products were causing debilitating chronic pain for me that I had lived with for years.  I wish I could pinpoint for you exactly which chemicals caused it, but the truth is that I can’t. The really sad part about all of this is that most of these “recipes” I have had for years. In fact, I used to be really good at using them but life happened and somewhere along the way we had stopped using them and stopped making things ourselves.

30 Things I Simply Stopped Buying (and Why You Should Too!)

All of that aside, the money we’ve saved is a big factor and one that drives me forward to continuing  to make our own products and if you’re really looking to cut your cost of living? It should drive you to give it a try as well. $2500.00 a year for a family of 3 is a lot of money in my opinion. If your family is larger? You would likely see even more savings than we have!

What products have we stopped buying and started making? Take a look! While it is true that some of these products do cost more to start making, the savings they provide over the long run far outweighs their start up costs. However, if you’re concerned with the cost of creating these items, take a look at the per unit cost of making them versus buying in the store. I think you’ll find that in most cases, the homemade version will always be cheaper.

If after you’ve put these things into play your budget is still tight, take a look at how I add $225 or more each month to my budget then make sure you aren’t setting yourself up for a budget failure. If you need to earn more money than that, consider starting a blog. You can start a blog with Bluehost for only $3.95/mo and get a free domain name. If you do get started on Bluehost, I have a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up your Bluehost blog that can help walk you through setting it up. Combining good budgeting practices with frugal living tips like these is the only surefire way to not only save, but to grow your bank accounts too.

Since this post was originally posted in November 2015, we have added another quite a few more items that you can stop buying and make at home yourself. In addition to this post, you can also check out 30 (more) things I stopped buying and started making as well as the huge list of 200+ things you can stop buying and make at home. Both posts contain different items so it is well worth checking them out!

Onto the original list!

Shave Cream – I tend to use Tom’s shave cream anyhow which means we were using around 1 can every few weeks. Instead of buying it, I started making this homemade shave cream and ya know what? It conditions our skin better than any store bought product ever has and is super cheap to make.

Shampoo – Both Emma and I  have crazy thick hair, shampoo can get really expensive really quick. I’m allergic to a lot of the budget friendly brands so I was having to pay around $10.00 per bottle just to wash my hair. Now? I’m using this homemade coconut shampoo recipe and my hair has never been cleaner. No allergy issues either!

Dishwasher detergent – Dish tablets are usually pretty expensive and since I hadn’t been able to actually snag a great coupon deal on them in a while (bare shelves when there were deals), I started making my own homemade liquid dishwasher detergent.

Aftershave – My Tom still likes to use aftershave, but I didn’t see a point in buying it when I could make it for him instead. He actually prefers my version because it soothes his skin better.

Lotion – I have incredibly dry skin if I don’t have a great lotion. The issue that I was having was that I couldn’t find one that would work. So as almost a last resort, I tried my own homemade dry skin repair cream and I haven’t looked back since.

Laundry Detergent – I wish that I could tell you just how much I adore my homemade laundry detergent. We use the powdered version only and now instead of $0.10 or more per load, its more like $0.01 per load. Our clothes? Never been cleaner.

Fabric Softener Sheets – When the laundry detergent went, so did the fabric softener sheets. Luckily, I fell in love with my reusable dryer sheets. Trust me. You’ll love them just as much.

Window Cleaner – When I wanted to get rid of commercial Windex, I took at look at making my own. What I found works better than the store bought stuff and is so much cheaper!

All-Purpose Cleaner – Want a super quick and powerful all-purpose cleaner that won’t harm your family? Make your own homemade all-purpose cleaner for pennies on the dollar over the store bought stuff. We switched completely and I don’t regret it at all.

Floor Cleaner – If you’re looking for a good floor cleaner, skip the store bought stuff. Instead, use vinegar, castile soap and lemon or orange essential oils or you can check out this homemade floor cleaner recipe.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner – Want a sparkling clean and germ free toilet? Toss some baking soda into the bowl, follow with a few drops of tea tree oil and then toss in 1 cup of vinegar. Let sit for 5-10 minutes and clean like normal.

Body Wash – I know. A lot of people would never consider making homemade body wash, but for me? It was so worth it to make the change! It’s incredibly easy to make and since I use homemade Castile soap in it, it’s incredibly budget friendly too!

Pasta Sauce – Jarred pasta sauce is expensive to make and generally tastes really bland. Instead of buying it, I now make our own homemade pasta sauce saving myself an average of $2.00 per jar. If you eat pasta once a week, that comes out to almost $100 each year by itself.

Graham Crackers – Another food item that we make ourselves. Homemade graham crackers taste so much better in our desserts than anything else!

Bread – While you can find bread at the store for less than $1.00 a loaf, I can make it at home for around $0.49 per loaf. Plus? Fresh baking bread always tastes better and makes your home smell so nice! If you don’t want to spend your days kneading, a bread machine can be a huge help. It’s a more expensive investment but it’s one that will pay for itself many times over!

Tortillas – Like bread, tortillas are easy to make at home and taste better. They’re cheaper too. The last time I saw tortillas in a local sales ad? They wanted $5.00 for 16 name brand tortillas. That is insane folks! Instead, buy a tortilla press and make them from home!

Pizza – I’ve admitted it before but I will again. I am a huge pizza snob. It really is true though that making it yourself can save you big so even though I’ve been making them myself for years, this year we stopped ordering them completely. Just grab your favorite pizza crust recipe and bake on! Want a tip from someone who has baked plenty of pizzas though? The pizza pan that you use really does matter.

Liquid Castile soap – Castile soap is great for a lot of things, but it’s used in so many of our homemade recipes. The liquid stuff is super expensive to buy though. Making your own homemade Castile soap is a great way to save. I can get a huge batch made for around $5.00 and it works just as well if not better!

Canned Chicken Noodle Soup – My Emma is a huge chicken noodle kid but at $0.98 per can it was causing me to go broke. Instead, I started making up monthly batches of this homemade chicken noodle soup and freezing it in individual servings for her.

Frozen Chicken Fingers/Nuggets – All kids love chicken nuggets but the frozen ones often don’t contain meat that isn’t filler. Instead of buying them, I now make my homemade chicken strips  recipe once a month and freeze them. They reheat the exact same way as the store bought ones but taste so much better!

Heavy Cream – I rarely need enough heavy cream for a recipe to justify buying it, so most of the time I just make this homemade heavy cream substitute. I still have to buy it if I’m making homemade whipped cream, but for cooking needs it works fantastic!

Cooking herbs – Seriously. Why pay $2.00 per bottle or more for quality cooking herbs? This year we started growing our own indoors and saved. I dry them out in my dehydrator then chop them with my food processor. Voila! A homemade version of the same stuff you get in the spice aisle.

Refrigerated Pie Crusts – So I had this bad habit of buying refrigerated pie crusts whenever I needed to make a pie. I don’t know why though since I’ve had a perfectly awesome homemade pie crust recipe for over 10 years.

Homemade Deodorant – I’ve always hated having to spend so much on deodorant. Especially when it’s full of stuff that I can’t even pronounce. Instead, we started making our own homemade deodorant for right around the same price or less than we would pay in store.

Ricotta Cheese – Do you know how easy it is to make your own ricotta cheese? You might be surprised and you’ll end up saving a bit if you use it regularly since it can be so expensive. Homemade ricotta cheese is extremely easy to make and once you taste it? You’ll never go back to the store bought stuff.

Pasta – Pasta is cheap but why eat processed pasta even if it is cheap? Instead, learn to make your own like we did. Trust me on this. You won’t regret it.

Sleep medications – I have always had trouble sleeping and usually require a little bit of help to get there. Now instead of paying $8 or $9.00 for a box of sleeping medications that aren’t good for me, I use lavender essential oil and make a homemade sleep cream which can double easily as a wound cream/diaper rash cream. Three uses for one product!

Tylenol – Another product that we nixed was over the counter pain medications. Instead, we use Peppermint, Lavender and other oils that are around the same price but last longer to manage minor aches and pains like headaches. Another great option for managing pain is Tart Cherry Juice. It has properties that are very much like Ibuprofen which means you won’t be spending as much for the same “healing” properties.

Feminine products – Believe it or not, these were the first to go. No, I didn’t stop using them (ew). Instead, I switched to cloth. I paid more up front to build my stash, but I’ve saved that amount many times over since we started.

Pepto Bismol – Another OTC medication that we stopped buying. Just like with some aches and pains, we swapped to Peppermint tea for upset tummies. It works just as well, if not better than Pepto, but at a much lower cost. Plus the brand that we love is organic which means a lot less chemicals.


$2500.00 saved in one year. Have I convinced you to stop buying and start making? I sure hope so!



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  1. First I commend you for you make and all that you to do save. Butttt I hage to ask are you a stay at home mom? Because I am a single mother and my job alone takes me out of the house for 50 hours a week. So how can I do all of this in a time crunching way .

    • Sonia, far from it. I am a work at home mom who owns and manages 2 companies on my own. I work 16-18 hour days, 7 days a week usually. I’ve just gotten really good at delegating and managing my time, right down to the minute and hour. Fwiw? It was the time that I spent as a single mom myself that forged the time management processes that I still use today.

    • I’m a little confused about all those great homemade products saving you money. Yes, they are for sure a lot healthier, but I’ve tried a few of those myself and it ends up being as expensive or the same, which isn’t really worth my time, that I don’t have to spare. It’s great that you have the patience to make all of them though! Thanks for sharing!

      • You do pay more oop when you’re first buying your supplies. However, those supplies will last you through many, many batches meaning that even though you spent more out of pocket at first, you’ll save considerably in the long run.

  2. Thanks for the suggestions! I love a lot of the homemade cleaning product ideas. Although I love to cook (and cook regularly), I haven’t been able to take advantage of making everything homemade (i.e. bread/tortillas). The reality is sometimes I have more money than time by the point I’m done with work in the evening and in my tiny apartment, the cleanup alone from homemade cooking is such a nuisance to not bother. Curious what types of things you still value buying rather than making because I know everyone’s preferences are different!

    • I still buy quite a bit, but for us it comes down to saving the money and having the things we want in life or the convenience of buying it. When I was a single Mom it was harder, but these days it’s a family event. My husband makes our laundry detergent for instance, I make bread, my 10 year old mixes the all-purpose cleaner and so on. It doesn’t all happen in one day. Generally we work all month at making huge batches of things (say 50lbs of that laundry detergent) so that we can manage for weeks or months without having to worry about it. Bread and tortillas get baked and frozen, cleaners get made and sealed with labels, etc. We have a decent surplus of money too usually so it isn’t necessary that we do the things we do.

      We do them so that we can grow that surplus into something that will eventually provide the future that my husband and I want for ourselves and for the things that we want to leave behind for our daughter.

  3. I love that you do all this. I start on the process and give up after a month. Maybe one day I’ll stick to it.

    • Mels, we don’t make everything in one day or even one week. It’s an on going cycle where we’re all usually making something lol.

  4. I am all for savings money and am becoming more and more a fan of diy/natural products. Most suggestions are great, but the feminine products suggestion gave me a major “ick” feeling. Besides, I’m strictly a tampon user so this wouldn’t work for me anyway. Thank you for the post!!

    • It’s a to each his own type of thing Sarah. It doesn’t bother me much but that’s just me. 🙂

    • They make a reusable (and washable) product called the Diva cup for women who like using tampons but don’t want to buy them constantly.

      • Amy, I’ve actually used the Diva Cup, but found that I would have a bad reaction to it each month and ended up not being able to use it. For other women who may have the same issue, cloth works great! 🙂

    • I just wanted to chime in on this and suggest the Diva cup for a reusable (medical grade silicon) feminine hygiene product that performs like tampons. I use one and love it. I never have to worry about toxic shock syndrome or my tampon failing after 3 hours.. Seriously, I recommend anyone interested look into it.

      • I switched to the diva cup after my periods got super heavy and I was going through a tampon an hour. I still have to wear a liner in case of overflows, but it holds more than a tampon, and you never have to worry about overflowing your tampon and not having any more! Plus cheaper.

    • The diva cup might be an option if you wanted a tampon replacement. Available in most pharmacies. It was an adjustment to get over the ice factor for me too but it has been worth it but as always may not be for everyone.

      • Sue, the Diva Cup is indeed a great option! I personally can’t use it but for someone who wants to get rid of disposables but not go cloth, it would work great!

    • You should try a cup, look up a menstrual cup. Since I changed from tampons to the cup, I have less cramping and my cycle went from 7 days to 3-5. Check out menstrual cup on Amazon. I boil mine in a small saucepan we never used, now that saucepan’s only purpose is just to boil the cup. It’s so much cleaner and cheaper than tampons. I love my cups. Just make sure you was with a pH balanced wash. I found a recipe for the wash I am going to try. You will love the cup. I used to use liners and I don’t anymore.

    • At the risk of giving too much information, you should try menstrual cups. I use the Diva cup and have never gone back to pads (except the few weeks post partum). They’re somewhere between $20 and $30 and last a lifetime.

    • I actually had a lot of female problems back in the day. Horrible cramping that kept me in bed, Going through a Super tampon AND and overnight pad within an hour. A lot of it went back to the chemicals that are in the tampons/pads. All symptoms got better when I went to cloth and flow was MUCH lighter. I ended up having a procedure years later anyway, but for those years my quality of life was SO much better

  5. Hi, thank you for all the awesome tips. Props to you and your time management! I am curious the recipe you use for your lotion. When I click on your link, it links it to home made Ricotta cheese. My husband also has very dry skin and uses a lot of lotion.

  6. Thanks for the post. Lots of great ideas here! I’m working on getting rid of as many chemicals & processed junk out of our house as possible. I thought I would mention that I use microfiber cleaning cloths and water for many things instead of chemicals. They are especially great for cleaning windows! Thanks again for the tips!

  7. This is great! My family and I have always been interested in the natural lifestyle, free from harsh chemicals that products contain. With the substitute for Tylenol, do you put it in a cream form and rub it on your body, or do you put it in a mister and breathe it in? I’ve heard of many ways essential oils can be used, haha.

    • Kay, it would just depend on your personal preference. I don’t advocate internal oil use so we personally do things in cream form for that reason.

  8. Jillian Cook says:

    Couponing gets me most of this stuff on the list for free or sometimes pays me to take it, I would really look into couponing for shampoo,conditioner, shaving cream, soap, razors, body wash, face cream, lotion, toilet paper,paper towels, make up and all cleaning supplies. I get all of these for FREE so it may be an easier and better route then making everything. Just a suggestion.

    • Jillian, we use natural products for many more reasons than just cost. I have couponed since 2004 (in fact, this blog used to be solely deals and coupons before a rebrand in June), but for us, there’s more important reasons to use natural items than getting a chemical laden product or food for free. Thanks for the suggestion though!

  9. Wow! I take my hat off to you. This is something I’ve been wanting to try. My husband is unable to work so our budget is tight, to say the least. Do you post all of your recipes for the different items you make? I’m so inspired that this is going on my 2016 lists of things to try and make life easier and healthier. I do a lot of my own mixes and stuff like that, so this is the next step for us. Thank you and Merry Christmas! 🎄

  10. Thanks for the list. It is often worth setting an hour or two aside monthly or something to prep 🙂 I’ll be switching a few $$ killers now.
    The vinegar and orange / citrus peel I already do… But I steep them for two weeks then there is zero vinegar smell!

    • Yup! We let ours steep for 7-10 days usually. I thought I put that in the post but guess not. Thanks for pointing that out for me Fran!

  11. Great list. I used to make many of the things listed, but life got busy and I gradually got sucked into the convenience of buying store-bought. I know homemade is better quality, healthier and cheaper, and this list has inspired me to get back to basics around the house. I also want to thank you for putting the list all on one page! I hate the blogs that use slide shows where you have to click to a new window for each of the items on the list.

  12. Great ideas. I’ve tried some, but this has encouraged to me to try more. Another $ saver is to ditch paper towels and napkins. Our family bought white cotton napkins and bar towels to use instead. They have lasted for years. I just put them in the wash with our white towels weekly.

  13. The Jessie K says:

    Oh my gosh, YES! I completely agree with this list, and our family rarely buys these things as well. Those things are so easy to make yourself and better for you. We use essential oils for sooooo many things. I also make a lot of our own house cleaners, soaps, detergents, etc. If I could add one thing to the list it would be EGGS! We have our own chickens to get free eggs, and much better quality than the store as well. 🙂

  14. Paper plates and towels too! We use cloh for that stuff and it saves a small fortune. I read somewhere that you can sew dish covers with elastic around the edge to replace plastic wrap too but I haven’t done it yet. I also ditched tampons and use a cup and its the best!! We did cloth diapers with the kids too. I can’t image how much money we saved over the years not buying diapers. In the summer when fruit is cheap I make jelly and preserves. Home made jelly has totally spoiled me, its delicious and so easy!!

    • We use only cloth napkins as well. It doesn’t take any extra time or resources to wash them as they just go in with the regular laundry.
      We did not ditch paper plates entirely, for our outdoor entertaining, but instead we invested in wicker and plastic (dollar store) plate holders and use the thin (really thin) paper plate liners on them for when we have large gatherings. This not only saves money but paper as well.
      You can also ditch the plastic cutlery. Most dollar stores (or thrift stores) sell metal cutlery. Just stock up and you do not have to buy plastic cutlery ever again

  15. Samie Selva says:

    Instead of using cloth Feminine products, have you ever heard of the diva cup?

    • Samie, yes. I still prefer the pads, however the Diva cup is a great option for those who want something besides disposables but don’t want to use cloth.

  16. love, love love, your ideas and ambition!!!!!!!

  17. I love your ideas now please give up your recipes! Thanks

  18. Pamela Deardorff says:

    Ok so where do get all of these recipes for everything.

  19. Alexandra says:

    Love your list! And have been eyeballing a lot of these homemade products for a while. I was wondering if you had like a master list of products you would need to make all your homemade products? Since it seems like a lot of these use some of the same ingredients.
    Thanks for all of your tips!

    • Alexandra, I actually don’t right this second, but great minds think alike lol. It’s on the schedule for next Thursday 🙂

  20. +1 for Diva Cup or other menstrual cups. I found out a lot of my friends were using it and finally tried it, and I think I’ve saved $85 this last year plus it’s just easier. What I like is you can wear it up to 12 hours. Excited to try your other recipes!

    • I was just about to suggest the Diva Cup!!!! I must have had mine now for at keast 10 years. Best $30 investment i ever made.
      Thanks to some weird and inconvenient issues inregularly use mine twice a month. Keeps on ticking.

  21. Really excited to try making my own detergents! We use a Dollar Store version that’s cheap and effective but leaves our clothes with that “Goodwill” smell – too perfume-y, or something. We have a wooWasher and line dry to save money, plus space (two adults and two kids in a studio…Ugh. But we want to save for a house before we’re 26 so it’s worth it!)

    The only thing I can’t get rid of is the feminine products. I’ve tried every alternative and it just doesn’t work for me. I do buy pads and tampons in bulk though so that saves a lot – and my husband is thrilled to no longer have to make emergency Walgreens runs for me! Haha.

    I also don’t buy shaving cream, but instead of making it we use hair conditioner. Double-duty products are my favorite! Thank you for the post 🙂

  22. Love, love, love this post! Throughout the last 30 years, I have done most of these at one time or another, but you know how it is when everyone else thinks your kooky (“mama cloth?! You’re kidding, right?!) In fact, we’ve even used “family cloth” (well, the kids and I have it’s a bit over the top for the hubs) – so thank you, thank you, for the inspiration and motivation to get back at it!

  23. Do you only use shampoo, or do you use conditioner too? If so, do you make your own, or do you buy it?
    I don’t know if I could go with out conditioner, my hair is a big crazy mess!

  24. I love the idea of natural feminine products. It is actually better for your health and can eliminate some problems caused by the chemicals in mass produced factory products. Good for you!

  25. Great post!!
    If you haven’t started using a Diva Cup i highly recommend it!!! About 30$ one time. After that, no monthly purchases. (Or as i like to think of it it, 6 boxes of various tampons at the checkout for 25$ only to look in your cabinet and realize you had ended up with far too many of one size and not enough of the other last month.)

    No trying to remember which “long 2×4 extra absorbant, wings, without wings, overnight, special color or symbol” pad you like. (STOP CHANGING IT!!)

    (In my case) No irritations from said pads and no yeast infections from tampons (seriously EVERY month).

    By far, the best savings AND health purchase I’ve ever made! Highly recommend.:)

  26. Mackenzie says:

    All I can say is, rather than making all this stuff pick up couponing. I get all the items you listed for less than $1 or FREE most of the time. You don’t even have to work that hard to do this. There are plenty of blogs online you can read that tell you what you can get and where to get the coupons!

  27. Do you make a your own Febreze? I’ve been making it for awhile now using the unstoppable beads and I will never buy the real stuff again. I can make my own for less than $1! 🙂

    • Yup! That’s actually in the second post for this one (the link is above in the post). We don’t use scent crystals though. 🙂

  28. Molly Campbell says:

    These are some great ideas, thank you! Last year I splurged a little and bought a steam mop that came with attachments, and I’ve found that replaces a lot of our cleaners. I don’t use anything but water in it and it cleans our floors, mirrors, windows, stove, pretty much everything in the bathroom, etc. Plus I feel like it’s a better use of my time – it can clean baseboards so quickly and easily, where before I could spend hours trying to get them scrubbed (we’re in a rental that wasn’t taken care of that well before we got here, so a lot of things have some nasty build up on them). At the time I bought it for ease instead of as a money saver, but I think in the long run it will save us a lot of money, I felt like I was constantly replacing the cleaning fluid for our swiffer mop – I would try and do homemade cleaner when the original bottle ran out, but after one or two refills the bottle would leak and occasionally ruin all the batteries for the mop, which were more expensive to replace than the cleaning fluid!

  29. Channy P says:

    When I read the part about the feminine products, I swear I heard people eeewing at the thought of using cloth. Well for those who are tampon kind of gals, The Diva Cup is fantastic!!! It runs anywhere from 30$ to 40$ CDN but is well worth the purchase. My first one lasted me 2 1/2 years. Anyway, thank you for posting this and your follow up 30 more. Can’t wait to try these. 🙂

  30. Shelley says:

    I love reading these! I am from Canada. 98cent per can for chicken noodle soup? On a good day, I’m lucky to find it for $1.97 each! We are a family of 5 and average per month for groceries is $1500. I shop very carefully and I do make most things from scratch including cleaning products. The price of our meat is crazy as well as the price of our dairy products. Very impressed with your savings strategy!

  31. You should really look into menstrual cups. They’re kinda pricey (around $30) but it’s a one time buy and you can use it over and over. Plus you can leave it in for 12 hours without worrying about toxic shock 😉 I love mine! Will never go back to disposables.

    • Stacy Barr says:

      Emily, I’ve tried them and for some reason can’t use them without immense pain. Thanks for the tip though! I agree that they’re great for those that can use them!

  32. donna phillips says:

    Thanks ever so much for all the hard work that goes into making and sharing your ideas and recipes.
    I have learned so much from you. You are an inspiration!!!

  33. Love the ideas you have. We already cook a lot from scratch since I sadly have so many food allergies and it just tastes better. My rule of thumb at the grocery store is to stay in the outside isles only. The outside isles tend to be the healthiest and all the processed foods are in the middle. Making cleaning products from scratch will help me stay away from the middle! I will make a couple of these items this month and check back in with the results. I used to be a single mom supporting 5 so I know all about budgeting. Looking forward to see if money saved versus time makes it worth it for our family. Thanks again and will check in soon:)

  34. Heidi Waldner says:

    This is a great list! I’m excited too try some of the recipes, especially the lotion. I looooove vitamin E and lotion but hate the list of chemicals in most of them.

  35. Laura York says:

    Hi. I am a huge DIY/Frugal SAHM. I love all of your post I have read so far. Thank you for all of your great information. However, I did want to inform you that once I clicked on the “Homemade chicken Fingers/Nuggets” link, it sent me to a different page. My son was excited to hear that I had this recipe. Would you still be able to give it to me?

  36. Laloni Zeigler says:

    Really love these ideas..better yet im disabled with depression, anexiety, fibromyalgia, panic attacks an ADD….stuff like this i could do…i skiped line when GOD was giving people crafting abilities…my kids are grown..i do ABSOLUTELY nothing all day…besides cleaning an online shopping…I completely have quit cooking..an that use to relax me..these ideas are saving me money but also giving me something to focus on…im gonna make the most of this post….too me this sounds fun…not really about saving money but my sanity…I CAN DO THESE…LOL AS LONG AS THEY DONT HAVE TO BE PUT IN DAINTY DYI CONTAINERS…IM GOOD..:))

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