200+ Things You Can Stop Buying and Make Homemade

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As we rapidly head into the end of a one year and welcome a new year, a lot of us are going to be looking for new ways to save money in our family budgets. One of the best ways to save money is to stop buying and start making what you can. Back in 2014, when my family got into serious financial trouble, it was replacing the items that we bought on a regular basis with things that we could make homemade that really played a large part in setting our family budget upright again. We started with an initial list of 30 things we stopped buying and started making has now bloomed into a huge list of what we make!

Over 200 Products to Stop Buying and Make - Ready to start saving big bucks? This HUGE list of things you can stop buying and start making is the PERFECT place to start!

Most of us don’t realize just how much the things we buy on a regular basis can eat into our grocery budget. We constantly search for ways to save money on groceries, but we never stop to think that it may not just be how much things are priced at, but what we’re buying as well. Back before we became a society built on convenience, our Grandparents knew how to manage their money, but they also had a life filled with frugal skills that everyone should have. This meant that when it came to making what they needed, they did. If they couldn’t make it, they did without. Taking that same stance in our home really helped us to cut our household expenses and be able to boost our savings accounts.

200+ Things You Can Stop Buying and Make Homemade

When I posted my original post that listed things you can stop buying and start making, it had such a huge response that I updated it with a second listOver the past year, both posts have become two of our most popular posts ever. I know, what does that have to do with the price of eggs in China? It made me realize that you, my reader, really do want to make more and buy less and that I needed to give you as much as I could on the subject.

Which brings us to today and this post. I have scoured the net (okay, I scoured Pinterest) to put together an absolutely huge list for you!This huge list of things you can stop buying and make homemade is jam packed with things that I have hand picked just for this post. You’ll find everything from homemade cleaning supplies to homemade beauty. It includes copycat recipes so that you can skip eating out and DIY furniture plans. You’ll find homemade convenience food recipes and homemade pet products and more. It’s over 200 products that you can make at home and if you do? You will boost your savings account in ways like you have never imagined.



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Homemade Beauty Products

Homemade Cleaner Recipes

Natural & Homemade Health Products

Homemade Kids & Baby Products

Homemade Pet Products

Copycat Recipes

Homemade Convenience Foods

Homemade Misc. Items

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Homemade Beauty Products You Can Stop Buying and Start Making

Homemade Mouthwash

Homemade Hair Detangler

Homemade Coconut Milk Shampoo

Homemade Shave Cream

DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

Homemade Scented Hand Soap

Homemade Bar Soap

DIY Chapstick

Homemade Body Wash

Homemade Deodorant

Homemade Unscented Hand Soap

Homemade Lip Scrub

Homemade Sugar Scrubs

Homemade Lotion for Dry Skin

DIY Aftershave

Homemade Green Tea & Peppermint Bath Soak

Homemade Foaming Hand Soap 

Homemade Face Wash 

Homemade Toothpaste 

DIY Makeup Remover Pads 

Homemade Hair Conditioner

Homemade Black Eyeliner 

Homemade Tinted Lip Gloss

Homemade Whitening Toothpaste

DIY Facial Toner

DIY Face Wash 

DIY Red Lipstick

DIY Loose Face Powder

Homemade Bubble Bath

Homemade Sunscreen

DIY Makeup Remover

DIY Solid Perfume

DIY Leave In Conditioner

DIY Mascara 

Homemade Cuticle Cream

Homemade Hair Spray

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Natural Health Products You can Stop Buying and Make

Homemade Insomnia Treatments

DIY Travel First Aid Kits

Homemade “Bengay”

Homemade “Neosporin”

Homemade Menthol Shower Melts

Homemade Pedialyte 

Homemade Cloth Pads

Homemade Calamine Lotion

Homemade Cough Drops

Homemade Hand Sanitizer

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Homemade Chest Decongestant 

Homemade Vicks Vapor Rub

Homemade Cough Syrup

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Homemade Cleaner Recipes to Stop Buying and Make

Homemade Dishwasher Tablets

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

DIY Window Cleaner

DIY Furniture Polish

DIY Cleaning Wipes

Homemade Soft Scrub

Homemade Floor Cleaner 

Homemade Grout Cleaner

Homemade Liquid Castile Soap

Homemade All Purpose Cleaner

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

DIY Reusable Fabric Softener Sheets

DIY Powdered Laundry Detergent

DIY Silver Cleaner (DIY Silver Polish)

Homemade Febreze 

DIY Mold & Mildew Spray

Homemade Toilet Cleaner 

Homemade Dishwasher Tablets

Homemade Carpet Deodorizer 

Homemade Magic Erasers

DIY Fruit & Veggie Wash

Homemade Dusting Spray 

Homemade Downy Wrinkle Release Spray

Homemade Swiffer Wet Jet Solution

Homemade Carpet Cleaner 

DIY Laundry Scent Boost Crystals (Homemade Purex Crystals)

Homemade Stainless Steel Cleaner

Homemade Pine-Sol

Homemade Tub & Shower Cleaner

DIY Drain Cleaner

DIY Granite Spray 

Homemade Oven Cleaner

DIY Swiffer Wet Pads

Homemade Non-Toxic Bleach

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Homemade Pet Supplies to Stop Buying and Start Making

DIY Dog Rope Toys

DIY Dog Biscuits

Homemade Flea Treatment Dog Treats

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Chews


Kids and Baby Products You Can Stop Buying and Make

Homemade Diaper Rash Cream

DIY Finger Paint

Homemade Edible Play-doh

Homemade Baby Wipes

Homemade Baby Food 

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Copycat Recipes to Save You Money

Copycat Red Lobster Shrimp Scampi

Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup

Copycat Strawberry Nutrigrain Bars

Copycat Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Copycat Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies

Copycat McDonald’s Shamrock Shake

Copycat Sonic Peach Tea

Copycat Applebees Clubhouse Grilled Sandwich

Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Salad Sandwich

Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

Copycat Orange Julius 

Copycat Wendy’s Frosty Recipe

Copycat Bagel Bites

Homemade Magic Shell 

Homemade Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup

Homemade Toaster Strudels

Homemade Bisquick 

Homemade ‘Nilla Wafers

Copycat Little Debbie Oatmeal Pies

Homemade Pop Tarts

Homemade Nesquik 

Homemade Onion Soup Mix (Copycat Lipton Onion Soup Mix)

Homemade Uncrustables

Copycat York Peppermint Patties

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Homemade Convenience Foods You Can Stop Buying and Make

Homemade Ketchup Recipe

Homemade Chicken Fingers

Homemade Pizza Dough

Homemade BBQ Sauce

Homemade Fruit Rollups

Homemade Mozzarella Cheese

Homemade GoGurt

Homemade Jiffy Cornbread

Homemade Mac ‘n Cheese

Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Homemade Pasta Sauce

Homemade Salsa

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Homemade Graham Crackers

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Heavy Cream Substitute

Homemade Mayo

Homemade Alfredo Sauce

Homemade Fajita Seasoning

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Homemade Apple Cider 

Homemade Applesauce

Homemade Coffee Creamer

Homemade Hot Pockets

Homemade Saltine Crackers

Homemade Strawberry Jam

Homemade Pancake Syrup

Homemade Blueberry Jam

Homemade Nutella 

Homemade Marshmallows

Homemade Butter – 

Homemade Yogurt

Homemade Brown Sugar 

Homemade Cream Cheese

Homemade American Cheese 

Homemade Flour Tortillas

Homemade Refried Beans

Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar 

Homemade Almond Milk 

Homemade Bouillon Cubes

Homemade Ketchup 

Homemade Chicken Broth 

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk 

Homemade Worcestershire Sauce 

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Homemade Bread

Homemade Baking Powder

Homemade Dry Shampoo

Homemade Evaporated Milk 

Homemade Peanut Butter

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup

Homemade Almond Butter

Homemade Tarter Sauce

Homemade Seasoned Salt 

Homemade Blueberry Pancake Syrup

Homemade Honey Mustard

Homemade Taco Seasoning 

Homemade Corndogs

Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup

Homemade Biscuits

Homemade Pretzels 

Homemade Egg Nog 

Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix

Homemade Cocktail Sauce

Homemade Italian Seasoning Mix

Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

Homemade Buffalo Sauce

Homemade Sour Cream Doughnuts

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

Homemade Granola

Homemade Grape Jelly

Homemade Dill Pickles

Homemade Guacamole

Homemade Tomato Soup

Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

Homemade Beef or Chicken Gravy

Homemade Apple Juice

Homemade Grape Juice

Homemade Orange Juice

Homemade Cheddar Cheese

Homemade Cheddar Cheese Sauce

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Misc. Things You Can Stop Buying and Start Making

DIY Fire Starters

DIY End Tables

DIY Organic Garden Fertilizer

Homemade Citronella Candles

DIY Ant Spray

DIY Windshield De-icer

DIY Entry Way Storage Bench 

Homemade Dish Cloths

Homemade Mosquito Spray

DIY Oil Lamps

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Over 200 Products to Stop Buying and Make - Ready to start saving big bucks? This HUGE list of things you can stop buying and start making is the PERFECT place to start!



  1. Lindsey Mozgai says

    This is a super extensive list! I can’t wait to try some of them!

  2. Eeeekkkkkkk!!!!!!!
    goodjobgoodjobgoodjobgoodjob–Good Job!
    Thank you for making/putting this all together.
    I’m going to start at the top and work my way down.

  3. Wow! This list is impressive. I am going to save this to come back to whenever I run out of something and need to make more. Thank you for sharing these!

  4. Audrey Astin-Stanley says

    This is an awesome list. Thank you for complying it. I try and grow a lot of me own fruit and vegetables with this list combined, it would be a massive saving.

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