5 Items to Make at Home That Will Save You Money

It’s so tempting to just buy items at the store rather than making them, but we can save a lot of money by making some of these things at home. From hand soap to baby wipes to detergent and more, many items can be made at home if you are willing to spend the time necessary to make them. Cleaning supplies and wipes are not the only things you can make yourself, either — many people make their own candles and other gifts, and some people even create their own clothing or blankets.

Almost anything can be made if you have the right ingredients or parts, as well as the right know-how. While making computers or other electronics often takes a great amount of knowledge and training, many items can be made at home by following easy directions. Below are five items you can make at home to save money, along with tips on how to find the right recipe or directions to make them.

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1. Soap

From hand soap to bar soap, many people find soap-making enjoyable and relaxing, in addition to being a money saver. If you’re interested in saving money on common convenience item soaps, like foaming hand soap, there are easy ways to do so. Foaming hand soap is fun but often more expensive than regular hand soap.

You can find many different ways to make foaming hand soap online via Pinterest, and most of them are very easy and affordable. You can also make your own dish soap with very few ingredients. You can even make your own laundry detergent. These items can be time-consuming compared to plucking an item off the shelf at a store, but with the money you will save from buying similar items at the store, your time will be well spent.

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2. Baby items

Yes, babies are expensive. Some people choose to use cloth diapers to save money, but if you aren’t interested in that, you can still save money by making many items yourself that you would normally buy at a store. Things like baby washcloths or burp cloths can be expensive (considering that you’re just buying a pretty piece of cloth), but these are easy to make yourself. Several websites and blogs have tutorials you can view to learn how to do this.

Of course, once your baby is old enough to eat pureed food, you can also make your own baby food, which really only requires time and a food blender. One of the most expensive and regular baby items that parents need are wipes, which happen to be one of the easiest items to make. YouTube has many instructional videos, including this one, which explains how to make the wipes.

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3. Gifts

There are so many gifts you can make yourself that people will appreciate receiving. Many — though not all — people actually prefer a homemade gift because it shows that you spent time rather than money. Going back to the first point, you can actually create decorative soaps as great gifts. Instead of shipping flowers, you can also learn to create your own beautiful bouquets, which can brighten up the day of someone who is going through a hard time, or can just be a nice gift for most any other occasion.

Also, many magazines and websites feature articles that give directions for easy gifts you can make at home. An article by Better Homes and Gardens explains how to make your own coasters, candleholders, picture frames, and more.

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4. Home decor

This is one of the less well-known do-it-yourself categories that can save you money. If you want to add a personal touch to your home but you don’t want to pay for fancy decorations, you can make many of them yourself. Making your own curtains can be very time-consuming but also financially and personally rewarding. You may have to invest in a sewing machine, but if you actually plan to use it, you can save money in the long-term on other items, too, like bedspreads, towels, and even clothes.

Some people save money but add decorative flair by taking beautiful photos themselves and then having them blown up on canvases to decorate their homes. If you have a talent for building things, you can even create your own bookshelves or toy bins. If you like to paint but you aren’t ready to build yet, you can purchase an old dresser or desk and then paint it or stain it yourself to make it like new.

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5. Food

Of course you are aware that you can make your own food at home, but many people feel that there are some meals that can only truly be made well at restaurants, or that there are other items that take too much time and are better off purchased at a store.

The more meals you learn to make yourself at home, the more money you will save. Many websites offer restaurant-worthy recipes that you can make at home if you are willing to purchase the ingredients and work on the recipe until you perfect it. If you like a meal enough to keep going back to the same restaurant to purchase it, you might save a lot of money by learning how to make it at home.

In addition, many packaged or frozen foods at the grocery store sell because they are easy and convenient, but if you make a particular meal often enough that several ingredients won’t go bad from lack of use, you should make it yourself. Most meals you can make a lot of and freeze to save time. You can also save money by making food for parties at home, too.

There are many other ways to save money by making items at home, and if you’re willing to do the research and experiment, your wallet will grow much thicker very soon!

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