15 Things You Should Make Instead of Buying

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Though it’s easy to go to the store and buy a product already made, it’s also just as easy to make your own.

Even better, you’ll save hundreds of dollars by making your own products.

You’ll even be helping the environment by using less toxic ingredients and paper.

Check out this list of 15 things you should make instead of buying, and get ready to start saving money!


1. Face masks

Face masks are so easy to make and contain natural ingredients that aren’t harmful to your skin.

This list of 7 easy DIY face masks includes natural ingredients like avocado, brown sugar, lemon, and coconut oil.

Ditch buying face masks for $4 a piece and instead make your face masks that will work better and cost less.

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2. French fries

Prepackaged french fries usually include ingredients and chemicals that are no good for your body.

Potatoes are also some of the cheapest foods at the grocery store and contain plenty of vitamins and other nutrients that are good for your body.

Instead of buying prepackaged fries, buy a few potatoes, cut them up with a knife or potato cutter, sprinkle some water on the baking sheet, and cook them in the oven until they are crisp.

To make cooking fries even easier and crispier, cut them up and put them into a bowl of water and let them sit for a few hours.

3. Bath salts

Bath salts at the store can be pretty affordable, but making them yourself is dirt cheap.

To make your bath salts, all you need is:

  • Epsom salt
  • sea salt
  • oil of choice (lavender is my favorite)

Related: DIY Balt Salt Recipe

4. Ketchup

Ketchup is usually loaded with sugar and other ingredients you shouldn’t be consuming a lot of.

AllRecipes has a delicious and healthier version that will make eating ketchup guilt free.

5. Laundry detergent

Laundry detergent is expensive. I cringe every time I have to buy some.

Wellness Mama has an easy and cheap recipe that will last a long time and is a fraction of the cost.

6. Face toner

Toner has so many benefits for the skin, including smoothing the skin, getting rid of redness, and getting rid of leftover makeup.

Toner can be pretty expensive, and there’s no need to buy a $15 bottle of toner when you can use a natural ingredient that costs less than $3.

Here’s an easy recipe that uses apple cider vinegar.

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7. Mineral Face Powder

Holly makes her own homemade mineral face powder with just one simple ingredient. You can check it out here.

8. House cleaner

Instead of buying a house cleaner at the store that is filled with harsh ingredients, make your own.

Greatist has an excellent list that contains several house cleaner recipes that you can make at home.

9. Hummus

Hummus is so easy to make, which is why it feels like a robbery when I pay $5 for a small cup of hummus at the grocery store.

Check out this better than store bought hummus recipe that is super easy to make and only takes a few ingredients.

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10. Granola

Store bought granola is usually filled with sugar and other ingredients you don’t need to be eating on a healthy diet.

Check out this easy DIY granola that only uses a few ingredients and is good for you, too.

11. Protein bars

Protein bars are a great snack to eat when you’re on the go and in need of something healthy. Unfortunately, most protein bars at the store is packed with sugar.

Save some money by making your protein bars that are good for you and taste good!

Check out this protein bar recipe from Minimalist Baker.

12. Veggie broth

ItDoesn’tTasteLikeChicken is one of my all-time favorite recipe websites. Their veggie broth is both delicious, healthy, and pretty easy to make.

13. Water bottles

Last year, Americans threw away over 50 billion water bottles.

Ditch the plastic water bottles (and bags!) and get a reusable water bottle.

14. Face cream

Face creams are insanely expensive.

You don’t need to spend $50 on a face cream when you can instead use natural ingredients that are affordable.

Check out this affordable DIY face cream recipe.

15. Paper towels

Paper towels…toilet paper… Who wants to spend money on this?

Use this paper towel recipe to make paper towels that last.

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What are some other things you make instead of buying? Tell us in the comments!

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  1. I have done many of these but I’m not sure on the ketchup. We use it infrequently so I would have to think it would go bad rather quickly without preservatives.

    1. I eat ketchup like I drink water so I should probably start making it, haha.

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