30 Things You Should Stop Buying and Start Making

If you’re wanting to save some big bucks, it’s time to start thinking about making your own pantry staples and household essentials.  Not only does creating your own stuff keep more money in your wallet, often times it’s better for your health!  I mean how many times are you stuck reading a label in the store wondering what half of the ingredients are?  By making your own essentials, you’re ensuring that you know each and every ingredient involved.

Creating your own products from scratch is simple.  But to make it even easier for you, I’ve rounded up a list of 30 things you should stop buying and start making:

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  1. Homemade Flavoured Coffee Cream | SimplyFrugal.ca
  2. Homemade Peanut Butter | MrsJanuary.com
  3. Homemade Yogurt | Baking Beauties
  4. Homemade Mayonnaise (video) | Simple Bites
  5. Homemade Bisquick | SimplyFrugal.ca
  6. Homemade Ketchup | Cupcakes and Kale Chips
  7. Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packs | SimplyFrugal.ca
  8. Homemade Butter | Unsophisticook.com
  9. Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup | Buns in my Oven
  10. Homemade BBQ Sauce | Simply Scratch
  11. Homemade Bread Crumbs | Make and Takes
  12. Homemade Taco Seasoning | SimplyFrugal.ca
  13. Homemade Ranch Dressing | SimplyFrugal.ca
  14. Homemade Cream Cheese | She Simmers
  15. Homemade Bouillon Cubes | A Return to Simplicity
  16. Homemade Alfredo Sauce | Food.com
  17. Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk | Cooking with Books
  18. Homemade Brown Sugar | Nourishing Joy
  19. Homemade Sour Cream | Oh Lardy
  20. Homemade Powdered Sugar | Mom with a Prep
  21. Homemade Vanilla Extract | SimplyFrugal.ca
  22. Homemade Pizza Dough | SimplyFrugal.ca
  23. Homemade Baking Powder | Mommypotamus
  24. Homemade Refried Beans | Simply Scratch
  25. Homemade Tomato Sauce | Food 52
  26. Homemade Apple Sauce | Beard and Bonnet
  27. Homemade Pop Tarts | Smitten Kitchen
  28. Homemade Worcestershire Sauce | Little House Living
  29. Homemade Laundry Detergent | DIY Natural
  30. Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner | SimplyFrugal.ca

How many of these have you tried?  Do you have any other recipes you can share?

If you’re wanting more ideas for things to make from scratch, you might want to try this book, The Homemade Pantry.  It features 101 recipes that you can try!

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  1. Thanks for the link-up to my PB post. We seriously make this peanut butter every week and it takes just minutes. So easy!

  2. How many items do you make homemade to save money personally? I’m not asking in a judge-y way at all I’m simply just curious if it’s possible to make most things from scratch these days and still have time for other things lol. I like the idea of homemade and recently made my first turkey stock from bones we had leftover. I know it’s so much better for you and I felt better using it in our turkey soup. But having said that we don’t always have bones in the freezer to make stock from, especially beef bones. And it did take quite a while to make enough for a pot of soup. I had to leave it in the crockpot all day and then make the soup the next day.

    • I totally get what you’re saying! 🙂 Sometimes it makes more sense to buy things when it’s going to cost you more time than money. I personally make the instant oatmeal packs, the coffee cream, all-purpose cleaner, Bisquick, bread crumbs, taco seasoning, ranch dressing, Alfredo sauce, vanilla extract, pizza dough and apple sauce. Most of those things only involve pouring/combining ingredients so are super quick to put together.

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