12 Things To Stop Buying And Make Yourself


Ahhh frugalism.  Have you ever taken a moment to stop and think about the things you can make yourself instead of buying? If not you should.

There are so many things you can make or substitute for something that you want or need for a fraction of the cost.  Believe me, I know. I know because I’m pretty darn frugal when it comes to purchasing new items.

If there’s a hack or a trick to make or substitute an item at a cheaper price you better guarantee I’ll look into it.

1.Mineral Face Powder

I have to admit this recipe may take a bit of tweaking to find the color for you but I have enough ingredients to last me a looooong time.

Honestly, with the recommended amounts in the recipe, I’ve made mineral powder for the summer months when I’m a bit more tan, winter months when I’m pale, bronzers, products for friends and family and I still have enough for years.

I got all of my ingredients for around $20-$25. I think that’s a pretty good deal when you compare that to purchasing a canister for 20 plus dollars at Sephora. Check out this recipe to make your own mineral face powder.

2. DIY Glass Cleaner

Looking for a glass cleaner that’s super cheap and non-toxic? Well, try this DIY glass cleaner to save yourself some money.

Did you know that you can use newspaper in place of paper towels to clean glass? Oh yes, you can I do it all the time. Save your paper towels for when you really need them.


  • Looking for more tips and tricks for how to save money on cleaning supplies check out this article.

3. Face Toner

Toner doesn’t have to be expensive. Have you heard of all the skin benefits from using apple cider vinegar? If not read this. Yep, that vinegar in your cabinet can easily double as a face toner.

I’ve even been using a dab of apple cider vinegar when I feel a breakout coming on and it seems to keep it at bay and mellow it out. Here’s an easy recipe for face toner that uses apple cider vinegar. 

4. Body Butter

Looking for a moisturizing DIY body butter to keep your skin feeling young and youthful? This frugal DIY moisturizer is the perfect way to save money, oh and it would also be a great gift for a friend.

5. Hummus

I absolutely cringe at the thought of paying full price for hummus in the stores. Hummus is so incredibly easy to make with just a couple of ingredients you probably already have. Check out this budget and palate friendly hummus recipe.

6. Face cream

Are you looking for a good quality face cream? Well, hot damn they can be crazy expensive!  Regardless of expense, I do my best to try to eliminate the sign of aging and keep my skin looking youthful. I’ve been using a handful of these recipes or variations of these for several years now. 

If you’re looking for a super simple recipe that doesn’t require any measuring or weighing of ingredients check these out.

7. Laundry Freshener

I’m a big fan of fresh-smelling clothes but purchasing Febreze isn’t in the cards for me. I choose to make my own to keep things smelling fresh and clean.

8. Air Freshener

Not only are many air fresheners quite toxic some of them smell pretty darn nasty. Make your own air freshener with essential oils and a couple of other ingredients I bet you already have.

9. BBQ Sauce

BBQ sauce is one of those things that’s super easy to make on your own. Don’t fret if you’re in the middle of grilling ribs and forgot the sauce make this easy BBQ sauce.

10. Homemade baby wipes

Ever checked the ingredients on your baby wipes? If so and you’re now freaked out… Calm down… and make these as a safe alternative.

11. Body Scrub

A DIY body scrub is perfect during the summer and winter months. You can easily make an exfoliating scrub to give your skin that beautiful glow.  Get a fresh complexion now with this easy recipe.

12. French Fries

If you’re anything like me and you can’t get enough of french fries why not make your own? If you get yourself this fancy potato cutter you can make a healthier version than you can buy at the store or restaurants.


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