Save Money on This and That – Make Items Yourself

There’s no shortage of things available on which to spend your hard-earned money. From day-to-day household needs to big ticket buys, there’s a constant pull, draining your financial resources. Wouldn’t it be nice to turn things around once in a while, side-stepping spending on some of the things you need? You can do exactly that by taking-on a few simple projects and making things on your own, rather than paying retail price for items your family uses regularly.

Looking After Your Pennies blog recently shared a number of DIY opportunities, furnishing ideas you can use to cut costs, by producing various items at home. All it takes is a little time and crafty creativity to make savings on everything from makeup to party favors. If you’re ready to trim spending, without sacrificing fun and function, explore these accessible possibilities for DIY savings on household goods and lifestyle items.

Greeting Cards

When it comes to giving gifts, an old adage states “it’s the thought that counts.” What’s more thoughtful than homemade gifts and greeting cards? Never mind that it’s also a great way to save money; personally produced greeting cards are also unique, one-off creations that are almost always well-received by friends and family celebrating birthdays and holidays. Getting some help from the kids makes card-making a fun family activity, adding a unique touch to the final products.

Birthday Cake

Some people turn to producing their own bakery for health reasons – those with celiac sensitivity don’t have many choices in the commercial marketplace. Others simply enjoy creating custom cakes to mark loved ones’ birthdays, graduations, and other special events. If you don’t feel you’re skilled enough in the kitchen to produce memorable sweets, Pinterest and other resources can help spark your creativity and provide recipes to follow.

Salads and Dressings

Your home kitchen is a great place to save money; the number of available cost-effective culinary creations is almost unlimited. Investing little more than time and raw ingredients, you can turn affordable components into nutritious family fare. Among the frugal food strategies available to home cooks, composing your own salads and salad dressings results in substantial savings, compared to buying premade versions at the supermarket.


Some families make this a requirement for gift exchanges, turning their backs on the commercialism often seen during the holiday season. The cost-saving measure is particularly well-suited for people who enjoy working with their hands. Depending upon your strengths and the likes of those on your gift list, some of the creative ways to set yourself apart from other gift-givers and save money at the same time, include these novel ideas for handmade gifts:

  • Health and beauty aids such as soaps and body scrubs
  • Hand-sewn clothing
  • Dolls
  • Wooden toys
  • Hand-knit items
  • Paintings
  • Pictures
  • Crocheted keepsakes
  • Baked goods

Cleaning Supplies

Keeping your household running smoothly requires a continuous supply of cash. Though payday loans are available to tide you over when income interruptions and unexpected expense interfere with your household flow; making your own cleaning supplies is one way to reduce your overall spend. The cost of disposable kitchen roll and wet wipes adds-up, so you can save substantial sums, creating your own versions at home.

Cleaning cloths are easy to make, simply utilise worn and outgrown clothing, trimmed to size. And there are recipes available online, producing low cost cleaning solutions you can use to save money and avoid harsh chemicals in the home.

Paying store prices for food, gifts, cleaning supplies, and other household goods isn’t always the most cost-effective way to get the job done. With a small time investment and some creative inspiration, you can cut costs at home, while creating your own unique, fun, and functional items.

Paul graduated in 2001 with a degree in Finance. Since then he has gone on to work for several of the UK's most well-known financial institutions.

An avid blogger and a huge football fan, Paul is here to guide you through the ins and outs of personal finance and perhaps save you some money in the process!

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