This is a collaborative post by Ellie Jo.
We are so lucky to live in a part of the world where pretty much everything we need and want is savable to buy in the stores. But having said that it certainly doesn’t come for free. Of course, we have to pay for it with our money, and depending on what it is, it might cost you a lot! But there are some things we can actually make at home instead of buying them at the store. Read on to find out what.
Jams and Jelly – Kitchen
It s actually pretty simple to do, all you need is fresh fruit, pectin and sugar. You boil all these up in a big old pan, testing as you go.
To do this lift some of the mixture out of the pan every so often. But be careful as it will be very hot and very sticky! Then dab it onto a plate and run the handle of a spoon through it. If it creates a line that sticks and doesn’t flow back into a blob, then it’s ready to set.
So then you can take it off the heat allow to cool a little and then decant to into sterilized jars. Add wax paper to the top and this should last you all the way until next season.
Pregnancy Tests – Bathroom
Now, not everyone will have a use for these, but if you are that stage of family life, you will be amazed at the amount of money you can save by making your own pregnancy tests.
You can make your own tests by using easily accessible household items and following the instructions in this list of remedies.
Just think how much you can save compared to buying the $10 kits all the time. A fortune!
Cleaners – Bathroom & Kitchen
Something that you can make that will work well both in the kitchen and in the bathroom is some cleaning spray. A good cleaner will cost you at least $4 at the store, and more than likely it will be packed with chemicals and additives that are that are not healthy for you.
Instead, why not make cleaner from a mixture of lemon juice, white wine vinegar and water? Which is not only very effective at getting rid of streaks on worktops and glassware, but is also much better for the environment as well.
Kitchen sinks are another essential item you must need in your kitchen. Thenomrecipes.com wrote an in-depth article on how to buy kitchen sinks.
Bread – Kitchen
Lastly, another item that we spend a fortune on is premade and sliced bread. This mostly because folks don’t think they have the time to make their own. But buying a breadmaker can change all that.
Not only will you reduce your weekly shopping bills, but you will also have the benefit of getting to smell and eat homemade, delicious bread single every day. You can even bake some the night before and use it for sandwiches in the kids lunch boxes. It’s really a no -brainer!