290+ DIYs to Slash Your Spending

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We’ve all heard the obnoxious suggestions to spend less in life. “Sell your car so you don’t have to pay for gas or insurance!” Ok, but who will pay for my therapy after I’ve walked, or worse – biked, everywhere? Some money saving ideas sound great until you actually consider how they will affect your life.

If you want to save more money than you already are, or at least spend less of it, this list should help get you going in the right direction.

I’m a stay-at-home mom, so I like to find ways to contribute to our home financially. I don’t have to be making money to save it or spend less of it, therefore keeping more of it in our account for us to use however we want!

I’m not about changing our lives in burdensome ways. I like to implement things that we can easily maintain and also save us money. Below are some things that we’ve found tried and true to save money by spending less.

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DIY Whatever You can

So this is it. This is the big secret. There are so many DIY tutorials all over Pinterest and YouTube that can show you how to create something similar to what you would otherwise spend a lot ofmoney on. Now, I’m against DIY projects when they end up costing more than just BIY (buying it yourself), when they cost too much time, or when they will look like a knock off of what I really want. If the DIY version can’t get the job done, then I will definitely spend the money. Below are some things I’ve learned to DIY that were totally worth it.

Beauty Products

I made these DIY Homemade Makeup Remover Pads by Refined Mom a long time ago and I really liked them! I still buy Aveeno makeup remover cloths for travel and such, but I tweaked her recipe to my liking and it definitely costs a lot less than the store bought ones!

Here’s a list made by The Nourished Life of 200+ DIY Beauty Products to try out.

Food

I used to always buy canned beans, and by the can, they’re not that expensive. I might have bought a few cans each week depending on what I was making and it didn’t seem like much. However, did you know you can buy a bag of dry beans for about the same price (or less) and it will yield more than double the canned amount? Much more than double actually. I’ve been making our beans (great northern, kidney, black, and refried) for a while now a we love it. I use this recipe on How to Cook Dried Beans by Natasha’s Kitchen and really like it. It saves us a bunch of money and they taste so much better! I always have beans in the freezer because they’re so easy to make in large batches and store for later.

Here’s a list of 24 Foods to Make and Not Buy put together by A Cultivated Nest.

Cleaners

Vinegar can be used for so many things. I cannot stand the smell, but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t make our glass shower door sparkle and shine. I’ve also made DIY Granite Cleaner by Frugally Blonde and I love it! I don’t use essential oil in mine but it works just as well.

Here’s 11 DIY Cleaning Products by Jessica Autumn.

Coffee

Make your own.  I make this Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte by Celebrating Sweets and it’s really good! If you’re still buying an overpriced coffee shop latte each morning, you’re not serious about slashing your spending. *Mic drop*

Here’s a list of 50+ Copycat Starbucks Recipes pulled together by One Little Project.

Car

If you’re serious about DIY, you could even change the oil on your own car. I have yet to try this one, but after seeing this How to Change the Oil in a Car tutorial by Homesteading, I just might! Well, might let my husband do it.

Here’s 11 DIY Car Repairs to Save Money by CarCluster.com.

Obviously there are tons of DIY possibilities. Just take the time to try them out and see if they’re worth it in the end. They could end up saving you a lot of money!

I hope you’ve found something on this list you want to try out! Thanks for reading and happy slashing!

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