Bake Bread & Save Dough!
It's true, some things are better left to be bought instead of made at home, but there is PLENTY of things you can make at home to save money! With gas prices on the rise and the struggles many families are experiencing – saving money anywhere you can has become a staple in homes across America. The average price for a bottle of Febreze Fabric Refresher is about $4. Did you know you can make Febreze (rather a BETTER alternative) for a fraction of the cost at home? Below you will find 4 things you can make at home that are fairly easy and can save you a bunch of dough!
1.) Bake your own Bread!
Homemade bread is so much better than store-purchased bread, is very inexpensive to make, and doesn’t take that much time either. Bread iseasy to make at home, and you only need a few ingredients to make a loaf. Here's the basic ingredients (and all you need) to make a regular YUMMY loaf at home:
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of Sugar
- 1 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Butter (Use REAL butter!)
- 1 package active dry yeast (found in the baking aisle at your local grocery store)
- 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups flour (Try unbleached white flour first)
- Corn starch or nonstick cooking spray (to prevent sticking)
See the rest of the recipe and more information about baking your own delicious bread over at The Simple Dollar!
2.) HOMEMADE FEBREZE
The average price for a bottle of Febreze Fabric Refresher is around $4.. and that's on the lower end! There is a great (and BETTER) alternative and that is home made febreze! You can mix a few simple ingredients and create your own febreze at home and pay a fraction of the cost. Here's the recipe:
- 1/8 Cup (or 1oz) of Your Favorite Fabric Softener
- 2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
- Hot Tap Water – To Fill the Bottle to the Top
That's it. Yes really! Thanks Fake-it Frugal on Pinterest!
3.) HOME MADE LAUNDRY DETERGENT + OTHER SOAPS!
Did you know you can make your own laundry soap at home? With coupons and deals it may seem unnecessary (I love my $1.79 bottles of ALL, just sayin'!).. but this certainly is an option for many people! I hear that this home made alternative works better at fighting stains and brightening clothes than the average detergent at your local store.
Check out "Being Creative To Keep My Sanity" to get the recipe & check out other great "soap" recipes including home made dishwasher detergent!
4.) DOG TREATS
The price for a good box of of Dog Treats is ridiculous. I bought my last $7 box of treats months ago when I started making treats at home for my friends. They LOVE these treats and they are a cheaper, healthier alternative to the treats you buy at the store. Below you will find a Peanut Butter Treat Recipe I use all the time!
- 2 cups whole wheat flour (you can use another type if your dog is sensitive to )
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup peanut butter, chunky or smooth
- 1 1/4 cups hot water
- Preheat oven to 350° F
- Mix dry ingredients together.
- Mix in the peanut butter and hot water. You may need to add more flour if the dough is too sticky.
- Knead the dough well.
- Roll out the dough into 1/4" thickness and cut into shapes with dog cookie cutters.
- Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet for 40 minutes. Turn off the oven and let them cool overnight.
- Cookies will get hard over night – perfect!
Head over to Dog Treat Kitchen to see a BUNCH of recipes for your best friend!
What do you make at home instead of buying at the store? Please share your tips, tricks, advice, recipes, and more below! Thanks!
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