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Part 2—More things I may never buy again

12. Lip balm.  Last year I made a batch of my own using beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil and peppermint oil.  I have supplies to make more, just need to put aside time to do it.


13. Hand cream.  Mark’s hands get tore up at work.  He LOVES the hand cream I made him last year using basically the same recipe as for the lip balm, just adding lavender oil instead of peppermint.  #1 and #2 recipes and info can be found at MadeOn Skin Care Products.

14. Facial cleanser.  I have been using coconut oil for make-up removal and facial cleaning.  However, I was recently introduced to Norwex products and can’t wait to get my new facial cloth to try!

15. Body lotion.  Nothing feels and smells better than coconut oil on my skin, especially after shaving.  I keep a large bucket in the kitchen to use in place of vegetable oil and a jar in the bathroom for using on my body.

16. Paper towels/napkins.  I stopped buying paper towels a couple of years ago and switched over to old rags, T-shirts, socks, etc.  We have a large can in the kitchen full of rags so no need for paper towels.  About that same time we switched to cloth napkins and I love everything about using them. 

17. Vanilla.  My first batch is brewing as I type this and I am anticipating it to be amazing.  Again, well worth the small amount of time to make and I should be able to give some away for gifts too!  Read here if you want to try it out yourself.
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18. Cakes/brownies/frosting.  It is just as quick and easy to whip up a cake or batch of brownies from scratch and skip all the extra preservatives you get in buying a box mix.  Click here or here for some recipes.

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19. Home cleaning supplies.  For over a year now I have been making my own cleaners using mainly vinegar and baking soda.  They have saved me money and we are no longer breathing in those awful chemicals.  I am working on a Norwex order though and am SO excited to switch over to those microfiber rags now and skip cleaners all together.

20. Honey.  We haven’t officially harvested any honey yet but in the near future we will be able to and I am really looking forward to that.

21. Applesauce.  So easy.  We love to go pick apples at the local Berry Patch and when we buy the windfalls it’s a great deal too.  Minimal amount of time for making applesauce and a lot healthier too.

22.  Chicken stock.  No more wasted chicken bones.  Instead they are used for making healthy and delicious homemade stock.

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23.  Spaghetti sauce.  I’m not sure why it took me so long to try my mom’s recipe for making and freezing spaghetti sauce.  I can’t bring myself to buy a jar anymore.

24.  Canned pie fillings.  Last year I made batches of apple pie filling and froze them for easy desserts through the year.  All I have to do is whip up a crust and viola!  This year I have started freezing chokecherry juice as well after finding a recipe for chokecherry pie!  YUM!

This post is linked to the Frugal Tuesday Tips over at Learning the Frugal Life, Juliecache, Frugal Playground and Confessions of a Frugal Mind.

5 Comments


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    Your doing awesome! Thanks for linking up this week!


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    So great. I'm hoping to do some of these things on your list, too. Just taking them one thing at a time. Another thing I do with the chicken bones after using them for broth, is to bake them at about 500 for an hour to burn them and then I crush them up with a meat tenderize and then crush them up even more in a little chopper I have. Then I sprinkle them on my garden. I think you could just set them out to dry, too, but I'm not sure how long that would take. The burning them stinks a little bit, but I prefer it to having the bones lay around. My dog would probably steal them before they had a chance to dry.


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    Great tips!! Did you do a post on your mom's spaghetti sauce yet? I didn't see it. This is something I have NEVER done. Any tips you have would be appreciated! 🙂


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    Great tips!! Did you ever do a post on your mom's sp.sauce? I have never done that and would appreciate any help!


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    Thanks for the tip, Juli. I'll keep that in mind. You are very smart in doing these things one at a time. After you get used to one you can gradually add another. Soon you realize that you're not doing any of them every day so it's not so overwhelming.

    Kimberly, I am planning to do a post on Mom's Spaghetti Sauce very soon. I am due to make it again here in the next month or so. Stay tuned!

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