I’m sure you have seen those viral videos and articles detailing ways to save money, but none sound appealing. The reason many people avoid saving money is that they do not what to change their lifestyle. Humans are creatures of comfort. Doing things like recycling cue tips or turning off the AC on a hot summer day does not sound fun to the majority of us. Luckily, there are easy ways you can save money at home without giving up comfort. That is something we can all get behind!
This list contains 33 ways for the average Joe to save money at home for every occasion without any drastic changes to your lifestyle. Most of these tips require very little time to do, yet they can add satisfaction to your life knowing that you are saving money. Doing simple things like turning an old T-shirt into a pet toy can really make a difference in your life. Why don’t you just give one of them a try? I know you have been thinking about saving extra money for a while now, and these tips to save money at home are so easy there is almost no excuse.
1. Homemade Microwave Popcorn
If you are like me and love microwave popcorn, you are going to love this one. You can save money by making your own.
2. Make Your Own Pumpkin Pie Spice
Pumpkin pie spice is not only great for pie but can go great with coffee and delicious bread. It is not that difficult to make!
3. Build Your Own Swiffer Pad
Instead of spending money on disposable pads, why not make your own? The best part is that they can be thrown in the laundry and reused. Great time and money saver!
4. Make Restaurant-Style Foods at Home
A good example of this would be my favorite Japanese salad dressing. It is usually expensive, but you can easily make your own at home, and have plenty left over!
5. Create Your Own Cheap and Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent
When I moved out on my own I was surprised at how expensive laundry detergent was. Now you can make your own at home. Best of all, it is better for the environment!
6. Homemade Ranch Dressing
If you are a ranch lover, you already know how pricey ranch dressing can be. Why not try crafting your own? You might be surprised at how good homemade ranch can taste.
7. Sharpen Your Razor With Your Jeans
You heard me correctly. One of the best money saving tips I have learned. Keeps your razor sharp longer. Can also improve the quality of cheap razors.
8. Use Rapid Wash
Does your washer have a rapid wash setting? Use this to cut down the wash time from 45 minutes to 30. Saves water and power. Does just as good of a job!
9. Use Aluminum Foil as a Dryer Sheet
Speaking of dryers, did you know that you can use aluminum foil as a dryer sheet? A great money saver. Also a great way to recycle used aluminum foil.
10. Make Your Own Pet Toys
Have an old shirt or two lying around? Why not turn them into a toy for your furry companion? They will enjoy that old shirt more than you ever did.
11. Craft Your Own Taco Seasoning
With this affordable tip, every Tuesday can be taco Tuesday. This one is a keeper. It is also much healthier to make your own as store bought taco seasoning contains a lot of preservatives.
12. Recycled Aluminum Foil as a Glass Cleaner
Another great aluminum foil hack. Recycle your aluminum foil by using it to clean stubborn grime off of glassware.
13. Make Your Own Hand Soap
Getting clean does not have to cost a lot of green. Learn how to make your own hand soap.
14. DIY Oily Hair Cleaner
Hair cleaning products can be very expensive. Using household items, you can clean your hair without paying $20 for a brand name product.
15. Bake Your Own Bread
You don’t have to be an expert chef to bake your own bread. It costs only 40 cents a loaf and taste so fresh! Much better than store bought in my opinion.
16. Put Food Scraps to Good Use
There are many great uses for food scraps. Everything from composting to cat repellent. There will be something here for everyone! (unless you’re a cat.)
17. DIY Fly Repellent
Save money on bug spray by making your own non-toxic mix at home! Great save if you live in a wooded area. Can also keep bugs away from your garden.
18. Pack Your Own Flight Meal
Are you a frequent flyer? You can save $10 on those in-flight meals by packing your own. The best part is that you get to choose what you eat.
19. DIY Hamburger Helper Mixes
If you are a busy person and do not have a lot of time to cook, you probably buy a lot of instant meals. Why not make your own and save money on purchasing the brand name? Just pop it in the skillet when you’re hungry.
20. Make Your Own Bisquick
A pancake breakfast does not need to be expensive. This is a very easy way to help cut your grocery bill, without cutting out the taste.
21. Homemade Baking Mixes
Are you a cookie, brownie, or cake lover? You can save a ton by making your own baking mixes. These also make great unique gifts!
22. Preserve Leftover Wine
Its a common occurrence to have a little extra wine in a bottle, but having to throw it out before it goes bad. Preserve that wine to add elegance to your cooking dishes!
23. Buy Meat In Bulk
When meat goes on sale, that is a great time to stock up. Then you just need to freeze and thaw when ready! (vegetarians can apply the same principal to on-sale produce.)
24. Juice on a Budget
This one is for your juicers out there. You can use food scraps that would normally be thrown out to create a custom juice mix!
25. Make Pie Dough Cookies
A great project for Thanksgiving. Turn scraps of leftover pie dough and make them into cookies for your guests!
26. Make Crockpot Yogurt
Yogurt is actually a very pricey produce item. If you eat yogurt on a daily basis you can easily spend up to $30 per month. Why not make your own at home? Just pop the ingredients in a crockpot.
27. Easy Homemade Lotion Bars
A great money saving beauty tip. Create your own lotion bars at home with a few common items. They are just as good as the brand name!
28. Recycle Leftover Pickle Juice
Finally, a great way to put all of that leftover pickle juice to good use. You can use it to make homemade daikon or raddish.
29. Make a Hair Product Out of Vinegar and Baking Soda
Baking soda and vinegar do much more together than make a volcano. They can be used to create a hair product at home!
30. Turn Flour Sacks Into Cleaning Cloths
Put those old flour sacks to good use and turn them into an awesome cleaning product! Save a ton on paper towels. They can also be reused.
31. Prevent Wipes From Going Dry
This one is so easy and takes no other items. Just flip your wipes upside down! It keeps the top ones from going dry and having to be thrown out.
32. Buy Affordable Beauty Products
There are some great products out there that can save you a ton on manicures and other beauty treatments. Take advantage of these savings!
33. Repair Underwire Bras
Instead of throwing out broken bras, learn how to easily repair them with just a few common items.
What ways do you like to save money at home? Have you tried any we have listed?