I like to make lots of things myself that would normally cost me an arm and a leg at the store. It feels good to make something yourself and save money in the process.
Things like old towels for rags instead of paper towels, homemade laundry detergent, antibacterial cleaner, glass cleaner, etc.
I also like to make lots of food from scratch too. I’ve dabbled with things like ketchup and tortillas. The ketchup, while I loved it at first, proved to be too time consuming to get it to the consistency that I like. And the tortillas also are another time zapper that I have since quit making.
But then there are things that make me so happy I could squeal. Like “cream of” soups. These are so much tastier than the store versions and are much better for you. And refried beans! I will nevah evah evah buy canned refried beans again. I buy a bag of dried pintos and then make the most delicious refried beans on the planet. Yes, I said it, THE PLANET! And a very cheap bag of them will make enough jars to last for quite some time.
Another favorite is homemade granola bars. These things are so wonderful. And much better than the store bought ones as all of the ingredients are pronounceable and recognizable and they are cheap cheap cheap to make!
I have to admit though, that I don’t ALWAYS make everything myself. Sometimes I buy the cheap dollar store laundry detergent. I kinda make it myself as time allows. If I don’t have the time to do it, I just don’t. And I don’t really feel guilty about it. I used to, but the fact of the matter is, no matter how much money something saves you, if it robs you of time that you need to be spending with your loved ones or doing some other thing that needs your attention, then it really isn’t beneficial.
My cousin and I were talking about this a little bit today and it got me to thinking about how I spend my time. I think that we homemakers have a desire to be efficient and thrifty, but where do we draw the line? When do we say “Okay, stop the insanity, I am not going to knit a sweater from my saved up dryer lint?” 😀
Seriously though, it can be a fine line. If it takes time away from the Lord, your family and other responsibilities, then it can be detrimental.
What things do you make yourself? And do you have any things that you’ve tried and decided just aren’t worth it?