There are a lot of different ways to save money… and because of the current state of our economy now-a-days we are hearing more and more money saving tips on main stream media. The tips commonly addressed by the media are solid, but today I would like to challenge you to take your frugal living commitment to the next level by embarking on a homemade adventure.
What is a Homemade Adventure?
I define this term loosely but the idea encompasses a slow & steady return to making as many household items yourself, in your home. Returning to this “old world” way of thinking and living is not only a step in the direction of frugality, but also in self-reliant living!
Making homemade products is a fantastic yet largely unconventional way to save money. Years ago homemade products were much more common than they are today, but due to the economy, a push toward green living, and several other factors… the money saving secret of making products at home is reestablishing itself with vigor in the hearts and minds of people everywhere!
Benefits of a homemade adventure…
- Increased self-reliance – the more you make the less you depend on the likes of Walmart to provide for you and your family, and by decreasing your dependence on commercially produced products you are essentially rebelling against the production, marketing, accounting and distribution practices of large corporations the world over.
- Increased creativity and handiness – creating your own homemade products and materials will boost your level of creative thought; and a mindset of creation versus consumption will help instill in you and your family a philosophy of “reuse” versus the common cultural philosophy of “dispose”.
- Increased green living – because you make the products, you choose the building blocks and the method of production; use of chemically laden ingredients can be kept to a minimum if you so choose.
- Increased savings – The more products you make, the more money you will save; I am speaking from personal experience as me and my wife save more money with each additional homemade item we tackle.
- Increased health – when you create your own products you will undoubtedly be very choosy as to the health considerations each product will have on you and your family; and because you are in full control of production, you stand to cut out more and more items that can be detrimental to your health. This mindset change has helped me and my wife to lose weight and eat better.
I am sure there are other benefits as well, and if I have failed to mention them here, please point additional benefits out in the comments!
So what products can you make at home?
I will not define the whole gamut of products to be made because you can make as few or as many as you like, but you should understand that the more you choose to create, the more money you are likely to save and the more self-reliant you stand to become!
Remember you can also sell any products you make for extra money!
- Cleaning products – such as homemade laundry detergent, glass cleaner, soap, shampoo, all-purpose cleaner, hand sanitizer, homemade dishwasher detergent, etc.
- Food products – Homegrown garden produce, homemade bread, healthy chocolate chip cookies, yogurt/kefir, many healthy uses for beans, etc.
- Clothing products – while we have not started making our own homemade clothes, this is a great way to save money, gain skill, sell products, etc.
- Home decor products – homemade napkins, tablecloths, art work, tables, shelves, bookcases, picture frames, photos, etc. This list could go on and on!
- Homemade crafts & gifts – DO NOT forget about the money saving benefits of making homemade gifts for friends, family, coworkers, acquaintances, etc. Not only will this save you money, but it will also give the recipient an actual piece of yourself as opposed to something you simply bought!
As you can see there are so many benefits, both money saving and otherwise, to making things homemade!
What about you?
Have you begun making more and more products at home since the onset of this economic downturn?
What are some of the products you are making?
What benefits have you gained from making things yourself?