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27 Things I Make Instead of Buy to Save Money

Are you looking for ways to save money? You're not alone! It can be tough to keep up with when you have surprise expenses.  By changing some of our daily habits, my family started to make some of our household items instead of buy them to help use reduce waste, save money, and frankly because it can be more convenient. I added the items on this list bit by bit over the years. Please do not think you have to make everything all at once! Sometimes I don’t have to make more of something because I made a bit too much the first time and we are still going through it (looking at you Must Can All the Jam! bender a few years ago.) Other times, it’s a one and done kind of thing like sewing on a button, and sometimes I buy the item instead of making it (like yogurt) because I’m too busy with other life things to keep up with the supply and demand.   Save this list of money saving ideas to your Pinterest Boards for later! Share it with your friends!  In othe

Pumpkin Danish Kringle

 It has been a lousy week. First, I flooded the upstairs bathrooms, master bedroom, and kitchen when I turned the water back on after trying to fix a leaky shower faucet.
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Then my doctor confirms that the reason I am feeling extra lousy is I am sick. Not to mention we are living with a gazillion heater fans and dehumidifiers while they dry out the house.

We have the same set up drying the ceiling in the kitchen.

If you drew a cartoon of me I’d have a little raincloud over my head. 


Picture it. I am shuffling through Trader Joe’s mentally kicking myself for not taking the entire faucet valve assembly with me so I wouldn’t have bought a similar but incorrect replacement part and  flood the house, not looking forward to possible renovations so close to the holidays, and feeling achy, cranky and sick. 

I figure a bottle of make me feel better 100% fruit juice might not be such a bad idea  since I have to drink more fluids while the meds do their thing when I almost bump into a table filled with the dessert of my ancestors – Danish kringle!

But not just any kringle from Denmark (by way of Danish American bakers in Wisconsin) but Pumpkin Caramel Kringle!

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Gaze upon the wonder of these flakey layers of thin buttery crust cradling pumpkin filling magic.

As much as I like kringle, I don’t make it at home because getting the thin layers of dough right it is hard to do. There is a Danish bakery in Wisconsin that makes kringle better than I can ever hope to do. It is best to have their kringle on rare occasions otherwise I’d be sporting this kringle shape around my waist until the day I die.  

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A whole Danish kringle before Husband and I dove into it head first.

When I saw the kringle is from the masters of OH Danish Bakery my plan for treat myself to fruit juice plan quickly changed to a treat myself to a make me feel better kringle from Denmark.

I figured it wouldn’t hurt to surprise Husband with a peace offering of kringle for mucking up the house on such a grand scale either.

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