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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

42 Ways to Get Free Stuff (without Stealing)

I like getting a free pen or tote bag at the state fair just as much as the next person.  I appreciate free hotel toiletries so I don't have to deal with them on airplanes. I am pretty darn lucky we have local events with sponsors that offer us little advertising trinkets we find useful and allow us to learn about new products or businesses. As long it is something you can use and you only take your fair share, I don't think it stealing or being dishonest

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What I do have a problem with is someone who tells you to save money by taking more than your fair share, ripping other people off, or outright stealing something like enough ketchup packets from a fast food place to refill your empty household ketchup bottle. Seriously?

After reading another article about getting stuff for free that is borderline illegal and made me greatly annoyed, I put together my own list of how to get stuff for free that won't get you arrested and let you sleep with a clear conscious at night.

42 Hacks to Get Things for Free!

Most of these tips are new money saving habits (habits are fee!), tips to ask for something you find useful and is often discarded, or how to turn something you already have into something you want or need because I know all of you are in dire need of cheese wax candles, right?

The candle burned OK, not great. At least I now know if we have a 
horde of ninjas camped outside the house, have a bunch of waxed cheese, 
and need light, we can make candles.

2. How to Make Candles out of Cheese Wax
3. How to Warm a Winter Room with Free Heat!
4. How Low Does Your Furnace Go in Winter? 
6. How I Get Free Reusable Shopping Tote Bags
7. 5 Easy Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill
8. How to Search for Air Leaks and Drafts

Doing a free DIY energy audit allowed me reduce my electric bill by 32%. 
Not a bad investment for a little bit of my time!

9. How to Conduct a DIY Home Energy Audit
10.8 Ways to Reduce Household Trash and Save Big 

11.How I Slashed my Electric Bills by 32% without Moving into a Yurt

I reduced my yearly electric bill by 32%!

12. How to Hem Pants Into Shorts
13. Can You Wash a Plastic Bath Poof?
14. 9 New Habits to Keep You Warm During Winter
15. 40 Ways to Organically Repel Japanese Beetles by NOT planting this list of trees, plants, vegetables or flowers.
16. Save Water with Shorter Showers
17. Save Money! Find and Fix Air Leaks and Drafts
18. 9 Things You Need to Do Now to Save Money and Sanity Next Christmas
21. 13 Ways to Lower Your Electricity and Natural Gas Bills
22. Five Repurposed Home Organizers

I'm pretty proud of this flash of inspiration

 What are your free hacks?

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