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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

DIY Insulated Resuable Water Bottles

I always start my day with a cup of coffee. But once I settle into my work, I switch to water. At first, I just used a regular glass from my cupboard, but I quickly realized it was too small. I was constantly interrupting my work to refill it. And let's be real, I often didn't bother refilling it at all.

I discovered a simple solution already lurking in my cupboard: reusable water bottles. I fill them with filtered tap water and keep them in the fridge for a steady supply of cold water throughout the day. No more need to constantly refill and no more dry, itchy skin.

I started using my water bottles even when I was on the go. As much as I love the occasional soda, most are not allergy-friendly. So I opt for ice water instead. That's when I fell in love with my metal Grosche reusable water bottle. (You can learn more about my favorite reusable stainless steel insulated Grosche insulated water bottle here.) (Disclosure: I am including affiliate links for your convenience.)

 

Insulated stainless steel Groche water bottle
And it's pink!

 Even on scorching hot days, my water stays cold. But thing that makes me grab it first is that Grosche reusable water bottles have a chug cap which is less likely to spill than an open top. I even switched my 24 Nalgene reusable water bottle from a wide mouth cap to a chug cap. The nice thing about using a name brand water bottle is being able to buy replacement caps when they wear out. I’ve had to replace the tops to some of my water bottles three times due to wear.

Recently, I've been eyeing a larger insulated 32 ounce bottle to add to my collection. During a cupboard clean out, I found this exact 32 ounce wide mouth Nalgene reusable water bottle, but it isn't insulated. And let's just say that drinking from a wide-mouth Nalgene cap often leads to a not-so-fun shower. Luckily, I discovered that a regular 24 ounce chug lid fits perfectly on the bigger bottles (you can buy replacement Nalgene caps like mine here.) So instead of splurging on a pricey Hydro flask, I bought a new chug lid and insulated bottle sleeve for a fraction of the cost. I bought my 24 ounce and 32 ounce Nalgene insulated water bottle sleeves here

 

DIY insulated Nalgene resuable water bottle
I pinned a badge to each water bottle to keep me from drinking the drawstring by accident
 

That left my Aladdin reusable water bottle as the only water bottle in the fridge that wasn’t insulated and because of that, I didn’t use it as often. Luckily, I found an insulated Neoprene reusable water bottle sleeve at IKEA and boom! I insulated my last insulated reusable water bottle for cheap. (You can buy insulating reusable water bottle sleeve similar to mine here.)

 

DIY insulated reusable water bottles
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Now have three insulated reusable water bottles with chug caps that cost less than the single Hydroflask I was thinking about buying.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking Hydroflask. My husband has this exact stainless steel insulated Hydroflask water bottle and loves it. I'm just super stoked that I could upgrade something I already had into something I really wanted. Yay!

 

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