Did you know that you can make your own candles, air fresheners, laundry detergent and cleaning supplies for less than half of what you would pay in the grocery store? It’s also true that some things might be cheaper to make at home, but aren’t worth the time and hassle. How do you know which projects are worth it or not?
My mission began over a month ago when my husband and I had to refigure our budget. I have followed every step on cutting my grocery bill. Yes, I tried coupons, but gave up after saving one dollar after an hour of searching on two-three products I didn’t really need. It’s not my cup of tea. I purchase things on sale, stock up on what we actually use and avoid end caps full of impulse purchases. I always have a shopping list and never shop when I’m hungry.
For some odd reason, all of my planning and analyzing still hasn’t helped. Yes, it’s made a small difference here and there, but then another sale rolls around and I’ve got to stock up on something else. It’s a never ending cycle that the grocery store knows I’ll buy into. So, I had to change my thinking on a lot of things. Did I really need those sale items? Was it really that great of a deal?
It started an avalanche of thoughts that I couldn’t stop. I knew people who made their own laundry detergent. What other products were there? Were there similar items that I had overlooked because I had always purchased them without another thought? Thus the challenge began.
I had a few priorities in mind:
1.) The price difference vs. the effort had to be worth it.
2.) The new product created had to be better for you – especially if it meant getting away from harsh chemicals and harmful preservatives.
3.) It had to be something I actually used.
So, the mission began. I’ve researched, applied and analyzed once more. Perhaps this won’t just help me, but it could make a difference for you as well. I guess we’ll just have to see if it really is worth it or not.