When I try a new product that may seem a bit costly to use I immediately look for a way to make the new product myself. Buying it once at retail is one thing, buying it every month at retail is what kills the monthly budget. Below are a few tips and recipes for items you can make yourself and save money and/or your health.
The Power of Baking Soda: I’ve mentioned it before, everything boasts the power of baking soda these days. So, why not just use baking soda!? Here are just a few ways I use the power of baking soda:
- Toothpaste: In a small bowl mix together 3 parts baking soda to 1 part salt (make sure your baking soda is aluminum free). Add water and vegetable glycerin until you make a paste to your desired thickness. Finally add in essential oils that you desire. I add in peppermint oil and Thieves oil from Young Living Essential Oils (provides great anit-bacterial properties). Keep in an airtight container and scoop out as needed for use.
- Mouthwash: In a glass mix together a small amount of water, 1/4 tsp. baking soda, 1 drop of tea tree oil and 1 drop of peppermint oil. Swish and rinse!
- To clean surfaces create a sud-sing bubble effect by shaking baking powder on the surface to be cleaned and spray with distilled vinegar. I especially like this one in the shower and in sinks.
The Price of Peanut Butter is Insane! Ok, so not all peanut butter is expensive but if you like good quality natural peanut butter you’ll notice a price increase. So, I say make your own! Try it with about a cup of roasted peanuts to see how it works. If you have a high-powered blender it will work the best but you can also try it out in your food processor. I add a little bit of coconut oil to the mixture to help it get nice and smooth. Allergic to peanuts? Try another nut butter – sunflower, almond, cashew.. the choices are endless! You don’t have to sacrifice quality to save money.
My Family Loves Almond Milk BUT It’s So Expensive: Guess what? You can make this yourself, too! I never realized how easy it is and making it fresh creates a outstanding flavor that boxed varieties can’t accomplish.
- Here’s how you do it (again, having a high-powered blender like a Blendtec or Vitamix makes a difference, but you can always try in your regular blender). Soak 1 cup of raw almonds in water for 4-6 hours. Place the following in blender: almonds, 4 cups water (reverse osmosis is best), 2 T extra virgin coconut oil, 1/4 cup raw honey, 1 t vanilla, and 1 pinch Celtic sea salt. Blend for at least one minute and then strain through cheese cloth or a nut milk bag using a spoon to push as much liquid through as possible. Serve or store in refrigerator for up to 2 days.
The best most life-changing investment I’ve made for my family has been the high powered blender. It’s very versatile and will pay for itself within a matter of months – if you’re dedicated to change and using it!