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In all of our efforts to spend less and save more we find ourselves making a whole lotta stuff from scratch and not just food! Over the course of four or five years I learned how to make almost all of my spice and seasoning blends, soup mixes, salad dressings, herbal remedies, tea blends, cleaning formulas, insect repellents, carpet deodorizers, beauty products… oh the list can go on and on and on. If you would have told me 15 years ago that I’d be doing this now, I would have laughed soooo hard!

I was a spendthrift to some extent. I always used coupons and stuff but never, never did I make my own anything nor did I know better that there were chemicals in my household products. Seriously I did still do all of the cooking and we did have a garden that John tended to mostly, but I was spoiled – I shopped at the mall, worked at a salon, bought expensive make up. I don’t miss it one bit!!! Give me the dirt to put in some plants, let me go forage through the woods for some berries or mushrooms and let me get started on a new batch of salves! ๐Ÿ™‚

So today Day 13 of our Frugal Living Challenge, I would like for you to make something new for you or your family or your homestead and please share with us what you have done. Also what ONE thing would you put in the blank to complete the title “Make _____ instead of Buying” ? Here are a couple of my favorite homemade things –

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

1 cup of buttermilk 1 cup of mayonnaise

1/4 teaspoons each of garlic powder, onion powder, paprika,salt, black pepper,

1/8 tsp. cayenne

1 tsp. parsley

1 tsp. nettle leaf or more parsley

Mix together in pint jar. Keeps for 2 weeks in the refrigerator

Taco Seasoning-

Taco seasoning before I shook it up
Taco seasoning before I shook it up

Taco Seasoning(from Dee)

1/4 cup flour(gluten free folks, I am sure you can leave this out or add a grain free flour)

2 Tbl. chili powder

1/4 cup onion powder

2 tsp. garlic powder

4 tsp. salt

4 tsp. paprika

1/2 tsp. cayenne

2 tsp. sugar

2 tsp. cumin

2 tsp. oregano

Mix in jar and 3 Tablespoons = 1 packet of store bought mix

Homemade Airspray

2 ounce sprayer

bottle witch hazel,

water and favorite essential oil

Fill bottle a little more than half with witch hazel and the rest with water leaving headroom for essential oils and sprayer top.

Add 25-30 drops of essential oil, shake well before each use. My favorites are lavender or grapefruit – orange. Make a couple of these, leave one in the bathroom and one in the living room to freshen up the rooms as needed.

Plantain Infused Oil Recipe

My Pizza Dough, General Tso’s Chicken and more recipes here

Lip Butter – Honey Coco Coco

Non Greasy Moisturizer Lotion

Natural Hair Detangler

Flu Busting Gummy Bears

Natural Room Scents Soap Balls – EASYย 

Here is a GIANT resource of homemade everything – Budget 101ย and I do mean GIGANTIC – there are hundreds of recipes in each catagory. This link takes you to 400+ convenience mixes alone. Have fun ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you enjoy these!!!

Now it is your turn!ย 

So today for your daily goal, I would like for you to make something new for you or your family or your homestead and please share with us what you have done. Also what ONE thing if you could only choose one thing, would you put in the blank to complete the title “Make _____ instead of Buying” ?

Comment here please AND head on over to the facebook group to comment.


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I make my own lye soap as well as making my own laundry detergent. I am still working on a recipe I am happy with for toothpaste and deoderant. I also make lip balm, boby butter, bath salts and sugar scrubs.


Yay! One day I will tackle lye soap but for now I barter with friends that need homemade bread or salves. Keep it going!


Lovin’ the series Anne-Marie! Thanks for sharing on Wildcrafting Wednesday! ๐Ÿ™‚


Thank you Katherine! Hope you are doing better. ๐Ÿ™‚


Thanks for sharing with our WIldcrafting Wednesday readers! I found an old book called Make Your Own Groceries that has a lot of recipes for using pantry basics to make lots of things from scratch that we might be tempted to buy prepackaged. Love these ideas!


Thank you Sharon! That book sounds fabulous. ๐Ÿ™‚


Great post. Congrats on being chosen as a featured post on this weekโ€™s Wildcrafting Wednesdays! I hope you’ll join us again and share more of your awesome posts.


Thank you!!! I will be back ๐Ÿ™‚


Reblogged this on Bella Vista Farm and commented:

I was searching for some recipes for Budget 101 and came across this post from our challenge back in August. Enjoy the recipes and inspiration! ๐Ÿ™‚

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