It is always great to find ways to save money and Natural Living Ideas has 50 ways to do just that. Ready made products are easy but they are spendy and have preservatives. There is no reason to buy things like peanut butter, mayonnaise, shaving cream, and many others. I think you will like these. Easily, my favorite from the list is the homemade ketchup recipe. My kiddos go through that stuff like it’s water. They will dip just about everything in ketchup so this is a great find! Here’s the link to Natural Living Ideas’ full article: NaturalLivingIdeas: 50 Things You Should Stop Buying And Start Making We all rely on buying everything we need from the shops, few people are actually capable of making anything anymore. There are however, lots of things that are easy enough for anyone to make. This guide will look at a number of things that you should stop buying and start making. You can Make: – Peanut Butter – Homemade Shampoo – Reusable Towels – Body Wash – Foundation Peanut Butter Making peanut butter yourself in your kitchen is extremely easy as it only requires three ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboards. Ingredients: – Peanuts – 1lb – Oil – 1 tablespoon – Salt – 1 teaspoon If the nuts you are using for the peanut butter aren’t already blanched then you will need to do this first. Start by putting the peanuts into boiling water for a couple of minutes. After this put the peanuts into a preheated oven for around 30 minutes until browned. After the peanuts are golden brown they should be left to cool, then the skins can be removed by rubbing them between your hands or against another surface. Start to blitz the skinless peanuts in a food processor until it resembles breadcrumbs. Then add the salt and blitz again. After this add oil slowly and mix until it starts to form a paste. When you’ve finished spoon the mixture into a jar and keep it in the fridge. Shampoo Shampoo is something that everybody will use, but it’s actually very simple to make your own. Homemade shampoo won’t just save you money, but it’s also gentle to your skin too. This honey shampoo smells delicious and will even help to tame frizzy hair. Ingredients – Raw Honey – Essential Oils – Water Mix one tablespoon of raw honey with around 4 tablespoons of water. This will create a very runny mixture which should be enough to wash your hair with. Essential oils can also be added to add a nice smell. It’s possible to make a larger batch and store it in the fridge, although it is better if you can make fresh every time. When using this as a shampoo you might be disappointed at first because your hair might be greasy or dull, however, over time your hair will get used to the new shampoo. Reusable Towels Paper towels might be one of the most useful things that you have in your kitchen, but they are also pretty wasteful. These reusable towels are the perfect alternative, they are strong and absorbent, while being completely reusable. Ingredients: – Material of your Choice – Terry toweling – Sewing equipment – Poppers Cut squares out of the terry toweling material and the material you have chosen. It might be easier if you do this by drawing around a template so that everything is a uniform shape. Then stitch the two pieces of material together to create a nice looking absorbent cloth. Poppers can be added down the sides of the towels so that they can be attached together. For the finishing touch, add some poppers to the center of a kitchen roll tube and attach the towels. This can be wound around like a roll of tissue paper and even put onto a paper towel stand. Body wash Why would anyone want to make body wash when it’s so easy to make, here’s what you will need: – 1/4 cup of Honey – 2/3 of a cup of Liquid castile soap – 2 Teaspoons of Oil – 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil – Essential oils Put all of the ingredients into a clean suitable bottle and replace the cap. Then shake to mix everything together. Every time before you wash your body with the body wash, give it a little shake to make sure it doesn’t separate. Foundation Few people would ever think of making their own makeup products, especially things like foundation. This recipe for foundation is very easy, and you probably already have most of the ingredients required. Ingredients required: – Powdered Arrowroot – Ground Cinnamon or Cocoa Powder – Olive oil Start by mixing the base which is made from arrowroot powder, the lighter your skin tone, the more arrowroot powder you should use. Then add cocoa powder or cinnamon until you have mixed the right shade. Add olive oil to create a compact foundation. This can be applied in the same way as a regular foundation with a brush or sponge. Additional Resources: Looking for more ideas on things you can be making yourself? Don’t miss this article by Wellness Mama and also this one by THE SIMPLE DOLLAR.