Are you looking to save a little money here and there? Penny-pinching is a great place to start.
While it might not seem like you’re saving a lot of money upfront, the long-term effects of penny-pinching can really help your wallet and even help transform your lifestyle into a healthier and more practical one.
This is probably my favorite way to penny pinch. I personally hate having to go to the store and spend roughly $6.00 on toothpaste, especially since the ingredients in more of them aid in cancer. My solution? I make my own toothpaste that costs me less than $1.00 and takes less than 5 minutes to prepare.
The toothpaste I make is
What you’ll need:
- 3 tablespoons of bentonite clay
- 5-6 tablespoons of water (needs to make a creamy consistency)
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon of xylitol
- 20-30 drops of peppermint oil
- 1-2 drops of tea tree oil
- Tiny pinch of salt
How to make it:
In a small glass jar (or any non-metal bowl), add 3 tablespoons of bentonite clay with 5 tablespoons of water. Mix together until the clay forms a creamy consistency. Once the texture is watery enough, add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and mix well.
If your xylitol is not in powder form, I recommend smashing it a bit before adding a tablespoon to your mixture. I use the cap end of my essential oil to smash the xylitol into a power. It only takes about 1 minute to do this. Then, add your peppermint oil to taste. I use around 20 to 30 drops because I love a minty toothpaste. Feel free to use more or less.
Finally, add 1-2 drops of tea tree oil. Make sure it’s only 1-2 drops as tea tree oil is very strong. Follow up with a pinch of salt (channel your inner salt bae) and mix everything together.
While you can start using your toothpaste immediately, the tastes and flavors take about 2 days to fully mix together.
If you’re anything like me, you tend to lose your chapstick before you finish your tube. I honestly can’t remember ever finishing a tube of chapstick before losing it.
Additionally, I’ve never been too thrilled about the addictive and unnatural ingredients in lip balms that end up on the tongue and unintentionally ingested into the body.
That’s why I began to make my own chapstick. When I started doing this, two amazing things happened.
- I stopped losing my chapstick.
- My lips stopped cracking in the cold months and actually stayed healthy.
While I’ll always have a minor addiction to chapstick by applying it every few hours, I’d much rather apply one that isn’t harmful and costs me less than about 30 cents to make!
Here are the initial ingredients you’ll need:
- Essential oils such as: Jojoba oil, almond oil, or avocado oil
- Vitamin E oil
- Lavender Oil
- Small travel container
While buying the initial ingredients to make the chapstick may seem like a lot of money upfront, I guarantee you they will last for months, if not years, and you will be able to use them for other money-saving DIY’s.
Here’s how I make my chapstick:
In the small travel container add a few scoops of vaseline to make the container 3/4s full. Then, add your choice of essential oils such as the jojoba, almond, or avocado oil. Mix together until the chapstick forms a whipped like texture.
From there, add a few drops of vitamin e oil, which will sooth the lips. You can complete the chapstick here or add a couple drops of lavender oil for a nice scent.
Do one more mix and then you’re done! Super affordable chapstick that’s good for you.
Never buy makeup remover again. I mean it. I use jojoba oil or avocado oil to remove all my makeup and it works like a charm. It even takes off my waterproof mascara while moisturizing my lashes.
It really only takes about 3 or 4 drops to remove makeup from the entire face so one bottle of oil will last months. Oh, and if you think using oil on your face is bad for your skin, check out this article.
I started using oil as a makeup remover because I felt like the product I was buying was breaking me out. After extensive research, I found out about the benefits of using face oils. It has changed my beauty routine.
I like to put a few drops into my hands and massage the oil all over. Then, I run a facecloth under warm water and I wipe the oil off. It’s as easy as that! And, it’s all-natural.
Have you heard about the wonders of using raw honey on your face? If you haven’t, you’re missing out. Raw honey is amazing for the skin because it is natural, antibacterial, a brightening for the skin.
I discovered honey when I went through a terrible phase of acne. To my surprise, honey really helped. I remember one time I was in the store and a stranger complimented me on my skin telling me it was glowing.
Glowing! And I still had acne at the time!
This, of course, was all thanks to washing my face with raw honey. Here’s how I do it.
I scoop a small dollop of honey into the palm of my hand and I add either a few drops of water, apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice, and then I use the mixture to wash my face as usual.
It may feel a bit thick at first, but once you begin to rub it in, it will thin out. Try this for a few weeks to really see the best results and I guarantee you your skin will glow.
Just remember to get raw honey. I like to go to my local farmers market and by raw honey from a guy who owns his own bees. It may sound expensive but it’s only 10 bucks for a big jar that lasts me months and months… and months.
Also, this works best after all the makeup has already been removed.
Here is the honey I highly recommend: Raw Manuka Honey
By now you should know that I swear by oils. It shouldn’t be a surprise that I use oils as a moisturizer. If you use oils for other DIY projects like the chapstick and makeup remover, you probably have a few oils laying around already, which will help with penny pinching.
Again, you only need a few drops to get the job done. I always use jojoba oil for my face, which has helped my eyelashes and eyebrows to grow. For my body, I use coconut oil.
The great thing about these oils is that they soak into the skin fast and don’t leave a slippery residue on the body. And again, they are all natural and highly effective.
Of course, my favorite part is that I don’t need to buy a face moisturizer (which we all know are overpriced) or a body lotion. Oil does the job just fine and lasts longer and is cost effective.
There are plenty of oils out there that are great for moisturizing, so try a few until you find the one that’s best for your skin type.
Face masks are all the rage these days. Beauty companies now offer all types of masks at all types of prices. However, my favorite masks are the ones I can make from home with ingredients I already have laying around.
There really is no need to spend $80 on a face mask, That is ridiculous, especially when you need to penny pinch.
I love making DIY face masks because I can tailor them to the mood of my skin that day and everything I need is already in my bathroom cabinet.
Do you have a million cleaning supplies? What if I told you that you really only needed one to clean all your surfaces. Well, you only need one. What is it?
White vinegar to be more specific. I literally clean all my surfaces, my bathroom, my mirrors, the kitchen, my car, and more just with some vinegar and a little water.
Ever since learning this trick, I’ve saved a ton of money because buying cleaning supplies is pricy. White vinegar is crazy cheap and lasts a long time.
The best part about this penny-pinching hack of cleaning with vinegar is that my cleaning routine has been simplified. The vinegar cleans so thoroughly that I no longer waste time scrubbing and scrubbing. I just spray, let it sit for a few minutes, and wipe the dirt away.
To read a full article on how to clean with white vinegar, read this post: How To Clean Your Entire Bathroom With Vinegar
My final and maybe favorite penny-pinching hack is dryer balls. Maybe you’ve heard about these before and didn’t quite understand what they are, so allow me to explain.
Dryer balls are a natural alternative to dryer sheets. The best part is that they last up to 2,000 loads. Yes, you can reuse the balls for 2,000 loads! How is that not the ultimate penny-pinching hack?
I discovered dryer balls because I found that the scent in dryer sheets was breaking me out (my skin hates everything). So, I stopped using dryer sheets altogether.
When I heard about dryer balls and how they are made from all natural sheep’s wool, I gave it a go. And guess what, they work! I’ve never looked back, and my wallet is happier for it.
I love finding unique ways to penny pinch, especially on products I use often. I hope you were able to find a few of these helpful! I know they have really saved me money in the long run.
Happy penny-pinching, friends!