DIY / Frugal Tip ~ Reduce the Convenient Food

We all are in a time crunch now and again; however, if you can, avoid or cut back on buying frozen, microwaveable or foods like that, you’ll notice a difference in your grocery bills as these items definitely cost more than making them yourself.

 

DIY Hand Sanitizer

Here is a way that you can save money by making hand sanitizer at home.  All you need to do is mix the following ingredients together:
–   1 tsp of rubbing alcohol
–   2 tsp of vegetable glycerin
–   1 cup of aloe vera gel
–   8-10 drops of lavender or whatever essential oil you’d prefer

Craft Idea ~ Paper Curls Valentine Wreath

Paper Curls Valentine Wreath

 

 

A wreath covered with paper curls bursts with Valentine’s Day.  Lovely over a mantel or on a door, this valentine wreath is easy to construct which I found at the Better Homes website.

What You Will Need and Need to do:

Tightly wrap 1×6-inch strips of patterned paper around a pencil to curl. Glue the end of each curl into a loop. Hot-glue the paper to an 8-inch foam wreath form. Repeat until the form is covered. Lightly brush liquid adhesive over the paper curls, and sprinkle with glitter. Print a Valentine’s Day sentiment on patterned paper, back it with a felt circle, and add a white stick for a paper lollipop embellishment.

 

DIY ~ Printable Chore Coupons

Printable Chore Coupons

 

 

Your help can be a budget-friendly gift on its own, whether used to spearhead a clean out or tackle a friend’s tough to-do. Offer your services in the form of chore coupons: Just click HERE to head over to print off your coupons.

 

Homemade Chocolate Hazelnut Butter Recipe

 

Below is a recipe on how you can do it yourself and make this tasty spread at home:

 

What You Will Need:

–   1 1/2 cups of raw, unsalted hazelnuts

–   2 – 28g squares of melted semi-sweet chocolate

–   2 Tbsp of honey

 

What You Will Need to do:

1.   Preheat your oven to 400°F.

2.   Place the hazelnuts on an ungreased baking sheet.  Bake for 5 minutes or until they are lightly toasted.

3.   Transfer to a tea towel and rub the skin off the hazelnuts.

4.   Place the nuts into a blender and blend until finely ground.

5.   Now add the chocolate and honey.  Continue to blend until mixed well together.

DIY Baked Mugs

DIY Baked Mugs

 

Make a personalized mug for your Valentine.  Click HERE to head over to the Home Simple website and find out how simple this idea really is.  All you need is a ceramic mug, permanent marker and bake in your oven.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding

 

If you’re like me, it seems that every time I want to make a treat, like chocolate pudding, we don’t have any in the house. Here’s an easy way to do it at home yourself:
What You Will Need:
– 3/4 cup sugar
– 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
– 1/4 cup cornstarch
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 2 1/2 cups milk
– 2 tsp vanilla
– 2 Tbsp butter
What You Will Need to do:
1. In a pot, whisk the sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt together.
2. Continue to whisk and slowly pour the milk.
3. Now turn the stove to medium heat and continue to stir until the entire surface of the pudding bubbles.Then reduce the heat to low and stir for another minute or so.
4. Remove the pot from heat and stir in the butter and vanilla.
5. Transfer into a bowl and place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top.
6. Refrigerate for about 1 1/2 hours and enjoy!
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