I want to chat with you about homemade and DIY stuff. I LOVE IT! My current addiction is Mason jar Christmas gifts on Pinterest!
Homemade food and gifts and even furnishings all seem like a great idea to save money, but be warned: Some are more expensive than buying ready-made ones!
Most of the time this isn’t true and I actively encourage people to get making, especially home-cooked meals and gifts!
My word of warning is simply to do your research first. For example, are the things needed readily available and cheap? (Such as mason jar fillings 🙂 ) It isn’t worth making your own butter puff pastry because the price of butter is more than a frozen slab of Jus-Rol.
There are hundreds of Christmas makes on Pinterest I’d love to try, but I filter out the ones with pricey ingredients or materials…then I pick 3-5 favourites. Doing too many at once can stop you finishing a project, so try to keep it in check.
Also, see if there’s a substitution that would make it cheaper. If you can use margarine instead of butter or supermarket own-brand of anything (from cotton wool to cake ingredients). Second-hand/restored tools and mechanical/electrical parts are often a budget-saver!
So be wary, but don’t be put off! Have fun doing it and save yourself a few quid in the process!!
Love n Hugs