• Store Bought Products v.s Homemade Counterparts

    Are you getting your money's worth?
    Those who are just beginning on the path of budgeting/ frugal living often get overwhelmed by the idea of making convenience items, rather than purchasing them. The following questions often come up:

    • "How much money can I possibly save?"
    • "Do the homemade recipes work?"
    • "Is it worth it to make your own products?"

    How much money you save depends entirely on what products you decide to make yourself.
    For instance, how much money are you spending each year on Dishwashing Detergent, are you currently paying 2 - 3 times more than you have to?
    Some Comparisons for you to view:

    Product: Ajax Note: 1oz = 2 Tablespoons



    Size: 21 oz Container
    Price: 99¢ (wal-mart 12/01)
    Cost per Use: 5¢ per use (rounded)
    Uses Per Container: 21

    Product: Borax
    Size: 76 oz





    Price: $3.79 (wal-mart 12/01)
    Cost per Use: 5¢ per use (rounded)
    Uses Per Container: 76 uses per box IF you use it straight, which
    you don't.
    Product: Electrasol Size: 65 oz box Price: $4.49 (However, this product requires the use of 2 oz per use)


    Cost per Use: 14¢ per use
    Uses Per Container :32.5 Uses
    Product: Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Size: 16 oz box










    Price: .69¢ (wal-mart 12/01)
    Cost per Use: .04¢ per use


    Uses Per Container : 16





    Homemade Scouring Powder v.s Ajax Cleaner
    1 cup baking soda (.32¢)
    1 cup borax (.40¢)
    1 cup salt (.16¢)

    Makes 3 cups = 24 oz.
    Cost .88¢ for 24. 0z
    Uses: 24 uses (2 Tablespoons per oz)



    Ajax: 21 oz Container .99¢
    Gives you 21 Uses (2 Tbl per oz)
    The Homemade Cleaner gives 3 extra uses and is .11¢ cheaper.
    Homemade Dish Detergent v.s. Electrasol Detergent

    Mix and use per dishwasher load:
    1 T. Borax
    1 T. Baking soda
    ( Increase proportion of soda for hard water.)


    For 32 uses (like you were getting from Electrosol)


    16 oz Borax .80¢
    16 oz Baking Soda .69¢


    Cost for 32 loads Homemade Detergent: $1.49


    Cost for 32 loads of Electrosol: $4.49


    The Homemade Detergent is $3.00 Cheaper.


    Article By Liss Burnell – Creator & Designer of Budget101.com, “Digging yourself out of debt when all you have is a spoon” © 2004



    Have something you'd like to add? Register & Login to add your own comments, thoughts, questions or suggestions.

    As always, Registration is Free!



  • Keep Reading . . .

    Picnic Tablecloth TrickPicnic Tablecloth Trick


    Don't lose everything off the table when the wind kicks up, here's a simple DIY trick that will keep it firmly in place!


    Homemade Oven CleanerHomemade Oven Cleaner


    Make your own non-toxic Homemade Oven Cleaner that actually works.


    Tip #225 Beachy Hair WavesTip #225 Beachy Hair Waves


    If you have long hair, you'll love this simple quickie beachy wave hairstyle in just a few minutes of our time


    Easy Campfire StrawberriesEasy Campfire Strawberries


    Delicious easy Campfire treat that you can make in just a couple minutes, camping has never tasted so good!


  • Google+ Pinterest Twitter youtube Facebook

    More on Money & Finances:

    FreebieQueen

    Re: Upgrade your 16GB iPhone to 128 Gb

    It certainly seems to be, they didn't mention any other devices.

    FreebieQueen 07-12-2016, 07:42 AM Go to last post
    JamesFenway

    Re: Upgrade your 16GB iPhone to 128 Gb

    Is this only for Iphones?

    JamesFenway 06-23-2016, 07:28 PM Go to last post
    MarianWickens

    Re: Hello everyone

    Welcome to Budget101 forums, Rohit! I hope you learn a lot here to help you out with getting your finances in order. Check out the forum archives for more topics that might be of interest to you!

    MarianWickens 06-10-2016, 08:59 AM Go to last post

(C) Melissa 'Liss' Burnell & Budget101.com 1995-2016
Material from www.Budget101.com may not be copied or distributed, or republished, uploaded, posted, or transmitted in any way, without the prior written consent of Budget101.com, EXCEPT: you may print recipe pages for your personal, non-commercial home use only, provided you do not delete or change any copyright, trademark, or other proprietary notices. Modification or use of the materials for any other purpose violates Budget101.com's intellectual property rights.