Stop Buying These 17 Things and Make Them Yourself

With our busy lives, it often seems easier to buy the things we need rather than make them. But some of the things you regularly use or consume can be made from scratch relatively quickly and for a fraction of the cost of store-bought.

Check out these 17 things money-saving experts recommend you should stop buying because you can make them on your own — without a big time commitment — for much less. Then, decide what to do with all that cash because these easy DIYs will save you tons of money.

 

Last updated: April 26, 2018

1. Bread

If bread is a staple in your house, you can dramatically reduce the cost by making your own.

“My family likes to eat healthy, organic foods, and I was spending close to $5 per loaf at the grocery store on fancy, pre-made whole wheat bread with no high-fructose

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Is It Safe To Let People Use Your Bathroom During The COVID-19 Pandemic?

There are many steps you can take to make the process of letting someone use your bathroom safer. (Photo: Niccoló Pontigia / EyeEm via Getty Images)
There are many steps you can take to make the process of letting someone use your bathroom safer. (Photo: Niccoló Pontigia / EyeEm via Getty Images)

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered our social lives in many ways. Perhaps one of the most notable changes is the rise of the physically distanced backyard hangout.

We’ve all seen the images of small groups of people sitting outside and having a drink. Although any sort of gathering does carry some risk for spreading the coronavirus, we know it’s much less easily transmitted outside, where there’s more space and more natural airflow. 

Still, there’s one issue that seems unavoidable: What happens when someone has to use the bathroom?

“The real risk is from person-to-person interaction, so letting someone use your bathroom would not pose a major risk of disease exposure,” said Brian Labus, a professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ School of

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Looking To Refresh Your Space? R29’s New Home Decor Collection Is Here To Help

In the era B.C. (before COVID), “home” had its designated purposes. It was where you slept, got dressed, sometimes cooked. You’d come and go. On whims. You’d vacuum only when absolutely necessary.

Now, several months deep in quarantine, “home” is: an office, a restaurant, a workout studio, a bar, a spa, a beach, a library, a movie theater, et al. Which means it’s the perfect time to give your space a makeover.

For over a year now, Refinery29 has been working hard to create a creative line of home goods that’ll help make the interior of your home feel just as inspiring as the outdoors once did.

Designed in partnership with VCNY New York, the full collection is curated by women, and it might include just the home-office-spa-gym accent your prolonged quarantine has been waiting for. With a line-up of bright statement pillows, textiles, and sheet sets, the full

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The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Tuesday

These deals are popping.
These deals are popping.

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Editor’s Note: Prices may have changed since Tuesday for these deals. For Wednesday’s top deals on Amazon, check out our new story here. 

It may only be Tuesday, but already, it’s been a wild week of deals for Amazon. Not only is the online retailer hosting its huge Big Style Sale, where we’re seeing serious price cuts on some of the site’s best fashion brands, you can also shop its great everyday markdowns on all of the products we know and love best.

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It’s a lot of ground to cover, but we’ve managed to suss out not only only suss 35 of the best things to shop from

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Pier 1 Is Closing All Stores For Good, but You Can Still Get Your Decor Fix Online

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - FEBRUARY 18: A sign hangs above a Pier 1 imports store that is slated to close on February 18, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. The struggling retailer announced today that it had filed for bankruptcy and was closing 450 stores. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – FEBRUARY 18: A sign hangs above a Pier 1 imports store that is slated to close on February 18, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. The struggling retailer announced today that it had filed for bankruptcy and was closing 450 stores. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Pier 1 Imports is shutting its doors for good. On Tuesday, the Texas-based company announced that after filing for bankruptcy earlier this year and failing to find a buyer, they’d be shutting down the remaining 541 stores. For all of us decor-loving shoppers who have had many a full cart zooming down the aisles at Pier 1, here’s the plan that’s been announced. When stores are able to reopen post-coronavirus shutdowns, Pier 1 will begin its out-of-business liquidation sales and initiate an “orderly wind-down” of its inventory, as reported in a press release.

The company will continue to fulfill online shopping orders and

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26 Home Makeover Ideas That Each Cost Less Than $500

You’ve probably been spending more time at home than usual due to the coronavirus pandemic, so all of those little things about your space that didn’t really bother you before are probably driving you crazy by now. If your home is in need of a refresh, you might not want to spend thousands on a full kitchen remodel or bathroom renovation, but there are plenty of home improvements you can make without spending a fortune. All of these home makeover projects can be done on a budget.

Last updated: June 15, 2020

1. Paint the Front Door

You can boost your home’s curb appeal at a small cost by painting your front door. “With a good coat of primer and a couple coats of exterior paint, your door will look new and striking at first glance,” said Dina Gibbons, home and garden design expert at RubberMulch, a company that makes

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6 Essential Steps to Sell Your Stuff Online Quickly and Safely

If you’ve been storing furniture and home decor you no longer use or want, now is a great time to start clearing out that extra stuff. Before you set that old sofa or antique dresser on the curb, however, consider the potential resale value of the piece. “You’d be surprised at what you might be able to sell,” says Natalie Angelillo, vice president of community at OfferUp, an online marketplace. “Even items that are slightly damaged or have normal wear and tear can still be sold to the right person.”

Selling unwanted furniture and decor online is an easy way to make some extra cash (and free up space around the house). Follow these tips on how to sell furniture online, including the extra precautions you should take to stay safe during the current coronavirus pandemic.

Brian Anderson

1. Choose the Right Platform

Listing items on the right platform is

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25+ Black-Owned Home Decor Brands to Shop

As thousands protest across the country for racial justice and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, some are wondering what other actionable steps we can all take. In addition to donating to organizations working for change, voting, and reaching out to our representatives, buying from black-owned businesses is one way to take action. Put your purchasing power to use by supporting some of the talented black designers, ceramicists, artists, and business owners on this list. Here are black-owned home decor brands to shop right now, and for years to come.

Looking for a little design inspiration before you start shopping? Follow these 35 Black interior designers and stylist on Instagram.

Home Decor Shops

These online home decor shops have it all, from area rugs, to wallpaper, to storage baskets.

Owned by designer and blogger Justina Blakeney, this online decor shop lets you bring the Jungalow blog’s bohemian style

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Everything You Need to Know to Properly (and Safely) Hang a Heavy Mirror

Because they reflect light around a room, decorating with mirrors is a quick trick to make spaces feel bigger and brighter. But hanging hefty mirrors can be intimidating. Both robust and fragile, mirrors pose a challenge for drywall and plaster walls because of their size and weight. Most new mirrors come with mounting hardware, but selecting the proper installation hardware (the screws, bolts, and anchors that fasten into the wall) requires careful thought. After determining your wall type and picking out the right supplies, use the following advice on how to hang a heavy mirror securely so you can refresh your room while protecting your walls and decor.

Maria-Carla Atencio

How to Hang a Heavy Mirror

Set yourself up for success with the right tools and accurate measurements. Then, collect the important details needed to pick the best installation hardware for hanging a mirror.

What You Need

Note: The tools

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Tired of Your Backyard Decor? Wayfair’s Huge Patio Sale is Here to Save the Day

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If your outdoor space could use a little TLC, then we have some news you’re going to love. As part of Wayfair’s Way More Outdoor Deals event, they’re offering steals on patio furniture, decor, and more through August 18 (but don’t wait too long or your wish list may disappear). You’ve probably canceled that tropical vacation this summer, so put that money to good use and allocate it into your backyard make over budget. You can save up to 65-percent off anything from a hot tub (yes, please) to a chaise lounge, so don’t hesitate to drop a few essentials into your cart. If there’s any time to flex those interior design muscles, the time is now.

From basics like chic seating to some fun outdoor games to keep everyone entertained while at home, there’s sure to be something to catch your eye.

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