Stop Buying These 17 Things and Make Them Yourself

Christel Deskins

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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These products won’t protect you from coronavirus. But they will make you laugh

Christel Deskins

The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis of the unknown. Our understanding of the disease and the best ways to fight it seem to change from week to week. This murky information environment creates opportunities for entrepreneurs offering the promise, if not always the reality, of safety.

You can find many of those entrepreneurs on crowdfunding sitessuch as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, where catchy-sounding ideas can go viral on the basis of nothing more than a demo video, raising millions of dollars from would-be customers eager to be first in line.

Right now, if you’re so inclined,, you can throw your cash at a mask that only covers your nose, or a wearable plastic bubble, or a keychain to touch elevator buttons for you.

But would you actually be backing something made of science, or just something science-flavored?

We rounded up some of the most questionable innovations and presented them to Paula

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10 tech gadgets to help make summer awesome

Christel Deskins

We made it to June! Yes, celebrations are hard right now – hard to pull off and sometimes difficult to enjoy – but we don’t want to forget about our amazing dads, equally awesome new grads and all the summer fun the best gadgets around can make even better. 

If pandemic times have taught us anything about our gadgets, it’s that we don’t need every new-fangled techy-toy to come along. Just the ones that help us stay healthy, connected, and having a blast, no matter what. Here at the 10 best gadgets you can still get in time to help with all of those goals.

Handheld UVC sterilizer Monos CleanPod ($90)
Handheld UVC sterilizer Monos CleanPod ($90)

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One of the hottest new gadgets around is a hairbrush-size, cordless, handheld UVC sterilizer called the Monos CleanPod ($90). Charge it up, then pack it in a backpack, purse, or glove compartment, and you’re good to

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‘Catchphrase’ to Become First ITV Entertainment Show to Resume Filming

Christel Deskins

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“Catchphrase” will become British broadcaster ITV’s first entertainment show to resume filming, post coronavirus lockdown. STV Productions will record 10 episodes of the Stephen Mulhern hosted gameshow from July 6, ITV announced Monday.

The episodes will be broadcast on ITV and STV during the fall.

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The show will follow safety protocols that include online health declaration forms; physical changes to the set, galleries and make-up rooms; the creation of working “bubble” groups; staggered start times: and changes to the catering service. The crew will maintain safe social distancing and will have their temperatures checked daily throughout the filming period. Cleaning and sanitization of studios and filming areas will also happen daily, and equipment will be assigned to individual crew members. A live audience will not be present.

ITV’s head of entertainment commissioning Katie Rawcliffe said: “All the teams have worked

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Home and Away’s Jasmine Delaney posts strange messages an online forum

Christel Deskins

From Digital Spy

Home and Away spoilers follow for UK-pace episodes on Channel 5.

Home and Away’s Jasmine Delaney makes a worrying move next week, living out a fantasy that baby Grace is her biological child.

Jasmine (Sam Frost) has been focusing all of her attentions on Grace since suffering the tragic loss of her partner Robbo and experiencing a false pregnancy.

The nurse’s behaviour has sparked some suspicion from Grace’s uncle Justin Morgan (James Stewart), but the little one’s mum Tori is adamant that Jasmine can be trusted.

Next week, Jasmine continues to carry out babysitting duties after Tori (Penny McNamee) is called into work at the hospital.

Photo credit: Channel 5
Photo credit: Channel 5

Related: Home and Away reveals more concern over Jasmine Delaney in 30 new spoiler pictures

Justin is unsettled by the thought of Jasmine and Grace having time alone together, so he decides to take the baby back

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A patron saint of the internet? The pope is on it

Christel Deskins

Carlo Acutis, a 15-year-old Italian boy who died in 2006 and is set to be beatified in October 2020. <span class="copyright">(Acutis family)</span>
Carlo Acutis, a 15-year-old Italian boy who died in 2006 and is set to be beatified in October 2020. (Acutis family)

The good news for anyone praying for a little less online vitriol or a much faster internet connection is that the Vatican is on the case.

Showing that it has one foot in the 21st century, the ancient institution is backing a 15-year-old computer whiz to become the first patron saint of the internet.

Carlo Acutis, an Italian schoolboy who helped spread Roman Catholic teaching online before he died of leukemia in 2006, is the perfect candidate to become the protector of web surfers, said Cardinal Angelo Becciu, the head of the Vatican’s saint-making department.

“That’s my hope — he would be an ideal example for all young people,” said Becciu, whose official title is head of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Carlo became deeply religious during

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Online or in the classroom, teachers and students must show up every day, new rules say

Christel Deskins

Observing physical distance, first-grade teacher Caitlin Hicks gives an air hug to Sid Solomon, 6, as she meets students one final time in June, when students pick up schoolwork left behind after Center Street Elementary in El Segundo closed in March. <span class="copyright">(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Observing physical distance, first-grade teacher Caitlin Hicks gives an air hug to Sid Solomon, 6, as she meets students one final time in June, when students pick up schoolwork left behind after Center Street Elementary in El Segundo closed in March. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

When it comes to education, the new state budget goes beyond providing $70.5 billion in funding for K-12 schools — it sets fundamental accountability rules for a new era of distance learning in California by requiring teachers to take online attendance and document student learning.

The budget bill, which Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign, anticipates that schools will continue to rely heavily on online instruction when campuses reopen in the fall. It also implicitly acknowledges the deep learning losses of the last semester, especially among students from low-income families, when school systems struggled to get all students online.

The new

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The online lesson plan marketplace boomed when the pandemic hit

Christel Deskins

The online lesson plan marketplace boomed when the pandemic hit
The online lesson plan marketplace boomed when the pandemic hit

The coronavirus pandemic has upended life as we know it, mandating we sequester ourselves to slow the spread of a potentially deadly illness that has killed hundreds of thousands of people globally.

That reality presents a whole host of complications to everyday life. One major issue: How do we educate our kids?

The initial spike in COVID-19 cases this spring forced nearly all classes to move online. Parents had to pivot overnight to being educators for their kids. Teachers had to make dramatic shifts in how they do things. That reality left folks across the country scrambling for resources.

A surge of new customers soon flooded the online lesson plan market. A lesson plan market is exactly what it sounds like: think Etsy or Amazon but for school resources. (TPT) is the most popular such site — a place where

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Here are all the big Pride events happening online this weekend

Christel Deskins

Welcome to TNW Pride 2020! All throughout June we’ll highlight articles that focus on representation for LGBTQPIA+ people in the STEM communities. Click here to check out all of our Pride 2020 coverage.

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Pride month isn’t over yet. Sunday, 28 June, will mark the reason for the season as we celebrate the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. And that means the biggest events are happening this weekend. Both NYC and Global Pride kick into gear this weekend as well as many other celebrations and performances. Oh, and did I mention these are all online?

The majority of traditional Pride events – marches and gatherings – have been canceled or postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re not going to dwell on that here, but instead we’re going to do what we always do: persevere and be fabulous. The festivities are happening online and all

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Tech companies make money off your data. Shouldn’t you be paid, too?

Christel Deskins

Whenever you sign up for a new social media service or website, or download an app onto your phone or computer, you’ll typically see some long disclaimer written in legalese. You scroll through it quickly and click “I agree.”

This fine print is known as a privacy policy. It lays out (sometimes in the most convoluted way possible) how the site or app can use or share your data. The problem is, no one actually reads it. You just click “Yes” and hope for the best, since that’s the price you pay for a free website, app or social media network. It seems like a pretty sweet deal.

But that’s not the deal we’re getting.

Our phones and computers can track our every movement and action. Facebook and Google log every “like” or click on their sites. There are numerous ways our data are collected, used, shared and sold by

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