19 Simple Household Swaps that Will Save You Money

Save hundreds of dollars over the course of a year with these common household products that do the same job as your pricey favorites for much less.

1. Swap: Shaving cream for hair conditioner
Save: About $4
Why? Shaving cream creates a layer between the razor and your skin while protecting from nicks and cuts. But conditioners work just as well, and they moisturize while you shave.

2. Swap: Dry shampoo for baby powder
Save: About $8
Why? If you don't have enough time to wash your locks, rub baby powder into your roots. Massage it in well, then brush it out. This trick also gives flat, greasy hair more oomph.

3. Swap: Body scrub for epsom salts
Save: About $10
Why? A bath with Epsom salts can help ease stress and tension, but did you know that these salts also can give you smooth, radiant skin? Simply mix a handful into your body wash (or a spoonful into your face wash). It sloughs off dead skin and revives your complexion instantly.

4. Swap: Styling cream for hand lotion
Save: About $7
Why? Work a dime-size squirt through your hair to cut down on frizz and moisturize dry ends.

5. Swap: Steel wool pads for aluminum foil
Save: About $1.50
Why? Roll a gently used piece of foil into a ball to remove baked-on bits of food from your glass pan. Squirt some dishwashing liquid into the pan and scrub with the foil.

6. Swap: White wine for chicken broth
Save: About $11 depending on the type of wine
Why? Do you have a recipe that calls for a little white wine but you don't want to buy a whole bottle? Substitute chicken broth; the results will be similar.

7. Swap: Silver polish for plain toothpaste
Save: About $7
Why? Using regular (non-gel) white toothpaste can remove tarnish from silver. Squeeze a little paste onto a cloth and rub gently on moistened silver. Rinse the item and polish with a soft rag.

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8. Swap: Weed killer for vinegar
Save: About $11
Why? Go green and use vinegar instead of expensive (and toxic) chemicals. Pour vinegar into a large spray bottle made for gardening (about $5; at Home Depot) and squirt it on stubborn weeds. After a few hours in the sun, they should die.

9. Swap: Brass and copper cleaner for lemon juice
Save: About $6-10
Why? Going green will save you money and give you peace of mind. Clean copper and solid brass the natural way: Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle some salt on it. Rub the lemon on the piece you're polishing (don't worry, the salt won't scratch the metal). Rinse the item thoroughly and dry.

10. Swap: Facial Scrub for baking soda
Save: About $5-15
Why? There's no need to spend money on expensive products. To relieve dry skin, make a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water. Gently run on skin in a circular motion to exfoliate, removing dead skin cells. Rinse.

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