Affordable DIY Dog Food

I don’t know if you guys know this, but we are animal people. We try to feed our pets the best quality food, but dry pet food can be incredible expensive. We found ourselves settling for low quality, grain-heavy dog food. We looked in to making our own dog food, but we were discouraged because feeding dogs human food seems so expensive. Right? Not really! It is actually cheaper to make your own food that to buy a bag of dry dog food.

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We initially tried DIY dog food because our Boxer, Emma, started getting sick from several dry dog food brands. She ended up losing a lot of weight and having lots of tummy troubles. After spending a couple hundred dollars at the vet, we realized she was just allergic to the harsh dyes and chemicals in her dog food.

Our sweet puppy, Emma!

After Emma was put on a strict, temporary rice and chicken diet, we delved into experimentation of DIY dog food. The average dogs needs calcium, carbs, protein, fat, and vitamins found in veggies. Dogs do not need their food to be a specific color to enjoy it; big brands dye foods so buyers will be more interested. Dyes are actually the number one culprit for tummy troubles in our household.

Not only have we gone away from dyes and chemicals for our dog’s diet, but our cats also have dye sensitivities that caused us to reevaluate their food needs. We use this cat food and love it!

We created our own dog food using these ingredients:
white rice (carbs) $1.30 per pound
olive oil (fats) $0.30 per ounce
– carrots (vitamins) $1 per freezer bag
– peas (vitamins) $1 per freezer bag
– spinach (vitamins) $1.50 per freezer bag
– chicken (protein) $3.37 per pound
– eggs (protein) $2.50

The great thing about most of these ingredients is they can be stored or frozen for later use.

For two weeks worth of dog food for one medium sized dog, I use:
– 1 chicken breast ($1.70)
– 4 eggs ($0.82)
– 2 TBS olive oil ($0.30)
– 2 lbs white rice ($2.60)
– 1 small freezer bag of carotts, spinach, and peas ($3.50)

I throw all of these ingredients in a slow cooker with enough water to cover everything. I cook this on low for 6-8 hours. Once everything is fully cooked, I shred the chicken and divide the food into 1 cup intervals. I store this dog food in Ziploc bags in the freezer. I thaw out the food in the microwave before feeding our dog.

In total, this dog food costs us about $18 per month/per dog, and it doesn’t make anyone sick! If you, like us, have more than 2 dogs, this may seem steep for dog food. $60 a month for dog food is a lot, but our dogs go through 2 48 lb. bags of dog food a month. If we went through Rachel Ray or Blue Buffalo, like the vet recommended, we would be spending $140 a month on dog food! With that in mind, this doesn’t seem so bad after all!

Just a reminder: never give your dogs chocolate, onions, garlic, avocado, coconut, raisins, grapes, nuts, coffee, dough, or xylitol. Be careful with dairy and other human foods that might cause upset tummies.

Please leave your thoughts, opinions, and suggestions below! I would love to hear what you do in your home.

You should always discuss diet changed with your vet prior to following this recipe.

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CHEAP DIY Pet Flea Repellant

If you didn’t already know, we practically run a zoo. We have 3 dogs and 3 cats. They are a handful, but we love them! And…they get fleas.

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Flea medicine is so expensive! With all of our pets, we are looking at spending near $200 every month for flea prevention, most of which, doesn’t even work very well (sorry, Frontline!). I decided to create my own Flea Repellant and Anti-Flea Shampoo.

You should always ask your vet before using any DIY items on your pet. I have consulted my vet!

Flea Repellant

This recipe makes about 1 oz. of repellant, and I love it! I put this repellant in a dropper bottle that I bought on Amazon.

For this recipe, you will need:
 – 2 TBS. Rubbing Alcohol (I used the lowest percentage) ($.88)
 – 1/8 tsp Tea Tree Oil ($8)
 – 5 drops Peppermint oil  ($8)

Mix all of the ingredients together, and pour into the dropper. You could substitute rubbing alcohol for olive oil, if you are concerned about the alcohol irritating your pet’s skin.

I use one dropper full of the Flea Repellant for each of my cats, and two droppers of Flea Repellant for each dog. I use this once a week, which seems to keep the fleas away! 

Flea Repelling Shampoo

The recipe is awesome, and compares to expensive, organic store-bought products! I adapted Naturally Mindful’s recipe to fit our pet’s needs. Check her page out for more organic recipes! 

For this recipe, you will need:
 – 1/2 c. water
 – 1/3 c. dish soap (I use this on my hair every once in a while, so I don’t mind using it on my pets!) ($.88 at Walmart!)
 – 1 tsp.
Olive Oil ($8)
 – 1/8 tsp.
Tea Tree oil ($8)
 – 5 drops
Peppermint Oil ($8)

Mix all of the ingredients together, and shake before each use. Pour this into an old lotion bottle, or a $1 bottle from the Dollar Tree! Naturally Mindful recommends you make a new batch after 6 months, but I am still using mine! 

I have used this on my cats and my dogs, and it works very well! The oil acts as a light conditioner, though I still condition my pets. 

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12 Days of Christmas: DIY Perfume

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Perfume is so expensive, making this recipe a game changer. Big companies don’t want you to know how easy it really is to make your own perfume. All for less than $1!

This recipe should never stain your clothes, cause skin irritation, or wear off throughout the day.

For this, you will need:
 Р150 proof alcohol or rubbing alcohol ($0.88)
 Рskin safe essential oils ($7)
 РOld perfume bottle

In a small bowl, you will start by adding 2 Tbs. of alcohol. Some experts say that Vodka works as substitute base. I haven’t tried it, but I think it would work well! I used rubbing alcohol because that’s what I had on hand. At first, there is an alcohol smell, but in a few minutes, that fades away.

At first, I considered using an oil base. This would be a bad idea because oil will stain clothes and leave your greasy all day. You will also want to avoid a water based because your essential oils will never mix with the base. Alcohol is the best base because it is inexpensive, it mixes well with oils, and most people already have it in their medicine cabinets!

After you have measure and poured your base, add several drops of your essential oils.The great thing about this recipe is it is completely customizable. If you like a strong perfume, you can add more essential oils and vice versa. You can even sell your perfume to make a little money on the side! 

After your essential oils and alcohol has been combined, pour your new perfume into an old perfume bottle and enjoy!

DIY Perfume

Easy, affordable perfume that you can make and customize at home.

  • 2 TBS Rubbing Alcohol (or other alcohol base)
  • 5-20 drops Skin Safe Essential Oils (I used Rose Essential oils!)
  1. Mix your rubbing alcohol and essential oils together, and pour into an old perfume bottle. Shake before use. Wasn’t that easy?

I get compliments on this perfume all the time, and I will be making some for a church fundraiser, soon. Seriously, this stuff is versatile! Comment below how you plan to use this recipe!

DIY Make-Up Removing Cleansing Wipes

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Hello, all! I hope you are having a fabulous Tuesday! Today, I will be telling you about my DIY Make-Up Remover/Cleansing Wipes. 

While I almost never wear make-up, it is handy to have a versatile, cheap, and organic make-up remover.  Since I don’t use it often, it is crucial that this stuff be cheap but effective, and it not only wipes away make-up, but any other paints, dirt, etc. that you might have gotten on your face (the struggle of a DIYer!). 

These facial cleansing wipes have 4 ingredients:
   1. cotton pads
   2. Organic Coconut Oil 
   3. Witch Hazel 
   4. Tea Tree Oil 

I always have these products on hand, so I did not actually have to buy anything to make my facial cleansing wipes! I chose ingredients that are gentle on the face but also work hard to kill germs and remove residue!

The Coconut Oil is dual action by moisturizing and removing residue of make-up, paint, or dirt, while the Witch Hazel and tea tree oil work hard to kill germs!

Make-Up Remover/Facial Cleansing Wipes
   1. cotton pads
   2. Organic Coconut Oil (2 TBS or less)
   3. Witch Hazel (2-3 TBS)
   4. Tea Tree Oil (10-25 drops)
Mix the coconut oil, Witch Hazel, and tea tree oil together until smooth. Poor over cotton pads and remove excess. Store your facial cleansing wipes in an air tight container. 

I hope you love this mid-week recipe! Like, comment, and share on facebook, and stay tuned for tomorrow’s post over 5 products I CANNOT live without featuring coupons!

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