Yes, I do think the little things do add up. Of course not always, but sometimes. I used to bake our own bread because all the "cheap" store-bought brands were full of processed ingredients and the decent brands without all the junk in them were much more. So, it was definitely cheaper to bake my own bread with wholesome ingredients than to buy the "good" bread with wholesome ingredients. Of course, if I were to buy "cheap" bread, that would be cheaper, but I don't feel comfortable feeding that to my family.. Now, we are gluten free, so I bake our bread since it is much cheaper as gluten free loaves are more expensive...plus it's healthier as I can control the ingredients more.
i bake our bread (well, usually...i go through cycles) for that reason. we are a sandwich-loving family of 7, so we go through about a loaf a day. it's $5 for a loaf of organic bread here; a small loaf, like the homemade size, not the commercial size. i make ours from organic ingredients and magical coconut oil. honestly, i've never done the math to see how much it saves, but i love my bread anyway.
They don't make that much of a difference for me. First of all I found making my own bread/soap/whatever did not really save me much money. I could never slice the bread as thin so we went through it faster. The homemade cleaners did not clean anything unless I used a truck load of it. Also I work full time and time is money. I can only do so much in a day. Spending an hour making laundry detergent means I won't have as much time or energy to cook and shop wisely. (and the laundry soap mentioned above....it didn't clean our clothes, left residue in our washer and molded long before we could use it all. waste of time and money). ......
yup. i found that laundry soap to absolutely SUCK. i love the idea of it, it's fun to make and makes me feel good to use, but it just.doesn't.cut it.