Ever wonder how an 8 ounce bottle of cooking spray costs around $3.50 when you can buy a gallon of vegetable oil for less than $7? With a little do-it-yourself ingenuity, you can make your own cooking spray and save a bundle this year.
All you need is a spray bottle, which you can find at a dollar store or Wal-Mart, a bottle of vegetable, canola, or olive oil, and water. Fill the spray bottle halfway with oil, then top it off with water, and voila, nonstick cooking spray at a fraction of the cost. We gave it a test run, and the homemade version was equally effective at preventing sticking, so go ahead and give it a try and see how much you save.
The cost of an 8 ounce bottle of Pam is $3.50. To make an 8 ounce spray bottle of our DIY cooking spray would cost only $0.22. If you bought a new bottle of cooking spray once a month, you could save close to $42 in a year!
(We got this idea from Pinterest.)