Speaking of DIY skills and such, I think soap and bread are two of the top "it's easier* than it sounds" things you can make and enjoy a direct, material benefit from.
For example, I used to think you needed a bread machine to make bread. Then I realized, "That can't be right. People have made bread for thousands of years."
I think the process of making things like that has become kind of obscured from us in modern life. But you really can just go out and Make A Thing.
@katwylder Do you find that soapmaking particularly saves money or otherwise has tangible benefits over buying soap?
I already make my own bread (no-knead overnight-rise); it's both tastier and significantly cheaper than buying at the store, and going no-knead means it doesn't take more than ten minutes work.
But soap... looks like quite a bit more work, and oil's a lot more expensive than flour.
100% flour, 70-75% water. 1/4 tsp dry yeast and 1 tsp salt per 10 oz flour.
Mix dry, add water. Mix just until it comes together as one messy lump, cover and let rise for 12-18 hours. Bake as you like; it works for a loaf or a boule. I recommend baking in a Dutch oven; it helps the crust.
Water, yeast, and salt amounts are all flexible.
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