I also HATE spending a ridiculous amount of money on cat toys. For instance....
This Play-N-Squeak Mouse is a whopping $4.97 at Walmart! Seriously? So we turned our old socks into toys for the cat:
I got my supplies - old socks, scissors, rubber bands (did not use), ribbon (did not use), sharpie marker and cat nip (I had this in my house - I bought it at the Dollar Tree before Christmas because we were going to make something that we never did).
I cut up some of the socks for "filler".
I took the three socks that I was going to use as the toy and I cut the ends for tassel.
I filled the sock with some filler and some cat nip (not too much!)
We drew a silly face on it.
Then we made more.
I guess they kind of look like kitty sperm toys. That wasn't my intention. I just got lucky.
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!