Homemade Goodness: Cheaper, Better & Not As Time Consuming As You Think!

by Elizabeth Scholes

Well, how is everyone doing with this coupon/savings thing?  Are you shopping more wisely and starting to see your grocery bills drop?  Is it becoming easier?  I sure hope so!

This week I wanted to share with you some ways our family saves lots of money and it doesn’t involve a single coupon!  It’s a little word that has gotten lost in our fast-paced society but one that is both frugal and satisfying.  HOMEMADE. We make many things at our home from scratch, or nearly from scratch, thus saving us a bundle.  Making homemade really doesn’t take much time and I love knowing exactly what is going into the food my family eats.  Plus, in most cases it is so much tastier!

Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Pizza crust and pizza sauce
  • Spaghetti sauce, Alfredo sauce
  • Hot chocolate mix
  • Pretty much any baked good (pancakes, waffles, muffins, cookies, cinnamon rolls, specialty or quick breads)
  • Salad dressings
  • Jam

When my kids were babies, I made all their baby food.  Not only is this easy, it’s so much healthier for your little one.  Simply puree fresh or frozen fruits and veggies, freeze in ice cube trays, and pop out for single usage.  You can even puree the meals you make for your family when your babies get closer to 1 year old.

You can make “convenience food” or lunch food like soups, burritos or quesadillas in large batches and freeze.

We also recently discovered homemade laundry detergent.  Oh. My. Goodness. For $4, we have great laundry detergent that will last our family of four ONE YEAR!!

Homemade cleaners are great money savers too.  All you need are some extra spray bottles, vinegar, water, bleach, olive oil, and dish soap, depending on the recipe.

This week’s challenge is to think about what you could make homemade instead of buying.  Do an Internet search for recipes and find a new favorite.  And to get you started, below are three “homemade” recipes available for download.

Spaghetti Sauce

Pancakes

Low-Cal Alfredo Sauce

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Comments

  1. I like the idea of his low-cal alfredo sauce. We have a white-sauce lasagna that calls for it, and I’ve had trouble finding a good substitute. Will try this next time! Does this recipe make roughly one store-bought jar?

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