Saving money on groceries can be as simple as making something from scratch instead of buying it already prepared. Small changes can really add up. For example – did you know that by making your own spaghetti sauce you can save $1.50 per jar of the store bought variety? If you serve pasta once per week that turns into $78.00 per year! Make a large batch and freeze in meal-size containers for easy weeknight meals. Easy and healthy!
Here are a few other simple ways to lower your grocery bill:
1. Iced Tea – Making your own iced tea is easy and economical. It only costs $.50 to make one gallon of sweetened iced tea. The store bought ready to drink iced tea costs $2.24 per gallon – quite a savings!
2. Waffles – Making your own waffles is another easy way to reduce your grocery bill. One batch of waffles costs $1.07 to make from scratch. To buy them in the frozen food section will cost $2.99 – small savings, but remember they add up!
3. Artisan Breads – Learning to bake your own artisan breads is a fantastic experience. Most breads cost very little to make and the reward of tasting a fresh loaf straight from the oven is unbeatable! Most artisan breads cost between $.50 and $1.00 to make and $3.00 and up to buy! Depending on how much bread your family consumes – this could be a huge savings!
Lowering the grocery budget isn’t always about eliminating the highest costing items. Small changes add up over time into big savings. Just making the above substitutions saves $7.66 a week or $33.00 per month or $398.00 per year! I don’t know about you – but for me that’s worth it!
What are your favorite things to make yourself to save money? I’d love to hear from you!