The average, quick trip to the grocery store usually ends with a cart full of packaged, prepared foods, packed lettuce, frozen pizzas, bakery items, frozen entrees, and more!
Packaged, prepared foods are convenient, but in our busy, hurried up world they have become the norm and cooking from scratch has become a lost art.
Next time you go to the grocery store take this challenge…..
Stop! Back away from the package…pick up a few ingredients and make it from scratch!
The savings are well worth the time and the taste, more than worth the effort.
Here are some simple grocery switches:
Lettuce: When was the last time you bought a head of lettuce to make a salad? It really only takes a few minutes to wash and chop.
Head of Romaine = $0.99
Bag of Chopped Romaine = $3.50
Syrup: Growing up my mom always made homemade syrup for our pancakes. It was warm, delicious, and made the whole kitchen smell sweet! Did you know that a bottle of syrup costs about $3.50 and you can make it in a few minutes for only pennies?
Cheap Syrup Recipe
1 c. water
1 c. sugar
1 t. maple flavoring
1 t. butter flavoring
Heat in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved, let cool slightly before serving.
You can also make homemade Pancake Syrup from Apple Peels.
Pizza: We are a nation of pizza lovers, and it’s so simple to make for a fraction of the cost! Let’s take a look at a large cheese pizza….
Delivery = $12
Frozen, Name Brand = $8
Frozen, Store Brand = $5
Homemade = $2
Make your own Pizza Dough and Pizza Sauce, press the homemade dough into a greased sheet, top with sauce and cheese, and bake at 350F. If it’s the “fastness” that you want, try this 30 Minute Pizza Recipe.
Birthday Cake: Wow, half a sheet cake from the bakery costs $25 or more! Next time you need a cake, bake it, don’t buy it, and save about $20.
Or try any one of these 50 Cake Recipes From Scratch.
Oatmeal and Grits: This is such a simple switch! Look at the instructions on a big box of grits or oatmeal….you simply measure the water, add the oatmeal or grits to your bowl, and microwave! I think that’s just as simple as opening one of those individual serving packets and it is an awful lot cheaper.
Big Box of Oats = $2 for 30 servings
Instant Oatmeal Packages = $3 for 10 servings
Follow these instructions to Make Your Own Oatmeal Packets.
So what simple grocery switches will you make this week?
Even though most of the things we get we purchase with coupons and they are cheap, sometimes its even cheaper just to make it homemade.
I hope this article gives you some ideas on some simple switches that we can make in our everyday shopping and cooking to save money and still save time!