Here at the blog I have a recipe category and I’ve shared some of my frugal recipes. For example, I shared how to make salsa for about $1 per quart. If you buy salsa and hot sauce you know that is quite a bargain.
The best way to save money on your food is to stock up. When I say “stock up” I don’t just mean taking advantage of a “buy 2 get 1 free” deal on the cereal you love. I mean buying your flour and cornmeal in bulk. Purchasing restaurant sized containers of ketchup and other condiments, and buying crates of fruit and preserving it for use later.
That sounds well and good, but how do you do that when you’re already on a budget and what if you live in a relatively small space?
Here are some ideas:
- Clear out a closet to use as a pantry (or, if you have one, set aside space in your basement).
- Raise your bed and slide crates of stored items under your bed.
Making your own food from scratch is also a fantastic way to save money on food.
There are so many foods that you probably take for granted that you can make from scratch. For example, making your own tortillas is quite easy and they are so delicious fresh made. Once you’ve had a fresh made flour tortilla you will not want to go back to store bought. Not to mention you pay about 3 cents per tortilla for homemade vs. $0.35. EACH! Another great homemade food is bread. It’s really not hard at all and it also gives you a good workout (provided you do the kneading yourself instead of using a bread maker)!
You can also make your own condiments (ketchup, relish, etc.) from scratch if you want to save even more money.
Get your ingredients from farmer’s markets and local CSAs. This is usually cheaper and healthier for your body and helps you support local businesses at the same time.
If you put your mind to it, there are so many different ways that you can save on food (no matter where you live).
What are some of your favorites?