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Saving Money on Food

Superstition Ranch MarketHere 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:

  1. Clear out a closet to use as a pantry (or, if you have one, set aside space in your basement).
  2. 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?



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3 thoughts on “Saving Money on Food

  1. I’d worry about the power going out in a storage unit, especially around here. All it would take would be a couple of hours in one of those tin sheds on a 110-degree day to ruin all your frozen food.

    Not that it would be good if the thing konked out when it was on your service porch or in the garage, but at least you know it and maybe could snag some dry ice to toss in there.

    Because this house has more bedrooms than I can use, I’ve converted one of them into an in-home storage unit. Put some old bookcases along one wall and stashed the Costco lifetime supplies in there. Also I get things like rice & oatmeal in bulk at Sprouts. It really is the truth that buying stuff in bulk saves a ton of money. And time: think of all the extra trips to the store you don’t have to make!

    Making your own bread is one of the biggest money-savers going, and it’s not very hard. And the bread is SO good!!!!
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  2. Some very interesting strategies, but we lost power for 4 days during Hurricane Sandy so we lost everything in our extra freezer. (We had bigger problems as our basement flooded out.) But I some of your ideas are really great and I will be telling my wife about them. Hope they go over well with her!


    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    That is definitely a risk if power is lost. I hate it but we have a freezer outside on our porch and we’re in Arizona. If the power were to go out for even 24 hours in the summer we’d lose anything in there so I try not to use it for expensive things like meat. My husband uses it because he makes ice in big tubs and then breaks it up for his ice chest instead of buying ice. Thanks for your comment!
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