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Cooking from scratch has always been something I have loved to do. I never realized the benefits it has to my family or to my pocketbook until I was married for a few years.
We spent way too much money on processed stuff that was doing nothing for us. When I decided to start cooking regularly, I was able to dramatically shrink our bill.
It is strange because I think one of the most common misconceptions is that cooking from scratch costs a lot of money. For most people the opposite happens. When they begin to cook from scratch you actually spend less.
One of the biggest reasons this happens is because cooking from scratch keeps your pantry simple. – When you cook from scratch you tend to use the same basic ingredients. This means you buy less items to stockpile in your pantry.
- You use the same recipes often but do variations of them – I find when I cook from scratch I have base recipes of things that I then can add things to. When we make muffins we have a few items that make the base muffin mix and add the fruits or other items to make them different.
- The basic items cost less – Buying base items in bulk cost less then being food pre-prepared, so it saves you money.
There are many other benefits to your family as well. Cooking this way has less additives and preservatives. This means your family is getting more of the bulk and goodness of the vegetables and fruits. It helps your family to maintain a healthy weight and to have a healthy lifestyle for life.
If you are looking for some great recipes to help you start to cook from scratch for your family, check out my Frugal Recipes!