Saving Money Without Coupons: Cooking From Scratch

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If you are new to this series you may want to start at the beginning HERE.  While each tip is separate and you can do just one, when you combine all the tips, you will save the most.

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. I was about the same time I realized that we needed to save money that I realized how much of a difference it made to cook from scratch. I have been trying to figure out what it is that makes it so much cheaper and this is what I
have come up with.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

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