We live in a world of convenience…packaged salads, frozen dinners and even iced coffees in fancy little bottles.
We pay a price for convenience, and if you stop to add it up…you might be motivated to do a little cooking.
I’m not talking about cooking a gourmet meal or spending hours in the kitchen. I’m talking about quickie 5 minute recipes like making your own taco seasoning for a few pennies instead of paying $1 for a packet, or how about making your own iced latte for less than 25¢ and skipping your daily $4 Starbuck’s run.
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Taco Seasoning – 5 minutes = 5 packets of taco seasoning for less than 25¢ total! P.S. – You likely have all the spices in your pantry.
Chili Seasoning – While we’re on the subject of seasoning packets, it will take less than 5 minutes and less than $1 to make a big batch of homemade Chili Seasoning to use all season long.
Iced Latte or Skinny Iced Latte – Instant coffee, your choice of milk and syrup. No fancy machine required. How about skinny caramel iced latte made with skim milk and sugar free caramel syrup?
Smoothie – The key is to start with a giant bag of frozen fruit from Costco or Sam’s. A lb. bag of frozen strawberries is $ , and you’ll be able to make about smoothies. Affordable, healthy and delicious!
Salad Dressings – Most salad dressings are a simple mixture of oil (or mayo), vinegar, seasonings and preservatives. Skip the preservatives and make your own in just a few minutes for way less than the bottled stuff at the grocery!
Salsa – You’ll start with a can of tomatoes and green chiles (less than $1), and you’ll end up with a super fresh and frugal homemade salsa. It’s so quick and easy that you may never go back to the stuff in the jar again!
Hummus – Stop paying $4 for a little container of ground up garbanzo beans! Grab you food processor, garbanzos, olive oil, garlic and lemon juice and voila…you’ve just made your own hummus for about $1.
Granola – Are you tempted by those yummy homemade granola samples at Whole Foods until you see the price? It’s easy to make your own, and you can add your favorite dried fruits and nuts.
Pizza – Discover 7 frugalicious and fast ways to make a pizza crust!
Dessert – Bake it, don’t buy it. The Budget Diet girl is a dessert lover, and it’s always cheaper and tastier to make your own. A whole cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory is nearly $50, a small birthday cake from your local grocery will set you back at least $20 and don’t even get me started on the price of a box of cookies from the grocery store bakery.
Please leave a comment to share your favorite foods to cook from scratch and save money.