Make your own and save money!

No matter what your income, everyone is affected by the rise in food prices. It’s hard sometimes to budget your grocery bill while being able to buy nutritous organic foods. Here is how one mom feeds her family of 5 on $10/week!

We found this great website that offers free coupons for the store of your choice (in your area). It’s the Penny Pincher Gazette. You can also sign up for email alerts for special coupon offers. It is really easy to use and free to sign up.

Now the real secret to saving money is to get back to the basics. Get rid of all the packaged food in your pantry and get rid of all the frozen packaged food in your freezer! I know it sounds crazy, but everything you buy packaged can be made from scratch. Reneca has kind of yelled at me before because I still buy packaged pancake mix, and so she said to me, “Stop feeding those babies preservatives!” Funny but she is right. It is just as simple to make your own pancake mix (for example) as it is to use the packaged stuff, but at least you have control of what is in your food.

 It is a big challenge. Reneca has started buy not buying pre-packaged pancake mix, waffles, or frozen chicken fingers, etc. We aren’t just going to throw that at you without some guidance. Take one step at a time. Maybe this week make your own ketchup, pasta sauce and mayonnaise. Just keep trying one recipe at a time–there are over 50 make your own recipes to choose from!

Here are a few that we will try this week:

Reneca’s favorite! Chai Tea
1 14-ounce can unsweetened condensed milk (low-fat or nonfat, if desired)
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
*Blend all in a jar, shake well. Store in the fridge up to 2 weeks. To use, shake the mix & add 2 to 3 tablespoons directly into a cup of very strong, very hot black tea. Yum!

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Instant Oatmeal Packets (for us busy people!)

3 cups Quick-Cooking Oats
Salt
8 Small sized Zip Baggies

Put 1/2 cup oats in a blender and blend on high until powdery. Set aside in a small bowl, and repeat procedure with an additional 1/2 cup oats. If you’re using a food processor, you can do the 1 cup of oats in one batch. Put the following ingredients into each zip baggie: 1/4 cup un-powdered oats, 2 Tbsp. powdered oats, and 1/8 tsp. salt. Store in an airtight container.

To Use:
 Empty packet into a bowl. Add 3/4 cup boiling water. Stir and let stand for 2 minutes. For thicker oatmeal, use less water – for thinner oatmeal, use more water.

Variations:

Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal- To each packet add 1 Tbsp. sugar, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, and 2 Tbsp. chopped dried apples.

Sweetened Oatmeal- To each packet add 1 Tbsp. sugar

Brown Sugar/Cinnamon Oatmeal- To each packet add 1 Tbsp. brown sugar & 1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Oatmeal w/Raisins & Brown Sugar- To each packet add 1 Tbsp. packed brown sugar and 1 Tbsp. raisins.

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Who doesn’t love…Tater Tots!

8 med. potatoes, cooked and peeled
4 rounded tbsp. flour
Dash pepper
1 tsp. salt
Canola oil (I will sub. grapeseed oil instead)

Finely shred or use ricer while potatoes are hot. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper. Heat 1/4″ oil in heavy pan. Form into small balls and drop into oil. Fry till slightly golden.

Drain on paper towels, then freeze. To Use: bake in single layer on baking sheet at 400F till crispy. So good!

Kalisha and Reneca

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One Response

  1. One of ways to save some money on food is to buy a lot of food by old prices and store it at your home. So it looks like you buy 3-month food capacity so you can use this food for prices that were 3 month ago. This is a great way, trust me. 🙂

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