The supermarket is filled with brightly colored packaging, designed to catch your eye. Before you know it that grocery item is in your trolley and you wondered how you ever lived without it. Chances are your parents and grandparents managed just fine without it .
The next time you go shopping, have a look at what you are buying. Are you buying mostly whole foods or processed foods ? Are you working long hours to pay for your expensive grocery bill ?
Here are another 20 grocery items we DON'T buy and how to save money on them -
Microwave rice pouches - They are so expensive compared to buying a bag of rice. Some are flavoured but I don't need flavoured rice when the rest of the meal is tasty. I cook extra rice and freeze.
Creamy pasta packets - I've make my own with pasta, milk, butter, flour and seasonings.
Marinated meat.- It never tastes as good as it looks. I use ingredients like soy, honey, garlic and herbs.
Herbs and spices in little jars - I buy in bulk from a herb and spice wholesaler. Extremely cheap.
Sweetened condensed milk - I make my own from butter, sugar, water and milk powder. The recipe I use makes 2 tins worth for less than the price of one.
Evaporated milk - I don't have recipes that use it. If I did I'd make it from milk powder and water.
Fresh herbs in plant form or pastes - I use dried or grow a few.
Iced tea - If I wanted it I would make it from a teabag, water, sugar and a squeeze of fruit.
Porridge sachets - I make porridge from quick oats. If I need flavour I can add cinnamon, brown sugar, maple syrup or dried / tinned fruit.
Avocado / grapeseed / almond / peanut / coconut oil etc etc - I use rice bran oil for cooking and baking. It's cheap compared to the fancy oils.
Bread flour - I use plain generic flour.
Salad dressings - I only buy balsamic glaze. A little bit goes a long, long way.
Tinned veggies - I only buy corn ( for soup ), tomatoes ( in case my harvest is poor ) and beetroot. Fresh is cheaper for other veggies
Salad kits - We grow some of our own salad ingredients and buy the rest as whole foods and make the salad ourselves. Cheaper and fresher.
Serviettes - We just don't eat sloppy food to need serviettes ( except for hamburgers with dripping sauce or tacos ). The rare times we do eat takeaway we are always given too many serviettes. Those that are not used are brought home for when we do need them. It seems like a waste to throw them out.
Pancake shakers - I make pancakes from scratch using milk, eggs and flour. How easy and cheap is that? I think we've only bought them once or twice as a treat when the girls were little and we were on holidays.
Meal kits - They are just too expensive and you still need to add meat and veg. Just use the herbs and spices you already have and add your own ingredients.
Rice cream in tins - I make creamed rice with rice, sugar and milk. My recipe would make four times the amount in a tin for the same price.
Meals in a can - If we were camping people we might buy them. I remember doing a tv story years ago where the husband liked spag bol meat sauce in a tin. I didn't even know you could buy it in a tin. I showed the family how to make a big pot of meat sauce for the same price. All you need is mince, tinned tomatoes, Italian herbs and tomato paste
Frozen potato chips - I never understood their appeal. I think they have an artificial taste about them and I've been served a variety of brands over the years. I have a Nicer Dicer and a chip machine ( present ) that makes chips in just a minute or two including seasoning. Since buying an air fryer this is how we cook them. They are a healthier option too.
|I buy herbs / spices in bulk and fill my own jars|
|Picking our own lettuce|