in the land of frugal i have learned it is soooooooooo easy to make almost anything homemade,
i make a huge batch of speghetti sauce, freeze them in meal size containers, my own spice mixes, baking mixes, noodles, bread, simmering potpourri, etc etc
i rarely by "premade" anymore,
the bread machine we bought saves soooooooo much money because i pack hubbies lunch everyday for work.
I also found an amazing store on ebay where i can buy spices in bulk at a great price and no matter how many i get the shipping price is the same.
We purchased a food saver earlier this summer and boy it is a real saver, i use it for almost everything. if i cook a turkey i freeze them with a few days worth in it if i want to make turkey salad for lunches or i can use it to cook with.
I think it is amazing how easy it is to make things homemade. It really is not that time consuming either. As my boyfriend says it may take you maybe ten minutes longer to make it homemade but its well worth the wait.
Also, once you get into the habit of making things yourself, it really doesn't take much time. I use a bread machine, too. It takes me under 5 minutes to get it going in the morning before starting home school with my daughters, and we have fresh bread daily. That machine is my favorite kitchen tool.
I started being frugal a few years back out of necessity, but now it is totally for personal preference and choice. The difference and personal satisfaction to me is awesome. Frugal is not being cheap, we all know that. I 'can' foods not only to stockpile and save a few pennies, but also to eliminate the salt and other preservatives found in most everyday foods. I also freeze and dehydrate foods so that nothing is wasted.
Being a guy I am also using my late mother's sewing machine (don't tell anyone) to make my own repairs. I may not get beyond that, but 'that' is an accomplishment.
I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.
I would love to can . I havent gotten that far yet but i cant wait. It will probably be next year before i do it. I have some physical limitations right now and hopefully they will be resolved by then. Hey for a guy to do all that its great. Not all men dont do stuff lol, my husband cooks, cleans, does laundry etc.
If any of you would like the site for the spices and such let me know, most of them are in almost quart size containers and the majority of them are less than 6.00. Shipping is 5.95 no matter how many you get . I believe it said that they have 150 spices and herbs
I wish I could make everything homemade too! I love to cook but all I have time for after a full day of work and night classes with grad school is to make something that doesn't take more than 15 minutes. And on the weekends, I'll usually go all out and make fancier meals... but other than that, I really don't have the time. I know you say its cheaper too but to me, cooking homemade food (at least all my recipes) have so many ingredients that cost so much for just the two of us, that it's cheaper to buy something semi-homemade.
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