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"Liss, I just don't have time."

Here is an argument that I hear on a daily basis. "I don't have time to make my own mixes/groceries, etc".


Let me ask you, how long does it take you to get in your vehicle, drive to the store, pick out a few convenience item groceries, stand in line, pay for them, drive home, unload your car, and then put away the groceries? I'm willing to bet it takes you more than 20 minutes, but I can make 10 mixes in 20 minutes, without a thought.

How do you do it?

First, make sure you've tried the recipe and enjoy it. While nearly all the recipes on our site are tried and true, everyone’s tastes are different and what some claim to be the best they've ever had, might = the flavor of roasted skunk to you.
Once you've tried the recipe, simply line up 10 Ziploc bags (or vacuum seal bags if you are fortunate enough to have this delightful item in your kitchen!). Measure out the ingredients into each bag.

For example- if you're making cookies, measure your 2 c. of flour into each of the 10 bags, then your 1/2 c. sugar, into each, etc. Scribble the directions for mixing them up on the outside of the bag with a permanent marker, For ex. - add 2 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla, mix well bake 350 10 min. It doesn't have to be labeled with tags worthy of Martha Stewart, you just have to know what else to add to make them.

Do you Phone family or friends?

If you do, this is a great time for making your mixes. While you're chatting away, catching up on all of Aunt Bertha's latest doctor appointment updates, or lending an ear to your best friends boyfriend blunder, sock away a few more mixes in your pantry. Even a 15 minute phone call can result in 5 or more mixes in the cupboard for another day.

I would love to hear your comments and experiences with making mixes too-

(C) Liss Burnell, 2008

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  1. MidnightRowan's Avatar

    I've never done the mixes for gift giving (or for my own family, for that matter), but I did some checking into the current cost estimates for many of them and... wow! I'm certainly going to start making them! I haven't been able to give a gift out for christmas or otherwise for 2 years (2 christmases) now, because money has been so tight... haven't even been able to squeeze out cookies for my own kids. Things look to be just the slightest bit better for this coming christmas, so not only do the kids get cookies and goodies... but everyone else we care about will too, thanks to Budget101!
  2. Liss's Avatar
    Thanks for your comments Rowan. Sometimes it's hard to get started, but if you change just a few things each week, or make just a few mixes here and there, it won't take long for your pantry/cupboards to be fully stocked.

    Welcome to the Site!
  3. faxonfive's Avatar
    I have taken your advise and I find that my kids help me alot in the kitchen and enjoy making the jar mixes too!! Thanks Liss!!!
  4. Anna_esq's Avatar
    Pancakes are a Sunday ritual in our family (hubby cooks) and we were spending $4/wk just to keep us in pancake mix. It took me about 15 minutes to compute how to scale up a trusted Betty Crocker pancake recipe to 20 servings the first time I did it (especially as I had to compute how much powdered milk to substitute instead of fresh milk and adjust the water to add in later) plus another 20 minutes to do the actually mixing. Now that I've computed the recipe, it only takes 20 minutes every 5 weeks or so. I put everything in a gigantic plastic tub and wrote the directions to add the appropriate amount of egg, oil and water (instead of milk) later. A tub lasts us around 5 weeks and it only costs that same $4 for the entire tub.

    What other recipes are people having good luck scaling up?
  5. bcarrigan's Avatar
    Can you give the recipe for the bulk pancake mix? I am just learning on how to substitue and figure out how to scale up things. Thank you.
  6. FreebieQueen's Avatar
    Hi Bcarrigan, You can find bulk pancake mix on our site:

    Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancake Mix:
    Make Your Own Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancake Mix

    Fat Lady's Pancake Mix:
    Fat Lady's Pancake Mix

    Breakfast Mixes- Various Pancakes, Muffins, Coffee Cakes, Waffles Mixes, etc
    Breakfast Mix Recipes Only
  7. lilsisclinton's Avatar
    HI I am still trying to find my way around this site but all the helpful ideas are awesome. I have made some of the homemade laundry soap and a few other recipes I have found here thank you all so much. Have to get back to looking