I knew it would save money and be a healthier option for my family, but some benefits I didn't anticipate are shorter grocery lists and easier shopping trips. When I'm just buying basics like flour, eggs, and milk there are several aisles I can skip all together! Also, I love that my pantry is less cluttered without all the mixes and prepackaged stuff!
13 things I no longer buy:
- Paper napkins - switched to cloth, I do laundry nearly every day anyway, so it's no trouble to throw them in with a load. I'm using white ones we already had and bleach them every now and the then.
- Sandwich bread - making my own bread now, like this recipe and this one
- Pop tarts - the kids always asked for them at breakfast but ate less than half most days, I just quit buying them and after a couple days nobody even missed them! I usually have homemade muffins, hard-boiled eggs, bagels etc. if they want something to go with their cereal.
- Hamburger buns - if you try this recipe you'll never be able to go back to the store bought!
- Hot chocolate - so easy to make your own mix
- Cake mix, brownie mix, muffin mix - cheaper and not much harder to make from scratch
- Icing/frosting in a tub - so easy and yummy to make your own!
- Microwave popcorn - Did you know it takes the same amount of time to make it from the kernels on the stove?
- Pre-sweetened adult yogurt (I haven't yet weaned the kids off their squeeze yogurt) - I buy the large tub of plain organic yogurt and sweeten it at home with this recipe.
- Pre-made pizza crust - Love this recipe to make it from scratch, but substitute wheat flour for half the white flour.
- Hummus - it is so expensive to buy this pre-made; use this recipe
- Wheat crackers - gotta love a 5 ingredient recipe (and 1 of those ingredients is water!)
- Shredded cheddar cheese - it tastes much better and is usually cheaper to buy the block and shred it yourself!
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