One thing that has been a drain to our grocery budget is the bill. By that, I mean the piece of paper that it’s printed on. It’s in Chinese. My spoken Chinese is decent, but reading Chinese…well, not so good. After our most recent grocery trip, I painstakingly translated the bill and figured out what each item on the grocery bill cost us. We are paying more than we should for several prepackaged items because they are imported. We have bought these things because either: 1) They were more convenient to buy than make ourselves; or 2) I haven’t been able to find a recipe we like as much as the prepackaged variety.
I’ve decided that this year I’m going to attempt to find recipes that our family loves for those things that are much cheaper to buy fresh than prepackaged. There are a few things that we already do. We make all of our own bread, pizza sauce, apple sauce, and granola. This year, I want to add more to the list! My list below is not quite complete. Maybe you have some ideas for things that are cheaper and healthier if I make them myself.
January: Homemade Sour Cream
February: Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
March: Homemade Cottage Cheese
April: Homemade Refried Beans
May: I’ll reduce my grocery bill by taking a trip to the U.S. and eating at everyone else’s house! :-)
June: Homemade Green Beans
July: Homemade Granola Bars
August: Homemade Pickles
September: Homemade Baked Beans
October: Homemade Salsa
November: Homemade Taco Seasoning
December: To be determined
I want to do all of these things NOW, but some of them have been on my list for quite a long time. By tackling one a month, I hope to be able to find recipes that our family loves and that save us money. Some of these things are simple fixes as soon as I find the right recipe. If I find a recipe sooner than I have planned, I’ll probably change our habits sooner than it’s scheduled. I’ll only be reporting here once a month, though!
This month’s grocery budget reducer: Sour Cream!
Did you know that if you add 1 cup of cold whipping cream with 1 Tablespoon of vinegar (I use white vinegar), you get sour cream! I didn’t, and I’ve lived in a place where I can get whipping cream just about anywhere, and say a prayer that just MAYBE the import store will still have one package of sour cream for taco night!
Does anyone have an idea for finishing off my list for this year? What are ways that you are working to reduce your grocery budget?
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