I’m trying to reduce our grocery budget by tacking one budget buster each month this year. You can read the different things I’m trying in this post. For our U.S. readers (most of you) this list will probably look different than one you would write. We were paying import prices on some of these products and are trying to use local goods to reduce our costs.
My task for February was trying to find a recipe for homemade spaghetti sauce. We were spending about $3.50 for a can of spaghetti sauce that is imported into China but costs about $1 in the States! Not only was it expensive, but it didn’t taste all that great. I went to my go-to site for all things homemade, All Recipes. I love that there are tons of reviews and that I have a good idea whether or not a recipe really turns out as promised.
After reading through several reviews, I settled on Stephanie’s Freezer Spaghetti Sauce. I followed the recipe as it was written except that I cooked it on the stove instead of in the crock pot. I also blended it after it was fully cooked so that my little one afraid of “chunks” in his food wouldn’t pick all of the veggies out!
Besides needing to stay home and stir the pot frequently, it was so easy to make! I didn’t peel or deseed the tomatoes. That simply takes too much time. In about 15 minutes I was able to chop everything and throw it into our biggest pot. We ended up with about 6 cans worth of yummy homemade sauce costing a total of $7. A home run!
We usually use about 6 cans of sauce a month, so that would cost our family about $252 a year. Now, we can make homemade sauce that has a better taste and is much healthier for us for only about $84 a year, a savings of $168 a year!
Our first meal with our homemade sauce was homemade gnocchi, a family favorite!
Have you been making an changes that are reducing your grocery budget? We’d love to hear about them!
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