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Old 04-02-2014, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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Home-made chilli and soups that are much better than any canned or mix equivalent. Great leftovers for lunch and subsequent dinners that can be tweaked to offer a different recipe and/or taste profile.

This is just an example of several ways that I save money while satisfying the palate and fueling the body.
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Old 04-02-2014, 02:27 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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I used to love chai tea--in a box from the grocery store. Now I just make a pot of good tea with some cinnamon sticks, vanilla, and stevia. Can add other spices too and drink it hot or cold. Those boxes were expensive and I went through a box a day.

Lemonade is just a glass of ice water with a squirt of lemon and some stevia. I used to use concentrate or you can get really expensive and buy it pre-made.

I think making most meals at home saves money. I make fruit smoothies with rice milk or almond milk. I make a quick mix for pancakes and waffles and keep it in a jar--flour, flax meal or whatever, baking powder, dry milk--add egg, water, and oil. You can add corn meal or whatever variants to make things like muffins.

It's more what I DON'T make. I don't make many desserts.
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Old 04-02-2014, 02:29 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Salsa and salad dressing. It is ridiculous how much salsa we eat, and I can make a huge quantity of it for a few bucks, as compared to spending more than that for a tiny jar.

We also eat salads nearly every day with dinner, and we love our salad dressings -- we don't soak the salad in it, but do definitely like to have enough on there to taste it. I can make my own for pennies, and it tastes much better and without all those preservatives.
Would you mind sharing the salsa and salad dressing recipes? My kids LOVE both and that's something I rarely make from scratch.
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Old 04-09-2014, 12:52 PM
 
Location: East Terrell Hills
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I stopped buying soft drinks nearly a year ago. Way too much sugar. I brew green tea instead. It is a lot less expensive and much more refreshing. I rarely eat out, and take leftover for lunch the nest day.
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Old 04-09-2014, 01:16 PM
 
Location: The analog world
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Probably yogurt and chicken broth are my most frugal home-made foods. Bread is pretty cheap to make at home, too, if you buy the yeast in bulk.
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Old 05-06-2015, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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I filter my own water instead of buying bottled water. Take it with me on the road in a cooler.
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Old 05-06-2015, 10:23 PM
 
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I used to make my own iced tea and add stevia to it.

I would like to make my own popcorn. The kernels are super cheap. My family always buys popcorn and I know we could save if we made it ourselves.
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Old 05-06-2015, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Texas
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The decision not to buy stuff.
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Old 05-06-2015, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Soups, broth/stock, bread, sparkling water, popcorn (especially if you grow it).
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Old 05-06-2015, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, not Paris. #MAGA.
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Basically anything that I prepare at home saves me money in terms of what I would have paid for the same items outside. This is true for sandwiches using deli meat, chicken dinners, etc. (note, the savings come "over several meals," but they definitely come!).
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