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Old 03-31-2014, 11:04 AM
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For me it is homemade iced tea instead of soda, all manner of homemade breads and desserts, and homemade pizza. I cook and bake almost everything from scratch.
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Old 03-31-2014, 12:41 PM
Location: North Idaho
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The iced tea is a money and sugar saver for me, especially because I buy my tea bags in bulk. I can't tolerate all the sugar or artificial sweeteners in soda. Water would be even more economical. We have excellent tap water at my house, but I like my iced tea.

Baked goods are almost always cheaper baked at home. If not, they are tremendously better quality and more healthy. At home, I use the best ingredients, reduced salt, and no preservatives.

Pizza costs a small fortune to make at my house, because I load on the toppings and a lot of extra cheese.

Some stuff made at home isn't cheap, but you can't buy it anywhere. I'm going to make chorizo next week. It costs a packet because of all the chili peppers that go into it, but you can't buy anything like it, not anywhere.

Some of my veggie garden stuff gives me savings, some of it doesn't. The fruit trees will eventually pay me back, especially with the price of fruit going up like it has recently.
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Old 03-31-2014, 12:50 PM
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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broths, all kinds; veggie, chicken, turkey, pork and beef
salsa; usually can about 20 or more jars in the summer. They last just until the next canning season: oh, I do share with our dd, we don't go through that much on our own.
blue cheese dressing: expensive to make, but more expensive to buy if you want really good quality.
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Old 03-31-2014, 03:31 PM
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i save a ton of money cooking at home,,,i buy the whole primals and cut them myself,,,even grind my own burger..

and, im a road-kill opportunist,,,, turkeys, deer, grouse,,,if one of them critters should run into my car,,,, i have an option to keep it..

i will usually breast, or quarter the critter beside the road and put it in my freezer when i get home
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Old 03-31-2014, 03:36 PM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I save with baked items, especially soups and my own broths. I like to make a huge patch of pulled pork for bbq and I freeze it for later. ice tea, home made ice cream and frozen yogurt. cookies, pies, cakes, whipped cream instead o cool whip and freeze veggies during the growing season.
The best kitchen gadget which saves me money is my Food Saver.
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Old 03-31-2014, 03:41 PM
Location: Denver area
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I'm impressed you can make homemade ice cream cheaper than purchasing. When I make it, it definitely exceeds the cost of premium ice cream.

We rarely drink soda - mainly unsweetened iced tea or water so we don't spend much on beverages. We drink coffee brewed at home and make our own smoothies as well.

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Old 03-31-2014, 03:51 PM
Location: Lone Star State to Peach State
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Baked goods.
Coffee, iced coffee, smoothies, salsa, tortillas, bread,
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Old 03-31-2014, 03:56 PM
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Coffee, tea, lemonade, fruit smoothies, yogurt, hummus
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Old 03-31-2014, 04:00 PM
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We make our own pizza at home, after paying $22.00 (pick-up price) locally, and being disappointed. We rarely eat out, as I honestly feel like my cooking is better than what we go out and pay for. One thing I prefer to eat out is fish, I've never really mastered the art of cooking it.

When the boys are home from school, the crock pot gets a workout. They take the leftovers back with them. We don't eat a lot of baked goods, but if we have a craving, homemade always trumps store bought.
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Old 03-31-2014, 04:02 PM
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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Since I retired, I make just about everything from scratch. I have always made my own iced tea since DH will only drink decaf Luzianne. I like being able to control the amount of sugar and salt in my food and not worrying about preservatives that I cannot pronounce.
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