Frugal Challenge-Cook from scratch
Did you know that everything you buy in the store you can make your self and most of the time for a fraction of the price? And not only is it cheaper but it is so much better for you when you make it from scratch. Everything from spice blends to bread and everything in between.
It really isn’t that hard if you have all the basics on hand. ( I am working on a list of what you should always have on hand for a well-stocked pantry).
I won’t lie it does take a little more planning though that is why having a menu is so important. When putting your menu together try to utilize something from one meal to help with another such as when I make swiss steak I use the leftovers to make a stew.
When you make bread make enough for the whole week if you need sliced bread for a couple meals and buns for another you will know to make a loaf and some buns.
If you work it might be easier to make a few crockpot meals on the weekend then all you will need to do is throw it in the crockpot before you leave for work or if you have an insta pot you can have them all put together where you can just put in the insta pot as soon as you get home.
Also when you make something double it, if you make a casserole make two and put one in the freezer then on a busy night you can just put it in the oven and heat it.
Start small with a few things then work your way up so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Maybe start with spice blends then bread than a little later on try noodles then a bit latter try meatballs. Just don’t overwhelm your self all at once. Once you start you and your family won’t want the store bought flavorless store-bought stuff.
Get the family to help kids love to help in the kitchen when making pizza let them add their own toppings when they help they will be more likely to eat things they may not always want to eat. Although if you add something that they don’t think they like DON’T do it in front of them haha. Katie doesn’t like cream cheese but I put it in my mashed potatoes and she loves my mashed potatoes but has no idea I put cream cheese in them if she knew I did she probably wouldn’t eat them hahaha.