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Frugal Groceries: Homemade Seasonings

April 30th, 2019 at 09:52 am

I'm going to be going back to basics regarding our grocery bill. I am on a new eating plan, which has lowered our grocery bill and I will talk about that when I have more definitive results to share. However, we are attempting to keep costs in check this summer with our daughter home while supporting our older daughter who will be staying in our college town. She may end up covering most of the expenses since she does have an internship and a very part time job, but until that gets going we have to be prepared to help a bit.

So as I alluded to in the title, I need to tweek my homemade seasonings. We have tacos or fajitas once or twice a week and I have always bought those premade seasoning packets. A quick look at the Budget Bytes website and her recipe for taco seasoning is almost exactly what I pay for a packet. So it may not even work out as a savings, but I will avoid the added preservatives and unnecessary ingredients, which is important to me. I will have to watch for good prices on the
individual prices from now on!

Once I get an idea of what our daughter wants to eat on a regular basis, I'm going to be checking sales ads weekly. I may be able to stock up on some of her staples if they are loss leaders and save over the cost at the commissary. Generally, the commissary saves us 30% over the cost at traditional grocery stores. They do have some sales, but not always things we buy.

Anyway, you may be seeing more posts from me about grocery savings. Please chime and share your best tips for saving on groceries! My first one for anyone to work on is avoiding brand name items. Nearly all the time store brands are less expensive and the taste is the same. If you have never tried the store brand, I suggest it would be worth a side by side taste test to determine if you really can detect a difference. And if there is the difference is the price difference worth it to you? I will admit we need to switch back to store brand shredded cheese...or shred our own cheese if that is more cost effective.

Do you make your own homemade seasonings? Do you buy store brand? Why or why not?

6 Responses to “Frugal Groceries: Homemade Seasonings”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    I look forward to seeing your posts on grocery savings!

    My two cents is this -- I probably pay as much canning my own green beans since I have to buy fresh ones, but I tell myself I at least know how they are prepared. We don't eat a lot of salt and try to cut down on the preservatives. So, I get what you are saying about the seasonings. That being said, you might also make extra and give it away as Christmas presents. I try to can some extra beans and I have a couple of friends who go crazy over having them as presents. I can DH's tomatoes and make tomato sauce and give that as well and people seem pretty pleased.

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    I season food from scratch. I get spices cheaply in bulk from Winco or Costco. I find that it is cheaper to use exactly what you need at the time than to make up a bunch of seasoning for one thing. I've got videos on making things this way on my channel for fajitas, carnitas, chicken shawarma, Jamaican jerk chicken, Asian spiced pork, spice rubbed chicken/rabbit, and Sloppy Joes (or in my case Sloppy Hoppies, but any meat will do). If you want the links I can put them up.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    @rob, it's good to know what is in our food. I've been reading up on salt...if you are eating the right kind, Celtic or Himalayan, the minerals are actually good for you. There's a book called The Salt Fix that I hope to read soon to get more information.

    @LR, I'll take a look. I plan to just make it up per recipe too. I probably didn't make that clear. And I'm sure once I'm more seasoned (lol) at it, I'll make adjustments.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    CCF, I will look into the book. Thanks!

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    Did you want me to post the links for you or are you just going to search the channel?

  6. creditcardfree Says:

    LR, you don't need to post. I can search for them on your channel. Thanks for letting me know you have them. Smile

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