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As grocery prices are rising, it is becoming imperative to fight back. Unfortunately, coupons do not completely help curve the rise of grocery prices. As fuel is becoming more expensive, grocery manufacturers are rising prices to ensure they make a profit. Besides rising prices, they are also cutting back on coupons, deals and coupons. The result is a two-fold punch to our food budgets.
Therefore, couponers must learn additional techniques to help keep the grocery budget low. I have search the web to find the several blogs with great advice to make your own items. The closer you get to making items from scratch, the lower your food budget will be (and the healthier your family will be too!).
Here are some great tips from across the web!
Make Your own Popsicles
Here is a great way to make your own healthy popsicles. Corn syrup is genetically modified and bad for the blood sugar. Therefore, I would substitute corn syrup in this recipe. Taste of home offers a recommendation here. Otherwise, this blog says you can often substitute honey. Read more about it here.
Here is a link to how to make your own rainbow popsicles: http://obsessionist.net/post/5752105507/how-to-make-your-own-rainbow-popsicles-makes-six
Mixes and Convenience Foods
The Momadvice.com blog shares how to make your own mixes and convenience foods. In this blog, you will learn some quick recipes for making your own seasoning mixes, Bisquick substitute, Shake & Bake, canned tomato soup, chocolate syrup, pancake syrup, homemade chai mix & more! The best thing about her recipes is these are items you won’t have to make often. A large batch of a seasoning mix or Bisquick may last you several months before you have to whip one up again. Use a free day and mix up several of these items, you will see immediate savings without the constant work!
Here is a link to read more on her blog:
Make Your Own Yogurt
Southernsavers.com shares how to make your own yogurt. In our household, we eat a LOT of yogurt. Therefore, we could save a lot of money by making our own. I have a bucket list of things I need to learn and making yogurt is on the list! If you read her blog, you will discover this blog is very thorough. I have read many blogs on making yogurt, and this one offers the most detail. If you are learning how to make your own yogurt, reading this blog is a fantastic place to start:
Make Your Own Condiments
Budget101.com has a great list of condiments you can make for your kitchen. Here is a link to lots of condiments:
Make Your Own DARK Hot Chocolate
Our family loves hot chocolate especially dark hot chocolate. Hot Chocolate packets are expensive considering hot chocolate is a simple combination of sugar and cocoa. Here are instructions to make your own hot chocolate:
Make Your Own Apple Cider
Here is a great step-by-step on how to make your own Apple Cider. Due to the drought, the price of apple cider has dramatically risen! One of my friends reported the local apple orchard charging $6 for a a half gallon of apple cider! (This would be $12 a gallon!) Our family loves apple cider and therefore this price increase is very discouraging. The author recommends you buy this Breville BJE510XL Ikon 900-Watt Variable-Speed Juice Extractor to help you make your own Apple Cider.
For a lower price alternative, you can buy a high powered blender. Be sure to look at the wattage and buy something over 500 watts. I recommend getting a blender with at LEAST 600 watts. This will not only help you make apple cider – it will also help you crunch ice and make smoothies. Our family found the standard blender doesn’t have a high enough wattage to crunch ice and make smoothies. I was much happier when I purchased a blender with at least 600 wattage.
Here is a 750 watt blender currently on sale for $99.99 (regularly $179.99). This blender has good reviews. Remember, Amazon sales done last long. You can buy it here:
Remanufactured Breville XXBBL600XL IKON Hemisphere Blender
Without further ado, here is the blog on how to make your own apple cider:
Making even one item at home every month can help reduce your families grocery bill. For instance, our family buys 2 large containers of yogurt once a week. The yogurt is around $2.50 a container. We spend at least $20 a month on yogurt every month. If I simply made our own yogurt we could easily reduce our grocery bill by $20 a month (granted there would be a small cost for the ingredients needed to make the yogurt, but it would be much less!).
Remember to take couponing and making your own food in baby steps. You don’t have to bite off a huge portion to start saving. Slowly reduce your grocery bill by incorporating one small habit into your life at a time. You can accomplish a lot more by taking a bite at a time!