Do you always look at your receipt when you leave the store and wonder how you managed to spend so much yet again? It’s probably because of all the treats that you’ve been buying yourself. There are certain things which we love to eat, but which can really mount up when we buy them from the supermarket every week. Luckily, many of them can be made just as quickly and easily at home and at a fraction of the cost. If you want to save money and indulge in tasty treats at the same time, here are a few things you might want to try your hand at making in your own kitchen.
Most people have bread as a staple in their homes, but if you go through several loaves a week, you probably find that you’re spending a lot of money on this basic foodstuff. If you make it yourself at home, you’ll find that you don’t just save money in the long run, you’ll also be enjoying loaves which are healthier and even more delicious. All you need is a bread machine, or even just a bread pan and your oven together with a good recipe.
Who doesn’t love to indulge in some nachos and dips or crudites with hummus? Why buy them pre-made in the store when you can easily make your own from scratch. You’re sure to find that a homemade dip is a lot tastier and more flavorsome than any store-bought alternative and it’ll certainly be a lot cheaper. You can make your own hummus with garbanzo beans, lemon zest, olive oil, water and a little squeezed lemon, all popped into the food processor. The raw ingredients are very affordable and a large amount of hummus will only cost you around $1.50 to make, when compared to $4 for a good quality pre-made tub.
Some of the top selling brands of salad dressing may taste delicious but they can come in at around $3 a bottle or even more. However, you can easily prepare your own vinaigrette or dressing for a fraction of the cost with ingredients from your cabinet or fridge. Just combine vinegar, spices of your choice and some olive oil for a tasty dressing that has plenty of homemade flavor.
Who doesn’t have a sweet tooth? If you’re always buying cakes, cookies and muffins, it’s time to stop going to the store and start producing them in your own kitchen instead. There are lots of recipes for bakery favorites online and they taste just as good as anything you can buy in an instore bakery. Cookies are quick and simple to make with just basics like eggs, sugar and flours, and you can even make sweets yourself with just a few ingredients.
Do you always stop by the salad aisle to pick up pre-made side dishes in the store? Stop and think before you do it again. You can easily make potato or macaroni salad in your own kitchen at a fraction of the cost, and it’s sure to taste much better.
Are you hosting a cocktail party, or do you just like preparing a couple of fancy drinks for yourself at the weekend? If so, you probably usually buy simple syrup ready made in the store. However, you can save a lot of money by making it for yourself at home. In fact, it could be up to 90% cheaper! It’s simple to make with just a couple of cups of water and a couple of cups of sugar. Heat them together until the sugar has dissolved and then allow to cool. You’ll be able to store it in your fridge and then use it for months to come!
Do you love trail mix and other dried fruits? These are very expensive to buy instore, but you can make your own if you invest in a dehydrator. It’ll keep ingredients fresh so you can enjoy them for many weeks and you’ll love the array of delicious snacks you can produce.
With these ideas in mind, you’ll find you can save lots of money on treats that would otherwise have cost you a fortune!