In the name of saving money, sometimes it makes way more sense to buckle down and make some staples at home. We’re not talking about huge projects like making your own ravioli from scratch. No one has time to do that every week. Making your own tortillas is monotonous and time consuming (albeit delicious), and although baking your own chips is easy as pie and way cheaper than buying a bag, there’s just something about deep frying batches and batches of chips that feels like too much hassle. Making your own jam is only really worth it if you have a fruit tree or stumble into loads of free/discounted fruit. Other pantry staples, though, are a cinch. They require little hands-on time, little hassle, and the little savings you get from making them yourself add up. By trimming some dollars and cents off your grocery bill by investing a little time each week, you can re-appropriate a little extra pocket money to spend on more exciting items at the store to make meals extra special without breaking the bank.
1. Nut Butters
Whether it’s peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, or whatever other nut butter you’re nuts about these days, you should consider making your own. Not only is it ridiculously easy, it’s also way cheaper. The price of homemade peanut butter is about 20% cheaper than Jif, which clocks in at approximately $2.20 per cup, and it’s not packed with sugar (there’s about a teaspoon of sugar in every serving of Jif) or hydrogenated oils. The organic, natural stuff available in stores is a better comparison, but the cost difference is much more drastic. Smucker’s natural peanut butter costs $2.45 per cup, and Justin’s classic peanut butter costs $3.75 per cup. Making your own peanut butter costs about $1.76 per cup.