You may or may not have heard of the book series, “Eat This, Not That”, but this is a spin-off idea for it. I wanted to compile a list of items that many people buy that there is a cheaper alternative for. Some of these alternatives require a bit of preparation, but nothing too extravagant and I promise you, the savings are phenomenal!
“Buy This, Not That” Frugal Edition
- Bulk hamburger ( divide it into approximate pounds and freeze yourself.)
- Whole chickens
- Boneless Chicken breasts (unless on a big sale!)
- Individual pounds of ground meat
- Steaks sold individually
- Tomato Sauce (plain)
- Fruits ( buy fresh in season and can)
- Veggies (Can buy fresh in season and freeze)
- Pasta Sauce (you will save a lot more money making your own and canning)
Beans– Buy them dry in bulk and use them that way to make soups, refried beans of your own and so on. Buying beans in a can cost almost 5 times more than buying them and soaking them the old fashioned way. How to cook dried beans.
Pasta– Always buy this in bulk. You will almost always pay more for it if bought in smaller quantities.
Rice– Skip the individual rice mixes and flavor your own with chicken broth (or any other flavor you want) and some seasonings. Rice, if bought in bulk, is so much cheaper. How to cook rice from scratch.
Speaking of broth, you can make your own for a lot lower than the price of it in cans or cartons. No need to buy it ever!
- How to Make Vegetable Broth
- How to Make Turkey Broth
- How to Make Chicken Broth
- How to Make Beef Broth
Buy spices from the bulk food section. One secret to seasoning your foods is to not buy them in the containers in your grocer’s baking aisle. If you have a bulk foods section of your favorite store, always buy them there. Did you know that when you buy them in containers, you are mostly paying for the label and the glass or plastic canister they come in? Instead, buy the spices in bulk and reuse old spice bottles to store them.
Speaking of spices, you can make your own spice mixes.
- How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice
- How to Make Poultry Seasoning
- How to Make Apple Pie Spice
- How to Make Seasoned Salt
- How to Make Italian Seasoning
- How to Make Taco Seasoning Mix
- How to Make Herbs de Provence
- How to Make Chipotle Seasoning Mix
Buy whole vegetables, not individual servings. Did you know that “baby carrots” are actually just regular carrots cut a specific way by a machine? You can buy carrots so much cheaper and chop them yourselves. Save for a day or two this way for quick grabbing by placing them in water in the fridge,
Buy large containers of snacks such as crackers and chips. If you want to separate them for lunches or quick snacks, just place in baggies. You will save at least 40-50% by doing this. Individual packs are such a waste of money!
What is on your “buy this, not that” list?