Make it Yourself - why not?

In the category of "make it yourself," food is certainly one area where you can excel if you so choose. It's one of the first skills we learn when we start focusing on being more self reliant.

And why not? The companies you buy products from have made it for you, so why can't you make it?

Much of the stuff we buy as food items aren't created with secret formulas, so go for it!

What a great way to save money on groceries.

Here are the type of things that you can make yourself rather than buy them at the grocery store:

  • bread
  • cookies
  • spray cleaners
  • peanut butter and jelly mixed together
  • pesto
  • pickles
  • pasta
  • pickled garlic
  • salsa
  • tomato sauce
Making things like these will help you save money on groceries. It will also give you lots of satisfaction. Some of these will allow you to create higher quality products than are available in the store. Lastly, you'll know what's in your food, and you can tweak the recipe to your satisfaction.

Here are examples of "make it yourself" in action:

  • We used to have "pasta parties" where everyone would chip in and make the pasta, hang it out to dry, then we'd have a wonderful fresh pasta and tomato sauce meal.

  • Years ago when I was swimming in eggs, friends of ours used to take the extra eggs and make egg noodles, then all of us would share in the treasure they created.

  • I like garlic bread, so I create it myself and embed lots of garlic and some black pepper. Wow, what a bite! Just add butter.

So, creating food yourself is a way to save money, and it's a way to control what it is you're consuming. It can be a frugal, tasty and satisfying adventure. Try it!

Done with Make it Yourself, back to Frugal Shopping

There certainly is a broad scope of topics here at Frugal Living Freedom. When you think about it, money permeates so very many activities in our lives, therefore, being frugal encompasses a wide range of interests, from being employed to taking a vacation, and just about everything in between. Enjoy the variety, pick up some new ideas, and start making frugality a part of your signature.

I'm a big proponent of being debt-free, and I mean entirely debt-free - no mortgage payment. It's not essential for financial freedom, but you'll love the feeling once you get there. If you didn't have a rent or mortgage payment, how much more could you do for yourself with your current level of income? I suspect plenty.

If you ever hope to see an abundance of wealth, you need to plug the hole in your boat. The wealthy don't necessarily make lots of money, instead, they know how to hang onto what they make, and make it work for them.