40 Groceries You Should Make at Home to Save Hundreds of Dollars

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40 Groceries You Should Make at Home to Save Money

It’s no secret that I love cooking from scratch and sharing easy recipes with my readers, which is why I’m excited to share this round up of groceries to stop buying and start making to save money.

Convenience food has it’s place, but you can save tons on your grocery bill if you cook from scratch and learn to make your own convenience items at home.

You’ll find all kinds of recipes in this list for common convenience foods in the grocery store. The more that you can cook from scratch, the more you will save on your grocery bill and the better it will taste.

Below I’ve shared some common convenience items paired with delicious recipes to replace them with. I hope this list will be a great resource to you on your frugal living journey. Let me know in the comment section which groceries you make at home to save money.

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40 Groceries to Stop Buying and Start Making to Save Money

1. Replace prepackaged cookies with Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.

2. Replace canned tomato soup with Instant Pot Tomato Soup.

3. Replace canned beef stew with Instant Pot Beef Stew.

4. Replace canned biscuits with Cheddar & Green Onion Biscuits.

5. Replace store-bought vegetable broth with Instant Pot Vegetable Broth.

6. Replace prepackaged party mix with Easy Homemade Ranch Party Mix.

7. Replace Hamburger Helper with Instant Pot Hamburger Cheese Pasta.

8. Replace store-bought chicken broth with Instant Pot Chicken Broth.

9. Replace prepackaged potato salad with Instant Pot Dill Pickle Potato Salad.

10. Replace store-bought applesauce with Instant Pot Applesauce.

11. Replace premade deli sandwiches with Ham & Swiss Sliders.

12. Replace store-bought dinner rolls with Homemade Dinner Rolls.

13. Replace store-bought vanilla with Homemade Vanilla Extract.

14. Replace Hot Pockets with Homemade Ham and Cheese Pockets.

15. Replace canned refried beans with Homemade Refried Beans.

16. Replace canned tomato sauce with Oven-Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce.

17. Replace store-bought chili seasoning with Homemade Chili Seasoning.

18. Replace canned chicken noodle soup with Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup.

19. Replace prepackaged frozen breakfast bowls with Country Breakfast Bowls.

20. Replace store-bought jam with Strawberry Freezer Jam.

21. Replace canned sloppy joes with Easy 5-Ingredient Sloppy Joes.

22. Replace canned black beans with Slow Cooker Black Beans.

23. Replace store-bought taco seasoning with Homemade Taco Seasoning.

24. Replace frozen burritos with Homemade Bean and Cheese Burritos.

25. Replace brownie mix with Black Bean Brownies.

26. Replace store-bought ranch mix with Homemade Ranch Seasoning.

27. Replace store-bought salad dressing with Avocado & Lime Salad Dressing.

28. Replace store-bought energy bars with Homemade Energy Bars.

29. Replace store-bought bread with Homemade English Muffin Bread.

30. Replace store-bought elderberry syrup with Homemade Elderberry Syrup.

31. Replace canned chili with Easy Slow Cooker Chili.

32. Replace canned pinto beans with Slow Cooker Pinto Beans.

33. Replace store-bought granola bars with 3-Ingredient No Bake Peanut Butter Bars.

34. Replace canned apple pie filling with Freezer Apple Pie Filling.

35. Replace store-bought pie crust with Simple Homemade Pie Crust.

36. Replace store-bought muffins with Homemade Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins.

37. Replace canned pumpkin puree with Homemade Pumpkin Puree.

38. Replace store-bought apple butter with Slow Cooker Apple Butter.

39. Replace store-bought coleslaw with Copycat KFC Coleslaw.

40. Replace store-bought hummus with Fast & Easy Cucumber Hummus.

This post was originally published in August of 2018 and has been updated for your convenience.

Missy | Graceful Little Honey Bee
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  • Suzanne Suzanne on Mar 14, 2023

    Thank you for sharing these ideas!

  • Gbe69776730 Gbe69776730 on Jan 28, 2024

    I also make my own laundry soap powder and bisquick mix. I make a whole years worth of laundry soap for $12. The bisquick mix is just flour, solid crisco, salt and baking powder and is shelf stable. I keep homemade sugar cookie or chocolate chip cookie dough in the freezer in the shape of a log and slice and bake when needed. I make all our soups homemade and freeze any left overs.