If you are looking to save money on groceries, the simplest tip is to make it yourself. You can save you up to half the price of buying a name brand product. Many of the groceries you buy cost a lot more money because of the marketing and packaging costs. Here are three of my favourite ways to save money on groceries.
Save Money on Soft Drinks
The cost of groceries can be reduced by making your own soft drinks. The reason why commercial soft drinks cost more money is that you are paying for marketing. Save money and drink healthier drinks by simply mixing a can of plain club soda (carbonated soda water) with your favourite frozen fruit juice. Most frozen fruit juices don’t contain chemicals or preservatives. How much concentrate you add is up to you, but I only add 1 tsp, to save on the amount of sugar in each drink. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon and a sprig of mint to make it extra delicious!
Save Money on Salad Dressing
Save your used salad dressing bottles (I like to use the Kraft bottles) and refill them with your own recipe to save money on your groceries. The money you save by making your own from essentially oil and vinegar and some spices, can be quite significant if your family eats a lot of salad. I make three bottles to save on time. Here’s my recipe for a great tasting Italian dressing:
1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar (save money by diluting with white vinegar)
1 cup oil (any type will do)
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard (liquid)
1/2 tsp dry basil
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 clove crushed garlic
1 Tbsp dry parmesan cheese (save money by buying no name brand)
First clean out the used bottles and remove the cap and dispenser lid (the one with the hole in it). Pour all the ingredients into the bottle, replace the dispenser lid and screw on the cap and shake thoroughly. Store in the refrigerator.
Save Money on Chicken Wings
I save half of the money I spend on store bought prepared chicken wings by making my own. When I buy my groceries, I’m always sure to add raw chicken wings to my list because my daughter loves them! I make a large batch of 30 – 50 wings and then I freeze them to be reheated later. Here’s my simple recipe:
In a large bowl mix the chicken wings with seasoning salt. I don’t measure the salt but I just sprinkle it sparingly until most of the wings have some salt on all surfaces. The secret to the recipe is that I use parchment paper as lining for my oven pan, which gives an incredibly non-stick, crispy result that tin foil can’t match. Place the chicken wings on the parchment paper lined pan and bake in the oven at 375 deg. for about 45 minutes. Turn once at 30 minutes. Serve with your favourite sauce. My daughter and I love using sweet chilli sauce garnished with fresh basil for Thai flavoured wings.
Use these tips and you will be able to save lots of money on your groceries!