11 Foods That Are Killing Your Budget (And How To Cook Them at Home for Less)

Making your own meals may save costs and preserve your health from the harmful effects of processed foods. After someone asked a frugal community for their best suggestions for cheap food, these foods were voted cheaper to make than buy.

1. Sliced Cheese and Meat

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While making your own cheese and meat may be beyond most home cooks living in the city without animals, cutting and preparing these food items at home may be worth it if you eat them often. Buying big blocks of cheese or large pieces of meat and then cutting it at home will be significantly cheaper if you eat these items very frequently it also may be worth it to invest in a meat or cheese slicer and save in the long run.

2. Pizza

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One user claims that making pizza rather than buying it is wise and cost-effective. Buttressing her point, she explains buying ingredients in bulk and freezing the dough makes it fresh for days. A second person replies in concordance, explaining that getting a pizza stone may helps create a better pizza at home.

3. Cake

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The consensus on making cakes at home to save costs is relatively high. Many believe it doesn’t only save you some extra, but that home-baked cake also tastes better. As a cake lover, I consider this excellent culinary advice for every sweet tooth like me.

4. Soups

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Making soup at home can save you some bucks and ingredients. One individual says, ”most of my leftovers go into soups.” She uses trimmed veggies, onion bits, and bones as part of the stock. That way, she can reuse leftovers for future meals instead of committing them to waste.

5. Butter

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Butter is an essential ingredient in most dishes. It suits fast foods like sandwiches, toast, and other baked foods. Butter is expensive, but a user often says, “It’s quite easy to make” by whipping cream into butter.

6. Lasagna

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Proclaiming her dismay at how much it costs to buy lasagna, a person says It takes her less than an hour to make two full-size lasagnas at just $15. Two full-size lasagnas cost about $30 to 45 dollars in restaurants. That’s some high-percentage savings right there, I think.

7. Beans

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Rather than buying canned beans, many say that making beans at home could be very cost-effective, promising a better outcome than those stuffed in cans. However, one argues to justify canned beans because ”it takes a while to cook.” So it doesn’t consume all my time, I have grown the kitchen habit of cooking beans using a pressure cooker.

8. Hummus (Mashed Chickpeas)

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The inability to buy hummus in large quantities is one of the reasons why a person says it’s better to make it at home. In empathic support, many others say, “It’s cheaper to make than buy.”

A user, however, stressed how the scarcity of a condiment might make buying hummus worth it. For example, “tahini, an essential dip ingredient, is pricey”. Peanut butter, olive oil, and liquid from chickpeas tin others suggested to her as perfect substitutes.

9. Enchilada Sauce

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With the option of better ingredient control, many people agree that making enchilada sauce at home is a sensible choice. One states, “It cost me less than a dollar to make two large jars of enchiladas.”

10. Desserts

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Some desserts are better made than bought, a user opines. Cupcakes, cookies, cheesecakes, and apple pie top the chart. “It’s cheaper to make these desserts at home and tastes better too.”

11. Bread

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It’s okay to say bread is one of the foods that’s hard to separate from everyday eating routines. However, several people believe baking bread is much cheaper than buying it. For example, a person says, ”I buy my flour in high volume, and I make a starter for continuous use.” Several users assert that this method helps save them some money.

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