4. Pre-Packaged Salads

Salad Kit

The refrigerated shelves lined with a variety of pre-packaged salads makes it clear we enjoy the convenience of grabbing a salad-to-go. However, you can create your own salad at home for a fraction of the cost by purchasing a head of Romaine lettuce or a package of spinach. When you consider it only takes minutes to chop up a head of lettuce, you will wonder if the pre-packaged products are worth the price.

3. Taco Seasoning

Taco Seasoning

The little packages of taco seasoning may be convenient, but you can make your own at home for only pennies. This Taco Seasoning I recipe at Allrecipes uses a mixture of spices you probably already have on hand. Double or triple the recipe and keep this seasoning in your pantry for the next time you make tacos. Spices needed include chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, and cumin.

2. Vegetable Stock

Stock

Refrain from throwing away vegetable scraps, such as the unused portions of onions, celery, carrots, bell peppers, and potatoes. Instead, freeze them to boil into vegetable stock. This will save you money on expensive pre-packaged stocks, and allow you to control the amount of sodium in your broth.

1. Whipped Cream

Whipped Cream

Bypass the whipped cream containers at the supermarket and make whipped cream at home from real whipping cream. Whip up cream, sugar, and vanilla extract with your electric mixer for a heavenly topping for desserts, hot chocolate, or frozen beverages.

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