Five Things to Make at Home Instead of Buy

It’s a new year and like us, many of you are looking for ways to save a dollar where you can. Food prices are just so astronomical that you and your mom are looking for simple solutions and we are here to deliver! There are many things that can be made at home instead of being purchased from the store, saving you tons of money. TONS! Here are our top 5 money savers that both Claudia and I use every week.

Chicken Stock

Stock in a box and bouillon cubes add up. The good stock in a box is $3-$4 for a quart. If you are using our rotisserie chicken hacks, then odds are you know this is a great way to stretch your dollar, but also get some seriously delicious chicken stock. We go over it in this video, but basically you take some chicken bones or a chicken carcass and boil it with some veggies and aromatics like onions, celery, garlic, bay leaves, salt, thyme and peppercorns. You can also add in 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to get more collagen out of the bones for more of a bone broth (read: more protein in that stock.) Strain it well and store it in airtight containers in the fridge for up to two weeks, or in the freezer for up to three months. This is a great general recipe for stock, except I use the chicken carcass instead of raw chicken.

chicken carcass in pot with water and veggies to make chicken stock

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Flour Tortillas

Just like any homemade bread product, homemade tortillas CANNOT compare to store bought. Yes, they take a little bit of time to put together, but they are so special, so memorable and holy moly so delicious. Oh, and did I mention just take pennies to make? Just a little flour, salt, hot water and oil. There are tons of recipes online, but we will be sharing ours in the next few weeks via email, so sign up!

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I don’t know about you, but Claudia’s kids and my kids inhale yogurt. When there are 9 kids total, that yogurt bill definitely adds up. BUT, did you know you can MAKE YOUR OWN at home? You just need a gallon of milk and a small carton of plain yogurt. I’ve made it in the oven before and Claudia typically makes it in her pressure cooker. Yes, it takes some serious time, but it’s mostly just waiting for the yogurt to culture. It’s not active time. It’s very much a set it and forget it kind of recipe. It’s one of those things that can seem intimidating at first (kind of like working with yeast can be) but once you get the hang of it, it’s actually extremely easy. Here is a great tutorial.

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Bagged Lettuce

The different kinds of lettuce you can buy prewashed at the store are pretty plentiful. But the plastic bags and clamshells they come in aren’t going to keep that lettuce fresh, plus they are around $5-$6 each! So, what do we do? Buy the whole heads of lettuce, cut and wash them at home, then store in glass containers or in gallon size plastic bags with lots of paper towel that can actually keep your lettuce fresh and crunchy for at least 2 weeks. It’s magical and is a fraction of the price. You can watch our tutorial here.

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Homemade Pizza is the last on our list but probably the one thing we make the most instead of buying at the store. While we LOVE a delivered pizza, we hate the cost. Again, we have a lot of mouths to feed and pizza is actually something you can make at home for a small fraction of the cost AND get restaurant quality results. They key? A pizza stone. Also, practice! But the nice thing about pizza is it takes A LOT for people to not like pizza. So, we feel like this is always a winner in our book, especially if you make it homemade 🙂

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And There You Have It

So, there are our top 5 things we make at home instead of buying from the store. I know after 2020, a lot of people started going hardcore into making their own Sourdough bread…maybe you were one of those people! Are there certain foods you make and don’t buy from the store? We’d love to get all your ideas!


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