Save Money By NOT Grocery Shopping

Okay, many of my posts have been about how to save money on grocery shopping. Well, lately I’ve been trying a different experiment: How to NOT grocery shop.
That’s right, I haven’t been to the grocery store in more than a week, though my husband did have to pop over to the corner store for a jug of milk.
How have I fed a family of four without going to the store? I simply used what I already had.
For example, we were almost out of bread, so I made some with the ingredients I had in my pantry. Here’s my recipe:

Easy Yeast Bread Recipe

Loaf of bread
Photo by DIY Homesteading 101, Alina Bradford
  • 3 cups lukewarm water
  • 2/14 teaspoon yeast
  • 6 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  1. Mix the ingredients together, in order.
  2. Let the dough sit in its bowl for 5 minutes.
  3. Knead the dough.
  4. Let it sit with a towel over it to hold in the heat until it doubles.
  5. Kneed it into a loaf.
  6. Put in a greased pan and bake at 350 degrees for around 30 minutes or until the top is golden.

Another problem I came across was that we needed some healthy breakfast cereal. I had oatmeal, sugar-free syrup and peanut butter. Bingo! I made some homemade granola cereal using the recipe my mother taught me when I was a kid.

Homemade Peanut Butter Granola Recipe

Homemade granola
Photo by DIY Homesteading 101, Alina Bradford
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup syrup (it can be corn syrup, sugar-free or regular maple)
  • Nuts, raisins, dried fruit (optional)
  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl using your hands.
  2. Plop pieces of the mixture onto a greased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for around 15 minutes or until the granola turns a darker color. 

I hope these recipes are giving you some ideas to postpone your own shopping trip. To find recipes try AllRecipes’ recipe finder. All you do is type in the ingredients you want to use and the gadget will find you a recipe that calls for those specific ingredients. Too easy!

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