I think the only time it really is cheaper is when you have the time and space to buy staples in extremely LARGE amounts, cook in large quantities and freeze or can those items to keep them from spoiling. To me, time is money.
well i use a lot of potatoes, rice and pasta which are extremely cheap. then most meats i buy are $3 or less a pound and a typical meal for my family of 4 only uses about a pound or so of meat and we usually have leftovers. it always winds up way cheaper for us to eat at home.
also i get most of my groceries at sam's club or aldis and buy my breads at the bread store where things are cheaper.
I cook mostly from scratch. Yes sometimes I buy a jar of spaghetti sauce but I don't buy frozen or pre-made items. It may not be initially cheaper but it lasts longer and is much healthier. I don't have menus or a budget because I just buy whatever I want to cook but I keep basics in the house. My dh cooks too so that helps.
by Anonymous - Original Poster
November 21, 2012 at 8:55 AM
because its to expensive to start.
I buy in bulk so my shopping list for the week is basically just fruit and veggies. Why would you think cooking from scratch isn't cheaper?