Some tips that I would love to leave you with is: shop for items only if they are on sale, on sale with a coupon, buy your baking goods from a whole sale food supplier (it is much cheaper), eat more whole grains, make your own foods (such as salad dressings and breads), buy fruits and veggies in season if you do not have a garden, can and freeze your fruits and veggies (even if it must be purchased from the grocery store), and eat more frozen fruits in the winter months (I purchased 30lbs. of frozen blueberries for $29 from a whole sale food supplier and my kids LOVE to eat these for a snack). Also, learn the art of making your own things. Experiment and have fun! You would be amazed at all the products that you could actually make from your own home. The internet is a great resource for finding out how to make things in your own home. If anyone else has other tips that they have learned along the way, I would be happy to know.
Just the other day, I found this amazing recipe for homemade hamburger buns. I followed the recipe exactly and they turned out absolutely beautiful. All the credit goes to a wonderful mom over at www.heavenlyhomemaker.com Please visit her website as she is very helpful.
Homemade Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns
5 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cup warm water
4 1/2 teaspoons yeast
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons salt
1. Mix 3 cups of whole wheat flour, 1 1/2 cups warm water. Rest for 30 minutes.
2. Mix 1/4 cup of water, 4 1/2 tsp. yeast, and 2 Tbs. honey. Rest for 10 minutes.
3. Melt 2 Tbs. butter, 1/2 cup milk, and 2 tsp. salt in a small pan on the stovetop. Do not let the temperature get above 120 degrees.
4. Pour yeast mixture and milk mixture into flour mixture. Add 2 cups of whole wheat flour and knead for 10 minutes, until dough looks shiny.
5. Put dough back in bowl, cover, and let it rise for 1 hour.
6. Knead dough to get bubbles out and roll the dough out to 1/2 inch thick. Cut in circles with a large mouth coffee cup. Place in a well buttered baking dish, cover, and let it rise for 30 minutes.
7. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
Another recipe that I am looking forward to trying is for whole wheat flour tortillas. You can find this recipe over at my friend Janelle's website www.financiallyfree4ever.blogspot.com
I am looking forward to much feedback on your plan for being frugal on groceries. One of my favorite blogs has a challenge to to make from scratch. She is a frugal mom! http://8-muddyboots.blogspot.com/