I like making the majority of my family’s food from scratch. I’m happy to do it because I believe it’s healthier for us to eat this way and I like the satisfaction that comes from making something myself. But I’m not going to lie. It takes a lot of work and time management, and sometimes I just don’t feel like making another loaf of bread. On those days, I draw extra comfort from knowing that I’m saving a bundle of money by doing it myself. This summer, we’ll be traveling to Quebec, Vermont, the Jersey Shore, Hershey Park, and Baltimore. I know we wouldn’t be able to pull off all those trips and hotel rooms if I were buying a lot of takeout meals and packaged foods.
I have been compiling a price chart to help me break down the cost of the meals and snacks that I make. It is a work in progress and I continue to add to it, but this will give you an idea of how I come up with the cost per serving in my recipes.
|Item||Store||Total Cost||Cost Breakdown|
|Almond Meal||TJs||3.99/5 cups||.80/cup|
|Apple Sauce||Target||1.50 for (6) 1/2 cups||.25/.5 cup|
|Apples, Organic||S&S||4.99/3 lb.||1.66/lb.|
|Bakers Chocolate||S&S||2.50/8 oz.||.31/oz.|
|Baking Powder||S&S||1.89/12 oz.||.04/tsp.|
|Baking Soda||S&S||.99/16 oz.||.01/tsp.|
|Cheddar Cheese||S&S||2.00/8 oz.||.25/oz.|
|Cocoa Powder||TJs||1.99/9 oz.||.22/oz|
|Coconut Milk||TJs||.99/2 cups||.50/cup|
|Coconut Oil||TJs||5.99/16 oz.||.19/tbs.|
|Corn||TJs||1.29/16 oz.||1.29/16 oz.|
|Diced chili peppers||TJs||.79/4 oz.||.79/4 oz.|
|Frozen Blueberries||S&S||2.99/16 oz.||1.00/cup|
|GF Flour Mix||WF, S&S||7.50/10 cups||.75/cup|
|Maple Syrup||VT farm||47.50/gallon||2.80/cup|
|Olive Oil||Roche||12.99/101 oz.||.13/oz.|
|Organic Banana||TJs||.29 each||.29 each|
|Peanut Butter||TJs||2.79/18 oz.||.16/oz.|
|Popcorn kernels||S&S||3.99/4 lbs.||1.00/lb.|
|Rice Milk||TJs||2.99/64 oz.||.36/cup|
|Scallions||S&S||.99/bunch of 8||.12 each|
|Taco Shells||TJs||1.99/12||.17 each|
|Tapioca Flour||WF||2.69/lb-5 cups||.54/cup|
|Whole Wheat Flour||TJs||2.99/5 lb.||.15/cup|
|Xanthan Gum||S&S||9.99/8 oz.||.20/tsp.|
I want to thank Stephanie at A Modern Christian Woman for giving me this idea a few months back. Also, if you know where I can get a better deal on some of these items, please let me know in the comments!
Linking to Frugal Fridays.