Health and Wellness

[Fitness] Top 10 Store-Bought Items You Should Be Making at Home


The Culture Supplier – Marcus Gilmore

Oatmeal is a wonderful breakfast, but those little packets can be crazy expensive, not to mention loaded with added sugar. It’s easy to make your own and portion them into little baggies to save money.

Price Comparison
Store-Bought: $3 per box of 10 packets | Homemade: $2 for 10 packets

Homemade Benefit
Less added sugar + nutritious add-ons like dried fruits, seeds and nuts!

Some to Try
Make-Ahead Instant Oatmeal Jars
Brown Sugar & Spice Oatmeal Packets
Blueberries & Cream Oatmeal Packets
Three Delicious Varieties of Microwaveable Oatmeal Packets

It’s so convenient to have pancake mix on hand. But why not mix your own? By doing so, you can control the ingredients and keep out any additives you might not want.

Price Comparison
Store-Bought: $3.50 per box | Homemade: $2 for an equivalent amount of mix

Homemade Benefit
Save $1.50 per box, and enjoy pancakes made without preservatives or hydrogenated oils.

Some to Try
Make-Ahead Whole-Grain Pancake Mix
Buttermilk Instant Pancake Mix
5-Grain Pancake Mix

Yes, frozen waffles go on sale from time to time, but their ingredient lists are long. Making a big batch of waffles on the weekend and freezing them is easy enough to do and a great way to save a few dollars each week. Simply pop one or two in the toaster oven, and top with fruit, peanut butter or nuts for a nutritional boost!

Price Comparison
Store-Bought: $4.78 per 25-count box | Homemade: $4 to make 25 waffles

Homemade Benefit
Save $1 per box, and enjoy waffles made with just a few ingredients.

Some to Try
Simple Waffle Recipe
Rosemary & Orange Waffle
Spicy Gingerbread Waffles

Good job skipping the drive-through! Now ditch the frozen breakfast sandwich that is costing you way too much. Spend a little bit of time this weekend making your own freezer-ready breakfasts that will last you an entire week.

Price Comparison
Store-Bought: $1.25 per sandwich | Homemade: 48¢ per sandwich

Homemade Benefit
Save at least 75¢ per sandwich + less added sugar, salt and preservatives

Some to Try
Simple Egg Sandwiches
Egg & Bean Breakfast Burrito
Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Sandwiches with Bacon & Scrambled Eggs
Easy Egg Biscuits


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