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Save Money Making These 10 Pantry Staples at Home

HOmemade Ketchup

I certainly do my fair share of stocking the pantry from the grocery store, but that can get expensive at times. Over time I’ve learned how to make quite a few of my personal favorite staples at home. It took a little while to get the hang of setting aside the time specifically for making staples, but once I got used it, I really started saving money. Now I make a lot of these recipes in bulk and freeze half to ensure it is always on hand when I need them. Here are a few awesome pantry staples you too can make at home. Have some fun in the kitchen and save money in the process!


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    basic-vinaigrette

    What makes meatloaf better? Wrap it in bacon!
    Make bacon wrapped meatloaf

  • Homemade Ketchup 2 of 12
    Homemade Ketchup

    Homemade ketchup is so much easier to make, I save a lot of money making it at home since we go through it so quickly.
    Make homemade ketchup

  • Homemade Yogurt 3 of 12
    Homemade Yogurt

    Homemade yogurt is much healthier than the sugary store-bought variety and is much easier, and cheaper to make.
    Make homemade yogurt

  • Homemade Marinara Sauce 4 of 12
    Homemade Marinara Sauce

    Homemade tomato sauce is so much tastier than the jarred variety, and only takes eight inexpensive tomatoes to make!
    Make homemade marinara sauce

  • Homemade Ranch Dressing 5 of 12
    Homemade Ranch Dressing

    Salad dressings and dips are very easy to make at home, make this with your kids and skip the additives usually found in the jarred variety at the store.
    Make homemade ranch dressing

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    Homemade

    What makes meatloaf better? Wrap it in bacon!
    Make bacon wrapped meatloaf

  • Homemade Multi-Grain Pancake Mix 7 of 12
    Homemade Multi-Grain Pancake Mix

    Pancake mix can be so pricey, but it is a cinch to mix your own at home and add tons of healthy additions while you're at it!
    Make homemade multi-grain pancake mix

  • Flavored Sugars 8 of 12
    Flavored Sugars

    Flavored sugars are a great way to add flavor to baked goods and hot beverages. They can easily be made in two steps for next to nothing.
    Make flavored sugars

  • Ultimate Brownie Mix 9 of 12
    Ultimate Brownie Mix

    Why buy the boxed mixes when you can make twice as many brownies for half the price when you make the mix from scratch.
    Make ultimate brownie mix

  • Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix 10 of 12
    Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

    Hot chocolate mix is a snap to pull together, no need to spend extra pennies on the individual envelopes at the store!
    Make homemade hot chocolate mix

  • Homemade BBQ Sauce 11 of 12
    Homemade BBQ Sauce

    BBQ is a staple in most kitchens all summer long, who wouldn't love the ability to make it at home! There is hardly a better way to save money and increase BBQ flavor!
    Make homemade bbq sauce

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    Homemade Sriracha

    This hot sauce is a staple in our kitchen and once I realized how easy it is to make at home I saved a bundle by never buying the little jars again.
    Make homemade sriracha


Photo: Julie VR

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