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5. Cook from scratch

Frugal families don't eat from a box or heat a frozen package. However, for supercharged savings, you can go a step further and even make things like cheese, baby food, jam and drink mixes.

"You can save significant money -- and really improve the quality and nutritional value of your food -- by cooking more at home," says nutritionist Leanne Ely of Charlotte, N.C.

Ely's suggestions for home cooks who want to reap even bigger savings:

  • Make your own yogurt (an electric yogurt maker helps; look for used ones at thrift stores).
  • Cook dried, bagged beans rather than buying canned.
  • Make your own chicken stock rather than buying it in cans or boxes.

 

 

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