Wednesday, June 1, 2011

How I save our family about $25 a month!

It has been crazy the last several days at our house!  It seems like summer has started a whirlwind of activities, company, deadlines, and appointments!  CRAZY

I wanted to share with you a way I found to save our family an average of $25 a month!  It was really quite simple once it clicked with me.

 Little-bit eats Kashi blueberry waffles (no butter or syrup- plain) every morning for breakfast along with a banana and usually a little later a fruit smoothie (including leftover banana, pineapple, cherries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, kale, coconut milk, and sometimes an orange).  I have never been so proud of what my little one eats! :)  Kashi makes a natural waffle with no bleached or enriched flour and harldy any sugar (not high fructose).  Besides my pocket book, everyone was happy!  One day I forgot to pick up an extra box and was left with an empty one- not a happy girl.  I decided to make her pancakes instead.  I called my amazing mother for her recipe and was so excited!  Not only could I make her pancakes naturally, I could refridgerate/freeze them for later uses!!!  Ahh, what a winner!  Now, once a week we make a batch of pancakes (looking for a waffle maker cheap in the meantime) and pop them in the toaster every morning!  I need to make some to freeze for when little man arrives too!  I am guessing this might set me back $5 a month? maybe!

Here is my recipe if anyone is interested!

Mix together

  • 1 C flour (I use brown rice flour- it is easily digestible and gluten free!)
  • 1 Tbs. sugar (organic- not the refined sugar which your body cannot break down)
  • 2 Tsp. baking powder (I use a brand that doesn't contain aluminum- very harmful!)
  • 1 beaten egg (organic, cage free, brown)
  • 1 C organic milk
  • 2 Tbs oil (I use coconut oil- it doesn't turn into a hydrogenated oil once heated and has great fatty acids for your body!)
  • Blueberries ( I just pour to my liking)

Once all these ingredients have been mixed together, it is usually a tad runny (from the brown rice flour) so I add some coconut flour.  It has awesome benefits but you have to add a small amount because it soaks up liquid like crazy!  There you have it!  What a simple way to save money!

What are things you use on a daily basis that you could make instead of buy?  I'm sure if you look, you will find that simple solution!


Toni said...

I love your mindset. I have to ask though, doesn't your grocery bill get crazy with all the organic stuff? I've looked at it but it just costs WAY too much for our budget. :(

The Save at Home Mom said...

It is initially more expensive- it's like buying everything when you are a newly wed- you have to start from scratch! Once you have your basic natural ingredients, it really isn't that expensive (you just have to stop buying all the junk and eating out). It gets easier if you take baby steps. Start with one area of your house and go from there! Good Luck!

Jami said...

I love it! Looks yummy and with 4 kids I'm all about saving money. Thanks for sharing.