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18 Foods That Are Cheaper And Healthier Homemade

You'll save money and eat better by making these everyday grocery items instead of buying them.

1) Applesauce

Make it on your stove top or in a slow cooker, and adjust the sweetness, spices, and texture to suit your taste. You can peel and core apples, or just chunk them up and use a food mill to strain out solids after cooking. Cook down the applesauce even more to make sweet, thick apple butter.

Sarah's Applesauce

Photo by cookin'mama

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2) Chicken Stock

Here's a thrifty way to use up chicken necks, backs, and wing tips. Make and freeze stock in pint- and quart-size batches.

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3) Chips

Make your own baked, fried, or dried potato chips, tortilla chips, kale chips, zucchini chips, apple chips, and just about any other kind of chip you desire.

Cinnamon Sweet Potato Chips

Photo by Shearone

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4) Croutons

Never waste stale bread again. Bread cubes can be toasted in butter or olive oil, and flavored with your choice of salts and herbs. Store in an airtight container.

Garlic Croutons

Photo by AZ MAMA

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5) Energy Bars

If you're eating these for health and nutrition, you'll appreciate saving money and controlling all the ingredients by making your own.

Coconut Date Bars

Photo by LatinaCook

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6) Granola

Start with plain oats and add in all the good things you like in your granola. You hippie, you.

Megan's Granola

Photo by CC>3's2bake

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7) Guacamole

Mashed avocado, plus a few other things fresh from the produce aisle. That's all it takes to make the best guacamole of your life.

Traditional Mexican Guacamole

Photo by Molly

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8) Hummus

If you can operate a blender, you can make hummus.

Super Easy Hummus

Photo by lutzflcat

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9) Pancake Mix

Reach for this handy mix when you're too sleepy in the morning to measure out all the dry ingredients separately. The recipe tells you what wet ingredients to add to make it into a batter.

Homemade Pancake Mix

Photo by Angie Seaman

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10) Pasta Sauce

Make and freeze, people. Make and freeze. Then you'll always have pasta sauce ready to go for super-quick dinners.

Spaghetti Sauce II

Photo by Dianne

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11) Pesto

Store-bought pesto can't touch this stuff. Freeze leftover pesto in ice cube trays to throw into sauces.

Pesto Sauce

Photo by 5boys2cook4

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12) Salad Dressing

Keep a clean jar and lid in your pantry to shake up fresh dressings in seconds. So easy, so impressive.

Fresh Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Photo by Marianne

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13) Salsa

No packaged salsa will ever taste fresher than one you make yourself. And that's a promise.

Pico De Gallo

Photo by CookinBug

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14) Self-Rising Flour

Do not spend money on a bag of self-rising flour when all you have to do is add a couple of everyday ingredients to regular flour. You can do this!

Self-Rising Flour

Photo by Mommyluvs2cook

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15) Spice Blends

Taco seasoning, chili mix, seasoned salts. How many times have you spent big on these? Now's the time to mix up your own.

Taco Seasoning I

Photo by stingrae1625

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16) Trail Mix

Easy, cheap, and so customizable. Make a big batch to scoop into grab-and-go bags.

Tasty Maple Trail Mix

Photo by lutzflcat

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17) Vanilla Extract

Vanilla beans and vodka. How easy is that? If you don't want to make a big batch, scale the recipe down to 20 servings; you'll need only one vanilla bean and 1/8 of a liter of vodka. (And you don't have to use premium spirits.)

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Photo by The Gruntled Gourmand

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18 )Whipped Cream

Freshly whipped cream takes only minutes to make, even without a mixer. Pro Tip: If you accidentally overbeat it, you can whisk in a little cream to bring it back to creamy perfection. Whipped cream will keep in the fridge for about a day.

Whipped Cream

Photo by sweetserenade

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