I have a love-hate for most convenience foods. On one hand, a frozen pizza can really help me save money if I use it instead of getting carry-out. But, some convenience foods are so expensive. They really aren't that much of a convenience for the price you have to pay. Check out my 13 foods not to waste your money on.
Lunchables- Most of the lunchables are just cheese and crackers either with or without a juice. They are so overpriced. It is much cheaper to just buy some cheese, crackers and lunch meat and make your own.
Individual Portions- Don't buy those single portions of chips and snacks. Just get a big bag and break it out into smaller portions.
Pre-cut Fruit or Veggies- It only takes a few minutes to cut up your own fruits or veggies. The fruit and veggie trays can be very expensive. It is easily worth a few minutes of my time to cut up my own fruits and veggies.
Buttermilk- I never buy buttermilk. Whenever I need some I just add a tablespoon of lemon juice to a cup of milk. Let it sit for a few minutes and you have buttermilk.
Uncrustables- This is another great food to just make yourself. I bought a press and we make all kinds of different uncrustables. I can use my homemade strawberry jam and they taste much better.
Breakfast Sandwiches and Wraps- Those pre-made breakfast sandwiches can be so expensive at the store. Take a few minutes to make up a bunch and you can freeze them. My family loves these breakfast wraps.
Croutons and Breadcrumbs It's easy to turn bread ends into croutons or breadcrumbs and save money. I like to use my leftover bread from making uncrustables to make croutons with.
Frozen Pancakes- I love making my own pancakes at home and freezing them. They not only taste so much better than the ones from the store, but they save money too.
Applesauce Cups- These are so much cheaper if you just buy a large bottle and scoop out the servings. Plus, I love to make our own applesauce and freeze it. It's cheaper than store bought and tastes better too.
Seasoning Mixes- There are so many great recipes for seasoning mixes on pinterest. There really is no reason to pay the $1 plus to get the taco seasoning mixes. It's much cheaper to use the spices and seasonings that you already have to make the mixes.
Green Onions- Buy green onions once and never need to buy them again. Green onions can easily be regrown with the scraps leftover.
Granola Bars- Granola bars can be very pricey. They are easy to make at home and save some money. Here is one of my favorite granola bar recipes.
Pre-Cooked Bacon- Pre-cooked bacon can often cost 2 to 3 times as much as regular bacon. It's easy to make up one big batch of bacon by cooking it in the oven. Just cook at 400 degrees for about 12-15 minutes. You can even freeze it afterward and reheat it.
With a bit of planning ahead and time you can skip these foods at the store and stop wasting your money. What foods do you think are a waste of money?