One of the biggest ways to lower your grocery budget is to cook from scratch. And that doesn't JUST mean cooking your own meals, but also NOT relying on other packaged foods like spice mixes.
A good thing to remind yourself is that if a manufacturer can make a food, then so can you.
Many recipes calls for Onion Soup Mix in roasts, dips and soups. Here's a great recipe for a homemade version that costs pennies. Remember to buy your spices in bulk if you can, to lower your costs even more.
Homemade Onion Soup Mix
3/4 cup instant minced onion
1/3 cup beef bouillon powder
4 teaspoons onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed celery seed
1/4 teaspoon sugar
Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container. About 5 tablespoons of mix are equal to 1 1¼-ounce package.
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