5 Things Worth Making From Scratch To Save Money, According to Redditors

Making Granola at Home: Woman Adding Coconut Oil into a Bowl With Rolled Oats and Spices


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Making Granola at Home: Woman Adding Coconut Oil into a Bowl With Rolled Oats and Spices

A Recipe for Savings

Grocery prices are still up around 12% compared with a year ago. Since then, we've all found different ways to cope: cutting back on unnecessary purchases, trading down, buying in bulk — the list goes on. One underrated money-saving trick: making things from scratch. If that sounds daunting and you need a little inspiration, penny-pinching Redditors recently shared what they're whipping up at home to save a few bucks.

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Unfrosted cupcakes on a white plate


Have a sweet tooth? Stop buying those $10 muffins from Costco and crack open a cookbook, one Redditor suggests. And if you never have time to bake (who does these days?), make a large batch of cookie dough, put it in the freezer, and voila! You've got dessert for the next six months.

Related: Ridiculously Easy Dump-and-Bake Desserts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

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minestrone soup on the pot


If you've got food scraps, then making soup is an excellent way to reduce waste and save money. (You can throw pretty much anything into a vegetable stock.) Soups also freeze well, which is why one Redditor likes to make a double batch: "one for the dinner table, one for the freezer."

Related: 30 Easy Soup Recipes That Last for Days

Various cereals and granola mix in a bowl


Given its simplicity — all you need is oats, nuts, fruits, spices, a dash of sugar, and a bit of oil — it seems silly, even "ridiculous," to buy granola from the store, according to one Redditor. Plus, once you have the granola ingredients, you're just a few steps away from homemade granola bars.

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