Phoebe from Cents To Get Debt Free is hosting another Finding Freedom Friday. She asks the question "What is your take on making from scratch versus buying store bought?"
I think making things from scratch is an excellent way to save money. I do make several things from scratch. But here's the thing, sometimes I will just spend the money in order to save myself the time. I guess that's why they call it "convenience" food.
Tonight I came home after being gone for several hours, and I realized that my left-overs weren't left over enough. They weren't going to cover everybody. Especially three growing boys (one son had a friend over).
So, did I whip up a homemade pizza? No, even though it would have been quick and easy. Did I take a casserole out of the freezer? Again, no, because I didn't have any left in there for such a time as this. Did I at least make homemade pancakes, waffles, or quickly make grilled cheese soup and tomato sandwiches (oops, typo, I mean grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup.....did anybody even notice my mistake, lol!?). Did I even sit down and at least make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? (Seriously, do you even have to ask at this point?) No.
I calmly walked over to the phone, called my hubby at work and asked him to please pick up a pizza on his way home. We haven't done that in ages and honestly, it just seemed like a good idea at the time.
Somewhere, someone out there in internet-land is turning in their grave. Well, at least spinning around in their computer chair.
See, while I know that making things from scratch makes more sense and saves money, I falter when I fail to plan. I falter when I am tired. And I falter when I am cranky, hot, cold, happy, sad, mad....you get the picture.
Like I said, I do have several things that I make from scratch, and yes, they are saving me money. I don't buy near as much convenience foods as I used to, but I am still buying some. My bad!
I have a recipe to make Rice-a-roni from scratch. I have recipes for salad dressings, mixes, sauces, and all sorts of stuff. I have recipes to make my own cleaning products. I even have a bread maker for goodness sake. A bread maker! Am I making bread with it????? No. (Blush)
What I am lacking right now is will power. Will power and time. I have so many things that I want to do and things that I want to try, and I'm not doing or trying any of them lately.
So I guess the thing to do is to decide to try one thing. Just select one thing to try and try it. Then try another. Then another.
When we start trying to save money we will often do all the "big" changes first. Big changes are big and exciting and we can see a drastic difference in our finances immediately.
Little changes take work too. Little changes like using cloth napkins instead of paper ones. Using rags instead of paper towels. Washing out and reusing freezer bags. Cooking things from scratch. And there are choices to be made in what little changes you want to make.
It's the old saving time versus saving money argument. On some days money wins, but on some days, like today, time wins. They say you have to continually remind yourself of your financial goals. You have to continually examine how you're spending your money. You need to stay focused if you want to save money.
Sometimes, no matter how hard you try not to, you just fall off the wagon and buy pizza. You just want to remember to get back on it again. To see what everyone else had to say on this topic please go here.