In the era of convenience, people will buy pre-packaged, processed versions of just about anything. Soup, beans, and even pasta come in cans, sandwiches come from the freezer aisle–and manufacturers are making a killing, because the mark-up on a lot of these products is astronomical. Unfortunately, a lot of convenience foods and other household items are not only expensive, they’re also way less healthy than making them yourself. But there’s good news–it’s not nearly as hard to save money (and your health) by doing it yourself.
I know–doing it yourself sounds like work. And if you’re buying convenience foods, it’s probably because you’re strapped for time, and are looking for the quickest possible option. But truly, some alternatives to otherwise unhealthy pre-packaged foods take almost no additional thought, aside from the initial decision to not buy them in the first place.
Click through this gallery of suggestions that are less expensive–and surprisingly easy on your schedule. And be sure to let me know if I left off any of your favorites.
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