I cannot how many times I hear this. Yes, I am aware stores sell many of the items I choose to make myself. I have made a conscious effort cut down on my purchases. My mission started about 8 years ago during The Great Recession, B’s business was down and I was making less at my new job and driving more. Necessity forced us to adapt and I began cooking from scratch more and more. We doubled the size of our small garden and then a tripled the size a few years later.
At first it felt like so much work to cook and maintain then garden. And there didn’t seem to be much savings. The first fall I dutifully made prepped vegetables and tomatoes sauce to freeze. We stores potatoes in five gallon buckets in our cold storage shed. I had started noticing a change in our grocery bill. I no longer needed to buy lettuce, green beans, cucumbers, or raspberries.
And you know what my stuff tastes better.