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buy it if you need to

This month I am posting about DIY Convenience Foods over on Good Cheap Eats. The irony of today’s time-saving tip is not lost on me.

I’ve found that there are foods and there are seasons of life when it’s simply easier and better to buy it if you need to, as opposed to making something from scratch.

Buying some convenience items can save you valuable minutes in the kitchen. Sure it may not be the best or cheapest way, but it could make the difference between eating at home or eating somewhere else.

Sometimes, you need to buy it premade.

Kitchen Time Savers series | Life as MOMThis post is part of the Kitchen Time Savers series. You can follow along this month as we explore lots of ways to make more efficient use of our time in the kitchen.

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I believe you can get great meals on the table -- and still keep that pretty smile on your face.

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  1. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You. A large amount of bloggers make it seem like if you don’t grow your own tomatoes, and cook them, and can them then you are the worst home-keeper ever. Now,dont get me wrong if enjoy doing those things or cant afford the canned tomato sauce that’s your personal situation. But mine is different and no one should ever feel bad about doing what’s best for their family.

    Also a lot of time people will say but “X is 30 cents cheaper”. That idea is great if you don’t have the extra money in your budget. But if “X” takes me an hour my time is worth money too! So if “X” and “Y” are close in nutrition, close in cost, and close in taste but “Y” is more convenient. Ill probably go with “Y”

    • I think you need to be clear on your food goals and how you want to feed your family. Then, you need to be honest about what you and your budget can accomplish. From there, it’s use common sense. 😉

  2. One of my back up/emergency/need to bring something quick meals is a bag of frozen turkey meatballs from Kroger. This usually gives this family of 4 two meals. I either throw a couple bags of frozen veggies with olive oil, garlic powder, & Italian Seasoning into the crock pot or onto the stovetop, OR grab a bag of mushroom beef gravy from the freezer and serve with instant (groan) potatoes. I don’t send the instant potatoes to others, but the boys could care less and love to sop up the gravy. Quick & easy and a whole lot cheaper than eating out.

  3. Great post, because I did this just tonight. My first dinner plan, Chicken Fajita Bites didn’t sound good, so I decided on the homemade stuffed shells in the freezer, with leftover homemade breadsticks and my usual homemade alfredo sauce, which wasn’t made yet. When the kids and I took too long doing last-minute Halloween shopping, I almost considered picking up something on the way home. Then I decided the jar of cheese sauce at the store,while not my homemade, was still a better choice. And I decided that sometimes, that’s okay. It was still way better than fast food. 🙂

  4. Such a great point. I think that sometimes people get so overwhelmed thinking that it’s all or nothing and feel guilty if they haven’t made everything from scratch. The other night I made salmon, broccoli, and sweet potato fries… that. was. enough. More than enough. Bring on the store-bought ketchup 😉

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