Make your own
Homemade is healthier and less expensive. Instead of buying salad dressing, which can be high in salt and preservatives, take three parts olive oil to one part vinegar for an instant dressing. Add herbs, honey, lemon or garlic for a little extra kick.
An investment in a food processor pays off with all the money you’ll save by making things like pesto, hummus, salsa and baba ganoush. For example, homemade hummus (consisting of tahini, lemon juice, chickpeas – dried or canned – and some spice) works out to half the cost of store-bought. Other great items to make at home? Granola, soup stock and pickles are other items that are cheaper and often tastier when homemade.