One thing that I have learned when it comes to being frugal is to make as much as you can yourself. I do not buy too many things prepackaged. I make my own cookies, bread, biscuits, pizza sauce, salsa, pasta, corn chips, coffee creamer, butter. It is amazing what you can do with just a few ingredients. I even make my own root beer and ginger ale. I save alot of money at the grocery store.