One of my goals has been to save money by making from scratch (as much as possible – baby steps!) whatever goods I would normally buy at the store. I am a big salad eater, so my first project was croutons. We had bought a giant loaf of French bread a few weeks ago to eat with dinner, and the leftovers were getting old and hard in the fridge.
I used this recipe from the Food Network since it had only four ingredients besides the bread: 1) salt, 2) pepper, 3) red pepper flakes, and 4) olive oil.
I had been buying a 2.5 cup bag of croutons for $2 to $2.50 (depending on whether there was a sale or not). I was able to make a little over 8 cups of croutons with my recipe and a 1.79 loaf of French bread. That turned out to be $.80-$1 per cup for store bought vs. about $.22 per cup for homemade.
Plus, they were delicious.