One of Money Saving Mom’s most popular posts is titled “Why I Don’t Make My Homemade Tortillas.” Since she posted it almost two years ago (um, that’s like half a century in blogging-time, right?), I’ve thought about this article many times, because I make my own tortillas.
In her post, Crystal shares a compelling reason why she doesn’t make her own homemade tortillas:
- Time is valuable. If you do an activity just to save money, you need to be certain it’s really saving enough money to be worthwhile.
Your time is valuable. We’ve only got one life to live. We only have 24 hours in a day. We can scurry from one money-saving activity to the next and wear ourselves out in an effort to save 50¢ here and 7¢ there.
In some rare instances, it really is necessary to squeeze every last penny just to make ends-meet. For most of us though, we get to choose our sacrifices so we can choose our splurges. I line-dry many of our clothes, but keep our house a tad cooler than absolutely necessary. I gladly drive an old, paid-for van, but love my high-speed internet.
Life is made up of choices, and when it comes to the kitchen, it’s no different.
For example, one of the many ways that Crystal keeps her grocery budget low is by couponing. I have tried couponing. And failed. After repeated efforts (and many, many hours of frustration) I found that I could usually get the desired item cheaper at Aldi or from a local, convenient farmer’s market than I could matching a coupon and sale.
Shopping with three small children isn’t fast. I’d much rather grocery shop once a month (plus fill in from the market) than go to even two stores a week to catch the few sales that were really worth it in my area.
Not couponing frees up time to make even more of our foods from scratch (like tortillas or sandwich bread.)
Still, it would hardly be worthwhile to make my tortillas from scratch just to save 50¢ a package, if I was making them just to save money. They take about 5-10 minutes to make and my time is worth more than $3-6 an hour!
But, I don’t make tortillas just to save money.
- I make homemade tortillas because they’re healthier.
- I make homemade tortillas because my kids love them.
- I make homemade tortillas because I love them.
- I make homemade tortillas because I think they’re fun to make
- ….and my children think they’re fun to make with me.
As an added benefit, making your own saves a few dollars a month.
Feeding a growing family healthy foods on a budget is a balancing act. I can’t pursue every last penny-pinching idea, but making my own tortillas is one of the many ways I shave a few dollars off our grocery budget, while enjoying time with my children and creating a more healthy end-product.
So that’s why I make my own. Want to give homemade tortillas a try? Here’s the whole wheat tortilla recipe that I use.
What about you? Do you do some money-saving activities mainly just because you like to? Have you ever made your own tortillas?