Fresh garlic averages 14 cents per ounce, which is 20 cents per ounce cheaper than when you buy it pre-minced.
Broccoli is a common dinner staple, costing about $1.69 a pound. But those cute little pre-cut broccoli florets will run about twice as much even though they are ready to go.
A couple boiled eggs are a great take away lunch, but boil those eggs yourself and save over a dollar on the deal. Two cooked eggs cost $1.39, while a dozen large eggs cost $1.79 so if you cook them at home those two eggs only cost you 30 cents.
And a lot of people make homemade pizza as fun family meal. Make dough from scratch it will average about 80 cents a crust compared to a refrigerated pizza dough at $2.59 and one precooked crust at $4.59.
The chicken scenario isn't hard to figure out. Buying a whole chicken is your best bet at $1.69 per pound. If you buy a cut up whole chicken you'll pay 41 cents more a pound and buy that bird cooked, you'll pay $2.88 per pound. But the biggest wallet drain is the skinless, boneless chicken breast at $6.99 per pound. Now true there's no skin, bones, or waste, but a crock pot bird is almost as easy and you can get more than one meal out of it.
Finally, think about making ice tea yourself. It's as easy as filling a jar, putting bags in it and taking it outside - the sun will do the rest. Two to three tea bags cost about 15 cents. Compare that to bottle tea at $3 to $4. Even if you add sugar, you're still saving a bundle.