Simple Ways to Save: Substituting Ingredients

Last minute trips to the store will eat your budget and your time, so let’s get creative and substitute with what you already have at home! In this first video, we’re talking about simple ways to make what you already have work for your recipes so you shop less and save more!

I’d love to hear how you substitute at home – leave your ideas in the comments section below!

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  1. Shannon
    December 13, 2016 @ 6:39 pm

    Great tips! I enjoyed the video. Thank you.


    • jacquie
      January 11, 2017 @ 10:22 am

      great video


    • NormaHicks
      March 2, 2017 @ 8:03 pm

      I’ thankyouforthevideoandthetips. NormaHicks



    • Vicki Taylor
      March 15, 2017 @ 11:15 am

      Video not working.


  2. Deanna Harrison
    December 18, 2016 @ 3:45 pm

    Can’t get the sound to work.


    • budgetmamma
      December 19, 2016 @ 1:35 am

      I just checked in on my end Deanna and seems to be working fine!


  3. Sue M
    December 19, 2016 @ 5:53 pm

    Nicely done! Thank you.


    • budgetmamma
      December 19, 2016 @ 7:25 pm

      You’re welcome Sue!


  4. LuAnn
    December 23, 2016 @ 1:47 pm

    Nice job. Good suggestions.


  5. M.
    December 23, 2016 @ 9:41 pm

    I try to shop when I am NOT hungry. That way, impulse purchases do not end up in my grocery basket. In fact, I try to avoid impulse purchases. What SEEMS like a tasty idea in the grocery store may bust the budget or turn out to be something NO one likes.

    Thank you, Tiffany, for this video and download. They are helpful. God bless and Merry Christmas!


  6. Martha Smith
    January 11, 2017 @ 12:48 pm

    I missed your cutoff. Because you e-mailed me yesterday saying the closing window for the bootcamp was at midnight. But I did not check my e-mail until this morning. I am the woman with the kidney problem who has a medical doctor prescribed Keto diet.


    • Tiffany
      January 11, 2017 @ 1:19 pm

      Hi Martha – can you email me? I can let you know what options are available for you. 🙂


  7. Mary
    January 11, 2017 @ 2:38 pm

    Thanks where are the recipe card you advise be copied?


    • Tiffany
      January 13, 2017 @ 10:41 am

      Hi Mary – that was a glitch that is now fixed! You should see the sign-up area below the video. Sorry about the inconvenience!


  8. Annette Thompson
    January 11, 2017 @ 11:05 pm

    Great helpful video. Thank you.😊


  9. Teresa Becker
    January 12, 2017 @ 2:27 am

    Free substitution chart


  10. Patti
    January 12, 2017 @ 10:55 pm

    Great ideas. Thanks.


  11. Lynn
    January 18, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

    Great Video looking forward to hear more idea.


  12. Brandi Pooley
    January 23, 2017 @ 11:39 pm

    I am unsuccessful at obtaining your videos #2 and #3. The website times out before I can click on all of the requested images to prove I am not a robot. Can you please help me?
    Thank you.


    • Tiffany
      January 24, 2017 @ 11:05 am

      I’m sorry you’re having trouble Brandi! You should haven’t to click on anything to prove you’re not a robot. If you sign up via email, a direct link to all the videos will be sent to you!


  13. Elizabeth
    January 24, 2017 @ 8:56 am

    Informative & helpful video.


  14. Charles
    February 11, 2017 @ 6:15 am

    Hey Tiffany,

    My daughter has an extreme food allergy. No tomato, dairy, nuts, soy, gluten/wheat, corn, eggs, and there are a few more. What advice do you have for someone in my situation? I do my best with brown rice/spaghetti, which cost more, and some other things but I am stuck. I have to be strategic when it comes to food because almost everything breaks her out. Thank you for your time.


  15. ptperson
    February 21, 2017 @ 1:24 pm

    I am unable to see the video, i get this message: The webpage at might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.


  16. Joy
    February 25, 2017 @ 9:23 am

    Hey Charles,
    Food allergies are a result of vaccinations, has your daughter had her shots? Theses allergies are not normal, but I’ve got good news there is a cure and she doesn’t have to live that way for the rest of her life. Just go to and you can read all about the new west diet that can heal her in 60 days. If you don’t believe me check out this documentary film called, vaxxed, you have to purchase it online or buy the DVD online because our government doesn’t want you to know about it. Alright have a great day! Hope this helps!
    God Bless- Joy


  17. Karen
    February 27, 2017 @ 8:14 am

    I am not even receiving an email in my spam folder…. I didn’t get either one. I am unable to mark your site as safe since I haven’t received anything. I am a email subscriber already. Is there any way you can send me something manually? I would really appreciate it.
    Karen Harriman


  18. Angela
    February 27, 2017 @ 3:12 pm

    I Have not received an email in my spam folder, nor can I see the videos. I am a email subscriber already.
    Thank you.


  19. NormaHicks
    March 2, 2017 @ 8:09 pm

    God lees you andforthevideos


  20. Mattika Rosenthal
    March 10, 2017 @ 11:43 pm

    I am a first-generation American, and more of an ethnic cook. Now I only have to cook for one, and also grocery shop for one. It is so hard to do. Even though I am no longer married, my girls in college and in dorms, I find it very difficult. I end up cooking for four, and happily feed my senior neighbors, which I always consider my good deed. I buy the things I like to eat, in bulk. I have a huge pantry, stocked with my favorite busmanti rice, lentils, oatmeal, peanut butter, all types of canned tomatoes, sauces, etc.
    I learned to stock the pantry when I lived back east where we had snow storms, sometimes unable to leave the house!
    Now that I’m back in my California hometown, I still keep a very nicely stocked pantry.

    Since this is a site to learn how to budget and save money, which I would love to do, I am looking forward to learning from you! We all come to the point where we want to retire, and this is what I am so looking forward to. I want to be able to be frugal now, so that I can’t have an enjoyable and healthy retirement. Don’t we all want to live to be 100? I live in the South Bay, which is already a blue zone, an incredibly healthy area.
    I want to be frugal, because I know there are a couple of European vacations hidden in my food budget every year. And I do end up throwing away a lot of vegetables and salad fixings. HELP! One way that I save, is to only shop once a week! And make sure I don’t forget anything on my list, that is my downfall, it is almost a habit to stop at my grocery store on the way home from work, every other day. NO MORE, IM SETTING A BUDGET, and spending out of a grocery envelope, like I did when I was a working, single, college student!


  21. Mattika Rosenthal
    March 10, 2017 @ 11:46 pm

    * so that I CAN have a happy healthy retirement! This is a correction.


  22. Adriel Chavez
    March 13, 2017 @ 11:53 pm

    I found out if I didn’t have any tomato sauce, I can use tomato soup as a substitute I work great and you can’t tell the difference!. Also if I didn’t have any olive or vegetable oil I use butter or margarine in my recipes. Not to much though, as a little can go a long way with the butter/ margarine. Thank you for your tips. 😃 Have a great day!


  23. LaResa
    March 14, 2017 @ 10:12 am

    I am having trouble getting the 1st video to play.


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