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How to Save Money on Milk

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

You may be surprised to learn that some stores sell milk for less than others or that there are ways to buy it cheaper online.

Buy it in bulk.

Buy it in bulk.

If you have a big family, one of the most effective ways to save money on milk is to buy it in a large container and store it in the fridge. If your family isn't quite as large, or if you don't have room for multiple gallons of milk on your countertop, try buying skim or low-fat milk instead. These will last longer than whole milk and are still just as nutritious—but they'll also keep their flavor much better when stored in the fridge! A good rule of thumb here is that any type of non-dairy alternative will stay fresher longer than its dairy counterpart because they contain fewer fats that can go rancid quickly over time (even if they're not expired).

Buy organic grass fed milk

  • Organic milk is better for you and the cows.
  • Organic milk is more expensive than regular milk, but not as much as you may think.
  • Organic grass fed milk is even better for your health, but it's usually more expensive and harder to find than regular organic milk.*

Buy it from the farmers market

Next, you can buy milk from local farmers at your local farmers market. There are many farms that sell their milk in glass bottles or plastic jugs. If you're lucky, there might even be some cheese on hand! Some of these farms keep their prices low because they're competing with larger brands like Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. They also want to build trust with their customers by selling them fresh products directly from their farms, which gives you the chance to talk to your local farmer about how they raise their cows (and make sure they're not hurting any animals).

You'll likely find that the prices are lower than what you'd pay at your grocery store or supermarket—but not so much that it hurts! And if something is going wrong with one of those options? Well then maybe

Buy powdered milk

  • Powdered milk is more expensive than regular liquid milk.
  • Powdered milk can be used in recipes that call for dry or condensed milk, so you'll save money by purchasing powdered instead of the other two types of dairy products.
  • You can also use your powdered milk to make coffee creamer or add it to smoothies and other drinks, making it an easy addition to your diet.

Buy shelf stable milk

  • Shelf stable milk is pasteurized, which means it’s heated to kill bacteria and enzymes.
  • It comes in cans or plastic bottles.
  • It can be good to keep on hand for emergencies or when you are away from home and don't have access to refrigeration.

Shelf stable milk is more expensive than fresh milk because of its longer shelf life, but it's still a great option if your budget doesn't allow for fresh milk all the time. This type of milk has a higher butterfat content than regular fresh whole or 2% dairy products, so it's perfect for baking and cooking!

Buy nonfat dry milk to add to other milks

If you're looking to get some extra bang for your buck, consider buying nonfat dry milk. This is the same stuff that's used in recipes like chocolate milk and pudding, but you can also add it to other types of milk (like whole or low-fat) to boost the protein content without affecting taste.

To use nonfat dry milk in a recipe, start by dissolving 1/2 cup in 2 cups water—this will give you 1 quart of liquid. The mixture has a shelf life of about 6 months at room temperature or longer if refrigerated (be sure not to store in an airtight container). Once dissolved, use this mixture as you would liquid milk when cooking anything from pancakes and waffles to baked goods like breads, muffins and cakes!

Nonfat Dry Milk works best when dissolved into cold liquids such as water or juices rather than hot ones like coffee because they tend not stick together well otherwise due to Brownian motion caused by all those little molecules bouncing around inside them."

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Look for sales.

If your local grocery store has a sale on milk, stock up! If you're at the farmers market and see some nice pastured milk for sale, consider buying it—it'll taste better than conventional milk. If the discount store has a good deal on organic milk, go ahead and get it. It's worth the trip if you can save money while also getting more nutrients (and fewer additives).

The same goes for warehouse clubs like Costco or Sam's Club: they often have great deals on organic milk that are hard to beat even with sales at traditional grocers. Ethnic food stores also often sell non-dairy milks at lower prices than mainstream supermarkets do. And finally, if you belong to a co-op where members can buy shares in bulk goods based on their own needs and wants, then there are plenty of opportunities to save from month to month depending on what items are being sold by other members or stored in storage units owned by an organization like yours."

Select low fat options instead of whole fat options.

In addition to being less expensive, low-fat milk is also healthier. Whole fat milk has more than double the amount of saturated fat as its low-fat counterpart—so cutting back on this type can help you reduce your risk for developing heart disease and other serious health problems. Additionally, even if you don't need a slim waistline, drinking low-fat options will help keep you feeling fuller longer because it contains less calories than whole fat versions.

Another benefit of choosing skim or 1% over 2% or whole? You'll have more flexibility with cooking options when it comes to making sauces and gravies that won't separate after adding them into soups or stews (and who doesn't love those?)

Drink less of it, use it in smaller quantities.

  • Drink less of it, use it in smaller quantities.
  • Use the milk in smaller quantities when cooking or baking. For example, if the recipe calls for 2 cups of milk, cut that down to 1 cup and add more water or another substitute instead. Or just use less milk altogether!
  • Cut back on using whole milk for cereal and drinks like coffee, tea and shakes; stick with skim or low-fat instead (or better yet—ditch dairy entirely).

Make your own yogurt, cheese, and sour cream from the milk.

You can make your own yogurt, cheese, and sour cream from the milk. You can also use the whey from the yogurt to make ricotta cheese and you can use the whey from the cheese to make ricotta cheese.

Milk is really expensive but there are ways to reduce the cost.

You may be wondering how to reduce the cost of buying milk. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to make your money go further.

  • Look for sales and buy in bulk. The best way to save on milk is by looking for sales and buying it in bulk when possible. That way you can stock up on your favorite brands at a discounted price.
  • Buy organic grass fed milk from local farmers markets or directly from the farmer if possible (or even powdered milk). Organic grass fed dairy products are more expensive than conventional brands but they're also healthier and provide better value overall because they last longer once opened than conventional brands do—and if you don't finish an entire jug before it goes bad then it was still worth the extra cost!
  • If all else fails then try freezing your leftover cartons after opening them so that no one else has access


I hope this article was helpful to you!


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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