Milk Money: How To Save Money On Milk

I don’t know what it’s like in your home, but around here we drink a bunch of milk! We go through about 2 1/2 gallons of milk per week, and that’s only because we are on a budget!

Milk isn’t cheap either. But there is a way to make your milk money stretch almost twice as far.

Wanna know the secret?

Water it down.

Seriously! Water it down. Instead of buying skim or 2% milk, buy whole milk and then dilute it with water.

Before pouring milk for cereal, or to cook with, I add about 1/3 cup of water to 2/3 cup milk. For the kids drinks I just fill a cup about 3/4 full with milk, and then hold it under the faucet for a second to fill it the rest of the way with water.

The change is hardly noticeable (the kids have never complained), but the savings can really add up!

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9 thoughts on “Milk Money: How To Save Money On Milk”

  1. I tried this out on the kids today and they had no clue! What a great idea! Also saw someone comment here about watering down milk for baking. Definitely going to do that as well.

    We water down our juice.

  2. Great idea 🙂 I’ll definetly try this for baking. We love our milk and our baked goods around here! And with our second getting older and just about ready to drink milk (as soon as he decides he likes how it tastes!) we are going to need to stretch it as far as possible!

  3. This is while waiting for your goats to be milkable, right? Because if you’re feeding goats, anyhow, why not milk them? I’m breeding mine right now for this very purpose. It takes 5 months for them to give birth, but I would think it would be a good idea. Not to mention you could see the kids as an income, no?

    • anna-

      Yes, I’m waiting for them to go into heat (is that what they call it for goats?) so I can breed and milk them. Maybe in Fall? I missed Spring, unfortunately. I could NOT find a billy ANYWHERE!! Asked around, posted on Craigslist… there just were not any Nubian or Boer billies around here. And I did not want to buy one, but borrow one as a stud. Oh well. Maybe next time.

  4. We have three kids–they’re teenagers now, and not always home for every meal, but when they were younger, we usually went through 6-7 gallons of milk a week! We all love our milk!

  5. I have thought about that and done it occasionally but read it was a bad idea. I had also read not to water down the juice and now I see they are selling AquaJuice (basically watered down juice). Pretty soon they’ll be selling it as AquaMilk and making millions. 😉

  6. I have never watered down my milk for drinking, but I ALWAYS water it down for baking! My waffle recipe calls for 2 cups of milk- I usually use 1 1/4 cups whole milk and 3/4 cup water. I figure it’s still probably thicker than if I were using skim milk! 🙂

  7. This is a great idea, thanks! I’ll give it a try. We’re doing all we can to cut food costs. Gardening, canning. I’m planning on getting some chickens to raise soon too.


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