Powdered milk – save money and plastic

62 weeks ago we switched from buying plastic bottled milk to milk powder I wanted to share how much money we’ve saved in one year and how many plastic bottles have not been bought into our home. I buy 2kg powdered milk bags from Moore Wilsons. The bags are large zip lock bags that I wash and reuse over and over again then they are recycled once they are no longer resealable. We make our milk in 1L glass bottles my mum gave me. We’ve used the same 6 glass jars for the last year. Glass is used over and over and over again.

We go through about 6 litres of milk per week at .95c per litre we spend $5.70 per week on milk.

6L at .95c/L = $5.70/week = $296.40/year


If we were to buy store bought 2L or 3L Homebrand plastic bottles

2L costs $2.99 = $8.97/ week = $466.44/year

3L costs $4.45 = $8.90/week = $462.80/year

We’ve saved lots of money in the last year;

from 2L bottles saved $170.04/year

from 3L bottles saved $166.40/year

So we’ve saved money and more importantly have saved 186 2L bottles or 124 3L bottles!!! Woop woop. Saved money and plastic. That I LOVE!!

I must also mention how much money is saved by not go to the supermarket/ diary/ petrol station to buy milk. Popping into the supermarket for one item always costs around $50. So by making our own milk we not only save money on milk but also on all the other stuff we’re not buying.


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7 thoughts on “Powdered milk – save money and plastic

  1. July 15, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    What a great tip. I like the thought of not having to trash the plastic bottles. Of course, in the old days, the milkman used to deliver milk in glass and collect the returns. Revisiting from UBC. http://475035832790540880.weebly.com/blog.html

    1. July 15, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      I know I remember those days. In Holland the milkman still comes round to your house. Would be so cool if they did again. Mx

  2. July 16, 2013 at 9:57 am

    I’m so glad I posted below you on the comment chain or I might not have found your blog! I’m not a great milk drinker and don’t have it in tea or coffee but the rest of the family are and I wonder how the flavour compares? Certainly in the past when I have used powdered milk when camping for example it wasn’t quite the same. We are too far off the beaten track for the milkman. But he does come to the village and he has offered to drop our milk off at the castle for us. I really must take him up on his offer, in the meantime I shall mix up some powdered milk and see if anyone notices!

    1. July 16, 2013 at 10:01 am

      Aw thanks. Wow I love that you have a castle nearby!!! There aren’t many castles here in New Zealand and no milkmen any more sadly. If you leave the milk powder overnight I doubt anyone will notice. It’s so normal for us now I love not ever running out of milk. Would love to hear how you get on. Mx

  3. Anonymous
    July 17, 2013 at 5:55 am

    Hi Madeleine
    We make up our milk, trim and blue, from powder also. Most people never notice the difference in taste (even though they would turn their noses up if they knew!) 🙂 I even make homemade yoghurt with milk powder! And if you run out of milk you can quickly make up another batch – no more trips to the supermarket for milk.

  4. Chaucey
    February 23, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    How much milk does your 2kg bag make up?
    Just wanting to run the sums on how a 1kg packet compares to the current homebrand prices.

  5. Stinkybum
    April 14, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    I love this post, what a great idea! We have milk powder in the emergency kit (Homebrand, we don’t shop at MW!!) and I use it in the breadmaker but always thought it would taste yucky as milk. We go through 3x 3litres milk per week between 2 of us (I know a LOT) and I am trying to slash the grocery costs where I can. Was looking into raw milk but at the quantity we consume would be far too expensive.

    Am always on the lookout for glass jars – larger than jamjars, will try and remember to look in some opshops