In making homemade mac and cheese the only extra time needed is to shred or grate the cheese. If you are making this for your children that is a great task for them to help out in the kitchen. While waiting for the water to boil and the pasta to cook, you make the sauce. It's that simple. You can also use the type of milk, butter and cheese your family likes instead of whatever the manufacturer decides to put in. You are also using real cheese. Like I said earlier if you buy frozen mac and cheese, yes you will save time but definitely not money and who really knows what it is you are feeding your family.
Another example is boxed Hamburger Helper or Pasta Roni type foods. What is it that you're really buying. The pasta and seasoning that use a lot of sodium. You still need to add your ground meat and liquids. Why not try my Pasta Casserole or use one of my pasta sauces, then add ground meat or whatever you have in leftovers.
Finally, my childhood favorite Rice A Roni. Again you are paying for rice and seasonings with a lot os sodium. Make my Chicken Flavored Rice and feel my better about what your serving your family. Once you feel comfortable making this rice dish, try some of my other rice recipes.
So the next time you are grocery shopping, remember that a bag of rice or a package of pasta mixed with some basic food items you probably already have is less expensive and doesn't take any more time than buying that pre-made or pre-packaged chemical laden food.
There are some foods that are more convenient to buy than make; sandwich breads, crackers and tortillas to name a few. Here are a few things I like to keep handy for convenience: frozen fruit, vegetables and canned tomatoes. These items out of season are more expensive and generally not as ripe as they are in season.