Savings Secrets: 7 frugal baking tips for the holidays
Gift-giving is such a wonderful way to show people that we care. But sometimes, it's really hard to figure out what to give someone this holiday season. Perhaps we don't know a person well enough, or we simply don't know what our friend wants for Christmas.
One of the things that a lot of people like to do, including myself, is give the gift of a homemade treat. So even if you aren't planning on hosting this holiday season, it's time to stick on that apron and make some goodies for friends and loved ones. You ready? Here are 7 simple tips to help save some money and whip of some fantastic goodies for the holidays.
1. Use dry ingredients
. Instead of boxed mixes for items, make sure you always have flour, sugar and other baking items on hand. 2. Use similar ingredients
. If you know you've got flour, sugar, baking soda and baking powder, you can pretty much make any type of sweet treat for the holidays. This saves you money in the long-run, plus tends to keep things a little healthier, too. This is especially true if you stick to using whole grains in all your baking. 3. Keep it simple.
There's no need go for Top Chef here. Let's face it, not everyone can be a Paula Dean or Wolfgang Puck. Keep to simple recipes without a lot complication, and you'll be saving money two ways: 1. You'll be buying less ingredients and 2. there will be less accidents in the kitchen that require trips to the ER because you accidentally dropped the pan on your toe trying to do that fancy spin thing that all the chefs do on that show. 4. Purchase ingredients in bulk.
I love me some Costco, especially during the holiday season. I can just go in, buy the items I need in bulk AND save money. This is especially true of the dried goods, and organic foods. The prices I get at Costco usually can't be competed with. 5. Use coupons.
If you're going to the grocery store, never head in without your coupons
Did you know you could freeze items like your own cookie dough
? Make things ahead of time, and freeze them to help you save BOTH time and money. 7. Host a cookie swap!
That's a super simple way to save and get to try a lot of new recipes! Have a cookie swap party with 10 friends, and everyone brings 10 dozen cookies. Nom! You can find out more tips like this at a grocery couponing class in your area. What are some of your frugal holiday baking tips for the season? Will you be giving any scrumptious goodies as gifts this year?
Crystal Collins is an Atlanta local, adventurer, a health advocate and thrifty as can be. Check her out on her blog TheThriftyMama.com.