How to Cut Your Holiday Baking Supply Costs
All of those special holiday cookies and pies are tasty, but they can put a big dent in your grocery budget. Use these tips to cut your holiday baking costs down to a level that you can afford.
Pair Coupons and Sales
Coupons for processed foods are the norm most of the year, but in November and December, you'll find lots of coupons for things like flour, chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and other baking essentials. Clip and print all the coupons you can. Then, wait for those items to go on sale at the grocery store.
Watch the Drug Store Circulars
CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid run fantastic deals on baking supplies during the holidays, and their spices are an absolute steal. Watch for opportunities to stack a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon and a sale, and you could come home with a few freebies to tuck in your pantry.
Tip: Drug store often include nuts in their Black Friday sale.
Right-Size Your Purchases
If you only need a small amount of something – dried fruit, nuts, a particular spice – it may be cheaper to buy it from the bulk bins. Take a minute to crunch the numbers, and see.
Do More from Scratch
Skip the ready-made pie crusts, doughs, and baking mixes. If you keep a few pantry staples on hand – flour, sugar, baking powder, etc. – you can whip up your own for a fraction of the cost, and they'll probably taste better, too.