How to Save money on Baking Supplies
Fall means the baking season is upon us. Baking can be a great way to save on everything from cookies for school lunches to gifts for the upcoming holiday season. For the most part, baking is not overly pricy, but there are ways you can save even more if you know what you are doing. In this post, I will tell you some tips on how to save on baking supplies so you can bake up a storm!
First of all, and you have probably heard this a lot if you live frugally, but buy in bulk. You can get organic flours and sugar cheaper than the non-organic stuff that is already bagged up on the shelves. On average I save at least 35% on the price of staples.
When you find a great deal on something, stock up and freeze. In the winter, butter often goes on sale. It freezes well and thaws well. Buy now and stock up so when the sale ends, you still have plenty around.
Speaking of butter, don’t throw out that butter wrapper! Instead of buying non-stick spray, just rub your baking pans with it when the recipe calls for a greased pan.
You can make some of your own supplies. Many of the normal baking ingredients we use are convenience and not something you can’t make on your own. For instance, the make baking powder, you just need 1 part baking soda, 1 part cornstarch and 1 ½ parts cream of tartar.
Look for local farmers for eggs, milk or honey. You can often get these at a way lower price than in the store, especially if you buy in a larger quantity.
Be on the lookout for more coupons this time of year. Companies know this is a high baking season as well and release some great coupons for their brands’ supplies. Combine with the sales going on and stock up.
Buy higher quality baking pans and utensils. You will need to replace them less often, so they cost less in the end.
For good buys on equipment, look at thrift stores or even craft stores. Sometimes you can get great deals on off season items and pans that were only used once.
You can re-use some supplies. Try shaking off crumbs on foil and wax paper. As long as nothing raw was on them, they can be used at least one more time.
What other ways can you come up with to save on baking supplies?