So your baking budget for the holidays is cut down. You need to find a way to make things stretch further with your holiday desserts. Look no further – here are some great tips for making frugal holiday desserts.
Cook from scratch. If you avoid pre-made pie crusts and cookie doughs you’ll save yourself a ton. You might have to give up a little convenience cooking to go more frugal if you’re trying to cut costs on your holiday desserts.
Avoid specialty ingredients. Don’t go for the Swiss chocolate and avoid expensive nuts like pecans. You can substitute with less expensive kind of chocolate or nuts.
Think bulk. Buying in bulk will save you money in the long run. Follow the sales and stock up on things like sugar and flour. Butter can be stored in the freezer.
Get items that are in season. Buy pumpkin in season, puree it yourself and save it for future use, and you’ll really be saving yourself money.
Plan in advance. Make a list of your must-bake desserts for the holiday and all of the ingredients you will need, and buy them in advance. Do it a little at a time and watch those sales.
Use what you have. To give yourself a little extra money for those extra dessert ingredients, cook out of your freezer and pantry. Don’t buy so much for your weekly grocery shopping; just get the necessities and things that are perishable. This way you’ll have extra money for those extra holiday dessert ingredients you need.
Bake with your friends. Invite friends over and ask them to bring ingredients to make their favorite holiday cookies and bake in bulk. In this way, you get several different new recipes without having to buy all of the specialty ingredients. You’ll have tons of fun hanging with your friends for an evening baking all of your holiday cookies together.
Bake things together. Use the space in your oven and have multiple things baking at once. It will save on your electric and gas bill because you won’t be running your stove as long if you’re doing multiple things at once. Just keep track of cooking times and make sure you follow those carefully.
Utilize your oven heat efficiently. Instead of turning the oven temperatures up and down for each different temperature required for each item, start out with the ones that require a lower cooking temperature and work your way up. Your oven will thank you for it because it won’t have to work as hard jumping back and forth between different temperatures.
Thift stores. If you need special pans or cookie cutters, check your local Goodwill or salvage store for these items. You don’t have to buy new and you can find some really good equipment for cheap.
With a lot of careful planning of what you’re going to bake and what ingredients you will need, you can really make your dollar stretch much further. There’s no need to cut out the holiday desserts though when money is tight. Just think smarter and forfeit the convenience foods, and you’ll still be able to enjoy sweet treats this holiday season without breaking the bank.