I have to admit that I love making cookies. But cookies can be expensive.
If you buy the store bought brand cookies you typically look at spending more than $2 for a package of refrigerated dough. If you make them from scratch, the budget is still somewhat high after you add all the ingredients you need to make the cookies.
However, I recently discovered a way to make cookies without having to break the bank.
Throughout the year the Pillsbury Company sells holiday Funfetti cake mixes. I typically find these cake mixes during the Christmas, July 4th, Valentine’s Day and Easter seasons. Before the holiday, the cake mixes sell for more than a dollar per box. However, after the holiday, my grocery store typically marks them down to 50 cents a box. I stock up.
I typically buy several boxes of mix to get me through until the end of the next Funfetti season. Although the boxes say they are for cake mixes, there is a wonderful cookie recipe on the side of the box. This is a great resource. I am constantly making cookies, cupcakes and cakes out of the Funfetti mix and I spend just 50 cents for these delicious treats.
Funfetti cake mix is not the only Funfetti item that typically goes on sale. I also find that I can purchase the Funfetti icing for 50 cents a tub. I usually don’t add the sprinkles on top to prevent it from looking seasonal and find that I have a countless supply of icing for next to nothing.
However, it is not just the Funfetti items that I find at affordable prices. I recently purchased Pillsbury seasonal sugar cookies. They were heart sugar cookies made for Valentine’s Day. I purchased the sugar cookies for 50 cents a package. While they sold them for $1.99 before the holiday, my local grocery store marked them down to 99 cents a package after the holiday. I added a coupon that allowed me to save a $1 on two and again spent 50 cents a package.
For those who are looking to save money on something sweet I remind them to search for sales. You can still feed your sweet tooth with out breaking the bank.
Stephanie Eaton Harvie has been working professionally in the world of journalism since 1997. She began her career in Dunn, N.C., and served as the editor of the Angier Independent. She has worked for the Fuquay-Varina Independent, Holly Springs Sun, Garner News, Cleveland Post and Apex Herald since 2005. She has learned tips on frugality by being a stay-at-home mom to her two children.