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Just like other grocery item you buy, you can buy all your holiday baking supplies at a considerable savings by comparing prices. With a little planning ahead, you can save as much as 83%! I’ll never forget one time my brother and I decided to make cookies. We made our list, and picked up what we needed at the local grocery store. The ingredients cost us $30. The grocery stores do not really want to help you save money on your groceries, nor do they support buying “ingredients” to make your own food from scratch. If you have to spend $30 to make cookies, you may be discouraged to make your own foods. There is a better way. Below I compare the price of buying some typical baking ingredients at my local grocery store with the Penny Pantry way of buying groceries. Your prices and stores may be different from mine, so I encourage you to make a Price List based on your area.
Above are pickle jars I re-used to store some of my dry goods
I buy many of my dry goods in 25-50 lb. bags and store in my freezer in smaller bags. If you don’t want to buy such a large quantity, you can compare prices of the smaller sizes in your area. You will still save a lot of money!
The price in red is what the price was today at my local national grocery store. The price in brown is the price I buy the item for with the Penny Pantry System. Don’t see something on here you want to buy at the lowest price? Ask me as I will probably have the info. in my Price Book. Happy Baking & Saving everyone! 🙂
My Local Grocery Store: 4 lbs. C&H $3.59=$.89/lb.
Smart Food Service: (White Satin brand) $15.09/25 lbs.=$.60/lb. Only $.45/lb. in a 50 lb. bag (share with friends!)
as much as 50% Savings During the holiday season, sugar also comes up on deals at Drugstores that are sometimes less than my lowest prices! The sales start in October and continue for a few months. You can get sugar for as low as $.33/lb. at Walgreen’s right now!
My Local Grocery Store: $4.09/2 lbs.=$2.04/lb.
Smart Food Service: $17.08/25 lbs.=$.68/lb.
Maple Syrup Store brand
My Local Grocery Store: $16.99/32 oz.
Costco: $11.59/32 oz.
Vegan Butter Earth Balance
My Local Grocery Store: $5.69/16 oz.
Grocery Outlet: $3.99/16 oz. or “Melt” brand for $.99/16 oz. baking sticks (my local Grocery Outlet stores have been carrying these 2 brands regularly)
as much as 83% Savings
My Local Grocery Store: Gold Medal $3.99/ 5 lbs. or Bob’s Red Mill $9.09/5 lbs.=$.80 and $1.82/lb.
Smart Food Service: Adams Brand $13.27/50 lb.=$.26/lb. (Bob’s is 86% more than this!)
68% Savings (over Gold Medal)
Whole Wheat Pastry Flour: Bob’s Red Mill
My Local Grocery Store: $5.69/5 lb.=$1.14/lb.
Sprouts (on BOGO sale & 2 coupons) 5 lb. bag=$.26/lb.
Oats: Bob’s Red Mill
My Local Grocery Store: $6.39/32 oz.=$3.19/lb.
Smart Food Service: $17/25 lb. bag=$.68/lb.
My Local Grocery Store: $4.49 (Guittard, cheapest vegan one)=$5.99/lb.
Trader Joe’s: $1.99/12 oz.=$2.65/lb.
Up to 50% Off Select Holiday Themed Candy!
My Local Grocery Store: $5.49/8 oz.=$11/lb.
Trader Joe’s 9 oz. $2.49=$4.43/lb.
Extracts (vanilla et al) (Word of caution: it may be tempting to buy cheap vanilla extract from Mexico, but don’t). It is most likely not vanilla at all, and contains coumarin.) See the info. HERE. I buy pure vanilla extract from Amazon with my Swagbucks points. I have accrued $100’s of dollars over the years with Swagbucks, and even got a free Cusinart ice cream maker before they switched to solely gift card rewards. You can learn more and sign up for Swagbucks HERE!
I buy common spices for $1/bottle at Dollar Tree, Big Lots, etc. The quality has been fine for these. Other less common spices I buy at my local Health Food Store, Harvest House in bulk
Baking Powder: Clabber Girl
My Local Grocery Store: $3.39/8.1 oz.
Grocery Outlet & 99 Cents Only Store: $.99/8.1 oz.
Pumpkin Pie I made this past Thanksgiving for $1.50. Recipe and info. HERE