5 Way To Save Money On Baking

5 Ways to Save Money On Baking

5 Way To Save Money On Baking

Hi everyone. Mrs. Coupon Dad here. Now that the weather is cooler, I want to bake. I am sure I’m not alone so I thought I would share 5 ways to help you save money on baking.

There is nothing like the smell or taste of a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie or apple pie. However, by the time you purchase all the ingredients, it can cost a small fortune. I am here to help! Here we go…

1. Don’t buy brown sugar!  What on earth are you talking about? You can’t bake a batch of cookies without brown sugar!! True. However did you know that the average cost of brown sugar is $1.92 for a 2 lb. package??? Did you know the average cost for the same amount of granulated sugar is $1.20??? But, how do I get granulated sugar into brown sugar???…. That’s simply. You just add molasses. Granulated sugar + molasses is all brown sugar is. Nothing special but the price.

Add 1 tablespoon of molasses to 1 cup of sugar and mix with a fork!

Take that same 2 pounds of sugar and 4 T of molasses and your cost will be the same $1.20 for the sugar and $.46 (an 8oz jar is $2.79) for the molasses and the total cost is $1.64 for the same 2 pounds!!

Of course, those are the prices before coupons on the sugar and molasses. Check out FREE coupon list for a coupon before you head to the store!

2. Don’t buy powdered sugar! Seriously??? Yes. Remember sugar cost only $1.20 for that 2 pound package. But, realistically it comes in 4 pounds and up,  so a 4 pound bag is $2.39. Powdered sugar costs about $3.94 for the same 4 pounds. That’s $1.55 more for the same thing…. sugar! So how do I get it all powdery and fluffy??? Simple. Just added the amount of sugar that you need (1 cup granulated = 1 cup powdered) to a high speed blender or food processor and blend for 5 minutes. Now if you want to make a batch for future use, I add 1 tablespoon of corn starch per cup of sugar. This prevents caking. Corn starch is also in every commercial brand so if you want “authentic”, add corn starch!

3. Don’t buy buttermilk! How many times have you had that one recipe that called for a cup of buttermilk and you have to buy the whole quart of half-gallon for that one recipe?? I love to be in the kitchen especially when baking is concerned.  Most of my grandmother’s recipes call for buttermilk. But I don’t alway have buttermilk and when I buy it, the container will go bad before I use it all. So, here a few things that you most likely have that will give you the exact same results as buttermilk. The acidity is what you are wanting to make those pancakes rise, biscuits flakey, and cake moist! It’s a good chance you already have some or all of these ingredients on hand to prevent you from buying buttermilk.

– 1 cup of milk to 1 T of lemon juice
– 1 cup of milk to 1 T of vinegar
– 1 cup of milk to 1/2 tsp. of cream of tartar
– 1/4 cup of milk to 3/4 c. of plain yogurt (this is my favorite substitution and I use Greek yogurt)
– 1/c cup of milk to 3/4 c. of sour cream

4. Don’t buy fancy flours! The cost of 5 pounds of All Purpose Flour (APF) is $2.44. Bread flour will run you $3.44 for 5 pounds, self rising will cost you $4.29,  and cake flour will set you back $6.98 for the same 5 pounds! Now,  if you are just doing everyday baking like cookies, cakes, and pies, there is no need to buy bread flour, self rising flour,  AND cake flour. All you need is APF! The exception to this rule is if your are gonna make crusty breads and pizza crust. If you are making those things, you will want to purchase bread flour. APF will work just fine and dandy for all other purposes… hence why it is call all purpose?

The difference in bread flour, cake flour, and self-rising is the amount of protein in the wheat! While self rising and cake flour have a low protein content, bread flour has a high content.   APF is right in the middle.  We are talking a couple of percentages in the difference. Really and truly cake flour is just self rising flour without the baking soda and salt.  The protein content is why you will want to purchase your bread flour when needed because it’s very hard to add wheat protein. You could, but it would be more expensive than just buying the bread flour.

I know many people who use self-rising flour just because they don’t know the ratios for the baking soda and salt. Stop the madness. Not only are you wasting money, you aren’t getting the best baking results you can.  Self rising is a very soft, and low protein flour. For pies, cookies, and most breads, all you need is APF. You don’t need that soft flour for sturdier baked goods.

To make your own “self rising flour” just add 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to 1 cup of APF. That’s it. See how easy!

Now, store bought self rising flour and cake flour are gonna feel softer than APF. If you have a recipe that specifically ask for self rising flour, like my grandmother’s chicken and dumpling,  or cake flour this is what you do. You are gonna make cake flour… Yes, cake flour.  Remember cake flour and self rising flour are the same flours one has the leavening agents and one does not.

To make cake flour, measure out 1 cup of APF, take out 2 T, add 2 T of corn starch and sift 5 times.

The sifting process is where you want to take advantage of that free kid labor! By taking out the 2 tablespoons and replacing it with cornstarch, you are diluting some of the protein. By sifting it, that’s gonna give you the soft flour that will yield the same fluffy, flakey results. To make it self rising, just add the 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt for every cup of flour before you sift.

5. Don’t buy baking powder! Wait, what?? That’s right. The reason I don’t buy baking powder isn’t so much about cost, its more so about health. Being unhealthy can cost a fortune so I guess it’s to save money too.

Baking powder is used as a leavening agent. A leavening agent is what makes your breads and cakes rise.

Baking power is corn starch, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), sodium aluminum sulfate, and monocalcium phosphate. It’s the sodium aluminum sulfate that concerns me. There has been much debate in the scientific world over the last few years on whether or not sodium aluminum sulfate is linked to Alzheimer’s.  If the scientific world is unsure of it, I really don’t want to consume it, so I avoid it. Besides, there is a really easy substitute!

Instead of baking powder, use 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar!

So there you have it! There are my 5 ways to save while baking this fall! I hope you have as much fun in the kitchen as I do. Please feel free to email me sandy at coupondad dot net or just leave a comment here if you should have any baking or cooking questions. Also, feel free to share your favorite recipes!!

Sandy
a.k.a. Mrs. CD

Coupon Dad’s Top Deals of the Day – September 26, 2014

Coupon Dad's Top Deals of the Day - September 26, 2014

It’s Friday!! Welcome to Coupon Dad’s Top Deals of the Day for September 26, 2014!

– Save 15% off your entire check with this Logan’s Roadhouse coupon!

– Take 25% off your entire purchase at Gap!

– Get 15% off your to go order at Olive Garden!

– Save on skincare. Get 10% to 30% off skincare at philosophy!

– Buy one, get one 50% sitewide off ThinkGeek!

– Get 15% off your entire purchase at Belk!

– Buy one, get one FREE on jewelry at Charlotte Russe!

Sandals Promo Codes 2014 – Up To $1000 Air Credit

Save big on your next getaway with these Sandals promo codes

Sandals Promo Codes 2014

Mrs. Coupon Dad is itching to use one of the Sandals promo codes for a getaway. I am ready for one myself.  The ocean breeze, all inclusive accommodations, and some relaxation. I’m in!!

Sandals Promo Codes and Deals

Promo Code: Grenada Sweepstakes
Multiple winners! So make sure to enter for your chance to get a week free in a beautiful SkyPool Suite in Grenada from Sandals! 5 winners per month for 5 months. Looks like everything is included too once you get there ! Prizes is valued at $5,500. SWEET. So really you would just need to get there and then have some spending money maybe. Great vacation for cheap though! See all the details on the sweepstakes page. This deal is good through November 29, 2014.

Promo Code: ANTIGUA
Save up to 60% plus 1 Night Free and a $100 Red Lane Spa Credit at the luxury included Sandals Antigua .  Simply book through the link above and your discounts will automatically be applied. Some exclusions may apply to Sandals promo codes and deals. This is a limited time offer.

Promo Code: MONTEGO
Get 2 nights Free plus save up to 60% and a $100 Red Lane Spa Credit at Sandals Montego Bay, Jamaica! Simply click the link above and your savings will automatically be applied to your booking. This is a limited time offer.

Promo Code: LATOC
Get 1 Night Free plus up to 65% at Sandals La Toc Golf Resort & Spa in St. Lucia. This is a beautiful resort! I have dined at this resort and it was amazing. Just book your vacation from the link above. Your discount will automatically be applied to your booking. This is a limited time offer.

Deal: ROYAL
Get 2 Nights Free plus up to 65% and a $250 Red Lane Spa credit at Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort located in beautiful Montego Bay, Jamaica.  Simply book your vacation from the link above and your discounts will automatically be applied to your booking. This is a limited time offer.

Deal: BAHAMA
Get 1 Night Free plus Save up to 65% and a $100 Red Lane Spa credit at Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island. Simply book your vacation from the link above to score this discount.  This is a limited time offer.

Promo Code: KATT23
Free catamaran cruise when you book 6 nights or more Sandals Montego Bay! Just book your vacation from the link above and enter the promo code at checkout to get your free cruise. This is a limited time offer.

Deal: GOLF
Enjoy 2 FREE Rounds of Golf At Sandals Emerald Bay, Bahamas. Just click the link above to book your vacation and to lock in your free golf. Some exclusions may apply to Sandals promo codes and deals.

Promo Code: CWY33
Free Castaway Cay Package includes free transfer to dock, Private boat transfer to secluded Castaway Island, 4 Hours with your loved one on Castaway Island, Beach chairs and beach floats for your enjoyment, bottle of wine and a cooler with drinks, Choice of 1 of 4 lunch options. Just click the link above and book your vacation Sandals Emerald Bay located in Great Exuma, Bahamas and enter the promo code at checkout.  Some exclusions may apply. This is a limited time offer.

Sandals Locations

Sandals Resorts are located throughout the Caribbean.  Every Sandals luxury resort sits directly on a stunning beach, on six of the most gorgeous islands in a region famous for its endless white sand, azure waters, and exotic sunsets. Visit Sandals in Jamaica, Bahamas, Saint Lucia, Antigua, Grenada, and Barbados.

How to Save at Sandals

The best way to save on Sandals all-inclusive vacations is visit this page often. We work daily to ensure that the latest Sandals promo codes and deals are available.

Military Discount

This is awesome!! Sandals Resorts would like to honor you for your military services, and extend an extra 10% off to take a well deserved vacation to the exotic islands of the Caribbean

MILITARY – (click link to activate)

Simply click the link above to get your discount. You will be asked a few questions and that’s it!

What We Love About Sandals

Mrs. Coupon Dad and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary at the Sandals Halcyon Beach located in Castries, Saint Lucia. The thing that drew us to Sandals was the all-inclusive price.  Except for a little spending money for souvenirs, you can leave your wallet at home. Tipping is not even allowed! Sandals offers everything you need and more! All inclusive really means all inclusive. Even SCUBA diving and parasailing is included!

The Halcyon is the smaller of the three Sandals resorts in Saint Lucia. It was not only very beautiful but very quiet too. While we stayed at the Halycon, we got to play and dine at the other two resorts as well at no extra charge. They have a shuttle that takes you from one resort to another. If we had it to do all over again, we wouldn’t change a thing.

To say that our experience was anything less than amazing would be an understatement. The staff and people that we met while in Saint Lucia will be in our memories forever. If you ever get the chance to go, stop by the Halycon and say “hi” to Rasta Charlie. You will find him  He will find you on the beach. Since it was our 10 year anniversary, we splurged a bit and got a room that included butler service. That my friend was amazing!  Mrs. Coupon Dad is always asking, “when can we go back?”.  So don’t wait….book your awesome vacation today with our Sandals promo codes and deals above. You won’t be disappointed!

Coupon Dad on St. Lucia

Kohl’s Deal – Women’s Jeans for $5.98

Kohl's Deal - Women's Jeans for $5.98

 

Kohl’s Deal – Women’s Jeans for $5.98

Hi everyone! It’s Mrs. CD here to tell you about a fantastic Kohl’s deal that will score you a pair of jeans for only $5.98!!!! No kidding, only $5.98!!  Here’s how I scored pants for the entire fall season for only $42.61, including my $5.98 jeans!! Here’s what I did…

I  shopped Kohl’s online, but before I went, I checkout all the promo codes that Coupon Dad has on the Kohl’s page.  The two that stood out to me was 15% off your entire purchase and the 20% off clearance!! And yes, you can stack those!!!! So, I went directly to the clearance section. I have lost a little weight and last year’s pants and jeans no longer fit,  so pants and jeans were my mission.  This is what I found…

Simply Vera Vera Want Crepe Pants – Normally $48, on clearance for $9.60!

Jennifer Lopez Boyfriend jeans – Normally $64, on clearance for $12.80!

Chaps Straight Leg Jeans – Normally $59, on clearance for $17.70!

Finally, Apt.9 Skinny Jeans – Normally $44, on clearance for $8.80!

I entered the Kohl’s coupon codes SEPTYES15 to get the 15% off purchase and CLEARANCE20 to get 20% off clearance!

That makes the Vera Wang pants only $6.53, the JLO jeans only $8.70, the Chaps jeans only $12.01, and the Apt. 9 jeans only $5.98!!! The most expensive pair was only $12!!! This deal will get me through fall and most of the “winter” here in South Texas!

I got $215 worth of pants and jeans for only $42.61!!! Hurry, this Kohl’s deal is good through September 29, 2014!!

Coupon Dad’s Top Deals of the Day – September 25, 2014

Coupon Dad's Top Deals of the Day - September 25, 2014

Welcome to Coupon Dad’s Top Deals of the Day for September 25, 2014.

– Get 25% off your entire purchase at Old Navy!

– Get 40% off your entire purchase at Shutterfly!

– Buy one, get one 50% off the entire collection at Aerie!

– Printable and online coupon for up to $50 off at Spirit Halloween!