Baking isn’t Frugal (But it’s Fun)
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In the spirit of giving, I’ve been making a list of people I can bake and bring some treats to this week. Being so new to Port Moody (and before that, New Westminster), I’ve been overwhelmed by how warm and inviting everyone I’ve met so far has been. Like the guys at my coworking space who offered to help me move in the summer. And others who have been helping me since my car accident. I’m a new face in town, and nobody has had to be nice to me… but they have been, and I want to thank them for that.
In case I haven’t mentioned it before, I love to bake. Growing up, it seemed like my mom or aunt always had something in the oven. Chocolate chip banana bread was their specialty, but cookies were always my favourite. For those of you with a sweet tooth, you know there’s no treat more satisfying than a warm, soft cookie – and a glass of milk or tea to go with it! This Christmas, I decided to try two new cookie recipes: chai spiced sugar cookies and salted chocolate chip cookies. But before I could start baking, I had to go shopping.
Of course, here’s where the dollars and cents come into play. I knew shopping for ingredients was not going to be cheap, because I needed absolutely everything on the list. I’ve only been living back in BC since the spring, but have been travelling for work and weddings so much ever since, that I still haven’t done the “big grocery shop” where you buy all of your condiments, spices, etc. (Seriously, I had friends from Portland stay with me in November, and when they offered to make me dinner they were shocked I didn’t even have salt!)
Anyway, knowing how expensive everything was going to be, I decided to hit the evil big box store’s grocery aisles for this shopping trip. Here’s how it all added up:
- All-purpose flour ($4.79)
- Baking powder ($3.00)
- Baking soda ($0.99)
- Allspice ($5.97)
- Cardamom ($9.67)
- Ground ginger ($6.97)
- Almond extract ($4.99)
- Vanilla extract ($5.99)
- Chocolate chips x 2 ($5.94)
- Parchment paper ($2.69)
Grand total: $51 even. For two batches of cookies! LOL
I freaked out for a minute, then remembered that some of the ingredients would last for months – the extracts, powders and spices even longer. Another blow to this month’s budget? Yes. But today I get to spend the whole afternoon baking with a friend, and packaging the cookies up, so I can deliver sweet thank you’s this week.
Do you have any hobbies that aren’t frugal but are fun?