Stock Up On Baking Ingredients Before The Prices Skyrocket
We enjoy Christmas baking but we need to have the best baking ingredients stocked in our pantry but without the high costs.
Today I’m going to discuss with you which of those baking ingredients you WILL want to stock up on now or risk paying a heavier price closer to Christmas and New Years’.
The moment Halloween is over and done with the Christmas flyers and holiday sales start appearing just about everywhere.
Product sales throughout the year are orchestrated to perfection in chronological order because they know exactly what the consumer is looking to buy every month.
Come November any savvy grocery shopper knows that the grocery stores start pumping out baking ingredients for great prices.
Each week when we create our menu plan we know that we have to start incorporating some of these baking ingredients if we intend to whip up our famous holiday treats in December.
Most people don’t wait until the last minute to bake for Christmas especially if their baking is for gift-giving.
This is why you will see baking ingredients on sale in October and November.
If you wait to buy baking ingredients be prepared to pay a steep price for some of those well-known money busters like unsalted butter.
Many of you might shop at the Bulk Barn which is a great place to buy baking ingredients but you still have to compare prices because they aren’t always created equally.
One of the few reasons I would shop there is for variety and the $3.00 off when you spend $10 coupon they often have for customers online and in the weekly flyer.
Popular Christmas Baking Ingredients At Our House
Depending on what Christmas baking recipes someone uses baking ingredients will vary from person to person.
If you come from a Greek background or plan to bake Greek desserts you might invest in baking ingredients such as honey, flour, butter, nuts, and sugar while they are on sale in November.
Every culture has different types of signature treats for the holidays.
Stocking Up On Basic Christmas Ingredients
In our house, we bake a variety of Christmas balls which means we have to stock up on the basics.
- Butter (You can freeze butter so stock up when it’s on sale)
- Peanut butter
- Baking chocolate
- Cream Cheese
- 35% Whipping Cream
- Large Eggs
Most of what we buy comes from Costco as we find they have the best bulk prices or from Amazon Canada.
- Nuts – Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts
- Pure Vanilla Extract
- Anise Extract
- Almond Extract
- Maraschino Cherries
- Icing Sugar
- Brown Sugar
- Condensed Milk
- Coconut Milk
Christmas Recipes At Our House
Some of our favourite Christmas recipes that we almost always bake every holiday are inexpensive and very popular with the family.
The great part is you don’t have to wait until November to stock up on baking ingredients for Christmas especially if you have a stockpile budget as we do.
Every month we have $25 to spend on items we need to stock up on if we are low in the pantry.
If you know what baking ingredients you will need it’s easy to watch for the flyer sales and coupons to help cut costs. I
f you can match baking ingredients with a sale, coupons, and coupon app rebate you are well on your way to spending much less for Christmas baking.
This will lighten the load come November when even more baking ingredients go on sale.
Top 5 Christmas Baking Ingredients To Stock Up
This is typically something we do a few months before Christmas however keep your eyes open for weekly flyer deals in December.
I know Christmas baking always ends up on the week before list just as buying Christmas gifts and that used to be us.
Now, we plan our Christmas baking and shopping so the last two weeks we’re wrapping and getting ready to enjoy the festivities.
Unless you don’t mind paying $6.99 lb for butter or you churn butter yourself you should keep your eyes open for a great sale in November or even earlier as butter will last up to 3 months or more in the freezer.
The lowest we’ve seen this year for butter is $2.88 lb for Lactancia butter which is amazing.
If you have the spare cash grab what you need and save some money and freeze it.
Every passionate cook who loves homemade food will have a variety of flour in the home.
There are many kinds of flour on the market so decide which one’s you’ll need and buy them.
Oh, and if you need yeast, for making any of your desserts or bread recipes stock up on that too.
- Whole Wheat flour
- Gluten-free flour
- Cake flour
- All-Purpose flour
- Coconut Flour
- Lupin Flour
- Almond Flour
Over the past months, I’ve seen a 10kg of All-purpose Robin Hood flour on sale for $6.99 compared to $14.00 a bag at regular price.
If the price is right before November and into December stock up on a bag or 2 to fill your pantry needs for the rest of the year.
Also, if you read the labels on many of the flours you’ll notice some need to be refrigerated such as the lupin flour and almond flour.
Various Types Of Nuts
Christmas baking with nuts is essential in many cultures which means finding the best deal on many varieties of nuts mainly almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pecans, and cashews is important.
Nuts can skyrocket your grocery budget if you’re not careful but as I mentioned we’ve found the best deals on nuts at Costco.
Buying 2lbs of almonds for instance at the Bulk Barn will cost $12.99lb unless they go on sale for $8.99-$9.99lb.
Even so, I don’t think Bulk Barn would beat Costco prices so I’d say start with Costco depending on how much you need.
If you don’t need a bulk amount of nuts then skip the grocery store and try Bulk food stores for the best prices.
Almonds at Costco for instance costs $17.99 for 1.36kg online and around $15.99 if you go to the store.
If you don’t want to chance it buying nuts at Costco is a way to save unless you have a nut wholesaler in your community that sells for less.
Chocolate types and prices differ all over the world depending on whose brand it is and the percentage of cocoa in the chocolate.
If you plan to buy semi-sweet chocolate chips to bake your best buy would be the biggest bag especially if they are on sale.
Even better is if you have a Costco Membership or shop on Amazon you might find it cheaper or on Amazon.
Bakers Secret chocolate squares are popular as are Canino organic chocolate squares which you can find in the organic section of your grocery store.
If you’re looking for sugar-free chocolate chips Lily’s makes an excellent product or Krisda.
Although sugars such as icing sugar, brown sugar, and granulated sugar do go on sale from time to time that may change as time gets closer to Christmas.
I can typically find granulated for about $1.97 for a 2kg bag regularly.
I’ve also seen it for $1.44 which is a great stock-up price.
Come December you may or may not see some sugars go on sale so my suggestion is to get it while the price is hot.
CBB Fans Tell Us What Their Top Baking Staples Are For Christmas
What the fans are saying…
I asked my Facebook fans what 5 Christmas baking ingredients were stock-up items at their house?
- Nicola D. – Flour, icing sugar, brown sugar, lard, and baking soda.
- Christine W. – I’d say flour, sugar (white, brown, and icing), butter, eggs, and cinnamon.
- Colleen K. – Cocoa, sugar, flour, eggs, lard
- Beth Anne – Candied fruit for Christmas cake, suet for Christmas pudding and some for the freezer ’cause I can’t get it the rest of the year, butter, sugar, and flour, for most everything.
Remember if you are a Costco member November is another great reason to watch those sales. Buying in bulk at Costco has its advantages for some products but pair that with a sale price and you can pick up cheap baking ingredients.
Discussion: What 5 Christmas baking ingredients would top your must-have list to buy?
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2015 Grocery shop results
Yearly grocery budget for two 2015: $2820
(The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $235 per year or $25 per month.
Points Overview (add any other sections you need to show us your savings)
- Total Grocery Budget for the Month:
- Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs
- Total Gift Cards used to date: $32.40
- Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
- Total Rewards Points used to date: $140.00
- PC Points Plus Earned to date: 54920
- Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0.98
Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)
- Snap Groupon to date: $28.00
- Zweet to date: $18.00
- Checkout51 to date: $6.00
Grocery Shop This Week
- 2 x 2% milk $3.97 each
- 1x 3.25% milk $4.97
- Tahini Sale $7.99
- Cheerios Sale $4.97
- Bananas $1.47
- 6 x Black Diamond Cheese bars $3.97 (stockpile) $23.82 (stockpile budget)
- Yogurt Astro $0.99 reduced Reg $2.99
- Prune Yogurt $1.99 reduced
- Red Cabbage $4.07
- 2kg Bag of Beets reduced to $0.99 on sale for $2.47
- 3 x Nano Yogurt $1.50 reduced from $2.99 each
Total Out-of-Pocket: $63.70-$23.82 stockpile budget $39.88
- 2 x Peanut Butter 1kg $2.47
- 2 x large dozen eggs $2.74 each
Total Out-of-Pocket: $10.42
- Total to spend this month
$235$188.10 (overspend from October to catch up on)
- Stockpile budget 2015 ($25.00): (Jan/Feb) $50.00 +$0 (Mar)+$16.94+$25.00 (April)+$25.00+ May $25.00+ June $25.00+July $14.44+Aug $25.00+Sept $25.00+ Oct $25.00
- Stockpile budget used this month: $23.82
- Total coupons used this week: $0
- Total coupons used to date: $34.50
- Total in-store discounts this week: $8.98
- Total in-store discounts to date: $655.52
- Total spent this week: $50.30
- Total spent so far this month: $50.30
- Total over/Under spend this shop: under
- Total over/Under spend for the month: $n/a
- Total left to spend for the month: $188.10-$50.30=$137.80
- Total Spent To Date 2015: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $166.49+ Feb $261.51+ Mar $231.02 + April $258.44+May $218.12+ June $235.67+July $212.16+August $118.15+ September $130.37+ October $281.89+ November $
Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)
We don’t need much this week but I picked up a few flyer specials including the peanut butter and cheese that was on sale.
There is a small grocery budget for this month although we don’t have much to buy.
We just don’t have the time like we used to bake.
Canadian Coupons Found
Here are some great places you can find Canadian Coupons!
We’re finding fewer and fewer coupons in the stores these days.
What are your thoughts? Are coupon apps taking over the paper coupons?
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- Grocery Game Challenge RULES: Read the rules first and if you have any questions email me or comment on this post with your question and someone will answer you as soon as possible.
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- When does the Grocery Game close each month?: The Grocery Game Challenge closes at midnight of the last Sunday of the last post for the month but you will still get a ballot when you post your shops even if they are late but I encourage you to stay on schedule. It’s a proven fact the minute we stop doing something that is scheduled that we end up forgetting to do it all together. Don’t let that be you! You can post your shops all month-long.
- Does your Grocery Budget include health and beauty and laundry products?:
YesNo, our Grocery Budget includes such items as shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap, etc. As of 2014-2015, we no longer include such items in our grocery budget so we can see actual food numbers at the end of the year so we can plan accordingly for our budget. We don’t mind stockpiling items that won’t be affected by expiry dates or have long expiry dates but not so much food anymore. It’s just one way to help cut your budget to save money.
- Canadian Coupons: Where can I find Canadian Coupons?:
- Best Coupon Apps: Coupons are slowly fading out but mobile coupon apps are the big rave these days. Just recently the popular coupon site that mailed coupons to households has gotten involved with their new mobile Save.ca app joining forces with the many apps that are already out there.
- What is the Best Flyer App- We use Flipp on our iPhone to have all of our flyers in one spot download Flipp from the Apple Store or get it on Google Play.
- What is an FPC?: An FPC is a free product coupon which means you can get a free product as described on the coupon.
- What is GGC?– The Grocery Game Challenge of course!
- How Do I Know what stores accept coupons?: If you are not sure it’s always best to call the store and ask.
- How Do I Grocery Shop?: I can tell you about grocery shopping and what we do in terms of shopping to save money and how it works for us. There are no wrong or right answers, just smart choices.
Cleaning Up Your Grocery Budget
Over time you will gradually learn where you should and shouldn’t go in the grocery store or at least how to say no, I’m on a budget I need to buy this or that.
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