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If you’re a budget baker like me and like to start baking Christmas Cookies ahead of the season, you’ll love these five delicious recipes.
Christmas Cookies Without The High Costs
This time of year, budget bakers search for Christmas baking ideas that won’t cost them a fortune.
Just because you have a tight budget doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy home-baked Christmas cookies.
You don’t need to be a baker to make simple Christmas cookies.
Your friends, family, and co-workers will enjoy your holiday gift even if they aren’t perfect.
As long as they taste good, then you’re fine.
I’m betting if we did a count of hands here that, most of us would love to receive homemade Christmas cookies over a boring gift that doesn’t suit them.
Everyone loves Christmas cookies!
Related: Holiday Baking On A Budget
Some of the best Christmas cookies that I’ve ever had before came from our family kitchen and those of our relatives.
Mrs. CBB’s family is unique regarding baking and the holidays.
There is never a holiday that we don’t arrive at her parent’s house without Christmas cookies.
My mother-in-law has a massive spread on the dining room table, and her side table is full of Christmas cookies, cakes, Panetone, and Chocolates.
Turtles come to mind.
There are plates of mixed nuts, raisins, and other goodies that we all snack on for about a week.
Yes, we gain the ten holiday pounds, but it’s worth it.
Holiday Baking And Planning
Each year, we make a batch of the following budget-baking Christmas cookies.
Some of the most expensive ingredients when it comes to baking include nuts, butter, chocolate, and cherries.
The key to keeping costs low when baking Christmas cookies is to budget for them in advance.
When you plan your Christmas cookies ahead of time, you can stock up on ingredients when the prices are discounted.
Check out my Amazon Canada Store to see all the budget ingredients I’ve used. (Keep in mind that some prices have changed).
A pound of butter at Food Basics is $2.88, and nuts and cherries you can get at the Bulk Barn using their $3 off coupon.
Peanut butter goes on sale throughout the year, as does coconut, so stock up your baking pantry!
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
- Shortbread Cookies
- Festive Coconut Balls
- Holiday Snowballs
- 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
There are many other recipes for Christmas cookies on my blog, some of which were created by Nicola, our CBB in-house mum baker.
Today, I don’t want to talk about our Christmas cookies, though.
I wanted to ask the fans what they thought were some of the best Christmas cookies to make that were budget-friendly, so I went on the hunt.
There were four things I was looking for in each recipe for Christmas cookies:
- Baking Tools
- Ease of recipe
What I could not do is taste these recipes; however, some of my fans have and have given them the thumbs up.
Once you have a few recipes for Christmas cookies under your baking belt, you can use them every year or try to find new Christmas cookies to add to the line-up.
Top 5 Budget Christmas Cookies
Raspberry Almond Shortbread Cookies from Dear Crissy
White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sugar Cookies from Cooking Classy
Italian Biscotti Dipping Cookies from The Merchant Baker
These are our version of the Italian Anginetti Cookie
Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti from Back for Seconds
- Cranberry-Orange Biscotti Dipped In White Chocolate
- Italian Pumpkin Biscotti
- Lemon Biscotti
- Keto Crunchy Nut Biscotti
Ritz Cracker with Chocolate and Peanut Butter from Meg is Well
Bake with Love
Don’t let baking costs prevent creating Christmas cookies in your kitchen.
No matter your budget, there are always ways to find cheap ingredients if you keep an eye out throughout the year.
What are some of your budget-friendly Christmas Cookies to bake?
November Grocery Game Challenge
Join in the 2016 Grocery Game Challenge (GGC) fun and post your grocery shop in the comment section of each GGC blog post.
Here are the rules to get you started, and you’ll also find a link for the updated 2016 GGC schedule.
Please feel free to download, save, and even print the schedule so it’s handy.
New monthly prize: $10 President’s Choice Gift Card for Canadian residents only, BUT If you want to play from outside Canada and have PayPal and win, I will pay you $10 Canadian.
I use a random online generator to pick the winning ballot every month.
If you missed any grocery game posts for the month, I will post the line-up each week below for you so you don’t have to go looking for past GGC posts for the month.
Alternatively, click the “Grocery Game Challenge” tab on the blog sidebar to see past posts.
November Grocery Game Posts
- 4 Costly Kitchen Distractions To Avoid While Cooking
- How I Grow My Edible Garden In My Kitchen #1 November
- The Ultimate Guide To Eliminating Kitchen Odours #2 November
- The Ultimate Guide To Find Recipes Free or Cheap #3 November
Free Money Saving Tools 2016
You WILL want to check this out!
I know I blast you every which way I can on this blog about my free money-saving tools, and that’s because I want you to take advantage of them as FREE.
So many people pay for budgets and tools on the internet to help them save money, and honestly, you don’t need to.
Even a paper and pen will do the trick.
Click, Save, and Print. It’s that easy!
This budget brought us to debt freedom back in 2013, and now I’m offering it to all of you for FREE.
We still use this budget every month as it helps us to see our overall financial picture.
Don’t pay someone for these services; I’ve done the work for you, along with some help from other fabulous bloggers.
You can download the FREE Canadian Budget Binder Budget Spreadsheet in Excel…Grab it while you can.
We use it to budget and, in large part, a reason we could pay our mortgage off in 5 years; check it out!
Free Money Saving Downloads are awesome lists that were created to get us on track to work towards reaching our budgeting goals, and now we are sharing them with you.
Get organized with a FREE freezer inventory, meal plan, shopping list, price comparison list, and much more, all for FREE.
CLICK HERE to download all the free lists and our family budget spreadsheet—so many free resources at your fingertips.
Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide 2016
Everything you want to know about grocery shopping in Canada is packed into this fantastic FREE guide that has taken over four years to create.
The Ultimate Grocery Shopping guide is ongoing, with new informative money-saving posts added every month.
Even if you don’t live in Canada, some amazing budget-saving tips will help put you on the path to more savings at the supermarket.
Share this guide with your friends and tell them about Canadian Budget Binder, especially if they struggle with their grocery budget.
The time is NOW to get started saving money on groceries, so please enjoy the many money-saving posts in The Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide.
Grocery Shop Results
Yearly grocery budget for two + 1 Toddler 2016: $2820
(The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $300/year or $25/month.
Points Overview (add any other sections you need to show us your savings)
- Total Grocery Budget for this Month: $226.62
- Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs: $194.07
- Total Gift Cards used to date: $65
- Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
- Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
- PC Points Plus Earned to date: 365,000
- Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $3.00
- Shoppers Optimum: Just under 850,000 Optimum points
- Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)
- Zweet to cash out: $18.25
- Checkout51 to cash out: $22.00
Our Grocery Shop This Week
- Large container of Black Peppercorns $4.99
- 2 x 2% Sealtest Milk $4.27
- Small Ham $6.99
- Bananas $1.85
- 2 x Country Harvest Bread $2.99-50% each
Total Out-Of-Pocket $25.37
- 1 x Black Diamond Cheese Bars $3.97
- 1 x Astro Yogurt Coconut $2.99
Total Out-Of-Pocket $6.98
Grocery Expenses Breakdown
- Total to spend this month: $235.00-$10.15 overage from October= $224.85
- Stockpile budget 2016: $25.00
- Stockpile budget used this month: $24.03
- Total coupons used this week: $0
- Total coupons used to date: $15.36
- Total in-store discounts this week:$0
- Total in-store discounts to date: $507.24
- Total spent this week: $32.35
- Total spent so far this month: $227.30
- Total over/Under spend this shop:
- Total over/Under spend for the month: over
- Total left to spend for the month: -$1.75
- Total Spent To Date 2016: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $252.95 + Feb $249.46 + March $211.11 + April $248.11 + May $279.07 + June $231.96 + July $244.40 + Aug $201.30+ Sept $238.12+ October $236.77+ November $227.30
Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)
In my mind, I thought this was a five-week month, but that was the last month for us.
I thought I messed up the GGC schedule again, but thankfully, I did not.
We’re over by a bit this month, which we will make up next month as we go to our relatives for the last two weeks and eat their food, lol.
Thanks again to Mary C. for putting our yearly schedule together.
I always appreciate the support. 🙂 Our shop this week is small because I have Chinese food, and the wife has enough food for herself.
As for baking, we are hoping to find a sale on peanut butter soon.
We didn’t think our son would fancy it as much as he does, so he’s eating through our stockpile.
One more month to go to GGC players! Soon, another year will be under our belts- or should I say Budgets!
Coupons and Coupon Apps
What are your thoughts? Are coupon apps taking over paper coupons?
If you notice I’m missing a valuable link, please message me, and I’ll add it to the savings list below.
Sign up for the Nielsen Canada Home Scan Program, and you can earn rewards points fast to redeem for awesome products or gift cards.
I did this in the UK and loved it!
Plus, check out these other hidden areas online to get more coupons!!
- Kraft Canada: Sign up and receive recipes and coupons by email
- MySavings.com Printable Smart Source Coupons
- Walmart Canada Printable Coupons
- Proctor and Gamble PandG Sign up for printable coupons.
Nobody is perfect heck, we struggle with this part of our budget as many people do.
This is why the grocery game challenge was created in 2012 and is one of the most popular hangout spots for people who want to save money on groceries in Canada.
If you want to learn everything I know about grocery shopping in Canada, check out my Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide!
You’ve decided to take control of your grocery budget; now show me your shops, and let’s get saving!
Welcome to The Grocery Game Challenge 2016!
Please Note: Some of the links in the body of the blog post are affiliate links, which means I may get paid if you buy something from Amazon.
The items I’ve chosen are the products we use at home or similar.