Muffins have helped to thicken my waist and shrink my bank account. Hugh Chou, the calculator man, estimated that I have spent enough on muffins to buy a new desktop computer. Honestly, I want a new PC or laptop more than I want to eat gourmet muffins for $3 each.
So I've become a baker. (I want to have my cake and save it also!). This week, I baked 21 muffins for $4 using a Betty Crocker muffin mix. Two of my homemade muffins weigh about the same as the $3 muffins I typically buy from a wonderful cafe. I spent about 40 cents to make 2 muffins compared to buying one muffin for $3. (I've rounded up both sets of numbers for my busy brain). That equals a daily savings of roughly $2.60, $13 a week, $52 a month or $624 a year, before interest.
Plus there are other benefits of home-baked muffins:
1) fun activity with kids
2) nice smell in the house
3) fewer calories...because the muffins were smaller, I ate less.
4) warm, oven-baked chocolate chips
Here are links to my ongoing muffin saga:gourmet muffins and my frugal diet and the muffin update
The Frugal Duchess BoutiqueThe Frugal Duchess Boutique