Friday, November 10, 2006

Saving Money with Muffins

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


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bluntmoney said...

Love the muffin calculator, and how cute that it was made just for you. But now I'm hungry.

Frugal Duchess: Sharon Harvey Rosenberg said...

thanks derek for the kind words.

Hey BluntMoney:
Thanks for liking the muffin calculator. I'm hungry also. I'll have my second muffin of the day. (My homemade muffins are small).
Take care,

Sally Parrott Ashbrook said...

Sharon, I applaud your decision to make the muffins at home, but ... Betty Crocker?? Either get a decent organic muffin mix (that doesn't have the bad ingredients BC has) or just make 'em from scratch. They're not too hard!

Frugal Duchess: Sharon Harvey Rosenberg said...

Oh Sally, you are so right! There are artificial ingredients in the mix. EEW! I'm even a member of an organic food coop. I'll look around for an organic (and kosher) mix.

I didn't try to do it from scratch.
It was the old convenience vs. cost arguement.

The Betty Crocker mix takes 3 minutes from the package to the oven. That's faster than going to the store and standing in line for a muffin.

But I'm also a heath geek.
Do you have an easy recipe?

Thanks so much!

Sally Parrott Ashbrook said...

Unfortunately, I don't have a good recipe as I tend to eat LOTS of muffins if I bake them, so I avoid baking them. But you could find a good recipe from Vegetarian Times or at I love allrecipes because of how many people bother to leave reviews of recipes.