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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • The Frugal Family: Saving money on savory cookie treats

  • I have a confession to make. I love cookies. I love making cookies and I especially love eating cookies. I can truly relate to the Cookie Monster on Sesame Street.
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  • I have a confession to make. I love cookies. I love making cookies and I especially love eating cookies. I can truly relate to the Cookie Monster on Sesame Street.
    However, cookies can be expensive. If you buy the store-bought brand cookies you typically look at spending over $2 for a package on refrigerated dough. You will pay more than that if you are looking to pre-made cookies. Even if you make cookies from scratch you are looking to spend several dollars when you have to purchase all the ingredients. However, I recently discovered an affordable way to enjoy my favorite treat.
    The Pillsbury company sells holiday Funfetti cake mixes throughout the year. I typically can find these cake mixes during the Christmas season, July 4th season, Valentine's Day season and Easter season. After any given holiday, my grocery store typically marks them down to 50 cents a box. I will buy several boxes of mix to get me through until the end of the next Funfetti holiday season.
    Although the boxes say they are for cake mixes, there is a wonderful cookie recipe on the side of the box. I am constantly making cookies, cupcakes and cakes out of the Funfetti mix and I am spending 50 cents for these delicious treats.
    Funfetti cake mix is not the only Funfetti item that typically goes on sale. I also find that I can purchase the Funfetti icing for 50 cents a tub. I typically do not add the sprinkles on top to prevent it from looking seasonal and find that I have a countless supply of icing for next to nothing.
    However, these are not the only cookies that go on sale after the holidays. I have also found that the Pillsbury company has several seasonal sugar and chocolate chip cookies. They can be found in the refrigerated dough section. I also find that after the particular holiday, the price of the cookies is drastically reduced. Many times there is nothing that signifies that these cookies go with a particular holiday and they make for yummy and quick snacks to enjoy for the entire family.
    Do you have frugal tips? Do you want to learn more about saving money? Send them to localnews2005@ yahoo.com. You can also find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/#!/frugalfamilycolumn.
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