Thrifty Homeschoolers Thanksgiving Tips: November 2

From now until Christmas, I will be posting tips for saving money over the holidays. Today’s tip focuses on getting your kitchen and pantry ready for holiday baking. Get the kids and head into the kitchen for a lesson in organization and money management.

Inventory
Take inventory of what you have. Start with the essentials such as flour, yeast, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, salt, butter, margarine, shortening, baking chocolate, condensed milk and pie fillings. Check the expiration dates and discard anything that is outdated.

Plan
Make a list of all the essentials you need to replace or stock up on. Starting this week, the stores will have sales on baking items. With your list in hand, gather coupons to reduce your cash outlay. Use the link on the right side of the screen to search for coupons. These are free to print and use.

Plan now for providing beverages to guests and family. Stock up on soft drinks, juice, coffee and tea. Look for sales and combine them with coupons for maximum savings. Now is the time to replenish sweeteners like honey, agave nectar, sugar and sugar-free sweeteners.

Reduce your stress levels by keeping your kitchen and pantry well stocked. This gives you the ability to whip up a batch of cookies for an unexpected event or to appease children (and adults) who are suffering from cabin fever.

–Lynda

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