Ready, steady, bake!
Ever wondered how you can do your own budget bake off?
Bake offs have increased massively in popularity since the BBC launched the popular show Great British Bake Off.
The cost of ingredients can add up, but shopping smarter and using thrifty tips to keep down the cost means you can still impress at the big day without it costing a fortune.
In this short guide we’ll show you how to do your very own budget bake off.
Shop by price per unit
Shopping by price per unit ensures you get the very most for your money.
Retailers offer bamboozle us with BOGOF, 30% extra and multi-pack offers. They are not always necessarily the best for your pocket, regardless of how good the offer may seem.
MySupermarket.co.uk have done all the work for you. You don’t have to do your shop calculator in hand, the price per unit is already worked out for you to save you the bother.
A quick check before you do your shopping can save you around 30% off the cost of your shopping!
Source second hand equipment
If you’re just starting off baking, don’t waste your money on expensive brand new equipment.
People who have realised baking is not for them often sell their equipment on websites such as eBay, Gumtree and Amazon.
Also check out local buy, sell and swap Facebook pages in your area. You can find yourself some real bargains and quite often the equipment has barely been used.
Use bargain stores
Using bargain stores such as Aldi, Lidl and B&M Bargains really cuts down the costs. That’s not to say that the others will never be cheaper so check on MySupermarket.co.uk for the best price and best price per unit.
Websites such as Approved Foods can also give huge savings. They sell clearance food and drink at discounted prices.
It’s not always going to have everything you need, but you may be able to pick up some of the ingredients you do at majorly knocked down prices, always a bonus, especially if your bake off is for a coffee morning, school / work event, or a charity day.
Visit budget bloggers
These guys are experts at cooking on a budget and can offer a variety of baking ideas without it costing the earth.
Kelly at Reduced Grub is a bit of a reduced grub ninja and can tell you the best times to look out for reduced food in your local supermarket. She also has plenty of budget recipes for you to try.
Lesley at Thrifty Lesley specialises in feeding your family for £1 per person, per day – enough said!
Do you have any thrifty bake off tips?