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I love boxes of premixed staples...cake mix, biscuit mix, brownie mix...they make my life a lot easier. Thinking I could save a lot of money making my own mixes, I did find some recipes, did a couple of trials, and realized I wouldn't save a lot making my own.
Ummm...so why am I writing about mixes then? I realized I was looking at individual mixes. For instance when I compared a brownie mix I tried this month, the cost of one batch of brownies from my mix was 65 cents. I can usually find brownie mix for about $1.00 per box. That's a savings of 45%, which is really good, but considering I probably bake brownies only twice a month, posting a savings of 80 cents a month just looks ridiculous.
However, when I start adding up the savings from multiple mixes, something beautiful happens...cue the angels singing...the savings start to multiply. Hmmm...so what mixes could I make? Here are just three mixes I am currently making or plan to start making this month.
Mixes Average Monthly Use Savings
Brownie 2 boxes $0.80
Biscuit 2 boxes 1.90
Pancake 3 boxes 4.95
There are homemade alternatives to almost any mix you can think of, including seasonings, flavored rice, granola and many more. Do a google or Pinterest search and you will find all kinds. Start small and add 1 new mix a week, and before you know it the savings will really start to add up! Just with these three mixes, I will save $7.95/month or $95.40/year.
The other major benefit of homemade mixes, is that you know what's in it. Unless your ingredients themselves have it in them, you aren't going to have artificial preservatives, flavorings etc. Plus you don't have to run to the store to get a box of mix to make biscuits. You can whip up a batch much faster than you can drive to the store and back.
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My tally so far:$1691.85/year