How to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth on a Budget
Sweet cravings can hit at any moment. You know the feeling, when you need something sweet and indulgent right that minute. However, you might find yourself on a budget and usually the first thing to get cut is any extra unneeded expenses, like sweets or junk food. What is a sweet tooth to do?
Fortunately, there are several clever ways to get your sugar fix without breaking the bank. Whether you decide to make your own delicious treats, start a stockpile or find deep discounts on your sugar fix, we have a plan to keep your sweet tooth happy.
One of the best ways to keep yourself from emptying your wallet the next time a sudden craving hits is to be ready. Keep a supply of your favorite candy or sweets in your home. It doesn’t have to be a huge stockpile, you can always gradually add to it. A few different treats should do the job to keep you from over indulging. With a candy stash, you won’t be tempted to spend lots of money just to satisfy a craving.
Besides remembering to add your favorites to the grocery list every week, you should look at trying out a subscription service. You can have delicious treats delivered straight to your door every month. They’re both convenient and money saving, what a great deal!
One of the most popular of these brands is Candy Club. They offer a variety of plans that tailor to your needs. They allow you to pick what kind of confections you want and how much candy is delivered each month. From jellybeans to taffy, Candy Club delivers just what your sweet tooth wants (or needs).
For those with allergy concerns, trying to be healthy, or eating vegan, check out Treatsie. They offer different artisan candy subscriptions for those who want to enjoy treats but have special requirements.
These subscription services are also a great opportunity to discover new flavors and brands. Who knows? Perhaps you could find a new favorite candy!
You can also get tastes from around the world with some unique subscription boxes. Maybe you are living in a different country than where you grew up. You probably miss those sweet flavors from back home. Now you can enjoy them in the comfort of your own home without spending a dime on travel. A great example of this type of service is Japan Crate. Each month, you will receive a hand selected stash of unique Japanese goodies. It’s definitely a great treat to receive at your doorstep.
Make Your Own Sweet Treats
Obviously, the most cost effective option for saving money on sweet treats is to make your own. Candy is not always the easiest to make, especially if you have a specific brand or kind in mind. Just try recreating a Starburst and you will see what we mean.
However, if you want to save money and are flexible about what kind of sweet treat you want, making your own baked goods could be the perfect choice.
First, find a delicious and highly rated recipe on the internet for your favorite dessert. Cakes, cookies and pies can be made with several simple ingredients. You might already have most of the needed items in your kitchen.
Also, thanks to store bought mixes and doughs, making your own desserts at home can be extremely convenient and easy.
But what about those of you who are horrible cooks? You might not have the first clue about baking and cooking, but there are a few fail proof recipes that anyone can master. What if we told you that you can make a delicious single serving cake using your microwave?
Mug cakes are an incredibly easy and versatile dessert. All you need is a few basic ingredients and a coffee mug. A simple Google search will uncover a huge variety of easy mug cake recipes. Whether you are a chocoholic or looking for something fruity, you can find the perfect recipe.
After a couple of minutes in the microwave, you can have a warm, fresh and decadent treat! These are perfect for those midnight snacks (or anytime, really).
While you find yourself in the kitchen preparing a delicious batch of cookies, think ahead to the next time your sugar craving will hit. Several doughs and mixes can be made ahead of time.
For example, cookie dough freezes extremely well. Next time you make cookies, double the recipe and freeze the extra dough in pre-portioned baggies. When you want some fresh cookies, just whip the bag out of the freezer. Cookie dough defrosts very quickly due to how thin it is and bakes like a charm. You will never be caught off guard without a sweet treat, no matter what your financial circumstance may be.
Buy in Bulk
There is a reason that Sam’s Club and Costco are so successful. Buying in bulk can be extremely budget conscious, especially if you buy items that you use frequently.
Most bulk warehouse stores have in-house bakeries, so you can indulge in fresh baked goods for a low price. Who can’t find a use for five dozen snickerdoodle cookies or a 5-pound sheet cake? The servings may be huge, but these large portions can be split up and frozen for later use.
You can also stock up on baking items here, such as flour, eggs and sugar.
These stores also have you covered when it comes to your favorite candies. You can find most popular candy brands by the pound. Some brands may even produce exclusive packaging and mixtures. From chocolate and caramel to taffy and gum, invest in a membership to a warehouse store and create your own sweet stockpile. The choices are almost endless.
Look for Sales
Speaking of a stockpile, candy has an impressive shelf life. Take advantage of this by waiting for the certain times of the year that candy is discounted. The days directly after major holidays – such as Valentine’s, Halloween, Christmas and Easter – lead to candy clearances. Retailers want to get rid of extra holiday inventory to make room for new merchandise. So, if you don’t mind holiday packaging then this is a great time to stock up for half the price.
What is your clever way of satisfying your sweet tooth on a budget? Often cutting junk food and sweets out of your life happens when money is a concern, but it doesn’t have to if you play it smart. If you follow these tips, your sweet tooth won’t have to suffer under a tight budget. Even if you’re broke, you should still treat yourself. Never again will you have to break the bank when the sweet tooth craving strikes!