With the price of gas going up, and our grocery prices rising yet again, I began wondering just how much a person saves when making foods from scratch.
Lets start with homemade peanut butter cookies;
After calculating just how much I pay for each ingredient, I had a very clear picture of how much one batch of peanut butter cookies would cost.
Flour came out to 5-cents per cup
White sugar came out to 15-cents per cup
Brown sugar came out to 25-cents per cup
Margarine came out to 20-cents per stick
One egg was free since I have laying hens
Peanut butter came out to 48-cents for half a cup
For the remaining ingredients (salt, baking powder and soda) I added 3-cents
My batch of peanut butter dough made 50 cookies and weighed just over 1 1/2 pounds. The total cost came out to 1.02; peanut butter was the most expensive ingredient.
Our local Wal-Mart has Chips Ahoy on Roll Back for 1.98 per package; each package weighs anywhere from 9-ounces to 13-ounces. The Wal-Mart brand cookies were priced 1.16 for a 1-pound package.
Most of my baking ingredients are purchased on sale and stock piled. If I had gone to the store and purchased each item when I wanted to bake then my final cost would have been higher.