I've always wanted to keep my bills down as much as possible. Recently I've discovered how much money I can save by making my own baked goods.
Money Saving Tip #1: Make your own Bagels
The other day I read this article about how cost effective baking your own stables is or isn't. I tried my hand at granola last week and it turned out fabulous, but I wondered, am I saving myself any money? According to this article, I'm not. However, the end result is so tasty it's worth the extra money and effort.
One of the products listed in the article that was cheaper to make a home was bagels. So looked up a recipe and decided to give 'em a try. They were surprisingly easy and turned out delicious, although not so pretty. I had all the ingredients already so I didn't even have to go to the store.
I paid $3.99 for 8 bagels at Safeway (about 50 cents a bagel), according to the article making them at home equals about 15 cents a bagel. Much cheaper and healthier.
My dear friend Abbie did a blog about bagels a while ago and her's turned out prettier than mine, so here's the link to that for pretty pictures and a recipe.