Today on the blog I’m talking about one of my favorite things– dessert!! (On a budget.)
I’ll admit, as I was writing this post, I was wondering if this would actually interest anyone or if I was more so writing the post for myself. Hah! My husband and I both have a big sweet tooth (for better or for worse). While we do eat pretty healthy most of the time, we certainly are victims to the late-night “treat” craving. Some nights we exercise better self-control than others (and actually, recently I’ve been drinking a pretty yummy chocolate protein shake that has helped with my dessert cravings). However, the nights we cave and decide to treat ourselves, we always work off of the rule that we want to spend the least amount of money possible.
Here are 3 things that have helped us satisfy our sweet tooth while sticking to the budget!
1. Keep baked goods in the freezer
If you’ve read more than one post from my blog, you probably have caught onto the fact that I love freezing things for future use. This saves our family so much time… and money! The same goes for dessert. I’ve found that cookies tend to freeze and defrost incredibly well. Additionally, they don’t take long to defrost at all since they are so thin. Whenever we bake cookies, I always try to freeze the leftovers into quart-sized bags (“cookies for two” portions 🙂 ). This also comes in handy for times you are hosting (on a budget) and want a little something sweet to pull out. No stress and tastes delicious. Win-win.
2. Make yourself a mug cake
Ok, I used to totally snub mug cakes. I see recipes for them ALL THE TIME on Pinterest and I had tried quite a few recipes in the past and wasn’t very impressed. However, recently my husband and I have found two that have been total successes!
I now love these because:
- We have all the ingredients in our pantry
- They take less than 5 minutes to make
- Although classified as “baking,” it requires very little cleanup!
Here are my two favorite “tried and true” mug recipes. As always, I put out my disclaimer that I am not a food photographer. Anyways…
For the chocolate lover….
And (below) my absolute favorite right now… (guys, this one is AMAZING, although slightly more work)…
3. If you’re going to buy dessert, be smart about it
There are many ways to go about this. Here are a few suggestions.
Sign up online for loyalty clubs for places like Dairy Queen. Both my husband and I are signed up and received a free Blizzard on our birthdays. They also randomly send out buy one get one free offers.
Hit up McDonalds for 59 cent cones. It’s usually only that cheap during the summer, but you really can’t beat the price!
Use a grocery store app like ibotta. They usually have at least one rebate available for Ben and Jerry’s or another ice cream/gelato brand. All you have to do is search for the item you’re looking for to see if any rebates are available. (If you aren’t familiar with this app, you can read my tutorial on how to use it HERE) .
Ultimately, we can probably all agree that the best way to save money on desserts is to not have any at all. But that’s no fun, is it? 😉 It’s all about balance. I hope these ideas give you the freedom to still treat yourself once and a while on a budget. If you have additional ideas on how to satisfy your sweet tooth on a budget, I’d love to hear so that I can put them into action!