Better Budgeting: Cookie or Pie of the Month Club

Cookie or Pie of the Month Club

Money Saving Tip of the Month (featured column)
submitted by Linda Weber

Since we retired, money for gifts is short.  After seeing a show on Oprah featuring a "Pie of the Month Club" I decided I would gift my oldest son with his own "Mom's Pie of the Month" for his birthday.

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The Club on Oprah was very expensive (over $400 a year plus $35 shipping per month). I make a recipe for 18 pie crusts and freeze them so ingredients are ready. I got apples very inexpensively at a local orchard (they sell seconds) and froze them ready to bake.

This year I added another son for pies and the two youngest got a "Cookie of the Month Club" for their birthdays (get free recipes at our Cookie Club). I sometimes fix savory pies or fruit that is in season or cream but their favorite is lemon which is very cheap to make. I make the cookie dough and freeze it in quantity.

I know they all like their gifts because they call to remind me it is a new month and I love trying out new recipes on them. My oldest son asked for another year when his birthday rolled around this year.

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