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Butter is one of those budget busters but it doesn't have to be. Around the holidays butter is often priced at its lowest. So how can you take advantage of this?
Ever since I was a kid, my mother would buy butter and freeze it. If you know how much butter you or your family uses each month, you can plan to buy it only when it is on sale and freeze the rest. I have saved anywhere from $30-40 every six months just by doing this.
So what is a good price for butter? In the Southeast, a good price is about 2$ to 2.50$ a pound. Regions can vary but the sale times are always similar. Look for your local sales to occur around Christmas/Thanksgiving and then again around Easter in the spring. Buy and freeze about 6 months worth and soon you will be saving on butter too!
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By Cathy from Townsville, QLD
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Great idea. I always use butter, even for baking.
It is against regulations to buy from the commissary if you are not in the service. You could cause a lot of trouble for somebody if you ask the to purchase it for you.
Editor's Note: We have changed our article. Do not ask military people to buy for you at the commissary.
I agree. Do NOT ask a military person to get you anything on a military installation. It can cause more legal problems than you can imagine. On top of that, those are benefits EARNED by those that sacrifice so you can go to Costco, live on soil that is free of blood shed and affords you all the other freedoms. Sorry, my blood is boiling over this. Some soldier could end up losing their rank, being forced to move off of post, losing commissary privileges and more. DO NOT ASK A SERVICE PERSON TO RISK THEIR LIVELIHOOD!
We only use butter in our household. It's what I was brought up on. Margarine tastes BAD! Anyway, I always watch for sales or I get a pkg of 4 or 5 lbs at Sam's Club and freeze. We use butter up fairly quickly so putting 1/2 a dz or so lbs in the freezer works well for us. I put a whole or half stick out at a time in the butter dish and leave on the counter.
Oh and I've never found much difference in different brands. Butter is butter so I buy whatever brand is a good price.
Sam's Club has even better prices on butter than Costco. It freezes really well, also. It doesn't pick up odors in the freezer and when thawed still tastes the same.
Many grocery stores have great sales on baking products and butter before major holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Buy in bulk and freeze until needed.
Actually, I found Walmart to be more expensive and purchased butter from Wegmans consistently less expensive by .50 cents a lb. Lando lakes is almost a $1.00 more at Walmart.
I think the OP was referring to people who are in service/families that live on base.. I really dont think they intended on bakers running to their nearest commissary to buy out their butter.. But thank you for clarifying how it may have been taken.
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Have you ever hated trying to get the very last of the margarine or butter out of the tub? I have been doing this for years, but never thought to share it. When I make instant mashed spuds, corn, or anything that I want to enjoy with margarine, I sometimes find the tub is almost done with too little even for a spatula. So, I simply set it upside down on the top of the pan and let it melt. I get the last of it, and it's easier to wash and recycle. Hope this helps!
By Sandi/Poor But Proud from Salem, OR
Many cooks can substitute cooking oil in recipes that call for butter with little change to the original recipe. This is a page about substituting oil for butter in recipes.
This is a page about stretching butter with oil. There are butter spreads on the market that combine butter with various types of oil, such as olive oil. You can save some money by making your own blended spread.