Today’s savings: $18

Like to bake nuts into your chocolate chip cookies? Adding this ingredient really adds to the cost of the cookie.

Instead of paying as much as $4 for a pound of walnuts, or $7.49 for a pound of sliced almonds, use shelled sunflower seeds. They’re less than $1 per pound and, when cooked, add a nutty flavor to cookies, cakes and other baked goods.

If you bake one batch of cookies per month, you save $3 per month by using sunflower seeds instead of walnuts, or $18 over six months. The savings of using seeds instead of almonds is $6.49 per batch, or $38.94 over six months.

— Tightwad Gazette

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