The Budget Great British Bake Off

If, like me, you’re still mourning the tragic loss of Mary, Mel and Sue from our beloved Great British Bake Off, let me attempt to lighten your mood with a Do-It-Yourself budget bake off bonanza.

I thought I’d put together a blog post made in Great British Bake Off heaven for you all today, to help soften the blow of the impending transfer of our BBC favourite to Channel 4, where the Chuckle Brothers – no less – eagerly await us.

That’s if any of us are still watching it by then of course!

But, before you get your baps in a flap, here is a short guide to baking on a budget.

Pinnies at the ready!


If you’re just starting off baking don’t go out spending a fortune on expensive new equipment.

As with most hobbies, people tend to quit and flog their second hand (barely used) equipment.

You can find some great bargains on eBay, Gumtree and Amazon.

Keep your eye on Facebook buy, sell and swap pages too, you can source and buy the equipment for a fraction of the cost compared to buying brand new.

Price per unit

It’s something I bang on about a lot, but it really does maximise your money.

The supermarkets love to confuse the life out of us with ‘special’ offers and BOGOF deals.

However, the special offer often proves itself to be not so special at all.

To save you having to walk around the supermarket with a calculator, head over to they have done all the work for you.

You can see EXACTLY what you’re getting for you money.

See Shop Savvy With Price Per Unit

Search out bargains

If you’re looking to bake on a budget stick to budget stores.

You’re not going to find many bargains in Waitrose compared to Aldi and Lidl for instance.

B&M bargains is great for picking up cheap ingredients and equipment – if you do decide to buy new.

Also check out Approved Food, it’s amazing for knock down items.

You’re not going to find everything you need on there, but when I say it’s cheap, I mean CHEAP!

Frugal food bloggers

These folks are experts at cooking on a budget.

And luckily for you guys, you don’t even need to go searching for them as the UK Money Bloggers have sent me some of their best, cost effective baking recipes.

Go and check these guys out, you’ll be amazed at what they can do on a budget!

Coupon Mama UK – Halloween Baking With Leftovers

Skint Dad – Cheddar Cheese Puffs

The Frugal Cottage – Lemon Drizzle Cake (my absolute favourite!)

Reduced Grub – Emma’s Tropical Victoria Sponge Cake

Katykicker – Honeycomb

Much More With Less – Victoria Sponge

Thrifty Lesley – Char de Crabbe

EXCOUPUK Emma Mumford Coupon Queen – Victoria Sponge

Family Budgeting – Banana Choc Chip Muffins

That should be enough to get you started on your very own Great British Bake Off!

Now go and do Mary proud!

Do you have any money saving tips for your own Great British Bake Off? 

Thinking Thrifty

Thinking Thrifty

David Naylor is the editor of the Thinking Thrifty blog. An award winning personal finance and lifestyle blogger, he shows how it is possible to live extremely well for less.
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2 thoughts on “The Budget Great British Bake Off

    1. Yeah I really can’t see it holding its current viewing total. I estimate the BBC will make something similar without infringing copyrights. I need Mary in my life!

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