Here are a few shortcuts that might help you save time and money.
When you are baking cookies that calls for melted or softened butter use the same amount of olive oil. It will mix into the flour easier and save you time. It will also taste good in the finished product.
Muffin tins are hard to coat with oil or butter. Use cooking vegetable oil spray instead and just spray the tin.
Instead of frying in butter use olive oil, it will still taste good and it is healthier.
When your recipe calls for brown sugar you can substitute half of the brown sugar for white sugar. Your recipe will still be good and it will save you a few pennies.
Spray cooking oil on your cookie sheets instead of greasing them with butter, margarine or lard. It is fast and simple and your cookies might have less oil on them.
Brownies can be made with olive oil instead of butter. Add less olive oil then you would butter.
Cooking with melted chocolate. You can substitute powdered cocoa and a teaspoon of olive oil for the melted chocolate. This will not work for dipping chocolate.
For recipes that call for wheat flour. Substitute half the wheat flour with white flour.
Save your old bread and cut it into half inch cubes. Let the cubes of bread dry for a day or until they are completely dry. Now you have bread stuffing.
Use stale cookies to make sweet pie crust. Crush the cookies and add a teaspoon of olive oil per cup of cookie crumbs and mix well. You can add more oil if you like a greasier crust. Shape into a pie pan and bake for 15 minutes on 350 degrees. Fill it with your pie filling.