Baked Goods & Banking

by astanhaus

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I loved baked goods. But I make a deal with myself. No store-bought baked goods. I must make them from scratch. How I justify homemade baked good…well, I burn calories kneading the dough and save some $$.

My heroine and author of 1962’s Sex and the Single Girl Helen Gurley Brown would agree with me!

Here are her thoughts on food, drink, & entertaining:

“Give up starchy snacks, bread, pastries, suet pudding, preserves and soft drinks— all terrible for you anyhow.”

“Keep an almost bare cupboard. You don’t eat much. Who are those other people you’re feeding?”

“Cook with margarine…Cooking with cream and butter does pile calories on you and the guests you presumably love—so watch it!”

“Drink skimmed milk. It’s cheaper and keeps you skinnier!…Cook with powdered skimmed milk. One-third cup plus three-fourths cup of water makes one cup of milk loaded with minerals and vitamins and it tastes fine.”

“Try to like kidneys, hearts, liver, brains. Every nutritionists says they give you more health returns than filet mignon. Oh yes…they cost one-sixth as much. (P.S. I never learned.)”

“Posh lunches with girl-friends are to celebrate an increase in salary. Any girl who doesn’t take her lunch to work three days a week is a spendthrift. Brown bag fare is healthier. Yogurt, carrot sticks, and fruit are glamorous girl fodder. It’s cheaper. And who wants to spend noon hours in a noisy, second-rate restaurant who you can shop, stroll with a friend or sit in the sun?”

“Anyone can take you to lunch. How bored can you be for one hour?”

“Give big parties with one or two friends but don’t B.Y.O.L. anybody. Who needs a party that isn’t free?”

“Those who drink aged scotch or bourbon will have to bring flasks.”

“Don’t entertain deadbeats.”

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(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)