Make a Patriotic Dessert for Around $3

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If you usually buy pre-made desserts, you know they can be pretty expensive, sometimes costing more than the entree.

Homemade desserts cost a lot less money, but can take a lot of time and effort to prepare. If your guests filled up on dinner beforehand, you might also end up with a lot of leftover sweets that you'll either end up eating on your own or throwing it away.

Cupcakes, on the other hand, are easy and inexpensive to make. A lot of times, guests are more likely to eat a cupcake than a piece of cake. They're smaller, self-contained and don't add to the pile of dirty dishes and silverware.

Boxed cake mixes can be found for under a dollar and even if you're not comfortable making your own icing, the canned, store-bought variety isn't expensive. But that's just cupcakes...we're making Patriotic Cupcakes! The price can really start to add up when if you decorate with sprinkles and colored sugars.

To keep costs down, you can make your own colored sugar by mixing sugar with a few drops of food coloring. Stir it up until it's completely mixed and sprinkle on top of your dessert! Patriotic cupcake liners and decorations for the top of your cupcakes can be found at the dollar store for a lot less.

Bottom line, you don’t have to spend a lot of time or money on your festive dessert. Cupcakes might not sound exciting, but with a few added touches you can take them from ordinary to special. And what’s even more important than what you’re serving or how you’re serving it is the time you get to spend with loved ones…but keeping it simple and cheap will make it easier.

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