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How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter

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Homemade Peanut Butter



Back to School means lots of school lunches.

This recipe for Homemade Peanut Butter is SO easy and only requires 1 ingredient.

Planters Peanuts

INGREDIENTS
Peanuts
Honey (optional)
Salt (optional)

peanuts

DIRECTIONS

Place in food processor and run for about a minute and scrape down sides if necessary. Then process for another 3-4 minutes or until peanut butter has reached desired consistency.

peanut butter process

If using salted peanuts, you do not need to add any extra salt.

You can add honey if you want a little extra sweetness. If so, add about 1 teaspoon per cup of peanuts.

Creamy Peanut Butter

1 cup of peanuts yields a little over 1/2 cup of peanut butter.

How super easy is this recipe!!  I always wanted to make some when I visited my favorite fruit market because they had a machine that you could use to make your own peanut butter right in the store.

Homemade Creamy Peanut Butter

Unfortunately it was a little too pricey for me so I always skipped it.  Now with this recipe I can always make my own!!

You might also be interested in some of my other recent recipe posts.

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Best Back to School Deals & Steals

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One of the Ways to Save on Back to School Shopping Costs is by starting early and shopping the sales each week!

Here are the BEST School Supply Deals happening this week!

I realize that some of us just got out of school and are beginning our vacations, but some states are headed back to school at the beginning of August.

These are the deals I would grab this week, remember we have a lot of time. I like to pick up the best deals each week instead of doing one huge shopping trip.

Also if you don’t have kids in school this year, you can still take advantage of the deals to restock your home office for the entire year.

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Here are the BEST School Supply Deals happening this week! These are the deals I would grab this week, remember we have a lot of deals including the full lists for each store listed on our Back to School Sales page.

Office Depot Back to School Deals

12 Pack No. 2 Pencils-$0.01 with $5 Min. Purchase

Plastic Rulers-$0.01 with $5 Min. Purchase

Protractors-$0.01 with $5 Min. Purchase

Sharpie Single Markers-$0.25

8 pk. Mechanical Pencils-$0.25

Compass-$0.25

Staples Back to School Deals

12 Pack Eraser Caps-$0.25

Sharpener-$0.25

Poly Cover Composition Books-$0.50

Pencil Box-$0.50

Pentel RSVP Pens 5 pk.-$1

Staples Classic Markers-$0.97

Walgreens Back to School

Wexford 2 Pocket Folders-$0.10 (Limit 10)

Pencils, Wexford Highlighters, Sticky Notes-6/$1
with In Ad Coupon

Glue, Scissors, Compass-$0.39
with In Ad Coupon

1 Subj. Notebook, 8 pk. No. 2 Pencils-$0.39
with In Ad Coupon

Scotch Tape 2 Pack with Color Dispenser-$0.69
with In Ad Coupon

4 pk. Retractable Gel Pens, Filler Paper-$0.79
with In Ad Coupon

Paper Mate Pens Inkjoy 8 pack-$0.99
$0.55/1 Paper Mate Pens Pack, exp. 9/20/15 (SS 07/26/15) [Excludes 2 in 1 stylus pen]
$0.44 after coupon!

CVS Back to School Deals

Backpacks-$9.99
Buy 1, Get $5 Extra Care Bucks (Limit 1)
$4.99 after ECB!

Crayola Products-Buy 1, Get 1 50% off
Spend $20, Get $5 Extra Care Bucks (Limit 1)

Walmart Back to School Deals

2 Pocket Folders – $0.17

1 Subject Notebooks – $0.25

Elmer’s Glue Sticks (Singles) – $0.25

No 2 Pencils (8 pack) – $0.47

Crayola Crayons (24 count) – $0.50

Elmers Glue (4 oz.) – $0.50

Composition Notebooks – $0.50

Rite Aid Back to School Deals

Mead Composition Books-3/$1.98
Buy 3, Get 100 Points (Limit 2)
$0.33 ea. wyb 3 after Points!

Rulers-3/$0.99

Pencil Cases or Sharpeners-3/$0.99

Posterboard-3/$0.99

I am fully expecting the deals to get even better in the coming weeks!

5 Ways to Save on Back to School Shopping Costs

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Ways to Save on Back to School Shopping



I know some of us are still basking in the summer sun and ignoring the fact that shorter school days are just around the corner.  But I was surprised to see several trees have already begun to change their colors and I couldn’t ignore the fact that there were many moms with kids in the Target Back to School section the other day while I was there.

I read this news report last year that stated the average parents are spending is $688 on Back to School per child!  

We homeschool, and even with classes & curriculum I don’t think we have ever spent that much on school.  Maybe I am so far removed from reality and have no concept of how much it costs to send your kids to school, but this seems a bit outrageous to me especially considering the fact that we are supposed to be living in a time of recession.

Other than following my Back to School Deals here, there are a few other things you can do to ensure that you get the most bang for your buck this year.

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So whether you are ready for it or not, I am here to offer you some helpful tips to save on this years Back to School shopping with the following Five Ways to Save on Back to School Shopping.

  1. Take an inventory.  Look in your children’s closets & dressers and get together a list of what they already have that you can skip buying right now.  Then you can see what they still need and go from there.
  2. Set a budget and make a list. Once you have your inventory in hand you can sit down and set a budget with your kids.  It really helps to let them know before heading to the stores how much you have to spend on them.  This will help avoid any fights while you are in the store over the latest and greatest unnecessary items. Since there are only 5 days in a school week, you really only need to come up with a couple outfits.  Try to buy things that can be interchangable to create even more outfits with just a few simple pieces.
  3. Don’t buy snack sizes.  When it comes to lunches, don’t fall prey to snack-size options when planning school lunches. Buy a full-size bag of crackers and then make your own snack sizes with reusable containers to save a ton on snacks. Also make sure to pick up a reusable Lunch Kit like these ones to save on bags.
  4. Plan ahead. Take some time to check out all of the sales papers to find out where you can pick up the things on your list for the least amount of money! You can go here to find out what all of the current Back to School sales are to find out where to go for the best deals on school supplies!  Also consider picking up a few extra school supplies while they are so inexpensive to have on hang during the year when you child runs out.
  5. Keep everything in perspective. Really, keep in mind that you are sending your kids to school to learn. Of course we want them to feel confident and we all know that looking great helps especially with older kids. But be careful that you are not sending the message that the way they look, or the things they have are more important that getting a great education!

I can’t help but think after reading the article that said parents are spending $688 per child on Back to School that maybe these parents are forgetting the reason for school?

You can see even more great ideas in this Woman’s Day article How to Save Money on Back to School.

Also, if you plan to do any online school shopping you will want to make sure you check the Online Coupon Database for coupon codes to help you save even more!

Restaurant Coupons

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If you plan on eating at a restaurant any time soon you will definitely want to check out this list of coupons to save on your bill.

5 Ways to Save on Your Restaurant Bill

Top Restaurant Coupons:

Black Angus Steakhouse – $42 Campfire Feast for Two (exp: 8/10/2015)
Bob Evans – 20% Off Carry Out Purchase (exp: 7/29/2015)
Brueggers – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Coconut Iced Coffee (exp: 8/2/2015)
Carls Jr – $1 Off Mushroom & Swiss All-Natural Burger Combo (exp: 9/6/2015)
Carrabbas – $10.90 for Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Dinner (exp: 7/26/2015)
Carrows – $2 Off Any Purchase of $10 Or More (exp: 7/31/2015)
Chuck E Cheese – 50% Off Large Thin & Crispy Specialty Pizza + More (exp: 8/3/2015)
Cocos – $2 Off $10 Food Purchase (exp: 8/16/2015)
Del Taco – Buy Claasic Grilled Chicken Burrito Get 1 Free (exp: 7/25/2015)
Dennys – 20% Off Entire Check (exp: 7/26/2015)
Great American Cookie Company – Buy 3 Cookies Get 1 Free Cut-Out Cookie Free (exp: 7/31/2015)
Houlihans – $15 Off $30 Purchase (exp: 7/30/2015)
Jacks – $3.50 Hamburger, Fry, Small Drink & Pie + More (exp: 8/18/2015)
Logans Roadhouse – Free Slice of Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie with Adult Entree Purchase (exp: 7/29/2015)
Marble Slab – Buy 1 Shake or Smoothie Get 1 50% Off (exp: 7/31/2015)
Marie Callenders – Free Breakfast Entree When You Buy 2 Breakfast Entrees and 2 Drinks (exp: 8/19/2015)
Mimis Cafe – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 8/1/2015)
Monicals Pizza – $15 for 14 Inch Thin Crust BBQ Chicken Pizza + More (exp: 7/26/2015)
Olive Garden – $5 Off $30 Catering or To Go Orders (exp: 8/2/2015)
Outback Steakhouse – 15% Off Entire Lunch or Dinner Check (exp: 8/4/2015)
Quiznos – Free Regular Fountain Drink with Purchase of Any Sub or Large Salad (exp: 7/29/2015)
Smoothie King – $2.99 Small Smoothie (exp: 7/28/2015)
Souper Salad – $6.49 Adult Buffet (exp: 7/26/2015)
Souplantation – 20% Off Family Lunch Combo + More (exp: 7/29/2015)
Steak Escape – Free Small Drink & Fries with Sandwich Purchase (exp: 7/31/2015)
Sweet Tomatoes – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo + More (exp: 7/29/2015)

Thanks to Surviving the Stores for this list!

Homemade Carrot Bisque

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We are continuing our summer series Using the Garden Veggies this week featuring Carrots.

My friend Lynette is sharing how she makes her Homemade Carrot Bisque that are so good and very inexpensive to make. She also shares some simple things you can do to change up the recipe based on your personal tastes.

Make sure to check out her blog Cleverly Simple for lots more tried and true homemade recipes.

Make sure to check back next week for another great recipe using garden veggies.

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