Free Pizza Making Online Class

Craftsy is offering 36 different free online classes right now!  One of those classes is a free pizza making class by Peter Reinhart.  The class is roughly 1 ½ hrs. long and is broken up into 5 sessions.  You can watch classes on your own schedule and once you sign up, your access never expires!

Here’s a brief overview of the class:

Stretch your dough and your imagination as Peter guides you through each step of making a pizza. You’ll make pizza sauces, consider cheese options and bake five types of dough in your conventional home oven. Impress Italian purists with a slice of your Sicilian-style, homemade pies, provide your gluten-free pizza lovers with mouth-watering meals or cook creative flavor combinations for more adventurous palates. Learn the secrets of building and baking “the perfect flavor delivery system”!

Not interested in learning how to make homemade pizza but would love to learn other skills?  Check out the other 35 free classes that Craftsy offers.  There is everything from cake decorating to figure drawing to cabinetry tips and techniques to photography skills!

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Free Personalized Greeting Card from Treat

Through Tuesday, September 2, 2014, ALL customers can get a free personalized greeting card from Treat when you use coupon code 1NEWTREAT at checkout.  Treat offers a wide variety of cards including birthday, wedding, baby, anniversary and holiday cards (including Grandparents Day which is Sept. 7.).

I’ve used Treat numerous times and have found their cards to be of great quality.  I also love that you can personalize them with the name of your recipient!

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JCPenney: $10 Off $10 Purchase Coupon

Shopping this weekend?  Use this coupon to save $10 off a $10 or more purchase at JCPenney.  Coupon is valid on apparel, shoes, accessories, fine jewelry and home items.  Coupon is good through September 1, 2014.

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Weekly Spending Summary (8/17-8/23)

Some of you have wondered where I get my printable coupons. Here are the main coupon sites that I use: Coupons.com, Coupon Network, Smart Source, Red Plum, Ibotta, Hopster, Checkout 51 and Saving Star.  Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.

Wow, we got back from vacation and dove right back into our usual busy life!  And this week sure felt busy!  I did 2 bushels of peaches, with the help of my sister-in-law and also made some fruit slush too.  (Recipes found below.)  We had enough other things going that I didn’t even bother to do any couponing this week.  The deals weren’t amazing and when I saw how busy I was going to be I simply decided to nix it.  It just didn’t feel worth it!

It wasn’t that I did no shopping though!  You’ll see below that I still did some shopping and ended up spending quite a bit in the process.

Total Spent: $138.49

Aldi: $29.51

Plus 2 corn chips, carrots, tortilla chips and bananas.

As I mentioned, this week was quite busy and I guess as a result I totally missed including a bunch of stuff that I purchased in the picture!  I noted those items underneath the picture above.

I headed to Aldi to get orange juice concentrate to make my Easy Frozen Peaches and Fruit Slush and of course while I was there I had to grab some other things too.

I got the chips for my husband and son to take as a snack to the father/son campout that they went to with some other men from our church last weekend.   The honey mustard was just for fun.  When we were at my brother and sister-in-law’s place last weekend they had some and it was really good.  I often make my own but I don’t think I could make it for this price and the ingredients were nothing strange so I felt good about buying it.  It’s great on sandwiches and would be good on chicken or soft pretzels too!

I wasn’t planning to get a can of pumpkin but I’ve been so hungry for fall desserts and when I saw it I couldn’t resist.  Okay, well I could have but truth is I have the room in my budget so I figured it was okay!  That’s the beauty of having a budget!  I can buy things on a whim and not feel guilty because I know the money is there to pay for it all fair and square.  I ended up using it to make this popular Pumpkin Crunch Cake to enjoy when my parents were around last weekend.  So good!

Bought:

  • BBQ Chips $1.49
  • 2 Corn Chips $0.89 each
  • Kettle Chips $1.79
  • Tortilla Chips $1.19
  • Bananas $0.44/lb
  • Carrots $1.29
  • Mayo $1.99
  • 2 Honey Mustard $0.79 each
  • Ranch Dressing $1.29
  • 3 Crushed Pineapple $0.89 each
  • Pumpkin $0.89
  • Pesto $1.49
  • 7 Frozen Orange Juice $1.29 each

Staples: $3.18

I had to go to Staples to return something and so I grabbed these pens that will be free after Staples Easy Rebate while I was there.

Bought:

  • Papermate pens $3.00

Beiler’s Fruit Farm: $47.80

Um, so I forgot again to take a picture until I was almost done using all of my peaches!  And by then it was dark outside and the lighting was terrible so hence the awful picture!

Anyway… I bought 2 bushels of Red Haven peaches to freeze.  I know that is a lot and I also will get some more peaches to can but we love peaches around here!  The children have them pretty much every day as part of their lunch.  In fact, on the rare day that I decide to change things up and do some other fruit they get annoyed because they love their peaches!

I froze most of them using this recipe which is delicious as is but tastes great in smoothies too.  I also cut a few up into slices, dipped them in a lemon juice/water mixture and then froze them that way.  I had read about it somewhere and thought I’d like to try it and see what I thought.

Springville Foods: $48.00

My sister-in-law told me about a local store that had butter on sale for $2.25/lb. and offered to get some for me.  In the past, I’ve usually been able to find butter on sale for $2/lb. or less but the prices keep rising so I jumped on this deal.  She got me all that they had at that price, which was 18 lbs.  Then she said they also had 3 lbs. at $2.50/lb. so I had her get those for me too since it’s still less than what I pay for it at Aldi.  Right now butter is $2.99 so by stocking up like this now I saved $14.79!  And since butter freezes well, I just froze it all and will pull it out as needed.

Misc.: $10.00

I withdrew some cash from our checking account to use to pay for grocery things that I buy at our local farmers market.

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Free Online Photography Classes

Craftsy is offering 36 different free online classes right now!  One of those classes is a free photography course about Professional Family Portraits.  The class is 1 ½ hrs. long and is broken up into 4 sessions.  You can watch classes on your own schedule and once you sign up, your access never expires!

Here’s an overview of the class:

Bring out the best in your subjects with professional photographer Kirk Tuck’s advanced strategies for family portraiture. Transform any room into a portrait studio with Kirk’s quick tips on improving your setting, and easily create ideal lighting indoors and out with the use of bounce flash, umbrellas and affordable materials like foam core. Discover the key to engaging your subject as Kirk reveals how to capture shots of energetic and oftentimes impatient toddlers. Shoot flattering portraits of mature subjects with professional exposure and composition techniques. Learn how to direct and pose a large group, and then move into post-processing to erase blemishes, soften wrinkles and modify color cast for polished images that families will be proud to display in their homes for years to come.

Not interested in photography but would love to learn other skills?  Check out the other 35 free classes that Craftsy offers.  There is everything from cake decorating to figure drawing to cabinetry tips and techniques to making perfect pizza at home!

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