Easy Homemade Applesauce – crockpot recipe

When the twins were young we really went through the applesauce. I quickly figured out how to save some money on applesauce and learned through experimenting my families favorite way for me to make homemade applesauce. Now, I use the applesauce on our oatmeal, topped on yogurt with chopped nuts and I even add it to our fruit smoothies for extra flavor! And of course, just plain with a bit more cinnamon sprinkled on top.

Using the crockpot seems to be the easiest way for me to make it because I can walk away and it cooks up perfectly every time. Right now Honey Crisp apples are on sale and I ordered a case from Bountiful Baskets.

If you just don’t want to make homemade applesauce, grab an applesauce coupon from the Free Coupon Database to get a better deal at the store.

applesauce recipe


Also, check out my Red Hot Cinnamon Applesauce Recipe too!


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7 Easy Ways To Save On Produce

10:00 am

by Jennifer Freeman

Top Ways To Save On Produce

Video Link – Save On Produce

Over the last few weeks I realized there are many things I do to save on produce purchased in our house. We like to eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegi’s and any kind we are open to! My kids (thankfully) eat and enjoy the bright colorful vegi’s I serve during meals and snacks. Alexanders most loved vegetable is pickled beets, Grandma’s homemade is his favorite.

7 Easy Ways To Save On Produce

#1 Way to save on produce — Bountiful Baskets. This isn’t new to many of you because I certainly have shared this before, but have you tried the “extras” that are offered each week? (Here is an introduction to Bountiful Baskets) It is a fantastic way to increase the amount of produce you get each week for only a few extra dollars. The first “basket” runs $17 (or $25 for organic) then you can add the extra options. Each week they vary slightly, but to ensure you can select one get on right way when your ordering time opens on Mondays because these packs can be limited.

The one I show in the video was called a Smoothie pack and it was only $8! Also, they offer cases of produce that vary during each season/week. Last week I was able to pick up 25 pounds of Roma tomatoes.

Reader Sallie was kind enough share this with me: I just want to thank you again for mentioning Bountiful Baskets in your posts. I started participating in February because of a post you made. It has changed my life and the lives of my family! Not only do I save money, I eat healthier and I’m a much more adventurous eater! I’d been telling myself for years that I needed to eat more produce and now I do. It’s a happy surprise every Saturday finding out what I’ll be eating for the week!

See more details about Bountiful Baskets.

Do you have any tips and trick you do to save on produce?
Certainly leave your thoughts and comments in the post! 

#1 Top 7 Ways To Save On Produce

#2 Stop Wasting Produce! But How?

#3 One Simple step will save you $ every time!

#4 Freeze those vegetables

#5 Buy with strategy! Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables ~ A Complete List

#6 Use mobile vegetable coupon savings Ibotta

#7 SavingStar offers 20% off a fruit or vegetable item each week.  Sign up or see more information here.


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Meet Jen Freeman in Dallas, from the #1 rated TLC Extreme Couponing Show ~ Season 1 Final and Extreme Couponing All Stars Season 3!  She’s a military wife, mom of twins, with over 25 years of couponing experience.  At the free Dallas coupon class, she will teach you the easy way to save over 50% on your household groceries!  It’s simple, easy to learn how to coupon in as little as an hour a week.

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Jen Morris, of TLCs Extreme Couponing All Stars Show.  Mom of 5 and an expert Extreme Coupon mom!  She is one crazy lady about coupons.  Her bubbly personality will keep you entertained during this free coupon class in Dallas.  She will share with you extreme savings secrets you can use to save money like a money saving expert during this free Extreme Couponing event.

“Our grocery bill went from $1,000 down to about $400 a month for my family of 7!” Jen Morris

In approximately 90 minutes, get insider couponing tips, secrets and time saving techniques from these TLC Extreme Couponers. This free Extreme Coupon seminar in Dallas is for new couponers and seasoned savers! You will leave with all the tools needed to take your savings to a whole new level!   Learn how mom’s save money in Dallas couponing.  Event sponsored by The Dallas Morning News!

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Watch the video and learn my produce money saving way to create a vegetable stock from pieces of vegetables that would have been thrown away.  I estimate by creating my own vegetable stock from pieces of vegetables I would have thrown out saves me $50 a year, because I no longer need to purchase vegetable stock for recipes or soups. I used to buy 2 cases of vegetable stock a year, and I no need to purchase any.

My goal is always to use what I buy to the fullest with no waste.  This is one way is one way to do that and save money on produce.

When cutting produce save the skins from carrots, onions, parsley stems, green onions, onions, and celery tops.  Store them in the freezer in a zipper top bag and keep piling them in until the bag is full.  After it’s filled up put the vegetable pieces into a pot and cover with water, add some salt, a few peppercorns, bay leaf, and 2 cloves of garlic.  Let it simmer for an hour.  Strain the vegetables out leaving you a delicious vegetable base or broth for soup or cooking!

If you want to put all this is  crock pot and leave it on low for about 6 hours is an alternate cooking method.

Vegetable Stock Recipe

1 gallon zipper bag of vegetable pieces (see list above)
2 garlic cloves
several peppercorns
1 bay leaf
1 tsp salt

Put all vegetable in a pot and cover with water.  Bring to a simmer and simmer for one hour.  Strain the vegetables out leaving your vegetable broth.


If you do not need a vegetable stock now:   freeze the whole batch in the zipper top bag and put it back in the freezer to make soup at a later date ~ OR using a muffin tin freeze 1/2 cup size and remove from tin after frozen, store in zipper top bag for individual recipe use. Pull out a frozen 1/2 cup serving as needed.

Do you have a great money saving tip? Do share.


Coupon Organizing Tips ~ Video by Jen Freeman

12:12 pm

by Jennifer Freeman

My secret Extreme Couponing 101 & Extreme Savings Tip is quite simple…multiple Sunday newspapers.  It is the least expensive & most efficiant way to ensure you get enough coupons for your families needs to take advantage of upcoming sales.   Relying on a friend to share their inserts is not reliable.  My Vegas doorstep is filled with 5 Sunday papers each week.

Upcoming Coupons Teaching SeminarHow To Coupon Like A Pro Extreme Couponer! Come on out and see me, I’d love to say hello and teach your the tips and tricks of how I save my family literally $1,000’s each year!

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How To Easily Organize A Stockpile

9:07 am

by Jennifer Freeman

expiration dates on cans

Organizing Your Stockpile

Everyone has their special unique ways of organizing a stockpile.   But here is something we all need to pay attention to when you are organizing your stockpile.  I am sharing this information with you again, in case you are new to stockpiling or need a reminder!

I picked up some cases of items I was running short on in my stockpile.  Kroger Chains had a case lot sale on staple items: canned beans, canned tomatoes, canned tomato sauce and so on.   When I add to my stockpile in the pantry, I do not just place the items at the back, behind my previous purchases.   Instead, I check the expiration dates.  Here’s why:   The can pictured above right is the canned tomatoes I purchased in November (3/01/14 expiration) and then on the left is the canned tomatoes I bought last week (3/01/13) and yet they expire an entire YEAR earlier! I know we assume the most recently purchased items will have an expiration date further out than the current items at home, but it is not always the case!

I created a video about how I quickly maintain my stockpile and I hope you find it useful.  And when you are organizing your stockpile double check expiration dates to help prevent any loss of item.

Do you have any quick tips on organizing your stockpile you would like to share?


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