How to Save on Peanut Butter

by Merissa on October 14, 2011

in Thrifty Living

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I posted an article the other day on the LHL Facebook page about how the prices of peanut butter are increasing. Peanut Butter has been a long time source of good protein on a budget. It's cheap, healthy(well, most of it!) and it tastes good.

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If you are a peanut butter lover, it's time to stock up and here are some ways to help.

Buy Peanut Butter in bulk. Instead of buying the little containers, check and see if you can get it cheaper in bulk. Check your local Sam's Club, Costco, or health foods store. Also cheap your local co-op if you order from one. Another place to watch is Amazon. They often have peanut butter with a 15% Subscribe and Save discount and you can get it for less than $2 a jar.

Consider a Peanut Butter alternative. If prices really do increase drastically on peanut butter, it may be more afforable to go with a peanut butter alternative such as SunButter or Almond Butter. The reason prices are increasing on peanut butter is because the cost of peanuts is increasing, not all nuts, so these prices should remain stead for now.

Watch for Peanut Butter at discount stores. Check your local scratch and dent surplus grocery store for good deals on peanut butter. If your store prices based on what they pay per box the prices on peanut butter should generally remain unchanged. If they priced based on a percentage of retail then you may see prices go up some but they still shouldn't compare to the price in the grocery store. Right now I'm seeing peanut butter for around $1.50 - $2 at the discount stores.

Use coupons with sales. Right now there is still plenty of sales out there for peanut butter. Watch for coupons to be available (they are rare so grab them when you can!) to get a great deal.

Before you put that peanut butter in your cart, check the shelf and make sure you are purchasing the jars with the longest expiration date you can find so it will last longer and you can stock up knowing that it won't go bad before you can use it.

What ways are you planning to do to save on peanut butter?

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1 MARSHA October 14, 2011 at 12:04 pm

How about making your own?

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2 Merissa October 14, 2011 at 12:07 pm

I’m not sure that it would be cheaper since the price of peanuts is going up, but it might be an idea if you can find some for very cheap…might not be worth the trouble though!

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3 MARSHA October 14, 2011 at 12:04 pm

How about making your own?

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4 Merissa October 14, 2011 at 12:07 pm

I’m not sure that it would be cheaper since the price of peanuts is going up, but it might be an idea if you can find some for very cheap…might not be worth the trouble though!

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5 Rachel October 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm

If I buy in bulk, is it a possibility to can it into smaller jars? I’m very interested in learning how to make or buy in bulk and stock up!

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6 Merissa October 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm

What my mom does is puts it into smaller cleaned out jars(old peanut butter jars but the glass ones) and keeps it in the freezer.

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7 Rachel October 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm

If I buy in bulk, is it a possibility to can it into smaller jars? I’m very interested in learning how to make or buy in bulk and stock up!

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8 Merissa October 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm

What my mom does is puts it into smaller cleaned out jars(old peanut butter jars but the glass ones) and keeps it in the freezer.

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9 Patty April 20, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Im wondering why all the comments are in duplicates!!

I put peanut butter in to glass jam jars and keep in the freezer. Also, I use the cheaper peanut butter in baking and save the natural stuff for our sandwiches.

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10 Merissa April 20, 2013 at 10:09 pm

I’m not sure Patty, probably just an error when I transferred servers a while back.

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11 Kim in Michigan January 14, 2014 at 6:50 am

Hi there. This may sound odd but I make my own peanut butter out of peanuts you get for bird feed. A huge bag of peanut splits, about 20# is $18. The ingredients states “shelled peanuts.” I rinse them really, really well until the water runs clear. Then roast them in the oven at 200 deg until golden. When they cool a bit I put them in the food processor with just a touch of salt and drizzle oil in while they’re spinning away. It’s a lot of work but it tastes so good. This country reveres animals so much that sometimes the quality in pet and animal food is better than people food. Just saying.

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12 Eli May 31, 2014 at 1:13 pm

That is a great idea. Thank you!

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