*HOT* Fandango: $10 off a Movie Ticket!

fandango visa checkout

Heading to the movies soon? Check out this *hot* deal from Fandango where you can get $10 off a movie ticket!

Buy your tickets through Fandango on Saturday or Sunday and you’ll get $10 off when you pay with Visa Checkout and use the coupon code VISACHECKOUT10. This offer is valid through September 6 or while supplies last.

Fandango movie

A couple things to note:

  • You can use any major credit or debit card to purchase, not just Visa (just make sure you go through Visa Checkout).
  • Your ticket(s) must be purchased on a weekend, but they do not need to be purchased for a weekend showing.
  • There is a limit of 1 per person, but if you and your spouse both have Fandango accounts you can each purchase 1.

Head to Fandango to get in on this awesome deal! What movie are you planning to see?


FREE Swimming Today at Stewart Heights Pool and Kandle Pool (Tacoma)

free swimming

Locals, did you stick around town for the Fourth? Today only from 12-5pm, you can swim for FREE at Tacoma’s outdoor pools! Open swim goes from 12-5pm, but they suggest to arrive early as pool capacity is limited.

Pools include:

  • Kandle Pool – 5302 N 26th St
  • Stewart Heights Pool – 402 E 56th St

If you can’t make it today, they’ll also have free swimming on Labor Day (Monday, September 7).

Looking for more Fourth of July fun? Check out this awesome roundup of area fireworks and family fun, courtesy of Seattle’s Child.


And the summer’s still trucking along, so you may also be interested in our roundup of Outdoor Family Season Pass Ideas for the Puget Sound.


Fred Meyer Coupon Deals 7/5 – 7/11: $0.99 Strawberries, $0.99 Lettuce & More!

Fred Meyer 7.5 Ad

Here are the best deals I could find at Fred Meyer starting Sunday, July 5th and running through Saturday, July 11th. If you are new to shopping at Fred Meyer or would like to move from casual shopper to pro shopper, read my Fred Meyer Shopping Guide.

If you are 55 or over, you might want to shop on Tuesday as it’s a Senior Discount Day. Enjoy an additional 10% on many departments throughout the store.

Make sure to check out FredMeyer.com/coupons for ecoupons you can download to your Fred Meyer Rewards card. I noticed, for instance, that right now there is an ecoupon you can download there for double points when you shop Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through August 2nd! Once you’ve loaded it, you’ll automatically receive double points every time you shop Fri – Sun this summer.

As usual, the best deals are highlighted in red. 

Dreyer’s or Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream
48 fl oz, 14 fl oz Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream or 3 ct Häagen-Dazs Frozen Treats; Any Variety
$2.50 each with in-ad coupon (limit 4)

Strawberries, 16 oz

Fred Meyer Water, 24 pack

Kroger Home Sense Bathroom Tissue, 36 double rolls
(Works out to just $0.31/roll)

Pint Blueberries

Fresh Wild-Caught Alaska Whole Sockeye Salmon
(Tip: this is a MUCH cheaper way to go than buying the fillets! Last time, I purchased my salmon this way and they were able to help cut it up for me, too!)

Fred Meyer Sour Cream or Cottage Cheese or Cream Cheese Bar
$0.99 each with in-ad coupon (limit 4)

Kroger Cheese
Bars or Shreds, 6-8 oz or Natural Slices, 6 oz; Any Variety
$1.67 each with in-ad coupon (limit 6)

Ruffles Family Size or Doritos
$2 each with in-ad coupon (limit 2)

Langers 100% Juice or Cocktail
$1.67 each with in-ad coupon (limit 6)

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*HOT* Disney Store: FREE shipping on all orders!

disney store free shipping

Heads up – the Disney Store is offering FREE shipping on all orders through Saturday, July 4! This is a great opportunity to buy those super-cute low-priced items that you normally skip over when you can’t justify paying for shipping.

You’ll need to use the coupon code FREESHIP to have the cost of shipping taken off your order at checkout. Some best bets:


Elsa Nightgown for Girls – Frozen or Sofia Nightgown for Girls: $12.99 (reg. $32.95)

Stuffy Plush - Doc McStuffins - Medium - 17''

Stuffy Plush – Doc McStuffins – Medium – 17”: $6.99 (reg. $19.95)

Doc McStuffins Growth Chart

Doc McStuffins Growth Chart: $5.99 (reg. $19.95)

Sleeping Beauty Dream Journal and Pen Set

Sleeping Beauty Dream Journal and Pen Set: $4.99 (reg. $9.95)


R2-D2 Sunglasses for Kids – Star Wars or Sofia Sunglasses for Kids or Ariel Sunglasses for Kids: $1.99 (reg. $5.95)

There’s lots more to choose from, so head to the Disney Store to check it out!


Starbucks Grande Frappuccino for $3 (July 3-6 from 2-5pm)

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**Update: The winning flavor is Caramel Cocoa Cluster – yum!

In the mood for a tasty treat? Stop by Starbucks from July 3rd-6th from 2-5pm each day to pick up a Starbucks Grande Frappuccino in the winning “Fan Flavor” for $3! This is a 16-oz. (medium) beverage normally priced at $4.75. For more information, go here.

Voting ends today and the winning flavor will be announced tomorrow. From a starting field of six flavors, the field has been narrowed to three – Caramel Cocoa Cluster, Cinnamon Roll, and Cupcake. Which do you think it will be?

PS – Get a free drink when you sign up for My Starbucks Rewards!


6pm.com: Cute Crossbody Purses for under $20 (perfect for summer!)

4th of July Sale 6pm Women's Essentials

Ladies, are you looking for a cute, easy-wear purse for the summer? If so, I encourage you to check out the 4th of July sale 6pm.com is running right now. I spied many crossbody-style purses for less than $20! These purses are great to wear if you’re traveling, running errands, or going somewhere you’d like to keep your hands free. Even better, 6pm.com always offers free shipping, no minimum purchase required.

Here are some of the styles popping out at me that I think would be perfect for the summer:

Rosetti Logo Motion Top Zip Crossbody

Relic Erica Double Pouch Crossbody


IKEA: Eat Free with $100 Home Furnishings Purchase 7/3 – 7/5


Are you planning on doing any shopping at IKEA this weekend? If you are, you might be interested to know that you can dine for free at the IKEA Cafe with a total purchase of $100 or more.

Here’s how it works:

  • Eat at the IKEA restaurant 7/3 – 7/5.
  • You’ll receive a coupon with your receipt. Hang onto this!
  • Present your coupon and receipt to the cashier and you’ll have your total dining bill deducted from your IKEA home furnishings purchase of $100 or more.

For instance, let’s say you spend $12 on food. You then spend $120 buying furniture. At checkout, they’d deduct the $12 from your bill, so you’d pay $108. Make sense?

Fine print stuff:

*Restaurant purchase must be consumed on the premises. Limit one restaurant receipt per store discount. Home furnishings purchase must be made the same day as the restaurant purchase. Not valid on IKEA Gift Card purchases. Simply hand over your IKEA Restaurant receipt with the coupon to the store cashier to have your discount applied. Total home furnishing purchase must be $100 or more before tax. Offer valid July 03 – 05, 2015 only at participating IKEA stores.

Speaking of IKEA, have you seen this post?

Stuff I didn't know I needed...until I went to IKEA


Fred Meyer 2-Day Sidewalk Sale (7/3 – 7/4)


Fred Meyer is having a 2-day Sidewalk Sale today (Friday, July 3rd) and tomorrow (Saturday, July 4th). Additionally, there are Friday and Saturday only doorbusters. I wanted to share some highlights from the sale. However, you might want to view the entire ad at fredmeyer.com/ads.

Notable extra bonus & store coupons:

  • 10% off Home & Sporting Goods
  • 10% off Home Electronics Accessories
  • 10% off Movies (Electronics Department)

Friday, July 3rd Doorbusters

This deals are good today only (7/3) from 7am – 1pm:

Sandals for Men, Women & Children
Save 50%

Handbags & Wallets
Save 50%

Area & Accent Rugs
Save 50%

Thermal Beverageware
Save 50%

Summer Toys
Save 50%

Saturday, July 4th Doorbusters

This deals are good tomorrow only (7/4) from 7am – 1pm:

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This Week’s Freezer Meal Prep: 40 Pounds of Chicken

Batch Freezer Meal Cooking: Tips for Turning 40 pounds of chicken into delicious meals

When I have the mind and energy to do it, I love doing a large freezer meal prep session. Or maybe I should say – I love the result of a large freezer meal prep session! I haven’t done one of these in quite some time and thought I’d walk you through how I processed 40 pounds of chicken breast this week.

If you’re wondering where one even acquires 40 pounds of chicken, I encourage you to check out this post about GoDirect Foods. Right now, they’re taking orders for chicken at just $1.67/lb – that’s a steal! If you don’t have GoDirect Foods in your area, also check out Zaycon Fresh – they are pretty much nationwide. Finally, you can buy meat in bulk from a club store, such as Costco or Sam’s Club.

Prepping for your Freezer Meal Cooking Day

Before picking up your meat, plan out what kind of meals you’d like to have on hand – and make sure that they are freezer friendly! My favorite freezer recipes come from this book:

Fix, Freeze, Feast

This book is called Fix, Freeze, Feast and I’ve written about it several times before. I use this cookbook more than ANY other I own and that’s not an exaggeration! While one could definitely check it out from the library, I highly recommend you buy yourself a copy at some point, particularly if you plan on getting into more freezer meal prep.  (It’s just $10 right now on Amazon plus free shipping for Prime members = score!)

Next, I planned the meals I’d like to make. Here’s what I came up with:

  • Curry Chicken (Fix, Freeze, Feast)
  • Teriyaki Chicken (Fix, Freeze, Feast)
  • Cashew Chicken (Fix, Freeze, Feast)
  • Molasses Rum Chicken (Fix Freeze, Feast)
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu (Fix, Freeze, Feast)
  • Breaded Chicken for my Chicken Piccata Recipe
  • Fiesta Crockpot Chicken (My Litter)

Plus, I decided to freeze several pounds of chicken as is for other recipes such as chicken pot pie, barbecue chicken, and chicken enchiladas.

After arriving at my final recipes, I stopped in at WinCo where I purchased several of the ingredients in bulk (such as the cashews, breadcrumbs, and curry). I also made sure to buy freezer bags both in quart and gallon size. My advice: make sure you have everything you need on hand! You don’t want to be making random trips to the store because you forgot something.

Day One Freezer Prep

Typically, I’d process all 40 pounds of chicken in one day. I don’t know what it is – maybe I’m just getting old – but I decided to break my prep into two days. Yes I know this means twice the amount of kitchen clean-up, but honestly, I felt it’s just what I needed to do so I wouldn’t be in the kitchen for four hours straight!

Fiesta Chicken

I decided to start with that night’s dinner: Fiesta Chicken! I’ve been hearing rave reviews about this recipe so I knew I had to try it. I contacted the blogger (who happens to be a personal friend of mine!) and asked if this recipe could be made freezer meal style and she assured me it could. I figure I might as well have dinner cooking in the crock pot while I worked on some more chicken.
Oven baking chicken

The only recipe in my line-up that involves cooked chicken is the Chicken Curry. Since that would be the most labor intensive, I decided to knock it out right away. The recipe in the cookbook calls for cooking the chicken on the stove, but I opted to oven bake it to maximize my time.

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4th of July Food Printable Coupons

4th of july printable coupons

Need to pick up some last-minute items before the big 4th of July weekend? Before you head to the store, be sure to check out Coupons.com as they have a boatload of coupons available to help you save on your weekend barbecue, camping trip, or picnic.

I wanted to bring these to your attention in case you have any of these items on your shopping list. To make things easy, I’ve sorted them out by categories. Simply hit the “Get Coupon” button on any of them to print – you’ll be taken directly to Coupons.com with the selected coupon already “clipped.” Easy-peasy!


$1.00 off TWO BACARDI Mixers frozen

$1.00 off Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk

$1.00 off FOLGERS ICED CAFE™ Coffee Drink

$2.00 off 1 GEVALIA Iced Coffee with Almond Milk

$1.00 off 1 GEVALIA Iced Coffee with Almond Milk

$0.80 off International Delight Iced Coffee

$0.75 off one (1) Odwalla 15.2 fl. oz. beverage

$0.75 off 59 fl. oz. Simply Juice Drink

$1.00 off 1 True Lemon Fruit Orchard beverage mix

Condiments & Sauces

$1.00 off any (1) Hidden Valley Salad Dressing

$0.75 off any one KRAFT Natural Cheese

$1.00 off 2 Mrs.Cubbison's Salad Toppings Products

$0.75 off any ONE (1) Newman's Own Salad Dressing

$0.75 off any (1) Soy Vay Dressing or Marinade

$0.50 off (1) pepper sauce from TABASCO brand

$0.50 off any ONE (1) Vlasic pickles 10-46 oz

$0.50 off any ONE (1) Wish-Bone product

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