Why Travel to Europe is Cheaper in 2015 than 2014

This post is a little different than what I normally talk about here at the blog, but I figure it relates to saving money on travel, so that’s good enough!

Over the past year, the euro has lost about a quarter of its value, when compared to the US dollar. What does this mean? Simply put, it means that you’d save roughly a quarter on a European trip in 2015 than 2014!

There is a great article and video over at CNBC that provides this illustration:

Suppose a hotel room in Paris costs €300/night
In 2014, this hotel would’ve worked out to $415/night USD
In 2015, this hotel would work out to $318/night USD

(While I get that $318 is still a high number – I hope the illustration of the discount is not lost!)

If you’ve been thinking of going to Europe and are interested to learn more about how the weak euro might play to your advantage, I encourage you to check out this article over at CNBC and/or watch the video at the top of this blog post.

I’ve never been to Europe; always wanted to go! What about you? Have you been? If so, where? If not, where would you most want to go?


Best Tax Software Deals

Best Tax Software deals - find the best deals on the software you use, save money!

No need to fear Tax Day – with all of the awesome tax software available nowadays, your days of hunkering over complicated forms and pulling out the calculator are long past. Many tax software programs walk you step-by-step through the process of filing your taxes to help you maximize your deductions and keep errors to a minimum.

To help you save on this service, we’ve rounded up the best tax software deals currently available. Whether you like to get your taxes done early or if you wait until the last minute, we’ve got you covered as we’ll keep this list up-to-date until Tax Day (April 15).

Please leave a comment if you know of any other ways to save on tax software and we’ll add them to the list. Thanks!

Last updated: Tuesday, March 31 at 1:00 pm


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Qualifying filers (those who use the 1040EZ/A form) can now file their federal return for free with the Federal Free Edition. So if you’re a first-time filer, a student, and/or don’t have kids, a house, or investments, definitely start here.

Need a more complicated form? Here are some other TurboTax offers:

TurboTax Freedom Edition

You may qualify to use the TurboTax Freedom Edition. This edition offers free online tax preparation and electronic filing those who meet annual eligibility requirements:

  • AGI (Adjusted Gross Income) of $31,000 or less
  • active duty military in 2014 with an AGI of $60,000 or less
  • qualify for the EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit)

If you qualify to use the Freedom Edition, you can also file your state return for free.

H&R Block

Online - H&R Block Online Free Edition

H&R Block also offers a Free Edition that is best for first-time filers and those who qualify to use the simplest tax return forms. State returns are only $9.99 per state with this offer. Plus, add an extra 5-10% bonus to your federal tax refund when you use your refund to purchase an e-gift card to Target, Best Buy, or another of more than 40 participating retailers.

If you don’t qualify for free filing, you still don’t have to pay full price; go through this link to save 15% on your purchase of the Basic, Deluxe or Premium versions.

You may also be interested in purchasing online from Amazon; current prices are as follows (as of 3/31):

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New Coupon: Save $1 off Oroweat Bread!

$1.00 off Arnold, Brownberry, or Oroweat breadCoupons.com has released a really sweet bread coupon! It’s good for $1 off Arnold, Brownberry or Oroweat Bread. Now, I can’t say I’m familiar with the Arnold or Brownberry brands (are you?), but I definitely have purchased Oroweat before.

In addition to being a rare, high-value coupon, when I printed mine I realized the expiration date is good clear through 12/31/2015! Wow! Super generous.

Remember to use your browser’s back button to print the coupon twice. Head to Coupons.com to print yours now.



Sterino Farms (Tacoma) Opening Day: April 1st!

Sterino Farms

Locals: you might be interested to know that tomorrow, April 1st, is opening day for Sterino Farms in Puyallup! The hours will be 8am – 7pm.

You can find them at:

Sterino Farms
6116 52nd St.
Puyallup, WA 98371

I really love this farm stand. I’d expect you’ll find some great prices on things like greens and rhubarb this time of year. If you go, I’d love to know what else you spot! For updates, I encourage you to follow Sterino Farms on Facebook.


{In Progress!} Grocery Outlet: Save 20% off All Wine, March 31 – April 4

Grocery Outlet Wine Sale - Save 20% off 3/31/15 - 4/4/15Just a reminder that through Saturday, April 4th, you can save 20% on all wines at Grocery Outlet! There are no limits to how much you can buy, and there’s no coupon needed.

This is probably my #1 way to save on quality wine! Here are some things you should know about this sale:

  • Grocery Outlet’s wines are already at top discounted prices. What makes this sale great is that you’re saving 20% on top of already deeply discounted bottles of wine. The other thing I love is that Grocery Outlet won’t jack up the prices just prior to the sale, either.
  • Grocery Outlet offers a wide variety of wines. I have found high quality reds and whites, along with some “fun to try” varieties like chocolate wine and Almond Roca wine!
  • This sale only happens a few times a year. This sale is not likely to come around again until fall, so I do encourage you to stock up.

Here are some examples of what you might find at your store. These photos were taken at Grocery Outlet store visits from about a year ago.

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The Mixer – Pinot Noir $4.99 (elsewhere price: $9.99)
Save 20% during November’s Wine Sale
Your price: $3.99 (works out to 60% off!)

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Sequin Rosé: $3.99 (elsewhere price: $9.99)
Save 20% during November’s Wine Sale
Your price: $3.19 (works out to 68% off!)

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The Light Grape Chardonnay: $1.99 (elsewhere price: $10.99)
Save 20% during November’s Wine Sale
Your price: $1.59 (works out to 86% off!)

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Pennywise Chardonnay: $4.99 (elsewhere price: $10.99)
Save 20% during November’s Wine Sale
Your price: $3.99 (works out to 64% off!)

For fun, you might be interested to watch this short video of one of the times I shopped this sale. (And no, I wasn’t planning on making a video about my trip, but I was asked and was a good sport.)

Do you love this sale too? Will you be shopping it?


12 Tips for Saving Money at Disneyland

12 Tips for Saving Money at Disneyland {Must read if you're planning your vacation!}

A few years ago, I wrote a post about 6 ways we saved money on our Disneyland trip. It was a huge hit – seems folks love Disneyland, but are always looking to save money! My friend Keri recently took a trip and she told me proudly that she was able to stick to a fairly strict budget. I wanted her to share her tips, because she did a few things to save money I’ve not mentioned before. With that, here’s Keri:


My family and I just returned from a 5 day trip to Disneyland! We made a plan as a family to do the budget route to Disneyland, because honestly, that was the only way we could afford to go. There is a wide range of experiences to be had at Disneyland, and even the budget minded can make it happen with enough preparation and discipline. Here are 12 of my most used tips for saving at Disneyland!

1. Go with a budget. This seems like a no brainer, but determine your budget ahead of time and stick to it! Take time to research the hotels, airlines, and souvenirs that fit within your predetermined budget and embrace the experience that you can afford.

2. Go off peak. If your schedule will allow, off peak times are the best time to go because airfare, car rental, and hotels will be reduced. There are a variety of sites that offer annual listings of the best (and worst) times to go to Disneyland.

3. Buy Disney themed attire before your trip. Not only does this allow you to spread out your spending, you can also find much better deals outside the park. We got all of these licensed Disney shirts at Target for less than $35. Buying even a basic t-shirt at the park will run you between $25-30.

Family Trip to Disneyland - on a Budget!

4. Stay off property. There are a number of decent, Good Neighbor, hotels directly across the street from the park entrance. You can save hundreds every night of your vacay by staying at one of these hotels. Most also include a continental breakfast. Our philosophy is that we go to Anaheim for Disneyland, not the hotel. We want to spend as much time in the park as possible, so the hotel experience isn’t important to us. As long as it’s safe, clean, and close by, you’re good to go. You will be so happily exhausted at the end of each day at the park, the hotel won’t matter that much to you anyway! (Tip from Angela: you can often find the Good Neighbor hotels on Groupon Getaways to save even more money.)

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WinCo Coupon Deals (Late March Edition) ~ Shank Ham $1.47/lb, Bananas 49¢/lb, Butter $1.98/lb

What's on sale at WinCo

It’s time for another round-up of WinCo coupon deals. Here are the prices that Lori noted at the Bremerton, WA store as of Sunday, March 29th. Please remember that prices may vary by region and are subject to change at any time.

As always, my favorite deals have been highlighted in red.

Wall of Values

Assorted General Mills Cereal, 12 oz $2.28
$0.75/1 Cheerios printable coupon
1/3 General Mills Cereals coupon from 2/22 SmartSource
PLUS $1/1 Cheerios iBotta digital deposit
Bottom line: as low as $0.53


Lay’s Potato Chips

Nabisco Snack Crackers

Assorted Kellogg’s Cereal, 23.5 oz

Cheese Nips

Ritz Crackers


Keebler Club Crackers

Langers Juice, 101 oz

Better Oats, 10 ct

Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce, 80 oz

Del Monte Ketchup, 24 oz

Best Foods Mayonnaise, 30 oz $3.48
$0.50/1 coupon from 3/29 Red Plum
Bottom line: $2.98

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Sign Up for a Target REDcard (it’s FREE!) to Save 5% at Target and Target.com

The links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.

I may have mentioned this before, but I (Laura) live in the land of Target. Not only is Target HQ located in Minneapolis, but there are 75 Target stores in my state (Minnesota), most located within 20 miles of my house. You know that series Angela writes about Costco? Yeah, I could do that for Target – I’m there at least a couple times a month picking up this and that, plus since I put together the Top 10 Target Deals each week I’ve got those to shop for, too.

One absolutely fantastic way to save at Target is to get a Target REDcard. Seriously, it’s a no-brainer. Choose from their debit card or credit card (both are free, no-fee cards) and get an extra 5% off all orders both in-store and online, plus you’ll bag free shipping on online orders, no minimum purchase required. I have a debit card that is linked to my checking account – since I would be using my bank’s debit card, anyway, it’s a win-win for me.

Other benefits:

  • Extended returns on purchases made with your REDcard – 30 extra days
  • Up to 1% of your purchases go to the eligible K-12 school of your choice
  • Immediate approval with online application process (some debit applications require a few days to confirm your bank account)
  • Online account management: check your balance and/or transaction history, make payments, review statements, manage PIN

Do you have a REDcard? What are your favorite benefits of having one?


Top 20 Target Deals: Week of 3/29-4/4

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Check out this week’s Top 10 20 Target Deals! (We’re doing 20 deals this week since I know many of you will be doing your Easter grocery shopping this week.)

Every Monday we round up the best advertised and unadvertised deals of the week matched up with any applicable coupons and savings opportunities, with a special thanks to All Things Target for the highlights.

First things first, there is an awesome coupon available for a Free $10 Target Gift Card with $50 Food and Beverage Purchase. You have two ways to get it:

  • Clip the coupon in the ad OR
  • Text GROCERY to 827438 to get a mobile coupon sent to your phone

Up & Up Foam Scrubbers, 2 pk $1.04
$3/4 Target printable coupon
Bottom line: $0.29 each when you buy 4

Birds Eye Frozen Vegetables $1
$1/2 coupon from the 2/22 SmartSource
Bottom line: $0.50 each when you buy 2

Pantene Classic Clean Shampoo, 29.2 oz $3.24 (buy 2)
Pantene Anti-Frizz Treatments $3.99 (buy 2)
Buy 4, Get $5 Target Gift Card
Use $5/3 coupon from the 3/1 or 3/29 P&G
Stack with $2/1 coupon from the 2/22 or 3/15 SmartSource or 3/1 or 3/29 P&G
Bottom line: $0.62 each when you buy 4

Purina Beneful Wet Dog Food Tubs $1.72
10% off Target Cartwheel
Stack with B1G1 printable coupon
Bottom line: $0.69 each when you buy 2

Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces $1.99
40% off Target Cartwheel
Stack with $1/2 printable coupon
Bottom line: $0.69 each when you buy 2

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Starbucks: 50% off Frappuccinos (3/30 afternoon, Members Only)


Are you a Starbucks My Rewards member? If so, you might be interested to know that today only (Monday, March 30th) you can score 50% off Frappuccinos between the hours of 2-5pm! Sounds like a lovely nudge to catch up with a friend this afternoon!

If you’re not currently a member, you can sign up (it’s free). Judging from the website, it looks like there will be other opportunities to save on future Mondays for members (so another reason to sign up).

For more information, please head to Starbucks.