FREE Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade at Safeway

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Did you print that $2 Kikkoman coupon I told you about earlier? If hope so, because it’s since expired! If you were lucky enough to snag it, here is a deal you could use it on at Safeway:

Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce $1.99
$2/1 printable coupon
Bottom line: FREE!

Stock was good at my store and it worked for me. I hope you got that coupon! Let us know if you found any other deals for it.


All Creatures Great and Small…. in my garden, but all not welcome

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I suppose it was inevitable.

After a couple years of relatively pest-free gardening, it appears that all the creatures great and small have found my little piece of paradise and invited their friends, family, and coworkers for an extended stay. Some of them, of course, are not pests.

I’ve been enjoying watching these guys, hard at work:

I’m no pro photographer, but I had fun trying to capture the bees with my camera! They were not very compliant in sitting still!

Today I could see that their hard work is paying off! Hello, raspberries! I can hardly wait for these to ripen. My goal is to see if I can get any back to the kitchen before my son picks off and eats them all. Wish me luck.

Last week, I noticed some other visitors had found their way to my garden. My first thought was to shriek and douse them all with water.

But then I began to think, “hey, spiders eat other bugs. Bugs that are eating my garden.” And then I began to think of Charlotte’s Web and how all her children were born and floating away and how cute they were. I decided to befriend these little guys. Sure enough, the next day (and now, a week later), I have found their webs all over my garden… including on the cages surrounding my container tomatoes!

We’ve also spotted some pretty butterflies in the garden as of late. My daughter particularly enjoys spotting one, but I’ve recently learned they enjoy a nibble on brassicas (read: KALE!). I wonder if that explains some new holes in my kale leaves. Hum…. I didn’t photograph the butterflies, but a quick Google search and I’m pretty sure what I have is cabbageworm. I am thinking of not disclosing to my daughter that her beautiful butterflies are wreaking havoc in my garden.

I do have a few happier developments to share.

Healthy pea plants! Nothing seems to be hurting these this year (knock on wood, right?)

And the first tomatoes! I’m trying a chocolate cherry variety in containers on my deck, and they seem to be doing pretty well there.

Swiss Chard is also happy looking.

And lots of healthy greens. Some of these are starting to bolt, so I’ll need to eat/use them up quickly. I have another planting that will be ready soon, too.

So there’s one more garden pest I’ve not shared with you. I debated mentioning it at all, but hey. I don’t want people to read my gardening posts and thing everything’s rosy and coming up flowers over here. Because quite frankly, it’s not.

Two nights ago my husband tells me he thinks he hears someone walking in the garden. (We have rocks out there, so it’s an unmistakable sound.) He goes out and checks, and no one’s there. I don’t think anything of it until the next morning when I do my daily garden check and watering. And that’s when I notice – hey! One of my cucumber plants is missing! I could tell the ground had been dug through a bit, so I go over to inspect further. Now this is a garden container that I’ve allowed my kids to dig through PART OF, but they know better than to dig up plants. Still, I was very much thinking my little girl had something to do with this. I grab a trowel and start moving the dirt around a bit, to find my missing plant. And instead I find…. a gift, er, of sorts…. freshly left by a cat. Unmistakable.

Fabulous! I can imagine this cat thinking it’s stumbled upon the mother of all kitty litter boxes.

Later that day, I was telling my son about it and he immediately had a solution.

“Get a shovel,” he said.

I was appalled! My son knows better than to suggest violence against animals! But then he went onto explain that we could use the shovel to simply scoop up the cat and remove it from the garden.

Sigh. If only garden pest control were so easy.

I suppose it could always be worse. For instance, I could have a Bengal Tiger problem.

Got any arugula I could nibble?

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Sunday Coupon Preview for 6/3

Red Plum coupons from the TNT!

We should watch for three inserts in this Sunday paper: SmartSource, Red Plum, and P&G. The Tacoma News Tribune will have over $172 worth of coupons.

The Red Plum & P&G highlights are courtesy of Sunday Coupon Preview and the SmartSource from Commissary Deals:

  • $1.50/2 Arrowhead Water Multipacks
  • $0.45/1 Daisy Cottage Cheese
  • $1/2 Ball Park Buns
  • $1/1 Organic Valley Butter
  • $1/1 Welch’s Refrigerated Juice Cocktail
  • B1G1 Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara (up to $7.50) – oooo, this one could be good!
  • $2/2 Gillette Deodorant
  • $0.75/1 Belvita
  • $0.55/1 Kikkoman Sauce
  • $1/1 Ball Real Fruit Pectin

For the complete list of coupons, please visit the Sunday Coupon Preview  and Commissary Deals. Do remember that coupons and their values will vary by region.

locals: snag a great deal on the tnt subscription!

If you’re local and have not taken advantage yet of the TNT couponers special – you might want to consider this newspaper subscription special on getting multiple copies of the News Tribune delivered to your door! And order by 2pm tomorrow (FRIDAY) in time for this Sunday’s coupons! 

  • Pay just $1.25 per copy when you buy 3 or more copies of the Tacoma News Tribune.
  • You will also get a complimentary single copy of the Mon – Sat paper delivered to your door.
  • Pay 6 months in advance or EZ monthly pay.

I promote this deal myself because it’s the way I get my own papers each week. I find that I am more likely to stick to clipping those coupons and finding the deals knowing that the paper is going to be on my front porch each week.

Another reason I recommend the TNT – they have Red Plum inserts! While it’s true that the Seattle Times may have a better selection of SmartSource coupons, they don’t have Red Plum. I’d rather miss a few coupons than entire inserts. See the photo at the top? Those are all Red Plum coupons.

To learn more about this offer and get started, please call 1-800-289-8711 and ask for The Coupon Project Sunday paper deal. For more information, you can read the Tacoma News Tribune subscription special details. If you call before 2pm Friday (tomorrow). I’ve been told you’ll be able to get in on this deal starting for this Sunday’s coupons!

not local? check out these discounted paper offers!

This week I announced I now offer discounted newspapers in the following states: California, Idaho, Nevada, and Utah. Please check out my Discounted Newspapers page for the offers.

New Tribe Hummus Coupon = $0.65 each at Albertsons!


There is a new, high value $1/1 Tribe Hummus printable coupon available to print on Facebook.

Queen Bee Coupons is reporting the following deal:

Tribe Hummus $3.29
Buy one, get one free
Use up to (2) $1/1 printable coupons*
Bottom line: $0.65 each!

* You should be able to use 2 coupons in this scenario, though I was able to find verbiage stating one way or the other in the current Albertsons coupon policy. Given that, your results may vary. If one coupon is accepted, you end up paying $2.29 for both (or $1.15 each) – still a smashing deal for hummus!

Thanks, Queen Bee Coupons!


“Help! How do I stockpile/coupon in a downsized home?”


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I got this great question from reader Missy on my Facebook wall yesterday:

We are getting ready to downsize from a house to an apartment. I still want to be able to coupon and save money, but we just will not have the space to stockpile.
Do you have any tips/ideas to help me coupon and save money while living in a small apartment?

I’d love to hear from my readers that live in smaller houses or apartments – how have you made it work? Do you have any creative ideas for how Missy might maintain a stockpile in her new apartment?

$20 Dollar Date Nights: Guest Post


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Facebook is a funny thing, isn’t it? I recently heard about this great local blog called $20 Dollar Date Nights by a blogger named Christy. I then realized via Facebook Christy is actually married to a friend of mine I’d gone to high school with! (And we went to a very small high school, too.) Talk about a small world! I was intrigued by Christy’s blog and concept and ask if she’d share more with the Coupon Project readers. Here’s her post!


A year ago, I commented to my husband that we never got a chance to go out. “It costs too much,” he said. “If we could afford it, I would take you out more often – believe me!” He said. And then, one day when we were reviewing our bills, I got creative and suggested we try to squeeze in a date for a small amount of money that our budget could handle. And that is how $20 Dollar Date Night was born.

For the past seven months, we have consistently planned a date every week, and (except for a few minor slip-ups) managed to keep it at or slightly above $20. The crazy thing? It really isn’t that hard; although friends of ours in the restaurant  business didn’t believe us until we proved it to them. And even the reporter from Seattle’s KOMO 4 News was skeptical…so we brought her on a date with us – and she was impressed. That story was recently featured on a special segment of the KOMO 4 Evening News, which you can watch on the blog.

The most exciting thing about our journey is the feedback we get from couples of all ages and stages in their lives. Married couples who haven’t gone out for years tell us they are going to start dating again. Empty nesters are saying they are excited to know that there are affordable options for local dates out there. Recently, a friend commented to me: “You know, you have a really good point about dressing up to go on date night. You’re right! It’s good to dress up!”

When people tell us they saw us on TV or the radio, it’s so fun to hear the excitement in their voices. They’re excited, because our story helps them believe they can have fun in their relationships again, too. The icing on the cake is that they now have a variety of options for their own budget-friendly date nights. Who wouldn’t be excited about that?

Our biggest secret is keeping it simple and planning ahead. We use the Date Night Jar to pick where we’ll go each week – and we trade off so each of us gets to choose where we’ll go and what the date night will consist of.

Recently, we celebrated our anniversary in Seattle, and found all kinds of great places to spend quality time together, while keeping the costs within a shoestring budget.

As a Freelance Writer and Seattle area resident, I’m always looking for fun places to go and things to explore. The opportunities are endless. It’s exciting to see $20 Dollar Date Night gaining such a following. In our current world, marriages and relationships need regular extra boosts for many reasons, including the current economy. For many, resources like $20 Dollar Date Night are a breath of fresh air.


Please do check out Christy’s blog, $20 Dollar Date Night for lots of great frugal date night ideas and tips. You can also follow $20 Dollar Date Night via  Twitter and Facebook! Congrats, Christy, on all your success and inspiring others to get back out and dating! 

Does anyone have a great frugal date idea to share?

Where have all the Facebook updates gone?

Facebook has made a change that has impacted many, many bloggers and page owners. I wanted to bring this to your attention, because it may explain why you’re not seeing the volume of updates in your Facebook newsfeed as you used to.

So here’s the scoop: we now can shell out money to Facebook so you can see our updates. No, I’m not kidding. Below every status update I post on The Coupon Project now, I can pay up to $50 per update (depending on how many people I want to reach) to make sure more of you see it. Obviously as a small business owner, this is an incredible expense and one I can’t accept right now. Facebook is a huge driver of my traffic – which is why I’ve worked hard to make sure my posts are shared there.

Last night I was reviewing how many of you saw my Albertsons update, my Organic Valley printable coupons update, and my free Composting ebook update. I don’t want to get in trouble by Facebook – I don’t know what the guidelines are in sharing this sort of information – but suffice it say than less than a quarter of my total Facebook pals actually had those posts hit their feed. (By the way, did you see any of these updates in YOUR feed last night?)

You can read more about the change and read bloggers sounding off at SavvyBlogging today.

If you’ve been relaying on my Facebook page for all the deal updates, I’d encourage you to subscribe to my email newsletter, follow me on Twitter, and/or Google+. You may also want to stop by my Facebook page here and there to see if there is anything you’ve missed.

Beans, Eggplant & Bulgur Recipe


When I started my Vegan Challenge back in February, one of the first recipes I tried came out of a cookbook I’d picked up at the library, La Dolce Vegan (on Amazon for around $17, currently). The recipe name intrigued me: Magnificent Beans and Bulgur. This recipe turned out so good I’ve made it several times since – including for dinner last night.

I should mention that the complete recipe and instructions can be found on The Humane Society website, so I’ll direct you there for the nitty gritty instructions. Here are the ingredients:

Magnificent Beans & Bulgur

1 small onion, chopped
2 cups eggplant, chopped
1/2 small red bell pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoon olive oil
One can rinsed & drained beans (I used Eden Organic Kidney beans last night)
1 cup vegetable stock (you can always make your own)
1/2 cup bulgur (I picked up in bulk at Fred Meyer yesterday: currently $1.99/lb)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 large tomato, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried (or fresh) mint (I picked it right out of my garden!)

Eggplant is one of those vegetables I don’t recall eating until I was an adult. I was intrigued by its color and shape, but sorely disappointed when I realized it could be rather bland tasting. The key is finding the right recipe for it – and this one would be it!

What I love about this recipe is that it’s hearty – like a chili or a stew – but the flavors are fresh and vibrant. It’s also quite quick – you simply saute the veggies, then simmer the bulgur in the broth for a few minutes, covered. Finally add in the tomatoes and mint. (Again, you can get the complete step-by-step over here.)

I had this idea of enjoying mine last night with some hummus and pita bread. The combination worked so well, I actually ended up putting an entire dollop of hummus right on top! It sort of had the same effect as adding sour cream on a bowl of chili.

If you’re looking for a refreshing dish, you might consider trying this one. Not vegan? I think this would make an excellent side dish, too!

Want more recipes like this? Make sure to swing by my Going Vegan board on Pinterest.