Brother Sewing Machines Discounted at Amazon


Is learning to sew one of your goals for 2012? If “sew,” you might want to check out Amazon right now as they are running a sale on Brother Sewing Machines.

This one seems like a best bet to me:

Brother XL2600I Sew Advance Sew Affordable 25-Stitch Free-Arm Sewing Machine for $72.49 shipped. The next lowest price I’m finding online is $83, with the price averaging $90 on this model.

Here’s a description, from Amazon:

The Brother XL2600i is perfect even for beginner sewers, with features that are easy to learn and use, a lightweight compact style and an instruction manual that helps take you through everything from basic setup to custom-sized buttonholes. This versatile sewing machine is perfect for so many home sewing projects such as altering and creating clothing, crafting, quilting, home decor and more. Loaded with features, the Brother XL2600i offers 25 built-in utility, decorative and heirloom stitches, and a built-in free arm that allows you to easily sew hems on pants or shirt sleeves. It comes with built-in convenience features such as a 1-step auto-size buttonholer, easy needle threader and drop-in bobbin, all designed to make your everyday sewing quick, easy, and fun. Includes bilingual English/Spanish instruction manual, 25-year limited warranty, and free phone support for the life of the product.

This product was rated a solid 4.5 stars after 470 customer reviews.

Here are a couple other models that were competitively priced:

Brother LS2125I Easy-To-Use Lightweight Basic 10-Stitch Sewing Machine for $66.49.

Brother XL2610 Free-Arm Sewing Machine with 25 Built-In Stitches and 59 Stitch Functions for $99.99.

See more machines at the Brother Sewing Machine sale on Amazon.

Incidentally, this year I really stepped it up and sewed a scrunchy. All my myself. It was awesome.

Ebooks and Printables for your New Year’s Resolutions!


I have spent hours over the last week brainstorming 2013 goals (household, career, family, health) and am finding so many wonderful free resources! I wanted to share some of them with you.

Books & Ebooks on Organizing and Simple Living

Getting it Together: your guide to setting up a home management system that works. FREE ebook when you subscribe to Kayse Pratt.  (Thanks, Money Saving Mom!)

Drowning in Clutter? is a newly-released ebook from Dana White (of a Slob Comes Clean). I love Dana’s honesty and humor. If you’re looking for someone who’s been there done that and can offer hope, it’s her. Get it for just $3 through January 2nd!

ABCs of Freezer Cooking. Currently FREE on Amazon. Speaking of freezer cooking, did you see me on the news last month talking about freezer meal swaps?

Simple Living: 30 days to Less Stuff & More Life. Free right now on Amazon! I actually downloaded this one myself.

Organized Simplicity. This one is currently about $9 on Amazon, so not free. But absolutely worth every penny (or hey, check it out from your local library!) Simply THE best book I’ve ever read on simple living and scaling back.

7: an Experimental Mutiny against Excess. Our book club read this last year, and I’d definitely recommend it. Author Jen Hatmaker explores how much do we really need by engaging in an experiment to choose less. I won’t give away the entire premise of the book, but it’s absolutely thought provoking in our ever-increasing consumerist and technology-driven society.

Free Organizational Downloads and Printables

Simple Mom. This is the author of Organized Simplicity and I love her Daily Docket checklist. It’s fabulous!

iheartorganizing. She has several really pretty printables available including a weekly time chart.

Ann Voskamp has a beautiful daily checklist available for free on her site. (Heads up, her site has audio. You might want to turn down/off the speakers if this sort of thing startles you as it does me.)

Shameless plug…I released the 2013 Savings Tracker to help you track your grocery saving and spending. Check it out if you haven’t!

My End of Year Checklist

Here are some of the items I’ve completed this past week and am working on finishing today.

  • Cleaned up my business accounting and records and started 2013 files.
  • Organized all our family’s paperwork and started 2012 taxes. (I couldn’t do much here yet.)
  • Did a kids’ toy and clothes purge.
  • Rough plans for the 2013 garden (will finalize in early January).
  • Clean out the fridge and pantry (that’s today!!).
  • Finalize my 2013 goals.

In case you missed it, I shared even more 2013 New Year Resources last week you might wish to check out.

Happy New Year’s!

Fred Meyer: Simple Truth Organic Coupons Released (and matchups!)


I was browsing Fred Meyer’s e-coupon site today and I noticed several new Simple Truth coupons had just been released! Simple Truth is their in-store organic brand. Some of these make pretty decent deals on organic food, in my opinion.

To snag the ecoupons, you’ll need to register your Rewards card at and then select the coupons to load to your card. When you present your card at checkout, the discounts will automatically come off. Easy!

Simple Truth Organic Broth, 32 oz $1.59
$0.50/1 e-coupon
Bottom line: $1.09

Simple Truth Organic Beans $1
$0.25/2 e-coupon
Bottom line: $0.88 each

Simple Truth Pasta Sauce $2.99
$0.40/1 e-coupon
Bottom line: $2.59

Simple Truth Organic Butter $3.99
$1/1 e-coupon
Bottom line: $2.99

Simple Truth Peanut Butter $3.99
$0.55/1 e-coupon
Bottom line: $3.45

Simple Truth Enhanced Water $0.89
$0.40/2 e-coupon
Bottom line: $0.69 each

There are a few other coupons that I’m unsure of the price points for:

  • $0.40/1 Simple Truth Pasta
  • $0.50/1 Simple Truth Diced Tomatoes, 28 oz
  • $0.75/1 Simple Truth Frozen Fruit
  • $0.50/1 Simple Truth Mushrooms
  • $0.50/1 Simple Truth Bagged Mushrooms
  • $0.50/1 Simple Truth Yogurt, 32 oz
  • $0.80/1 Simple Truth Meatless Item
  • $0.50/1 Simple Truth Soymilk
  • $0.50/1 Simple Truth Salsa
  • $0.75/1 Simple Truth Soda, 4 pack
It’s funny because I just said to keep an eye on the e-coupon site for Simple Truth coupons. I’m not at all surprised to see this line being pushed at the start of the year when many are thinking about making better food choices. (You can see more of my predictions at my Sales Cycles Download). Making a trip out? See what else is on sale at Fred Meyer – there are lots of additional organic produce deals this week.


Grocery Outlet Gift Card Winners Announced

The two, randomly-selected Grocery Outlet $25 Gift Card winners are….


I almost always walk out with more than I had on my list because they always have new things to try. Love GO!



I love shopping st Grocery Outlet around the holidays where I can buy unique items to serve to my guests.

Congrats! I’ve already emailed both of you. Please take a moment to check your inboxes and respond to my email so I can coordinate the delivery of your prize.

Didn’t win? I’ll have another Grocery Outlet giveaway later this month, so stay tuned!

Fred Meyer Coupon Deals 12/30 – 1/5: Great deals on organic food, Tide, Baby Sale, and more!


There are some great deals happening starting tomorrow (Sunday, 12/30) at Fred Meyer!

Remember to always check their e-coupon site prior to leaving your house. I generally find high-value e-coupons there! (These come off at the point of sale when you download them to your Fred Meyer Rewards card.)

My favorite deals have been highlighted in red. 

Blueberries, 18 oz

Fred Meyer Large Eggs
$1.25 each with in-ad coupon (limit 2)

Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
(Fresh, Value pack of 4 lbs or more)

Fred Meyer Canned Beans or Tomatoes
$0.50 each with in-ad coupon (limit 6)

Lean Cuisine Entrees
$1.67 each with in-ad coupon (limit 6)

Kelloggs Cereal
$2 each with in-ad coupon (limit 4)
12 oz Rice Krispies, 14.7 oz Chocolate Frosted Flakes, 15 oz Mixed Berry Frosted Mini Wheats, 15 oz Touch of Fruit Raspberry Mini Wheats, 15 oz Frosted Flakes, 15.2 oz Chocolate Mini Wheats Little Bites, 15.5 oz Strawberry Mini Wheats, 16.5 oz Coca Krispies, 18 oz Bite Size Frosted Mini Wheats
Stack with $1/2 Frosted Mini Wheats printable coupon
$0.50/1 Frosted Flakes printable coupon
Bottom line: $1.50
(not a bad price if you need it; I aim to stock up at $1)

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Free ebook: Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews


I’m super excited that Amy Lynn Andrews (of Blogging with Amy) has her ebook, Tell Your Time, for FREE today on Amazon! Here’s a description, from Amazon:

Tell Your Time is a very short, practical ebook outlining a straightforward yet effective approach to time management. A book about time management shouldn’t take long to read and implement. There shouldn’t be a lot of fluff and filler. This one is specifically designed to help you identify what’s most important in your life, set meaningful goals and develop a workable schedule so nothing of value falls through the cracks…all within a few hours.
I find Amy’s writing to be straightforward and practical. I just downloaded mine – I think it would be great to read before the New Year!

Remember if you don’t own a Kindle, you can still take advantage of this freebie by downloading the FREE Kindle Reading app for your phone, iPad, or computer.

Thanks, Money Saving Mom!

Store Sales Cycles for 2013 and 2012 Trends

I’m pleased to share with you the new Store Sales Cycles for 2013 (pdf)! I created this download originally three years ago as a way to help you anticipate what to expect to go on sale during the different months of the year. I’ve spent the better part of the morning sorting through my notes and posts from the last year to update this and make this as complete as possible.

You can find it anytime under the “Downloads” section of my toolbar for quick reference.

Please note that this document’s purpose is to serve as a general guide of what you might expect for each of the months. As you know, things can (and do) change.

If you’re looking for more help for the new year, make sure to download the 2013 Savings Tracker.


New Items Added: Totsy Year-end Blowout (up to 90% off)


I wanted to mention the Totsy Year-End Blowout Sale again in case you missed my post. New items have been added to this event and prices are crazy low. It could be a good time to freshen up your family’s wardrobe for less!

Here are a few items I’m seeing in the sale:

Blowout Rainboots for the family. Wide selection of styles for kids and moms with many $10 or less! The kids’ variety pictured above is just $10! This would be a great opportunity to snag some while you can!

Superhero PJs sale. The ones pictured above are just $7. Many others around $7-8 in this sale. Capes, costumes, PJs.

Princess Dress up sale. This sale contains tutus, dresses, and other dress-up accessories. The tutu pictured above is just $4!

Mom & Toddler Slipper sale. I found lots of slippers for just $2-3! The ones pictured above are $3.

New customers enjoy free shipping on their first order! Also some of you have mentioned that shipping can be slower, so heads up. Head to Totsy to see what you can find – items are moving quickly.

My Favorite Posts of 2012

This year, I published hundreds of posts here at The Coupon Project.

But this collection of 36 posts were my very favorites. (I put them into categories for handy reference.) I’ve highlighted my top five very very favorite posts if you’re curious to know that too.

Strange Confessions Posts

Confession Time: I’m “that” Library Patron. A post wherein I divulge my dirty little secrets about my library habits.

I don’t Own a Smartphone. Another shocking confession.

I Suck at Elf on the Shelf: A Month of Terrible Ideas. Stuff you won’t find on Pinterest.

Posts Containing Deep Thoughts

Deep Thoughts on My Birthday. I got philosophical as I turned 33 this year.

30 Lessons I’ve Learned about Blogging. Thoughts after hitting my 3 year blogging anniversary. (Also known as a blogiversary, apparently.)

My Grandma’s Guest Books. My mom found my late grandma’s guest books, which went clear back to 1942.

My Thoughts on Food Snobbery. Basically, don’t do it.

Cool and Random Stuff I Did Posts

My Whirlwind Adventure at Seattle’s Vegfest. The time I thought it would be “fun” to take the kids by myself to an overcrowded exhibition hall in the Seattle Center for a popular festival. Note to self: not again.

The Unfortunate Episode in the Produce Department with Me, My Kids, and the Car Cart. Nuff said.

Puyallup Fair Family Trip: Frugal Makeover Edition. This year had more win than last year.

Our Family Photo Shoot with Devon Michelle Photography. Man she’s good.

My King5 News Clip. I was on the news with my friends. It was really cool.

Fun at Hmart. I love that store and I think more people should check it out.

Making Holiday Wishes Contest: Winners Announced. The best part of my job all year: this contest.

Frugal Living Adventures Posts

Starting a Garden: How to Decide what to Grow. Written just prior to planting my 2012 garden.

How to Make your Own Vegetable Stock. Some stuff that you think would be hard, isn’t.

Learning about Pioneers (Homesteading Series). I took the kids to the Pioneer Farm. Here is that post.

Canning Applesauce. I put on my big girl pants and used a boiling-water canner for the first time. I lived.

Weed Foraging (Homesteading Series). I was eating weeds here in Washington, and that was before the election. I’m cool like that.

More Fun in the Garden: Tiny Spawn of Satan Discovered, Slug Babies, Rabbits. Everyone and the Monkey’s Uncle has made a home in my garden this year.

Homemade Bath Gifts in a Jar (Love: In a Jar). How to make cute bath stuffs in jars.

Lazy Summer Days in the Garden. When all the hassle is actually worth it.

Wild Blackberry Picking & Preserving. Blackberries are good. They are healthy. They can also sometimes be free.

Fall into a Routine: Cleaning & Organizing Kids’ Spaces. Stuff I did to get the kids’ areas in gear for back to school.

Five Misconceptions I had about Canning. And how I got over myself, pretty much.

Reflecting on the Harvest: How to Decide What to Grow in your Garden. At the end of my 2012 garden.

Frugal Living Among Friends. How community can work together to support frugal living.

Garlic Planting and the Awesomeness of Tagro. Two things I love in my garden.

See Angela Sew: A Scrunchy. This is big for me.

How I canned my Garden Tomatoes. Easy peasy.

Angela, You’re Scaring Me Already

(Trailer) The Coupon Games: May the Coupons Be Ever in your Favor. Oh look, it’s Katniss and Peeta…and coupons.

Announcing my April Series: Survivorgirl! Fooled ya.

The Coupon Clipperette: Season Finale. I spent far too many hours watching The Bachelorette to “research” this post.

First World Couponing Problems. Let’s all cry about it, already.

Eleven Unexpected (and somewhat Troubling) Gifts on Amazon. Stuff I bet you didn’t know they sold.

More Stuff on Amazon. More weird stuff I found on Amazon.

Wow. No wonder I’m tired.

Year-end Organizational Tasks & My Favorite New Year’s Resources


I’m hoping to spend much of today cleaning and organizing. Here are some of the tasks I hope to do:

  • Get a new family calendar for our pantry door. Yes, it’s old school dry erase but it works perfect for our family! I love having something we can quickly and easily eyeball to manage our busy family schedule. We’ve done this for two years now and I LOVE it.
  • Put away the Christmas stuff. We have pretty simple decorations that should take less than an hour tops to put away. I personally don’t like Christmas decorations up much past December 25th.
  • Go through the kids’ toys and clothes. We did a huge purge last year, but it’s truly time for another one! Last year I involved my kids and am so glad I did. I think it’s important to encourage them to make decisions about what they use, and what they don’t and learn to keep things tidy.
  • Clean out the fridge. You know it’s bad when you feel all proud of yourself for finding space to jam one more thing in there and being able to close the door. Um, not good.
  • Set financial goals & budget. My husband and I made some very strong progress on our financial goals in 2012, I’d like to continue that for 2013.
  • Start taxes (maybe). This is if I’m feeling super ambitious after everything mentioned above! I do feel more organized and prepared going into tax season this year. If I can’t get to this today, I may start Friday.
  • File paperwork, create new files (Friday). I’m earmarking this task for Friday when my mom is going to take the kids. Might be a good project to do when I have some time to work quietly for awhile. Also a good chance to catch up on any paperwork tasks I’ve been procrastinating on.

Yeah, I know that’s a pretty hefty order, but I also have decided to spend less time worrying about the blog this week too which will make things a bit more manageable. I also plan on getting my kids involved (and I might see if I can butter my husband up to head out for the calendar!).

My Favorite New Years Helps

I wanted to share a few of my favorite resources if getting organized or creating resolutions is on your mind.

Simple Mom’s Daily Docket

I wrote about this daily docket checklist back in the fall. When I was using it every day it was so helpful! (And I need to get back to it!) Not only is it a place to record your “to dos,” it’s a place to note your most important to-dos, any appointments, and notes for the day. You can also track your exercise and water intake.

My Fitness Pal 

My Fitness Pal is an amazing FREE online calorie counting tool. (It’s also an app, for phone users.) I highly recommend it if you’re looking to lose weight in the new year. You enter what you’re eating and what exercises you’re doing and it will tell you your calorie input/output. You can create goals and it will tell you how much you’d need to eat and for how long to get there. Additionally, there are helpful forums where you can interact with other users.

Organized Simplicity

THE best book I’ve ever read on simplifying your life. (It’s currently about $11 on Amazon – prices subject to change.) Great material to gnaw on as well as practical step-by-step advice for decluttering your entire home in 7 weeks. I read it twice in 2012 and am threatening to read it again!

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University

My husband and I went through this course last year through our church and it was amazing. If you have financial goals in 2013, I definitely encourage you to consider this course as part of that! You can head to Dave Ramsey’s website to find a class near you or register online. There are also some free financial tools on his site you might find helpful too.

Microsoft Office Templates

There are all kinds of FREE downloads you can take advantage over at Microsoft’s Office Templates pages including calendars, budget sheets, organizational checklists and more. Whenever I’m in need of something form-y, I head here first. Chances are, there’s something that will do the trick or close to it I can customize.

I’d love to know what some of your annual year-end tasks are. Anything that’s really worked for you the last few years? What will you be tackling before 2012’s out?