Memorial Day Freebies & Deals 2016

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Memorial Day Freebies and Deals – 2016

Memorial Day is coming up on Monday, May 30 and we wanted to be sure you were aware of the various deals available both nationwide and in the Seattle area.

Just a reminder – Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have died in service to our country. While it’s obviously very worthwhile to thank all who have served, this day is not the same as Veterans Day which is in November.

That being said, there are plenty of freebies and deals available to active duty military as well as veterans, and even some for regular old folks. Please leave a comment if you know of any others and we’ll add them to the list.

National Memorial Day Freebies and Deals (+ Military Discounts)

All customers can get a buy one, get one free deal on Slurpees over Memorial Day weekend (May 27-30). {Original post.}

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Present your military ID to get 15% off your total regular and sale purchase every time you shop.

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A Story Before Bed
Parents who are members of one of the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces who are deploying or already deployed away from their children for any amount of time are eligible to sign up for free recordings from A Story Before Bed.

Active-duty US military personnel, their spouses and their dependents are eligible to receive a 10% discount on the lowest available rail fare on most Amtrak trains.

Military service members, DoD agency employees and veterans get a 15% savings on qualified monthly service charges.

Bass Pro Shops
Military Discount Days run from the 15th through the 21st each month at their Outdoor World retail stores. A 10% discount is available to active and retired military personnel with proper photo ID.

Blue Star Museums
All active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families can get free or discounted admission to select museums from Memorial Day through Labor Day as part of this program.

Boston Market
Save 25% off any family meal with coupon on Memorial Day only.

Active military, retired military, active reserves and VA-recipient men and women receive a 5% discount every day, plus they have Hometown Heroes event dates each year. In 2016, the dates are May 19-22.

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Cedar Fair Amusement Parks
Many Cedar Fair amusement parks are hosting Military Appreciation Days from May 28/29-30. Any member of the armed service, active or veteran, will receive a free regular admission ticket. Plus, at some locations, military members can purchase discount admission tickets for members of their immediate family (maximum of six) with a valid military ID.

Check the following Cedar Fair amusement park websites for more information about each specific location’s celebration:

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Sam’s Club Members: Receive a $10 eGift Card with Mom’s & Dad’s Club Signup

$10 Sam's Club Membership Card

Are you a current Sam’s Club member? If so, I’ve got a great freebie for you this morning! Receive a $10 Sam’s Club eGift Card when you sign up for their Mom’s & Dad’s Club!

According to the website, this Club will get you free samples, exclusive offers, and travel giveaways. It is free to sign up for. Just enter your name, Sam’s Club membership number, and email address.

In order to get the freebie, you’ll need to sign up by May 30th. You will then receive your eGift Card by email between 5/30 – 6/15. For the full scoop and to snag this freebie, head to Sam’s Club.


Fred Meyer/QFC/Kroger Download: FREE Quaker Breakfast Flats (5/27 only)


If you are a Fred Meyer/QFC/Kroger chain store shopper, did you know that every Friday they offer up a FREE ecoupon download? Today’s offer is a FREE box of Quaker Biscuit Flats. The coupon is only available for download today (May 27th), but you have through June 12th to redeem it.

Head HERE for Fred Meyer or HERE for QFC.

Never used an ecoupon before? It’s easy! Here’s how:

  • First, you’ll need to make sure you’ve registered your QFC Advantage Card or Fred Meyer Rewards card.
  • Next, head to the “coupons” section of their website (here are QFC coupons and Fred Meyer coupons).
  • Simply “click” to load them to your card.
  • Purchase the designated coupon items and make sure to use your store card at checkout. The coupon discounts generally come off at the end, once the cashier has hit “total.”

If you’re planning a trip out, make sure to check out the deals happening right now at Fred Meyer.


Disney Store Twice Upon a Year Sale: Save up to 50%!

Disney Store Twice Upon a Year Sale

It’s time once again for the Disney Store’s Twice Upon a Year Sale! Under this sale, you’ll find toys, costumes, home décor, apparel and much more on deep discount – in some cases by as much as 50%! At least, that’s what it says on the banner. When I dug through the sale, I found items discounted more than that.

Here are some highlights from the sale:

Frozen Fever Elsa Dress

Frozen Fever Elsa Dress: $26.99 (reg. $44.95) – 39% off!

Mickey Mouse Hooded Towel

Mickey Mouse Hooded Towel: $11.99 (reg. $22.95) – 47% off! Read More…


Old Navy: All Tees, Tanks & Shorts 50% off this Weekend

50% off Tees, Tanks & Shorts at Old Navy

This weekend, Old Navy is offering up 50% off all tees, tanks and shorts! There is no coupon code needed – the discount will be reflected at checkout.

Here are some of the deals I’m spotting:

Old Navy Tanks

Women’s Pleated High-Neck Tank $18
Extra 50% off at Checkout
Your price: $9!

Boys Graphic Tees

Boys’ Graphic Crew-Neck Tee $9.94
Extra 50% off at Checkout
Your price: $4.97!

Terry Shorts for Girls at Old Navy

Girls’ French-Terry Shorts $7+
Extra 50% at Checkout
Your price: as low as $3.50!

Shipping is free on orders of $50 or more. Head to Old Navy to shop the sale.


Fred Meyer: 50% off Star Wars Themed Thermoses

While at Fred Meyer yesterday, I noticed this deal:

Save 50% off Zak Star Wars Dinnerware! I found this down one of the housewares aisles. According to the sign, the discount is good through 6/18.

Even better:

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You can use the 10% off Housewares coupon good through Saturday on this sale!

Here is how the prices would break down, based on what I found at my store:

Star Wars Themed Thermoses $10.99
Save 50%
Use the 10% off Housewares
Your price: $4.95!

Star Wars Themed Dinner Plates $5.99
Save 50%
Use the 10% off Housewares
Your price: $2.70!

Planning a trip? See what else is on sale at Fred Meyer through tomorrow. Also: with Memorial Day coming, I would absolutely expect a special sale. I’ll let you know the details as soon as I have them.


Slow Cooker Taco Soup Recipe

Taco Soup: Easy, Delicious, and Budget-friendly Dinner for the Slow Cooker!

Do you ever feel that you get in a rut with your dinners? Sometimes the solution can be as simple as putting a new spin on a dish you make frequently. Case in point: today’s slow cooker taco soup recipe!

Now, we make tacos as much as the next family, but a few weeks ago, I decided to try something a little bit different. I threw a few ingredients into the slow cooker and out came the most amazing taco soup! The kids ended up asking for seconds and there were no leftovers.

This recipe ticks all the boxes: it’s delicious, nutritious, budget-friendly, and ridiculously quick to prep.

Taco Soup Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 lb Ground Beef, Browned & Drained
  • 1 packet of Taco Seasoning
  • 1 can Corn, Undrained, 15 oz
  • 1 can Black Beans, Drained, 15 oz
  • 1 can Rotel Tomatoes
  • 1 can Tomato Sauce, 8 oz
  • 1 carton Chicken Broth, 32 oz (or 4 cups)
  • Optional toppings: fresh tomatoes, chopped cilantro, sour cream, cheese, crumbled tortilla chips, diced green onions, salsa, etc.

Here’s what to do: put it all in a slow cooker. Stir it up.

Prepping Taco Soup for the Slow Cooker

Yup, that’s right. Seriously, that’s all it takes.

Taco Soup in the Slow Cooker

I bet it took me all of two minutes this morning. Even better, I had some frozen cooked ground beef on hand. (I totally recommend this if you ever buy ground beef in bulk!)

Completed Slow Cooker Taco Soup

I put my soup in the slow cooker at noon on low and it was ready when my son came home from soccer practice at 6:30. (So I’d say, 5-6 hours would do you on this recipe.)

Taco Soup Recipe for the Slow Cooker - Delicious!

What to serve with it? Well, I decided to make quesadillas! I just broil some tortillas with shredded cheese on them for a minute (flipping once halfway through).

Talk about one easy, delicious dinner! I bet you have most of these items in your pantry right now, so why not add it to the menu this week?

Looking for more dinner ideas? Make sure to check out my Recipe Page! Here’s another amazing option for the slow cooker:



365 by Whole Foods Market Stores: Bellevue Store Opening, Fall 2016

365 by Whole Foods Market

Image from Whole Foods Market

Have you been following the story on 365 by Whole Foods Market? In case you’re unaware, these new stores will be opening starting this year and will feature everyday low prices. So think of it as a version of Whole Foods, but for the budget-friendly customer.

The first store opened yesterday (May 25, 2016) in Los Angeles and two Pacific Northwest stores are set to open in 2016 (Bellevue in the fall, and Lake Oswego on July 14th).

Want to learn a bit more? Check out this short (one minute) video from Jeff Turnas, President of 365 by Whole Foods Market and read about the Los Angeles store that opened yesterday.

What do you think about this idea? I’m personally interested to see how it evolves, but for crying out loud, another store in Seattle? C’mon, Whole Foods – you’ve got to give the South Sound market more love!!


Fred Meyer Extra Savings Coupon Booklet: 5/25 – 6/21

Fred Meyer Extra Savings Booklet

One additional way to save at Fred Meyer is by checking out their Savings Booklet. You’ll find the coupon booklet located in the Customer Service department of your store. I also find them next to the weekly ads, when you first walk in. If you are new to Fred Meyer, or want to brush up on ways to save, please check out my Fred Meyer Shopping Guide.

Here are your deals good from 5/25 – 6/21. In the interest of time and space, I’m just going to highlight the deals that are standing out to me. However, you can see the entire monthly coupon booklet at Also, some of the advertised products do not have price points, they just alert you to coupon savings in the store.

I’ve highlighted my top stock-up deals in red.

Cascade Ice
$0.79 each with booklet coupon (limit 6)

Starkist Chunk Light Tuna

Mt Olive Kosher Pickle Spears

Flav-R-Pac Frozen Vegetables
$0.99 Read More…


Groupon $5 Deals!: 100s of Items at $5 Today Only (5/26)

Groupon Deals $5

Wahoo! It’s time for another Groupon sale! Today only (Thursday, May 26th), you can pay just $5 for a selection of items on Groupon. Many of these are just stellar deals.

A few best bets:

Kids Animal Magazines

Kids Zoo Magazines: $5 (reg. $19.95!)
Variety of 1-2 year subscriptions, including print and digital options

Jillian Michaels $5 DVDs

Jillian Michaels’ DVDs: $5 (reg. $14.98)
I have the 30 Day Shred and have used it in the past with very good results! This is a FABULOUS price!

Racerback Tank - Women's

Women’s Racerback Tanks: $5
Well rated and comes in a variety of colors & sizes!

Rose Quartz Bracelet

Genuine Rose Quartz Bracelet: $5
The suggested retail value is $99. This would make a lovely gift! It comes with a black velvet pounch.

If you end up buying items via Groupon Goods, note that shipping is free with orders of $34.99 or more – otherwise it starts at $3.99. Head to Groupon to check out all the awesome $5 deals, good today only!