Mother’s Day Gifts Under $25


Stumped on what to get Mom for Mother's Day? These ideas are all priced under $25!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for $25 or Under

Mother’s Day is just under two weeks away (May 8th, in case you don’t already have your calendar marked). If you’re stumped by what to get the mom in your life, I’ve rounded up several Mother’s Day gifts under $25. Take a look!

Prismacolor Premier Verithin Colored Pencils, 36 Pack

Prismacolor Premier Verithin Colored Pencils, 36 Pack (currently $15.94)

AmazonBasics 4-Piece Packing Cube Set - 2 Medium and 2 Large

AmazonBasics 4-Piece Packing Cube Set – 2 Medium and 2 Large (currently $19.99)

Personalized Long Distance Relationship Ceramic Coffee Mug for Mom - Home Is Where Mom Is

Personalized Long Distance Relationship Ceramic Coffee Mug for Mom – Home Is Where Mom Is (currently $24.99 shipped)

Authentic Pigment Snap-On Large Canvas Tote (currently as low as $14.57 + FREE shipping)

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earth day freebies 2016

Earth Day Freebies 2016

earth day freebies 2016

earth day freebies 2016

Earth Day Freebies 2016

Friday, April 22nd is Earth Day, which means you can snag some great freebies and offers out there! Please note that these offers are good on select days only and some may be while supplies last. As always, I encourage you to phone ahead to inquire if your store is participating (or to check on quantities left) before making a special trip out.

Nationwide Earth Day Freebies & Deals

The Four Seasons - An Earth Day Interactive Children's Storybook

Amazon: Download a free interactive Earth Day children’s storybook.

Care2: Check out a number of free Earth Day e-cards you can send to a loved one.

Chinook Book: Save $5 on a full access subscription to the Chinook Book app with coupon code EARTH2. This app includes thousands of coupons across five markets – Portland and the Willamette Valley, Seattle and the Puget Sound, The Bay Area and Sacramento, Denver and Boulder, and the Twin Cities.

Earth Day Events: Check this list of Earth Day events to see what’s going on in your neck of the woods.

evos milkshake

EVOS: Come in for a free organic milkshake on April 22nd.

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Beautiful & Unusual Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Beautiful, Unusual (and Budget-Friendly!) Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from ModCloth

Beautiful & Unusual Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Beautiful & Unusual Mother's Day Gift Ideas

The following post contains my affiliate links. For more information, please see my Disclosure Policy.

Mother’s Day is right around the corner – Sunday, May 8th to be exact! Perhaps you’d like to do something a little different than candy or flowers this year, but aren’t sure what. And, of course, you’d like to keep it budget-friendly.

I decided to peruse one of my favorite online retailers, ModCloth, for some Mother’s Day inspiration. Here are 8 fun gift ideas – all $25 and under!

Endless Dimension Necklace

Endless Dimension Necklace: $19.99
What this says about your mom: She has a love of all-things old fashioned and vintage. She loves a good excuse to get all dressed up. An ideal afternoon would be spent in the garden, sipping tea and reading Jane Austen.

Photo Holder

Twine after Time Photo Holder: $24.99
What this says about your Mom: Family is the most important thing in your mom’s life. She wouldn’t be caught without the brag book of her grandkids in her purse! She’s the kind of mom who’s fridge is always cluttered with kids’ artwork, play announcements, and soccer photos. Bonus points if you include photos with this holder. [Read more…]

name a butterfly for mom

Woodland Park Zoo: Half-Price Admission for Moms – May 7th

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Moms receive half-price admission to the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle on Saturday, May 7th for the annual Mom & Me at the Zoo event. You can also send Mom a free e-card!

Besides the normal zoo activities, this event also includes lots of fun activities on the North Meadow, including live performances from Arc Youth Dance Company and the School of Rock House Band, a bouncy house, arts and crafts booth, and lots more.

name a butterfly for mom

This year they’re also offering a unique Mother’s Day gift opportunity – name a butterfly for Mom! Choose a butterfly to name and make a gift to the zoo’s Annual Fund (no minimum amount required). When you do, you’ll receive a digital certificate via e-mail acknowledging your butterfly’s name, and the name you choose will be displayed on a sign near the butterfly exhibit.

For more information, please visit the Woodland Park Zoo website.

tax day freebies 2016

Tax Day Freebies & Offers 2016

tax day freebies 2016

tax day freebies 2016

Tax Day Freebies & Discounts for 2016

Tax Day is right around the corner, and you’ll be able to snag some freebies, coupons, and offers to “celebrate” the event. I’ve listed the ones alphabetically I was able to find, but please leave a comment on this post if you’re aware of another one. Also note that some of these do not apply for our region. As always, head to their websites to check on individual store locations.

You did your taxes

Remember: most of these offers are only valid on Tax Day (Monday, April 18th). Some may have restricted hours you can redeem the coupon, too. So please, read the fine print of any offer you want to use and as extra insurance, you may want to call your local store or restaurant to make sure they are participating.

Ace Hardware: Take 18% off one regular-priced item sitewide at on 4/18.

Biaggi’s: Enjoy up to two pastas for $10.40 each when you show this offer to your server (valid for dine-in or carryout).

Boston Market: On 4/18 you can order their Tax Day special for $10.40, which includes a half chicken individual meal with two sides and cornbread, plus a regular beverage and a cookie.

Bruegger’s Bagels: Get a Big Bagel Bundle for $10.40 with the coupon sent out to eClub members. Sign up for their eClub in advance to be sure you’re on the list.

Buca di Beppo: Email subscribers can take 18% off your order through 4/18 with the coupon sent via email.

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Seattle Area Egg Hunts

Round-up of Seattle-Area Easter Egg Hunt Round-ups

Seattle Area Egg Hunts

Seattle Area Egg Hunts

Are you looking for an egg hunt or two to take your kids to this weekend? Instead of reinventing the wheel and compiling my own, I thought I’d direct you to some already pretty stellar resources!

First, check out The Ultimate Guide to 2016 Seattle-Area Easter Egg Hunts put out by Seattle’s Child! This list is extensive and each entry includes a short description, cost, address and website (if applicable), including the Wright Park Egg Hunt in Tacoma, EasterFest in Federal Way, and lots more:

Tacoma Egg Hunts. More than 30,000 eggs will be hidden in the parks for kids ages 11 and younger to find, plus they’ll enjoy bouncy houses and other fun. 10 to 11:30 am. FREE. Wright Park and Jane Clark Park, Tacoma.

Puyallup Egg Hunt. Egg hunt, games, inflatables, face painting, snacks, and more. 10 am to noon. FREE. Bradley Lake Park, Puyallup.

Next, head to the ParentMap for another well laid-out assembly of Seattle-area Egg Hunts and Easter activities. As with the list above, each entry has all the information you’re going to need: time, day, location and a handy link to a website for more. Plus, all free activities have been labeled. Here is how the events are laid out:


Finally, head to Sounds Fun Mom for her South Sun Easter Fun Guide. She’s done an excellent job of compiling and updating all kinds of Easter activities for you. Her list is particularly relevant for my readers who live in the greater Tacoma area:

South Sound Easter Guide

I’d love to hear which event(s) you’ll be taking your kids to this weekend and, which ones you’d recommend! Please leave a comment below!


Best Prices on Ham at Grocery Stores for Easter


Best Ham Prices for Easter

Best Prices on Ham at Grocery Stores for Easter

Are you planning on serving ham this Easter? If so, you might be interested in the best prices currently available. I decided to take some time to round up the current prices I could find for stores in my area (that would be Puget Sound, Washington).

Remember when comparing ham prices, that there are different cuts of ham. Make sure you’re comparing apples to apples when scouting down the best price.

This list was updated on Wednesday, 3/23/2016.

Spiral Sliced Ham Prices

  • Fred Meyer: $1.49/lb (through 4/26; limit 2) – about $0.30/lb cheaper than 2015!
  • QFC: $1.49/lb (through 4/29; limit 2) – about $0.30/lb cheaper than 2015!
  • Safeway: $1.57/lb (through 4/29; limit 2) – about $0.30/lb cheaper than 2015!
  • Safeway: $2.49/lb Corando Foil Wrapped Spiral Sliced Ham (through 4/29; honey or hickory smoked)
  • Albertsons : $1.57/lb (through 4/29; limit 2) – about $0.30/lb cheaper than 2015!
  • Albertsons: $2.99/lb Hormel 81 Foil Wrapped Spiral Sliced Ham (through 4/29)
  • Winco: $1.68/lb (found this week – prices may vary by date & location)
  • Target: $1.69/lb Archer Farms (through 4/26) – see more Target deals if you’re headed out!
  • Metropolitan Market: $4.99/lb (through 4/29) – ad reads “please pre-order”

Shank Portion Ham Prices

  • Safeway: $1.57/lb (through 4/29; limit 2)
  • Albertsons: $1.57/lb (through 4/29; limit 2)

Butt Portion Ham Prices

  • Safeway: $1.87/b Cook’s Butt Half Ham (through 4/26)
  • Albertsons: $1.57/lb Hill’s Butt Ham (through 4/26; limit 2)

Other Ham Prices

  • Fred Meyer: $4.99/lb Flame Crafted Ham (through 4/26)
  • QFC: $3.99/lb Fletcher’s Boneless Half Ham (through 4/26) – several varieties
  • QFC: $3.99/lb Kentucky Legend Boneless Ham (through 4/26) – several varieties
  • Safeway: $3.99/lb Hempler’s Black Forest Whole Ham (through 4/26)
  • Tacoma Boys/H&L Produce: $4.99/lb Cherrywood Smoked Spiral Sliced Torch Glazed Hams (through 4/29)

Ham Dinner Prices

Prices for pre-assembled dinners including sides.

  • Fred Meyer: $49.99 for Spiral Sliced Ham Dinner + sides (feeds 7-9). See for more.
  • QFC: $49.99 for Spiral Sliced Ham Dinner + sides (feeds 7-9). See for more.

Please let me know if you’re aware of a store or deal I’ve missed!

What is your favorite store to buy ham from? For those that may not purchase ham regularly – do you have any recommendations on the type/portion of ham to buy?


25 Easter Basket Fillers Under $5


25 Easter Basket Fillers Under $5

Need some ideas to fill your Easter basket? I found 25 items priced at $5 or less.

Whether you need items to fill the Easter eggs themselves or to fill up the Easter basket, you’re sure to find something of interest here – check it out!

Easter stencils

Easter Stencils (currently $1.50)

Glitter Easter stickers

Glitter Easter Stickers (currently $1.50)

Easter Spot-the-Differences

Easter Spot-the-Differences (currently $1.99)

Crayola Art Smock-

Crayola Art Smock (currently $2.86)

The Night Before Easter Natasha Wing, Kathy Couri 0038332150858 Books

The Night Before Easter Paperback Book (currently $3.16)

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an affair to remember

FREE Valentine’s Day Movies to Stream for Amazon Prime Members

an affair to remember

Love is in the air, but it doesn’t have to be a strain on your wallet! If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can take advantage of a few FREE Valentine’s Day movies available on Amazon Instant Video!

These aren’t particularly Valentine’s Day-themed, but they are popular picks in the “Romance” category. Leave a comment if you’ve seen any of these and let us all know what you thought!

an affair to remember

An Affair to Remember (NR)
4.7 stars from 1100+ customer reviews

I think I’m going to watch this one tonight – it’s the one referenced in “Sleepless in Seattle.” I just love Cary Grant and I’ve never seen this classic.

Description: “In this poignant and humorous love story nominated for four Academy Awards, Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr meet on an ocean liner and fall deeply in love. Though each is engaged to someone else, they agree to meet six months later at the Empire State Building if they still feel the same way about each other. But a tragic accident prevents their rendezvous and the lover’s future takes an emotional and uncertain turn.”


Chocolat (PG-13)
4.5 stars from 2100+ customer reviews

Description from Amazon: “Nobody could have imagined the impact that the striking Vianne (Binoche) would make when she arrived in an old-fashioned French town. In her chocolate shop, Vianne begins to create mouth-watering confections that inspire the villagers to abandon themselves to happiness! But it is not until another stranger, the handsome Roux arrives in town that Vianne is finally able to recognize her own desires!”


Serendipity (PG-13)
4.5 stars from 1100+ customer reviews

One of my favorites, and apparently others agree! I think this is a nice twist on the typical romantic comedy as they keep missing each other but (spoiler alert) finally connect in the end.

Description from Amazon: “A couple reunites years after the night they first met, fell in love, and separated, convinced that one day they’d end up together.”

breakfast at tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Unrated)
4.4 stars from 1200+ customer reviews

OK, just being perfectly honest here: I started watching this one while folding laundry one night (the hubs wasn’t home) and I turned it off about 20 minutes in because I found Audrey Hepburn’s character so completely insufferable. It must get better after that, though, since so many people like it. Any thoughts?

Description from Amazon: “A flighty young New York social butterfly becomes complicatedly smitten with a young man in her apartment building.”

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Valentines Day Coupons, Freebies, and Offers

Valentine’s Day – Coupons, Offers & Freebies 2016

Valentines Day Coupons, Freebies, and Offers

Valentines Day Coupons, Freebies, and Offers

Sunday, February 14th is Valentine’s Day and you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to show your special someone a little LOVE! Here are some of the best freebies and discount deals that I was able to round up for you. Did we miss something? Please leave a comment so we can update the list.

As always, I encourage you to phone ahead to make sure your local store or restaurant is participating and to confirm any details.

Last updated: February 12th, 2016

Valentine’s Day Restaurant Offers

Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar – Heart-Shaped Pizzas
Boston’s has heart-shaped pizzas available from 2/8-2/14, plus $0.50 from the sale of each pizza benefits No Kid Hungry.

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Buca di Beppo – Dinner for 2 for $49.99
Make your reservations now for their Valentine’s weekend special: Heart-Shaped Lasagna for 2, served with salad, garlic bread and mini cannoli – all for $49.99. This offer is available 2/12-2/14.

California Pizza Kitchen – Dinner for 2 for $32
Enjoy a special 2 for $32 Valentine’s Day menu including one appetizer, two entrees and one dessert. Available 2/10-2/14.

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Chuck E. Cheese’s – Pizza + Tokens Deal
Make Valentine’s Day a family affair and go to Chuck E. Cheese’s for 2 individual pizzas, 2 drinks and 30 tokens for $19.99 with this printable coupon (valid through 2/29).

Dairy Queen – Red Velvet Blizzard Cupid Cake
Participating locations have a Red Velvet Blizzard Cupid Cake available for $9.99.

Hooters – Buy 10 Wings, Get 10 Wings FREE
Buy 10 wings and get 10 wings FREE at Hooters on Valentine’s Day when you bring in a picture of your ex to shred.

Outback Steakhouse – Dinner for 2 for $40-$45
Check out their Valentine’s Day menu (available 2/8-2/14) which includes a Bloomin’ Onion to share, two 9-oz. Outback sirloins, two sides, two side salads, and a classic cheesecake to share. Price varies by location; upgrades are available for an additional cost.

Papa Murphy's Pizza - Heart Shaped

Papa Murphy’s – HeartBaker Pizza
This is one of my favorites – get a HeartBaker pizza this week. Prices vary by location. {Original post.}

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Whole Foods Market Roses

Whole Foods Market: Two Dozen Whole Trade Guarantee Roses for $25!

Whole Foods Market Roses

Whole Foods Market Roses

Whole Foods Market is offering up two dozen whole trade guarantee roses for just $25! Why not pick up some for that special someone, a friend, family member – or hey, even just yourself!

According to their Facebook update, these may be offered in a variety of colors. Selection and colors may vary by store. Call or visit your local Whole Foods Market for details.

PS got Valentine’s Day on the brain? Make sure to check out our freebie & deal round-up:

Valentines Day Coupons, Freebies, and Offers


Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Him – 25 Creative Ideas Under $25


Valentine's Day Gifts for Him: 25 Creative Ideas under $25 | The Coupon Project

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Him

Looking for a unique, yet budget-friendly Valentine’s Day gift for your man this year? Look no further… I’ve got tons of ideas for you!

Ear Buds

Idea #1 – Panasonic Ear Buds (currently $6.18+)

Van Der Hagen Men's Luxury, Shave Set

Idea #2 – Van Der Hagen Men’s Luxury, Shave Set (currently $21.99)

Set of 9 Grey Beverage Chilling Stones [Chill Rocks] Whiskey Stones for Whiskey and other Beverages

Idea #3 – Whiskey Stones (chills drinks without diluting!) (currently $7.95)

O'Keeffe Hand Cream

Idea #4 – O’Keeffe’s Working Hands Hand Cream (currently $6.97)


Idea #5 – Camera Lens Travel Coffee Mug (currently $8.98)

Best Husband Ever T Shirt

Idea #6 – Best Husband Ever T-Shirt (currently $9.99+)

Fire Starter

Idea #7 – Bear Grylls Survival Series Fire Starter (currently $10.04)

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70% off Holiday Decor at Watsons

Watson’s Greenhouse (Puyallup): 70% off Holiday Décor – starts 1/2!

70% off Holiday Decor at Watsons

70% off Holiday Decor at Watsons

If you are in the area, you might want to pop by Watson’s Greenhouse in Puyallup.

Starting today (Saturday, January 2nd), they are offering up a generous 70% discount on holiday décor! My aunt recently told me that she loves shopping this sale and has snagged some great deals, many of which she’ll set aside for gifts for the following Christmas.

Watson’s is located at 6211 Pioneer Way East Puyallup and is open from Mon-Sat: 9:00AM-5:00PM and Sun: 10:00AM – 5:00PM.

Have you shopped this sale? I’d love to hear your thoughts – leave a comment below.

'Annabel' Ball Ornaments (Set of 12)

Christmas Clearance Round-up: Where to Score Discounts Online

'Annabel' Ball Ornaments (Set of 12)

I’m a big advocate of buying up holiday merchandise and décor after the holiday has ended. My own pantry is stocked with next year’s Valentines Day card, Easter eggs, and Christmas gift wrap – all of which was purchased on deep discount after the holiday.

While you might think of heading to the stores to score these discounts, you might also consider online retailers who also discount items. Here are a few I’m finding:

'Annabel' Ball Ornaments (Set of 12)

Nordstrom has an amazing selection of beautiful Christmas décor and apparel – many of it is deeply discounted, too. Check out these beautiful ‘Annabel’ Ball Ornaments (Set of 12) for $25.90 right now – they were $74! Remember, Nordstrom offers free shipping, no minimum purchase required.

Christmas Clearance at Nordstrom

In fact, I found many good deals at Nordstrom today, with discounts of up to 65%! Head on over to shop the entire Christmas clearance selection.

Home Depot Christmas Clearance

Home Depot is another good site to watch right now. They have discounts of up to 50% off select holiday décor, plus in many instances you can score free store pickup!


For instance, I found a selection of artificial trees discounted by 50% off at Home Depot!


Target is offering coupon code STORAGE that will save you $5 on your purchase of $25 or more in storage. This includes holiday themed storage solutions. If you’re getting ready to take down the tree and trimmings, you might consider this deal. In many instances, you should be able to pick up in store for free.

Cost Plus Nativity Scene

This beautiful Nativity Scene made from driftwood is just $9.99 at Cost Plus World Market – it’s regularly $19.99!


Cost Plus World Market has a nice selection of beautiful and unusual décor – many of it discounted by half!

Old Navy Clearance Sale

Old Navy is having a huge after-Christmas clearance sale! There are discounts up to 75% off sitewide. Plus, coupon code JACKPOT saves you an extra 40%, even on clearance. This sale is absolutely worth checking out. I found some Christmas-graphic tees for $5.99 in the girls’ section. After the coupon code, you’d pay just $3.59! Score!


I found some adorable pillows and bins over at Kmart at big discounts today, too!

I’d love to hear where else you’re finding good after-Christmas deals! Please leave a comment below.

holiday lights seattle

Where to See Holiday Lights (Seattle Area)

holiday lights seattle

When I was growing up, one of my favorite family Christmas traditions took place on Christmas Eve. We’d enjoy our church’s Christmas Eve service, then drive around to look at the beautiful holiday light displays in our area. Then we’d come home and open presents (yes, on Christmas Eve) and enjoy some goodies.

holiday lights seattle

If you live in the Seattle area and are interested in checking out some spectacular holiday lights displays, Seattle’s Child has put together a great roundup of where to see holiday lights in the Seattle area – check it out here! Many of these are free, but if you’re interested in seeing a display that charges admission, be sure to peruse our list of Holiday Lights Discount Tickets for the Seattle area. Merry Christmas!

A Costco Carol: A Christmas Carol, Costco-Style

A Costco Carol: Rediscover the Joy of Costco Shopping

A Costco Carol: A Christmas Carol, Costco-Style

A Costco Carol: A Retelling of the Charles Dickens Classic

Scrooge’s Costco membership was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that…


“The season of giving – bah humbug!” This was Scrooge’s customary way of passing the holidays.


But on Christmas Eve, as he was returning home he witnessed a ghastly sight. “I must be hallucinating!” Scrooge shouted in disbelief. “A bit of undigested beef.” And with that, Scrooge retired to bed early.

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Best Holiday Card Offers + Coupon Codes



Best Holiday Card Offers 2015

Want to get a jump on your holiday cards? We’ve rounded up a huge list of the best holiday card offers and coupon codes we could find going on right now. Most of what you see here are deals available to purchase through Groupon (you can get some great deals!), but you can still find big savings by using coupon codes directly at the retailers themselves.

Please note that we have not personally vetted all of these companies; if you have experience with any of them feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts with other readers. Enjoy!

printerpix groupon


Custom Greeting Cards and Invitations from PrinterPix – $5 for 25, $7.99 for 40, $14.99 for 75, $24.99 for 125, $34.99 for 175 or $48.99 for 250 + FREE shipping (ends 12/25)
This works out to as low as $0.20/card!


4″x8″ Slimline Photo Cards from Mailpix – $5 for 25, $9.99 for 50 or $19.99 for 100 + shipping
This works out to as low as $0.20/card (plus shipping)!

If you’d rather order directly from MailPix, use the coupon code GREET to take 40% off photo cards.

York Photo

Shop York Photo and get 40 free prints if you’re a new customer. Plus, these deals are currently available:

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25, 50, or 100 5″x7″ Custom Matte Next-Day Holiday Cards at Staples – $8 for 25, $14 for 50 or $25 for 100 (requires in-store pickup)
This works out to as low as $0.25/card!

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wild waves holiday with lights

*REMINDER* Wild Waves Holiday with Lights: 50% Off Admission on 12/12 with Toy Donation

wild waves holiday with lights

wild waves holiday with lights

Just a reminder – this is happening today!


Locals, mark your calendars: On Saturday, December 12th you can get half off admission to Wild Waves Holiday with Lights when you donate a new, unwrapped toy! Wild Waves will be open from 5-10 pm on this day.

To get in on this offer, drop off your toy(s) at the Sleep Train Foster Kids booth at Wild Waves. Your toy donation will help area foster kids have a gift to open on Christmas morning. The most requested toys include sporting equipment, art supplies, gift cards and electronics.

For more information, please check out the event flyer and the Sleep Train Foster Kids website.


Interested in other holiday lights discounts in the Seattle area? Check out this post!


FREE Christmas Movies to Stream for Amazon Prime Members


I always have to watch Christmas movies this time of year! If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can take advantage of a few FREE Christmas movies available on Amazon Instant Video!

I included the times for each movie in case you want to put something on for the kiddos but you only have a limited amount of time. Leave a comment if you’ve seen any of these and let us all know what you thought!

a madea christmas

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (PG-13) – 1 hour, 39 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Madea serves up her own brand of Christmas Spirit when she gets coaxed into joining a friend and her family in the country for the holidays.”


Christmas Lodge (G) – 1 hour, 29 minutes
Description from Amazon: “Mary Tobin has wonderful memories of family gatherings at the Christmas Lodge. When she arrives for a weekend vacation, she quickly realizes that the lodge that she loves has fallen into serious disrepair. With a lack of funds and a looming deadline, she not only restores the Christmas lodge’s charm but finds love along the way.” (I’ll admit it, I’m adding this to my playlist now. Looks cute!)

bad santa

Bad Santa (R) – 1 hour, 28 minutes
Description from Amazon: “A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.” (Definitely not for the kiddos, ya’ll!)

emmet otter's jug band christmas

Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas (NR) – 50 minutes
Description from Amazon: “This classic Christmas story is about Ma and Emmet Otter – a family that has little more than each other. When a talent show is held in town, a fifty-dollar prize gives them each hope of buying the other a real present this year but they face stiff competition from a fierce animal rock group.”

year without a santa claus

The Year Without a Santa Claus (NR) – 1 hour, 17 minutes
In this stop-motion film (love those!), Santa decides to take a vacation. Hmmm…wonder how that will work out?

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Kmart: 6.5′ Pre-Lit Pine Tree for $49.99 (reg. $159.99)!


Pre-Lit Tree for $49.99

If you don’t have a tree yet this year and are thinking of making the leap to an artificial one, I’ve got a great deal worth considering!

Kmart has the 6.5′ Pre-Lit McKinley Pine Tree priced at just $49.99 right now – that’s $110 off the regular retail price of $159.99! You can opt for free store pickup so you can buy it now and have it up by this evening. This product has an average 4.5-star rating after over 40 customer reviews.

We actually own an artificial tree and I love it! We can set it up and take it down whenever we want (the only trip we have to make is out to the garage). We don’t need to worry about it drying out or dropping pine needles. When we take it down, we don’t have to worry about recycling it or putting it in the yard waste or anything.

Head to Kmart to check out this deal. I am honestly unsure how long it may stick around!

Still want a real tree? If you’re local, I can help:

Puget Sound Christmas Tree Farms (including U-cut trees!)


Free Personalized Video Message from Santa!



You can create a FREE personalized video message from Santa through Portable North Pole! I did this a couple of years ago for each of my kids and it was a big hit! Simply enter some information about the recipient of the video (are they naughty or nice? what special gift are they hoping for this year? which state do they live in?). I just finished up this year’s messages, which I’ll play for them when they get home from school today.

Please note that you’ll be able to watch the video for awhile, but a download will cost you. There are other paid options for this service, but they are pretty obvious. I just stuck with the free options for my video messages.

Head to Portable North Pole to create your own messages!


Puget Sound Christmas Tree Farms (including U-cut trees!)

Where to Get a Christmas Tree in Puget Sound (including U-Cut Tree Farms)

Puget Sound Christmas Tree Farms (including U-cut trees!)

Puget Sound Christmas Tree Farms (including U-cut trees!)

Are you looking for a tree farm in the Puget Sound to get your Christmas Tree this year? If so, I’ve compiled a list to help you! While I’ve done my best to verify the information below, I do encourage you to research any of these options before heading out.

Also, not all of these locations may offer u-cut trees. If that information was made plain, I included it. However, you may want to call ahead if you’re hoping for the u-cut experience (or if you’d prefer a pre-cut tree)! Finally, some of these farms accept cash/check only. Make sure you know before you go.

Family Farm U-Cut (Pierce County)

From my friend Chandra: “Open only on 12/5, 12/6, 12/12 & 12/13 from 10a-4p. You choose the donation amount for the tree. All money goes to Feed My Starving Children and Kids Out of Cars. 27901 86th Ave E, Graham.” I *love* this option!

Stringtown Cellars & Lavendar Farm (Pierce County)

According to their website, “Noble fir Christmas trees are available for u-cut.  Also, there is a small selection of cut trees in various varieties. ” Something else caught my eye: they will be having chocolate and wine tasting December 4 – December 13th! Open daily from 10am – 5pm through December 23rd. Located at 39610 Eatonville Cutoff Rd, Eatonville.

Snowshoe Evergreen (Pierce County)

This is a U-cut tree farm that boasts acres of fresh Christmas trees and might make a good choice if you’re coveting some family photos near trees! Open Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday & Sunday 9am – 5pm. Please see their website for the full scoop. Located at 10720 State Route 162 East, Puyallup, WA 98374.

Holiday U Cut Christmas Trees (Pierce County)

They offer thousands of Christmas trees, both U-cut and pre-cut. There is a $5 coupon on their website, too. They offer a number of free services, including assistance of cutting your tree if you need it. Open 9am – dusk daily. Located at 39908 Dean Kreger Rd, Eatonville, WA 98328.

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Angela's Top 10 Favorite Things for 2015

Angela’s 10 Favorite Things for 2015

Angela's Top 10 Favorite Things for 2015

Angela's Top 10 Favorite Things for 2015

Last year, I had such fun playing Oprah and coming up with my list of 10 Favorite Things for 2014, I decided to do it again!

Why should you care about what I bought? Well first – when it comes to buying things for myself, you should know I can be pretty cheap. Meaning, I actually don’t buy a lot of things for myself. The things I end up purchasing usually only come after extensive hemming and hawing.

After much consideration, here are the 10 best things I purchased in 2015 and can heartily recommend to you!

Believe Running Journal

Item #1: Believe Journal (~$15, Amazon)

I purchased this journal back in the spring as a way to log my running. Previously, I’d just printed out a monthly calendar page and jotted my schedule on it. This is so much better! In addition to ample space to journal your daily running, there are pages to plan your goals, the logistics and reviews of your races, and an annual calendar. Peppered throughout the journal are helpful articles on everything from body image to nutrition and more, by pro women runners. I absolutely love this journal and recommend it to all my girlfriends that run. It would make an amazing gift!


Item #2: Nuun (~ $11-13 for a 4-pack, Amazon)

I discovered Nuun this year and am crazy about this stuff! It’s basically a little disc that you throw in a bottle of 16 oz water that flavors it and provides electrolytes. The flavors are amazing, and I love that it’s very low in sugar and calories. It’s a great alternative to other sports drinks that can be high in both! One tube of 12 discs will run you about $7-8 in a grocery store, but you can score a 4-pack on Amazon for about $11-13 right now. In talking to representatives from Nuun at races I’ve participated in, they agree Amazon is generally the best place to score a deal. It’s great during or after a long run or hard workout, or even if you’re just trying to get more water in and prefer a bit of flavor.

Canon Rebel

Item #3: Canon Rebel T5 DSLR (~$500, Amazon)

I’d thought about getting a nice camera for awhile, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to stomach the price! While this camera was among the bigger purchases I made this year, my only regret was not buying it sooner! It’s amazing for any number of subjects – kids, sports, food, gardening, nature, landscapes, cityscapes, and more. I also love that I was able to figure it out relatively quickly too. [Read more…]

crazy8 cyber monday holiday tees

Crazy8: Holiday Tees for $4 + FREE shipping

crazy8 cyber monday holiday tees

crazy8 cyber monday holiday tees

Crazy8’s Cyber Monday sale is going on right now – they’re offering an extra 20% off with coupon code JOY, plus you’ll get FREE shipping, no minimum purchase required!

I found these holiday tees priced at just $5 (reg. $10.88), so only $4 shipped with the coupon code JOY. I’m thinking these would make for fun Christmas pictures if you haven’t already gotten your family’s pictures taken. Otherwise you could roll them up and stick them in your kiddos’ stockings.

Some of my faves:

Sugar & Spice Candy Cane Tee

Sugar & Spice Candy Cane Tee: $5 (reg. $10.88)
Use the coupon code JOY
Bottom line: $4 + FREE shipping!

Metallic Reindeer Tee

Metallic Reindeer Tee: $5 (reg. $10.88)
Use the coupon code JOY
Bottom line: $4 + FREE shipping!

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fisher-price little people nativity set

Fisher-Price Little People Nativity Set for $22.49 (reg. $44.99)

fisher-price little people nativity set

fisher-price little people nativity set

Get set for the holiday season with this Fisher-Price Little People Nativity Set for just $22.49 (reg. $44.99) from Family Christian Stores!

This set includes 16 Little People figures and a stable with a light-up star. Place the angel atop the stable to activate the star and hear “Away in a Manger” play.

Pick up your order in-store for free; otherwise, shipping is around $4.50 or is free on orders of $50 or more.

This price is only good for a limited time – head to to make your purchase!


Holiday Lights Discount Tickets (Seattle Area)



If seeing a holiday lights display is on your “must-do” list this holiday season, read on to see how you can get holiday lights discount tickets for Seattle-area displays! These dates and prices are good for 2015 and include popular displays like Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park, Holiday with Lights at Wild Waves, Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, and more!

Holiday Glasses

Bonus tip: pick up some of these fun holiday glasses (Amazon carries a number of styles). When your family wears them and looks at the holiday lights, they’ll magically transform into small images like snowflakes, Santa, or reindeer! I just purchased a set for my family and they really work and we can’t wait to use them.

Please leave a comment if you know of any other discounts for these locations and we’ll add them to the list. Enjoy!


Fantasy Lights | Spanaway Park

  • 11/26 – 1/1, 5:30-9 pm daily
  • $14/vehicle (up to 24 passengers)
  • Fantasy Lights discount tickets available for $11/vehicle at Lakewood Community Center and Sprinker Recreation Center or print a Fantasy Lights coupon for $3 off admission
  • Half price nights: 11/30 – 12/2, 12/7 – 12/9

garden d'lights

Garden d’Lights | Bellevue Botanical Garden

  • 11/28 – 1/2, 4:30-9 pm daily
  • $5/person, children 10 and under free
  • Individual membership holders get 1 free ticket, Family membership holders get 4 free tickets
  • Free nights: 11/30 – 12/3, 12/7 – 12/10

holiday with lights


Holiday with Lights | Wild Waves Theme Park (Federal Way)

  • 12/4 – 1/2 (select dates and times)
  • $14.99/general admission, $9.99/child, senior, military or AAA member admission, children 2 and under free
  • Holiday with Lights discount tickets available for $9.99 online or at Albertsons or Safeway

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Thanksgiving Food Coupons – Extensive List!


Thanksgiving Food Coupons {extensive list!} - to help you save money on your Thanksgiving dinner!

Thanksgiving Food Coupons

Are you starting to gather food for your Thanksgiving dinner? If so, I wanted to share a collection of coupons that will help you save money! This will be the last update to this post this year – so do take a look if you’re about to make a last-minute trip to the store.

To get the best bang for your buck, try to combine these coupons with my Thanksgiving Food Stock-up Prices for the best deals.

Last updated: Tuesday, November 24th

Turkey & Meat Coupons

Butterball Rebate Offer: Buy a Butterball Turkey, Receive (5) $1 coupons on future Butterball purchases – form in 11/15 Red Plum

Butterball Rebate Offer: Buy a Butterball Turkey, Receive $5 by mail printable rebate offer

$0.75/1 Farmland Bacon coupon from 11/15 SmartSource

$0.75/1 Farmland Bacon printable coupon

$1/2 Hormel Pepperoni printable coupon

$3/1 Hormel Party Gathering Tray printable coupon

$1.50/1 Wright Brand Bacon printable coupon

Produce Coupons

(Note: we don’t see a lot of produce coupons from manufacturers, which makes complete sense to me! I hope that most of the produce at my store comes from local farmers, not big food manufacturers that would put out coupons. What we will see around this time are stellar prices on holiday produce items including celery, potatoes, yams, and fresh cranberries. Some stores may additionally put out store coupon offers.)

$0.50/1 POM Wonderful Fresh Pomegranate coupon from 10/25 SmartSource

$0.50/1 POM 4.3 oz coupon from 10/25 SmartSource

$0.50/1 POM 8 oz coupon from 10/25 SmartSource

$0.50/1 Wonderful Halos 2 lbs or larger coupon from 11/15 SmartSource

$0.50/1 Wonderful Sweet Scarletts (Grapefruit) 5 lb or larger coupon from 11/22 SmartSource

Dry & Canned Goods Coupons

$0.40/4 Campbell’s Condensed Soups printable coupon

$0.40/4 Campbell’s Condensed Soup coupon from 11/8 SmartSource

$1/2 Country Store Baking products printable coupon

$0.50/2 Dole Canned Pineapple printable coupon

$0.30/1 French’s Fried Onions printable coupon

$0.30/1 French’s Friend Onions from 11/8 SmartSource

$0.50/2 Green Giant Canned Vegetables printable coupon

$1/1 Hellmann’s or Best Foods Mayonnaise printable coupon

$1/1 McCormick Spice or Herb coupon from 11/1 Red Plum

$0.50/2 McCormick Spice or Herb printable coupon

$0.50/1 Red Star Vinegar printable coupon [Read more…]

victorian country christmas groupon

Victorian Country Christmas: $6/Ticket on Groupon!

victorian country christmas groupon

victorian country christmas groupon

Right now on Groupon, you can score half price tickets to the Victorian Country Christmas at the Washington State Fairgrounds! Pay just $12 for 2 admission versus the $24 price you’d pay at the gate.

Here is the fine print about this offer:

Promotional value expires Dec 5, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Not valid on 12/5 or 12/6. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Valid December 2-4 only; not valid on Saturday or Sunday. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Head to Groupon to take advantage of this offer quickly. It’s only good for a limited time and already 700+ vouchers have been sold!

Veterans Day: Freebies & Deals (for Active Duty, Retired & Reserve Military)

Veterans Day Freebies and Deals 2015

Veterans Day: Freebies & Deals (for Active Duty, Retired & Reserve Military)

Veterans Day: Freebies & Deals (for Active Duty, Retired & Reserve Military)

Wednesday, November 11th is Veterans Day! If you are active duty, retired, or reserve military, you can take advantage of many freebies and discounts on these days. I’ve done my best to round up as many as I could find, but if you are aware of one I’m missing, I’d love to know about it to update this list!

As always, I’d phone ahead to make sure your local store or restaurant is participating and to confirm any details such as if additional purchases are necessary. I also strongly recommend that you bring your military ID to make sure you can get these freebies most easily.

Unless otherwise stated, all freebies and deals will be good only for Wednesday, November 11th.

Veterans Day Freebies and Deals – 2015

AARP – 20% Off Membership
Veterans can join or renew their AARP membership at a discounted rate (20% off) now through November 16th.

Applebee’s – Free Entree
Veterans and active duty military get a free entree from a limited menu (beverage and gratuity not included).

bandb for vets

B&Bs for Vets – Free Night’s Stay
Select inns and B&Bs are offering a free night’s stay to active and retired military and one guest each on November 10th and 11th. Space is limited, so be sure to make your reservation as soon as possible. WA readers: there are four B&Bs in the state participating as of today.

Big Lots – 15% Off
Past and present members of the armed services get 15% off their entire purchase, just show military ID at checkout. This offer is also available to retirees and families of active duty personnel.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse – Free Entree
Show your military ID to get a free entree (under $12.95).

brown bear car wash

Brown Bear – Free Car Wash
All military personnel get a free car wash at any tunnel location. (Note: This is being offered through Grace For Vets. If you don’t have Brown Bear in your area, you might have another participating car wash to choose from.)

California Pizza Kitchen – Free Entree
All veterans and active military receive a free entree from a special menu. Must be in uniform or show your military ID or other proof of service.

Children’s Museum of Tacoma – Veterans Day Event
The Children’s Museum of Tacoma always offers “Pay As You Will” admission, but on Veterans Day they are also having hourly patriotic bubble parades and encouraging visitors to come dressed in red, white and blue.

Chili’s Grill & Bar – Free Meal
Veterans and active military personnel receive a free entree from a select menu.

Chuck E. Cheese’s – Free Pizza w/Purchase
Active and retired military service members can get a free individual thin & crispy 1-topping pizza with food purchase and coupon.

Claim Jumper – Free Meal
Veterans with official verification get a free entree from a special menu on November 9th (note the different date).

dell veterans day

Dell – 15% Off
Military members save an additional 15% on select PCs and electronics through November 15th at 7am ET.

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What’s a good price for a turkey (per pound)?


What's a good price for a turkey? Wading through store promotions, prices, and factors

What’s a good price for a turkey?

As in years past, this year I’ll be tracking the current best prices of turkeys at local grocery stores (for my area – the Puget Sound). This is a topic I’ve spent a fair amount of time and effort compiling and my goal is to help you save big on what may well be the biggest dinner you’ll prepare this year!

I wanted to start by updating you on some general information on finding the best deal on a turkey for 2015, as well as provide some past prices. There are a few factors to consider when looking for the right turkey deal for you:

Most stores require a grocery purchase for the best turkey price.

When looking at where to buy your turkey, consider first where you do the bulk of your shopping. Most stores are offering a solid discount on a turkey, but only if you spend money on additional groceries in the store. For instance, last year Safeway offered a turkey at $0.69/lb when you spent $35 or more. If you spent $35 or more at Albertsons in 2014, you could score a “buy one, get one free” turkey promotion. And if you spent $150 or more at Fred Meyer in 2014, you’ll score a FREE turkey. This is something to consider as you don’t want to start making random purchases to meet the threshold that will ultimately negate your turkey savings.

Obviously, the less you have to pay to get the deal, the better. Some stores even include the turkey as part of the grocery purchase, and some stores use the price before any coupons are deducted as the minimum. Make sure you understand the fine print of the offer as it’s likely to vary from store to store.

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