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Wish Granted: Gifts for 2-Year Old Girl with Leukemia

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A few weeks ago, I asked you a question: how would a Fred Meyer gift card help make your holiday wish come true this year? I received many wonderful submissions and am now pleased to share with you the wishes that have been granted. I’ve been sharing these daily on my blog (please scroll to the bottom for links to any you stories might have missed).

One wish that particularly touched me was an email I received from Nancy, about a special little girl. Here is the message I received from her:

Would you please consider my grand niece, Addy for a gift card? She is an adorable 2 year old spitfire who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia this summer. She is getting treatment at <<name removed>> Children’s hospital. She is currently in isolation and has been for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and will also be there for Christmas, which means no visitors. Her mother has had to quit her job to be with her, so finances are a little tight right now. Addy loves anything Minnie Mouse, and her brother Jerry loves Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Thanks for your consideration, Nancy

Nancy,

I am pleased we were able to send you a $50 Fred Meyer Gift Card this year to make Addy’s Christmas a bit more bright! I can only imagine how difficult this holiday season has been being away from the people and places she loves most. I hope that Addy will make a complete recovery! I hope that some of the gift card can be used to buy her something extra special, as well as a gift or two for her brother as well, who has undoubtedly experienced a hard time through this as well. With thoughts and prayers for Addy and your family,

Angela

You may want to read about other wishes that have been granted: 

Disclosure: This contest is sponsored by Fred Meyer and they have graciously provided all winner gift cards. All opinions are my own. Please see my Disclosure Policy for more information. You may also wish to read my original post about this contest and its goals.

 


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FREE Christmas Movies to Stream for Amazon Prime Members

A Christmas Carol

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 Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol (1 hour, 10 minutes) – A classic that’s as integral a part of Christmas as lighted trees and mistletoe. Reginald Owen and Gene Lockhart star in this rewarding holiday treat.

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Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas) (1 hour, 56 minutes) – Based on the true story of three armies in the bloody trenches of World War I – and the miraculous Christmas Eve truce they unexpectedly forge.

Samantha American Girl Holiday

Samantha – An American Girl Holiday (1 hour, 27 minutes) – This exciting movie is based on American Girl’s most popular character, Samantha, and her adventures in New York City at the turn of the 20th century.

Arthur's Perfect Christmas

Arthur’s Perfect Christmas (56 minutes) – Everyone’s favorite aardvark gives kids a new spin on seasonal traditions in his first one-hour prime time special, showing children many ways to celebrate “the holidays.”

Yes Virginia DVD

Yes, Virginia (26 minutes) – New York City, 1897. A little girl named Virginia O’Hanlon loves Christmas more than anything else in the world. But when a schoolyard bully challenges her belief in Santa Claus, Virginia embarks on a quest across the city to prove he is real. With her best friend Ollie in tow, Virginia meets everyone from an overeager librarian to a Scraggly Santa raising money for the poor. Finally her father inspires her to write a letter to the New York Sun newspaper, claiming If you see it in the Sun, it’s so. Based on the true story of the most famous newspaper editorial of all time, Yes, Virginia is a charming and heartwarming tale about believing in the true spirit of Christmas.

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Angelina Ballerina: The Nutcracker Sweet (1 hour, 2 minutes) – Enjoy a holiday treat with Angelina in her all-new look!

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VeggieTales: The Little Drummer Boy (45 minutes) – In this Veggie-version of a holiday classic, Junior Asparagus stars as The Little Drummer Boy, a lonely child who finds the true meaning of Christmas when he stumbles upon the birth of the baby Jesus. A story of hope, love and forgiveness, this timeless tale will warm the hearts of children everywhere!

He-Man She-Ra Christmas Special

He-Man & She-Ra: A Christmas Special (45 minutes) – During a trip to Earth, Orko learns about the origins of Christmas and brings its traditions back with him to Eternia.

Jack Frost Michael Keaton

Jack Frost (1 hour, 42 minutes) – A heartwarming story for the whole family! Following the death of his father, a young boy is befriended by a magical snowman who turns out to be his reincarnated father.

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The Rockettes: Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring The Rockettes (1 hour, 25 minutes) – Santa Flies to New York. Jump right into Santa’s sleigh as ti zooms over the frozen North, pas internationl borders, and right to the doors of Radio City Music Hall.

Bush Christmas

Bush Christmas (1 hour, 18 minutes) – In this fine family adventure, a small group of brave children venture across the wild Australian bush pursuing horse thieves, while a search party looks for them.

The Nutcracker

George Balanchine’s Nutcracker (1 hour, 33 minutes) – This joyous interpretation of the holiday classic tells the story of a young girl whose love for a toy turns it into the handsome prince (Macaulay Culkin.)

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Lawrence Welk Christmas Shows (2 hours, 43 minutes) – Includes performances of Christmas classics such as: Santa Clause is Coming to Town, Oh Holy Night, It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bells, Ava Maria, Silent Night, and many, many more!

A Perfect Day

A Perfect Day (1 hour, 31 minutes) – A family man and suddenly-successful author encounters a mystic stranger who warns him he has only 40 more days to live. Based on a novel by Richard Paul Evans.

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A Christmas Snow (1 hour, 51 minutes) – “A Christmas Snow” is a heartwarming story about faith, hope and restoration with a silver lining. After a fluke winter storm right before Christmas, Kathleen (Catherine Mary Stewart) finds herself trapped in her own home with two unlikely guests, Sam (Muse Watson) and Lucy (Cameron ten Napel).

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Jack Frost (49 minutes) – The Groundhog tells the story of how, for once, Jack Frost became human and helped a knight win his lady love.

A Very Sunny Christmas

A Very Sunny Christmas (44 minutes) – Ho, ho, heyooo! Christmas is upon us and the Paddy’s gang has got the spirit. Well, not really.

Little Spirit Christmas in New York

Little Spirit: Christmas in New York (45 minutes) – When a friendly cabbie tells two young sisters the story of a boy named Leo who moved to Manhattan with his family, a magical adventure begins. While adjusting to the big city and enjoying the days leading up to Christmas, Leo accidentally loses his dog Ramona in Central Park. Leo is devastated by his loss until a magical creature named Little Spirit appears.

Christmas with Danny Kaye

Christmas with Danny Kaye featuring Nat King Cole (52 minutes) – This collection brings together 2 memorable Christmas episodes of the Emmy winning, top-rated CBS variety show , The Danny Kaye Show. Featuring Nat King Cole’s iconic performance “The Christmas Song” (aka “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”) , duets with Danny and Peggy Lee and “Jingle Bell Rock” by a young Wayne Newton.

Christmas That Almost Wasn't

The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t (1 hour, 30 minutes) – A scroogy old miser decides to evict Santa Claus and Company from the North Pole because the dead-beats are behind on their rent.

If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, you can sign up for a FREE 30-day trial. This will give you instant streaming access to these and thousands of additional FREE movies and TV shows as well as free 2-day shipping on most items across Amazon.


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Amazon: Two 18″ Christmas Stockings for $9.99 + FREE shipping with Prime

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Aren’t these Christmas stockings adorable? Right now you can get both of them for $9.99 total (that’s just $5 each) with FREE 2-day shipping if you’re a Prime member. Here’s what you have to do:

These Christmas stockings get great reviews and both feature a 3D design. Head to Amazon to check it out!


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Last-Minute Gift Idea: Top 20 Most-Wanted Gift Cards This Year (+ FREE shipping by Christmas!)

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T-minus 4 days until Christmas – are you thinking about just giving gift cards to the rest of the people on your list? Well, I have absolutely no qualms about giving (or receiving, for that matter) gift cards for Christmas. In fact, I think that a well-chosen gift card can be a very thoughtful gift, especially for someone who has difficulty spending money on himself/herself (ahem, me).

In fact, I just ordered a Lowe’s gift card for my mother-in-law so she can buy some new paint for her kitchen (this was on her wish list). I also bought my sister a gift card to her favorite bar/restaurant and my father-in-law a gift certificate to a hot dog/ice cream shop in the new city he’s moving to next month.

If you’re not sure what gift cards your recipients might be interested in, here’s a Top 20 list of the most-wanted gift cards this year along with links for you to purchase them from the comfort of your own home:

Amazon gift cards

  • Amazon: instant delivery (email or print at home) or free 1-day shipping in a greeting card or in a gift box
  • Walmart: e-gift cards available
  • Target: email or mobile delivery by Christmas
  • Home Depot: e-gift cards available
  • Starbucks: email delivery available – also available on Amazon with free 2-day shipping for Prime members

Lowe's gift cards

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  • Subway: also available on Amazon with free 2-day shipping for Prime members
  • JCPenney: order by 12/21 with 2-day shipping or e-gift cards available
  • Olive Garden: $10 bonus offer for every $50 spent in gift cards, e-gift cards available, also available on Amazon with free 2-day shipping for Prime members
  • VISA
  • Shell

Thanks to DealNews for this awesome list!


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Holiday Card Offers and Coupon Codes – as low as $0.19/card!

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Working on your holiday photo cards this weekend? 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!

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Custom Flat Holiday Cards from Cardstore (Up to 51% Off) – $38.99 for 40, $68.99 for 75 or $98.99 for 110 + FREE shipping – ends 12/6
This works out to as low as $0.90/card!

Otherwise, these offers are available directly from Cardstore.com:

Costco

Costco has a few different options for photo cards: 6 x 7 1/2 photo greeting cards priced at $14.99 for 50 ($0.30/card) and ready next day, 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 photo notecards priced at $7.99 for 12 ($0.67/card) and ready in 5-10 business days, or premium stationery greeting cards starting at $17.25 per set of 25 ($0.69/card) and ready in 5-10 business days.

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Easy Gingerbread Houses (perfect for kids!)

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Easy Gingerbread Houses (perfect for small kids!)

My kids have been asking to do some “Christmassy” things lately. And I can’t blame them – after all, it is Christmas. However, I don’t admittedly have lots of patience for elaborate Christmas crafts and projects. So when my kids asked to decorate gingerbread houses, I wasn’t too thrilled. (I have one particularly bad memory of trying to put together one of those store “kits” and winding up nearly in tears.)

But then I remembered how my son’s class had done gingerbread houses, using small milk cartons and graham crackers. I decided to replicate this idea with my kids and it worked like a charm. I got the houses assembled in minutes and they were able to decorate them, and we were all happy. I wanted to share this idea with you today, in case you have littles begging for gingerbread houses too.

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Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • One small milk carton per house (I am using pint-size half & half containers… any small-ish size will work)
  • One sturdy paper plate per house
  • Foil
  • Graham crackers (I used 8 squares per house)
  • Frosting (I just bought pre-made)
  • Candy decorations

To save on the candy decorations and make sure I had a nice selection, I bought my candy in bulk at WinCo. This way, I was able to buy small quantities of this and that without having to commit to larger bags. If you don’t have a WinCo – many other stores sell bulk candy, too. My Fred Meyer store does in the Nutrition Center and I’ve also seen bulk at Whole Foods and Top Food & Drug.

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Start by wrapping a paper plate in foil, like so. You could also use the side of a cardboard box. Basically something that is going to work as your house base.  I like these Dixie plates because they are square and have a rim. (They were also the cheapest ones I could find at my store, so there’s that.)

DSCN3921 (800x600)Make sure you’ve rinsed out your milk containers before you do this next step. I for one did not want my gingerbread houses smelling like spoiled milk in a couple days! I also removed the plastic pour spouts out of mine, since I was using half & half containers. Now, wrap in foil. I found the best way to do this was to lay the carton on its side and roll the foil around it. I also did not foil the bottom. After the carton has been wrapped, tape it to the plate. I put mine off to a corner (as opposed to right in the center), to create a bit of a “yard” space for the kids to decorate.

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Now you can begin adding the “gingerbread” to your house. As you can see, I just used graham crackers! I found one square piece and one small rectangle filled up most of a side quite nicely. I just used store-bought vanilla frosting and it worked perfectly fine.

DSCN3926 (600x800)I added the roof pieces at the very end. A couple notes: you’ll see there is still some foil showing. You could definitely try to fill in that space with more graham cracker, or extra frosting (probably easier). Since I knew these wouldn’t be making the Sheraton Gingerbread Display and that they were just for fun, I was happy to leave them like this.

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Goldstar Cyber Monday: Holiday Theater Performances, Concerts, Nutcracker Tickets + more!

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Whether you want to celebrate the holiday with a fun night out with your spouse or you’re planning to give a pair of tickets to a friend or family member, Goldstar is a great place to start looking for deals!

Goldstar’s Cyber Monday sale started today, so I thought it would be fun to round up a-l-l of the holiday outings available in the Seattle area. This list includes theater performances, concerts, Nutcracker shows, dinner cruises, and lots more – all at significant discounts off the full price!

And if you don’t live in the Seattle area, don’t fret! You can still search Goldstar for all of the holiday outings in your area – they cover the entire nation!

PS – Please note that the prices listed here do not reflect any additional fees.

A Christmas Story: The Musical Brings Ralphie & Family to Seattle (Seattle) $40.40-$70 (full price $95-$109.25)
December 2-28 (select dates)

A Christmas Carol: Annual Production From ACT Theatre (Seattle) $20-$47 (full price $37-$80)
December 3-17 (select dates)

Holiday Musical Dick Whittington and His Cat: Orphans, Pirates & Christmas Cheer (Seattle) $10 (full price $20)
December 4

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Holiday Parade of Lights Festive Dining Cruise (Seattle) FREE-$46 (full price FREE-$70.70)
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A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol Adds Comedy to a Holiday Classic (Seattle) $7.50 (full price $15)
December 4-18 (select dates)

Holiday Plays A Child’s Christmas in Wales and The Long Christmas Dinner (Seattle) $6.25-$12.50 (full price $12.50-$25)
December 4-24 (select dates)

Seattle Radio Theatre: The Bishop’s Wife — Live Radio Drama (Seattle) FREE-$7.50 (full price $5-$15)
December 5

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Kent Stowell’s Nutcracker, With Set Design by Maurice Sendak (Seattle) $67-$99 (full price $84-$124)
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What’s a good price for a turkey (per pound)?

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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’m tracking current best prices of turkeys at local grocery stores (for my area – the Puget Sound). I recently had a reader ask, “what’s a good price for a turkey?” and I thought this was a great question worth taking time out to answer!

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, Safeway is offering turkey at $0.69/lb when you spend $35 or more. If you spend $35 or more at Albertsons, you’ll score a “buy one, get one free” turkey promotion. And if you spend $150 or more at Fred Meyer, you’ll score a FREE turkey. If you normally do your shopping at Safeway and don’t typically spend much on your weekly grocery bill – that may be a deal to consider. However, Fred Meyer may be a more attractive deal if you’re planning on doing some apparel or housewares shopping.

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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Thanksgiving Food Coupons – Extensive List!

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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! I will do my best to periodically update this list leading up to Thanksgiving.

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: Saturday, November 15th (Includes 11/16 insert coupons)

Turkey & Meat Coupons
$3.00 off Butterball Whole Turkey

$3/4 Butterball Turkey printable coupon (with purchase of 3 participating items)

$3/4 Butterball Turkey coupon (with purchase of 3 participating items) from 11/9 SmartSource

$0.75/1 Butterball Chef Selects printable coupon

$0.55/1 Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies Cocktail Links coupon from 11/16 SmartSource

$3.00 off one HORMEL Party Tray product

 

$3/1 Hormel Party Tray 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.)

$1/1 Ocean Spray Fresh Cranberries printable coupon 

$0.50/1 POM Pomegranate from 10/26 SmartSource

$0.50/1 POM Pomegranate from 11/16 SmartSource

$0.50/1 POM Pomegranate Arils from 10/26 SmartSource

$0.50/1 POM Pomegranate Arils from 11/16 SmartSource

$0.50/1 Wonderful Halos, 3 lbs+ coupon from 11/16 SmartSource (California mandarin oranges)

Dry & Canned Goods Coupons

$1/5 Campbell’s Condensed Soups printable coupon 

$0.40/2 Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup coupon from 10/12 SmartSource

$0.50/2 Dole Pineapple Cans printable coupon

$0.30/1 French’s Fried Onions printable coupon 

$0.50/1 French’s Fried Onions coupon from 11/9 SmartSource

$1/4 Heinz Jarred Gravies printable coupon

$1/1 Imagine product printable coupon (including broth)

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How to Carve a Turkey (Step-by-Step Tutorial)

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How to Carve a Turkey {Step-by-Step Tutorial}

You’ve perfectly roasted your turkey and a daunting task lies ahead: carving it. The last thing you want to do is end up poorly carving your turkey and having it resemble dog food. Hardly appetizing!

I wanted to provide a basic step-by-step tutorial you can use so you can present a beautiful platter of turkey to your dinner guests this Thanksgiving.

Let your turkey rest 20-30 minutes before carvingStep One. Allow your turkey to rest a good 20-30 minutes prior to carving. The first step is to resist the temptation to deal with that turkey right away. This will allow the juices to redistribute. Carve too soon, and they’ll all spill out, leaving you a disappointing dry result.

Remove the legs from the turkey

Step Two. Using a sharp knife, separate the legs from the turkey at the thigh joint. When you press down with your knife, look for the joint pictured above. You can use a clean towel or paper towel to then hold the carcass while you pull them apart.

Separate the thigh from the drumstick

Step Three. Using a knife (and then your hands, if need be), separate the thigh from the drumstick. You’ll find that there’s a joint there that just needs to be separated. Plate the drumstick whole, reserve the thigh for carving.

Locate & remove the wishbone

Step Four. Locate and remove the wishbone. You’ll find this up at the top of the turkey, right below the neck cavity. Using your fingers, pry it out. The purpose of this step is to make it easier to carve the breast off the carcass. Make a wish!

Remove the wings from the turkeyStep Five. Using a heavy knife, remove the wings. Add them to the platter as is.

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Veterans Day Freebies and Deals 2014

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Veterans Day 2014: Freebies & Deals

Tuesday, 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 Tuesday, November 11th.

Veterans Day Freebies and Deals – 2014

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

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 10 and 11. Space is limited, so be sure to make your reservation as soon as possible. WA readers: there are three B&Bs in the state participating as of today.

Bakers Square/Village Inn — Free Breakfast
All veterans and active duty military get a free breakfast, no purchase necessary. Choose from three Buttermilk Pancakes, three slices of French Toast or a Belgian Waffle or three slices of French Toast.

Big Lots – 10% Off
US military and veterans save 10% at Big Lots with a valid military ID.

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.)

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How to Roast a Turkey (from Start to Finish)

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How to Roast a Turkey: Easy, Start-to-Finish Recipe

How to Roast a Turkey

Several years ago, I hosted Thanksgiving for the very first time. While I was excited for the challenge, I was admittedly also very nervous. After all, Thanksgiving is THE meal that many Americans look forward to above all others. I did not care to disappoint my guests!

Whether you’ve found yourself cooking a turkey for the very first time, or whether you’re just looking for an easier way of preparing your bird this year – I’ve got you covered. I’m going to walk you through everything you need to do to roast a perfect Thanksgiving turkey this year.

Selecting the Right Size Turkey

How to Select the Right Size Turkey for your Thanksgiving Meal

The first step is selecting the right turkey for your party size. Martha Stewart recommends the following as guidelines:

  • For a larger party (about 15-20 guests), plan on buying a turkey that’s roughly 1.5 lbs per person. For instance, if you have 15 people, aim for a 22.5+ lb bird.
  • For a smaller party, plan on buying a turkey that’s roughly 2 lbs per person. Smaller birds of under 12 pounds, have a smaller meat-to-bone ratio.
  • Factor in meat you’d like to have for leftovers (if any).

Since I’m cooking a turkey for demonstration purposes (as well as to develop a few recipes), I went with a smaller 10-lb bird.

One final very important note: most turkeys are sold frozen, not fresh. This may take as long as 3-4 days to defrost in the refrigerator, depending on the size of your bird. I put my 10-lb frozen bird in the fridge on Friday and it was ready to go Monday. If you are waiting until the last minute to pick up a turkey, you may need to buy fresh. (Which will cost you more money in most instances, so heads up!)

Ingredients & Tools You’ll Need

Vegetables and Herbs for Roasting a TurkeyThe great thing about roasting a turkey is that you only need a handful of ingredients to make it really flavorful!

Here’s what I’m using for today’s recipe:

  • One turkey (I’m using a 10 lb size)
  • One carrot, sliced
  • Three small stalks of celery, slicede
  • One onion, cut into quarters
  • One garlic head, cut into rough sections
  • Fresh herbs (I’m using parsley and rosemary because it’s what I had – sage and/or thyme would also be nice)
  • Two dried bay leaves
  • 6-8 tbsp butter
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp of flour (if using a roasting bag, optional)

While you certainly don’t need a ton of equipment or fancy tools for roasting your turkey, here are a couple options to consider:

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Best Prices for Thanksgiving Food Items

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Thanksgiving Food Stock-up Prices

Best Prices for Thanksgiving Food

Welcome to November! This is actually the month I learned how to coupon several years ago now and just about my favorite time of year to be a couponer. Why? Because this is the time of year that many pantry basics such as canned fruit and vegetables, flour, oil, and sugar go on sale. I’d like to encourage you to think beyond your Thanksgiving meal when you’re shopping this month and think about stocking up your pantry for the winter months!

Here are a few tips for getting the best deals on these food items in November and saving on your Thanksgiving Dinner:

  1. Plan your meal early and keep it simple! If you’re hosting Thanksgiving, I’d encourage you to plan your meal now. With your meal plan ready, you can begin to identify which ingredients you’ll need so you can keep your eyes peeled for deals throughout the month. I fully expect to see deals on holiday-related baking and cooking items within the next week. Also, encourage guests to bring a dish and keep things simple! There’s no need to cook a turkey, a ham, 12 side dishes, and 8 pies if you’re serving 6 people!
  2. Keep an eye on unit prices. We’ll be seeing some deals on bagged flour and sugar, but do pay attention to the unit prices. Do they best what you can do buying in bulk at a store like WinCo?
  3. Buy your spices in bulk! Generally you’ll begin seeing jarred spices go on 50% off or buy one, get one free sales this time of year. However, you might be better off just buying what you need in bulk. Several stores in my area including WinCo, Fred Meyer, QFC, and Whole Foods Market have an option for buying spices in bulk. Don’t let the high per-dollar price scary you off – you usually only ever need an ounce or less of a given spice and you’ll end up paying pennies at checkout.
  4. Get your coupons ready! We’ve already started seeing some great coupons come available for Thanksgiving food items. Make sure to gather these and keep them handy. We’ll be getting a number of holiday-related coupons in Sunday paper, and I have additionally seen some pop up at Coupons.com and the Wounded Warrior Project.
  5. Watch for Turkey deals about 2 weeks prior to Thanksgiving. Once again, I’ll be rounding up the best prices on turkeys at the grocery stores. We’re still early on finding these deals – wait for another couple weeks or so. Many stores will give you a good deal on a turkey with additional grocery purchase. This can be a good deal if you’re already planning on doing more shopping at that store.
  6. Buy a few extras to donate. With the great deals we should be seeing this month, keep your local food bank or church pantry in mind! This is a good time of year to put your ninja couponing and bargain shopping skills to use!

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Halloween Freebies and Deals 2014

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Freebies & Deals you can get on Halloween

Halloween Freebies and Deals – 2014

Halloween is just around the corner! We’ve hunted down the best Halloween freebies and deals available both nationwide and in the Seattle area. Please leave a comment if you know of any others and we’ll add them to the list.

Abe’s Market – Free Vegan Halloween eBook
Download a free vegan Halloween eBook from Abe’s Market. Recipes are included for breakfast, appetizers, main courses, desserts and sweets – yum!

Adventures in Odyssey – Free Trick-or-Treat Cards
Download, print and cut out these free trick-or-treat cards for your neighborhood or your fall festival church outreach.

Boston Market – Free Kids Meal
Print a coupon for a free kids meal with purchase of any individual meal, good through October 31.

Build-A-Bear Workshop – Free Treat
Stop by your local Build-A-Bear Workshop from October 24-31 to pick up a free treat while supplies last, no purchase necessary.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Kids Eat Free
Enjoy a free kids meal all weekend (October 31-November 2) with the purchase of any adult entree. They have a special “spooky kids menu” for kids 10 and under.

Chipotle – $3 Burrito
Come into any Chipotle dressed in costume from 5pm-close to get a burrito, bowl, salad or tacos for just $3. [Original post.]

Chuck E. Cheese’s – 50 Free Tickets
Now through October 31, kids who come in costume to Chuck E. Cheese’s will get 50 free tickets per day.

Disney Movie Rewards – “Toy Story of Terror” Fun Pack
Disney Movie Rewards members (it’s free to join) can download a free fun pack with tons of activities and decorations to help you host your own “Toy Story of Terror” party.

Dunn Bros Coffee – 2-for-1 Beverages
Print a coupon for 2-for-1 beverages at Dunn Bros Coffee, good on Halloween only.

Famous Dave’s – Free Pumpkin w/Purchase
Swing by Famous Dave’s now through October 31 and you’ll get a free pumpkin (while supplies last) when you purchase an All-American BBQ Feast.

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Goldstar – Discount Tickets to Halloween Activities
Looking for some spooky fun? Be sure to check out Goldstar for discounts on Halloween events in your area.

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Holiday Photo Card Deal: as low as 41¢/card from Zazzle (Groupon)

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Zazzle Groupon

Want to get a jump on your holiday photo cards? I don’t blame you! Right now you can get a great holiday photo card deal from Zazzle through Groupon. Options include:

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I ordered my holiday photo cards from Zazzle with a similar deal two years ago and was really happy with the results – check it out! (Side note: I can’t believe how much my kids have grown in just two years!) These cards come with white envelopes and are printed on sturdy paper. This is a good price for 5″ x 7″ cards, too – normally I shoot for 50¢ or less for 4″ x 8″ cards and 75¢ or less for this size.

Purchase your Groupon for a limited time to use within 60 days of purchase. There is a limit of 3 per person and 1 per order.


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Hershey's Candy Assortment (Hershey's Milk Chocolate, Whoppers, Kit Kat and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups), 100 Pieces

Last-Minute Halloween Candy Deals: as low as 10¢/piece + FREE 2-day shipping!

Hershey's Candy Assortment (Hershey's Milk Chocolate, Whoppers, Kit Kat and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups), 100 Pieces

Haven’t picked up your Halloween candy yet? No worries – if you’re an Amazon Prime member you can still get candy in time for Halloween without having to leave your house. All of these candy items have 2-day FREE shipping with an Amazon Prime membership:

Online Halloween Candy Deals

Hershey's Candy Assortment (Hershey's Milk Chocolate, Whoppers, Kit Kat and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups), 100 Pieces

Hershey’s Candy Assortment (Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, Whoppers, Kit Kat and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups), 100 Pieces: $9.99
That’s just 10¢ per piece of candy!

Please note: This item may take an extra 1-2 days to process, so order ASAP to be sure it gets to you by Friday.

Twix Caramel Fun Size Candy, 22.34-Ounce Packages (Pack of 2)

Twix Caramel Fun Size Candy, 22.34-Ounce Packages (Pack of 2): $7.96
That’s just 10¢ per piece of candy!

If you don’t need this ASAP, consider adding this to your Subscribe & Save order for the month and you’ll pay a little less: $7.56 with the normal 5% discount and as low as $6.37 with the 20% discount (with an Amazon Mom membership + 5 items arriving in the same month).

Fun Size Peanut Lovers Variety Pack (M&M's and Snickers), 55-Piece, 36-Ounce

Fun Size Peanut Lovers Variety Pack (M&M’s and Snickers), 55-Piece, 36-Ounce: $7.99
That’s just 15¢ per piece of candy!

Again, if you have the luxury of time, add this to your Subscribe & Save order and you’ll pay $7.59 or as low as $6.39 when you have 5+ items in your order for the month.

In-Store Halloween Candy Deals

If you have the time to swing by a store this week, here are the in-store Halloween candy deals I’m seeing for the stores we cover:

Safeway (through 10/28)

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Hershey’s Snack, Mars or Nestle Fun Size Candy, 9-11.6 oz
$2.00 each when you buy 5
$1.50/3 Hershey’s Snack Size Bags coupon from 10/19 SmartSource
$1/2 Nestle Fun Size Halloween Bags coupon from 10/12 Red Plum
$1/2 Mars Halloween Fun Size Bags 8.67 oz.+ printable coupon
Bottom line: as low as $1.50 when you buy 3 Hershey’s and 2 Nestle or Mars

Starburst or Skittles Halloween Candy, 10.58-10.72 oz $2.50
$1/2 coupon from 9/7 Red Plum #2
$1/2 coupon from 9/14 Red Plum
Bottom line: $2.00

Fred Meyer

Fred Meyer candy

Hershey’s Reese’s, Mars Snickers or Nestle Butterfinger Candy, Fun Size 9.78 – 12.2 oz
$1.99 each with in-ad coupon (limit 2)
Stack with $1.10/2 Hershey’s Snack Size Bags 9-22 oz. printable coupon
Or stack with $1/2 Mars Halloween Fun Size Bags 8.67 oz.+ printable coupon
Or stack with with $0.75/2 Reese’s coupon from 9/7 SmartSource
(There is also a $1.50/3 coupon from the 10/19 SmartSource, but you’ll have to pay full price on the 3rd bag to stack it)
Bottom line: as low as $1.44 each

Hershey’s or Snickers Candy, 15.22 – 29.2 oz $5
$1/1 Hershey 22 oz Fun Size Bag coupon from 10/19 SmartSource
$1.50/3 Reese’s Kit Kat, Hershey’s, York, Almond Joy, Mounds, Payday, Milk Duds, Or Whoppers Snack Size Bags coupon from 10/19 SmartSource
$1.50/3 M&M’s, Snickers, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers Or Twix Brand Fun Size Milk Chocolate Candies Bags coupon from 10/5 Red Plum
$1.10/2 Hershey’s Snack Size Bags 9-22 oz. printable coupon
Bottom line: as low as $4

Target

Target candy

Mars Twix or Snickers Snack-Size Chocolate $2.50
$1/2 Target printable coupon
Stack with $1/2 Mars Halloween Fun Size Bags 8.67 oz.+ printable coupon
Bottom line: $1.50 each

Jumbo-Bag Candy, 17.9-29.2 oz $4.49
$2/2 in-ad Target coupon (or text TREATS to 827438 to get a mobile coupon)
Stack with $1.10/2 Hershey’s Snack Size Bags 9-22 oz. printable coupon or $1/2 Mars Halloween Fun Size Bags 8.67 oz.+ printable coupon
Bottom line: as low as $2.94 each

Trick-or-Treat Candy, 35.3-54.7 oz $7.99
$2/2 in-ad Target coupon (or text TREATS to 827438 to get a mobile coupon)
Stack with 10% off Hershey’s Target Cartwheel
And stack with $1.10/2 Hershey’s Snack Size Bags 9-22 oz. printable coupon or $1/2 Mars Halloween Fun Size Bags 8.67 oz.+ printable coupon
Bottom line: as low as $5.74 each

Halloween Candy Printable Coupons

Want to shop somewhere else? No problem – just use these printable coupons to help you save:

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$1.10/2 Hershey’s Snack Size Bags 9-22 oz. printable coupon

$1.60/2 Jolly Rancher or Twizzlers Snack Size Bags 9 oz.+ printable coupon

$1/2 Mars Halloween Fun Size Bags 8.67 oz.+ printable coupon


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Free Kids Meal + Spooky Shake from Lunchbox Laboratory through Halloween

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Lunchbox Laboratory Halloween

Love Lunchbox Laboratory? It’s a local-to-me restaurant (locations in Bellevue, Gig Harbor and Seattle) and it is sooooooooo good! Now through October 31, kids who participate in their Kids Coloring Contest will receive a FREE kids meal coupon (a $5.50 value!). Plus, all kids that dine in costume now through October 31 will receive a FREE Spooky Shake.

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Adults can get in on the fun, too, with a Costume Contest on Halloween (judging at 9pm). Best Costume at all locations will win a $50 gift certificate to Lunchbox Laboratory.


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The Monster List of Family Friendly Halloween Events (Puget Sound Area)

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Family Friendly Halloween Events Puget Sound Area

Looking for family-friendly activities for Halloween in the Puget Sound region? Look no further – I’ve got a “monster” list of stuff you can do! To keep the frugal emphasis of this blog, I’ve worked to include as many free/low-cost activities as possible.

Daily Events

Conservatory Pumpkin Patch (Tacoma, WA)
October 14-31
10 am – 4:30 pm (closed Mondays), W.W. Seymour Conservatory, Wright Park
Bring the kids in for a unique indoor Halloween picture opportunity
$3, free for ages 11 and younger
More information

October 13, 2014

connect!kid Pumpkin Bash (Seattle, WA)
10 am, Doxon Toyota Kids Playarea, The Outlet Collection
Pumpkin decorating, Halloween costume fashion show, treats
Free
More information

October 17, 2014

Fall Festival (Carnation, WA)
10 am – 4 pm, Camp Korey, Carnation Farm
Hay rides, s’mores making, learn about sustainable organic farming
Free
More information

Pumpkin Painting (Seattle, WA)
4:30 – 6 pm, Yesler Community Center
Paint funny or scary faces on your own pumpkin
Free (register ahead of time)
More information

Harvest Fest at Norpoint (Tacoma, WA)
5:30 – 7 pm, Center at Norpoint
Hands-on activities and crafts, carnival-style games, pumpkin fun and live entertainment
Free
More information

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Kids’ Halloween Costumes: Save up to 40% on Amazon!

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Are you still in need of a great kids’ costume or two for Halloween? You might want to check out Amazon right now, because they have lots of great kids costumes discounted by up to 40%!

Here are a few I’m spotting right now:

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo Costume, Medium: $18.13

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Disney Princess Merida’s Adventure Dress (Fits 4-6x): $10.65

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Strawberry Shortcake Costume, Small: $14.81

Make sure to check out all the costumes on sale at Amazon right now.

You might also find these posts helpful:

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Frozen’s Elsa Costumes for Less! 

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15 Inexpensive DIY Halloween Costumes


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Target: BOGO Kids’ Halloween Costumes (Elsa and Anna costumes as low as $10!)

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Kids’ Halloween costumes are on sale buy one, get one free this week at Target (yippee!). Plus, you can order online and choose free in-store pickup to be sure that the costumes you want are available when you get to the store.

And if that wasn’t enough, if your order is over $50 you can use the coupon code TGLPTPHF to get an extra $5 off! If you don’t need two costumes, consider going in on your order with a friend who lives nearby so you both can save.

Here’s a peek at what they have available online, but be sure to browse your selection in-store if you’re looking for something different:

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Boy’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Donatello Costume and Boy’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michelangelo Costume: $20 ($10 each when you buy 2!)
These nunchucks are also on sale buy 1, get 1 free!

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Girl’s Frozen Anna Classic Costume and Girl’s Frozen Elsa Classic Costume: $20-$29.99 (as low as $10 each when you buy 2!)

Or if you want to spend a little more…

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Girl’s Frozen Anna Sequin Deluxe Costume and Girl’s Frozen Elsa Sequin Deluxe Costume: $30-$35 (as low as $15 each when you buy 2!)
This Elsa tiara is also on sale buy 1, get 1 free!

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Boy’s Star Wars: Darth Vader Deluxe Costume and Boy’s Star Wars: Jedi Knight Deluxe Costume: $35 ($17.50 each when you buy 2!)


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Chipotle: $3 Burrito on Halloween when you Dress up

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Head to your Chipotle restaurant on Halloween in costume between 5pm – closing, and you can snag a burrito for just $3!

There are some stipulations to this offer you’ll want to be aware of:

  • excludes online, iPhone, Android or faxed offers
  • only one burrito per costumed person
  • valid at all US, Canada, and Europe locations

For more information about this offer, please visit Chipotle.


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Free Fall Harvest Festival (Fife, WA) – Saturday, October 4

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Fife Harvest Festival

Tomorrow (Saturday, October 4th), the City of Fife (in conjunction with a sponsorship from the Emerald Queen Casino) is putting on a FREE family-friendly Harvest festival at Dacca Park! This event runs ALL DAY from 7 am – 7 pm and there will be lots of food, activities, crafts and more!

Here are some of the things you can expect:

  • FREE Hot Dog Meal
  • Hay Rides
  • Live Entertainment
  • Petting Zoo
  • Pony Rides
  • Magic Show
  • Fireworks
  • Much more!

This actually looks like a pretty nice event! For more information, including a schedule of events and directions, please see the City of Fife website. If you’ve been to this before, I’d love to know your thoughts!


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National Coffee Day Deals & Freebies 2014

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National Coffee Day: Freebies and Deals

This upcoming Monday, September 29th is National Coffee Day. As usual, many restaurants and retailers like to oblige by offering freebies and deals. I’ve worked to round-up as many of these as I can find. You might also want to check out what coffee freebies were available last year for comparison’s sake.

Free Digital Greeting Cards: Send your fellow coffee lovers a free digital greeting card, courtesy of Punchbowl.

Brooklyn Water Bagels: Purchase any menu item and you’ll get a FREE cup of hot or iced coffee of any size.

Caribou Coffee: Pick up FREE samples of Caribou Coffee’s special Amy’s Blend.

Dunkin’ Donuts: Get a FREE medium hot or iced Dark Roast coffee.

Kangaroo Express: Order a 12oz cup of coffee and you’ll pay just 1¢ from 6-10am at Kangaroo Express.

Krispy Kreme: Get a FREE 12oz cup of Krispy Kreme House, Decaf or Dark Roast coffee. Prefer a 12oz Mocha, Latte or iced coffee? Pay just $1. Participating US locations only.

McDonald’s: Get a FREE small coffee, no additional purchase needed, during breakfast hours and at participating locations only. (This deal was previously shared HERE.)

Peet’s Coffee: Visit any participating Peet’s cafe for a buy one, get one free offer all day.

SavOn: Pick up any size coffee FREE at SavOn Convenience Stores this weekend (9/27-9/28). Limit 1 per person, per day.

Tim Hortons: Get any size coffee for $1 at Tim Hortons through 9/29.

Whole Foods Market: Allegro Coffee Café UBUNTU, whole bean or ground, on sale for $8.99 Friday, September 26 through Sunday, September 28. Plus, 10¢ from each bag of Café UBUNTU coffee sold goes to support Comfort The Children International.

Are you aware of any others? Please leave a comment below!


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Frozen’s Elsa Girls’ Costumes (for less!)

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Frozen's Elsa Costumes for Girls {for less!}

Inexpensive Elsa Costumes for Girls

It’s quite apparent that there are going to be a lot of little Elsa’s running around this year at Halloween! Given the popularity of this costume choice, I wanted to share with you a few good deals I’m spotting on Amazon to piece together a costume. I do recommend if you’re interested that you shop early before the costumes/accessories you want sell out. You also want to ensure plenty of time for shipping!

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Disney Frozen Enchanting Dress – Elsa, 4-6X: $15.99 (best selling!)

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Disney’s Frozen Elsa Snow Queen Gown Classic Girls Costume: $21.59 + $4.50 S&H (comes in a number of girls’ sizes)

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Frozen Elsa’s Tiara: $6.99 (best selling!)

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Disney’s Frozen Elsa Child Wig Girls Costume, One Size Child: $14.95

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Rakuten.com: $20 off $50 Halloween Costumes (New Customers)

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Buy.com (dba Rakuten.com Shopping)

If you are a new customer to Rakuten.com, you can use coupon code HALLOWEEN20 to save $20 off your purchase of $50 or more on Halloween costumesSome of these would ship for free as wel.

Here are a few things I found to give you an idea:

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Gretel Dress (Girls): $19.94

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Child Musketeer Costume: $28.55 + FREE shipping

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Annie Costume (Girls): $29.25

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AND, PET COSTUMES!

This code may be used once per customer and is good through September 30th only. Shop Rakuten.com early for the best selection!


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*REMINDER!* Buy Costumes: Orange Tuesday Sale – Save 25% Sitewide (9/2 only)

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EDITED TO ADD: I am bumping this post I initially shared with you yesterday to remind you – this sale is live today only (9/2!).

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Heads up! There is an awesome sale happening tomorrow only (Tuesday, September 2nd) at BuyCostumes.com. They are calling it an Orange Tuesday sale and they will be offering up 25% off the entire store when you use coupon code AFCDOrangeTuesday at checkout.

Additionally, they will be offering over 50 Pumpkin Busters (basically really good deals). You can combine these deals with the 25% off to maximize your savings. Believe it or not, Halloween is technically next month now, and this is a great opportunity to shop early and snag a great deal. BuyCostumes.com even offers Frozen costumes, but most costume retailers are predicting a sell out this year! (So another good reason to shop early!)

I wanted to give you a few ideas of what kinds of costumes and savings you can expect to find at BuyCostumes.com:

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Boys’ Optimus Prime: $29.99 (reg. $44.99)
Use coupon code AFCDOrangeTuesday to save an extra 25% (9/2 only)
Your price: $22.49

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Boys’ Ninja Costume: $16.99 (reg. $26.99)
Use coupon code AFCDOrangeTuesday to save an extra 25% (9/2 only)
Your price: $12.74

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Pet Hot Dog Costume: $14.99 (reg. $29.99)
Use coupon code AFCDOrangeTuesday to save an extra 25% (9/2 only)
Your price: $11.24
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Remember, this sale will be happening tomorrow only at BuyCostumes.com. I encourage you to check the site out now to see what they have to offer and plan what you might want to buy.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by BuyCostumes.com. All opinions are 100% my own. For more information, please see my Disclosure Policy


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World Market: Fun Finds for Celebrating the World Cup!

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DSCN7678 (600x800)Last Friday, my son and I had an hour to kill while my daughter attended a birthday party. We were near the Tacoma Mall so I suggested either Toys ‘R Us or Cost Plus World Market. Guess which store my son chose? Yup – World Market! (Have I said yet that my son is AWESOME?!)

One of our favorite parts of the store to peruse is the food section. They have food from all kinds of countries! Granted, some of these are not cheap, but they sure make a fun, different kind of treat! Here are a few of the goodies we spotted:

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Father’s Day Freebies and Deals 2014

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Father's Day - Freebies, Discounts & Deals!

Father’s Day Freebies and Deals – 2014

Father’s Day is coming up soon! We’ve rounded up a big list of Father’s Day Freebies and Deals 2014 to give you a heads up on many ways to save.

Whether you’re a dad or have a dad you want to show some love to, you’re bound to find something of interest in this list. (And please help us and other readers out by leaving a comment if you know of any other freebies or deals – thanks in advance!)

National Father’s Day Freebies and Deals

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Free Printable Father’s Day Cards
If you’re on a tight budget, check out 15 different free printable Father’s Day cards that you can just print and send.

Free Zoo Admission
50+ zoos are offering free admission to dads on Father’s Day.

Amazon – Father’s Day T-Shirts for $8.10 Shipped
Get Dad a Best. Dad. Ever. T-shirt for as low as $8.10 shipped from Amazon. I’m not sure if these will get to you in time for Father’s Day, but the sentiment is good any time of year. :)

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American Girl – Free Father’s Day Card Craft
Girls ages 8 and up can make a free handmade Father’s Day card with matching envelope and write a special message to Dad on the inside. This event is going on this weekend (June 13-15).

Applebee’s – Gift Card Bonus
Get a free $10 digital bonus card when you buy $50 in gift cards at Applebee’s for Father’s Day.

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Food Holidays: 365 days of culinary celebrations

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Do you know that there is a different food holiday just about every day of the year? Some of these mean freebies and offers, while others are just plain fun to celebrate!

When I got into couponing and saving money on groceries, I began to get interested in tracking food trends. One of the things I noticed is that sometimes companies offered freebies, discounts, and coupons coinciding with food holidays.

For instance – June 6th is National Doughnut Day and Krispy Kreme will be offering up a free doughnut! Another one to watch is September 29th – National Coffee Day – where many retailers may offer free cups of coffee or other discounts. (And if you like coffee – don’t forget Jan 20th, National Coffee Break Day; Jan 25th, National Irish Coffee Day; April 7th, National Coffee Cake Day; July 26th, National Coffee Milkshake Day; and Sept 5th, National Coffee Ice Cream Day!)

Some of these celebrations though – are just plain fun. You could even use them to inspire a new quirky family tradition or meal. If Sweet Potato Awareness Month or Fruitcake Toss Day can’t make you smile, what can?

Before I share this list – a huge, HUGE thank you to my lovely content developer Laura who agreed to this crazy post request and painstakingly assembled it for your enjoyment.

January

Month-Long

Bread Machine Baking Month
California Dried Plum Digestive Health Month
Fat Free Living MOnth
National Candy Month
National Egg Month
National Hot Tea Month
National Meat Month
National Oatmeal Month
National Slow Cooking Month
National Soup Month
National Wheat Bread Month
Prune Breakfast Month

Week-Long

2nd Week: National Pizza Week
4th Week: National Irish Coffee Week
4th Week: National Meat Week

Day-Long

January 1: Apple Gifting Day
January 1: Bloody Mary Day
January 2: National Cream Puff Day
January 3: Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
January 4: National Spaghetti Day
January 5: National Whipped Cream Day
January 6: Bean Day
January 6: National Shortbread Day
January 7: Fruitcake Toss Day
January 7: National Tempura Day
January 8: English Toffee Day
January 9: National Apricot Day
January 10: Bittersweet Chocolate Day
January 11: Hot Toddy Day
January 11: Milk Day
January 12: Curried Chicken Day
January 12: National Marzipan Day
January 13: National Peach Melba Day
January 14: National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
January 15: National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day
January 15: Strawberry Ice Cream Day
January 16: International Hot & Spicy Food Day
January 16: National Fig Newton Day
January 17: Hot Buttered Rum Day
January 18: Peking Duck Day
January 19: National Popcorn Day
January 20: National Buttercrunch Day
January 20: National Cheese Lover’s Day
January 20: National Coffee Break Day
January 20: National Granola Bar Day
January 21: New England Clam Chowder Day
January 22: National Blonde Brownie Day
January 22: National Soup Swap Day
January 23: National Pie Day
January 23: National Rhubarb Pie Day
January 24: Lobster Thermidor Day
January 24: National Peanut Butter Day
January 25: National Irish Coffee Day
January 26: National Peanut Brittle Day
January 26: National Pistachio Day
January 27: Chocolate Cake Day
January 28: National Blueberry Pancake Day
January 29: National Corn Chip Day
January 30: National Croissant Day
January 31: Brandy Alexander Day

February

Month-Long

Berry Fresh Month
Canned Food Month
Celebration of Chocolate Month
Great American Pies Month
National Cherry Month
National Fiber Focus Month
National Fondue Month
National Grapefruit Month
National Heart Healthy Month
National Hot Breakfast Month
National Snack Food Month
Potato Lovers Month
Sweet Potato Month

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Best Dad Ever t-shirts

Best. Dad. Ever. T-Shirt as low as $8.10 shipped from Amazon – many different colors available!

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Best Dad Ever t-shirts

There are just ten days left until Father’s Day, and if you’re still scratching your head trying to come up with a suitable gift, here’s an option: Amazon has these Best. Dad. Ever. T-shirts priced as low as $4.35 plus $3.75 for shipping.

Choose from fourteen different colors in a wide range of sizes (although note that not all size/color combinations are available). I love these! Just a heads up: your order may or may not arrive in time for Father’s Day, but it’s worth a shot at this price, in my opinion.

Need something else to throw in with your gift? Here are some low-priced options from Amazon, all of which ship free with Prime:

Just Me and My Dad (Little Critter)

Just Me and My Dad (Little Critter) for $2.36

Best Dad Ever 13Oz Coffee Mug Great for Father's Day or Birthday

Best Dad Ever 13-oz. Coffee Mug for $7.57

The Berenstain Bears We Love Our Dad!

The Berenstain Bears: We Love Our Dad! for $2.71

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know by Meg Meeker

Head to Amazon to pick up your Father’s Day t-shirt and any other add-ons!


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