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“A Christmas Carol” Discount Tickets via Goldstar (Allen Theatre at ACT)

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Locals, is seeing A Christmas Carol at ACT one or your family’s holiday traditions? (Or do you want it to be?) If so, check out Goldstar to get discount tickets! Tickets are available to select shows from December 1st-7th for $26 + a $5.50 service fee (regular price $47).

“But Laura, it’s August!” you’re saying. Hey, some of us (like me) are planners. Case in point: I’ve already purchased tickets to a holiday show in December. Maybe you’re a planner, too?

Here’s what reviewers have said about this particular production:

“We do this every year and it never gets old. Getting the tickets through Goldstar makes it even better – there is no bad seat in the Allen Theatre. Though we don’t have a choice on the seat selection, it actually makes it fun because it seems we sit in a different section each year.”

“What an AMAZING performance in an absolutely stunning theatre. My 16 year old and I LOVED it. It was by far the best performance I have ever seen (tied with the original run of Wicked in London). We just moved to Seattle and we will be making this an annual tradition.”

“My husband and I attended the 6:00pm show with Kurt Beattie as the best Scrooge EVER!!!! It may actually be a bit scary for very young children, but for those 6 years and over, it was wonderful. I really do recommend it.”

As for the picture…I’m fairly certain Scrooge will not be wearing sunglasses or a floatie when you see the show in December. But who knows?!


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HUGE List of Seattle-Area Fireworks Shows and Festivities at Seattle’s Child

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seattle's child 4th of july

I thought some of you might be interested in this excellent resource put together by Seattle’s Child: check out the 2016 Family 4th of July Fireworks & Festivities: Seattle, Eastside and Beyond! They’ve compiled a huge list of parades, fireworks shows, and more going on this weekend.

Each entry includes a short description, cost, location and website (if applicable), including the Red, White & Blues Festival in Federal Way, Freedom Fair in Tacoma, and lots more:

Auburn. Fourth of July Festival. Kids’ bike parade (noon), live entertainment, inflatables, pony rides, crafts, games, food, car show, climbing wall, spray park and more. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. FREE, $5 wristband for unlimited activities. Les Gove Park, Auburn. auburnwa.gov

Federal Way. Red, White & Blues Festival. Music and entertainment, family games and art activities starting at 4 p.m., and fireworks at 10:15 p.m. Bring blankets and chairs. Limited parking. No pets, barbecues, tents or canopies. FREE. Celebration Park, Federal Way. cityoffederalway.com

Tacoma. Freedom Fair. Arts and crafts, food, family activities, multiple music stages, pole-vaulting, BMX bike shows, Camp Patriot at Marine Park, car show, air show (1:30 to 3:30 p.m., donations accepted) and fireworks (10:10 p.m., synchronized to music on 98.9 FM and AM 1180). No pets. 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Ruston Way promenade bordering Commencement Bay, downtown Tacoma. Limited parking, directions online. freedomfair.com

Head to Seattle’s Child for the full list!

PS – ParentMap also has a list of More than 20 Ways to Celebrate the Fourth, and Sounds Fun Mom has a list of South Sound Family Friendly 4th of July Events and Fireworks Shows – so don’t say there’s nothing to do!


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Point Defiance Zoo: Half Price Admission for Dads this Sunday

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Locals, make sure to bring your dad to the Point Defiance Zoo this Sunday, June 19th for half price admission in honor of Father’s Day!

The Point Defiance Zoo is open from 9:30 – 6pm on Sunday. For more information, you can check out the event on Facebook.

Since we’re on this topic, make sure to check out our extensive list of Freebies & Deals for Father’s Day!


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Father’s Day Freebies & Deals 2016

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Father's Day - Freebies, Discounts & Deals!

Father’s Day Freebies and Deals – 2016

Father’s Day is coming up soon! We’ve rounded up a big list of Father’s Day Freebies and Deals 2016 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

Cards, Crafts & Printables

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Free Christian Father’s Day e-Cards
DaySpring has a number of inspirational Father’s Day e-cards that you can send for free to any special dad in your life (husband, father, grandfather, brother, etc.).

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

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Lakeshore Learning – Free Fishing Pole Craft
Kids ages 3 and up can stop by Lakeshore Learning stores on Saturday, June 18 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. to make a free Out of This World! Card for Dad.

Michaels – Father’s Day T-Shirt Craft
Make Dad a t-shirt at Michaels on June 18 from 1-3 p.m. You’ll need to purchase a t-shirt, but they’ll provide the rest of the supplies.

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Shutterfly – Free Photo Card
Use the coupon code CARD4U to get a free photo card for Dad through June 14 (you’ll need to pay $0.99 for shipping), or you can save $10 on your order of $10+ through June 12.

Toys R Us – Free Mini LEGO Winner’s Podium
Stop by any Toys “R” Us store on Saturday, June 18 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. EST (so 8-10 a.m. for those of you in PST) to build a free mini LEGO Winner’s Podium.

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What Dads Really Want for Fathers Day (last minute gift ideas at Fred Meyer!)

What Dad Really Wants for Father’s Day (Last Minute Gift Ideas at Fred Meyer)

What Dads Really Want for Fathers Day (last minute gift ideas at Fred Meyer!)

What Dads Really Want for Fathers Day (last minute gift ideas at Fred Meyer!)

The other day, I wandered aimlessly around my Fred Meyer store to pull together a post with Father’s Day gift ideas for you. After snapping pictures of items, I thought “you know, maybe I should have brought an actual father to the store to see what he wants.”

So I went back and asked my husband if we could make a trek back to the store, this time with him pointing out stuff that caught his eye – or that he thought other fathers would appreciate.

Here’s what we found:

VIdeo Games at Fred Meyer

Video games. There are always video games and accessories to choose from at Fred Meyer. This week (through 6/18), there is actually a video game gift card deal.

Home Electronics

We also found laptops and tablets. The one my husband is messing with was actually on clearance.

Garden Gnome

What about this? I asked. I think I secretly wanted this garden gnome outdoor speaker more than he did! Plus it’s on sale for $29.99 right now.

Water Show Speaker

We were kind of surprised to find this in the back of the Home Electronics Department. It’s a speaker, but the top section had this mini water fountain and lights. So you could have your own little water/light show while watching your favorite movie at home. Good for the dad who has everything!

Bluetooth Speakers

Check out these cool Bluetooth speakers we found! [Read more…]


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National Donut Day 2016: Get your Free Donuts!

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Free Doughnuts

Don’t forget – today is National Donut Day, and a number of places are offering up freebies to celebrate! Here’s what I’ve got so far:

Are you aware of any others I should add to the list?


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Memorial Day Freebies & Deals 2016

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Memorial Day Freebies and Deals - find FREE admission, save on restaurants, military discounts + more!

Memorial Day Freebies and Deals – 2016

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

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

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

National Memorial Day Freebies and Deals (+ Military Discounts)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mother’s Day Freebies & Deals 2016

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Mother's Day Freebies & Discounts - Huge List!Mother’s Day Freebies and Deals – 2016

In case you haven’t gotten the memo, Mother’s Day is just around the corner! We’ve rounded up a big list of Mother’s Day Freebies and Deals 2016 to give you a heads up on ways to save.

Whether you’re a mom or have a mom you need to treat to a day out, 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 Mother’s Day Freebies and Deals

Cards, Crafts & Printables

Free Printable Mother’s Day Cards – Don’t want to buy a card? Check out these free printable Mother’s Day cards on About.com.

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Free Printable Mother’s Day Coupons – Find a template for free printable Mother’s Day “coupons” on Zulily.

Free Printable Mother’s Day Questionnaire – Have the kiddos fill out a free printable Mother’s Day questionnaire for a unique and amusing memory-making opportunity.

Educents – Send a free $10 Educents gift card to a mom in your life.

Lakeshore Learning – Kids ages 3 and up can make Mom a free Let Love Bloom! Card for Mom on Saturday, May 7th from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Michaels – Make a Mother’s Day card and bracelet on Saturday, May 7th from 1-3 p.m. Supplies are included.

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Shutterfly – Use the coupon code CARD4U to get a free photo card for Mom (you’ll need to pay $0.99 for shipping).

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Walgreens – Get a free 8×10 photo print with coupon code FREEGIFTPIC through May 7th, plus choose free in-store pickup.

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Moms Eat Free at LunchBox Laboratory on Mother’s Day

LunchBox Laboratory Mother's Day

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Moms with tats (real or fake) eat free this Mother’s Day at LunchBox Laboratory. This is a local-to-me restaurant (locations in S. Lake Union, Bellevue and Gig Harbor) and it is sooooooooo good!

Don’t have a tat of your own? No worries – they’ll have some for you (obviously temporary). Offer is valid Sunday, May 8th only.

Check out our extensive list of Mother’s Day Freebies & Deals for more goodies like this one!


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Mother’s Day Gifts Under $25

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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

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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.

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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…]


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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.

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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.


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Tax Day Freebies & Offers 2016

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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 AceHardware.com 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. ncctacoma.org/easter

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

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:

ParentMap

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!


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Best Prices on Ham at Grocery Stores for Easter

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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 fredmeyer.com/preorder for more.
  • QFC: $49.99 for Spiral Sliced Ham Dinner + sides (feeds 7-9). See qfc.com/orderonline 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?


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25 Easter Basket Fillers Under $5

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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 Amazon.com Books

The Night Before Easter Paperback Book (currently $3.16)

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

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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!

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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.”

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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!”

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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.”

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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


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

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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)

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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.


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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!

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

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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!

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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!

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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.


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Where to See Holiday Lights (Seattle Area)

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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.

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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!


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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…

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

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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

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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!

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PrinterPix

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!

MailPix

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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Staples

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

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Just a reminder – this is happening today!

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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.

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


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FREE Christmas Movies to Stream for Amazon Prime Members

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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!

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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.”

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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!)

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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!)

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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.”

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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)!

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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!)


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Free Personalized Video Message from Santa!

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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!

Enjoy!


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