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


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

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Him

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

Ear Buds

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

Van Der Hagen Men's Luxury, Shave Set

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

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

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

O'Keeffe Hand Cream

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


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

Best Husband Ever T Shirt

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

Fire Starter

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

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70% off Holiday Decor at Watsons

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

70% off Holiday Decor at Watsons

70% off Holiday Decor at Watsons

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

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

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

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

'Annabel' Ball Ornaments (Set of 12)

Christmas Clearance Round-up: Where to Score Discounts Online

'Annabel' Ball Ornaments (Set of 12)

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

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

'Annabel' Ball Ornaments (Set of 12)

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

Christmas Clearance at Nordstrom

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

Home Depot Christmas Clearance

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


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


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

Cost Plus Nativity Scene

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


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

Old Navy Clearance Sale

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


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

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

holiday lights seattle

Where to See Holiday Lights (Seattle Area)

holiday lights seattle

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

holiday lights seattle

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

A Costco Carol: A Christmas Carol, Costco-Style

A Costco Carol: Rediscover the Joy of Costco Shopping

A Costco Carol: A Christmas Carol, Costco-Style

A Costco Carol: A Retelling of the Charles Dickens Classic

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


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


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

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Best Holiday Card Offers + Coupon Codes



Best Holiday Card Offers 2015

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

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

printerpix groupon


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


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

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

York Photo

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

staples groupon


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

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wild waves holiday with lights

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

wild waves holiday with lights

wild waves holiday with lights

Just a reminder – this is happening today!


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

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

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


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


FREE Christmas Movies to Stream for Amazon Prime Members


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

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

a madea christmas

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


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

bad santa

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

emmet otter's jug band christmas

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

year without a santa claus

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

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


Pre-Lit Tree for $49.99

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

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

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

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

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

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


Free Personalized Video Message from Santa!



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

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

Head to Portable North Pole to create your own messages!


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

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

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

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

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

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

Family Farm U-Cut (Pierce County)

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

Stringtown Cellars & Lavendar Farm (Pierce County)

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

Snowshoe Evergreen (Pierce County)

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

Holiday U Cut Christmas Trees (Pierce County)

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

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Angela's Top 10 Favorite Things for 2015

Angela’s 10 Favorite Things for 2015

Angela's Top 10 Favorite Things for 2015

Angela's Top 10 Favorite Things for 2015

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

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

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

Believe Running Journal

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

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


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

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

Canon Rebel

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

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

crazy8 cyber monday holiday tees

Crazy8: Holiday Tees for $4 + FREE shipping

crazy8 cyber monday holiday tees

crazy8 cyber monday holiday tees

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

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

Some of my faves:

Sugar & Spice Candy Cane Tee

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

Metallic Reindeer Tee

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

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fisher-price little people nativity set

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

fisher-price little people nativity set

fisher-price little people nativity set

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

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

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

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


Holiday Lights Discount Tickets (Seattle Area)



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

Holiday Glasses

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

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


Fantasy Lights | Spanaway Park

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

garden d'lights

Garden d’Lights | Bellevue Botanical Garden

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

holiday with lights


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

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

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Thanksgiving Food Coupons – Extensive List!


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

Thanksgiving Food Coupons

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

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

Last updated: Tuesday, November 24th

Turkey & Meat Coupons

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

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

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

$0.75/1 Farmland Bacon printable coupon

$1/2 Hormel Pepperoni printable coupon

$3/1 Hormel Party Gathering Tray printable coupon

$1.50/1 Wright Brand Bacon printable coupon

Produce Coupons

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dry & Canned Goods Coupons

$0.40/4 Campbell’s Condensed Soups printable coupon

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

$1/2 Country Store Baking products printable coupon

$0.50/2 Dole Canned Pineapple printable coupon

$0.30/1 French’s Fried Onions printable coupon

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

$0.50/2 Green Giant Canned Vegetables printable coupon

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

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

$0.50/2 McCormick Spice or Herb printable coupon

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victorian country christmas groupon

Victorian Country Christmas: $6/Ticket on Groupon!

victorian country christmas groupon

victorian country christmas groupon

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

Here is the fine print about this offer:

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

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

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

Veterans Day Freebies and Deals 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Veterans Day Freebies and Deals – 2015

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

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

bandb for vets

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

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

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

brown bear car wash

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

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

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

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

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

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

dell veterans day

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

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


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

What’s a good price for a turkey?

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

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

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

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

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

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Halloween Freebies & Deals 2015


Freebies & Deals you can get on Halloween

Halloween Freebies and Deals – 2015

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.

Updated: October 30, 2015

Halloween Restaurant Freebies and Deals

Baja Fresh – Kids Eat FREE
Kids in costume get a free kids meal with purchase of an adult entree from October 27-31.

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Baskin-Robbins – $1.31 Scoop
Enjoy any scoop for $1.31 at participating Baskin-Robbins shops nationwide on Halloween.

Bertucci’s – Kids Eat FREE
Kids in costume receive a free kids meal with purchase of an adult entree on Halloween. Plus, print a coupon for 15% off your order.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market – Kids Eat FREE
Get a free kids meal with purchase of an adult entree on Halloween when you print or present this offer.

Carrows Restaurant – Kids Eat FREE
Kids in costume eat free from 4-7pm on Halloween. Up to two free kids meals with the purchase of one regular adult entree.

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

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf – BOGO Pumpkin
Select locations in CA and AZ are offering Pumpkin BOGO on October 30 from 2-6pm.

Edible Arrangements – FREE Ghost Pineapple Pop
Stop in on Wednesday, October 28 for a free Ghost Pineapple Pop while supplies last, limit 1 per customer.

Hot Dog on a Stick – One Stick Item for $1
Visit any participating Hot Dog on a Stick location from October 25-31 and say the phrase “Stick-or-Treat” to receive one stick item for $1. Choose from a turkey dog, Nathan’s beef dog, veggie dog, or Cheese on a Stick.

IHOP Restaurants Scary Face Pancakes

IHOP – FREE Scary Face Pancake
All kids 12 and under receive a free Scary Face Pancake on October 30 from 7am-10pm. [Original post.]

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Krispy Kreme – FREE Doughnut
Come in costume to Krispy Kreme on Halloween for a free doughnut of your choice, including the new Monsters doughnuts. No purchase necessary; limit 1 doughnut per customer. [Original post.]

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Sterino Farms (Puyallup): $0.99 Pumpkins through 10/31!



I’m so excited this local sale on pumpkins is back for a second year in a row! Through Saturday, October 31st, you can snag pumpkins for just $0.99 each at Sterino Farms in Puyallup, Washington. This offer is while supplies last, so hurry on down for the best selection. And yes, you read that right – that’s $0.99 for the entire pumpkin. The best price I’ve noted this year in my area is about $0.25 per pound – so this tops that, by a longshot. (Edited to add: thanks to reader Loni who shared on Facebook: The winco in federal way had them for $0.18/lbs when i was there yesterday.)

Additionally, Sterino Farms is selling sugar pie pumpkins 2 for $5.

For more information, please visit their website. Sterino Farms is located at 6006 52nd Street E, Puyallup, WA (kind of near River Road).

Looking for a pumpkin patch to take your kids this week?

Puget Sound Pumpkin Patches



Free Peanuts Pumpkin Stencil & Stickers at Participating Pumpkin Patches



Head to a participating pumpkin patch, and you can receive a FREE pumpkin stencil, stickers and take a photo with Peanuts characters!

I counted 15 participating pumpkin patches for the greater Seattle area (and by that, I do mean greater – there are participating locations in Olympia, Silverdale, and Auburn, for instance). For details and the full list of locations, please visit this website.

Looking for other options for this fall? Make sure to check out our posts:

Monster List of Halloween Events

and this one…

Puget Sound Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkin Bash

Pumpkin Bash at Woodland Park Zoo: Kids in Costume Get in FREE!

Pumpkin Bash

Pumpkin Bash

Here’s a fun Halloween outing to put on your calendar: swing by the Woodland Park Zoo on 10/24 or 10/25 for the Pumpkin Bash. This special event runs from 9:30am-3pm both days and is FREE with zoo admission or membership. Plus, kids in costume get in FREE with a paid adult! (One child free per paid adult.) PS – This year, kids in costume also get in FREE on Halloween!


Pumpkins for the animals, trick-or-treating, and more are in store for little goblins and ghosts at Woodland Park Zoo’s family-friendly Pumpkin Bash. See how pumpkins bring out the animals’ wild instincts as hippos chomp, elephants smash, meerkats dig, and bears crunch their way through the festive treats.

If you want to avoid the ticket lines, you can buy your general admission tickets online in advance. Adult admission (ages 13+) is $13.75 and child admission (3-12) is normally $9.25 (kids 2 and under get in free).


For more family-friendly Halloween events, be sure to check out our h-u-g-e list of Family Friendly Halloween Events (Puget Sound Area)!

Have you been to Pumpkin Bash before? Leave a comment with any tips!


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


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

Halloween Costume Swap (Bainbridge Island, WA)
October 3-30, Kids Discovery Museum
Donate any gently used Halloween costumes, costume pieces and accessories and exchange them for something new (or “new-to-you”)
More information

Conservatory Pumpkin Patch (Tacoma, WA)
October 13-November 1
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 suggested donation
More information

October 16, 2015

Fall Festival (Carnation, WA)
10 am – 4 pm, Camp Korey, Carnation Farm
Hay rides, farm animals, crafts, pumpkin bowling
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
More information

Pumpkin Walk (Bainbridge, WA)
6 – 8 pm, Bainbridge Gardens
Walk the nature trail with a display of nearly 300 lighted, carved pumpkins; hay maze and bounce house
Free, suggested cash donation for each attraction
More information

October 17, 2015

Zoo Boo (Tacoma, WA)
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Indoor and outdoor activities, treats, photos, special pumpkin enrichments
Free with zoo admission ($2 off admission when you show up in costume)
More information

Ecotober (Woodinville, WA)
10 am – 1 pm, Brightwater Education Center
Hands-on art and science projects, live music, Halloween costume exchange
More information

Fall Festival (Carnation, WA)
10 am – 4 pm, Camp Korey, Carnation Farm
Hay rides, farm animals, crafts, pumpkin bowling
More information

Fall Family Harvest (Seattle, WA)
11 am – 3 pm, Occidental Square Park
Inflatable obstacle course, face painting, live music, candy
More information

Harvest Festival (Woodinville, WA)
11 am – 4 pm, Molbak’s
Puppet show, live music, crafts and games
More information

Truck & Tractor Day (Lakewood, WA)
12 – 3 pm, Fort Steilacoom Park
Hard hats and pumpkins while supplies last, hayride
More information

The Haunted Theatre: Backstage Tour & Eerie Dances (Tacoma, WA)
3 – 4 pm, The Merlino Art Center
Tour the backstage filled with ghostly and whimsical characters, then enjoy a spooky Halloween ballet
More information

Pumpkin Walk (Bainbridge, WA)
6 – 8 pm, Bainbridge Gardens
Walk the nature trail with a display of nearly 300 lighted, carved pumpkins; hay maze and bounce house
Free, suggested cash donation for each attraction
More information

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Night Walk (Tacoma, WA)
7 – 9 pm, Tacoma Nature Center
Walk the trails after dark, warm up with hot cocoa and cookies
$6, pre-registration required
More information

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Chipotle: $3 Burrito on Halloween

chipotle boorito

chipotle boorito

Chipotle’s “Boorito” promotion is back for 2015! Head to Chipotle on 10/31 from 5pm-close and you’ll get a $3 burrito when you show up in costume. They want you to add an “additive” to your costume for a twist (so add a beard to a fairy costume, a clown nose to a robot costume, etc.).

For more information, please visit

Excludes online, iPhone, Android, fax or catering orders. Only one Boorito per person in costume. Promotion valid in all Chipotle restaurants.


20 Princess Costumes Under $20



20 Princess Costumes Under $20

Does your little one want to be a princess for Halloween this year? (Or any other time of year, really!) Considering this is the #1 most popular Halloween costume for 2015, I wanted to share with you these 20 princess costumes, all currently priced under $20 at Amazon. These all get solid reviews, too!

Most of these items ship free with an Amazon Prime account – if you’d like, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime to get this benefit. Enjoy!

Disguise Disney's Frozen Elsa Deluxe Girl's Costume, 4-6X

#1: Disguise Costumes Frozen Queen Elsa Costume: $13.99 (best selling!)

Fairy Tale Princess Costume - Large

#2: Official Costumes Fairy Tale Princess Costume: $15.06+

JerrisApparel Snow Queen Elsa Party Dress Costume Princess Cosplay Dress Up

#3: JerrisApparel Frozen Princess Anna Costume: $17.99

Sofia the First Royal Curtsy Dress

#4: Sofia the First Royal Curtsy Dress: $14.19

Frozen Anna Coronation Gown Classic M (7-8)

#5: Frozen Princess Anna Coronation Gown: $11.58+

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ABC’s Family’s “13 Nights of Halloween” – October 19-31



Can you believe we’re in September already? Yahoo! I love the fall and everything about it! And, next month it’s Halloween. Once again, ABC Family will be running 13 Nights of Halloween, with special programming from October 19-31. Queue the DVR and pop the popcorn!

Even though this is for ABC Family, I’d make sure to use viewer discretion on some of these, particularly for the littlest viewers.

Here’s the line up. All times are ET/PT.

Night One – Monday, October 19th 

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1: 1:30 – 5:00 pm
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: 5:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Hocus Pocus: 9:00 – 11:00 pm
  • Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride: 12:00 – 2:00 am

Night Two – Tuesday, October 20th

  • Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Hocus Pocus: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Stitchers Halloween Episode: 9:00 – 10:00
  • Casper: 12:00 – 2:00 am

Night Three – Wednesday, October 21st

  • Casper: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Addams Family Values: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • The Hunger Games: 8:00 – 11:00 pm
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer: 12:00 – 2:00 am

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Father’s Day Freebies & Deals 2015


Father's Day - Freebies, Discounts & Deals!

Father’s Day Freebies and Deals – 2015

Father’s Day is coming up soon! We’ve rounded up a big list of Father’s Day Freebies and Deals 2015 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

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.

Cardstore – Father’s Day Cards for $2.49 Shipped
Through June 15, you’ll pay $2.49 each to have a personalized Father’s Day card mailed to your recipient from with coupon code CAH5485.

Hallmark – Buy 3, Get 1 Free Cards
Use the promo code SUNNY at checkout to get a buy 3, get 1 free deal on Father’s Day cards at through June 21.

lakeshore learning father's day craft

Lakeshore Learning – Free Fishing Pole Craft
Kids ages 3 and up can stop by Lakeshore Learning stores on Saturday, June 20 from 11am-3pm to make a free Great Catch! fishing pole.

Michaels – Father’s Day T-Shirt Craft
Make Dad a tie dye t-shirt at Michaels on June 13 from 1-4pm. You’ll need to purchase a t-shirt for $7, but they’ll provide the materials.

Pottery Barn Kids – Free Newspaper Craft
Stop by on June 13 from 11am-12pm to make a free newspaper craft for Dad.

shutterfly father's day card

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

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Dads Eat Free at Lunchbox Laboratory on Father’s Day

Lunchbox Laboratory dads eat free

Lunchbox Laboratory dads eat free

Dads with ‘staches (real or fake) eat free this Father’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 ‘stache of your own? No worries – they’ll have one for you to wear during your meal. Offer is valid on Sunday, June 21 only.


Need more Father’s Day Freebies & Deals? Check out our roundup here.


Mother’s Day Freebies & Deals 2015


Mother's Day Freebies & Discounts - Huge List!Mother’s Day Freebies and Deals – 2015

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 2015 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

kids crafts ebook

Free Kids Crafts eBook – Sign up to receive a free Kids Crafts eBook to get some ideas for Mother’s Day crafts.

Free Printable Mother’s Day Cards – Don’t want to buy a card? Check out these free printable Mother’s Day cards on If Mom is a Disney fan, these free printable Disney Mother’s Day cards from Disney Movie Rewards might do the trick, too.

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 Garden Blooms Photo Frame on Saturday, May 9 from 11am-3pm.

Lowe’s – Kids can make a free Mother’s Day Planter at Lowe’s on Saturday, May 9 at 10am. You’ll need to register in advance as space is limited.

Orchard Supply Hardware – Kids 12 and under can make a free Paint-a-Pot for Mom on May 9 from 9am-12pm. All supplies are provided, including the plant.

Pottery Barn Kids – Stop by the week before Mother’s Day (starting May 4) to make a free tissue-paper flower craft for Mom or Grandma.


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

walgreens free print

Walgreens – Get a free 8×10 photo enlargement with coupon code FREE2PRINT through May 9. Opt to pick up your order in-store to save on shipping.

Williams-Sonoma – Kids ages 5-13 can learn how to use some kitchen tools to make a meal for Mom, then create a delicious treat with the free Junior Chef Class this weekend.

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