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We are almost out of ketchup.  It’s kind of a big deal.  And I am so much better at getting groceries delivered to my house.  I go into the grocery store for bananas and come out with 10 whole chickens, 3 pounds of asparagus, a king size candy bar, 27 rolls of toilet paper and a bag of Doritos.  I have no impulse control!

I placed my first Amazon Prime Pantry order last month and was thoroughly impressed, so I decided to check out the ketchup options.

What is Prime Pantry?

Prime Pantry allows Amazon Prime members to shop for household essentials in popular pack sizes that are cost prohibitive to ship for free.  All you have to do is add a Prime Pantry item to your cart, and you’re on your way to filling your box.  Pantry items come in great low prices and you can often find coupons for additional savings.

Pantry boxes are large and can hold up to 45 pounds, or four cubic feet, and ship at a flat rate of $5.99. When you browse Pantry items it will also show you the percentage of your box it will fill.

I poked around a little bit and found out that if I bought three participating personal care products, I would get FREE shipping (awesome!) which saves me $5.99 on my order. I then searched the top coupons to see if there was anything worth grabbing and then filled in with needs from my grocery list.  Super easy, fantastic prices and an amazing way to supplement my grocery budget!

I thought I would share this program as they are running a few great promotions.  Tons of high value coupons, 20% off select gluten-free products and FREE shipping with the purchase of 3 select personal care products.

Here are some of my favorites:

BABY CARE

PERSONAL CARE

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Bestway Rapid Rider Inflatable Tube TBFL via Amazon

Snag this Bestway Rapid Rider Tube for only $9.00 right now on Amazon.  This is 50% OFF the list price and the perfect time to get prepared for your summer river floats!  Measuring 53″ in diameter, with a mesh bottom, headrest, and two cup holder this tube is begging for a good trip down the river or lazy days in the pool.

Shipping is free with Amazon Prime or with a qualifying $35 purchase.

Please remember: Amazon prices can change very quickly.  Please verify that the price is the same as what I post before purchasing.  As of 5/25/15 at 8:00 PM, this listed price was accurate.

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Dealsaver.com is offering a great deal today: Buy a family pass to the Hermiston Family Aquatic Center for just $10!  This includes two adults and four children, so you could either go with your family or with a friend and their children.  We did this last summer and it was SO fun for our 3 and 5-year olds.  They have a zero entry pool, a few fun water slides and a great little splash area.  Perfect way to beat the heat and SO inexpensive.

Click here to purchase.  Promotional value expires 12/31/15.

Don’t miss out on my HUGE list of family friendly activities in and around Tri-Cities.  Lots of great ideas for the summer!

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Amazon has Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Straightening Shampoo for just $.86 after $1 clippable coupon, free shipping included!  This price probably won’t last long, so throw it in your cart now if you are interested.

Here’s how to take advantage of this deal:

  • Click here to order, the original price will be $2.19
  • Clip the $1/1 coupon directly under the price
  • Choose the “Subscribe & Save” option on the right hand side of the screen
  • Free shipping is included

This drops your price down to just $1.08 shipped!

If you have Amazon Mom or do more than five Subscribe & Save subscriptions in a month you can increase your discount from 15% – 20%. Please check out the details for those two programs for more information. This would bring your total as low as $.86 + FREE shipping.

If you’re interested in signing up for more Subscribe & Save items or are close to hitting five items, check out the main Subscribe & Save page for all participating items.

Please remember: Amazon prices can change very quickly.  Please verify that the price is the same as what I post before purchasing.  As of 5/26/15 at 10:17 AM, this listed price was accurate.

Subscribe & Save does mean that you are now signed up to receive recurring shipments at whatever interval you chose. If you do not want to receive additional shipments, just go into “My Account” and click on “Manage Subscribe & Save Items”.  All you have to do is cancel your subscription, you are under no obligation to purchase additional items.  Your order may not ship right away, as your Subscribe & Save items are all grouped together to ship on one date.  If you need them soon, click on “Change Schedule” in your account to change the ship date/month.

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JAM Plus Portable Speaker TBFL via Amazon

Amazon has this JAM Plus Portable Speaker marked down to only $28.99 right now!  This is an excellent gift idea for Graduation or Father’s Day at price that is tough to beat.  This speaker works with your Bluetooth device to stream your music up to 30 feet away.

Shipping is free with Amazon Prime or with a qualifying $35 purchase.

Thanks, Frugal Living NW!

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Just a reminder that this service is still available for sign ups!  First delivery is Wednesday May 27th.

Local Pumpkin is an awesome local program that is in its second year here in Tri-Cities.  They deliver a weekly produce box to your doorstep filled with fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, sourced from farms that use clean farming practices or are certified organic.

How it works:

  • Sign up for a FREE Local Pumpkin account
  • Choose the produce box that you are most likely to order each week (this can be changed at a later date)
  • Pay a one-time box usage fee of $18
  • Your bank account will be charged each week
  • Your box will be delivered to your doorstep Wednesday afternoons!

You will receive an email each week detailing what will come in your box.  You have the option to change your box OR swap out an item from your box.  You can also add items from their store like fresh asparagus, frozen organic blueberries, farm fresh eggs, local meats and more.  Wouldn’t it be amazing to have half your groceries delivered to your door?

A few important notes: You can put your delivery on hold if you are leaving town or going on vacation.  You can also choose the option to have a produce box delivered every other week if once per week is too much.

Box Options:

  • Regular Harvest Box – Conventional fruits/veggies to feed 2-4 people ($25 per week)
  • Large Harvest Box – Conventional fruits/veggies to feed 4-6 people ($32 per week)
  • Regular Organic Box – Organic fruits/veggies to feed 2-4 people ($28 per week)
  • Large Organic Box – Organic fruits/veggies to feed 4-6 people ($37 per week)

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Check out Local Pumpkin’s seasonal list for ideas on what kinds of fruits and vegetables you will be receiving.

We used Local Pumpkin last year as a family and were REALLY impressed.  The boxes were well stocked with very fresh and delicious produce.  They also did a great job of providing recipes and ideas for using produce that you may not be familiar with.  We love that this is a business owned by a local family, sourcing food from local farmers.  Win win!  I met with Cathy and John Franklin earlier this spring and they are a lovely couple and both very passionate about bringing healthy to your door and connecting us all as a community.

The best perk is not having to make as many trips to the grocery store.  We are SO busy during the spring and summer and sometimes (okay, all the time) dragging the kids into the store is the absolute LAST thing I want to do.  Plus, it saves me money on impulse buys.  I literally can not buy anything extra when the food is sitting on my porch.

Click here to sign up or to check out their program.  Use promo code P15 at checkout to save $15 off your first box.  Please let me know if you have any questions!  If you feel so inclined, add my name or the blog name into the Referred By box.

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If you haven’t heard of Goldstar yet, they are an awesome site that offers discount tickets to events, concerts and performances nationwide.  They have a HUGE selection of venues and events to choose from and this is a great way to have a night or afternoon out without breaking the bank.

One of my favorite events that is available right now is Bette Midler’s Divine Intervention at Key Arena in Seattle on June 1st.  Goldstar is currently offering discount tickets!  This is her first major tour in ten years and would be SO AMAZING.  Bette Midler is such an outstanding entertainer.  Beaches was one of my mom’s favorite movies when I was little and I still can’t hear ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ without getting all emotional.

If you aren’t interested in this events, you can still sign up and receive a weekly email with events in your area.  Just enter your email address and zip code and you can easily customize your preferences.

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Tea Collection is running an awesome Memorial Day sale, through Monday May 25th.  Save 20% off everything + FREE shipping with promo code WEGOTHERE.  Sales at Tea Collection are pretty rare, but to add in free shipping as well is like hitting the jackpot!

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The code even works on sale items!  This Amer Palace Twirl Dress is just $21.56 + FREE shipping, down from $35.

Tea Collection has the most adorable (and high quality) clothing for kids.  This would be a great time to round out your little ones’ summer wardrobe.

Click here to browse around.  You must use promo code WEGOTHERE at checkout to receive your discount.

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Reagan  The Life TBFL via Amazon

Amazon has ‘Reagan:  The Life’ by H.W. Brands marked down 30% to $25.58 right now.  This could be a great gift for Father’s Day.  This book gets great reviews for being a balanced account of a towering presidency.  Released only 10 days ago, this is probably something the man who has everything DOESN’T have!

Shipping is free with Amazon Prime or with a qualifying $35 purchase.

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Summer Activities for Kids in Tri-Cities

by Melody on May 22, 2015

Summer Activites for Kids in Tri-Cities

Summer has officially hit our house (we had early preschool release) and we are already starting to feel the pinch of having two boys cooped up in the house together, wrestling to what seems like the death every morning, afternoon and night.  We LOVE summer, but definitely need some inexpensive ways to keep the kids cool and entertained and sane.

We are busy creating a bucket list so September doesn’t roll around and we are looking at each other wondering why in the world we never visited one of the parks we talked about or made it very far off the couch.  There are so many great things to do with kids in this area, this list is just scratching the surface!

Here’s a round-up of our favorite local summer activities:

Libraries and Story Time

  • Mid-Columbia Libraries – All the different branches in our area have tons of different story time hours, craft time, movies and other activities for kids of all ages.  Be sure to check out their monthly calendar and sign up for their summer reading programs!
  • Richland LibraryGreat story time, puppet shows and other activities, Therapy Dogs and a fun summer reading program.

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Other Local Activities

  • Rollarena Skating Center in Richland - Their summer schedule is not released yet, but generally public skating is on Wednesdays, Fridays through Sundays with special family rate on Sunday evening and Wednesday afternoon.  One parent free admission with a child’s paid admission.
  • Mid-Columbia Gymnastics Indoor Gym – Two huge open gyms with activities for all ages on Fowler Street or Gage Boulevard in Kennewick.  17 months and under are free, 18 months and up $5.  First visit is free w/ coupon from website.
  • Garlands Gymnastics Parents Night Out - Third Friday of every month from 6 – 10 PM.  Drop kids 4-12 off for open gym, coloring contests and age-appropriate movie.  $20 per child, $15 for siblings.
  • Kids Bowl Free Program - 2 free games for all kids in your family, plus the option to purchase an inexpensive family pass.  Available at most lanes in Tri-Cities and nationwide.
  • Local Fire Station Tours – Contact your local fire station, they are happy to arrange tours for the kids of the station and the fire trucks.

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  • Tri-City Dust Devils – Fabulous family-friendly event!  Minor league baseball games at GESA Stadium in Pasco, inexpensive tickets, Family Feast Night and tons of fun promotions.

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Finish Mega Pack All in 1 Powerball TBFL via Amazon

Amazon has Finish Powerball All in One Dishwasher Tabs {90 Count} for just $8.40 or $0.09 per load, free shipping included!  Finish Powerball are 3X concentrated vs. regular dishwasher tabs and include Jet Dry rinse aid to eliminate water spots.

Here’s how to take advantage of this deal:

  • Click here to order, the original price will be $12.97
  • Choose the “Subscribe & Save” option on the right hand side of the screen
  • Clip the 30% OFF eCoupon below the list price before adding to your cart
  • Free shipping is included

This drops your price down to just $8.40 shipped!

If you have Amazon Mom or do more than five Subscribe & Save subscriptions in a month you can increase your discount from 15% – 20%. Please check out the details for those two programs for more information. This would bring your total as low as $7.11+ free shipping! This makes them just $0.08 per load.

If you’re interested in signing up for more Subscribe & Save items or are close to hitting five items, check out the main Subscribe & Save page for all participating items.

Please remember: Amazon prices can change very quickly.  Please verify that the price is the same as what I post before purchasing.  As of 5/22/15 at 7:15 AM, this listed price was accurate.

Subscribe & Save does mean that you are now signed up to receive recurring shipments at whatever interval you chose. If you do not want to receive additional shipments, just go into “My Account” and click on “Manage Subscribe & Save Items”.  All you have to do is cancel your subscription, you are under no obligation to purchase additional items.  Your order may not ship right away, as your Subscribe & Save items are all grouped together to ship on one date.  If you need them soon, click on “Change Schedule” in your account to change the ship date/month.

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Ink Garden has an awesome deal on their custom travel mugs, just in time for Father’s Day.  These are double-insulated with a spill-proof lid and for just $8.99 you can add your own photos, images and text.  These would be such an amazing gift for Dad or Grandpa!

Click here to purchase.  If you order by June 10th, you are guaranteed delivery for Father’s Day.

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Homestyle Popcorn 100 Calorie Bags TBFL via Amazon

Prime Pantry allows Amazon Prime members to shop for household essentials in popular pack sizes that are cost prohibitive to ship for free.  All you have to do is add a Prime Pantry item to your cart, and you’re on your way to filling your box.  Pantry items come in great low prices and you can often find coupons for additional savings.

Pantry boxes are large and can hold up to 45 pounds, or four cubic feet, and ship at a flat rate of $5.99. When you browse Pantry items it will also show you the percentage of your box it will fill.

Pop Secret Homestyle 100 Calorie Snack Size Microwave Popcorn {10 Count} just $3.98.  One of the best tasting microwave popcorn options on the market!  Great snacks for summer.

Click here to check out all the Prime Pantry options.

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The Nordstom Half-Yearly Sale for Men, Women and Children just started and they have some great deals! These items are gone when sizes sell out so don’t wait if you see something you want.  Make sure and browse around. I barely scratched the surface as I searched for great deals. This is a great time to stock up for summer!

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The  Clinique Free Bonus Bag is also available right now with any purchase of $32 or more. It’s a great way to get a ton of free high-end makeup! The gift is valued at $85 and it includes free shipping & returns.

Here are a few items from the sale that I thought were great or we personally love:

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Caslon Short Sleeve Scoop Neck Tee on sale $13.20 + FREE shipping (40% off) – Comes in several different colors and would make such a great basic addition to your summer wardrobe!

Pleione Faux Wrap Blouse on sale $19.90 + FREE shipping (70% off!) – The sleeves can be rolled or left long and looks so breezy as a summer cover-up or when you need a little more coverage when it’s warm.

Caslon Shirred Side Tank on sale $16.90 + FREE shipping (40% off) – Comes in 12 colors and the shirred sides make this super flattering!  Great layering option.

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Bobeau One-Button Fleece Wrap Cardigan on sale $19.90 + FREE shipping (65% off) – This is my FAVE cardigan and I adore this pattern.  I have it in three colors and bought it for just under $40 each time.  This is a steal!  It’s super warm during the winter but can also be a great cover-up if you are going out at night during the summer.  Either way, don’t miss this price!

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Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Marker TBFL via AmazonAmazon has this Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Marker 24 pack marked down to just $11.70 right now.  To make this even more economical, split this pack with a few friends.  You could give this for a teacher thank you gift and add a cute tag with one of these sayings:

  • Thank You for Adding Such COLOR to My Life!
  • Thank You for the Mark You Make!
  • Thank You for Making our Kids Sharp!
  • My Future is Looking Sharp After Having You as My Teacher!

Shipping is free with Amazon Prime or with a qualifying $35 purchase.

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These are the best deals I see this week at Yoke’s Fresh Market, starting Wednesday May 20th.  Don’t forget to follow Yoke’s on Facebook, as they have some spectacular Facebook-exclusive deals for their fans every so often.

Be sure to check out my full stock-up price list for all your household/pantry items, including Costco comparisons.  I try to note best deals on these match-ups, but this list will give you a good idea of what I think is truly a stock-up price on several items.

{FRESH PRODUCE DEALS}

Cherubs Tomatoes (10 oz) on sale $2.50

Corn on the Cob on sale $.41 each

Earthbound Farm Organic Romaine Hearts (3 ct) on sale $2.50

Jumbo Vidalia Sweet Onions on sale $.98/lb

Fresh Sliced or Whole Mushrooms (8 oz) on sale $1.67

English Cucumbers on sale $1.67 each

Fresh Express Shredded Lettuce (8 oz) on sale $1.67

Bolthouse Farms Mini Peeled Carrots (2 lb) on sale $2

Dole Pineapple on sale $2.50 each
*Great price, chop and save the core for Green Smoothies!

Whole Seedless Watermelon on sale $.38/lb

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Certified Hereford Bone-In Ribeye Steaks on sale $8.97/lb

Certified Hereford Lean Ground Beef (81/19) on sale $2.87/lb

Longhorn Bone-In  Spiral Cut Ham on sale $2.29/lb

Sweet Bourbon Boneless Ham on sale $4.29/lb

Draper Valley Northwest Grown Whole Fryers on sale $1.79/lb

Draper Valley Northwest Grown Split Fryer Breast Value Packs on sale $1.79/lb

Fresh Sea Scallops on sale $14.99/lb

Wild Emperor Red Snapper on sale $7.99/lb

Wild Ahi Tuna Loin on sale $8.99/lb

Fresh Oysters in the Shell on sale $.75 each

Farm Raised Fresh Columbia River Steelhead Fillets on sale $9.99/lb

Hormel Virginia Baked or Honey Cured Ham on sale $2.99/lb
*Great price, this looks delicious in the deli!

Yoke’s Smoked Sausage (16 oz) on sale $3.49

Bar S Jumbo Franks (16 oz) on sale $.97

Ball Park Meat Franks (15 oz) on sale $2.50
Use $.55/1 coupon from 4/12 RP or 5/17 RP insert
$1.95 each after coupon

Ball Park Beef or Specialty Franks on sale $3.99
Use $.75/1 Ball Park’s Finest coupon from 4/12 RP insert or $.55/1 coupon from 5/17 RP insert
As low as $3.24 each after coupon

Redneck Smoked Sausage on sale $4.99/lb

Eckrich Smoked Sausage (14 oz) on sale $1.99

Johnsonville Smoked Sausage (12-14 oz) on sale $2.99
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Use $1/2 coupon from 4/26 SS insert
$2.49 each after coupon

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Amazon: White Crystal Venus Flytrap Necklace only $16.09 {Great Teacher Gift!}

May 20, 2015

This White Crystal Venus Flytrap Necklace for only $16.09 is a total game changer for your wardrobe. I work in a school and every time I wear this necklace I get compliments on it from parents and teachers.  It’s a great length and adds classic beauty to dresses, tanks, tees, anything!  You really can’t go […]

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Amazon Deal of the Day: 60% off swimwear for men, women and children (Nautica, Speedo, Jantzen + more)

May 20, 2015

Amazon has a great Gold Box deal today: Save 60% or more on a HUGE selection of swimwear for men, women and kids.  Tons of great brands included like Nautica, Jantzen, Speedo, Carter’s and much more.  This would be a great time to stock up for the summer! A few of my favorites: Carter’s Baby […]

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Amazon: Disney Frozen Ice Skating Anna Doll just $14.98 {Best Price!}

May 20, 2015

Amazon has this Disney Frozen Ice Skating Anna Doll marked down to just $14.98 right now {reg. price $24.99}.  This is the BEST price they’ve offered on this doll.  What a cute birthday present for your favorite Frozen fan.  Attach Anna to her base, roll her forward, and watch her arms and legs move in […]

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Disney Store: Disney character swim items as low as $2.99

May 19, 2015

The Disney Store has an awesome sale running on character swim items for boys and girls, with prices as low as $2.99!  You can easily sort by character or shop individual items and there are TONS of styles included.  You will find Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Avengers, Tomorrowland, Disney Princess and more. You can also […]

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Zulily: American Girl dolls and accessories up to 30% off

May 19, 2015

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. When you click on these links, you are supporting this site. Thanks! Zulily has a fun sale running on American Girl dolls and accessories, with prices up to 30% off!  There are several dolls to choose from and each comes with a full outfit, priced at just $99.99 […]

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Easy Canvas Prints: Buy one canvas, get one free + FREE shipping (as low as $15 each)

May 19, 2015

Easy Canvas Prints is offering a fantastic promotion through May 24th: Buy one custom photo canvas, get one free PLUS free shipping.  You can easily check out all their pricing and size options here, but I guarantee you, this is a smoking hot deal. If you buy two 8″x8″ canvases, they will be just $15 […]

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Amazon: John Frieda Frizz Ease Leave in Conditioning Spray only $3.89 per bottle {$3 OFF Coupon}

May 19, 2015

Amazon has a $3 OFF Select John Frieda Products eCoupon they are offering right now.  We thought the Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Leave-In Conditioner was a great deal at $7.78 for a 2-pack. Shipping is free with Amazon Prime or with a qualifying $35 purchase. Please remember: Amazon prices can change very quickly.  Please verify that the […]

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Amazon: Captain America: The First Avenger {Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy} only $15 ~Best Price~

May 19, 2015

Amazon has “Captain America:  The First Avenger” on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy for only $15 right now, which is the Best Price we’ve seen them offer this for.  A great movie for Avenger fans, this action-packed blockbuster movie will carry you away! Shipping is free with Amazon Prime or with a qualifying $35 purchase. Please […]

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GoDirect Foods: Organic chicken delivered to a city near you!

May 18, 2015

I’m so excited to share with you again about a new Northwest company, GoDirect Foods, that will be launching this spring. Similar to Zaycon Foods (I have mentioned several times in the past), they will be delivering high quality meat products at a low price to a community near you. GoDirect Foods was actually started […]

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