Six by Seuss TBFL via Amazon

Amazon has ‘Six by Seuss:  A Treasury of Dr. Seuss Classics’ marked down to only $12.06 which is 40% OFF.  The stories included in this book are:

  • Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • The Lorax
  • Horton Hatches the Egg
  • And to Think That I Saw it On Mulberry Street
  • The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins

There are some hard to find titles in this book!  A fun gift for baby showers or birthdays.

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

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Taking Back The Budget in 2015

by Melody on February 27, 2015

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So we’ve already discussed how our budget imploded and exploded and drug our entire family through the dirt in 2014.  Getting yourself into trouble is never the hard part.  In fact, it can be quite fun and awesome.  Until you come out the other end and it’s just not.  Not fun or peaceful or relaxing or stress-free.  Not not not.

For several months, my husband and I talked around and around about how we needed to pay off our credit cards, halt our erratic spending, STOP GOING OUT TO EAT.  We always said we’d sit down and hash it out and then we didn’t.  Always.  I truly honestly one hundred percent KNOW that everyone has to be on the same page at the same time in the same frame of mind for budget control to work.  Neither one of us were willing to put our foot down, so the spiraling chaos continued.

January 1st.  Let’s fix this problem!  Whether it was the New Year or the fact that we weren’t going to be able to buy groceries for much longer at the pace we were at, we arrived at the same destination.  This needed to be reined in.

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We reread Dave Ramsey for the 18th time.  We got out the Sharpies and the calculators and the invoices and the bills and all the coffee that was ever made in our house.  In Luke Skywalker mugs.  That I bought for my husband for Christmas but secretly just wanted for myself.

We started with the budget we’ve been following loosely for the last several years.  I say loose because it was as loose as your ex-boyfriends’ 10-year old sweatpants from college.  Most of our bills were correct, but we had never updated to account for my (extremely varied) income.  We used it to make sure our priority bills were paid, that our lights stayed on, that they didn’t repossess our house and our truck, that our children’s schools didn’t kick us out.

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Jane.com has the most AMAZING Harry Potter-inspired mugs for sale through today!  Just $8.99 each and tons of different styles to choose from.   My absolute fave is “99 Problems But A Snitch Ain’t One”. Ha!

Click here to purchase.  Shipping is a little spendy on the first item, but significantly cheaper on additional items.  May be worth getting more than one or going in with a friend.

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LEGO Friends Puppy Training Set TBFL via Amazon

This LEGO Friends Puppy Training Set is only $4.99 right now and is the perfect size for an Easter basket!  Set includes a puppy, seesaw, water dish, cones, dog treats, a bow, and more.

Shipping is free with Amazon Prime orders of $35 or more.  Add-on items must be included with an order of $25 or more to qualify for the Add-on program.  If your order is $25 or less, these items will be saved in your cart for a later purchase.

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A huge welcome to all you fabulous Moms.  Thank you so much for asking me to speak today and I really hope you came away with some valuable information to start (or continue) saving your families some money.  There was so much information to cram in to such a short time, but I hope what I had to say at least got you thinking of how you can trim your family’s budget and make some changes towards a healthier lifestyle.

If you are new, please remember you can always ask for help!  Everyone has to start somewhere.  We have a really helpful little online community here.  Leave comments on specific posts with questions or email me at beautifulfrugallife@gmail.com.

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Here are a few links to things we talked about:

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We talked a little bit about my homemade coffee creamer recipe.  When I’m in a hurry, I bring six cups of half and half, 6 tablespoons of real maple syrup and 1-2 tablespoons of raw honey to a light simmer.  As soon as steam comes off the top, I remove from heat and add extract (vanilla, almond, peppermint).  If you are looking for something a little more involved:

You can also check out my “Getting Started” posts through the tab on the top navigation bar.  You can find more in-depth information about finding and organizing coupons, our monthly budget and ideas for meal planning.

I currently write up some really extensive coupon match ups for Rite Aid over Frugal Living NW.  If you are interested at all in saving some serious money on your household items, make sure to check out my weekly deals.  For all the information you need to start shopping at Rite Aid, check out the Rite Aid Store Guide I wrote up.

For more information about Zaycon Foods (chicken and ground beef delivered from Spokane), sign up for an account here.  I will post on the blog when they are coming to town, but you can sign up for an email notification as well.  Boneless skinless chicken breast is currently on sale as I type this!

If you have kiddos in diapers, it is definitely worth checking out Amazon Mom.  You will get great discounts on diapers and wipes and free 2-day shipping on most items sold by Amazon.

If you are interested in freezer cooking at all, I have done two fully-documented cooking days on the blog.  These links include menu plans, ingredient lists and a cooking schedule:

Last but not at all least, if you are on Pinterest you can follow me here.

I had a lot of fun talking with you today.  I wish I could have talked for hours, this is such a big topic.  There are so many different avenues to explore, it’s hard to touch on all of it in one short time frame.  Thank you again for including me in your meeting today.  Good luck on your journey!

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Easter Ornaments Stained Glass Coloring Book TBFL via Amazon

Look at this cute Easter Ornaments Stained Glass Coloring Book for only $1.24.  This book is small (3.6 x 4.5 in) and perfectly sized for Easter Baskets.  These pages look beautiful when you hang them up in your window and kids love them.

Click here to browse other stained glass coloring books.

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

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Annie's Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks TBFL via Amazon

You can snag Annie’s Homegrown Organic Berry Patch Fruit Snacks {4 Pack} for just $2.50 per box.  These snacks taste delicious and treat a body right.  Perfect for school lunches or upcoming baseball games.

Pink Lemonade Annie's Homegrown Organic Fruit Snacks TBFL via Amazon

If you are interested in saving even more, you can get the Pink Lemonade or Summer Strawberry flavors as low as $2.00 per box with Subscribe & Save!  Chose your flavor in the pull down menu and S&S options will automatically pop-up.

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

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Winner of the Thirty-One Gifts organizer

by Melody on February 25, 2015

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Congratulations to LaDonna who won her choice of AMAZING organizing products from Thirty-One Gifts!

Huge thanks to Jessica for providing the prize for this giveaway, be sure to check out her website and follow her on Facebook for all the great new products.

Thank you to everyone who entered, these giveaways are so much fun for me to offer.  Stay tuned for more!

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These are the best deals I see this week at Yoke’s Fresh Market, starting Wednesday February 25th.  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.

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Jumbo Hass Avocados on sale $1.25 each

Organic Fresh Bunch Red or Gold Beets on sale $1.67 each

Organic Fresh Bunch Kale or Chard on sale $1.67 each

Organic Celery Hearts or Mini Rainbow Carrots on sale $1.67 each

Organic Broccoli on sale $1.48/lb

Sweet Mini Peppers (1 lb) on sale $2.50

Washington Grown Gala Apples on sale $.88/lb

Organic Lemons on sale $.69 each

Larry Anne or Happy Giant Plums on sale $1.98/lb

{OTHER WEEKLY DEALS}

Certified Hereford Boneless Bottom Round Roast on sale $3.59/lb

Boneless Country Style Pork Ribs on sale $1.77/lb

Pork Steaks on sale $2.29/lb

Draper Valley Northwest Grown Fryer Wings Value Pack on sale $1.47/lb

Draper Valley Northwest Grown Whole Fryers on sale $1.69/lb
*Good price for this brand!

Fresh Pacific Dover Sole Fillets on sale $5.99/lb

Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Fillets on sale $11.99/lb

Fresh Columbia River Steelhead Fillets on sale $9.99/lb

Wild Mahi Mahi Fillets on sale $7.99/lb

Easy Peel Shrimp on sale $7.99/lb

Fresh Pacific BBQ Oysters on sale $9.99/lb

Armour Pepperoni (5 oz) on sale $2.49

Foster Farms Turkey Bologna (16 oz) on sale $1.50

Foster Farms Turkey Lunchmeat (32 oz) on sale $3.99
*Just $1.99 per pound

Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Shaved Meats or Deli Fresh Bold Sliced Meats on sale $3.49
Buy 2
Use $.75/2 coupon from 1/11 SS insert
$3.12 each after coupon

Yoke’s Fresh Market Shredded Cheese (2 lb) on sale $6.19
*Just $3.09 per pound or $1.54 per 8-ounce bag, awesome price!

Yoke’s Fresh Market Block Cheese (2 lb) on sale $6.49
*Just $3.24 per pound

Greek Gods Yogurt (24 oz) on sale $2.98
Use $.50/1 coupon
$2.48 each after coupon

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Fruit of the Loom Little boys Underwear TBFL via Amazon

You can snag 7 PAIRS of Fruit of the Loom Little Boys Briefs for just $8.99 today.  100% Cotton in wacky monster prints, this is a fabulous deal!

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

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Cents of Style has a fun deal for their #StyleSteals running today only, February 25th.  Choose from one of six Graphic Print Recycled Material Pillow Covers priced at just $10.99 + FREE shipping!

Styles include:

  • & So it Goes
  • Be the Good
  • Hello Kindness
  • LO-VE
  • What a Wonderful World
  • You Are Loved Always

Click here to purchase.  Use promo code GRAPHIC at checkout to drop the price to just $10.99.

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Amazon has a great Gold Box deal today: Save 50% off on Calvin Klein underwear, bras, lingerie and more!  TONS of styles included for men and women and some priced really, really well.  The best part about this sale is that returns are completely FREE, so you don’t have to worry if you are unsure of sizes.

A few of my favorites:

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Calvin Klein Women’s Icon Bikini (3 pack) just $14.85 or $4.95 per pair (highly rated)

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Calvin Klein Men’s Classic Boxer Briefs (3 pack) just $13.75 or $4.58 per pair

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Calvin Klein Women’s Perfectly-Fit Bare Underwire Bra just $19.80 (reg. price $46)

Gold Box Deals are only available for one day only, so I would pick this one up right away if you are interested. They also could sell out quickly.  Click here to order.

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Zulily: Carhartt Kids items as low as $6.99

by Melody on February 25, 2015

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Zulily has a fantastic deal on Carhartt Kids, with items as low as $6.99.  Carhartt very rarely goes on sale and all of these items are priced really well, with shirts, pants, hats, onesies and more.  Items are selling out quickly though, so don’t wait on this one.

Sign up or sign in to Zulily. Shipping starts at $5.95.

Some items at Zulily are not eligible for return, please make sure to check the fine print.  They will honor defective or damaged products, but can’t exchange for size or color.

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Little Tikes TotSport Tball set TBFL via Amazon

This Little Tikes TotSports T-Ball Set is just $12.99, which is the LOWEST it’s been since 2011.  With two oversize baseballs, a tee, and a bat this will have you all ready for Spring!  The tee height is adjustable to adapt to growing kiddos.  Perfect for family evenings in the backyard.

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

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Savings.com is giving away $1,000 in Macy’s gift cards! 20 winners will receive $50 gift cards and entry is as simple as typing in your email address. The winners will be chosen and notified Tuesday March 3rd.

Click here to enter to win. Email addresses will only be used to contact you if you are a winner

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Kraft Macaroni & Cheese 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.

Right now Kraft has select items an extra 25% OFF with eCoupon. You can snag Kraft Macaroni & Cheese {5 Pack} for just $4.38 which is $0.68 per box.

Click here to check out all the Prime Pantry options.

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Zulily: Up to 45% off Tea Collection apparel for boys and girls

February 24, 2015

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. When you click on these links, you are supporting this site. Thanks! Zulily has a fantastic sale running on Tea Collection apparel up to 45% off!  Tea Collection makes the most AMAZING clothes for little ones, very high quality and adorable prints.  This is a huge sale with […]

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Amazon: Ball Heritage Collection Quart Jars in PURPLE (6 ct) only $10.99 {Cute for Easter}

February 24, 2015

These Ball Heritage Collection Quart Jars in PURPLE are only $10.99 right now.  Imagine how cute they would be stuffed with some Jelly Beans or even Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans.  A cute Easter surprise in such a beautiful color! Shipping is free with Amazon Prime or with a qualifying $35 purchase. Please remember: Amazon prices can change […]

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Zaycon Foods: Boneless skinless chicken breast event now live nationwide ($1.99/lb)

February 23, 2015

Zaycon Foods has posted all their event dates, times and locations for the upcoming boneless, skinless chicken breast event!  You will be able to place an order for 40 pounds of chicken for just $1.99/lb or $79.60 per box.  I can imagine these will probably sell out, so I would place your order as soon […]

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Rite Aid Weekly Deals: February 22 – 28

February 23, 2015

Each week, I will be posting my full Rite Aid match ups over at Frugal Living NW.  Click here to start planning your shopping trip. This looks like a great week with super cheap Chloraseptic and Tresemme hair care, FREE Jergens, Advil, Colgate toothpaste and much more. I do occasional updates during the week on new […]

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Amazon: LEGO Friends Bunny and Babies Set just $4.99 {Easter Basket Idea!}

February 23, 2015

You can snag this LEGO Friends Bunny & Babies Set for just $4.99.  A sweet little set for Easter baskets, this includes mommy bunny and two babies and features a garden enclosure, ramp, water dispenser, vegetable patch, and a gate that opens. Shipping is free with Amazon Prime orders of $35 or more.  Add-on items must […]

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Tropical Traditions: FREE ground shipping on all orders (coconut oil and flour, raw honey, coconut butter + more)

February 23, 2015

Tropical Traditions is offering FREE ground shipping on all orders through Monday February 23rd at 9 PM PST!  They carry some really amazing products, including high quality organic coconut oil, organic flours, baking products, palm shortening, vinegars and oils and much, much more. My favorite product is their Organic Raw Honey.  We use it in […]

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Zulily: Under Armour apparel and accessories for men, women and children up to 40% off

February 23, 2015

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. When you click on these links, you are supporting this site. Thanks! Zulily is featuring Under Armour gear, apparel and accessories!  TONS of items for men, women and children, some marked well over 40% off.  Discounts on Under Armour are very rare and are often excluded from sales […]

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Amazon: Neon Wayfarer Sunglasses {5 Pack} just $6.99

February 20, 2015

Check out these adorable, 80’s-inspired Neon Wayfarer Sunglasses {5 pack} for only $6.99.  These are great for Easter baskets, birthday parties, or even trips to Vegas!  Sprinkle some fun into someone’s day with these spring colors. Shipping is free with Amazon Prime or with a qualifying $35 purchase. Please remember: Amazon prices can change very quickly.  Please […]

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Good Earth Sweet & Spicy Herbal & Black Tea {6 Pack} as low as $1.48/box + FREE shipping

February 20, 2015

Amazon has Good Earth Sweet & Spicy Herbal & Black Tea {6 Pack} for just $11.16 or $1.86 per box, free shipping included!  Spicy cinnamon and sweet orange tangle to make this tea super delicious and complex in flavor.  We love it hot OR cold! Here’s how to take advantage of this deal: Click here […]

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