Frugal Family Adventures: St. Edwards Park

This is a beautiful park, I had heard about it for years but finally went to visit last summer and my kids were in heaven. Located in the Juanita area of Kirkland, WA this park has a great play structure. My kids could have played for hours in this castle play area. There is also a tot area in the park and swings but I think the biggest hit with my kids was definately the awesome castle they could run through and play in. We absolutely loved playing at this park and will go back again this summer.


Celery Root Experiment

I love it when my mom comes to town because she has a green thumb and is teaching me how to garden for this year.  She told me of something she heard about in replanting celery stalks and they regrow into new celery.

We placed the 3 inches or so of the bottom of the celery stalk, that I cut off the bottom of the bunch, into a shallow bowl of warm water and placed it in a sunny window.  We did this 1 day ago and it already is showing new roots and has grown taller.

Today I plan to plant this little piece in my garden.

I will:

  • Fill a small hole (about an inch deep) with water and place the piece in
  • Cover it with an inch of dirt and water it thoroughly
  • Keep it well watered and in a couple more days the new growth will begin to show

I will continue to do this recycling of my celery, which my family loves!!!

Jack and Jill Consignment Sale

I am so excited, my favorite time of year is here: Garage sale season!! Okay so the Jack and Jill sale is not a garage sale, actually I think it is a thousand times better. This weekend at the Lynnwood Convention Center over 200 consigners will have their gently used clothes, toys and childrens items for sale. They have stuff for babies all the way up to 12 years of age and I have been able to purchase quality clothing and toys for my kids at past sales for a great price!! Last year I got some brand new shirts for my 7 year old for just $2.00 each. Now I don’t know about you but I get really excited to see bargains on clothing for my kids!! All the clothing and toys I have seen there have been in really good condition, I already have my shopping bags ready and can’t wait to get there. Continue reading

How to Stretch a Tight Budget

I know that when your budget is already tight, it is hard to think of couponing or doing anything that seems like spending money in order to save. Here are a few ways I have been able to stretch a budget that is already tight.

Reevaluate your spending, look over household expenses and find ways to cut back. I have found that when things get tight I can look over our budget and find that things like phone services, cable, eating out and other expenses can be changed to save money or cut back all together. Continue reading

Target Deals 3/18-3/24

Kashi TLC Bars, 6 ct $2.74

$2.00/1 Kashi Product 

Final Price: $0.74

Bic Sensitive Men’s Razor $3.04

$2.00/1 Bic Disposable Razor (SS 3/18)

Final Price: $1.04

Bic Womens Silk Touch Razors $2.59

$2.00/1 Bic Disposable Razor (SS 3/18)

Final Price: $0.59

Carefree To Go Pack $0.99

$1.00/1 Carefree Product (SS 3/18)

Final Price: Free

Starburst Jelly Beans $2.00

$1.00/2 Starburst, Life Savers, or Jellybeans (RP 3/18)

$1.00/2  Starburst or Lifesavers Jellybeans Target Coupon

Final Price: $1.00 each wyb 2

Green Giant Frozen Boxed Vegetables $1.00

$1.00/2 Green Giant Vegetables (SS 3/18)

Final Price: $0.50 each wyb 2

(Thanks KCL)


These are the best deals we found this week, please let us know if you find any great deals at Target!

Walgreens Deals 3/18-3/24

Neosporin Essentials Trial Pack, 3 pack $12.99

Buy 1, Submit $12.99 Mail in Rebate

$5.00/1 Neosporin Essentials Trial Pack

$3.00/1 Neosporin Essentials

$3.00/1 Neosporin Essentials (SS 1/22)

$2.00/1 Neosporin Essentials (SS 3/18)

$1.00/1 Neosporin Product (SS 3/18)

Pay $7.99, Submit MIR for $12.99

Final Price: ($5.00 Moneymaker)

Carefree Pantiliners, 20 or 22 ct. $0.99

$0.99/1 Carefree Pantiliner (SS 3/18)

Final Price: Free

Applied Nutrition 14 Day Acai Berry Cleanse plus 14 Day Fat Burn Cleanse $10.00

Buy 1, Receive $10.00 Register Reward

$1.00/1 14 Day Acai Berry Cleanse (Applied Nutrition Coupon Book)

Final Price: Free

Blue Diamond Almonds, 6 oz. $3.79 BOGO
$1.00/1 Blue Diamond Almonds, 6 oz. or larger (SS 1/29)

Final Price: $0.89 each when you buy 2

Welch’s 100% Grape Juice, 64 oz. 2/$6.00

$1.00/2 Welch’s 100% Grape Juice, 64 oz. (Walgreens March Savings Book)

$ .75/1 Welch’s 100% Grape Juice

$1.00/1 Welch’s 100% Grape Juice (RP 2/12)

Final Price: $1.50 each when you buy 2

W or Nice! Pure Honey, 12 oz. $2.99 w/in ad coupon (limit 3)

Lindsay Olives, 5 or 6 oz. $0.99 w/in ad coupon (limit 3)

Walgreens or Nice! Trail Mix, 12 oz. $1.99 w/in ad coupon (limit 3)

Trident Gum, 9 or 18 piece $0.79 w/in ad coupon (limit 3)

Nice! Cream Cheese, 8 oz., Blue Bonnet Margarine, 1 lb. $0.99  w/in ad coupon (limit 4)

Comet Cleanser $0.59 w/in ad coupon (limit 3)

Chex Mix or Bugles 2/$3.00

$0.60/1 Chex Mix 

$0.60/1 Chex Mix

$0.40/2 Chex Mix (SS 2/26)

$0.40/2 Chex Mix (SS 1/29)

Final Price: $0.90 each when you buy 2

Nice! Tomato Sauce, 8 oz. $0.39 w/in ad coupon

Reach Prevent Toothbrush $0.99 w/in ad coupon (limit 3)

$1.00/1 Reach Toothbrush (RP 3/4)

Final Price: Free

Johnson Dental Floss $0.99 w/in ad coupon (limit 3)

$1.00/1 Reach Floss (RP 3/4)

Final Price: Free

(Thanks KCL)

These are our favorite deals at Walgreens this week, please let us know if you find any great deals!!

Beth’s TTV Trip Plan (TTV Coupons Start Sunday)

I thought I would show you all how I prepare for my trips, this is a TTV trip and the deals look like they are going to be awesome this weekend so I am already prepared to shop on Sunday. I will be doing five transactions on Sunday so I will break it down for you. My plan may change based on stock or price differences at my store, ect.. so just know that this is a guideline but I always go with my binder, prepared in case there are any changes in plan.

Transaction #1

4 boxes Nature Valley Protein Bars $2.99 each

Use $.50/1 Nature Valley Protein Bars x 4 and TTV x 3

Total OOP: $8.46 will get ($5.00 cat and $2.00 cat making total for 4 boxes of granola bars $1.46)

Transaction #2

3 boxes Who-Nu Cookies $1.99 each

Use $1.00/1 Who-Nu Cookies x 3 and TTV x 3

Total OOP: Free

Transaction #3

8 Tillamook Yogurts (if you already printed NLA) $ .69 each

Minute Maid Juice Boxes (10 pack) (if you already printed NLA) $3.00 each

Use $1.00/4 Tillamook Yogurt x 2, $1.00/1 Minute Maid Juice Boxes, $2.00 cat from previous transaction and TTV x 3

Total OOP: $ .52

Transaction #4

2 boxes Who-Nu Cookies $1.99 each

Minute Maid Juice Boxes (10 pack) (if you already printed NLA) $3.00 each

Use $1.00/1 Who-Nu Cookies x 2, $1.00/1 Minute Maid Juice Boxes and TTV x 3

Total OOP $1.00

Transaction # 5

3 Colgate Toothpaste $1.00

Use $ .75/1 Colgate Toothpaste x 3 and TTV x 3

Total OOP: Free

I expect to pay $9.98 for all five transactions and still have a $5.00 catalina coupon left to use on my next shopping trip, so it is like paying $4.98 for all the purchases I will make on Sunday (not too shabby if you ask me). I hope this helps you in planning your TTV trip this weekend and I look forward to sharing my shopping trip afterwards!!