Point Defiance Zoo (Tacoma) – Half-price admission for dads, June 15

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Pt. Defiance Zoo & Aquarium – Father’s Day

This Sunday, June 15, is Father’s Day and Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is offering half-priced admission to all dads! Dads also receive a 50% discount on the Deep Forest Challenge zip line at the zoo.

Visitors can enter to win a chance to feed a harbor seal between 9:30 -10:30 a.m., watch the all-new live animal show, “Indiana Bones and the Golden Treasure,” feed a colorful budgie from their hands, take a spin on an antique carousel and climb aboard a camel for a ride.

Those who follow the zoo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and share a selfie with the zoo @PtDefianceZoo are eligible to win special prizes. The selfie must be taken at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium and include #onlyatPDZA. Zoo judges will select a winner every month from all eligible entries. The first-place winner will receive a special behind-the-scenes tour of an exhibit area at the zoo for up to six people.

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Pt. Defiance Zoo – Half Price Admission for Moms, May 10 only

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Pt. Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Mother’s Day

Pt. Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is celebrating Mother’s Day with half price admission for moms on Saturday, May 10! Moms can also save 50% on the Zoom Zip Line ride. Everyone who visits the zoo between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. can enter a drawing for a close encounter with harbor seals.

There will be a variety of special enrichments on Sunday, May 11 – including a special brunch for the Sumatran tiger Jaya, mother to Dumai and Kali! You can find a complete list of Sunday’s Marvelous Mothers Event here.

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For those of you living farther north, the Woodland Park Zoo is celebrating Mother’s Day this Saturday, May 10, with their 74th annual Mom and Me at the Zoo event! The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and includes half price admission for all moms. We have more details here.

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Best ham prices – Easter 2014

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If you’re planning a Ham dinner this month – you’re in luck! We plan to update this post with best ham prices each week. Spiral hams are normally the most expensive type, but anything $1.99/lb or less is a great price! Make special care to compare because you have different cuts, styles and with/without bones. You have to decide for yourself what your favorite kind is.

There were no advertised prices for ham at Target this week. If you spot a great ham price somewhere we don’t have listed, we’d love to hear from you!

Spiral hams are usually the fan favorite and the easiest to cook - we even have a delicious Slow Cooker Spiral Ham with Pineapple recipe! What kind do you plan to get and from where? 

Albertsons thru 4/22

Hills Smoked Shank Portion Ham, per lb  – $1.29

Kruse Whole Ham, per lb  – $1.79
Bone-in

Hormel Cure 81 Smoked Spiral Ham, per lb  – $1.88

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Costco

Kirkland Signature Spiral Sliced Ham – $2.39/lb

Fred Meyer thru 4/19

Cook’s Shank Portion Ham, per lb  – $1.49

F.G. Meyer Flame Crafted Bone-In Spiral Ham  – Save $10
(Limit 2; Fred Meyer In-Ad coupon) – Expires 04/19/2014

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Gift card BONUS promotions

Gift-card-bonus-offersThis time of year is a great time to take advantage of gift card promotions. Many companies are offering FREE bonus gift cards with purchase.

Although marketed for gift giving – it can also be a great way to get more for your money for restaurants or stores that you personally frequent regularly. For example – if you think you’ll spend $25 at Jamba Juice in the next few months or year – it might make sense to buy a gift card for your future purchase and get yourself a free smoothie! It would be the equivalent of getting 20 – 25% extra for free.

Tips for taking advantage of these offers:

  • It’s only a good deal if you need the gift card
  • If purchasing for yourself to use, you need to keep it in safe place. Lose it and you’re out of luck.
  • Remember most grocery stores offer gas rewards from gift card purchases – this might be more valuable to you than buying the gift cards directly from the company, even with the bonuses.

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Amazon is currently offering a FREE tin, plus FREE one-day shipping on these Amazon gift card purchases. If ordered today, I’m guessing they would have it by Monday!

Here are some current offers:

*New* AMC Theaters – Get $5 Concession bonus when you buy $30 or more in gift cards. Offer valid only in theaters through 1/9/2014. Concession bonus redeemable 1/10/2014 – 2/28/2014.

Applebee’s – Buy $50 in gift cards online and receive $10 bonus card (not available on plastic gift cards).

*New* Black Angus – Earn $5 bonus bucks for every $50 in gift cards purchased. Offer valid through 12/31.

Buca di Beppo – Buy $50 in gift cards and receive a $15 reward card. Bonus card valid 1/1/14 to 2/28/14.

BurgervilleBuy a $25 gift card, get a $5 bonus gift card.

*New* California Pizza Kitchen – Get a $20 promotional gift card when you buy $100 in gift cards.

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Christmas Card Deals – Save up to 50% off cards, with FREE shipping (best bet – Picaboo!)

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Christmas Card Deals

Looking for Christmas Card deals? We have you covered. Here’s a round-up of the Christmas and Holiday card discounts we could find currently online.  We also included photo deals and canvas deals, because they are often the same companies.

Listed alphabetically

Canvas People

Save 45% off all canvases, plus FREE shipping

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Cardstore

*HOT!* Save 50% off your holiday cards or invites with code CCN3125 at checkout, expires 12/8/13
Plus they have FREE standard shipping on orders of $30 more more, no code required!

$1.29 Holiday Cards & Invites + Free Stamp when you let us mail it for you! Use Coupon: MERRY129 at checkout. Expires 12/8/13
This is NOT advertised on their site. I believe it will make most of the popular cards just $1.29 a copy, plus when you have Cardstore mail them, they will include the stamp for FREE. At $0.46 cents a stamp, that makes them $0.83 cents each, shipped!

Costco

$34.50 for a set of 50 premium photo cards

Minted.com

15% off holiday card orders $150 or more, 10% off $100 use code HOLLY at checkout

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Picaboo

*HOT!* 50% off holiday cards with code CARDS4YOU! at checkout
Buy one, get one FREE Calendar with code 2014CALENDAR! at checkout
Buy one, get one FREE photo book with code CUSTOMCLASSIC! at checkout

Shutterfly

50% off your card order with code HOLIDAY at checkout, expires 12/9
50% off hardcover photo books with code HOLIDAY at checkout, expires 12/9

FREE address labels with promo code FROSTY for new customers only
FREE shipping on orders of $49+ with code SHIP49 at checkout

Snapfish

Save up to 70% off with code TWINKLING at checkout, expires 12/12
Includes 12×12 custom and signature books, desk calendars, standard prints and mousepads

Target

25% off all holiday cards with code SEASON25 at checkout, expires 12/8
Only valid on ship to home orders

30% off all mugs with code 30MUG at checkout, expires 12/15

TinyPrints

35% off any gifts using code STEAL1206 at checkout, expires 12/8 – includes mugs!

Walgreens

50% off photo cards with coupon code hohocards at checkout, expires ? (Thanks, Niki-Marie)
40% off cards and calendars on orders 25+
with code CARDCALDEC at checkout, expires 12/7
33% off all photo gifts with code 33PHOTOGIFT at checkout, expires 12/7
10 cent 4×6 prints with code 10CENT4x6 at checkout, expires 12/7

Vistaprint

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York Photo

50% off all holiday card offers with code GREETINGS at checkout, expires 12/31
Plus new users get 40 FREE prints

Did we miss one? Let us know – leave us a comment!

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Cabela’s – FREE photos with Santa

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Cabela’s FREE photo with Santa

Did you know some Cabela’s stores offer FREE photos with Santa!? Bring your kids in to meet Santa and they’ll send you home with a free 4×6 Cabela’s keepsake (paper) frame and photograph with Santa. The photo above is of my son, taken in 2009 at Cabelas! I was really impressed with how they do things and what a nice freebie considering the Mall Santa can run you an easy $20 – $30 for a photo! We missed it last year, but plan to take both kids this year!

You’ll want to check your local Cabela’s store event calendar to find out if they are participating and when Santa will be available. And realize that print times for the photos can vary – depending on the crowds – so I recommend getting in line when you first get there and then shopping around while it prints. Or stop by the bakery and get a FREE sample of fudge. :)

The Lacey, Washington Cabela’s store will have FREE Santa photos on December 7, 8, 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Boating Department. The Lacey store also offers story time in the Camping Department on the first Saturday of the month – which would be December 7. You could make a full afternoon out of story time and Santa visits!

Santa will be making stops at other Cabela’s locations in December. To find the event nearest you simply select your nearest store from the drop down bar near the top of this page.

Have you went to Cabela’s for the FREE Santa photos before?  Where else can you go for FREE Santa photos? 

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Zoolights – Discount Tickets for Military

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Point Defiance Zoo is offering discounted Zoolights tickets for Military Service Members on select days - Active duty, retired, veterans and military dependents are all eligible. These discounted tickets are just $7 each and are valid for Monday, Dec. 9 and Monday, Dec. 16. Zoolights is open from 5 – 9 p .m.

Click here for more Zoolights information.

Fine print: Military Discount Tickets can only be purchased at the Zoo’s front gate. Please bring your active or retired military/veteran identification card, discharge papers, DD214s, or any other proof of honorable US military service with you to the Zoo.

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Thanksgiving and Black Friday hours

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Thanksgiving and Black Friday 2013 Store Hours

Wondering when and where to shop this Thanksgiving and Black Friday? We’ve got a full list of all your local grocery stores and major retail hours in one handy place! Many retailers will have Black Friday deals online during Thanksgiving Day!

Shop Amazon anytime. They are having a Black Friday Week – with lots of deals 24/7

Thanksgiving Grocery Store Hours

Albertsons – Open until 4 p.m.

Costco - Closed.

Fred Meyer -  Open until 4 p.m

QFC – Open until 6 p.m.

Safeway – Regular operating hours.

Top Foods - Regular operating hours.

Trader Joes – Closed.

Whole Foods – Open at 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Winco – Open until 3 p.m. Re-opens Friday 11/29 at 7 a.m.

Retail Store Black Friday Sale Hours

Best Buy - Open Thursday at 6 p.m.

Shop Black Friday deals online Thanksgiving

Big Lots  -  Open Thanksgiving from  7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Costco - Open Friday, Nov. 29 at 9 a.m.

Fred Meyer – Open Friday, Nov. 29 at 5 a.m.

Kohl’s - Open 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28 - 1 p.m. Friday, Nov 29.

*HOT!* Shop Kohls Black Friday deals online Tuesday Nov. 26 – Friday 3 p.m. CST.
This is one of my favorite online sales for Black Friday!

Lowe’s – Open Thursday at 4 a.m.

Shop Lowe’s Black Friday deals online

JC Penney – Open Thursday, Nov 28 at 8 p.m. - 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29.

Shop JCPenney Black Friday deals online all day Thanksgiving, Nov. 28 through 1 p.m. CST Friday.

JoAnn Fabrics - Open  Friday at 6 a.m. – Sunday. Select deals are day specific.

Shop JoAnn Fabrics Black Friday deals online

Macy’s - Open at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving day

Shop Macy’s Black Friday deals online Thursday!

Michael’s - Open Thursday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., and again Friday starting at 7 a.m. – Sunday. Select deals are day specific.

Office Max – Open Thursday November 28 at 8 p.m. Deals run through Saturday November 30 unless otherwise noted

Shop Office Max Black Friday online 

Old Navy – Open Thursday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. - close Friday, Nov. 29.

Shop OldNavy.com on Thursday! 

Rite Aid – Open Friday at 7 a.m.

Shopko – Open Thursday at 8 p.m. - 12 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29.

Shop Shopko Black Friday deals online Wednesday, Nov. 27 - 12 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29.

Target – Open Thursday at 8 p.m.

Shop Target.com on Thursday

Toys R Us – Open Thursday at 5 p.m.

Walmart – Open Thursday at 6 p.m.

Shop Walmart.com on Thursday

Have something to ad? Let us know and we’ll update this list!

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What’s a good price on ham? Best prices on ham this week, April 16

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Best ham prices

Here’s a round up of this week’s best ham prices as of April 8, 2014. Spiral hams are normally the most expensive type, but $1.99/lb or less is a great price! Ham can be a funny thing to price-compare because unlike turkey (which is really just frozen/fresh), with hams you have different cuts, styles and with/without bones. You have to decide for yourself what your favorite kind is. Spiral hams are usually the fan favorite and the easiest to cook – you can even do this Spiral Ham with pineapple in your crockpot!

Albertsons thru 4/22

Hills Smoked Shank Portion Ham, per lb – $1.29

Kruse Whole Ham, per lb – $1.79
Bone-in

Hormel Cure 81 Smoked Spiral Ham, per lb – $1.88

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Costco

Kirkland Signature Spiral Sliced Ham – $2.39/lb

Fred Meyer thru 4/19

Cook’s Shank Portion Ham, per lb – $1.49

F.G. Meyer Flame Crafted Bone-In Spiral Ham – Save $10
(Limit 2; Fred Meyer In-Ad coupon) – Expires 04/19/2014

QFC thru 4/22

Cook’s Portion Ham, per lb – $0.99, limit 2
Bone-in

Hormel Cure 81 Spiral Sliced, per lb – $1.88
Bone-in
Free Country Crock Side Dish, 21 – 24 oz with purchase. Limit 1

Ham, Hormel Cure 81, per lb – $3.99
Boneless, Smoked
Free Country Crock Side Dish, 21 – 24 oz with purchase. Limit 1
$2.00/1 HORMEL CURE 81 Boneless Ham

Safeway thru 4/22

Safeway Smoked Shank Half Ham, Bone-in, per lb – $1.29
Limit 1. While supplies last.

Safeway Smoked Rump Half Ham, Bone-In, per lb – $1.49
Limit 1. While Supplies Last.

Safeway Spiral Sliced Half Ham, Bone-in, per lb – $1.99
Limit 2. While supplies last.

Cook’s Spiral Sliced Ham, bone in, per lb – $2.99
While Supplies Last

Safeway SELECT Half Boneless Ham, per lb – $3.49
While Supplies Last

TOP Foods thru 4/22

Cook’s Spiral Cut Ham – $1.97/lb.
Hickory, Brown Sugar or Honey, Limit 1.

Hempler’s Black Forrest Half Ham – $2.99/lb.
4-lb. Ham sold for $11.96 each.

Hempler’s Gourmet Half Ham – $3.79/lb.
Bone In

Hempler’s Spiral Half Ham – $3.99/lb
Bone In

Haggen Belling’Ham – $4.99/lb.
Made with local organic honey. Also from Hempler’s.

*All Hempler’s Hams are from Ferndale, Wa.

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Half Spiral Ham, Bone-in, per lb - $1.87

Butt Portion Ham, Bone-in, per lb – $1.78

Shank Portion Ham, Bone-in, per lb – $1.48

What kind do you plan to get and from where? How do you plan to make it? Any special recipes you want to share?

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Christmas movies on TV – Full holiday movie schedule

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Christmas Movies on TV – Schedule 2013

We’ve rounded up a listing of all the Christmas and holiday movies across the major networks! Let us know if we’ve left any off the list. These times should be your local time.  Go here if you just want the ABC Family 25 Days of Christmas.

Thursday, Nov. 21

The Princess and the Frog- ABC Family at 9 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 22

Mulan- ABC Family at 7 p.m.
Eloise at Christmas Time – Hallmark at 8 p.m.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - ABC Family at 9 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 23

Ice Age – ABC Family at 7 p.m.
Winter Wonderland – Hallmark Movie Channel at 8 p.m.
Ice Age: The Meltdown – ABC Family at 8:55 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 24

Fred Claus- ABC Family at 7 p.m.
Fir Crazy – Hallmark Movie Channel at 8 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 25

Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish – ABC Family at 7 p.m.
Richie Rich – ABC Family at 9 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 26

Christmas Bounty – ABC Family at 7 p.m.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - CBS at 8 p.m.

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Costco Toy Deals 2013, with price comparisons

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Costco Toy Deals

When I stopped into Costco this weekend I scoped out the toy section – Costco toy deals are awesome. Every year they seem to have a good selection and reasonable prices. The thing to consider when comparing prices is Costco often gets a special product (not available in other stores), so it can be hard to compare EXACT items. For example Costco might have a Fisher-Price doll set, but it might include bonus accessories that aren’t available through other retailers. I’ve done my best to compare Costco toy prices to the ones on Amazon, so you can get an idea of what might be a good deal!

If you shop Costco, make sure to check out these recent Costco posts:

Prices may vary by warehouse location and I make no guarantee on the details/specs of items listed as they are transposed by an imperfect human (myself!) and taken from my iPhone photos. I do my best, but check with your local warehouse for the prices/details.

Costco Toy Deals (as of November 17)

The Learning Journey, Learning Assorted toys - $9.97
Amazon link: The Learning Journey Learn with Me Shape Sorter Fun Pot

Little Mommy Sweet As Me Dolls - $9.97
Amazon link: Little Mommy Sweet As Me Boho Chic Doll
There are many styles on Amazon. This seems like an AMAZING Costco deal.

Americana art puzzles, assorted - $9.99
Looks like 100 – 1000 piece puzzles

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Hedbanz game - $12.99
Amazon link: HedBanz Game
Watch this one on Amazon, it has dropped to $7.99 multiple times! 

Fibber game - $12.99
Amazon link: Fibber Board Game

Maisto Diecast cars 1:18 scale - $12.99

Bright Starts Having a Ball - $13.99
Bright Starts Having A Ball Toys, Count and Roll Buggie
GREAT Costco deal!

CAT Rumblin’ Ride two pack - $14.49

CAT jobsite machine - $14.89

Smart Lab Science Totally Squishy from Head-to-Toe kit - $14.97
Amazon link: SmartLab Toys Squishy Head To Toe
Definitely a GREAT Costco deal!

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Leapfrog Picnic/Tea Party - $14.97
LeapFrog Musical Rainbow Tea Party Role Play
Currently CHEAPER on Amazon – $14.27!

Fashion Angels Tapeffiti - $14.97
Looks like decorative tape that you can use to design dresses? 

Minnie’s Boqtique light-up shoes - $14.97
Looks like a 3-pair pack?

Tonka Hands On Emergency Vehicle - $14.97

Little Learner Barn and Farm Set - $14.99

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BEST Christmas Tree deals – Black Friday 2013

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Best Christmas Tree deals – Black Friday 2013

Are you looking for the best deals on Christmas trees this season? Many stores will be offering great Black Friday Christmas Deals – here’s a comparison of different sales!

Make sure to check the stores to confirm hours open and how many Christmas trees they plan to have in stock on Black Friday. We will add more Black Friday Christmas Tree deals as more Black Friday ads are leaked.

Amazon

Amazon doesn’t necessarily wait until Black Friday for the deals, so you can check the Amazon Holiday store for Christmas tree deals here. I see lots of trees that already on sale.

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National Tree 7-1/2-Foot Prelit Artificial North Valley Spruce Tree, 550 Clear Lights – $127.20 (reg. 229.99)

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National Tree Alberta Spruce with 300 Twinkle Lights, 6.5-Feet, Clear - $69.99, beats current Home Depot price by $20! Ships FREE!

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National Tree Bristle Mixed Tree, 7-Feet - $69.99, great price!! Beats current Home Depot price by $10. Ships FREE.

Kurt Adler Pre-Lit Winchester Pine Pencil Tree, 5-Feet - $86.36 (reg. $127.50)

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National Tree (WCH7-300-75) Winchester Pine Hinged Tree with 500 Clear Lights, 7-1/2-Feet – $253.19 (reg. $329.99)

Fred Meyer

All Holiday Home Artificial Christmas Trees - 50% off

See list of other Fred Meyer Black Friday deals here

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