September 24, 2012

Rise and Shine 9/24 – A clean garage, owls made out of toilet paper rolls, cheap iTunes card?

Good morning! In case you missed my note last weekend, Rise and Shine is a new morning post that I’ll be doing. It’s my way of having coffee with you and sharing a lot of information in one post (instead of many small posts or not at all). It should be posted by 5:30 a.m. most days (not everyday, some days I think I’ll sleep in.) Let’s rise, shine, and save together. 🙂

I hope you had a restful or productive weekend – whichever you needed. I cleaned and organized the garage yesterday – it was long overdue and it seems like it’s always needing to be cleaned. I generally don’t enjoy cleaning, but being organized  usually saves me money. For example, yesterday I found a stash of baby wipes I had forgotten we had – so I didn’t need to make a last minute run to the store and pay full price. Have you had that happen before? Think you were out of something, buy it at full price because you needed it, only to find out you had it! Keeping your stockpile organized makes this less of a problem – and also helps you menu plan because you can see what you have on hand.

I’m excited to have opened a new giveaway yesterday for a one-night stay at the Resort at the Mountain, with a round of golf and cart (valued at $347). Make sure and enter – I’d love for you to win!

In my Family Fun magazine that came in the mail Saturday there is a really cute owl craft made out of toilet paper rolls and cupcake liners. Looks easy and inexpensive! Download owl instructions here (source: Family Fun magazine October 2012). I always feel a little more crafty when it’s crisp outside.


There are a TON of printable cleaning coupons this morning. There is one for $3 off any Scrubbing Bubbles One Step Starter kit, plus there is a $4 catalina back on your order when you buy this at Fred Meyer. So that makes $7 off just one! I heard from a reader that they are $10.99, so this would be only $3.99 after catalina and coupon.  Did you know the Coupon Network is the place to go for current catalina offers? Enter your zip code and it will show you catalinas in your area. What are catalinas?

Print a coupon for 20% off your entire purchase at Party City (TODAY only). Might be good to use if you’re looking for a very specific costume that you won’t likely find on sale.


Jo-Ann Fabric is doing a different deal every day this weekToday is 50% off basic glass containers. Maybe good if you know someone needing center pieces for an event.

Albertsons has Klondike bars and sandwiches for $1.88 each as their daily deal today.

Update! Got a report back from reader Rachel that it worked for her!

Safeway – I have NOT confirmed this deal and it’s a stretch, so I won’t do an individual post (unless I get good reports back!). Try at your own risk. Do you remember that $15 off $50 iTunes gift card e-coupon that Safeway put out a couple weeks ago? Well apparently they released another one! If you never used the first one, you might be able to load BOTH to your card and get $30 off a $50 iTunes gift card. It must be a $50 gift card, it cannot be two (2) $25 gift cards. Worst case you should get a $50 iTunes gift card for $35, but I will do a happy dance for you (to your free music, nonetheless) if it works and you get BOTH e-coupons off for a savings of $30 off a $50 iTunes gift card! I can’t try this since I used my last $15/50 iTunes card. Please try at your own risk, I can’t guarantee this will work and I’d hate for you to be out that extra $15 if you really need it. I don’t think you can return gift cards after they are purchased. See other Safeway deals here.

Fred Meyer – Wholly Guacamole is $1.50 and you can print this $1.50/1 Wholly product coupon to get it FREE! See other Fred Meyer deals here.

Groupon – Save 48% off Regal Cinema Movie Tickets!
$13 for two VIP Super Saver e-Tickets (up to a $25 value)
$26 for four VIP Super Saver e-Tickets (up to a $50 value)
Create Groupon account here, if you don’t have one. Then select Seattle as the City.

Vistaprint has Halloween tote bags for only $2. Shipping starts at $5.52, so you can get a customized bag for $7.52 shipped.


Last night we made a fresh apple and pork shoulder recipe in the crock pot, served over rice – so delicious and perfectly in season. It will be part of my Crock-tober series! The series starts October 1 and will be a full month of slow cooker recipes. Send in your recipe and you get a $10 Amazon gift card if I feature your recipe on the blog! And by the way, QFC has pork shoulder is on sale at QFC for only $1.49/lb through tomorrow.

I posted some meal planning ideas yesterday. I’d love to hear what’s on your menu for the week.

Oh and last night when I was Skyping with my mom (I love Skype!) she told me she made her famous popcorn balls and she sent me the recipe. . .so check back at 10:30 a.m. today for my mom’s Popcorn Ball recipe – it’s as easy as it gets and it’s yummy!


Got kids? Mark your calendar to go shopping at the LMNOP Consignment Sale next weekend, September 27, 28, 29, 30 at the Thurston County Fairgrounds Sokolik Building! Learn more about the sale here. Don’t live in the area? Check your community for a consignment sale – it’s a great way to make some extra cash and clean out unnecessary clothes and toys!

The Resort at the Mountain (Mt. Hood area, Oregon) is on Jetsetter for $89 a night. We love this place! (I’m also doing a giveaway here).

Pre-order a breakfast sandwich from Subway and you can get it FREE with a coffee. Puget Sound-area Subways only, September 24 – 30.

Sharing Spree deal of the day: $199 for a One-Night Stay with Dining Credit at Hotel Bellevue (Up to a $301 Value). First create a Sharing Spree account here.


 25% off purchase at with promo code PRETTYGAP.  Not valid on the following Gap merchandise: Leather and Suede Apparel, Denim Bottoms, Women’s & Men’s Cords, Cashmere, Women ‘s Panties, Baby Sleepwear and Playtime Favorites. Not valid on aden + anais®, Junk Food ™, Star Wars ™, Collegiate T’s®, Clu ™, Minnetonka ™, Threadless®, NuBra®, Medela®, GQ© and Bravado®. Expires 9/25 at 11:59 PM ET.

Walgreens photo is offering:
20% off canvas prints (thru 9/26) with promo code CANVASLESS
30% off photo books (thru 9/26) with promo code PERCENTBK
10 cent 4×6 prints on orders of 75 prints or more (thru 9/29) with promo code TENCENT75

Eddie Bauer Fall Sale – Up To 50% Off

Okay, I know it’s crazy early, but Pottery Barn Kids has FREE shipping on stockings.

SnapfishEnjoy 200 4×6 prints for just $20, including shipping, use code PRINTFOR20. Or get 100 prints for only $10, shipped with code PRINTFOR10. Use both codes as many times as you like through October 3.

What do you think about this format? Does it help you rise and shine?  Is there anything else I should include?

Have a wonderful day!


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  1. I did the iTunes deal this morning at 7.30am at a Safeway in kitsap county. The double dipping did NOT work. Only one $15 coupon was taken off. Thought I’d share in case it doesn’t work for others at some stores.

    • Hi Vikki – I’m sooo sorry! Sounds like it worked for Brent at 9:30 a.m., not sure why it’s working for some and not others. $35 off $50 is still a great deal!

  2. Hi Heather!

    This is the first comment I am leaving on your blog, however, I have been following you daily (many times a day) for years! I truly love and appreciate your insights into daily/weekly deals. I wanted to let you know that I just got back from Safeway and sure enough the I-Tunes double up JUSTFORU deal WORKS!!! I got a $50 gift card for $20 bucks! My stepdaughter will sure appreciate that come Christmas time. Thanks for the heads up on the deal. You ROCK! Sincerely, Kelli

  3. Any news on if the double dip for the Itunes gift card at Safeway is working??? Love this format btw!!

  4. Love it! Looks great and easy to go through 🙂

  5. Love these am posts! Great job on clearing the garage! That reminds me. I have to do mines. I just wanted to let u know I really appreciate your saving tips & notices of savings on everything. My family is so greatful & excited when I go on couponing. Thanks So much!!!!

  6. LOVE these posts. it’s a great way to start the morning. and congrats on getting the garage cleaned. i know the garage can be scary when cleaning it. haha

  7. Love this! How fun to have coffee and check out several good deals at one time. After coffee my day is often a blur of activity so it’s wonderful to wake up to something like this. Love the conversational tone, too! It feels like I’m chatting with a friend.

  8. Love the format, a lot of info so I can get the day going without checking back every hour

  9. Thanks for sharing the owl craft. In fact, I also just cut this out of my Family Fun magazine because it looks so cute, and I rarely do crafty things.

  10. Heather, just had to say I really like this post concept. I can only get on the web to check my reader early in the morning and late at night – this helps me prepare for the day and shows me immediately if there’s anything interesting to add to the list. Thanks so much!

    • Joy – Thanks for the feedback! I hope to have it up by 5:30 a.m. every day. We will see how that goes, but I’m so glad that you like it. Have a great day!

  11. We moved to a house that has no storage space and a very tiny kitchen. Any links to organize small areas. I always try to find something but it always for spacious rooms.

  12. good morning QB!!!!happy fall:) love the new rise and shine posts….just sitting here drinking my coffee going through it before work. the recipe sounds great,cant wait to try it.
    i am taking my children camping next week-rustic so we will be cooking on a fire/coals. do you have any yummy or fun recipies? thanks

    • Good morning! Camping next week sounds like fun! I will think about recipes for cooking on fire/coals and get back to you. Maybe other readers can weigh in on Facebook? I might ask later today. Thanks for enjoying your coffee with me! Have a great day.

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