April 17, 2014

Rise and Shine April 17 – I’m hiring! Easter cupcakes, *HOT* Nautica fleece deal, Sounders tickets and more


Rise and Shine is my way of sitting down and having a cup of coffee with you! We talk about the new deals of the day, highlights from yesterday, and anything else that might help us save time, money or energy. 

Good morning! How are things going this morning? Anything exciting happening at your house this week?


Yesterday I finally published a post that’s been on my mind for a long time. I’ve decided to hire someone to help with recipes and homemaking posts. This post came after months of consideration. I struggled with the choice – because I love recipes, I love cooking and I love photography. BUT – these posts are so time consuming. And to do them well can takes hours. This season in my life – with a 6- and 3-year old and a busy blog – I just don’t have the time to do the recipe posts well. We are eating a lot of the same meals these days – many of which I’ve already shared on the site. I could cut out recipes all together – but I believe that cooking meals at home is one of the BEST ways to save money – so I feel like it’s an important part of being a frugal person.  Part of being a good wife, mom and business owner is knowing when to ask for help! So that’s what I’m doing. I think bringing a new person on board – will help us learn new things and cover topics that I’m not totally comfortable with (like canning, baking, etc). And I still plan to share recipes and homemaking posts as time allows – especially with my garden and chickens! Thank you for your patience and I look forward to seeing your application if you’re applying! Read more about this here.


Red Tricycle has a new giveaway – you can win the Ultimate Baby Registry – with top-of-the-line baby gear and products. Valued at more than $900, this would be a sweet prize for an expecting mom! To enter, start on the Red Tricycle giveaway page, enter your email and select a Red Tricycle newsletter edition (for example I would select Seattle) and click the big red ENTER button!


If you’re looking for fun, creative cupcake ideas for Easter – check out my post with these Spring Cupcake Designs. All of them are super simple and you can get all the supplies at the local grocery store.


Head over here to print your coupons

$1/1 Listerine Whitening Rinse, 16 oz or Larger
$1/1 Degree Men Antiperspirant/Deodorant; Excludes Trial or Travel Size; Maximum 2 Identical Coupons Allowed In Same Shopping Trip
$1/1 Cooper Premium Deli Cheese, 1 lb (Zip Code 10004)
$1/2 Hanover Silver Line Frozen Vegetables (Zip Code 33175)
$1/2 Hanover Gold Line Frozen Vegetables (Zip Code 33175)
$1/1 Glade Automatic Spray Refill
$1/2 Glade Wax Melts; Excludes Warmer
$1/1 Glade Sense & Spray Product
$1/1 Glade Jar Candles
$1/2 Glade Spring Collection Products
$1/1 Dial Lotion, 12 oz or Larger; Redeemable at Walmart (Zip Code 62946)
$1/3 Horizon Mac & Cheese
$1/2 Breyers Ice Cream Flavors, 48 oz (Facebook)

Online and Retail Sale


Here are the highlights from the Dollar Tree ad for this week. There are 33 possible freebies this week, so be sure to click over to the full list and check them out. Remember products vary greatly by location.


We are continuing the posts about building your emergency supply kit on a budget! Every Wednesday we list the best deals from the ads and Anne shares what she picks up for her kit! Have you started your Emergency Supply Kit since we started this series? We’d love your ideas for finding good deals for the supplies needed.


Citrus Lane is offering $20 off your very first box of kids toys and products. This makes your first box only $9 shipped. I ordered this for my daughter – I’ve heard great things about Citrus Lane and look forward to trying it out. You can read more about this deal here.

Amazon Deals

We post Amazon deals throughout the day, see the latest Amazon deals here.


Amazon Deal of the Day – Sling Media Slingbox 350 – $99 (reg. $179). BEST price this has been on Amazon. 

Nautica-Boys-8-20-polar-fleeceSold out! Nautica Boys 8-20 Polar Fleece for $6.69 (reg. $64.50) – this WILL sell out fast, so be quick if you want it

Crock-Pot SCCPVL600S Cook’ N Carry 6-Quart Oval Manual Portable Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel for only $23.99 (reg. $39.99). This is the lowest price this Crockpot has been on Amazon.

 Recipes, meal planning, grocery store


If you’re planning a Ham dinner this month – you’re in luck! We have a roundup of all the best ham prices this weekSpiral hams are normally the most expensive type, but anything $1.99/lb or less is a great price!


Yesterday we shared our roundup of the Best Deals on Real Food – these are the items we don’t usually see coupons for plus all of the best organic and natural food deals. This weekly post, published every Wednesday morning will help you find the BEST Real Food deals at our local grocery stores!

You can check out this week’s Safeway highlights here. It’s a great week to stock up on $0.50 Fresh Express Blends, $0.99 Reddi-Wip, $0.99 Smuckers, and cartons of Swanson Broth for just $1.17 each. We also have a list of unadvertised deals matching iBotta offers with sale prices and coupons here. Don’t forget to load your Just 4 U coupons before heading to the store.

franz bake shoppe

We posted some unadvertised QFC deals last night! FREE Franz Bake Shoppe products and more.

See this week’s grocery ads here – Fred MeyerSafeway and Albertsons and QFC deals and WinCo deals. Get the latest Costco coupon deals here.

Pacific Northwest Deals


If you live in the Thurston County area, check out my post yesterday about Great Western Supply. This is the place that we always order our gardening soil and beauty bark. They have awesome customer service, affordable prices and I really like their products. Based on the comments we got on the post and over on Facebook, many of you agree that they are the best! Read my Great Western Supply here.


Groupon – $30 for Seattle Sounders FC Game v. FC Dallas at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday, May 7 with Xbox Scarf ($67.28 Value). I love, love, love Sounders games – so much fun. We have purchased tickets through Groupon before and it’s always a great bargain – plus these come with a free scarf!

Have a great day!

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