March 9, 2017

Rise and Shine March 9 – Baked Potato Soup, Lenova ThinkPad, Down Filled Pillows, Subscribe and Save deals, Costco price list, Rachael Ray cookware, more


Rise and Shine is my way of starting the day with you – almost as if we’re chatting over a hot cup of coffee or tea! I share my favorite deals of the day, highlights from yesterday, and anything else that might help you save time, money or energy. Published in the morning on Monday through Friday  – as I’m able. 

Good morning! I love coffee. Seriously. It is my best friend in the morning. 😉 How’s it going with you this morning. It snowed last night and I feel like it’s Groundhogs day around here. Wake up (check), get coffee (check), peek out window at fresh snow on ground (check) . . . ha!

I went to Michael’s last night to pick up some crafty stuff (they had a coupon for an extra 20% off everything, including sale items). The kids have tomorrow off from school and I wanted a little project for them to work on. Michael’s has plain t-shirts for $3.33 and I found some awesome puff paint sets on clearance ($2.22!?!) – so they’ll each decorate a shirt tomorrow. They are excited. I guess they call puff paint, 3D paint these days. It was all the rage in the 80s when I was growing up. 🙂


Looking for an easy and inexpensive slow cooker meal? Try out this Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup. It’s incredibly easy and is just like eating a baked potato in a bowl. I just picked up a big bag of Idaho potatoes and we’ll probably have this soup in the next couple days. I have a big round-up of chicken Instant Pot recipes coming later this morning – stay tuned for it!

Online and Retail Sales

Living Social – 20% off sitewide with code TOPPICKS at checkout.  Shop Living Social here.

For a short time Zulily has Rachael Ray cookware, bakeware and other tools up to 70% off.  Shipping is around $5.95 per order, but can vary depending on your order size.  We recommend placing a small order with a single item to pay shipping and then placing one or more larger orders with FREE Shipping.

Target  – Home Sale – up to 40% off outdoor and indoor furniture, up to 20% off home items, up to 20% off bedding, decor and more. FREE Shipping on orders $25 or more.  Save an additional 5% with Target REDcard debit or credit card. Shop Target here. – $10 off $25 plus $10 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent.  Shop Kohl’s here. – $10 NCAA HAts, 30% off NBA Apparel, NCAA Hoodies $19.99. FREE Shipping on orders $50 or more.  Shop Lids here.

Disney Store – LAST DAY! Swell(er) Sale – extra 25% off with code EXTRA25 at checkout. Plus Swim Sale – $15 Towels, Swimsuits and Cover-Ups, $5 Flip Flops and Sunglasses.  Also 40% off costumes and $20 Talking Action Figures & Animators’ Dolls.  Shop Disney Store here.

Crazy 8 – EXTENDED! 40% off Entire Site. Free Shipping when you pay with Visa Checkout using any major credit or debit card.   Shop Crazy 8 here.

Carter’s – Buy One Pair Shoes Get One Free. Free shipping on orders $50 or more.   Shop Carter’s here.

Vera Bradley – FREE Shipping for all online orders plus Spring Sale – 50% off select patterns and styles.  Shop Vera Bradley here.

Lane Bryant – Clearance up to 75% off.  Buy One Get One 50% off Apparel, Accessories, Sleepwear, Swim and Cotton Bras.  Shop Lane Bryant here.

Cents of Style, Bold and Full Wednesday – Raglan T-Shirts for $16.95 (reg. $29.95 – $39.95) with code BOLD9 at checkout. I ordered one of these a couple weeks ago when they were this price – and I LOVE IT! I got the shirt that says “Dream Big, Hustle Harder” and I wear it on days I’m working from home. Super comfortable cotton. Cents of Style always offers FREE Shipping.  Valid through March 14.   Shop Cents of Style Bold and Full Wendesday here.

Right now at Macy’s, spend $35 on a Estee Lauder purchase and get a FREE 7-piece gift.  Spend $75 or $100 and get extra gifts.  Plus all beauty orders get FREE Shipping.

Old Navy – Spring Fling Sale – all Pants, Jeans & Tops up to 40% off 30% off Adult Styles and Extra 15% off Kids and Baby Styles with code ENJOY at checkout.  Free shipping on orders $50 or more.  Shop Old Navy here.

New Sam’s Club Membership offer – get a FREE $25 gift card when you join Sam’s Club! Membership cost is $45/year and you’ll receive a $25 Sam’s Club e-gift card when you sign up here.  Did you know Sam’s Club has a Mom’s and Dad’s Club? It’s free for members to join and you’ll get free samples, exclusive discounts and special offers.


There is a fantastic new deal from Cricut – Extra 10% off plus FREE Shipping when you use code LOVECRICUT at checkout.  This makes for great deals on many of the Cricut Bundles (excludes Cricut Air 2 and Cricut Access).

Joe’s New Balance Deal of the Day – New Balance 574 Heritage Sport Infant Shoes – $24.99 (reg. $44.99). Shop Joe’s New Balance Deal of the Day here.

REI Garage Deal of the Day –  Aventura Blake Skimmer Pants- Women’s – $38.73 (reg. $79). FREE Shipping to store or on orders $50 or more.  Shop REI Garage Deal of the Day here.

GAP – Big Spring Break No Exclusions Event – up to 50% off Everything plus Extra 20% off purchase (including today’s special deal) with code MOREFUN at checkout.  Shop GAP here.

The Children’s Place – 50% off Entire Site, no exclusions! Free Shipping on ever order.  Clearance as low as $1.99.  Shop The Children’s Place here.

Gymboree – 40% off Entire Store.   Shop Gymboree here.

Through Thursday, you can subscribe to Make: Magazine for only $18.99 per year (68% off)! You can order up to 4 years at this price. Just enter coupon code QUEENBEE at checkout.

Amazon Deals

We post Amazon deals throughout the day, see the latest Amazon deals here. See all of Amazon’s Deals of the Days here.

Amazon Deal of the Day –  Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 11E-G3 Convertible, Intel:N3160/CQC, 1.6 GHz, 128 GB, Intel-HD/IGP, Windows 10 Home Edition-64 bit, Black, 11.6″ HD Touch on sale for $279.99 (reg. $479.99), BEST price. This deal good today only, while supplies last.

Amazon Deal of the Day – Extra Soft Down Filled Pillow for Stomach Sleepers w/ Cotton Casing – Made in the USA – as low as $56.99 (reg. $80.99).  Price varies with size and quantity. This deal good today only, while supplies last.

Check out our big list of the BEST Subscribe and Save Deals we could find on Amazon! Subscribe and Save is a great way to save on groceries every month. Let us know if you find other great S&S deals on Amazon and we’ll add them to the list.


Cottonelle Ultra ComfortCare Big Roll Toilet Paper, Bath Tissue, 12 Count on sale for $3.99 (reg. $9.99), BEST price

Melissa & Doug On the Go Secret Decoder Activity Book – The Case of the Runaway Ruby on sale for $1.98 (reg. $4.99)

, add-on item, BEST price

Amazon has 5 Gum React Mint Sugarfree Gum, 10 Packs on sale for $7.91 with Subscribe & Save. Even better, if you have 5 or more subscriptions in a month, the price drops to $7.08 shipped  – that’s like paying $0.71 per pack!

ALEX Toys DIY Wear Friends 4 Ever Jewelry marked down to $8.39, BEST price

Amazon has KIND Breakfast Bars, Peanut Butter, Gluten Free, 1.8 Ounce, 32 Count on sale as low as $15.23 shipped with Subscribe and Save (when you have 5 or more subscriptions in a month).  That’s just $0.48 each.


Amazon dropped the price on TWIX Caramel Singles Size Chocolate Cookie Bar Candy 1.79-Ounce Bar 36-Count Box to $17.58 with Subscribe and Save (when you have 5 or more subscriptions in a month).  That’s just $0.49 each!

Recipes, meal planning, grocery store

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

Zaycon Fresh –  Our favorite place to find deals on bulk meat is Zaycon Fresh.  The products are delicious, prices fantastic and customer service has always been exceptional. If you are a NEW customer to Zaycon Fresh you’ll want to take advantage of this offersave 20% off your entire FIRST order with code BL20 at checkout. Valid through March 31, 2017.

Recently we shared our newly updated Costco price list! Hooray! I love this list and find it so helpful. This list is created by going through the store – by hand! – and compiling the current prices and quantities. Then we figure out the per unit prices so you can compare apples to apples! Costco is often the best deal, but not always, and this list helps you figure that out!


Check out these new printable coupons for $3 off any one Maybelline New York Mascara and $2 off any one Maybelline New York Brow product. You can use the mascara coupon for some great deals at Target this week!

Head over here to print your coupons

$0.75 off one Ken’s Steak House Dressings
$1.00 off 2 Cascadian Farm™ Cereal or Granola
$5.00 off one ClariSpray Nasal Allergy Spray
$1.00 off one BC Powder 24 ct or larger product
$1.00 off one Wisk product
$2.00 off one MAYBELLINE NEW York Brow Product
$3.00 off one MAYBELLINE NEW York

Other Ways to Save . . .

*SAVE the Date* On Saturday, March 11, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (Tacoma) is hosting a Career Day with FREE admission for students in 6th grade through college. They’ll be offering students the chance to learn about zoo-related careers through demonstrations and tours.  Students under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration is not required, but all participants (including those with zoo memberships) must check in with Career Day staff before getting their tickets at the admissions window. You can access a check-in form here to help speed things up.

Let’s make it a great day!

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