Wednesday, April 20, 2011

New 25 point Huggies code!!

Enter this code for 25 points


New Pampers Code

Here is a new pampers code


Friday, April 15, 2011

Thursday, April 14, 2011

50 pt Pampers code!!

Here is a new 50pt Pampers code good TODAY ONLY


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Lego Batman and Cheap Wii remote & game

Head over to Amazon and get Lego Batman for just $9.99! We love this game (we love all the lego games!)

You can also pick up a Wii plus Remote with the game FlingSmash for only $29.99 - that is cheaper than just buying the remote!

FREE Books - Summer Reading Programs

Scholastic has a program where your kids can earn up to 5 FREE books

Barnes and Noble has a program where your kids can earn a free book too! You have to get this in store - the closest ones to us are either Eugene or Portland.. So you might consider this the next time you are headed that way!

Borders had a program too last year, but they don't have any information about it yet... I'll let you know if I hear about a program for this year!

I know I am going to set my kids to work on the Scholastic ones right away :)

new huggies code

Here is a new Huggies code:


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

New Pampers Code

Here is another new pampers code:


Monday, April 4, 2011

new huggies codes

Here are a couple new codes:


Albertsons doublers

Albertsons has doublers today and tomorrow! Just ask at customer service, since our paper doesn't get them.

I went and did the cereal deal and got the Healthy Choice Frozen meals. The cereal deal I told you about last week turns into a moneymaker with doublers!!

So here is what I got this morning - Head over to Frugal Living NW for full doubler match-ups

I did this in 3 transactions:
6 boxes of Crispix $10
4 boxes of Corn Flakes $6.67
2 Rice Krispies - $3.33
8 Healthy Choice Frozen meal - $10
Total: $30

Used 5 $1/2 Kelloggs cereal coupons
Used 4 $1/2 Healthy Choice Frozen Entrees coupon from the Safeway frozen food coupon book (these come out to only $.25 each) after coupon and doublers)
Used 9 Doublers ($9 total)
$18 in coupons

$12 out of pocket and I will submit for the $10 mail in rebate! Plus, I have now have coupons for 4 FREE Gallons of milk!

This would have been a $1.33 moneymaker, if I had skipped the 2 boxes of Rice Krispies, but we were out and the kids wanted some Rice Krispie treats :)

pampers codes

Here's a new code:


Thursday, March 31, 2011

2 New Pampers Codes

Here are 2 new Pampers codes


Family of 4 tickets to Newport Aquarium for only $25

Headed to the beach this summer?? Head over here and get this Groupon for a Family of 4 pack of tickets to the Newport Aquarium for only $25!! Or you can get 2 adult tickets for only $15!!!

We usually have a membership, but it ran out. I plan to take these tickets, at the end of our visit, and upgrade to a membership (at a reduced price!!) Plus, memberships are tax deductible!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Great Kellogg's & milk sale at Albertsons - Get FREE Gas Gift card too!!

Thanks to Fabulessly Frugal for this deal!

Kellogg’s Cereal and Milk Deal!

FREE MILK promo- buy 3 participating Kellogg’s cereals in a single transaction and get a catalinacoupon good towards FREE milk up to $3.99 value.
Kellogg’s Cereal $1.67
(12 ounce size of: Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, Crispix, Froot Loops – 12.2 oz, Cocoa Krispies – 16.5 oz, Frosted Flakes – 14 oz, and 8 ct Pop Tarts)

Then there is the


that runs in conjunction

with this sale!

Buy Kelloggs Products
Buy 3 Get 1 Gallon FREE
Buy 6 Get 2 Gallons FREE
Buy 9 Get 3 Gallons FREE
You can “roll” this transaction which means, you can do it again and use that free milk coupon, AND earn ANOTHER free milk coupon!

Remember, the cereal sale does not start until Wednesday the 30th!!

You can get up to $50.00 in FREE Gas if you submit this Kellogg’s Fuel Rebate!

If you want to do this deal in conjunction with the rebate, make sure you purchase these cereals on this sale:
Kellogg’s Corn Flakes® cereal
Kellogg’s Rice Krispies® cereal
Kellogg’s Crispix® cereal
This Rebates does NOT require a receipt, so check your stockpiles for these cereals!! I personally had 5 already :) You can submit 5 times for up to $50 in gas... and it is going until the END of the year!! So lots of opportunities to use this rebate!! 

Here is a Scenario that I like:
Buy 10 Crispix or Corn flakes
$11.66 out of pocket and Get 10 boxes of cereal and 3 Gallons of Milk (catalina for the next time you shop)
Then Submit for a $10 Fuel Rebate!!!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

$2 off Maybelline

I am a Bzz Agent which is a cool program to generate word of mouth advertising on new products. I have been part of it for a couple years now and LOVE getting all sorts of free products in the mail and then coupons to go with them! I have gotten all sort of awesome stuff through them :)

Well, this week in my mailbox, I got two packages - I'll start with the one that came first:

I got these 4 Maybelline Lip-colors :) I don't wear make-up, ever - except for the occasional lipstick. So I was really excited about them. I may not wear much make-up, but I do LOVE a good lipstick!

I tried them all out, and I must say, they REALLY do last a long time! One day I put it on in the afternoon, and it was STILL on by the next afternoon! It didn't feel like I was wearing lipstick and it looked great even after 24hrs. I must say I am impressed :) They feel great on and really do last a really long time and still look great after hours of wear! I would highly recommend this lip-color! 

Here is a coupon for $2 off!!  So you can go get your own :)

Loreal Mascara and Eye shadow

I am a Bzz Agent which is a cool program to generate word of mouth advertising on new products. I have been part of it for a couple years now and LOVE getting all sorts of FREE products in the mail and then coupons to go with them! I have gotten all sort of awesome free stuff through them :)

This week, I got a package with L'Oreal double Extend Eye Illuminator Mascara and the one Sweep Eye Shadow. I never wear either of these items, but figured i'd give them a try.

The Eye shadow is GREAT. Just one sweep and your ready to go! Seriously easy, especially for someone, like me, who never wears make-up or even know how to put it on... or if you are just in a hurry or don't want to waste time - you get 3 colors at once... I really like this stuff, and would actually buy it :)

Since I've never worn Mascara, I am not sure exactly what makes a good mascara and what doesn't, but this stuff looks great on and in one sweep was ready to go. Both of these items were so easy to use, especially for someone like me who never wears any! And they both looked fantastic on :)

$3 off Huggies coupon

Here is a coupon for $3 ANY size Huggies diapers - Print before it's gone!!

Free Batteries at Staples

YAY! I am getting low on AA batteries, so this sale is just in time for me :)

This week Staples has 20 pack of Duracell Batteries FREE after Staples Rewards Rebate - limit 2. So you will get the money back via a coupon to spend at Staples. You should get it back in time to start back to school shopping :) If you are not a member of their rebate program, you can sign up when you go into the store

Friday, March 25, 2011

Free Lotion at Bath and Body Works

Head over here to print your coupon for a FREE 2oz lotion at Bath and Body Works - no purchase nessesary!

You know where my daughter wants to go this weekend now...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Pampers Code

Here is a new Pampers code:


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Suave Videos = Free Suave products

Head over here and watch the videos and pick which model used which product. I was having issues with the videos working, but slowly, I got them all to work...

Depending on how many you get right, is the amount of coupons or prizes you will receive. I personally got all 8 right, thus meaning I could get a year supply. However, when I went to get my prize, it didn't show up as an option, so I read the rules and it said it was only available while supplies lasted and there were only 4 year supplies allotted :P Bummer! So I opted for the 2 Free products since that was the best one that was left :P So if you get 4 right, then just go claim your prize of 2 free products and don't waste your time watching the rest!

Since I know only 10-20 people will read this here is a hint: bbaaaaba   - sounds like a sheep :) Now they could change the order up, so no guarantees

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Diaper Codes

New Pampers Code


New Huggies Codes:


Sunday, March 13, 2011

FREE Jello Gelatin or Pudding at Safeway

In the Sunday Safeway ad, there is a coupon for Jello Gelatin or Pudding for $1.99

There is a coupon on for $.75 off 1 Jello Gelatin or Pudding snack
Use a doubler

There is also a catalina through 3/27 for these:

Buy 2 Get $1
Buy 3 Get $2
Buy 4 Get $3

Buy 4 -  $7.96
Use 4 coupons - $3
Use a doubler - $2
$2.96 out of pocket and get a $3 Catalina!

Friday, March 11, 2011

$10 on ANY order at

Head over to facebook page and "like" them. Then go to their wall and there is a link to sign up and receive $10 on ANY order! They have all sorts of electronics! Pick up a cheap USB thumb drive, SD card, or MP3 player - there are LOTS of possibilities for a GREAT deal!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Safeway this week

::In-Ad Coupons
Silk Soy or Almond Milk $2.49 (limit 3)
Use $0.75/1 Silk Soymilk 2/6/2011 SS Insert (exp 3/31/2011) OR
Use $0.75/1 Silk Almond Milk OR
Use $0.75/1 Silk Soymilk
Use a doubler - $1.25 - I LOVE this since we don't drink milk around here!! 
Clorox Bleach or Toilet Bowl Cleanser $1.49 (limit 2)
Use $0.25/1 Clorox Regular or Scented Bleach OR
Use $0.25/1 Clorox Bleach OR
Use $0.75/1 Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaners (IE) Printable (FF) OR
Use a doubler - $.24 each!!
::4 Day Sale (Friday-Monday)
Oscar Mayer B1G1 Free
Includes Carving Board or Zip Pack Lunchmeat, Bacon and Beef Franks
Use $2/1 Oscar Mayer Carving Board Meats 

Marie Callender’s Meals $2
Use $1/1 Marie Callender’s Meal from Safeway frozen foods coupon book
Use a Doubler - $.50 each!
Mott’s Apple or Ocean Spray Cranberry Drinks $1.67
Barilla Pasta $1
Johnsonville Breakfast Sausage Links or Patties $2.99
Use $0.55/1 Johnsonville Links, Patties, Roll Sausage
Use doubler - $1.94
Gorton’s Seafood Selections
Use $1/2 Gorton’s Items (IE) Printable (FF) OR
Use $1/2 Gorton’s Product 2/13/2011 SS Insert (exp 5/31/2011) OR
Use $0.50/1 Gorton’s Product 2/13/2011 SS Insert (exp 5/31/2011) OR
Use $1/1 Gorton’s Grilled Item (IE) Printable (FF) OR
Use $1/2 Gorton’s Items (IE) Printable (FF)
Lucerne Whipped Cream 14 oz B1G1 Free
Pepperidge Farm Cookies $3
Use $0.75/1 Pepperidge Farm Cookies 2/13/2011 SS Insert (exp 4/24/2011) OR
Use $0.50/1 Pepperidge Farm Cookies 2/13/2011 SS Insert (exp 4/24/2011) OR
Use $1/2 Pepperidge Farm Cookies 2/13/2011 SS Insert (exp 4/24/2011) OR
Use a doubler - $1.50 per package

Buy Reach Toothbrushes from 3/6 – 3/29:Buy 2, get $1 CatalinaBuy 3, get $2 CatalinaBuy 4+, get $4 Catalina
Use a doubler (I have not printed yet to see if it says cannot double) for another $2 off making this a $2 moneymaker!!

Look ahead at Rite Aid

Here is a look ahead at some of the freebies for next week, so you can get your coupons ready

Chloraseptic 1-6oz or 18-40ct - $3.99
$3.00 UP Reward on 1
$1.00/1 HERE
Final after UP: FREE
Little Remedies Cold & Fever – $3.99
$3.00 UP Reward on 1
$1.00/1 HERE
Final after UP: FREE
Motrin IB PM 40ct – $3.00
$1.00 UP Reward on 1
$1.00/1 VV Mar
$6.00/2 1/9SS
$2.00/1 3/13SS
$1.00/1 HERE
Thermacare 2-3 ct $6.99 
$3/1 2 ct or larger printable (must register)  
$1/1 in-ad coupon
$3 +UP Reward

Visine Original 15mL $4.99 
$1/1 (1-9 SS)
$2/1 in-ad coupon
$1 +UP Reward
99 cents after your reward - FREE if you have the 20% discount!

Purex fabric softening crystals 28 oz $3.99 
$2/1 (3-13 RP) or
$1/1 printable ("like" on Facebook)
 $1/1 Video Values coupon here 
$1 +UP Reward
Use $5.00 off in ad coupon
$20.00 after coupon 

$5/3 Dixie Ultra Plates RA printable (if ultra included)
$.91 for 3 after coupon

FREE $20 Target Gift Card at Plum District

Plum District, the place where we got the 50% off Papa Murphy's gift card, is offering a deal to get a FREE $20 Target Gift Card when you refer 4 friends! FYI- They DON"T have to buy ANYTHING! Just sign up and Verify their email :)

Head to Plum District to sign up!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Pure Maple Syrup at Amazon

I LOVE pure Maple Syrup. I used to be a Mrs. Butterworth's loyal customer, but the cheap syrups don't even have real maple syrup in it - it is just made from High Fructose Corn Syrup! So we made the expensive switch to Pure Maple syrup as not to be pouring high fructose corn syrup on our pancakes

Amazon has a great deal/sale on some Grade A Maple Syrup - You can get 32oz for $17.32 when you use subscribe and save. (you can just cancel when your order ships..)

I just ordered myself some - since we just opened ours and I like to have an extra one, in case it is not on sale when we need it ;)

If you prefer Grade B, it is a few cents cheaper...

Friday, March 4, 2011

.19 Tuna & .03 Sardines at Rite Aid

You will need the 20% discount to get these prices or the 10% discount. If you don't have any discount, then you can get tuna cheaper elsewhere on sale.

Port Clyde Sardines $1.29 (regular price)
buy 1, receive $1 + Up Reward thru 3/29
-20% off Wellness Rewards ($0.26 discount)
or -10% off Wellness ($0.13 cent discount)
Final Price: as low as $0.03 cents!
Bumble Bee Tuna $1.49 (regular price)
buy 1, receive $1 + Up Reward thru 3/29
-20% off Wellness Rewards ($0.30 discount)
or -10% off Wellness ($0.15 cent discount)
Final Price: as low as $0.19!
::other items included
Icy Point Pink Salmon
Del Monte Fruit cans
Motts Apple Sauce jar
Dak Ham
Oberto Jerky
Febreeze Fabric
I went and got the tuna and the sardines this morning. I have never tried Sardines, but my husband mentioned them a couple days ago, I think he was joking, but for .03, I am calling his bluff! Our store had several cans of tuna - I got 8 and there were still plenty left (I resisted the urge to get them all - want to make sure there was plenty for all!) 
I totally forgot to look at the Apple Sauce and Fruit Cans... I guess I'll check those out next time and see if they are a good deal! If you head there, let me know the prices! 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

New Pampers Code

Here is a new code


6 Personal California Pizza Kitchen Pizzas for $.42 each

Here is how you can score 6 Personal size California Pizza Kitchen Pizza's for $.42 each, using no coupons, except the $5 off $15 frozen purchase from the ad (but you will get catalinas):

California Pizza Kitchen Personal Pizzas $2.50 each
Buy 1, receive $1.25 catalina (you will receive 1 for everyone you buy)
Buy 6 California Pizza Kitchen Personal Pizzas $2.50 each
use Save $5 when you spend $15 on Frozen Foods in ad Coupon
Pay: $10 and receive (6) $1.25 Catalinas
Final Price:  $0.42 each!

Not quite as sweet as the Deal earlier this week, but still a great deal on pizzas. Can mix and match with other frozen deals :) If you still have the $1.25 facebook coupon, it would work on this too, making it a FANTASTIC DEAL! I don't see it on facebook right now though :P The coupon in the Safeway frozen food coupon book excludes single serve :(

Harry Potter Pop-up Book

Ok this looks pretty cool, especially if you have a big Harry Potter fan in your house (our entire house falls into that category! We've even been to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter)

Harry Potter Pop-up Book for only $6.99 - down from $34.95! Ships for free with amazon prime or amazon mom!

Need a handbag?

Eversave has a deal today for $40 worth of Handbags at for only $18! This is including FREE shipping :) So if you are in need of a new bag, you might want to go get this deal! Wonder if they have diaper bags?? (although I currently have one I LOVE, and get complements on almost every day!)

Snacks for your $9 Fandango Tickets!

Did you get the 2 $9 Fandango Tickets?? They still have them today if you didn't.. FYI - I was able to get 2 of them... One for me and one for my husband.... So looks like the kids will get to go to the movies :)

Well, you can head over to the Regal Entertainment Group Facebook Page and get a coupon for a Zap Pack! A drink, popcorn, and fruit snack for $2! For this weekend only

If you aren't ready to see a movie this weekend, it looks like they have coupons there each week!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

2 Fandango Tickets for $9 ($4 if you still have your $5 bonus!!)

Hello cheap date night!!

Head over here to living social and get 2 Fandango movie tickets for only $9!! I even had my bonus $5 from my first purchase (buying the 50% off gift card) and scored it for only $4!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

FREE Fruit Snacks & CHEAP Cereal at Safeway!

Safeway has some GREAT deals this week:

BOGO Strawberries
BOGO Fresh Express salad

They have Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks for $.99 and a catalina running:

Buy (3) Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, Receive $1.00 OYNO
Buy (4) Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, Receive $2.00 OYNO
Buy (5) or more Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, Receive $3.00 OYNO

You can print $.50/2 coupons at,, and
I will warn you (since I printed a BUNCH before I noticed :P) that they all say, "do not double" EXCEPT for the ones at, so print as many from there first! This applies to the cereal coupons too!

Here is the deal

Buy 5 fruit snacks @ .99 = $4.95
Use 2 $.50/2 coupons (from
Use a doubler - $1 off ($.50 for each coupon)
$2.95 out of pocket and get $3 in catalinas
5 FREE fruit snacks!

Cereals - Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Golden Grahams, Oatmeal Squares, Life, Cap'n'Crunch for $1.49 each when you buy 4
There are LOTS of coupons at the sites I listed above. Mix and match to your preference. I even have some $1 off Oatmeal Squares coupons leftover from a few weeks ago...
Print the ones that will let you double FIRST!
For example - I know there is a $.75 off Golden Grahams coupon that can be doubled. Use a doubler with it (another $.50 off!), making the cereal just $.25 a box!!! (when you buy 4)
Mix and match coupons and cereals to get the ones you want :)

Friday-Monday Sale:
Deli Creations - $.99
$1/2 coupon at
Use a doubler - $.50
$.50 for 2!

There is also the $5 off $15 in Freezer food coupon still - which has already yielded me some great deals :) There is a HUGE variety of things you can get with it, so mix it with coupons of your favorite freezer foods or use it to get freezer foods that don't normally go on sale or never have coupons to get it at a good price! There should also be a coupon book at Safeway full of coupons for freezer foods. Use a doubler with your coupons to get some great deals :)

Monday, February 28, 2011

3 California Pizza Kitchen Pizza's for $1 today ONLY at Safeway!

I missed this one earlier!
California Pizza Kitchen is on sale for $5 through TODAY at Safeway - here is the deal:
Buy 3 Pizza's @ $5each = $15
Use $5 off $15 frozen purchase (you can even load this onto your card at
Use 3 $1.25/1 – California Pizza Kitchen Pizza – (
(there is also a $1 off coupon in the new Freezer coupon book at Safeway)
Use a doubler coupon for another $1.50 off

Total of $4.75 out of pocket
You will then get 3 $1.25 catalinas for buying the Pizza! This is like getting all 3 pizzas for $1!! Can't beat $.33 for a Pizza :)

FREE PB at Safeway - today ONLY

Safeway has a coupon in their ad from yesterday for Skippy PB for $1.49 each.

If you have the Football coupon book they had last month, there is a $1 off coupon in there that expires TODAY! 

Use a doubler for another $.50 off - making it FREE!

Don't have the Football coupon book? - Online at there is a $1 off coupon that you can load to your card! You can't double it, but $.49 for a jar of PB is a GREAT deal!

FYI - the Safeway in Corvallis (near HP) had LOTS of the new Freezer coupon books :)

Friday, February 25, 2011

New Pampers Code

Here is a new code


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Free Redbox Tomorrow!

Head over to the Redbox facebook page and under the "freebie" tab to get a Free rental for tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Getting rid of Satellite

We decided to ditch our Directv. We have had it 10 years, but found ourselves rarely watching it, instead watching more and more online (which is FREE).

So we decided to sign up for Netflix, which I am loving! Especially for only $10 a month (which includes getting movies in the mail) - we got our first month FREE too (which ends in a week :P).

We then have a computers (yes, we have multiple computers in our house) hooked up to each of our 2 tv's for watching things online (thanks to a tech savvy husband, he has it all hooked up - one is hooked up to a monitor and the tv - so can do work on the computer and watch something on the tv!)

But we were missing local stations. In the past, we tried out MANY, MANY indoor antennas, and NONE of them worked well for our neighborhood, so we ended up returning all of them.

So we took a chance and ordered this Antenna from Amazon. (it is the cost of ONE month with directtv's cheapest programming) It had GREAT reviews and one of the BEST prices we've seen for this powerful of an antenna.

It arrived on Saturday and we hooked it up to one of the tv's and we got over 17 (I can't remember the exact amount) channels. By far the most we've gotten. We got all the major stations - PBS, CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, CW, and some random extra channels (I haven't explored them all yet). This was all just having it in the house. We plan on installing it outside where our Satellite currently is, when our current subscription runs out (they wouldn't give a refund and we were paid up until the beginning of March)..

Best of all, it is in HD and looked GREAT! (we didn't pay extra for HD on directv) at the best price of all FREE!

Anyone else have an antenna that works in this area??? I would love to know what else works around here :)

So we now have another extra $40 in our pockets each month AND we get to see all the movies we want through Netflix! :) - $500 savings a year!

Target finds - FREE Jeans, dishwasher detergent, dental and cheap cleaner

There are a bunch of new coupons to print our for some great deals!

Women's Jeans are on clearance for just under $5 at Target. There is a $5 off women's denim at, making them free

Finish Dishwashing tabs (10ct) are on sale for 2 for $5. Now I will warn you that our Target was OUT of these as of yesterday afternoon (I managed to get 2 in the morning). However, this price cut is good until the 11th, so you have plenty of time to score this deal. has a $1.50 off Finish Detergent coupon
Stack it with this $1 off Finish Coupon
Making them FREE

There is a $1 off any Up & Up cleaning product at They have many cleaning products for under $2, making them $1 or less!

There is a $1 off and Up & Up Oral Care - Dental Floss is under $1 making it FREE and toothbrushes are about $1.29

$1 off Up & Up Pain Relief. Ibuprofen is on sale for $.99, making it FREE

Smart Ones are on sale for $1.80 - if you buy 6, you will get a FREE freezer bag
Use the $5 off 10 Smart ones at
stack with $4.00/10 – Weight Watchers Smart Ones
Making them $9 for 10 plus a FREE freezer bag

Seventh Generation Products are around $3 or less and there are a couple of coupons available:
 $1.00/1- Seventh Generation item – (
 $1.00/1 – Seventh Generation Product – (

Monday, February 21, 2011

New Pamper code

Here is a new pampers code


Friday, February 18, 2011

Tuna for $.44 a can at Amazon!

Amazon has a GREAT deal on Tuna. You can get 48 cans of Chicken of the Sea Tuna for $21.32 or $.44 a can! This is all without coupons and you don't even have to leave your house.

This is better than Winco prices on Tuna and while you can sometimes get it on sale for 3 for $1 at Fred Meyer, it doesn't happen too often!

$2 off Wholly Guacamole coupon

Go here to print a $2 off Wholly Guacamole coupon

This often goes on sale for $2-3, so should be able to score some CHEAP guacamole (considering 1 avocado is about $.88 on sale, this is a GREAT coupon). Fred Meyer here sells Calvo, so keep an eye out at Albertsons, Safeway, and Winco!

$2 off Challenge butter

I meant to post this a couple days ago, but it has been a CRAZY week around here :)

Head over here and print a coupon for $2 off Challenge Tuscan butter. Last time they had this coupon, I got a bunch for FREE at Freddy's :) It is really yummy and I like using it when I make homemade rolls to give an extra level of flavor to the rolls!

Is it weird that I got a NEW computer (making it 4 computers at home) and I am most excited about getting to print more coupons?? Yeah, I am weird like that :P

75% off Clearance at Target & $.53 Clorox Wipes!

Our Target had the Valentine's clearance 75% off - which started today, because I was in yesterday and it was still 50%.

You can also get Clorox Wipes for $.53. They are on price cut for $2.28, then you can use the $1 off Clorox coupons from facebook (I printed mine awhile ago, not sure if still available) and then on there is a $.75 off coupon for Clorox Wipes, making it $.53 each!! I LOVE these :)

So here is what I picked up for LESS than $20

  • 2 Clorox Wipes
  • Gain Laundry Sheets (using the $3 coupon in the paper from Sunday)
  • 4 Valentine's books - including a This Karen Katz book (which my baby LOVES her books!), a Fancy Nancy, I Spy, and a baby touch and feel
  • bag of snickers mini's (my after-workout treat, yes I realize it is counterproductive)
  • bag of M&M's
  • Sweethearts
  • 1 BIG package of Star Wars Silly Bandz (originally $10!)
  • another pack of silly bandz
  • 2 packages of Paper plates
  • 3 Large, Fluffy, Fleece blankets (which my kids are cuddled up with right now ;)  originally $10 each!)
The kids were pretty happy about the haul :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


I just added my Disney (land and world) tips from my now private family blog here so others who do not see my family blog can still see them :) There is also Washington DC tips too

Disneyland Travel Tips

Because I get so MANY asking for help and tips about going to Disney (3 THIS week ALONE), I am doing some blog posts with all my best tips. I will label them, so you can easily click on the RIGHT side of the blog to find these posts. Please refer people to these post as I will put all my recommendations and tip here. I will update these with new information or as we travel. So these will be continuously updated posts

Disneyland -

Disneyland is much easier to plan than DisenyWorld - at least for me. We have been so often, we have stayed, done so many things down there, I think I have going down there almost to a science - so this post will be shorter than the DisneyWorld post. FYI - I do NOT make any money from my recommendations! We travel on the cheap, so we can go often :)

This is the BEST place to get up to date information about saving money (to either park)
My other favorite sites

Before you go, watch for sales at the You can buy all your souvenirs beforehand because they sell the park merchandise, including Mickey Ears (for both parks). They OFTEN have FREE shipping and then OFTEN have extra $$ or % off coupons available (just google "Disneystore coupon code" and it should bring up current codes) plus get another percentage back shopping through Ebates. Just pack them in your suitcase and bring them out for the kids when you get to the parks! The personalization on the hats are even cheaper online than at the parks (sometimes they even offer it for FREE online!). So no waiting in lines to pay or going through the crowded stores! Plus you avoid sales tax (especially if you live here in Oregon like we do!)

Always check rehab updates to see what might be closed when you are going, so you can plan that in (or if a favorite ride, change your plans)


I have a couple of criteria when we stay at Disneyland:
  • It MUST be within walking distance (I don't want to pay to park or pay for the shuttle, which for all of us, would be more than parking fees :P). It is so much FASTER to just walk (and cheaper too) to your hotel than go to the parking lot or to wait around for a shuttle (they don't run that often). You can easily walk back for Lunch or Dinner - thus savings you LOTS of money paying for food in the park. You can also take a break and go swimming or take a nap, etc.
  • It must have a refrigerator and preferably a microwave (to save money on food and eat at hotel)
  • It must be clean and nice - I am picky - I am a Hilton, Marriot type of person and watch for sales.discounts to be able to stay at nicer hotels at a discount@

We have stayed at several of the hotels that meet this criteria - some better than others (if want recommendations on certain hotels, just contact me). However, our searching came to an end when we found our favorite - for many reasons which I shall list

I am not usually a fan of Howard Johnson (I am a Hilton, Marriott, etc. kind of a girl), but this on is different from the rest
  • Last time we stayed, the rooms were recently remodeled and the beds were by far some of the BEST beds I have slept on in a hotel! (and I've stayed in some REALLY nice hotels!)
  • They have Refrigerators and Microwaves (some rooms do not ave microwaves - it depends on the room) - Great for cereal in the morning, Sandwich fixings, etc.
  • The rooms are decent size and nice
  • It is an 8 minute walk to the front gates of Disneyland (that is with kids!)
  • The kids FAVORITE part - they have BY FAR the BEST and ONLY water park/pool area in walking distance (and farther too) other than the expensive Disney hotels. They have waterslides, water cannons, spray areas, dump bucket, pirate ship, etc. Even another quiet pool separate. Our last trip, my kids were more excited to play in it than to go to DIsneyland (does that mean we go to DIsneyland too often?? Nah....that is impossible!)
  • My favorite part (other than those listed) - the price. Their regular prices are comparable to the other hotels - however, they also have the "entertinment rate" You know those entertainment books that are sold (the books of coupons). There is a card in the front of all those books that you will need. Then you can book these rates. They are from $59 a night for a 2 queen to $99 for a two room kids suite (there are some more in between those prices too). I HIGHLY doubt that you can find anything cheaper. If this rate is not available for your dates, they will give you 15% off their best rate, or call and see if they have any other specials. For example, I just booked it for the Half Marathon at their special 25% off running of the ears special. In many cases, their prices can't be beat and you really will get a great hotel and pool that the kids will love! ANd walk to the parks saving parking and shuttle fess making them an even BETTER deal!!! Trust me, it is much faster to walk, than to make your way all the way to the parking lot or waiting around for a shuttle!
  • You will love the hotel, and like us, continue to go back - we don't even look elsewhere anymore. I know I can't beat their prices for what I get (waterpark area, refrigerator, great customer service, NICE hotel, walking distance, etc)

Tickets and Meals

Joseph gets a discount through his work, so if you know us, give us a call and we can check and see if they are cheaper for you

Ares Travel or Get Away Today have the best prices. However, do NOT buy your ticekts too far in advance, they often have some sort of ticket special they release, so you can get them cheaper. These companies will carry these tickets. FYI - Get Away Today contacted me and said "Just so you know we have the best price best service guarantee so if anything, including tickets have a price reduction, we will honor it" I must say I like the idea that if there is a price reduction, you can get the savings :) So if you are an advanced planner or a last minute one (we have done both down to there!!) They can help you out to get the best prices :)

Ares & Get Away today also offer for you to pre-buy your character meals - they include tax and gratuity cheaper than you can get if you just go to the park and pay. I do think that character meals are worth the price. We are recent converts to this way of thinking, but they are so much fun and beat waiting in line to see them! So If you are wanting to do one or two, I HIGHLY recommend buying them this way - you will save quite a bit of money and one of the ONLY ways to save on food in the parks :(

Other avenues to get your travel

Costco Travel also offers GREAT packages and prices for their packages, so they are worth checking out, at least to compare!

Alaska Air often offers "Kids Fly Free" promotions - we did this last time and it was a good deal

If you have a Disney Visa, they always have freebies/rewards when you go! like discounts on food, merchandise, free photos, etc.

Food (DTD = Downtown Disney)
  • Look for coupons for the dtd restaurants - mousesavers often has them listed
  • Take snacks and water into the park to save TONS of money
  • WE have eaten at most of the restaurants, and find most of them alright, but I can't think of any stands outs - except for maybe Rancho del Zocalo, the Carnation Cafe, and Harbour Galley. However, for the most part, it is all just park food and I would try to eat outside the park and at your hotel as much as possible.
  • The Blue Bayou (in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride) was fun to eat at for the atmosphere, but WAY WAY too expensive ($25+ per person) for the mediocre food you get.
  • The Princess Character Meal is GREAT! It is better than the ones at DisneyWorld (except eating in the Castle at DisneyWorld is way cool, bit other than that, this one is better)
  • The Lilo and Stitch one was fantastic and you could order off the menu (which was way cheaper than the buffet), but they changed it to a Mickey meal, and we have not tried that one yet... We will be trying the other ones soon!
  • Rainforest Cafe in DTD is fun for kids - way over-priced, but fun and you can often get coupons to make it affordable. Try the Volcano if you are feeling rich!
  • Try the benets at the Jazz Kitchen in DTD
  • Dole Whips (outside of the Tiki room) are a MUST DO for us! (and a decent price!)

Tips for touring

  • Get there when it opens! Mornings have the shortest lines and amount of people. Smallest lines and least amount of people in the mornings - get there early!
  • Do Dumbo and Peter Pan FIRST! These are POPULAR rides without fastpass. Get there first thing in the morning to get on with minimum wait, because there are ALWAYS long lines!
  • Fantasyland is great in the morning - least amount of lines - we always do these first.
  • Use Fastpass as much as possible! Look at the bottom of your ticket and get another as soon as it is available
  • You don't have to use the fastpass in the times it says, it just has to be after the time it states, but can be anytime after that.
  • Use Rider Swap if you have kids that can't ride. It is like getting an extra fastpass and good for up to 4 people. We will get fastpasses for a ride, get a rider swap for the parent that doesn't go on, then you all get to use the fastpass lane and the kids (that can ride) get to go twice.

Anything else you'd like to know or see here? Comment and I will add it and update this post or give an opinion! I will continuously update this post with information from our trips and experiences!