Frugal Family: Great Buys For Parents

Patch scours the South Sound to help find deals that can save parents a buck or two.

These days, we’re all watching every dollar. From coupons to Craigslist, local families are taking advantage of a variety of deals to stretch their budgets even further.

This weekly column is dedicated to giving you five great local deals each week that will help your family save money, and, since we are doing the legwork for you, save time, too.

Your guide for this low-cost journey is a self-proclaimed coupon queen who can empty the Baby Gap’s sales racks and the cereal aisle at Safeway for mere dollars.

You, the reader, are a big part of this column. Feel free to share deals you have come across in the comments box below!

Check back each week to see what we have found to help save you money.

Remember to check with the merchant for additional conditions to deals published here.

1. Shutterfly
The deal: Create a 5-by-7 Mother’s Day card using your own digital photos and just pay $0.99 for shipping by using promo code, MOMCARD, at checkout. Choose from a variety of designs; this is a great memento for picture-loving grandmas. Added bonus: Shutterfly is offering 50 free 4-by-6 photo prints for new accounts.
Good through: Thursday, April 28

2. Land of Nod
The deal: Get free shipping on all toys at this popular children’s store that sells high-quality furniture, bedding and more. A great opportunity to purchase unique toys such as a mini-foosball table; child-sized teepee; and pink cradle and high chair for dolls without paying the standard shipping of at least $4.95. (The only retail location in Washington is at University Village in Seattle.)
Good through: Monday, May 9.

The deal: Sign up for Moctezuma’s online Fiesta Club and receive a free lunch or dinner on your birthday at its Tacoma or Gig Harbor locations. You'll also receive emails for deals and specials, including a periodic coupon for fabulous free queso dip.
Good through: Ongoing.

4. See Kai Run
The deal: Get free shipping on all online orders from this Seattle-based company known for trendy, comfortable shoes for children. Navy fisherman’s sandals for boys and pink ruffly ones for girls are among its summer offerings. Shipping is $6.50 for orders under $60, making this a great deal for those wanting to buy just a pair or two.
Good through: Wednesday, May 4.

5. Gene Juarez
The deal: Purchase a gift card of $160 or more and receive a custom weekender tote full of sample-sized products and a discount passport good on a variety of services, valued at more than $100. For those unable to make it into the salon, buy a gift card in the same amount online and receive a bonus $15 gift card in addition to the same deals in the passport. This is a great idea for a Mother’s Day gift -- the “Be Relaxed” package, featuring a 60-minute tranquility massage and classic pedicure, is $150.
Good through: While supplies last.

Bonnie April 27, 2011 at 02:24 PM
In addition to the Gene Jaurez deal you mentioned, they also periodically have 50$ cuts on a Mondays with high level stylists! A great deal considering the sytlists involved usually charge over 75$ a cut. Join their mailing list, and keep an eye out.
Akiko Oda April 27, 2011 at 05:27 PM
Great tip! Thanks, Bonnie.


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