Frugal Family: Great Buys For Parents

Gig Harbor 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. Krispy Kreme
The deal: Stop into the popular doughnut franchise on Thursday and celebrate National Coffee Day with a free 12-ounce cup of their House Blend java. If you strike while the “hot” sign is lit, you just may snag a free regular doughnut to go with your coffee.
Good through: Thursday, Sept. 29 only.

2. Amazon.com
The deal: Receive 20 percent off your $50 purchase of selected baby shoes for boys and girls from such popular brands as Pediped, Robeez and Umi. The promotional discount is taken off during checkout. 
Good through: Ongoing, but online promotions change regularly.

3. Sears Portrait Studio
The deal: Get a jump start on holiday photos of your little one with 26 photos for only $7.99 with this printable coupon. The package includes one 8x10, one 5x7, four 3½x5s, four wallets and 16 minis of one pose of a single subject. Even better – there is no session fee.
Good through: Nov. 30.

The deal: Nothing says happy birthday like a free cheese quesadilla or taco. Sign up your child – age 12 and under –for Club Carlos and they will get a postcard in the mail for a free kids meal on their birthday every year until they turn 12. All kids meals come with chips and a drink.
Good through: Ongoing.

5. JC Penney
The deal: Sign up for the retailer’s mobile mailing list by submitting your name and cellphone number and receive a coupon for $10 off your purchase of $30. A good deal to stack with fall sales on sweaters, coats and newly arriving cold-weather accessories.
Good through: Ongoing.


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