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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. Old Navy
The deal: Snap up jeans for the whole family starting at $10 for children and $15 for adults during this denim sale. For those able to make it in-store today, stack this Facebook coupon for 30 percent off a single item to save even more on one pair, or use promo code THANKS to save 30 percent on your entire online purchase.   
Good through: Sale is ongoing; promo codes expire Aug. 24.

2. JC Penney
The deal: Back-to-school shopping? Print this coupon good for $10 off any $25 in-store purchase, or use code GOTASALE online for the same savings on shoes, backpacks, coats and more.
Good through: Aug. 26-27 only.

3. Paper Snaps
The deal: Get a free Grandparents Day card (retail $3.75) for the special grandmother or grandfather in your life. Use promo code GDAY11 at checkout, and receive free first-class shipping, too.
Good through: Ongoing

4. Flickr
The deal: Ready to live your summer-vacation memories? Sign up for a free photo-sharing account with this company owned by Yahoo! and get 50 free photo prints. Flickr allows users to organize and share pictures with whomever you want – photo captions optional.
Good through: Ongoing

5. Orange Julius
The deal: Join the OJ Quench Club and receive an e-coupon for a free Julius fruit drink or Premium Fruit Smoothie, as well as a treat on your birthday and special offers throughout the year. Popular flavors include the traditional orange, strawberry and the Tropical Tango smoothie, which features pineapple, banana and orange.
Good through: Ongoing 

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