free-glasses, an online eye wear company, is offering a fantastic promotion until July 31: Get your first pair of glasses for FREE if you’re a new customer when you use the code FIRSTPAIRFREE at checkout.

Sounds a bit too good to be true (Will the frames be junk? Will they make me look like a dork?). Since I have the eyesight of a freaking eagle and my husband got himself some Lasik, I asked Laurie, one of our contributors, and her husband to try out

Is there anything possibly less fun than losing one’s glasses? Hmm, maybe having to navigate to the optometrist without said glasses to pick out, order and pay full price for new glasses. Absolutely zero fun. So when my husband lost his last pair of glasses, and our insurance informed us that they would not be paying for a new pair until November, we thought we would give Coastal a shot.

A free pair of decent glasses seems a bit too good to be true, but even James was able to quickly find multiple frames he would be comfortable wearing out in public. I might note that this is a man who is pretty particular about his glasses, and his running shoes, and the color of shirts he prefers to wear, and what he enjoys for night time snacks, but I digress…


Ordering from the Coastal website was a breeze and transferring his prescription information into the order was a quick process. We paid the shipping charge, which was much less than taking our family of five to Burgerville for lunch. The time it took to complete the order start to finish was quicker than one episode of “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.” Ask me how I know that.

We received an order confirmation the same day and a shipping notification the following day. Estimated delivery was six days, but since they are shipped from the Pacific Northwest, they arrived in just three!


Here are some shots of James in his new glasses,  Sharp, right?

Overall we are very pleased with the quality and ease of ordering from Coastal.  We saved a ton by trying out a pair for free, and would definitely consider ordering from them in the future!

Success! I love it when I force one of my contributors try out a deal and they are honestly jacked about it.


I simply can’t believe how many frames they have to choose from with this promotion. There are 27 pages of options! And there are some expensive brands available — some up to $128!


And Coastal has kids frames included in the sale as well! There are some really cool ones — both understated and some funky colored ones!

Ready to take the plunge? Head to to get your FREE pair of glasses! Remember to use the code FIRSTPAIRFREE at checkout! This offer ends July 31, 2014.

The free glasses promotion is for first time prescription glasses customers only. One pair free per customer per prescription. Coastal reserves the right to verify all prescriptions. Valid for coupon eligible frames only. 1.5 index lenses included for free. Lens upgrades including: higher index lenses, progressives, Transitions, polarized and all lens coatings are available at additional cost. Shipping costs apply and are typically up to $20. Cannot be combined with other offers.

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Target: More school supply deals (Crayola, Mead, Bic & more)

by Kate from Frugal Living NW on July 28, 2014


Here are a few more school supply deals at Target using these new Target coupons. Use these deals in addition to the extensive list in the Target weekly deals list.


PaperMate Pens (10 pack) on sale $.97
Buy 2
Use $1/2 Target coupon
$.47 each after coupon when you buy 2


Sharpie Highlighters on sale $.89
Buy 2
Use $1/2 Target coupon
$.39 each after coupon when you buy 2


Mead Five Star Zipper Binder on sale $9.99
Buy 2
Use $1/2 coupon from 7/6 P&G (expires 7/30) or $2/1 coupon from 8/3 SS insert (coming this Sunday*)
Use (2) $2/1 Target coupon
$7.49 each after coupon when you buy 2
*If you’re in Oregon you can purchase a paper Saturday morning and do this deal that day. We may or may not receive the coupon but either way it’s a fantastic deal of $5.99 if you wait.


BIC Mechanical Pencils (8 pack) on sale $1.17
Buy 2
Use $1/2 Target coupon
$.67 each after coupon when you buy 2
*Sorry for the fuzzy picture. Shaky hands.


****Crayola deal scenario****

Buy Crayola Fine Tip Markers on sale $1.25
Buy Crayola Twistable Crayons on sale $2.50
Buy Crayola Colored Pencils on sale $1.29
Buy Crayola Crayons (64 ct) on sale $2.50
Buy (3) Crayola (24 ct) Crayons on sale $.50
Buy Crayola Markers on sale $1.29
Use $2/$10 Target coupon
$8.33 for everything after coupon
*There are more crayola coupons and Cartwheel offers that can be found in the Coupon Database.

Looking for more deals? Check out the best of this week’s school supply deals here.


Find more Target deals here. Get the exhaustive list of Target coupon match-ups with a printable list feature here.

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Sodastream Starter Kit

Amazon has the SodaStream Fountain Jet Home Soda Maker Starter Kit, Black and Silver  for $69 + $20 mail in rebate making it just $49 shipped right now. This is the best price it’s been on Amazon and the lowest online retailer price. Our friends own one and LOVE it.

Print out your SodaStream rebate here.

  • FREE 60-liter carbonator at over 15000 locations with mail-in-rebate use UPC 811369007155
  • Transform ordinary tap water into fresh great-tasting soda or sparkling water in less than 30 seconds
  • Choose from over 60 better-for-you regular diet and all-natural soda mix varieties with no high-fructose corn syrup and no aspartame
  • Each bottle of soda mix makes up to 12 liters of soda (33 cans); Requires no electricity no batteries and no clean up

More ways to save at Amazon:

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July: Produce in season for the Pacific Northwest

by Emily from Frugal Living NW on July 28, 2014

Summer Produce in the Pacific NW: What is ripe in July?

July: Produce in season for the Pacific NW

* Thanks to the warm weather we had in late May/early June this year, crops are about 1-2 weeks ahead of last year’s schedule. We will update this post as crops ripen through the summer. *

Blueberries (my favorite u-pick berry) are coming down the home stretch. If you want to pick some, head out this week! Check out Pick Your Own for u-pick farms near you! Blackberries are also ripening everywhere right now for the low, low price of free. Get some! Peaches & apricots, as well as early varieties of apples, are also ready now.

Local corn is coming in from the field, in addition to green beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, and peppers. My kale continues to produce like gang busters. We’ve been drinking green juices every day just to keep up.

So much fresh local produce is at its peak right now! You just can’t beat summer in the Pacific NW.

Here are some other crops that are currently in season, along with a few of our favorite ways to use them:







Greens (chard, kale)






Food Rules: An Eaters Manual by Michael Pollan

You’ve heard of Michael Pollan’s books. They are a thorough, thoughtful look at the food we eat. One of my favorites is Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual (Amazon). It is a fast, funny read, highlighting 64 simple “rules” about healthy eating habits. Including my favorite: “It’s not food if it’s served through the window of your car.”

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For a limited time, you can download Cooking with Quinoa:: Nutrition Facts, History of Quinoa, and 25 Proven Recipes for a Healthier Diet for FREE ($2.99 value)!

Quinoa is a gluten-free, super food rich in protein and antioxidants—that has turned into a popular item in the kitchen. While quinoa has become popular, what is lesser known is how this “perfect protein” can be incorporated into practically any recipe in the kitchen. Luckily this book, ”Cooking With Quinoa: Nutrition Facts, History of Quinoa, and 25 Proven Recipes for a Healthier Diet” can help with that problem.

Quinoa Patties: One of the best vegetarian meals. Can be modified for most diets and tastes!

Make sure you also check out our super popular Quinoa Patties recipe. It’s the most delicious meatless meal I’ve ever had!

This eBook is designed for your Kindle or the Kindle Fire, but you can also download it to your tablet, computer or smart phone. Find more free and popular ebooks on Amazon here.

Prices are subject to change at any time and without notice.

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I’m a big fan of Suave’s new Professional line of hair and skin care products. I like the quality and the price is fantastic. Honestly, it’s the smell of the products that I really love — it smells like a natural item instead of a strange chemical factory :).

Purchase Suave®Professionals at Walgreens and save on your favorite personal care products! You can get Suave® Professionals for a $3 everyday value – including the New Suave Professionals Body Wash, infused with spa-inspired ingredients for beautiful skin. Suave® Body washes have bright, clean scents that leave your skin feeling fresh and delightfully fragrant.

Ready for a great deal? This week at Walgreens, get 2,000 Balance Rewards Points when you buy $6 worth of Suave Professionals Body Wash and/or Suave Professionals Lotion.


Here’s how to do the deal:

Suave Professionals Body Wash and Lotion — $3
Buy $6+, Get 2,000 Balance Rewards Points ($2)
Buy 2
Use (2) $.50/1 coupons from 7/27 RP insert
Pay $5, Get $2 rewards
$1.50 each after coupons & rewards

Not bad! You can find additional Suave coupons in the Frugal Living NW Coupon Database! The Balance Rewards Points offer goes through August 2, 2014.


Now, on to the giveaway! Enter to win a $50 Walgreens Gift Card so you can check out Suave Professionals products! To enter this giveaway, just leave a comment with what you’d pick up at Walgreens with a $50 gift card!

Comments will close and one winner randomly selected at Noon on Saturday, August 2, 2014.

This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are completely my own.

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Microfiber Cleaning Cloths just 43¢ each shipped

by Angela Davis on July 28, 2014


Amazon has a great deal on Microfiber Cleaning Cloths right now — as low as 43¢ each shipped! Here’s how to do the deal:

:: Go to the Zwipes Microfiber Cleaning Cloths (24-Pack) page.

:: Select your Subscribe & Save delivery interval. I always select the 6 month option so I have plenty of time to cancel or change my subscription if I want (see below).

:: Add the item to your cart by clicking the “Subscribe & Save” button instead of the “One time delivery” button. You will receive 15% off plus FREE shipping when you subscribe to 5+ items that arrive in the same month or 5% plus FREE shipping if have less than 5.

Once you’ve enrolled in the Subscribe & Save program, you will receive automatic shipments of that product from Amazon at intervals you set. You are under no obligation to continue your subscription once your initial order ships and you can easily cancel through the “Manage” option in “Your Account.”

You will pay $10.88 total for 24 microfiber cleaning cloths, which is 43¢ per wipe shipped! You’ll pay 51¢ per cloth if you have the 5% discount.

Prices are subject to change at any time and without notice.

More ways to save at Amazon:

Thanks, One Hundred Dollars a Month!

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