We’re going to start a more regular feature on Frugal Living NW: Deals with Dave from (surprise!) Dave, Kate’s husband and one of our family’s favorite people. Dave will be sharing both his shopping adventures and his recently launched weight-loss journey:

It’s official! After gaining untold liters of fat over the holiday season, I am caving, and doing what every red-blooded American male dreads — joining WeightWatchers.

Why is WeightWatchers such a struggle for men?

  1. In a man’s mind, doing WW is the diet equivalent of joining Curves.
  2. This type of weight loss system does not have an “X” in the title.
  3. There is a serious chance of losing essential amounts of testosterone just by looking at the website (this is already an issue for men over 40).

But here’s the deal: WeightWatchers has a proven track record of helping people lose weight, both women and men. Not to mention Charles Barkley used to do it, and he seems like he’s still a man.

If you join by January 31, 2015 and sign up for two months, the third month is free. I have no problem calling my manhood into question in order to save money.

In exchange for a free three-month WeightWatchers’ membership, Dave has agreed to share his weight loss journey with us. It’s going to be an absolute hoot.

Want to join Dave? WeightWatchers is running an awesome special through the end of January: Buy 2 months, Get 1 month FREE + join for FREE! You can select any of these plans and get the free month offer:

OnlinePlus (no real-life meetings or coaching, but you have access to 24/7 expert chat — everything is online)
$19.95 per month ($39.90 total for 3 months if you sign-up by 1/31)

Meetings + OnlinePlus (real-life meetings)
$44.95 per month ($89.90 total for 3 months if you sign-up by 1/31)

Personal Coaching + OnlinePlus (1:1 personal coaching by phone)
$54.95 per month ($109.90 total for 3 months if you sign-up by 1/31)

Total Access + OnlinePlus (meetings + 1:1 coaching)
$69.95 per month ($139.90 total for 3 months if you sign-up by 1/31)

Dave is doing the OnlinePlus plan.

Head to WeightWatchers to sign up for the Buy 2 months, Get 1 month FREE offer here.

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Irish Nachos (easy appetizer for the big game!) #GoHawks

by Emily from Frugal Living NW on January 29, 2015

Irish Nachos -- A simple twist on the traditional nacho. Potatoes + bacon + nacho toppings. Delicious!

Someday I will write a book titled, “Everything I Need to Know About Life I Learned from a 15-year Old.” That would be my niece. She teaches me important things about my smart phone, like where to find the calculator and how to block texts from Jamaica. She has my husband reading Divergent, while I’m borrowing her book on backyard chickens. Thanks to her, I’m up on what the kids are wearing these days and where to buy those boots to go with those pants. And she was the one who first told me about Local Boyz. If you live in the Corvallis area, you know this is important information.

She teaches me just enough to be slightly awkward but not completely clueless when it comes to pop culture, teenagers, sports, animals, and fashion. So, basically our own personal Siri.

She was hanging out at our house one afternoon and I was like, “Siri, what should I make for dinner?” Irish Nachos, she said. I had every single ingredient on hand, which never happens on those last-minute dinner scrambles. While technically an appetizer, Irish Nachos are now a regular weekend dinner for our family. They are easy, filling, and disapper fast.

Irish Nachos (recipe)

This recipe is probably to Irish food what Panda Express is to Chinese food, but hey, it’s got potatoes so we’re just going to grab that and run with it. I hope your New Years Resolutions are a distant memory because these are so worth the splurge. Think potatoes roasted in bacon grease topped with melted cheese, crisp bacon, green onions, and sour cream. When it comes to bacon, my heart still belongs to Hempler’s. It is the best. Whenever it goes on sale, I load my freezer like a bacon hoarder. Oh, and I really, really hope you have some Cowboy Candy (Candied Jalapenos) because that just knocks these nachos out of the park.

Super Bowl. St. Patricks Day. Or Tuesday night. Forget Siri. I’m telling you: Irish Nachos should be your next appetizer/dinner/midnight snack.

Irish Nachos (recipe)

Irish Nachos
serves 4-6 as an entree, 6-8 as an appetizer

6 slices bacon
1 lb. small potatoes (I prefer gold/yellow)
1 c. shredded cheese

chopped chives or green onions, sour cream, ketchup, and/or jalapenos for serving

  1. Preheat the oven to 350-degrees. Lay the slices of bacon on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until brown and crispy. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain, then roughly chop the bacon and set it aside. Wipe some grease off the baking sheet, leaving enough on the pan so the potatoes won’t stick.
  2. Using a mandolin or sharp knife, slice the potatoes into 1/4″ rounds. Blot with a paper towel until dry. Toss in the bacon grease and spread into a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake at 425 for 20-25 minutes, flipping once, until the potatoes are baked through and brown.
  3. Sprinkle the top of the nachos with the shredded cheese and chopped bacon pieces. Slide back into the oven for 2-3 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
  4. Add the additional toppings before serving or serve them alongside in small bowls.


The Complete Irish Pub Cookbook (Amazon)

The Complete Irish Pub Cookbook is Amazon’s #1 Bestseller in Irish cooking, with 4.7 stars. For less than $6, you can “set your taste buds tingling.” Who could refuse an offer like that?

Find more delicious recipes on our Recipe Page! And make sure you’re following us on Pinterest for more recipe inspiration!

Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos recipe French Onion Dip with Caramelized Onions

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Tri-Blade Vegetable Spiral Slicer for $24.95 (reg. $49.95)

by Kate from Frugal Living NW on January 29, 2015


Amazon has the Tri-Blade Vegetable Spiral Slicer for $29.95 right now. These are awesome! I used one at a Thai food cooking class and fell in love. I’m convinced it will make me eat more vegetables. Great price!

  • FDA approved – Made of 100% BPA free material in FDA approved facilities. We believe this is the most important requirement of making safe and healthy food
  • Heavy duty – Three blades are made of type 440 (High grade iron from Germany) stainless iron for the best performance and easy cleaning. The machine is made of durable reinforced ABS plastic to enjoy both the light weight and long lasting
  • Blades – Includes 3 sets of blades: 1/8-inch spacing, 1/4-inch spacing, and straight blade for ribbon cuts. All blades are made of type 440 high carbon stainless iron for the best performance
  • Easy to use – The machine can be dissembled easily for easy cleaning. Special designed strong suction vacuum cups guarantee the secure operation. Extra long spikes on vegetable holder hold vegetables firmly
  • Warranty – All genuine CQ Wellness Products are covered by a 100% CQ Wellness Satisfaction Guarantee and 2-year CQ Wellness warranty. Customer satisfaction is our highest priority

Shipping is FREE with Amazon Prime or a qualifying order of $35 on eligible items. Prices are subject to change at any time and without notice.

More ways to save at Amazon:

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Whole Foods: Seeds of Change Rice Packets just $.89

by Kate from Frugal Living NW on January 29, 2015


Whole Foods has a great deal this week on Seeds of Change rice packets. Here’s how to do the deal:

Seeds of Change Rice Product on sale $2.39
Use $1.50/1 coupon – zip 30033
$.89 after coupon

Find the most Whole Foods weekly deals here.

Thanks, Who Spends Money!

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Martha Stewart Living Magazine Discount

Get a one-year subscription to Martha Stewart Living Magazine for just $9.99 today only (1/29). Use the code FRUGALNW at checkout and your total will drop from $20 to $9.99.

Martha Stewart Living Magazine was created by the famous television hostess who has become the popular advisor on all things for the home and garden. Each issue of Martha Stewart Living Magazine allows you to celebrate the simple things of everyday life, such as gardening, entertaining, renovating, cooking, and decorating.

You may get up to a one year subscription at this price (new or renewal). This deal will expire at 8:59 pm Pacific tonight.

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Safeway: Best Foods Mayonnaise $.88 & FREE Jose Ole Mextremes

by Brittany from Frugal Living NW on January 29, 2015


Here’s a great Catalina deal at Safeway.

Best Foods Mayonnaise (30 oz) on sale $2.88 with weekly ad coupon
Buy 2
Buy 2, Get $2 Catalina
Use (2) $.50/1 coupons from 1/25 RP insert
Use (2) Safeway doubles (-$1)
Pay $3.76, Get $2 Catalina
$.88 each after coupon, double, & Catalina


And here’s a great freebie, especially if you are working on the teamwork bonus with Ibotta.

Jose Ole Mextremes on sale $3.99
Buy 1, Get $2 Ibotta offer
Use $2/1 Just4U digital coupon
Pay $1.99, Get $2 from Ibotta
FREE after coupon & Ibotta offer

Most of these deals use a Safeway double coupon, which is available at Oregon & SW Washington (Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania & Klickitat Counties) Safeways only. You can double up to 4 manufacturer’s coupons per transaction, up to 50¢ each. The double coupon is found in the weekly ad at the bottom of the middle page and look’s like this:


Safeway stores are inconsistent from store to store with their double coupon policy. The following is taken directly from Safeway’s Just4U coupon policy on their website:

Check with your local store regarding “double coupon” promotions where customers will receive double the manufacturer coupon face value off the regular or club card price up to the identified limit. Not all locations offer double coupon promotions and the terms of such promotions may differ by time and store. Limitations and restrictions for double coupon promotions may change at any time. Changes will be posted in store only. “Double coupon” promotions do not apply to any internet or digital coupons except for applicable internet printed manufacturer coupons. These explanations and restrictions on “double coupons” apply to any promotion that increases the value of a manufacturer coupon beyond its face value.

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

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Robitussin coupons & Ibotta offers

by Brittany from Frugal Living NW on January 29, 2015


There are some Robitussin coupons that pair well with Robitussin Ibotta offers right now.


Remember, you can typically print two coupons per computer. Find more printable coupons here.

Looking for a specific coupon? Search the Frugal Living NW Coupon Database!

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