Earlier this week I shared an awesome opportunity for all of you to try out a newly launched product on Amazon at a significant discount. I simply cannot believe how successful that deal was — you all went bonkers over it! After much discussion with my husband, who is also about to launch his own product (seriously, he’s manufacturing and launching a real-life product), we’ve decided to get real with this idea and start Premium Review Services, a concierge review management service that connects entrepreneurial manufacturers with dedicated reviewers. Honestly, it’s a perfect fit for us. My husband knows exactly what an entrepreneur needs to successfully launch his or her product on Amazon and I have thousands of readers who love a great deal. Total match!

Here’s how Premium Review Services works: We hook-up with manufacturers who are launching new products on Amazon. These guys will offer a gigantic discount (or even give you product for FREE) on a limited number of their new products in exchange for reviewers posting a timely, honest review on Amazon. They are not big corporations or overseas manufacturers — they are individual men and women trying to start a new business to support their families and are looking for people to help them launch their product.

We are in the beta phase of this service and are looking for a limited number of reviewers to join the program. Joining is absolutely free and the product that you will review will either be free or at a substantial discount off the regular selling price (typically 80-95% off). This is what the process looks like on your end (the reviewer):

1. You get an email with a launch product, including what it is and how much it will cost you (or if it’s free).

2. You decide if you want to review it. If you don’t, you delete the email. If you do, you let us know and we will give you the limited code to use when you purchase the item on Amazon.

3. You order the product. All the products are shipped directly from Amazon and qualify for Amazon Prime and Amazon Super Saver Shipping.

4. You receive the product and use it.

5. You post your honest, unbiased review on Amazon in a timely manner (within 14 days of receiving the product).

The product is yours to do whatever you want with it! This is a great way to be able to try out some cool new stuff for free or super, duper cheap.

Again, we’re in the planning stages right now but would love to get our reviewers in place so we can start getting manufacturers on board. Are you interested? If you’d like to join (remember, it’s totally free to be a reviewer) or even just to get more information on how this works, fill out this simple Google Doc. Just enter your first name and email in the boxes, then click “Submit.” We will email you within a couple of days with more specific info and how to formally join the program.

Filling this form out does not commit you to the program nor does it guarantee you’re in. It’s just you indicating that you want more information.

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Easy no-bake energy bites (gluten, dairy, and sugar-free recipe)

by Emily from Frugal Living NW on August 21, 2014

Easy no-bake energy bites recipe -- Make this simple recipe for school lunches and snacks. Can be made gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free!

Easy no-bake energy bites

To catch up on our no/low sugar series, check out these previous posts:

One day last spring, my daughter’s kindergarten group had to present a skill to the rest of the class. The boys didn’t exactly think outside of the box. Every single one of them brought Legos. Oh yes, could you explain in great detail one more time just exactly how you created that ninja-pirate-laser-crocodile ship?

Don’t get me wrong, I think little boys are absolutely awesome. But I have to say, the girls dominated show-and-tell that day, especially the little girl who did a cooking demonstration with this recipe for no-bake energy bites. So simple, even a five year old can make them! And so delicious, no one was turning down seconds.

With September’s school around the corner + August’s heat still hanging out, this is the perfect timing for this great snack recipe that doesn’t require turning on the oven.

Easy no-bake energy bites recipe

These bites are kind of like eating peanut (or other nut) butter oatmeal cookie dough balls. They are sweet and soft, satisfying that sweet tooth without using any refined sugar. And instead of ingredients like flour, butter, and eggs they are made with old-fashioned oats, nut butter, coconut, honey, and Chia seeds. Good stuff!

The ingredients can be mixed together quickly with a bowl and spoon, but I prefer to just pulse them a few times in my food processor. Then I scoop the dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet and stick it in the refrigerator until firm. Transfer to a storage container in the fridge or freezer and you have a healthy snack for grabbing on the go! I packed a container of these last week for a day spent at the county fair. It was perfect to have when that first inevitable, “I’m hungry!” hit. I also love having them in the refrigerator for those days when I am working in the house or around the yard and want a quick pick-me-up without having to go to the trouble to make something.

You could make a super hero space car out of Legos, but I guarantee this recipe is faster and tastes better.

No bake energy bites

No-bake Energy Bites
makes 12-13

1 c. old-fashioned oats
2/3 c. flaked coconut
1/2 c. ground flaxseed
1 T. Chia seeds
pinch of salt
1/2 c. nut butter
1/4-1/3 c. honey (depending on desired sweetness)
1 t. vanilla extract

  1. Place oats, coconut, ground flaxseed, Chia seeds, and salt in a bowl or food processor. Stir or pulse to combine. Add the nut butter, honey, and vanilla extract, stirring until all of the ingredients are evenly incorporated.
  2. Using a size-40 scoop, place dough balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place in the refrigerator until firm. Transfer (in a single layer) to a plastic storage bag or in layers separated by parchment paper in a storage container. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.

Stainless Steel Disher (Amazon)

I have been singing the praises of the simple scoop as one of the most inexpensive, versatile kitchen tools for years. I own three sizes and use them for everything from muffin batter to cookie dough. Then I stumbled onto something called a “disher” on Amazon. This Vollrath Stainless Steel Disher (Amazon) has received rave reviews on its construction and durability. All for a low price point. I’m intrigued. Does anyone own a disher? I think I need one in every color now.

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Graco Baby Pack ‘n Play Playard on sale $79.99 shipped *Lowest price*

by Kate from Frugal Living NW on August 21, 2014


Amazon has the Graco Baby Pack ‘n Play Playard with Reversible Napper and Changer for $79.99 shipped right now. These are so awesome for travel or if you need to move baby into another room temporarily. We LOVED ours. This is $20 lower than most other retailers and get great reviews. Perfect gift for a group of people to join in on for the new mom.

  • The first ever playard that has a reversible napper and changer all in one
  • Secure attachment allows for a safe and easy switch between playard with napper and playard with changer
  • The only playard designed to transition from newborn to infant to toddler
  • Newborn Napper station with beautifully styled, fabrics cuddle baby
  • Changer features wipe clean fabrics that resist mess

More ways to save at Amazon:

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Target: FREE Papermate Pens

by Kate from Frugal Living NW on August 21, 2014


This is a great freebie at Target for school or office supplies.

Papermate Pens on sale $.97
Buy 2
Use (2) $.50/1 coupon from 8/17 SS insert
Use $1/2 Target coupon
FREE after coupon when you buy 2 

Still on the hunt for school supplies. Check out 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.

Thanks, All Things Target!

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LEGO Creator Treehouse on sale $23.99 *Lowest price*

by Kate from Frugal Living NW on August 21, 2014


Amazon has the LEGO Creator Treehouse interlocking building sets for $__ right now. Great little set that allows them to do 3 different builds. This is the lowest price on Amazon and only Sears has the same price.

  • Features 2 tree trunks, detachable Treehouse with detachable roof, secret trapdoor with lock and red bucket trap, fold-down ladder and storage area
  • 3-in-1 model: rebuilds into a lakeside hut or farmyard barn Hide the treasure map in the hollow tree Explore the night sky with the telescope
  • Lakeside hut features a small jetty, removable roof and a pizza oven Barn features upper level with ladder access, large wheelbarrow and a garden
  • Measures over 7″ (18cm) high, 6″ (17cm) wide and 4″ (12cm) deep
  • Lakeside hut measures over 3″ high, 6″ wide and 4″ deep Barn measures over 4″ high, 4″ wide and 4″ deep

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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Safeway: FREE So Delicious Dairy free yogurt plus overage!

by Brittany from Frugal Living NW on August 21, 2014


Here’s a great deal on So Delicious yogurt at Safeway!

So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Yogurt (6 oz) on sale $1.50
Buy 1, Get $1 Ibotta offer
Use $1/1 coupon from 6/15 SS insert or $.55/1 coupon
Use Safeway double (-$.50)
Pay $0, Get $1 from Ibotta (expires 8/23)
FREE plus $1 overage after coupon & Ibotta offer

Safeway doubles most manufacturer’s coupons to to $.50 each in Oregon and SW Washington.

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

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Fred Meyer: Tree Top Applesauce Pouches just $.89 per box

by Kate from Frugal Living NW on August 21, 2014


Fred Meyer has an awesome deal on Tree Top applesauce pouches this week when you combine an eCoupon with an Ibotta offer. These are great for school lunches. Here’s how the deal works:

Tree Top Applesauce Pouches on sale $2.39
Buy 1, Get $.75 Ibotta offer
Use $.75/1 Fred Meyer eCoupon
Pay $1.64, get $.75 from Ibotta
$.89 after coupon & Ibotta ($.25 per pouch)

New to Ibotta? It’s a smartphone app that pays you up to $40 every time you shop at local retailers like Walmart, Target, Safeway, Whole Foods, Fred Meyer, QFC, Rite Aid, WinCo, Whole Foods and Walgreens. The app is available on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and all Android phones.

  • Create an Ibotta account here.
  • Complete one or more of the tasks for the product(s) you’d like to save on.
  • Purchase the product(s) at one of the participating retailers.
  • Take a photo of your receipt with the Ibotta app.
  • Get paid via PayPal every time your account reaches $5!

Ibotta offers sometimes vary by user. You may or may not have this particular offer available. Find more Ibotta deals here.

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

Thanks, Amanda!

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