What Are Essential Oils and What is The Big Deal?

by Angela Davis on April 1, 2015

What's the deal with essential oils? Check out what they are and how to use them in this quick reference post.

I’m excited to have Cate Sonnenburg, the most adorable gal out of the Portland area, share a bit over the next few weeks about essential oils. I know, I know. Facebook is dominated by cat videos and essential oil posts, but I’m still totally intrigued (by oils, not cats. I refuse to allow anything that breaths in my home without a corresponding tax credit.). I would love to wean myself off my springtime allergy and asthma drug regimen and let my kids clean the windows with something non-toxic.

I’m assuming there are some of you who are curious like me but are certainly not going to go out and do all the 60 Minutes-style investigative reporting. I honestly don’t have the time or energy to devote to such endeavors (I’m super busy working my way through The Americans and perfecting how to roll my jeans to fit over my boots.). So I asked Cate to help us understand what essential oils are all about and then specific ways we can use them to fix all the world’s problems.

At the end of this post, Cate will share a sweet little deal she has cooked up just for Frugal Living NW readers so make sure you contact her if you want to take the essential oils plunge!

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What Are Essential Oils and What is The Big Deal?

Confession: I enjoy modern medicine and am thankful for the resources we have at our fingertips, but I must confess, I’m an oiler. A huge “there’s an oil for that”– use multiple times a day, natural remedy loving, these things have changed my life — oiler.

Essential oils (EO) may seem like a relatively new trend, but they’ve actually been around for thousands of years dating back to Biblical times. Remember the three Wise Men who brought gold, frankincense, and myrrh? Frankincense and myrrh? Totally essential oils.

Essential oils are the aromatic, volatile liquid from plants, extracted by steam distillation, highly concentrated, and can be highly effective. My family frequently uses them to rid headaches, relieve allergies, fall asleep easier, improve quality of sleep (hello, mamas!), help acne, purify the air, ease stress and anxiety, clean our house, in our beauty routines, and so much more. They are toxin-free and, with proper use, are safe for the whole family. Did you know that by applying a drop of EO to your feet, it hits your bloodstream within 30 seconds and every cell in your body within 30 minutes? Absolutely amazing!

Are they more affordable than cleaners, medicine, creams, and all the products you currently use? Yes and no. While they may or may not save you money up front, they are safe, have no toxins, and can help with a number of health related issues which will bring you long-term savings. And with essential oils, a little goes a long way, especially when used in household cleaners.

They have absolutely been worth the investment for my family and have become our household go-to for just about everything. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing specific ways you can use essential oils as a natural remedy and household help and show you how you can use them to also save money. And I promise I’ll make it super easy for you to replicate in your own home.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, there are a number of places you can purchase essential oils, but keep in mind that essential oils tend to be one of those things “you get what you pay for.” You can go to the grocery store and find them in the beauty or health supplement aisle, but they probably won’t be what you expect.

Look for pure, organic, therapeutic grade oils with no expiration date (if its pure, it will not go rancid), no pesticides, additives, fillers, or synthetic scents. I personally recommend Young Living Essential Oils. They own their own farms around the world and have full control over the entire process from plant, seed, and root all the way to the bottle you receive at your doorstep. They use essential oils on their crops and weeding is done by hand, so you can be sure the product you receive is truly first distillation, 100% pure therapeutic grade oil of the best quality.

They also happen to have a killer deal on their premium starter kit which includes eleven oils AND a diffuser.

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If you’ve been thinking about trying essential oils, today is the perfect day! We are SO excited for you! As a Frugal Living NW reader, when you purchase the Premium Starter Kit, you will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card, a Quick Tip Guide to getting started with essential oils, and access to an exclusive Facebook group with information, ideas, and a community of oilers to encourage you and help you get the most use out of your oils.

Ready to get started? Send an email to hello@thelovelyabode.com and mention Frugal Living NW. Cate will get you all the information you need to get started with essential oils. You can read more about Cate’s essential oils here.

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Rite Aid: Easter M&M’s as low as $.50

by Melody on April 1, 2015

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Rite Aid released a high value store coupon good for $2/2 Mars Easter candy that will make for an awesome deal this week!

M&M’s Chocolate Candy on sale 2/$5
Use $1/2 M&M’s coupon or from 3/8 or 3/22 RP insert or (2) $1/1 M&M’s coupon from 3/22 RP insert
Use $2/2 Rite Aid store coupon (Facebook)
As low as $.50 each after coupons

You can also print a coupon good for $1/3 Easter Peeps, when combined with the sale this week, will make them just $1.17 per package!

Please share with us if you find any great deals!

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

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14 hearty and delicious side salads

by Jenny on April 1, 2015

14 delicious and hearty side salads

Need a simple salad to dress up your meal? We have put together this appetizing list for you to try out!

Kale salad recipe

Kale Salad with Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette | Frugal Living NW

Cherry Tomato and Bocconcini Salad | Vegetarian Gourmet

Strawberry Cashew Salad | How to Have it All

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Warm Lentil Salad | Simply Stacie

Bacon and Egg Salad | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Vegetarian Black Eyed Pea Salad | Mama Likes To Cook

Hearty Fruit and Nut Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing | Two Healthy Kitchens

Orange, Avocado & Fennel Salad | I’m Bored, Let’s Go

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Waldorf Salad | I’m Bored, Let’s Go

Bacon Broccoli Salad | Heavenly Savings & Homemaking

Paula Deen Frito and Corn Salad | The Thrifty Couple

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10 Minute Greek Salad for Two | Newlywed Survival

Tossed Asian Salad with Wasabi Vinaigrette | How Was Your Day?

Salad with Nuts, Feta and Cranberries (Two Ways!) | Two Healthy Kitchens

Find more salad and salad dressing recipes here!

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

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Amazon has the The Muppet Show: Season 1 DVD for $13.89 right now. This is the absolute lowest it’s ever been priced on Amazon. Add it to your collection, or grab it as a gift for the Muppet fan in your life.

It’s time to raise the curtain on The Muppet Show! Join Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, the Swedish Chef, and more in the first season of this groundbreaking twist on the classic Variety Show. Contains all 24 episodes.

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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.

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Albertsons Deals for April 1 – 7

by Angela Davis on April 1, 2015

Here are the best deals at Albertsons this week. The Albertsons ad runs Wednesday-Tuesday in the Pacific Northwest. Find the full list of this week’s Albertsons deals, including a printable list feature, here.

Starbucks Coffee (11 – 12 oz) on sale $5.99 (limit 4)
Buy 3, Get $5 Starbucks eGift Card Rebate
Buy 3
Use (3) $2/1 coupons (you’ll need to access 2 computers to print all 3 coupons)
Pay $11.97, Get $5 gift card
$2.33 each after coupons and gift card

Kraft Philadelphia Block Cream Cheese (8 oz) on sale $1.50
Buy 2, Get $.75 Catalina
Buy 2
Use $.50/2 coupon from 4/15 SS insert
Pay $2.50, Get $.75 Catalina
$.88 each after coupon and Catalina

Sargento Shredded Cheese (7 – 8 oz) on sale $1.99 (Monopoly Bonus Ticket Item)
Use $.50/1 coupon or here
$1.49 after coupon

Pantene Pro-V Shampoo or Conditioner (12.6 oz) on sale $3.34
Buy $15 worth, Get $5 Instant Savings
Buy 6
Use (2) $5/3 coupons from 3/29 P&G insert
$.83 each after coupons and instant savings

Santiam Vegetables (14.5 – 15.25 oz) on sale $.50 with weekly ad coupon (limit 12)

Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows (10 oz) on sale $.69 with weekly ad coupon (limit 4)

Tillamook Butter (1 lb) on sale $1.99 with weekly ad coupon (limit 2)

93% Extra Lean Ground Beef on sale $3.99/lb with weekly ad coupon

Spiral Sliced Half Ham on sale $1.99/lb

Strawberries (2 lb) on sale $2.99

New to couponing?  Check out the Ultimate Guide to Couponing here.

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Amazon has the LEGO Friends Olivia’s Ice Cream Bike Set for $7.99 right now. This is the lowest it’s ever gone for on Amazon.

  • Includes Olivia mini-doll figure Features an Ice Cream Bike, fountain, picnic table with bench and a mailbox
  • Ice Cream Bike features a detachable ice cream stand, turning wheels, an ice box with opening lid and a parasol
  • Accessories include ice cream cones, Italian ice cream in strawberry and chocolate flavors, an ice pop, water bottle, coins and a letter

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You can also get Amazon’s best price right now on the LEGO Friends Stephanie’s Pizzeria Set (also $7.99). These would make cute gifts!

  • Includes a Stephanie mini-doll figure, a scooter with delivery box, counter, pizza oven, table and 2 stools
  • Accessories include a pizza paddle, 2 pizzas, salad bowl, 2 glasses, water bottle, phone, check, coin and a crash helmet
  • Cook delicious pizzas in the oven ready for the LEGO Friends to eat, Deliver takeout around Heart lake City on the scooter

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.

Find the most current LEGO deals here –> Best LEGO Deals (it’s updated daily with new prices and deals!).

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Fred Meyer: FREE U Kotex Items!

by Brittany from Frugal Living NW on April 1, 2015

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There is a new $2 Catalina on U Kotex items at Fred Meyer that makes for an awesome deal!

U Kotex on sale $2.99
Buy 2
Buy 2, Get $2 Ibotta offer
Use $1/1 coupon (look for $1 orange hangtags)
Pay $3.98, Get $2 Ibotta offer and $2 Catalina
FREE after coupon, Catalina, & Ibotta offer

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

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