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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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free things to do in portland

I have compiled this list of the top 25 FREE things to do in Portland, Oregon to help you take on this unique city. Feel free to comment with your own fun, free things to do that I missed!

Top 25 FREE Things To Do in Portland

1. Park Plays

The first stop on our list gives us a look into the Portland theater scene. These actors love doing Shakespeare and put on FREE shows in the park! Find your favorite play, sit back, and relax as you watch these plays come to life.

2. Portland Saturday Market

Every weekend Portland’s Old Town neighborhood morphs into an amazing market filled with 252 booths of local artists and vendors showcasing some amazing work. It’s a great place to walk around and is dog friendly.

3. Farmer’s Markets

Portland does Farmer’s Markets the right way! They have eight that serve the Portland area. This is a great way to learn about Portland agriculture and learn more about the city.


4. Rose Festival Events

Portland has beautiful roses and have dedicated a whole festival to them! The festival kicks off in summer and lasts throughout the season. There are tons of free events to catch so look at the calendar and pick which one suits you best!

5. Forest Park

Forest Park is filled with lush, green vegetation and plenty of wildlife. It also has a 30 mile trail and the park is considered a natural air purifier.

6. Explore the Pearl

The Pearl District is leading Portland in urban renewal and is an amazing place to visit. Filled with shops, places to eat, parks and much more the pearl should keep you busy!

7. Portland Bridges

Portland has some truly unique bridges all over the city. These are fun stops to give the kids a mini architecture lesson!

8. Washington Park

Washington Park is a family friend park with playgrounds, shelters, paved paths and much more. Be sure to check out the Chiming Fountain located in the main circle. Also there is a great Holocaust memorial in the park as well.

9. Hoyt Arboretum

Dubbed the museum of living trees this Arboretum was created in 1928 to help preserve endangered species. Oregon shows off its beauty at this stop. Must pay to park.

10. The Coast

If you want to take a day off from touring the city and the parks make the drive to the beach! It’s only about an hour and a half from downtown Portland and could be a fun side trip. The view is also pretty incredible.

11. City of Books

Powell’s City of Books is an amazing place to get lost for a couple hours reading some amazing literature. The store has many locations in Portland and is home to most books you can think off.

12. Rock Climbing Wall

Portland offer’s a free rock climbing wall for kids! Check the schedule out and make a stop here for some super summer fun. The kids will love it!

13. Finnegan’s Toy Store

This toy store is a gem located in Portland and has a great selection of toys to make you feel like a kid again. Walking around the store it is a blast and you don’t have to buy anything to enjoy it!

14. Art Walks

Check out this site for all off Portland’s cool art walks. Check out the local talent and see what they have been working on!

15. The Simon Benson House

Simon Benson was a logger and philanthropist who built this Queen Anne style in 1901. The house remained where it was built for nearly 100 years before it was moved to the Portland State University campus. It has an amazing attention to detail and is a great spot to visit.

16. Movies in the Park

Catch some awesome flicks outdoors in the parks for free! Bring a blanket and enjoy the film, there are even movies in Spanish! Make sure to check the list so you can choose your favorite to see.

17. Free Concerts

Portland’s Parks and Rec Department are putting on some awesome, free concerts in there parks. This is a great place to bring the kids for some summer fun.

18. Pioneer Courthouse Square

Better known as Oregon’s “living room” Pioneer square is great place to people watch and rest for a little bit. There are also a lot of fun events that happen so be sure to check out the calendar.

19. Oneonta Gorge

This Oneonta Gorge is an amazing view. The hike to the trial is pretty easy and is only 2.7 miles round trip. The gorge is a great place to visit for the nature lovers in your family.

20. Bridgeport Brewing Co.

Visit Oregon’s oldest brewery. Be sure to check the event page for music and tastings and more.

21. Multnomah County Library

This library is filled with books upon books and is a fun place to walk around. There are usually fun events going on for kids all year round as well!

22. Sellwood Riverfront Park

This is a great park loved by the locals. It is a leash free park for dogs too! The park is right on the river, as the name suggests, and is fun to get your feet wet and explore.

23. Alberta Main Street

Alberta street is a great place to hang out, walk around, and see the culture of Portland. If you happen to be in Portland in August make sure to check out the street fair, a day long celebration of Portland and its people.

24. Fountains!

Portland is home to lots of unique fountain designs. They are scattered all around the city and it is fun to try and find them all! My personal favorite is the Ira Keller Forecourt Fountain.

25. Take a Dip

All this running around and touring the great city of Portland got you sweaty? Check out this list of free pool times and make sure to come cool off and enjoy the sun!

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    new coupons

    Tons of great new coupons became available today, Stonyfield yogurt, Nellie’s eggs, and more! Plus, here are several fun deals we saw today.

    Popular Deals

    Sargento Cheese Coupon
    $1/2 Sargento natural cheese slices printable
    Makes it $1.50 at Bio-Lo

    Poise Coupon
    $2 off Poise pads, excl 10 ct. printable
    Makes it $2.99 at Harris Teeter

    $2/6 Gerber 2nd Foods printable
    Makes it 82¢ at Target

    $2 off Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure printable
    Makes it $1.32 at CVS

    B2G1 Stonyfield Organic Greek whole milk yogurt, 5.3 oz cups, max $1.99, (limited areas) printable
    Makes it 67¢ at Publix

    New Coupons

    .75/1 Armour Sandwich Creations, (limited areas) printable
    $2 off Captain Morgan bottle, 750 mL+, (limited areas) printable
    $2 off Crown Royal bottle, 750 mL+, (limited areas) printable
    $2 off Smirnoff bottle, 750 mL+, (limited areas) printable
    .75/1 Coleman’s mustard printable
    $1.50 off Fisher recipe nut item, 10 oz+, (limited areas) printable
    $1 off Genova tuna, 5 oz can, (limited areas) printable
    $1 off Good Foods product, (limited areas) printable
    $3 off Nutrisystem Members’ Favorites 1 Day Diet Kit, (limited areas) printable
    $1.75 off Puroast coffee, (limited areas) printable
    .50/1 Tetley iced tea box, (limited areas) printable
    .50/1 Gold Star Chili, 10 or 15 oz printable
    $1/2 Kikkoman sauces printable
    .25/1 Klosterman Rich ‘n Good Honey Buns or Honey Rolls printable
    .50/1 Wonderful Almonds, 5 oz+ printable
    .50/1 Wonderful Pistachios, 4.5 oz+ printable
    $3 off Premier protein shake, 4 pk. printable Read More→

      saving on meat & produce hangout

      Join me tonight for our live Q&A.  We will get started right at 8:30 pm eastern time and be discussing how to save on meat and produce.  Feel free to bring any other questions you have, we can talk about anything really!

      Head over and login to join the chat room and ask questions or follow along on Facebook through Facebook Live Video.

      If you can’t stay for the whole hour you can always watch later on the Southern Savers’ youtube page.

        Amazon LEGO Duplo, $11.28

        Amazon has a great deal on My First Playhouse from LEGO Duplo.  You can grab this fun LEGO set for $15.79 (reg. $19.99).  This deal is better than Target or Toys R Us.

        This would make the perfect gift for any toddler.  These sets are great for learning how to build and put things together.  Pick one up before they are gone at this price.

        *Prices at Amazon are subject to change at any time.

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          stonyfield coupon

          Use this new Stonyfield coupon to get organic whole milk yogurt for 67¢. This is the yogurt that my girls love and I feel good about giving it to them.

          Though this coupon is in limited areas, you should be able to get it if you’re in the southeast.

          Stonyfield Coupon

          -B2G1 Stonyfield Organic Greek whole milk yogurt, 5.3 oz cups, max $1.99, (limited areas) printable

          Publix Coupon

          • Buy:
            (3) Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt or Oh My Yog!, 5.3-6 oz, $1
            -B2G1 Stonyfield Organic Greek whole milk yogurt, 5.3 oz cups, max $1.99, (limited areas) printable
            Makes it 67¢ ea.

          See more food coupons…

            Craft Store Coupons:  Michaels, Hancock, Jo-Anns + More

            There are some great Craft Store Coupons again this week.  Jo-Ann Fabrics once again has a ton of coupons you will want to be sure to check out!  My favorite coupon this week is at A.C. Moore.  They have (1) for 55% off your regular price item.  This would be a great time to pick up that high ticket item you have been waiting to buy.

            Keep in mind most craft stores accept competitor coupons. Often there’s a limit of one per customer, so if you need more than one item, take a friend or spouse with you.

            Tip: Many stores will take these coupons right off your phone.  No need to print, just bookmark this page.

            Craft Store Coupons:


            -40% Off Regular Price Item printable (exp 7/2)
            -30% Off All Regular Price Jewelry Making Supplies printable  (exp 7/2)
            -60%+15% Off Hampton & Oxford Street Frame Collection printable (exp 7/2)

            Jo-Ann Fabrics

            -40% Off One Regular Price Item printable (exp 7/2)
            -50% Off Any One Regular Price Item printable (exp 7/2)
            -$5 Off Your $30 or More Purchase printable (exp 6/29)
            -30% Off Total Regular Price Yarn Purchase printable (exp 6/29)
            -60% Off Your Total Regular Price Scissor Purchase printable (exp 6/27)
            -20% Off Your Total Purchase of Chalk, Bubbles and Outdoor Play Items  printable (exp 6/29)
            -60% Off Your Total Price Foam and Fiber Purchase printable (exp 6/27)
            -50% + 25% Off Entire Custom Framing Order printable (exp 7/13)

            Hobby Lobby

            -40% Off (1) Item At Regular Price, printable

            A.C. Moore

            -25% Off Your Total Regular Price Purchase printable  (exp 6/29)
            -20% Off Your Total Sale and Regular Price Purchase printable  (7/1 & 7/2 Only)
            -50% + 30% Off Custom Framing printable (exp 7/2)
            -40% Off One Regular Price Item printable  (exp 7/2)
            -55% Off One Regular Price Item printable  (6/30 only) Read More→

              $4.99 Sunglasses + Free Shipping

              Here is a great deal on sunglasses. Cents of Style is offering their collection for 50% off and FREE shipping. That makes these glasses $4.99. This would be a great time to pick up a pair for you and a pair for a friend!

              $4.99 Sunglasses + Free Shipping

              All you have to do is use code NATIONALSUNGLASSES at checkout to get your deal.

              This deal is valid 6/27 only. Shipping is free.

              See more online shopping deals

                weekly weigh in (1)

                We spent a few days on the road this past week enjoying a tiny town Alabama road trip.  I was teaching a workshop, but decided that we couldn’t handle 8 hours in the car on Friday with a return on Saturday so we broke it up over a couple days.  In spite of travels I did manage to lose this week!!

                Current numbers:

                Starting Weight (15 weeks ago): 202
                Last Week: 180.6
                Current Weight: 179.5
                Goal Weight: 165

                I know it’s just a pound, but it’s one that I had to fight for everyday!  This has been a tough plateau and I’m considering it over either.  We need another week or two of progress before I consider this plateau battle over.

                Traveling a lot can be rough on a diet, especially when the stop for dinner is voted to be Steak & Shake…

                Rule #1 for dieting on the road, don’t stop at Steak & Shake.

                Rule #2 – never order fries.  They are painful once you track those calories!

                Rule #3 – stay away from soft drinks unless you go diet.

                There are things that are great to order on every menu, even those with amazing milkshakes.  I thought I would help by sharing a few of my favorite menu items if you are caught on the road and starving.


                8 pc. Grilled Nuggets
                Super Food Salad, large
                Diet Lemonade
                (total of 290 calories)

                I am in love with their super foods salad, it’s amazing.  I don’t even like kale that much, and it’s still amazing.

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                  sally hansen coupons

                  Head to CVS this week where you can use these new Sally Hansen coupons, SavingStar offer and earn ECB to get nail polish for $1.32!

                  Note: You will need 2 computers to get this deal, since you will want (3) coupons. If you only have 1 computer, there is another deal below where you can get it for $1.99.

                  Sally Hansen Coupons

                  -$3 off Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail item printable
                  -$2 off Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure printable

                  CVS Deal Ideas

                  2 Computers idea…

                  • Buy:
                    (3) Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Color, $7.99
                    – (3) $2 off Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure printable
                    Total Due: $17.97
                    Get Back: $10 ECB
                    Submit For: -$4 off Sally Hansen nail color purchase, $15+, SavingStar eCoupon
                    makes it $1.32 each!

                  1 Computer idea…

                  • Buy:
                    (1) Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Color, $9.99
                    (1) Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Color, $7.99
                    -$2 off Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure printable
                    -$3 off Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail item printable
                    Total Due: $12.98
                    Get Back: $5 ECB
                    Submit For: -$4 off Sally Hansen nail color purchase, $15+, SavingStar eCoupon
                    makes it $1.99 each!

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