LEGOLAND Discount Tickets!

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Have you had a chance to check out LEGOLAND? Did you know you can grab discount tickets to the LEGOLAND at Discovery Center in Atlanta? Yep, LEGOLAND discount tickets!

Normally, tickets run between $18 – $20. However, through Goldstar, you can get LEGOLAND discount tickets for just $12. You’ll have to act fast, since this deal is good only through the end of December 2017.

Legoland Discount Tickets
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta is like the world’s biggest box of LEGO blocks, with tons of activities for hours of colorful fun. Kids ages 3 to 10 and their families can learn building secrets from a Master Model Builder, be a part of the story in the 4D films, ride the Kingdom Quest and Merlin’s Apprentice rides, see iconic local landmarks in MINILAND and join the LEGO Fire Academy. Plus, you can play in the LEGO City Construction Site, a fun soft play area for younger builders. Take a break to refuel in the Cafe, and shop for souvenirs in the Discovery Center Shop.

Located at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta (3500 Peachtree Road Atlanta, GA 30326)

Also, make sure to check out all the other great ways to score discount tickets around Atlanta!Discount Tickets Around Atlanta

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Birthday Freebies **HOT** List!!

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Birthday Freebies

I am super-excited to bring you an extensive list of “birthday freebies” you can snag on the day God put you on this great green earth!
Let me know which ones you’ve gotten, which ones look promising to you, OR if you know of any more birthday freebies to add to this list.  :o)

Birthday Freebies to Enjoy:

  • Ace Rewards – $5/$20 Purchase Coupon
  • Arby’s – Free Roast Beef for signing up.
  • Atlanta Bread – Free Cookie
  • Auntie Anne’s – BOGO Pretzel Coupon by email. Arrives 1 week before, valid for 1 week after. – updated 4/10/12
  • Baskin Robbins – 2.5oz Scoop
  • BD’s Mongolian Grill – FREE Stir Fry Meal – No other purchase required. Arrives 1 week before birthday, valid till 1 week after birthday. – updated 4/10/12
  • Ben & Jerry’s – Free Ice Cream
  • Bennigan’s – Brownie Ice Cream Dessert on your birthday
  • Biggby eWards – I received a postcard in the mail for a FREE Grande Beverage about 2 weeks before, valid through end of the month – updated 4/5/12
  • Bob Evans – Free kids meal voucher by mail, arrived about a week before, no expiration date – updated 4/13/12
  • Boston Market – $3 off at sign up, special offer for birthday
  • Bruegger’s – Free Cookie
  • Build a Bear – $5 off (no minimum!) Not sure if this coupon came from the email sign up at that link, Stuff for Fluff Club or if the programs are one in the same.
  • Burger King – Hamburger Kids Meal – arrived 2 weeks before – updated 4/3/12
  • Caribou Coffee – Free Coffee on your birthday ONLY – must sign up
  • The Children’s Place – Special coupon on yours and your child’s birthdays
  • Chili’s – Free Brownie Sundae w/entree purchase. Arrives 1 week before, valid till 1 week after. – updated 4/10/12
  • Chuck E Cheese – 20 Free Tokens for your child.
  • Coldstone Creamery – After saying they were stopping the program last year and getting nothing, I got a BOGO Creation coupon this year. Arrived 1 week before, valid for 1 week after. Updated 4/10/12
  • Culver’s – Free 1 Scoop Sundae. No other purchase required. Arrived on birthday, valid for 2 weeks after. (Sign up your kids for a goodie too!) – updated 4/17/11
  • CVS – Register and according to a reader you receive a $3 ECB – updated 4/11/11
  • Dairy Queen – BOGO medium Blizzard coupon, via email if you’re a member of their email list and have your birthday on file.  Arrives 1 week before bday, good for 2 weeks.- updated 8/25/14
  • Dave & Busters – $5 Game Play
  • Disney Movie Rewards – 100 Bonus Points – arrived on birthday – updated 4/17/11
  • Driscoll’s Berries – $.50 off Coupon via email – updated 4/16/11
  • Famous Dave’s – Free food – varies between dessert/app/dinner
  • First Watch – Free entree
  • Fuddruckers – Free Burger
  • IHOP – Entree for sign up, FREE Rooty Tooty Fresh N Fruity or equal entree for birthday. Arrives 1 week before, valid for 1 week after. – updated 4/10/12
  • **For Kids – Free Rooty Jr (or item of equal or lesser value) -Arrives 1 week before, valid for 1 week after – Dine in only** – updated 4/12/12
  • Kellogg’s Rewards – 100 pt bonus code email on your birthday, plus Shutterfly $20 credit (as of 8-26-14)
  • Logan’s – Free NutterButter Fudgeslide w/Entree purchase. Arrives 1 week before, valid through 1 week after. – updated 4/10/12
  • Macaroni Grill – $5 offer for sign up, Free Dessert for birthday. Arrives 1 week before, valid for 3 weeks after. – updated 4/11/12
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill – Cup of Queso at Sign up, Free Entree for birthday. Arrived 4 days before, valid for 1 week total – updated 4/13/12
  • Noodles and Company – Free Dish. No other purchase required. Arrived Monday the full week before, valid for 2 weeks. – updated 4/9/12
  • Old Navy – $10/$50 Coupon. Arrived on birthday, valid for 2 weeks – updated 4/17/11
  • On The Border – Free Brownie Sundae or Bowl of Queso. Arrived 1 week before, valid for 1 week after. Updated 4/10/12.
  • Orange Julius – BOGO. Arrives 1 week before, valid through 1 week after. – updated 4/10/11
  • My Panera – Join My Panera for a free pastry or sweet at sign up, earn rewards on purchases through the year (I’ve received something for about every 3rd purchase). Free pastry or sweet loaded to the card about a week before birthday, valid for 60 days. – updated 4/11/11
  • Papa Murphy’s – Free Cookie
  • Qdoba – BOGO Entree. Arrived 1 week before, good for 2 weeks after. You get free chips and salsa or queso (I don’t remember which) when you sign up! – updated 4/10/12
  • Quiznos – Free Cookie
  • Red Lobster – $5 off 2 Entrees
  • Red Robin – Free Gourmet Burger. No other purchase required. Arrives 1 week before, valid for 1 week after. – updated 4/10/11
  • **For Kids – Free Kids Meal – dine in only – arrives 1 week before, valid for 1 week after** – updated 4/12/11
  • Ruby Tuesday – Free Handcrafted Burger. No other purchase required. Arrives 1 week before, valid for 1 week after. – updated 4/10/11
  • Ryan’s/Fire Mountain – Free Mega Buffet – valid for 2 weeks
  • Sears – $10/$30 Coupon for use in store. Arrived a few days before, no expiration date noted – updated 4/16/11
  • Sephora – Freebie emailed to you, this year a free shower gel – Arrived on birthday, valid for 2 weeks after. – updated 4/17/11
  • Sonic – Choice of Cream Slush, Tots or Medium Drink – Arrived on birthday. – Sign up your kids too for a Wacky Pack!
  • Speedway/SuperAmerica – 200 Bonus Reward Points – Arrived on birthday, valid for 2 weeks – updated 4/17/11
  • Starbucks – according to a reader, a postcard for a free drink near your birthday.
  • Steak ‘n Shake – Free Double Steakburger with Cheese & Fries – No other purchase required – Arrived first business day of the month, valid through the end of the month. Updated 4/2/12
  • Texas Roadhouse – Free Appetizer or Sidekick of Ribs w/Adult Entree. – Arrives about 5 days before, valid for 10 days – updated 4/12/11
  • TGIFridays Gimme More Stripes – Free Dessert **NO LONGER requires entree purchase!!** Arrives first day of month, valid through end of month. – updated 4/10/11
  • Toys R Us – $3/$3 coupon card in the mail in my daughter’s name about 2 weeks before her birthday, valid through end of the quarter – updated 4/3/12

Do you have any other birthday freebies to share?

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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Staying Hydrated in Georgia Heat

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SweetLeaf water dropsY’all, it’s hot as blazes out there in Atlanta right now.  And when it’s not hot, it’s ridonkulously humid, which just adds a whole new layer of hot to Atlanta heat – am I right??  I’ve given y’all many ways to keep cool this summer, but we all know we also need to keep ourselves properly hydrated when it’s so stinkin’ hot, right?  Have I mentioned I have a terrible habit of drinking entirely too much soda and sweet tea?  Neither of which are good for you in the first place, but both are even more dangerous if you’re trying to stay hydrated.

So, when I was sent SweetLeaf Stevia Water Drops to try out, I thought this might be the perfect opportunity to try to replace the soda and sweet tea I’ve been consuming with something better-for-me.  (Disclosure: SweetLeaf sent me the water drops to try out, in exchange for a review on this here blog.  However, all opinions, commentary, and bad puns are 100% my own.)

Here’s what I’ve learned so far: [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Tonight I Let Her Struggle

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Tonight I Let Her StruggleTonight I was the very mean mom who wouldn’t help her daughter.  Tonight I let my little girl struggle and get a little frustrated, and I refused to help her or to do for her the task she set out to do.  And we both lived through it.

You see, she decided she wanted to change out her shoelaces for these funky Atlanta Hawks laces she got when we visited the Ronald McDonald House a few weeks back.  She pulled out a pair of sneakers, plopped herself down on the den rug, and sat there, staring at her shoes.

She looked up at me for …approval? Guidance?  Or both.

I told her this was a task she needed to try to do on her own.  I told her upfront I would NOT put those laces in myself, that -at 8 years old- she could do it.  I further told her she may need to keep trying until she figured it out.

She looked at me like a helpless puppy, but I stayed over on the couch, folding clothes, and simply offering a watchful eye, and an ear for conversation.

She pulled the laces out of one shoe, picked up the new pair, and started to study the laces in the other shoe.  She started to thread the laces in to the middle, and -carefully observing the already-laced-shoe- set forth to lace it up.  She did so, and rather quickly.  I told her something like “hey, you did that quickly!  Did you know you could lace so quickly?!”

She then tried her shoe on and realized the laces were way too tight.

That’s when things started to unravel. She asked if I could help her.  I told her she could figure out what to do.  She got a little teary-eyed and frustrated.  I glanced at the clock and realized after a long day, it was bedtime, and she was getting tired.

So I offered her a suggestion on how to loosen the laces, but I didn’t do it for her.  She had to go through the process three times before she got the first shoe properly laced.  There was screaming.  There were tears.  There was foot stomping.  There was frustration.

But there was also success.  There was therefore also pride afterwards in knowing SHE did it herself.

….and then she realized she needed to do the same thing all over again with the other shoe.  And the tears and frustration and anxiety started all over again.

But this time, I simply reminded her, she’s already done this.  She’s already laced up a shoe, so she  can do this one too.

Yes, I’m the mean mom who let her cry.  I let her throw the shoe down in frustration.  I’m the mean mom who gently made her retrieve the shoe and finish the job.  I’m the mean mom who gave her the gift of doing it for herself, of pride in and confidence in knowing she could do the job.

Tonight I Let Her Struggle

I firmly believe in letting kids struggle. I firmly believe in letting kids problem solve.  I firmly believe in letting kids learn through their mistakes, so they can gain a stronger sense of what they need to do in order to be successful.  I also firmly in letting kids see mistakes as an opportunity to learn and grow.

How much are you willing to let your kids struggle?  I’m not suggesting you never intervene and help your kids.  I’m simply suggesting you sit back and allow your kids the opportunity to practice learning new skills on their own.  By allowing her to struggle through learning to lace her shoes, she gained the experience, as well as the confidence in knowing she can do this task.  The more tasks she knows she can tackle on her own, the more independent she can be.  Also, it’s an exercise in problem-solving skills – just like any skill, you’ve got to practice problem-solving skills.

As a preschool teacher, I’ve many times had the opportunity to observe kids overcome their frustration and conquer a task.  Particularly as a mother, it is within our nature to want to step in and help a child we see struggling.  Yet, sometimes, it’s our very nature we need to restrain in order to help our kids long-term.

So, after an evening of tears, grunts of frustration, loudly spoken words, and eventually conquering a task she didn’t know she could handle, I gave my daughter the gift of experience, confidence, and helped her build upon her foundation of problem-solving.  Hopefully she will squirm some more in the learning process as she gets older, and continue to gain confidence in knowing she can handle the world around her.

And for now, she has newly-laced purple sneakers as a token of her struggle, and newly-found skills.

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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Back to School Deals

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back to school deals

It almost seems sacreligious to start even muttering “back to school” in July, but the truth is, most of the metro Atlanta will be back in session before we know it!  So, whilst I sip on my ice cold sweet tea, and wipe the sweat from my brow, batting down the heat and humidity, I share with y’all my Back to School deals – and make sure you take heed of these back to school shopping tips, too.  Super-special thanks to Melissa from This Mommy Saves Money for sharing this list!

Back to School Deals: week of July 23, 2017, good through July 29

Office Max/Office Depot

  • 15¢ Office Depot brand
  • 25¢ Office Depot brand beveled erasers, 3-pk limit 3
  • 25¢ Office Depot Brand Composition Books Limit 3 
  • 50¢ Office Depot Brand Ballpoint Pens (10-pack) Limit 3
  • 75¢ Scholastic Crayons (24-pack)
  • $1 Paper Mate Sharpwriter Mechanical Pencils 6-pk, limit 3
  • $1 Office Depot presharpened wood pencils, 12-pk, limit 3
  • $3 Office Depot Brand 1” Poly Binders
  • 50% Off of All Kenneth Cole, Solo and Ful School Backpacks Selection varies by location.

Also, if you have the Office Depot app, there are additional coupons good through 7/31/17.  When you open the app, click “deals” and then “coupon center” for 30% off qualifying back-to-school items of $30 or more.  Also, there’s a 25% off coupon for qualifying purchase of regularly priced or clearance furniture or seating.

Staples

  • 25¢ Staples, 1 Subject Notebook, Wide Ruled, 8″ x 10-1/2 Limit 30
  • 50¢ Staples Cap Erasers, Pink, Dozen: $0.50 Limit 5
  • 50¢ Staples #2 Wood Pencils, Yellow, 12/pk Limit 5
  • 50¢ Staples ruled 3″ x 5″ white index cards, 100/pack
  • 50¢ Staples Composition Notebook, College Ruled, Black, 9-3/4″ x 7-1/2″ Limit 30
  • 50¢ Staples College Ruled Filler Paper, 8″ x 10-1/2″, 120/Pack Limit 5
  • 50¢ Staples School Glue, 4 oz
  • 50¢ Staples Manual Dual-Hole Pencil Sharpener Limit 5
  • 97¢ Paper Mate Sharpwriter Mechanical Pencils, 5 pk
  • $1 Sharpie permanent markers, 5 pk Limit 5
  • $1.92 Staples 1″ standard-view binder
  • $1 Staples Washable Glue Sticks, .26oz, 4/pk
  • $2 Staples Poly Cover Wirebound Notebook, College Ruled
  • $9.99 Texas Instruments TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator

To ease your kiddo in to the new school year, make sure you also check out these great books, geared toward the first day of school.back to school books

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Ways to Save for Back to School Shopping

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back to school shopping

Yes, back to school time is upon us already.  Most schools around the Atlanta area go back either the end of July or first of August, but back to school shopping begins much sooner.  I want to make sure y’all are prepared, and can find ways to stretch your dollars, as well as not scramble at the last minute for back to school shopping.

Ways to Save for Back to School Shopping: Start Early

I’ve noticed back to school starts immediately after the fireworks fizzle out on July 4th.  So start scoping out the sales now.  Most of the major chain stores will start discounting back to school items the week right after July 4th – this typically includes Target, Office Depot, Walmart, Staples, and more.  So check your weekly sales fliers either via the Sunday paper or online for the deals of the week.  Last year, you may recall, I saved HUGE shopping the Office Depot weekly deals, which had many penny, quarter, and dollar items.  There may be items for sale that you may not need right away, or you may need more of the sale items than the limited amount (I know Office Depot had a limit of 4 of each sale item, typically), but at these prices, go ahead and get the sale items.  Please note, these deals may involve you being part of  their store loyalty and rewards program.

Also, you may want to work as a team: find another parent friend to partner with for school shopping.  If there’s a sale on crayons, you can each go stock up on the maximum allowed amount, and if only one of you needs the crayons, then you’ve just doubled your supply for a fraction of the cost.  Then perhaps your friend may be in need of, say Expo markers, where you aren’t, you can again both get the maximum allowed amount, and your friend can walk away with double the supplies.  This can also work if you have a parent or sibling or neighbor friend close by who isn’t school shopping.  If they’re comfortable signing up for the store loyalty card, then you can team up and double what you need.  Maybe you can treat said family member or neighbor to lunch at Chick-fil-a in exchange for helping you!

Ways to Save for Back to School Shopping: Use Your Smartphone

In recent years, I’ve seen smartphone apps like Ibotta and Checkout 51 jump on board with back to school savings.  Starting in July and typically through Labor Day, they’ll have rebates for a selection of school supply items.  When those rebates coincide with a store deal -which is not uncommon during the back to school shopping season- that’s when you can really save.  Ibotta even lets you scan the item’s barcode to see if it matches a current rebate, so you can easily check in store.  Also, make sure you are utilizing your Target Cartwheel app to stack on savings at this time, too.  There should be a “school supplies” section within the Cartwheel app.   Sometimes you’ll be able to utilize a store coupon, manufacture coupon, Target cartwheel, AND an Ibotta rebate all at once!

I also want you to utilize your smartphone to price compare.  Since most major retailers have an app, this should be easy.  How on earth does this work?  Here’s an example:

  • Say you’re in Walmart, and want to see if that deal on a 12 pk of Expo markers really is a great deal.  Open up your Target app and scan the markers barcode.  That should tell you a few things: 1) if Target sells that exact item, and 2) what their price is.  Keep in mine, the app may list their online price, and not their in-store price.
  • You can check this with any number of stores: Target, Walmart, Costco, Sam’s, Office Depot, and Staples.  Keep in mind, there will be items that one store carries, that’s packaged just a little different for another store, which may make it slightly difficult to find by scanning the bar code.  This is when you simply use your search feature.  So, in this case, you’d search for “Expo 12 count” and see what results you get.  Also, since Sam’s and Costco are more bulk sales, you’ll may need to determine the unit price to price compare.
  • I also want you to check against Amazon prices, too.  You’ll do this the same way, scan the item with your Amazon app, and see what sort of prices you get. If you have Amazon Prime, this is a great way to do your back to school shopping. If not, then try Amazon Prime with a FREE 30-Day Trial.  And here’s a bonus offer if you’ve got a kid going off to college: join Prime Student FREE Two-Day shipping for college students to maximize your savings further.

Ways to Save for Back to School Shopping: Shop for the Long Run

When my daughter started kindergarten, we went to Toys R Us and took advantage of the “free lunch box when you buy a backpack” deal.  She picked out an Ariel backpack and an Ariel lunch box, and we ended up spending roughly $20-25 on these items.  Within a few months of being in kindergarten, she declared that Ariel and all Disney princesses were “baby-ish”, but she still begrudgingly carried her backpack and lunch box to school for the remainder of the year.  The backpack got pretty beat up over the year, while the lunch box was in decent shape.

The summer between kindergarten and 1st grade, I found a $5 backpack at Goodwill (while we were up in Wisconsin, of all places) that was brand new – it was a basic pink with gray polka dots, and it came with a matching lunchbox.  That thing has held up beautifully for two school years, and she very well may enter 3rd grade with it, too.

We’ve found a basic Star Wars very gently-used backpack at a garage sale for my son, spending one whole dollar.  So he will start kindergarten with a character back pack as well.  However, I’m not confident that backpack will stand the test of time, particularly for a little boy.  So I plan to invest in good backpacks for each of them this year.  Brands that tend to hold up well include Pottery Barn kids, Lands End, and L.L. Bean – yes, these brands will be an investment, but they have a reputation for holding up well for years.  I recommend getting a simple-patterned one (no characters), and let your child accessorize with things that can be swapped out like key chains or patches.

My point here is to invest in pieces your child will use for a long time, like a back pack and lunch box.  They’ll need those every school year, so invest in one that will last multiple years.  Also consider a good quality thermos/water bottle, too.  This is one of my favorites.  Other long-term investment pieces include scissors, locker shelves, a good zippered binder once they hit middle school, good quality pencil pouch, and even good quality sports bags and equipment.

Ways to Save for Back to School Shopping: My Final 2¢

When it comes to back to school shopping, my best advice is to KISS it!  Yes, Keep It Simple Student.  😉  Simply put, please please please don’t run all over town in an effort to save a few dollars.  If you can get the bulk of your school supplies and school clothes at one store, do it.  Even if they don’t have the lowest prices for all items on your list, save yourself the headache (and gas money) of lugging kids to another store just to save a few dollars on a few items.  Of course, if that other store is on your way, and you’re not making a special trip, then that’s fine.  But please don’t stress out over school supplies.

As a former public school teacher, I can tell you that yes, I had the bare minimum for supplies – I was begging for boxes of tissues so my 4th grade boys weren’t blowing their raw little noses on those scratchy brown paper towels.  I literally did a happy dance when one of the assistant principals handed me a box of 144 number 2 pencils.  Yes, your kids’ teacher is likely dipping in to their own pocket to pay for a chunk of what’s being used in their classroom.  So, when a parent comes in and offers me supplies, I’m not going to turn it down, nor am I going to turn it away because it’s not the proper count or the right brand.

Supply what you can for your child.  If you feel compelled and called to do so, donate more.  But, again, please don’t stress about that list of school supplies.  Sometimes buying those pre-packaged school supplies can be a good thing, even if it’s not the super-cheapest route.

COMING SOON: Ways to Save with Back to School CLOTHES Shopping

 

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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National Ice Cream Day Deals & Freebies

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National Ice Cream Day Deals & Freebies

Did you know the third Sunday of July is National Ice Cream Day?  Many companies have gotten wise to this delicious day of celebration, and are offering some sweet freebies and deals.  Also, make sure you read all the way through, for a bonus giveaway for my Atlanta Braves fans!

Just like with Veteran’s Day freebies and deals,  Tax Day Freebies, and Mothers’ Day Deals, please check with your specific location for participation. Thanks to Mission: to Save for sharing some of these deals!

National Ice Cream Day Freebies & Deals

PetSmart – Free Doggie Ice Cream Sundaes available to pets at all PetSmart PetsHotel locations on National Ice Cream Day, July 16.  The dog-safe ice cream is vanilla flavored and non-dairy, as many dogs have challenges with lactose products. The sundaes are topped with dog biscuit sprinkles for a savory-sweet combination and a cool treat to beat the summertime heat in July.  Thanks Thrifty Jinxy for sharing this one!

Baskin Robbins -Get a free samples of its popular Polar Pizza from Noon – 5:00 p.m. at participating Baskin-Robbins locations on 7/16. In addition to the Polar Pizza Sampling on July 14, Baskin-Robbins is giving its guests several ways to enjoy National Ice Cream Month. For starters, guests who download the Baskin-Robbins Mobile App will receive exclusive offers on National Ice Cream Day (Sunday, July 16) and throughout the month.

Carvel– Buy One Get One FREE deal on any size soft serve cone or cup in the guests’ choice of Vanilla, Chocolate or OREO, Sunday, July 16th! (only at participating locations)

Dippin Dots – Order online in July for a chance to win your next shipment for Free.

Graeter’s– Wants to thank their loyal fans, for keeping them in business for over 147 years with $1.47 single dip sugar cones on Sunday, July 16th! Graeter’s plans to further take advantage of National Ice Cream Month in July with its annual unveiling of Summer Bonus Flavors in scoop shops and online for a limited time. New bonus flavors will be announced on June 26, July 10, July 24, August 7 and August 21. Finally, the Graeter’s family, in support of its new relationship with the Cincinnati Zoo, has created a decadent and delicious flavor – available only at the Zoo, to benefit the Zoo.

McDonalds is offering a FREE cone on Sunday, July 16, 2017.  Just stop in at any participating location, and the offer should appear on your McDonalds app.  (You must have the app in order to get the free ice cream offer.)

Atlanta Braves & Mayfield are offering Braves fans a sweet treat!  Starting at 10 am through 2:30 on July 16, fans can stop by lot 29 at SunTrust Park for a Mayfield ice cream sample, as well as spin their prize wheel for a chance at some cool Mayfield swag.

Would you like to attend an Atlanta Braves game, on behalf of Mayfield?  I’m giving away a $75 gift card to one winner.  It’s simple to enter for your chance to win: first, comment below telling me which ice cream flavor is your favorite.  Then, fill out the form below.  One winner will be randomly picked.  Giveaway ends 7/29/17.  Good luck, y’all!

 


$75 gift card

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Wrapping Up the Month of June at Applebee’s

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June at Applebee's

Apparently this summer has been more hectic than I realized.  I sat down on June 30 to write this up, but July proved to be just as hectic as June!  Hence, a mid-July publication!  

The month of June kept my family busy, our calendars packed, and my schedule quite busy!  First, we renovated the kids’ bathroom,  not because we were sitting idolly by looking for something to do, but because the tub -which was easily over 20 years old- was starting to feel springy when the kids stepped in it, and the shower faucet had developed a steady leak.  Thankfully, when we redid the other two bathrooms in our house a few years ago, we went ahead and bought a sink, tub, toilet, sink faucet, and shower faucet for all three bathrooms because we knew we would eventually have to tackle this bathroom, AND because a family friend got us the products for about half off.

I digress.  So while we were re-doing the bathroom, I stayed home to ensure things were going as they should.  Months earlier, my mom had enrolled the kids in VBS at her church, and my son had three days of Kindergarten camp midweek.  (Yes, my littlest baby is off to kindergarten in the fall!) [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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5 Tips for Traveling Frugally

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tips for traveling frugallyTraveling can be expensive and all the little things add up quite quickly! It is hard to imagine saving money while traveling, but it can be done. Here are five tips to traveling frugally so that you can get out there and experience more of the world!

Plan Ahead

This sounds simple enough, but it is strangely one thing that is overlooked. When you are planning on flying, book your ticket three weeks ahead as prices go up on the 21-day mark. Conversely, 48 hours before a flight you can find some tremendous deals on last minute trips. A great resource is using Google Flights and then using this information to compare flights on Expedia or Travelocity.  If you’re traveling during the holidays, these are my tips for saving on holiday flights.

Tips on Fuel

Plan to fill up early in the morning and not when a tanker is filling the gas station’s underground tanks. Gas prices increase before any major holiday, so gas up as far in advance as you can, then just top off on the morning on your road trip. These simple steps will make sure that more gas ends up in your tank for less money.  Also, utilize your Kroger card to save big on gas, too.

Where to Stay

There are many choices of where to stay when traveling. If you are on a road trip, break out the tent and camp along your route. When flying, don’t forget to look up places on AirBNB or check out local B&Bs, especially if you don’t need all the amenities of a hotel. You can contact the Chamber of Commerce in the city you are visiting and often times they have discount codes for you to use at a local hotel.

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Excursions on the Cheap

When talking to the Chamber of Commerce, ask them if they have an activity book (often free) which has 2-for-1 coupons or discounts throughout an area. Many museums and attractions have a couple days a month where admission is reduced or free, plan if your trip is planned around those dates.  Also, utilize things sites/apps Groupon, Scoutmob, Goldstar, and Living Social for discounted deals on things to do locally.


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Don’t Eat All Your Money

Food can add up quickly while traveling. Pack snacks like dried fruit, nuts, and protein bars in your bag. When you get to your destination, stop at the grocery store and pick up food that you can eat. Don’t eat out at breakfast, as you can start your day with a banana and protein shake. (Or if you’re lucky, find a hotel that throws in free breakfast.)  Dinner is usually twice the cost of lunch, so eat your largest meal midday and have the leftovers for dinner.

These are just a few of the ways you can travel frugally this year. Now get out there and travel!

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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REWARD YOUR KIDS’ HARD WORK: Good Report Card Freebies List!

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Good Report Card Freebies

With summer peeking around the corner, it’s almost time again to share those good report cards!  With those good grades comes great rewards, aside of course, from the vast knowledge acquired represented by said good grades.  Here is a current list of FREE rewards for kids who bring home good report cards!  Consider using them as incentives to motivate your kids to finish the year odd strong!

Also, make sure to look at all the great Kids Free Summer Reading Programs available to your kiddos over the summer break – you know, to ensure good report cards next school year.

Teachers, feel free to share this with your coworkers, students, and parents!

I HIGHLY suggest calling ahead to be sure that your area business is participating in these promotions!!  Also, if you know of other freebies not mentioned here, please let me know! 🙂

Many thanks to Saving Dollars and Sense for compiling such an extensive list!
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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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