5 Cool Facts About Chick-fil-a

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Facts about Chick-fil-a

It’s no secret I super-big-fat-puffy-pink-heart LOVE Chick-fil-a, right?  I mean, I’ve made that clear in the past, right?  RIGHT?  So I wanted to tap in to some facts about Chick-fil-a that you may not have known – be prepared.  You may be shocked.  ;)

  1. Cow Appreciation Day – Ok.  So unless you’ve been living under a social media rock, you may have already heard about Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-a.  It’s done every year -typically around the second week of July.  You can either dress in full cow garb, and snag an entire free meal at  most locations, or dress as a partial cow and get a free entree.  (Truth be told, depending on which location you visit, you may get an entire meal for even just a partial outfit.)  You can get your cow costume started with their cow costume starter kit – or peruse Pinterest for even more elaborate ideas.
  2. FREE Ice Cream – So perhaps “free” ice cream isn’t completely accurate.  However, did you know you can trade in a kids’ meal toy for a small ice cream?  Yep.  ‘sure can, with a choice of a cone or a cup.  And if you have an extra super-cute kid, they may even throw in extra sprinkles.  ;)
  3. Recycle that Styrofoam – ….this, by far, has me the giddiest!  Around the metro Atlanta, you can recycle your styrofoam cups and other materials.  Until now, most styrofoam “recycling” I’d ever seen meant it was incinerated in a manner to release less nasty chemicals.  However, CFA actually has a company that takes the styrofoam and re-uses it to make other products!  You can learn about all the other ways Chick-fil-a is making strides in environmental responsibility.
  4. Secret’s in the Sauce – Ok, well not really a “secret”, but have you tried the new(ish) “Chick-fil-a sauce”??  It.  Rocks.  And I have it on good authority the sauce is a tasty combination of honey mustard, barbeque, and ranch.  Yeah, I would imagine some folks were playing around in the back, and *boom* concocted an -ahem!- awesome-sauce idea!
  5. Mom Valet or Mobile Ordering - Yes.  These things exist in specific locations!  For the “mom valet” you can order in the drive-through, and ask to have a table set up with your order – I’ve even heard stories of table clothes, and the kiddie placemats being in place, as well.  Then all do is schlep the kiddos inside, and *presto*, you’ve got your meal ready for you.  OR, order from your mobile phone, and pay from your mobile device, and they’ll deliver your order right to your vehicle, in designated parking spaces.  How.  Cool.  Is.  THAT!?
  6. BonusFreebies -  I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t tell you how to snag great freebies at Chick-fil-a, would I?  First, make sure you “like” your locations’ Facebook page.  (You can search for your location, if you’re not sure, then find their Facebook page.)  Also, some locations offer freebies via text.  So sign up for that with your local Chick-fil-a.  You can call or ask in person for your location – OR, once again, utilize your locations Facebook page.

P.S.  Please do not bring politics in to this post.  Please believe me when I say I love and support folks, no matter whom they love.  Period.  But my Southern heart (and Southern booty) has a super-soft spot for delicious waffle fries, ahhh-mazing chicken, and sweet tea.  Plain and simple.  You do not have to agree with me, nor with Chick-fil-a’s politics.  We are all entitled to our opinions and viewpoints.  If you disagree with CFA’s viewpoints, I respect that – but I do not wish for this blog (MY blog) to be used as a soundstage for one’s political stance.  Mmkay, y’all?

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Quick! I Need Diapers! Diaper Deals for 7/20/14

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Weekly Diaper Deals Round-up

Did’ja just realize you’re on your LAST diaper, and are now scrambling to snag a pack of diapers?  Well, let me save you the trouble of searching for the best deal — they’re all here!  And when you have a moment, make sure to read about how I find cheap diapers so you can stock up.  Huge thanks to Moola Saving Mom for sharing this week’s deals!

Also, check out the diaper deals available at Amazon, and use your Amazon Prime and Amazon Mom perks, too!  Finally, don’t forget my own, automatically updated list of printable baby coupons!


Weekly Diaper Deals Round-up

Did’ja just realize you’re on your LAST diaper, and are now scrambling to snag a pack of diapers? Well, let me save you the trouble of searching for the best deal — they’re all here! And when you have a moment, make sure to read about how I find cheap diapers so you can stock up. Huge thanks to Moola Saving Mom for sharing this week’s deals!

Also, check out the diaper deals available at Amazon, and use your Amazon Prime and Amazon Mom perks, too! Finally, don’t forget my own, automatically updated list of printable baby coupons!



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Back to School 2014 Weekly Deals

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Back to school 2014 weekly 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 introduce to y’all the first Back to School 2014 roundup.  Super-special thanks to Melissa from This Mommy Saves Money for sharing this list!

Back to School 2014 Weekly Deals

Staples 7/20– 7/26

110% Back To School Price Match Guarantee 

Top Deals

  • Buy any Backpack get 25% off all your School Supplies
  • Crayola Washable Markers: 50% off 1

Provide in store coupon code 57089 at checkout.

  • Staples 1-subject notebook, 8″ x 10.5″, 70 sheets: 0.17
  • Staples 12″ Beveled Wood Ruler: 0.25
  • Staples Ruled 3″ x 5″ White Index Cards, 100 pk: 0.48
  • Staples Composition Book, 100 sheets: 0.50
  • Crayola Standard Crayons, 24 pk: 0.50
  • Staples #2 pencils, 12/pk: 0.68
  • Staples dual dome pencil sharpener: 0.68
  • Staples Pink Cap Erasers, 12 pk: 0.96
  • Crayola Classic Markers, 10 pk: 0.97

All Back To School Deals

  • Paper Folders, 2-Pocket: 0.15
  • Staples school glue, 4 oz: 0.39
  • Staples poly 1-subject notebook, 8″ x 10.5″, 70 sheets: 0.50
  • Slider Pencil Case: 0.75
  • Staples Filler Paper, 8″ x 10.5″, 120 sheets: 0.82
  • Staples Pink Handheld Erasers, 3 pk: 0.96
  • BIC Cristal Ball Pens, 10 pk: $1
  • BIC Mechanical Pencils, 0.7 mm, 5 pk: $1
  • Staples glue sticks, .26 oz, 4 pk: $1.25
  • Staples Filler Paper, Graph Rule, 8″ x 10.5″, 80 sheets: $1.76
  • Staples Standard View Binder, 1″: $3.99

Save $2 instantly on the purchase of a new binder for each one you recycle
$3.99 – $2 binder recycling = $1.99

Final Price: $1.99

  • Sharpie Accent Gel Highlighters, 3 pk: $2
  • Staples Stickies ½ ” tape flags, bright colors, 125 pk: $2
  • Staples Reinforced Filler Paper, 100 sheets: $2
  • Staples Spine Guard 1-subject notebook, college ruled, 11″ x 8.5″, 100 sheets: $2.99
  • Fiskars 5″ soft grip scissors: $3
  • Staedtler Mars Plastic Erasers, 4/pk: $3
  • Staedtler 2-Hole Pencil Sharpener: $3
  • Paper Mate InkJoy: $4
  • Studio C Reinforced Filler Paper, College Ruled, 8.5″ x 11″, 80 Sheets: $4.99
  • uni-ball 207 Retractable Gel Pens, 4 pk: $5
  • Backpacks: 25% off
  • Five Star and Caseit Zipper Binders: $17.99 – $24.99

Teacher Supplies

Final Price: $.50

  • BIC Wite-Out Correction Pen or Tape, 2 pk: $2
  • Sharpie permanent markers, 5 pk : $2
  • Ziploc sandwich and gallon-size bags: $2.99

$1.00/2 Ziploc Bags – 7-13-14 SS (Expires 08/23/14)  7-13-14 SS

Final Price: $2.49

  • Kleenex facial tissues, 3 boxes: $3.99

$0.50 off Kleenex Boxes or Bundle Pack, exp. 8/9/14 (SS 07/13/14)

$1.00/4 Kleenex Boxes, 50 ct or Larger or (1) Bundle Pack; Excludes Trial and Travel Size – 7-13-14 SS(Expires 08/09/14)  7-13-14 SS

Final Price: $2.99

  •  Clorox wipes, 35 wipes/tub, 3 tubs: $4.99
  • Epson Photo Paper: B1G1
  • Brother PT-90 personal labeler: $9.99
  •  All 5- and 10-ream cases of Copy Paper: B1G1 50% off


  • 10% back in Staples Rewards wyb $60 in HP Ink
  • Staples 8.5″ x 11″ Multipurpose 20/96 Paper, 500 sheets/ream: $7.99

$7.79 – $3.80 easy rebate – $1.99 coupon = $2

Final Price: $2

Other Good Deals to Keep In Mind

  • All tech and mobile accessories Extra 20% off

Provide in store coupon code 22894 at checkout.

  • Scotch adhesives 25% OFF
Add coupon code 15449 at checkout.
  • All Arc customizable notebooks: 25% off

Provide in store coupon code 19965 at checkout.

  • Lexar TwistTurn USB flash drive 2.0, 8 GB: $6
  • Lexar TwistTurn USB flash drive 2.0, 16 GB: $8
  • Staples 700MB CD-R, Spindle, 50 pk: $13.99

OfficeMax/Office Depot 7/20 – 7/26

 Top Deals

  • 2-Hole Manual Pencil Sharpeners

Limit 3 offers per household

  • Office Depot Brand & OfficeMax Brand Marble Composition Book: 0.10

Limit 3 offers per household

  • Sharpie Single Permanent Markers: 0.25

Limit 5 offers per household

  • OfficeMax Brand & Scholastic Glue Sticks, 4-PK: 0.25

 Limit 3 offers per household

  • Office Depot Brand, 3-PK & OfficeMax Brand, 4-PK Highlighters: 0.50

Limit 3 offers per household

  • Crayola Crayons, 24 CT: 0.50

Limit 3 offers per household

  • Office Depot Brand & OfficeMax Brand Multipurpose Paper Ream: $1

Limit 2 rebates per household

  • Free PC Tune Up

All Back To School Deals

  • Office Depot Brand or OfficeMax Brand Poly Index Card Box with 100 Cards: $1
  • Pencil Pouch with Mesh or Clear Window: $1
  • Scotch Glue: $1
  • Crayola Construction Paper, 9″ x 12″, Pack of 96 Sheets: $2
  • Norcom Reinforced Filler Paper: $2
  • Paper Mate EraserMate Pens, 5-PK: $2
  • Pentel R.S.V.P. Ballpoint Pens 5-PK: $2
  • Really Useful Boxes, .55L Pencil Box: $2
  • Sharpie Blade Highlighters, 4-PK: $2
  • Paper Mate Profile Retractable Ballpoint Pens, 4-PK: $2
  • Post-it Page Markers, 10-PK: $3

$1/$4 Post-it Brand Flags or Tabs Purchase printable

$1/$4 Post-It Brand Flags or Tabs printable

Final Price: $2.50

  • Pilot “Bottle to Pen” B2P 86% Recycled Gel Retractable Pens, 5-PK: $3
  • Paper Mate Sharpwriter Mechanical Pencils, 0.7mm, 12-PK: $3
  • Sharpie Clearview Highlighter, 3-PK :$3
  • 1.5″ Wilson Jones Heavy Duty & 1.5″ OfficeMax Brand Durable Binders: $3

Limit 2 per household

  • BIC 4-Color™ Retractable Ballpoint Pens, 3-PK: $3
  • Dry-Erase Boards: $3
  • Master Lock Combination Locks: $3
  • Locker Culture Locker Shelves: $3
  • Pentel WOW! Retractable Ballpoint Pens, 12-PK: $4
  • Pilot G2 Pens, 4-PK: $4
  • Pilot FriXion Clicker Erasable Gel Pens, 3-PK: $4
  • Post-it 1/2″ Study Flags, 8-PK + 2 FREE Arrow Flag Pads: $5

$1/$4 Post-it Brand Flags or Tabs Purchase printable

$1/$4 Post-It Flags printable

Final Price: $4

  • Office Depot Brand or Just Basics Wood Pencils, 72-PK: $5
  • FORAY 12-PK & TUL 10-PK Liquid Ink Highlighters: $5
  • Pilot Precise V5 or V7 Liquid Ink Rollerball Pens, 5-PK: $5
  • uni-ball 207 Retractable Gel Pens, 4-PK: $5
  • Sharpie Accent Highlighters 20-PK: $10
  • Pilot G-2 Retractable Gel Pens, 12-PK: $10
  • ALL Paper Mate InkJoy Pen Multi-Packs: BOGO
  • Yak Pak, FUL & High Sierra Back Packs: 50% off
  • ALL Five Star 1, 3 & 5 Subject Notebooks: 25% off
  • ALL Crayola Washable Products: B2G1
  • Texas Instruments TI-30XIIS Scientific Calculator: $12.99
  • Advantage Pre K-8 software: $14.50  with purchase of ANY school backpack

Teacher Supplies

  • ALL Expo Dry Erase Markers and Accessories: B2G1
  • Permanent Self-Adhesive Reinforcement Labels, 200-PK: $1
  • Office Depot Brand & OfficeMax Brand Paper Clips, non-skid, #1, 100 per Box, 10-PK: $2
  • Office Depot Brand or OfficeMax Brand 8″ Scissors: $2
  • Adams Password Journal: $2
  • Sharpie Retractable Permanent Markers, 3-PK: $2
  • Sharpie Pens, 4-PK: $3
  • PaperPro Compact Desktop Stapler: $6
  • Sharpie Permanent Markers, Assorted Colors, 24-PK: $10
  • Paper Mate Flair Pens, 12-PK: $10
  • Brother P-Touch Handheld Label Maker: $10
  • Memorex DVD+/-R Recordable Media, 100-PK: $24.99


  • Double Recycling Rewards wyb $59 of HP ink and recycle cartridges

Limit 5 cartridges.

Other Good Deals to Keep In Mind

  • Lexar JumpDrive S50 USB 2.0 Flash Drive 8 GB: $6.99
  • Lexar JumpDrive S50 USB 2.0 Flash Drive 16 GB: $9.99
  • McAfee AntiVirus Plus For 1 PC: $9.99
  • Lexar JumpDrive S50 USB 2.0 Flash Drive 32 GB: $17.99
  • McAfee AntiVirus Plus For 3 PCs: $14.99
  • $5/$25 All Same Day Printing Services
  • $15/$50 All Same Day Printing Services
  • Buy 2  Brother Inks get  2XL Spoke Earbud by Skullcandy Free
  • 20% off Dell Ink or Toner
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Atlanta restaurant coupons

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Here are some great Atlanta restaurant coupons for this weekend.  Also, don’t forget to check Scoutmob, Groupon, and Living Social for additional deals near you!  Super special thanks to Surviving the Stores for sharing many of these coupons!
Atlanta Restaurant Coupons

Atlanta restaurant coupons 7-17-14

  • Beef O Brady’s – $3 Off $15 or $5 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 7/31/2014)
  • Biggby Coffee – $1.99 Any Size Iced Coffee (exp: 8/31/2014)
  • Carrabba’s – $10 Off Dinner Entree When You Buy 1 Entree (exp: 7/27/2014)
  • Denny’s – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 7/20/2014)
  • Dickey’s Barbecue – Free Kids Meal When You Buy Adult Meal (exp: 7/31/2014)
  • Juice It Up – Buy 1 Get 1 Free 24 oz. Just Peachy Smoothie (exp: 8/31/2014)
  • Marie Callenders – Buy 1 Entree Get 1 50% Off When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 8/1/2014)
  • Mimis Cafe – Buy 1 Lunch or Dinner Entree Get 1 Free When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 7/27/2014)
  • Noah’s Bagels – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/29/2014)
  • Red Mango – $1 Iced Coffee, $2 Iced Latte or $3 Frozen Lattes (exp: 7/31/2014)
  • Smokey Bones – $5 Off $15 Purchase (exp: 7/20/2014)
  • White Castle – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sriracha Chicken Sliders (exp: 8/3/2014)

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Retail Therapy Anyone? Printable Retail Coupons Roundup

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printable retail coupons - shopping bagsHad a long week?  Need to get away?  How about some retail therapy?  :o)  Here are the top printable retail coupons that are currently available!  Huge thanks to Surviving the Stores for this week’s list!

printable retail coupons 7-17-14

  • Aeropostale – 30% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/20/2014)
  • Ann Taylor Factory – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/20/2014)
  • Belk – 15% Off Sale Price Purchases + More (exp: 7/20/2014)
  • Crabtree & Evelyn – 20% Off $50 Purchase (exp: 7/19/2014)
  • Gordons Jewelers – $25 Off $150 Purchase (exp: 7/20/2014)
  • Hibbett Sports – $20 Off $100 Purchase (exp: 7/20/2014)
  • Kohl’s – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/20/2014)
  • Macy’s – 20% Off Select Sale & Clearance Apparel for Him, Her & Kids + More (exp: 7/20/2014)
  • Michaels – 25% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/19/2014)
  • OshKosh B’Gosh – 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 7/23/2014)
  • Payless – 20% Off Red Tag Clearance Items (exp: 7/21/2014)
  • Rue 21 – $10 Off Every $30 Purchase (exp: 7/19/2014)
  • Shoe Carnival – $5 Off $39.98 Purchase (exp: 7/19/2014)
  • Sports Authority – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/19/2014)
  • Staples – $5 Off $25 Purchase + More (exp: 7/19/2014)
  • Ulta – $3.50 Off $10 Purchase (exp: 7/26/2014)
  • Yankee Candle – $10 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 7/20/2014)

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7+ Great Toddler Action Books

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Toddler Action Books

In my continued effort to share good books to promote literacy, I have a list of cute little toddler action books that my kids have enjoyed over the years.  By “action book”, I mean books that have flaps to lift, doors to open, pop-ups, etc – anything tactile to get a toddler engaged in the story at -ahem- hand.  Do you have any favorite action books you’d add to this?

Toddler Action Books

  1. Hop, Dance, Jump: Action Words and Fabulous Flaps by Maureen Roffey – This dandy little book is one of my son’s current favorites.  It’s got flaps to lift up, and flaps to lift down, with action words and (near) opposites on every page.  Each page depicts a character doing one action, you lift or lower a flap, and she’s doing the opposite, or near opposite: laugh/cry, sit/stand, walk/run, etc.
  2. The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle – One of my all-time favorite children’s authors is at it again.  This adorable story, with repetitive phrases tells the tale of a very busy spider spinning his web.  On each page, your child can feel the spider web, and watch in wonder as the busy spider’s web grows.
  3. What Makes a Rainbow: A Magic Ribbon Book by Betty Ann Schwartz – Your toddler will enjoy watching the rainbow grow, as they turn the pages of this colorful book!
  4. Ten Chirpy Chicks and Ten Little Ladybugs by Debbie Tarbett – These delightful books, just two out of a whole collection, help a child count backwards from ten, and allow for counting, touching each chick or ladybug as you go, and watch each one disappear as you turn the page.
  5. Where is Baby’s Belly Button? by Karen Katz – Well, you’ve got to lift the flaps to help baby.  That belly button won’t find itself, in this delightful playful book.  You can also check out Karen Katz‘s other interactive books for tots.
  6. Spot the Dot by David A. Carter – The toddler book based on the popular app.  Yep, a book based on an app – but your kids will LOVE it, and stay engaged!
  7. The entire Bizzy Bear series by Nosy Crow – With chunky sliders to push and pull, this robust little board book is perfect for active toddlers. Rich in visual detail and with touches of humor, it is sure to become a classic in the family library.


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Signs of Kindergarten Readiness

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Kindergarten Readiness

My daughter starts Kindergarten in less than a month.  While I am not ready to let my baby enter the big world of Kindergarten, I am confident I have paved the way for this milestone, and am certain she is ready.  …but what exactly does “kindergarten readiness” look like, really??

Whether you’re sending your first or fifth child into kindergarten, it’s never an easy time. You have a lot of pressure on your shoulders to make sure your child knows certain concepts before you send them off. There are some things you can start doing now to prep your child for Kindergarten in the fall.

Signs of Kindergarten Readiness

  1.  Letter Sounds – Every child entering kindergarten should have practice with their letter sounds. You’ll want to start teaching them their letter sounds by making sure they know the alphabet first. Knowing the alphabet plus their letter sounds is one way a kindergartner starts the reading process. You can help your child learn their letter sounds by repeating them on a daily basis, using flash cards, hands on activities, and even playing educational computer games.  I started each of my kids with a simple ABC puzzle, and as they placed the letters in the puzzle, I would help them identify the letter, and it’s sound.  “Oh, ‘t’ says /t/ like ‘turtle’.”
  2. Reading & Writing – Kindergarten is all about learning to read and write. There are so many activities your child will do in kindergarten to help them learn these skills. However, there are also several things you can do as a parent to help prep your child for learning these skills. The number one thing you can do is always read to your child at every chance you get. Secondly, let them explore with writing. Their words might not always make sense, but they will increase their knowledge of writing as well as get their writing form down.  My daughter loves writing messages right now, and I interfere as little as possible with spelling.  We go through each sound and she writes out her words sound-by-sound.
  3. Independence – If there’s one thing your child needs to learn for kindergarten it is about independence and self sufficiency. While it may be common for you to help them with things now, it’s important that you let them learn how to do things on their own. To help make your child a little more independent, let him or her do small things on their own. You get to decide what the independence factor is as it’s your child, but it is time to loosen the reigns just a little bit.
  4. Relationship Building – For one of the first times in your life, you will be sending your child off to make his or her own relationships. Your kindergartner will form a bond with their teacher and classmates. You can prep your student for this by allowing them to be in situations where they can make friends on their own. You won’t always be there to help them make friends, so it’s important to let them learn to create this bond on their own.

These four tips will help your child learn a few basics before heading off to kindergarten. Just remember that it’s not just about the academics, but the social and emotional growth as well. What tips would you add to this list?


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Make Money from Your Smartphone While Shopping!

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Did you know you can make money from your smartphone?  I have some AWESOME apps to share with you: iBotta, Checkout 51, Shopkick, and now Top CashBack!  All reward you for doing the shopping you already do!  And they’re pretty darn easy to use, and therefore to make money!  And the best part is ALL of these are free apps, available in the app store!

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iBotta is available at countless stores nationwide — here’s a just a few.

iBotta works much like an electronic coupon app, but with a fun twist!  Take quick surveys, read recipes, and view videos related to particular items– all to earn higher value coupons for select products.  Then after you’ve purchased these items, scan your receipt to redeem these coupons.  (And, yep, this allows you to “stack” store, manufacture, AND iBotta coupons all at once!)  If you sign up through my link here, you can get a $5 “friend” bonus!  Seriously, you can’t lose with this one!!

Checkout 51 offer great rebates on items you buy all.  the.  time.  Got milk?  Get money back from it!  Once you’ve gotten at least $20 in rebates, you’ll get a check in the mail.  Pretty darn easy, huh?Checkout 51 Offers

Shopkick keeps the spirit of “checking in” to places alive with this clever app.  By simply walking in to your favorite stores (Tar-zshay, anyone?) you earn “kicks”.  If you have a little time to spare, and want a fun little treasure hunt, scan select items for bonus kicks.  Also, collect kicks by browsing “look books” for participating stores.  Kicks can be traded in for gift cards to your favorite stores, like Target, Best Buy, iTunes, Old Navy, CVS, and Macy’s — just to name a few!  This one is, by far, my FAVORITE app!

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Top Cashback - TopCashback has partnered with a wide range of stores to offer discounts on your online shopping. When you shop via their partner stores, they will pay a commission for your purchases. Your TopCashback account will be credited and so long as you don’t return the goods we will be able to pass this commission onto you as ‘cashback’, Easy! TopCashback offers a wide range of payment options (PayPal, Amazon, direct deposit, , with NO MINIMUM payment!  And best of all, when you refer a friend, you earn TEN BUCKS!

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FREE Weekend Events 7-11-14

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In addition to all of the local festivities, there are FREE weekend events -  fun activities to enjoy with your kids, for your kids, and workshops for adults only.

Who says being frugal can’t be fun? Free and fun weekend activities are available all across the USA!  Also, check out these free and frugal ways to beat the heat in Atlanta.  Or, if you prefer to hang out at home, there’s plenty of ways to stay cool in your own backyard, and with cool backyard toys for kids of all ages, and backyard toys for little ones!

Share this page with your friends and family. If you know of any others to share, please let us know! Also, it is always best to call ahead and make sure that your local retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.

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:: Apple Camp

Enrollment is open for kids ages 8-12 to attend Apple Camp. This is popular free camp where kids can learn to make movies or create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. Sign up now, as spots fill up quickly.


apple-retail_learn_workshop_basics-150x91:: Apple Store

Free workshops – learn the basic of Mac, iPad, iPhone, or iPod. Learn how to create slideshows with iPhoto. Edit home movies with iMovie and more! Find your local store and make a reservation for a free workshop.


:: American Girl Store Events

Special events differ by location. During July they include a Summer Flower Anklet Craft, Summer Reading Bookmark Craft, Pets Card Craft Event, Everyday Fun Doll ‘Dos, Princess Bitty Baby Story Time, and Meet the Author Tours.

Many of the American Girl in store events are free, however some have a fee and some have age restrictions, so check the details and find participating stores.

bass pro summer camp 2014

:: Bass Pro Shops Free Classes

Now through July 13th, you can sign up for free workshops such as archery basics for kids, hunting, fishing, fly-fishing, camping, and boating. Contact your local store for their schedule.


:: Barnes & Noble

Happening Now – Spanish storytime and in some locations, a Frozen Party!

You can find author events, story times, and special events at your participating Barnes and Noble store.

disney summer-playdays

:: Disney Stores

Disney Stores are offering Summer Play Days every day this summer now through September 1, 2014. The fun includes Art of Animation, Trivia, Story Time and Showtime. Check your local store for event details and times. Kids will receive a free button for participation each week.

guitar center free classes

:: Guitar Center

Saturday, July 12th {no age restriction}

10 AM – Recording Made Easy for GarageBand

10:15 AM – Group Bass Guitar Lesson

Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register at the Guitar Center website.

home depot workshops for adults

:: Home Depot Workshop for Adults

Saturday, July 12th from 10 AM to 11:30 AM ~ Learn to install an electrical outlet, recessed lighting, and dimmer. Understand how energy efficient lighting can save you money.

Sunday, July 13th from 1 PM to 2:30 PM, ~ Learn how to install a dead bolt lock and see the latest top door styles and accessories.

You can pre-register online.


count and decorate octopus lakeshore learning july 12

:: Lakeshore Learning Store

Saturday, July 12th from 11 AM-3 PM

Kids make and take a Count and Decorate Octopus. Get more information here.

lowes turbo free event

:: Lowe’s Build and Grow

Saturday, July 12th at 10 AM ~Kids build their Turbo with pullback motor. You can pre-register right here.

michaels travel board july 12 :: Michael’s Kids Club

Saturday, July 12th – 10AM – Noon

Kids Club – Summer Ice Cream fun by Perler®. for $2 per child, you can reserve 30 minutes for kids to create while you shop at Michael’s. Sessions start every half hour from 10AM – 11:30. See a store associate to sign up.

Sunday, July 13th from 1 PM – 4 PM ~ Kids make and take a mixed media travel journal and a corkboard, both with a travel theme. The workshop is free but the supplies must be purchased.

Get more information here.

microsoft summercamps

:: Microsoft Camp

Registration is open for free weekly in-store camps, now through August 29th. Camps are broken up into two age groups for Jr. Designers (recommended for ages 8-10) and Designers (recommended for ages 11-13), so choose the camp that fits your student’s interest and sign up today.

pottery barn july 13th

:: Pottery Barn

Sunday, July 13th at 10 AM ~ Decorate with Color & Pattern. Learn how to choose the perfect color scheme and bring together colors and patterns with confidence. Find a participating store and RSVP here.

williams sonoma technique

:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes

Saturday, July 12th {for kids} at 9:30 AM ~ Spiralizer fun- learn how to use the spiralizer to make fun pastas with vegetables. Suitable for ages 5 and up. To reserve a spot, contact you closest store right here. Suitable for ages 5-12.

Sunday, July 13th {for adults} Get inspiralized and learn how to prepare gluten-free and paleo-friendly recipes with the spiralizer. To reserve a spot, and find out specific class times, contact you closest store right here.

:: Summer Family Movies for $1

Regal Theaters on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings for 9 weeks. See the times, dates and locations here.

:: Summer Reading Programs for Kids

Retailers encourage free reading with free books and rewards! View programs from Barnes & Noble, TD Bank, Chuck E. Cheese, Pottery Barn and more! Read the entire list right here.


:: Home Depot Workshop for Kids

Saturday, August 2nd from 9 AM to 12PM ~ Build a mini-crate pencil holder. You can pre-register online.

More to Explore Throughout the Year:

:: FREE Beauty Events

Find free beauty events at local stores with free samples and demonstrations. Visit the website that keeps track of these right here.

:: Sephora: Free In Store Beauty Classes

Join the Sephora Beauty club {it is free} and attend free beauty classes inside Sephora stores to learn everything from building a skin care routine to creating the perfect smoky eye. Classes are held on Sunday at more than 60 stores across the USA. Check with your local stores for schedules and times.

:: Home and Garden Shows

If you like Home and Garden shows, this site will give you a free pass. Check the ACS Home Show site.

:: Michael’s Show In Tell {for adults}

Learn something new with in-store demonstrations for new craft ideas, techniques, and creative new trends. From cake decorating, jewelry making, art painting, paper crafting and more, get your local calendar of events right here.

:: FREE Major League Baseball Clinics

Through the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, kids can attend a free baseball clinic in many locations across the country. The free program is called Free Legends for Youth Kids Clinics.

:: FREE Bowling

Kids Bowl for Free at select bowling centers. Just join their mailing list to get notified of the next Kids Bowl Free Day.

:: Free Fitness Classes

Lululemon locations offer free yoga classes, go here for schedules and locations. Athleta stores offer free in store fitness classes, go here for schedules and locations.

:: Free Flying Lessons

Young Eagles – kids ages 8 to 17 experience aviation and get free rides in private aircraft flown by experienced pilots. Get more information here.

:: FREE Roller Skating

Kids Roller Skate for Free: Find the closest participating facility right here.

:: FREE Wine Tasting

Total Wine stores offer free wine tasting classes each weekend. Learn about specific producers, regions and varietals. Where allowed by law, participants receive special discounts on the wine being tasted. View the FREE Wine Tasting Schedule.

:: Target – Free Community Events

Target is also sponsoring FREE community events ranging from free museum admission, free theater tickets, family activities and tours at some of our countries most famous venues. Times and locations vary by city. Find free family activities sponsored by Target in your area right here.

:: Crazy Holidays This Weekend

Have some silly fun on a budget! Celebrate Cow Appreciation Day, Embrace Your Geekness Day,Shark Awareness Day and more! Get the schedule here.

For more ideas for family fun, be sure and check Groupon, Amazon Local and LivingSocial in your area. Join each site for free and start having more fun, for less! These vouchers make great gifts too!

For inexpensive and sometimes free tickets to local events, I am a fan of Goldstar tickets. Watch your emails for the heading “Comp Train” from Goldstar. If you are new, you can set up a free account here.

Be sure and check out your local library and parks and recreation departments for free programs and summer events right in your hometown!

Keep on saving!  :o)

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