Top Reasons to Join Sam’s Club

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Have you ever thought about joining Sam’s Club?  Or have you joined in the past, but let your membership lapse for one reason or another.  Well, I’m hoping to convince you why you should join Sam’s Club.  It’s not like it was even ten years ago.  They’re doing a great job of keeping up with the times, and listening to the needs of their customers.
I decided to do the most scientific thing possible when researching for reasons why folks should join Sam’s Club: I crowd-sourced my Facebook friends.  With no further adieu, here are the (un)official top reasons why you should join Sam’s Club:

 

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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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6 ways to celebrate Memorial Day with your family

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Memorial Day is a day of remembrance, but it’s also a day often spent with close friends and family.  If you are looking for something to do with your family this Memorial Day, check out the six suggestions below and pick one or two that work for you!

Six ways to celebrate Memorial Day with your family

6. Visit a military cemetery, memorial, or flag garden – Almost every town has one, and it would be a wonderful way to teach your children that there is more to Memorial Day than just hanging out and having fun.  Be sure to look up a brief history of Memorial Day if you don’t know it already, because your kids are sure to ask questions about the holiday.

5.  Go swimming – Most pools open right around Memorial Day, and it’s usually warm enough by then to really enjoy lounging in the cool, refreshing water.  Don’t have a pool nearby for the kids to play in?  Buy a small wading pool for them instead!  They’ll have a blast just splashing around, believe me.  If you want to get something big enough for you to splash around in too, you can get huge discounts on pools online this time of year.

4.  Share memories and photographs of loved ones – If you have a family member or friend that died while serving our country, take some time to share your fondest memories of them with your children.  If you have pictures, pull those out as well, so they can put a face to the name and really understand that you are talking about a real person that you once knew.

3.  Throw a red, white, and blue party – A party doesn’t have to have tons of guests, you can have a party for just your family!  Pick up some red, white, and blue decorations from a dollar store, classic Bomb Pops popsicles, some blueberries and strawberries, etc.  Get colorful and creative!  You could even let the kids invite their friends in the neighborhood!

2.  Attend a local celebration – Large tourist attractions typically have some sort of celebration, and your local city probably has something going on downtown too.  For those in the Atlanta area, Stone Mountain Park always has a huge celebration with amazing fireworks, and it’s FREE with the cost of parking!  Remember to bring blankets, camping chairs, and snacks or a picnic lunch with you!

1.  Say “Thank You” – Although Memorial Day is meant to honor those that died in service of our country, it’s also a great time to stop and thank those that are currently serving, or that have retired from the military.  If there is a nursing home or assisted living facility near your home, they almost always do something to honor their veteran residents, it would be wonderful to stop by and thank them as well.

What do you do for Memorial Day?  Does your family have any annual traditions?

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Moms, Dads, and Grads Bonus Gift Card Offers

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Moms Dads GradsWith May winding down (sheesh, wasn’t it just August??!?), comes Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, and graduation from high school, colleges, and even preschool and kindergarten.  It’s time to give gifts for Moms, Dads and Grads. Here is a list of many Gift Card Bonus Offers.  Make sure to also check out my Mothers’ Day Deals and Freebies list, as well as these Fathers’ Day gift guides.

Moms, Dads, and Grads: Restaurant Bonus Gift Card Offers!

Applebee’s: receive a $10 bonus card when you buy $50 gift cards thru 7/2.

b.d’s Mongolian Grill: for every $25 in gift cards purchased, you will receive a $5 Go Mongo card + $100 n coupons. Only at participating locations, see store for details.

Bonefish Grill: receive $10 bonus gift card when you buy $50 in gift cards through 6/18. Bonus card redeemable 5/15 – 7/21/17.

Bravo:receive $10 bonus gift card when you buy $50 in gift cards by 6/18. Bonus card redeemable 6/19 –8/31/17.

Brio: receive $10 bonus gift card when you buy $50 in gift cards by 6/18. Bonus card redeemable 6/19 –8/31/17.

Carrabba’s: receive $10 bonus gift card when you buy $50 in gift cards through 6/18. Bonus card redeemable 5/15 – 7/21/17.

First Watch: receive $20 Bonus Bucks when you buy $100 in gift cards through 6/18. Bonus Bucks are valid 6/19-7/30/17.

Fleming’s: receive $20 in bonus gift cards when you buy $100 in gift cards through 6/18. Bonus card redeemable 5/15 – 7/21/17.

Noodles & Company: receive a $5 “Gift Giver Bonus Card” when you buy one $25 gift card 4/26- 6/20/17.

Outback Steakhouse: receive $10 bonus gift card when you buy $50 in gift cards through 6/18. Bonus card redeemable 5/15 – 7/21/17.

P.F. Chang’s : receive $10 bonus gift card when you buy $50 in gift cards through 6/18. Bonus Card valid 6/19 – 7/31/17.

Ruby Tuesday – receive $15 bonus gift card for every $50 spent. Bonus card redeemable 5/15 – 7/25/17.

Smokey Bones– receive $10 bonus gift card when you buy $50 in gift cards, see website for details.

Steak ‘n Shake: Free Double Steakburger, fries and drink on your next purchase when you buy $25 in gift cards. Offer valid thru 5/17/17, coupon valid thru 6/30/17

Retail Gift Card Offers!

Cheryl’s Cookies: get $10 bonus gift card when you buy the 6 cookie sampler for $6.99 (shipped).

DSW: receive a $10 bonus gift card when you buy $50-$99 in gift cards or $25 bonus gift card for $100+ gift car purchase in gift cards by 5/14/17. Bonus gift card valid on a $10+ purchase 5/21-6/11/17.

Half Price Books: receive a $5 bonus gift card when you buy $25 in gift cards, offer expires 5/14. Bonus gift card valid 5/15- 5/25/17.

Massage Envy: Buy a $125 gift certificate and get aFree 60-Min Facial Session or 30-Min Massage Upgrade April 24 – May 14. (available at select locations)

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Mother’s Day Deals and Freebies 2017

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Mother's Day Deals and Freebies

Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching -like THIS Sunday, y’all!  If you’re looking for some ways to help pamper your mom check out these awesome Mother’s Day deals and freebies.  Also, be sure to explore all these great Mother’s Day gifts for under $50, as well as this extensive list of bonus gift cards for moms, dads, and grads.

Super special thanks to Mary from Mission: To Save for contributing to this list for national deals!

Atlanta Local Mothers’ Day Deals & Freebies:

Atlanta Braves GameEnjoy a special Girls Night Out event at SunTrust Park and Coca-Cola Roxy.  Pregame party with Electric Avenue before heading over to watch the game.

 

Chattahoochee Nature Center – Moms get in FREE with the purchase of a regular priced admission ticket.

Georgia Aquarium – Moms get special $20 tickets with purchase of one regular-priced ticket on May 14, 2017.  **If you purchase a City Pass, that is considered a “regular-priced ticket”, so with the City Pass, you can enjoy this special for a 1/2-priced ticket for yo’ mama.

Georgia Renaissance Festival – On Sunday, the first 100 Moms through the gate receive a free flower.

High Museum – FREE admission for all, as part of their Second Sunday Funday program.  You can pose for a portrait at 1pm, and then make a cute keepsake frame while you’re there.  Extra perks for members, of course, including Eric Carle story time, yoga classes for bigs and littles, and more.

Medieval Times, Atlanta – moms are free with the purchase of a full priced adult using the offer code MOM17. Mother’s Day package upgrade available for an additional $20 during checkout or at the door. Package includes Queen Bee tote bag, souvenir glass of champagne or mimosa (cider or non-alcoholic beverage will be served to minors), and a framed photo of Mom.

Zoo Atlanta – Moms get in FREE with purchase of child or adult ticket, or when accompanied by a Zoo Atlanta Member.

 

National Mothers’ Day  Deals & Freebies

Amazon – FREE one-day shipping

Beef O Brady’s – Free meal for Mom at Beef O Brady’s with purchase of equal or lesser value up to $10 at particpating locations (5/14 only)

First Watch– Mom’s receive a free box of chocolate with purchase while supplies last on 5/8.  You may recall, my son and I enjoyed our dining experience at First Watch in Dunwoody!

Kroger: Load Kroger digital coupons to save on gift card purchases plus load a 4X Fuel Points on the Weekends coupons too.

McCormick & Schimicks – Mom will receive a free chocolate covered strawberry with her meal. It is recommended you make reservations if you plan to dine here.

Shoneys – FREE Slice of Strawberry Pie for mom with purchase of a Buffet or Entree. Also, enter to win $100 Visa gift card.

Stevie B’s Pizza – Mom can enjoy a FREE buffet on May 11th. You will need to present your voucher in order to get this offer (available on their Facebook page).

Tony Romas – 3-course meal only $28 on Mother’s day; check with your local store for details

YouFit Health Clubs – free “BYOM (Bring Your Own Mom)” Zumba® classes at Youfit (including multiple Atlanta locations) for members and non-members from May 8-19.

This list will be updated as more offers are released, so make sure that you bookmark it and check back later!

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Kids Free Summer Reading Programs 2017

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With spring break behind us, summer will be here before we know it, which means it’s time for Kids FREE Summer Reading Programs 2016 I have compiled for you.  Make sure to also check out the free story times around the Atlanta area, while they’re still in session!  Super-special thanks to This Mommy Saves Money for sharing this list!

If you like this then you might also be interested in this list of Good Report Card Freebies.

Kids Summer Reading Programs

  • Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program:  This Summer, continue to read books! Children in grades 1 – 6 get ready for a Summer of reading adventures! Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal . Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 16th and September 5th, 2017.  Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Tax Day Freebies 2017

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Tax Day Freebies 2017

Ahh, April 15th is upon us.  Can you smell the panic in the air, the long lines at the post office, of those frantic to get their taxes filed before the stroke of midnight?  Ok, so I can’t either, but you get the drift.  And in any case, with tax day comes cool Tax Day Freebies 2017.  Super-special thanks to Mission: To Save, Parade Magazine, and AJC.com for contributing to this list!

Sometimes individual franchise owners choose not to participate in freebies and discounts so be sure and call ahead to avoid disappointment.

Tax Day Freebies 2017

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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Where to Get Cheap Zyrtec

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cheap zyrtecHow can you get cheap Zyrtec?  I am frequently asked about where to get the best deal on particular items.  And, between my husband and I, we seem to be allergic to absolutely everything!  Thus, we are year-round Zyrtec users.  As such, I’ve done my research, and continue to find the VERY best place to get cheap Zyrtec is at Costco.

They sell their store brand equivalent for $14.99 (sometimes on sale for $11.99, as illustrated below), with 365 pills in the bottle.  That comes out to about 4¢ a pill.  Bam!  Cheap Zyrtec!

Even if you snag the coupons that come out from time to time to grab free Zyrtec, you still pay taxes on the pre-coupon amount (in the state of Georgia), and you still have to spend the time and gas money to get there.  Also, it’s usually the 5-count trial size, so it’s not the best “green” option for year-round or long-term users.  All in all, buying once or twice a year, at this LOW price, is by far, the way to go!


For us, it works just as well as its name brand counter part, keeping itchy noses and watery eyes at bay.  So, if you’re a Zyrtec user, you may want to consider taking a trip to Costco and stocking up!

Where to get cheap Zyrtec

UPDATE 8/2015:
Apparently Sam’s Club caught wind of Costco’s rock-bottom prices, and stepped up. Just this week, I was able to snag a 400 count of store brand Zyrtec for $16.48 – which also works out to about 4¢ a pill.

Where to Find Cheap Zyrtec - Sam's Club

Update 4/2017:
You can also now get CHEAP Flonase at Costco, too.  I got this five pack of their store brand equivalent for about $20.  The best I’ve seen on Flonase is $12 for a single bottle.  Anyone with seasonal allergies or year-long allergies will testify that Flonase is your first and best line of defense against allergies!  So this is an awesome deal – you just have to remember to USE that Flonase.  I keep mine by my toothbrush, to use in the morning after I brush my teeth.Cheap Zyrtec - Cheap Flonase

Now that I’ve told you about cheap Zyrtec, do YOU have any items you’ve found consistently at rock bottom prices?  If so, please share with me, and all my readers!  🙂

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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Why Should You Care About the New Smurfs Movie???

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The Smurfs The Lost VillageOver the weekend, my kids and I got a sneak peek at The Smurfs: The Lost Village movie, and we were quite pleased with it.  (Thanks again to Stephanie of Autism, A Diva, and Dance!)  I had zero expectations of this movie because I honestly knew little about it coming out (I avoid children’s programming commercials at all costs these days!), and because I had only seen bits and pieces of the first movie, and none of the second. [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Car Games for Kids

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Morning car rides can be daunting if you’re not a morning person, and sometimes even if you ARE a morning person.  Although I believe it’s perfectly ok to let your kids be bored, I also believe it’s important to use moments together wisely.  So we tend to spend our morning car ride having conversations, and playing kids car games that help wake them up and keep them on their toes, AND it’s all done sans technology!  Here I delve beyond “Punch-Buggy Charlie” and the license plate game for some good no-tech car games for kids.

Car Games for Kids

20 Questions – We each take a turn coming up with a person, place, or thing.  Then the other participants take turns asking yes or no questions to figure out what it is.  If we figure it out before the 20th question, we win; if not, then the person answering the questions wins.  This is a good exercise in making deductions and also figuring out good “category” questions. [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Sweet Apple Treat

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sweet apple treatTonight I made a sweet apple treat for my kiddos.  I’ve shared with y’all my sweet bananas and honey treat that my kids love.  Tonight, I did a variation of that.  Since my daughter gave up chocolate for Lent (God bless her sweet heart – I don’t have that kind of will power!), I had to get a bit creative. Let’s just call this another episode of #pantrysurprise.

I sliced an apple, warmed it in the microwave for one minute, then added a crumbled graham cracker. (Yes, one single graham cracker – it was all we had left…). I sprinkled a little cinnamon, drizzled a little honey, and warmed it up for another minute.

For my son’s, I added a few craisins to it.  My daughter long ago declared her distaste for all things “-aisin”, so I kindly left them off hers.

Honestly, I think it took me longer to make this (less than four minutes), than it did for them to devour it – which I guess means this episode of Pantry Surprise was a success. 😉

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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