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FREE & Frugal Summer Activities for Kids!

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Are your kiddos driving you crazy yet? :D If you want to keep them busy this Summer, here is a list of FREE & Frugal Summer Activites! I especially love the Reading Programs as it encourages children to have a love of Books!

Kids Bowl Free– Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the Kids Bowl Free program. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer. Registered kids receive 2 free games of bowling each day, all summer long, courtesy of the participating bowling centers along with the schools and organizations. You can check out all the info at:

Kids Skate Free- Select states are offering a FREE Kids Skate program. This is much like the Kids Bowl Free program but at your local roller skating center. This offer is only valid in select states. You can check out all the info at:

Regal Cinemas $1 Movies– Select Regal Cinemas nationwide will be offering $1 movies every Tuesday & Wednesday at 10am for 9 weeks. You can check out all the info for this at:

Muvico Theaters FREE Summer Film Fest Muvico Theaters will be offering a FREE Movie every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday at 10am. You can also get a Kid’s Tray which features a small drink & popcorn for just $3.75. You can check out all the details and locations at: (be sure to check your location to see what times and movies are showing)

Cobb Movie Theaters– kids can attend FREE movies at 10am every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. You can find Cobb Movie Theater locations HERE. Then, click on the box to the left of the page that says, Free Summer Kids Shows. 

Here is the list of movies that will be playing at Cobb Theaters:

TD Banks Summer Reading Program– Kids in grades K-5 who read 10 books will receive $10 in their Young Saver account. You can see all the details at:

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge– Kids can read and go online to log teir minutes. They will be able to take weekly challenges and earn rewards. See all the details at: Program begins May 4, 2015.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program– If your children reads 8 books and tracks them on the Barnes & Noble reading log, they can turn in their reading log for a FREE book. You can find out the full details of this wonderful program at: Program begins May 19, 2015. 

Chuck E. CheeseWhen your child reads 2 weeks in a row they can earn 10 FREE tokens! You can see all the details and print your form at:

The Disney Store- Check your local Disney Store to see if they are offering Summer Activities. My hubby snapped this photo at our local Disney Store in Clearwater, FL. last year. As you can see, they offer activities for the kiddos every day during the Summer. Contact your local store to see if they are participating.

Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge Families can join in on Story Time at your local Pottery Barn Store. Kids will receive a reward for reading all the books on their list. In addition they will be offering healthy snacks from Happy Family, special character appearances and giveaways from PBS Kids. You can check out all the details at:

Library Story Time- Why not check out your local library for story time and other fun activities that are available? When Drew was much younger, I would take him every week for story time. He loved it, and it was such a nice time for me to meet other moms as well!

Your local Pool or YMCACheck your local YMCA to see if they offer inexpensive swimming lessons or activities for children. I will be taking Drew to our local Pool for level 3 swimming lessons. They are reasonably priced around $40 for the entire week.

Craft & Home Improvement Stores offer Hands on CraftsPlaces like the LEGO Store, Michael’s Crafts, Lowes, and Home Depot usually offer some type of FREE or very inexpensive workshop each week or month. Your child will be able to make a craft and take it home!

If you know of any other FREE or inexpensive Summer Activities for the kiddos please let me know and I will ad them to the list!

Target: Hidden Valley Flavored Ranch Dressing Just $1.24!

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Head to Target for a really sweet deal on Hidden Valley Flavored Ranch Dressings! 

Here’s the deal:

Hidden Valley Flavored Ranch Dressing are regularly priced $2.99

Use the 25% Hidden Valley Flavored Ranch Target Cartwheel offer HERE

Stacked with the $1/1 Hidden Valley Flavored Ranch Dressing coupon HERE

Final: $1.24!

-thanks, Totally Target!

6 Ways To Get More For Your Buck

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If money is tight, making your finances work for you is hugely important. Cutting costs and chasing the best deals can be a bit of a minefield, but the rewards are simply too good to ignore. If you want a better sense of financial stability for your family then mastering these areas is vital.

Even if you are in a decent financial situation, there’s still a very strong likelihood that you’d like more disposable money. After all it is what allows us to live life to the fullest and follow your passions and dreams. Nobody would turn down the extra money, especially when you can earn it without any major sacrifices.

Unfortunately, money doesn’t grow on trees. At least with these tips you should have a little bit more of it.

Cut Subscription Costs – The best way to get more out of your money is to make cutbacks that you’ll never feel the impact of. Subscription services should be one of the leading candidates up for the chop.

If you’ve got cable television, then there’s a good chance that you are paying for a package that is far bigger than your requirement. Why pay excess money for channels that have never been used in your household? You might as well chuck those dollars straight out of the window.

Likewise, your current internet provider probably advertises a level of speed that isn’t even available in your area. Carrying out a broadband speed test is easy and should shine a light on what sort of package you should opt for.

By making these reductions, you can actively lower your monthly costs without creating any negative effect on your lifestyle. Now that’s got to be a good way of making your cash last longer.


Coupons & Offers – Shopping smartly is often one of the biggest influences on our financial status. If you are thrifty, frugal and prepared to shop for a bargain than it is quite easy to make your money go further. Meanwhile, somebody that splashes the cash without really considering their consumer decisions is always going to see funds evaporate rapidly.

Small savings through the use of money off coupons might not seem worthwhile on their own but those deals will soon add up. Collectively,they will make a noticeable improvement to the amount of disposable cash you have left at the end of each month.

There have been well-documented cases of extreme couponing. You don’t necessarily have to be that passionate to improve your financial situation. Just be wary of the potential traps used by clever marketing firms. Don’t buy five items to get one free if you only need two. Getting more for your money is great, but only if you actually use it.


Lending Wisely – Most people need to borrow money from time to time. This is nothing to be ashamed of but is an area where you need to be smart. Not assessing your options properly could cost you dearly.

Lending money can be a daunting prospect but is one that can unlock new opportunities for the future. The main thing is to analyse the available options, both in terms of companies and borrowing options.

New payday lenders could be the best option for those looking for quick and easy access to extra funds, especially if they are needed to complete a home improvement that has unexpectedly emerged.

The key is to be honest with yourself. Understand the dangers of not making repayments of your lending agreement, even in cases where you’ve borrowed off family members.


Stop Throwing Things Away – How often have you replaced an item that could have probably been saved with a little TLC? If the answer is high, then this is  an area you can improve.

A lot of minor issues around the home can be solved with a spot of DIY, but far too many of us would prefer to chuck it out and buy something new. In many cases, this is a disastrous habit to fall into. With a world of information at our fingertips, finding out how to fix most problems shouldn’t take much time at all. If you can rectify the issue for a fraction of the replacement cost then it would be scandalous not to do it.

If you need extra motivation, just think of those savings as a wage you’re paying yourself. That should help keep you on task.


Know When To Buy New Or Used – Nothing quite beats the feeling of buying something new. Nevertheless, there are times where purchasing a previously owned item is the smarter choice.

The most obvious time to buy used is when it comes to a car. Brand new vehicles lose a huge percentage of their value as soon as they leave the forecourt. Opting for a nearly new alternative is often the soundest investment.

It’s not only the major financial decisions where you can save money by going for used options. Websites like eBay are great places to buy used items like DVDs and video games. As long as they work, are you really that bothered about the fact someone else watched your copy of Toy Story 3 before you?

There are obviously some items that you wouldn’t want to buy pre-owned. However, the appropriate items are a great way of saving funds. Better still, you can always re-sell them once finished yourself.


Go Green– Seeking the eco-friendly lifestyle is something that many families are warming to. However, it isn’t just the environmental benefits that make it such an attractive proposition. The fact you could make huge long-term savings has to be a major draw.

Making your house green doesn’t mean you have to make huge investments like solar panels. Instead, simple changes like switching to energy saving light bulbs or properly insulating the loft will bring noticeable changes.

Meanwhile, you could also look to grow your own herbs, fruit and vegetables for tasty, fresh produce at no cost. Likewise, recycling or building a compost heap will save a few dollars while also helping the environment.

You can’t really ask for a better deal than that.


Act Fast! Maybelline NY Lots of Lashes Washable Mascara Just $1.84 SHIPPED!

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If you need some more mascara this is a Fantastic deal! Hurry on over to Amazon where they are currently offering Maybelline New York Lots of Lashes Washable Mascara, 142 Brownish Black, 0.43 Fluid Ounce for only $1.84 SHIPPED when you clip the $1 coupon (located under the price) and choose the Subscribe and Save feature to the right of the page. 

*Amazon pricing can change at any time so act now if interested!

-thanks, Shop the Hot Deals!

I’m A Nutrisystem #NSNation Blogger! #ad

Disclosure: I have been selected to be a part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program for the next 3 months in return for my honest opinion and review. All opinions are 100% mine.

I am so excited to announce that I am a Nutrisystem #NSNation Blogger! I shared this news on Facebook last week and am thrilled to let you all in on the news now! I will be starting the Nutrisystem Fast 5 Program on July 13 and will be sharing my journey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I will also be sharing my journey on You Tube so be sure that you are following me on all of my social media outlets!

Why Nutrisystem? The past several years have been very hard on my physically. I was in a car accident back in 2012 and since then have undergone several surgeries which have caused me to gain weight. Now that I am on the road to recovery, it is time for me to take charge of my body and lose those pounds that have crept up on me. 

I am so excited about Nutrisystem and feel that it is just what I need to get me back on track to feeling good about myself again. I can’t wait to get healthier and to have my quality of life back! I am nervous, but I know that I can do this! This program comes with so much motivation – the testimonials and results that I have seen from others make me pumped to get started!

I will start my Nutrisystem journey with the Fast 5 Program. The Fast 5 program allows you to jump-start your weight loss journey. With Fast 5, you follow a unique Fast 5+ meal planner plus FREE Expert Guides to make fast weight loss simple, and enjoy a special combination of Nutrisystem® breakfasts, lunches and dinners, four fresh veggie servings (or more!) of your choice and two FREE shakes a day to help you control cravings and rev your metabolism.

After the Fast 5+ week is complete, I will then move on to following the standard Nutrisystem® meal planner (which varies depending on which plan you choose). I will be following the Uniquely Yours Plan. 

I am so excited to start this journey on July 13 and can’t wait to share it with you! Stay tuned for my first post!!

Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling (1-888-853-4689) or by visiting (

Honey Baked Ham: FREE Ham Classic Sandwich (no purchase necessary)

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Do you have a Honey Baked Ham nearby? Hop on OVER HERE to enter your zip code to and sign up for the Honey Baked Rewards Club. If your zip code qualifies you will be emailed a coupon for a FREE Ham Classic Sandwich. My coupon came almost immediately to my email!

*no purchase is necessary to receive your freebie

3 NEW Huggies Diapers & Wipes Coupons!

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Calling all of you with little ones! Be sure to print these 3 NEW Huggies Diapers and Wipes Coupons! 

$2.00 off (1) package of HUGGIES Diapers

$2.00 off any 1 PULL-UPS Pant or GOODNITES product

$0.50 off (1) HUGGIES Wipes 32 ct. or larger

Flirty Aprons Annual Irregular Sale: Aprons Only $6-$8 + Matching Oven Mitt/Pot Holder Set Just $3-$4!

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I absolutely LOVE Flirty Aprons! Their Aprons and other products are super cute and make the best gifts! Right now they are having their Annual Irregular Sale. This just means that the flaws in these products are so minor that the buyer probably will not even notice what they are! Irregular aprons are only $6-$8 each and the Matching Oven Mitt/Pot Holder Sets are only $3-$4! Stash these away as gifts for Birthdays, Housewarming gifts or even the Holidays! 

GO HERE to take advantage of this offer. There are many styles and patterns to choose from but these will sell out quickly!


NEW $0.25/1 Ajax Dish Soap Coupon + Walmart Deal! (just $1.62)

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We have a NEW coupon today to Save $0.25 On any Ajax® Dish Liquid (25 oz or larger). You can use this coupon at many stores for a great deal but here’s a Walmart Scenario for you!

Ajax Dish Soap 28 oz. bottles are $1.87 (according to online pricing)

Use the $0.25/1 coupon HERE

Final: $1.62!