Freebies & Deals

Book Bargains

Written on April 16, 2014 at 2:49 pm , by

Get reading—it’s National Library Week! Download an array of FREE reads. Check out our list of ebooks below.

 

 

Classic eBooks at Open Library

eBooks at Project Gutenberg

Easter Recipes for the Slow Cooker eCookbook

“JIFFY” Recipe Book

Flower Craft Ideas eBook

Australian Lamb Recipe Book

Gardener’s Idea Book

Gooseberry Patch Fall Favorites Recipe Booklet

 

Tax Day Savings

Written on April 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm , by

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the best deals on the Web! We love a bargain as much as the next person, so check back every Friday for our favorite family-friendly discounts.

 

 

 

Finally, an upside to Tax Day—reward yourself for filing with any of these 10 awesome food steals. Thanks, Uncle Sam!

Boston Market: $10.40 for Two Half-Chicken Individual Meals with Two Sides and Cornbread

Arby’s: FREE Value Sized Curly Fries or Small Potato Cakes

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt: $4.15 for Unlimited Froyo and Toppings in One Cup

Schlotzsky’s Bakery Cafe: FREE The Original Small Sandwich with Purchase of 32 oz Fountain Drink and Chips

Sonny’s BBQ: Half-Price Rib Platter (Irresistible Ribs Special)

Great American Cookies: FREE Original Chocolate Chip Cookie

Sonic Drive-Ins: Half-Price Drinks and Slushes

California Tortilla: FREE Chips and Queso with Any Entrée Purchase
*When you say “Taxes Shmaxes”

Bruegger’s Bagels: $10.40 for a Big Bagel Bundle (Baker’s Dozen and 2 Tubs of Cream Cheese)
*Available April 12-15

Hard Rock Cafe: FREE Dinner Entrée from Select Items
*One small caveat…You’ll have to get on the live music stage and “Sing for Your Supper!”

Beauty Bargains

Written on April 4, 2014 at 5:17 pm , by

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the best deals on the Web! We love a bargain as much as the next person, so check back every Friday for our favorite family-friendly discounts.

April is Stress Awareness Month. And we can’t think of a better way to stay serene than with a little pampering. Let these beauty freebies be your stress cure-all.

 

• Stop by an Origins store for a FREE Mini Facial that’ll include a one-on-one consultation.

• Sign up at Gucciparfums.com for a FREE sample of Gucci Guilty Fragrance.

• Aveda products offer tons of natural benefits. Try a FREE 3-Step System Sample Pack, which includes exfoliating shampoo, thickening conditioner and scalp revitalizer.

• Get a FREE Sample of Suave Professionals Natural Infusion when you register online.

• Try out a FREE sample of Ice Elements 2-Minute Miracle Gel, a deep-cleansing skin treatment.

 

March Madness

Written on March 28, 2014 at 1:30 pm , by

 Welcome to our weekly roundup of the best deals on the Web! We love a bargain as much as the next person, so check back every Friday for our favorite family-friendly discounts.

Regardless of whether your team’s been ousted from the tournament, get in on the action with these 3-point discounts. You’ll score nothing but net in savings.

• Grab college Hooded Sweatshirts for everyone in the family—they’re only $9.99 instead of $40.

• Complete your school spirit look with a team iPhone Case, on sale for $11.99, marked down from $29.99.

• Get ready to be the official game-watch house. After you place an order for $15 or more at Papa John’s, you’ll receive 25 bonus Papa Rewards points the next day, valid for a FREE Large Pizza with Three Toppings.

• Round the gang up for Buy 10 Get 10 Wings at Hooters.

• Keep your eyes on all the action with multiple TVs and $5 Off Two Dinner Entrees at Outback Steakhouse.

• You may have a new vested interest in who wins the big game on April 7. If a team with a “winged” mascot wins, Pizza Hut will be giving out a FREE Four-Count Sample of WingStreet Wings. If not, you can still enjoy a limited-time deal of Eight Wings for $5.

Lights, Camera, Discounts!

Written on March 21, 2014 at 10:00 am , by

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the best deals on the Web! We love a bargain as much as the next person, so check back every Friday for our favorite family-friendly discounts.

Catching a movie doesn’t have to break the bank, thanks to these great offers. Talk about cinematic genius! (Who doesn’t love a free Disney film?)

• Watch the latest releases and timeless classics from the comfort of your home with a One-Month FREE Trial of Redbox Instant by Verizon. You’ll earn four free DVD credits plus access to the Sony Movie Channel.

• Download the Disney Movies Anywhere App—the go-to way to stream your collection of Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies and buy new ones—and you’ll receive a FREE Digital Copy of The Incredibles.

• Sign up for Two FREE Months of Hulu Plus courtesy of Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores. (Just be sure to cancel after your deal is over, so you’re not charged a monthly fee.)

• Load up on snacks at Regal Theatres. When you buy a large drink and/or large popcorn, you’ll receive One FREE Refill.

• Flying just got a little more appealing. Beginning April 1 on select planes, United Airlines will allow passengers with an Apple device running iOS 6 and higher to choose from FREE Movies and TV Shows preloaded onto their official app.

 

For more tips that’ll save you money at the movies, watch our video below.

Spring Discounts Are in the Air!

Written on March 14, 2014 at 5:39 pm , by

 

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the best deals on the Web! We love a bargain as much as the next person, so check back every Friday for our favorite family-friendly discounts.

 

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, let the luck of the Irish be yours! Enjoy these fun and flavorful markdowns and giveaways (free Slurpee, anyone?).

• Jump on this great deal—12 festive crafts for both kids and adults in a FREE St. Patrick’s Day E-Book.

• Forgo the St. Patty’s Day aisle at the party store this year and download FREE Decorative Glasses.

• Deck out your fridge in FREE DIY Irish Magnets.

• Get ready to jig with a FREE Green Hill Celtic Music Sampler, downloadable from Amazon.

• Celebrate the official first day of spring on Thursday, 3/20, with a FREE Italian Ice from Rita’s.

• Text “DIETCOKE1” to 711711 and you’ll be sipping on a FREE Small Slurpee Drink in 7-Eleven’s newest flavor, Diet Coke Frost Cherry.

• Indulge in a cone of Carvel’s seasonal flavor, Mint, with $1 OFF any Medium or Large Cone through Saturday, 3/30.

• It’s smoothie season—score $1 OFF a Medium or Large Frozen Beverage at Baskin-Robbins.

Discounts for Foodies

Written on March 7, 2014 at 12:08 pm , by

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the best deals on the Web! We love a bargain as much as the next person, so check back every Friday for our favorite family-friendly discounts. 

 

Turns out there is such a thing as free lunch—and dinner or dessert, too. Just click for a Krispy Kreme freebie, breakfast on the house at IKEA and six more whet-your-appetite deals. Don’t wait—there are hot offers that expire soon.

• In honor of this weekend’s switch to Daylight Savings, head to Krispy Kreme for a FREE Doughnut on Sunday, 3/9.

• Pick up Arby’s new Reuben Sandwich and you’ll score a FREE Small Fries and Small Drink until Tuesday, 3/11.

• Take the night off from cooking on Tuesdays—you’ll get a FREE Kids’ Entrée with every Adult Entrée purchased at Bob Evans through 4/18.

• Grab a FREE Breakfast at IKEA on Saturday, 3/8, before 11 a.m.

• Indulge in a spring and summer full of FREE  Wendy’s Jr. Frosty Treats when you purchase a $1 Frosty Key Tag, which will benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

• Get a great deal on your daily sandwich or salad with $2 off any $7 purchase at Au Bon Pain until Tuesday, 3/11.

• Consider your weekend dinner plans solved. Head to LongHorn Steakhouse, buy two adult dinner entrées and receive a FREE Appetizer or Dessert through Monday, 3/10.

• Go ahead, grab a starter before dinner. Your Appetizer is FREE when you order any two Lobsterfest Entrées at Red Lobster until Sunday, 3/9.

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5 Ways to Save Money on Back to School Shopping

Written on August 14, 2012 at 10:46 am , by

 

Guest blogger Cherie Lowe on teaching your kids about money while saving big on back to school shopping.

The thrill of a shopping victory comes when you see that grossly disproportionate number at the bottom of your receipt telling you just how much money you saved. You totally know what I’m talking about. It’s the kind of receipt you want to show the people in front and back of you in line, as well as the greeter at the door. It’s the kind of receipt that invokes an embarrassing mom dance in the parking lot. And it’s the first thing you show your spouse when you see him next.

Don’t keep all of that giddy pride to yourself. Back to school time is the perfect opportunity for you to teach your tween how to handle money well–and possibly earn her own receipt worth showing off. You’ll need patience and you’ll have to relinquish control, but the byproduct is a money-savvy kid who learns that each penny counts. Here’s how to start:

1. Help your tween evaluate his needs before going shopping. Block off an afternoon to take inventory of what fits, what doesn’t and what he can re-use from last year. After you have a nice stack of items donate or hand down, compile a list of needs. Be sure to take stock of school supplies, in addition to clothes. Rulers, scissors, backpacks, lunch boxes and even USB drives usually have lifespans of 2-3 years.

2. Set two cash budgets: one for clothing, one for supplies. Based on what you’ve spent in the past and what your kid needs, go to the ATM and pull out EXACTLY what you plan to allow her to spend. If you let your kids shop with plastic–even debit, and yes, even if you’re present–they will always spend more.

3. Narrow your shopping venues and clip coupons. Don’t just wander the mall. You and your teen need a plan of attack. Sit down together and decide which stores you’ll hit. Then, google their names, along with the word “coupon,” to see what’s available for both clothing and supplies.

4. Steer your kids towards the clearance. Now’s not the time to buy sweaters and jeans–purchase capris, shorts and Ts, which are on sale now. Most schools start when the weather is still hot. Wait two months to shop for fall and winter clothing; by then, prices will come down substantially. If your kid desperately wants something spiffy for the first day, let her choose one fall outfit. (It can double as picture day attire, too.) But for everyday wear, urge her to choose clearance first.

5. Give them guidelines and set them free. It’s time for the little bird to fly from the nest. If you let your teens know that it’s their money to spend, they might have a different attitude than if you’re paying the bill. So if their shopping list calls for 3 pairs of pants, 2 tops and some socks, let them choose. This is extremely hard, as a parent, but it will make them realize that sometimes you have to decide between one pair of expensive jeans or two off-brand pairs. Obviously, you’ll need to help them navigate their school’s dress code–and perhaps your own household’s possibly stricter dress code. And let’s be clear: They may blow their budget and have to live with it. But you will not be sent to parent prison or turned in to Child Protective Services. And your kids will gain some valuable life learning.

How do you help your tween navigate the back to school aisles?

For more Royal Money Saving Back to School Tips, check out:

Cherie Lowe blogs at the Queen of Free, where she wears a plastic tiara and plans on never growing out of playing make believe.  Through written word and speaking engagements, she has shared the Royal Family’s Journey of Paying off $127,482.30 over the last four years.