Retail Coupon Roundup {5/22/2015}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this holiday weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go!

Aaron Brothers – 40% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item (exp: 5/30/2015)
Bealls – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 5/26/2015)
Big 5 Sporting Goods - 20% Off Up to 2 Regularly Priced Items or 10% Off Up to 2 Sale Price Items (exp: 5/25/2015)
Bloomingdales – 20% Off Sale & Clearance Items (exp: 5/25/2015)
Bonton - $10 Off $25 Regular & Sale Price Purchase (exp: 5/26/2015)
Carsons - $10 Off $25 Regular or Sale Price Purchase (exp: 5/26/2015)
Carters – 20% Off $40 or 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 5/27/2015)
Express - $15 Off $30, $30 Off $100 or $40 Off $120 Purchase* (exp: 6/2/2015)
Famous Footwear – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 5/25/2015)
Lifeway Christian – 25% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 5/25/2015)
Loft Outlet – 10% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 5/25/2015)
Lord and Taylor – 20% Off Regular & Sale Price Items (exp: 5/25/2015)
Party City - $10 Off $60, $15 Off $80 or $20 Off $100 Purchase (exp: 5/25/2015)
Sally Beauty – 25% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 6/3/2015)
Sports Authority - $15 SA Cash Card with $75, $25 SA Cash Card with $125, $50 SA Cash Card with $250 Purchase (exp: 5/25/2015)
Staples – FREE 5 lb. of Shredding (exp: 6/27/2015)
Stein Mart – 20% Off 1 Home Sale Item (exp: 5/25/2015)
White House Black Market – $20 Off $80 Purchase (exp: 5/24/2015)
Yankee Candle – $15 Off $45 Purchase (exp: 5/27/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {5/22/2015}

If you’re heading out to eat on this Memorial Day weekend, make sure to check out these printable restaurant coupons!  There are lots of great deals right now!!!

Black Angus Steakhouse - Free 5 oz. Lobster Tail When You Buy Steak Dinner (exp: 6/15/2015)
Bob Evans – $4 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 5/31/2015)
Brueggers – $1 Off Brueggers Bagel Burger (exp: 5/24/2015)
Carls Jr – $1 Off Mile High Bacon, Egg or Cheese Combo (exp: 5/31/2015)
Carvel Ice Cream – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Classic Sundae (exp: 5/27/2015)
Chuck E Cheese - Free Individual Thin & Crispy Pizza with $29.99 Purchase + More (exp: 6/1/2015)
Daphnes Greek Cafe – $5 Classic Gyro Pita (exp: 5/25/2015)
Donatos Pizza – Free Upgrade from Large 1-Topping to Large Signature Pizza with Online Order (exp: 5/30/2015)
Great American Cookie Company – $3 Off Square Cookie Cake (exp: 6/21/2015)
Hardees – $1 Off Mile High Bacon, Egg or Cheese Combo (exp: 5/30/2015)
Jacks - $3.50 for Cheeseburger, Fry, Drink & Pie + More (exp: 5/24/2015)
Juice It Up - 50% Off Classic or Veggie Smoothie Bowl (exp: 5/30/2015)
Logans Roadhouse – $10.99 for 8 oz. USDA Flat Iron Steak, Side & Salad (exp: 6/14/2015)
Macaroni Grill – $10 for 2 Express Lunch Entrees (exp: 5/24/2015)
Marble Slab – $3 Off Any Medium 8 Inch Round or 1/4 Sheet Cake Ice Cream Cake (exp: 5/31/2015)
Marie Callenders – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 5/31/2015)
Mimis Cafe – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 5/30/2015)
Monicals Pizza - $6 Individual 1-Topping Pleaser (exp: 5/31/2015)
Olive Garden - 10% Off 2 Entrees, 15% Off 3 Entrees or 20% Off 4 Entrees (exp: 5/24/2015)
Peter Piper Pizza - $14.99 for Large 1-Topping Pizza & Regular Boneless Wings with Online Order (exp: 5/30/2015)
Quiznos – $2 Off $10 Purchase (exp: 6/3/2015)
Souper Salad – $6.49 Adult Buffet (exp: 5/24/2015)
Steak Escape – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sandwich, Salad or Smashed Potato (exp: 5/31/2015)
Stevi Bs – $1 Off Unlimited Buffet (exp: 5/31/2015)
Sweet Tomatoes – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo + More (exp: 5/27/2015)
Wendys – Free Jr. Frosty with Purchase for a Year When You Buy Frosty Key Tag (exp: 6/1/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {4/25/2015}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week!

BJs – $5 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 5/8/2015)
Black Angus Steakhouse – Free 5oz. Lobster Tail With Purchase of Dinner Menu Side (exp: 4/27/2015)
Bob Evans – $4 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 4/30/2015)
Carrabbas – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 4/29/2015)
Corner Bakery – $10 Off $50 Catering Purchase (exp: 5/13/2015)
Dickeys Barbecue Pit - 10% Off Catering (exp: 4/27/2015)
Donatos Pizza – Free Upgrade from Large 1-Topping to Large Signature Pizza with Online Order (exp: 4/30/2015)
Hardees – $1 Off Any ThickBurger El Diablo Combo (exp: 5/3/2015)
Logans Roadhouse – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 4/29/2015)
Longhorn Steakhouse - $4 Off 2 Adult Dinner Entrees (exp: 5/3/2015)
Marie Callenders – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 5/8/2015)
Peter Piper Pizza - 1 Large, 1-Topping Pizza + 40 Game Tokens for $19.99. (exp: 5/3/2015)
Quiznos – $5 Small Combo (exp: 5/6/2015)
Souplantation – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo + More (exp: 4/29/2015)
Sweet Tomatoes – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo + More (exp: 4/29/2015)
Tony Romas – $10 Off $30 Purchase (exp: 5/20/2015)
Wendys - Free Jr. Frosty with Purchase for a Year When You Buy Frosty Key Tag (exp: 6/1/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Retail Coupon Roundup {4/25/2015}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go! I’ve been toying with the idea of creating a capsule wardrobe for a while, so if I can get rid of  enough things today, I may head out to the mall tomorrow.

Aeropostale – $10 Off $50 or $25 Off $100 Purchase (exp: 5/11/2015)
Bonton – 25% Off Regular & Sale Price Womens, Mens & Kids Apparel + More (exp: 4/28/2015)
Carters – 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 4/29/2015)
Express – $15 Off $30 Purchase (exp: 5/5/2015)
Lord and Taylor – 25% Off Regular & Sale Price Purchases (exp: 4/27/2015)
Osh Kosh BGosh – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 4/27/2015)
P.S. from Aeropostale – $10 Off $50 or $25 Off $100 Purchase (exp: 5/11/2015)
Picture People – 50% Off Big Bundle Package (exp: 4/26/2015)
Rue 21 – 30% Off $30 Purchase (exp: 4/26/2015)
The Limited – 50% Off Regularly Priced Purchase (exp: 5/12/2015)
Yankee Candle – Buy 2 Get 2 Free Candles (exp: 4/26/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

42 Easy Ways to Save Money

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Saving money is not always an easy task. Sometimes it requires sticking with a strict plan while other times it means taking drastic measures. Well, I am about to tell you that there are 42 Easy Ways to Save Money that require little to no effort!
Before I get started I want to say that many of these might seem like common sense. However, often times when people get going with life they tend to forget that making little changes can sometimes have the biggest impact. This list will be a friendly reminder and hopefully also give you some other great ideas you haven’t thought of before.

42 Easy Ways to Save Money

1.  Stop using credit cards

Some of the biggest issues in America today lie with debt and credit cards (anything plastic related) is the biggest culprit. Using credit is using false money. Use cash to avoid debt and in return you will save money.

2.  Save your pennies

It seems like saving your change isn’t going to make much of a difference, but if you use this 365 Day Printable Saving Chart, you can save $667.95 over the course of 1 year.  You can take it to the next level and save $1378 by using this 52 Week Savings Chart.

3.  Make a grocery list and stick to it

Have you ever shopped for groceries without a list? You probably went overboard and even purchased items you didn’t need. By making a list before you head to the store and purchasing only items on that list, you will save money.

4.  Wash your own car

The average price per car wash is $15. If you wash your car several times a month and do it yourself, you can save quite a bit of money there.

5.  Cut and dye your own hair

The reason is the same as washing your own car. Instead of paying the average of $28 per hair cut for men, and $44 for women, (plus all that added cost of dyeing and styling it) you can do it yourself and save that cash.

6.  Paint your own nails

The average manicure is $15 + tip. Yep, you guessed it. By doing it yourself you can truly save that money.

7.  Grow your own fruits and vegetables

Having a garden means saving money especially when fruits and vegetables are not in season and prices in-store skyrocket. Plus there is an added benefit of eating organically grown for a healthier alternative.

8.  Host date nights at home

Date nights can be costly. Instead, opt for a night in with a good movie and homemade dinner.

9.  Purchase and plan gifts ahead of time

Instead of waiting to purchase a gift right before a holiday or event, purchase it far ahead of time to maximize your savings. Purchase items when they are on clearance or on sale during their off-season.

10.  Shop sales and clearance only

This goes with #12. Opt to shop when items are only on sale or clearance. Never paying full price for anything will help you save money.

11.  Trade Services

If you have a business or a service someone else needs, offer it for free in exchange for something you need. It’s a great way to avoid paying for that specific service but still give something in return.

12.  Purchase Used

You wouldn’t believe how much you could save by purchasing a gently used item over new.

13.  Repurpose old items

Again going along with used items, no need to throw them away to purchase new. Simply find a way to repurpose old items and you can save a ton. Pinterest is a great resource for that.

14. Ditch the cable

You probably hear this all the time but cable is expensive! You can pay for a streaming service such as Netflix and save over a hundred dollars every month!

15. Take lunch from home

Eating out can add up fast. By shopping for what you need and taking lunch with you from home, your savings can really add up.

16. Contribute to 401K Savings Plans

Did you know that most employers will allow you to be taxed on your income after you’ve contributed to your 401K? Meaning less taxes you will pay plus there is sometimes even a tax deduction. Both helping you save money.

17. Water your lawn less often

This is certainly important in areas where they are droughts but watering less means less use of water and electricity meaning less money out of your pocket.

18. Trade school books with other students

In college or know someone who is? Suggest they trade books with other students rather than paying for them every semester.

19. Take advantage of price matching at retailers

Some fear the option to price match. However, price matching ensures you pay the lowest possible price which means immediate savings for just  a few minutes of your time.

20. Wash dishes by hand more often

Dishwashers are a convenience appliance but they are also a way that will eat at you’re monthly income. Washing dishes by hand lowers bills by reducing the amount of water and electricity used in the process.

21. Pass classes the first time around

Those who have been in college know that it isn’t cheap. Not passing classes the first time means a recharge to take that same class again. Ensuring you are a good student and passing them the first time will save money in the long run.

22. Buy a house instead of renting

Renting is putting your money in someone else’s pocket. Buy a house when possible and invest into something you will own. Money not wasted is money saved.

23. Participate in employee sponsored health insurance plans

Most employers will help pay a portion of your health insurance when purchased through them. This can save you a great amount of money every month.

24. Whiten your teeth at home

Professional teeth whitening kits can cost a fortune. Purchase the ones sold in-stores or online to avoid that hefty markup.

25. Buy generic brands

Generic are often just as good or even better than name brand products but they cost much less. Don’t let a brand or label fool you into thinking otherwise.

26. Carpool

Whether you are heading to work, school, or an event you can choose to carpool and save gas, which in return saves money.

27. Take advantage of mail in rebates

Rebates offer cash back on your purchase. It does take a little more effort and time but it can make a difference in the amount of money you save.

28. Budget for the unexpected

Nobody likes surprises when it comes to costly repairs, emergencies, etc. Make a savings fund dedicated to the unexpected and in the end you will save money by not having to borrow the money and pay fees or interest.

29.  Take care of pests yourself

Pest control can be an expensive service that is reoccurring. Check reviews on products you can buy and use yourself as a money saving alternative.

30. Unplug large appliances while not in use

Appliances will pull power from the source even when not in use. Unplug and save on your electricity bill.

31. Live a healthy lifestyle

Eating right and being healthy can contribute to saving money over a lifetime. It means less doctor visits because you will have less health problems and less money spent on medical bills.

32. Use coupons on every purchase

It might be surprising but there are coupons out there for almost anything and everything. Take it upon yourself to never purchase an item without one and you will save money on everything, every time.

33. Book vacations 6 months – 1 year in advance

Many will jump on an opportunity to book a vacation without much thought. Whenever you can, book a vacation 6 months or more in advance for the best rates, incentives, and availability.

34. Ditch services you don’t need

Think of all the extra this and that people throw at you when you buy a new car or get a new cellular plan. Chances are you don’t need that second warranty or that extended data plan. If you don’t absolutely need it, don’t buy it. If you did buy it, call and cancel the service.

35. Shop thrift stores

You wouldn’t believe the things you can find at thrift stores that people just got rid of. You can find everything from gently used items to brand new. Same goes for yard sales.

36. Pay off debt

Don’t leave those credit cards maxed out especially when you have savings. Pay off your debt first to avoid paying interest which is just lost money. Then focus on building your savings account.  We found that Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover and Financial Peace University were extremely helpful to us as we paid off our debt.

37. Create a budget

Having a budget gives you the ability to know exactly where you money goes and makes you in control of your money. It’s a way to avoid overspending and help you save what you earn. If you need help creating or updating your budget, check out these budgeting tools!

38.  Learn the power of “no”

Okay so this is a bit more of a hard one. If your kids want a new toy, say no. If your friends want to go out to eat every night, say no. Saying no is a powerful way to save money because you don’t feel obligated to spend.

39. Compare rates on everything

Jumping the gun on anything can be a money saving disaster. Shop and compare rates from competitors. Some companies will even offer a promotion where they will not only match a competitors price, but they will beat it. Time and money well spent if you ask me.

40. Donate more

Helping others not only does good for the soul, but it does good for your wallet. Donating is a great way to give back and receive a tax break for it. Saving you money around tax season.

41. Utilize cash back programs

Who doesn’t want money back on everything you buy? Cash back apps and programs give you money back on items you already purchase.  My favorite cash back sites are Ebates and Mr. Rebates.  Money back in your wallet is always a good thing.

42. Think outside the box

This last one is a way for you to get creative with saving. There are millions of ways to make and save money, you just need to find a creative and rewarding way that helps you.

Help Has Arrived! Get The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle for $29.97

Homemaking Bundle

Do you ever feel like all the other moms have it together and you’re barely surviving? Do you feel like days of domestic bliss are something you’ll never experience?  Do you feel like you completely missed getting the domestic gene?  Maybe you’re a great cook, but a terrible housekeeper.  Maybe you have an immaculate house, but your finances are in shambles.  There are very few of us who would say we have homemaking down to a science.  I know I certainly wouldn’t!

While I’d love to live in a house that is always clean with fabulous meals on the table and clean clothes hanging in every closet, reality looks a lot more like this…non-stop laundry, never-ending meal prep, a pile of dishes that continues to grow no matter how many times we load the dishwasher, shoes piled in the front hall, floors that constantly need sweeping {even moreso, now that we no longer have a dog}, soap scum, the stain that won’t come out of my husband’s favorite shirt, teaching my twins to read, teaching my 16 year old to drive, a husband who recently turned in his notice to pursue his dream of owning his own business, a daughter with a toothache, and I’m trying not to lose my mind as I try to accomplish things with a broken elbow!

You may not have a broken elbow, but chances are, you have your own issues that are making homemaking challenging.  {For the sake of honesty, I was bad at homemaking before I broke my elbow.  This just gives me a little more of an excuse.}  I’m excited to share an awesome resource that I just purchased…The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!

Erin and Stephanie created the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle because they know as rewarding as it is, homemaking is hard work and it doesn’t always come easily.

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle will help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships with proven, simple, and effective tools that really give you a boost as a homemaker.  You’ll find help, inspiration, tips, encouragement, and resources…all at your fingertips!

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is a complete library of carefully selected eBooks, eCourses, audios, online conferences, and printable packs designed to help you turn your house into a home… without all the overwhelm.

What’s in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle?

The first step in putting together this collection was to find the critical homemaking skills that you need to transform your house into a home.

Here they are:

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  • Finances… build a budget that works
  • Cooking & Meal Planning… serve easier, tastier meals in less time
  • Holidays & Special Events… brighten up old family traditions and create new
  • Homeschooling… homeschool with grace and ease
  • Marriage… heat up your marriage
  • Motherhood… find peace, balance & joy in mothering
  • Organizing… conquer the clutter and simplify your life
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  • Health & Wellness… soothe aches & pains with natural remedies
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But that’s the thing… because you do start… with something.

Maybe it’s a tender flaky biscuit, or a piece of delicious roast beef, or maybe you’re like me and start with dessert first!

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Is the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle worth it?

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Don’t Forget the Bonuses…

Of course, no Ultimate Homemaking Bundle would be complete without the generous, inspiring gifts donated by companies that understand homemakers like you. Every gift is yours to keep and enjoy.

  • Choose 1 FREE Online Class from Craftsy (Select from 24 of Their Most Popular Classes – Up to $60 Value)
  • 1 FREE Kids Discovery Box from Green Kid Crafts ($19.95 Value)
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Now It’s Your Turn

I think Laura Ingalls Wilder said it best…

“Just as a little thread of gold, running through a fabric, brightens the whole garment, so women’s work at home, while only the doing of little things, is just like the golden gleam of sunlight that runs through and brightens the whole fabric of civilization.”

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Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.


Free and Cheap Weekend Activities and Events

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Looking for some fun things you can do this weekend that won’t break the budget? As a mom of 4, I totally feel your pain. Family activities can get expensive!!!  With that in mind, I’m sharing this great list of free and cheap events going on across the country!  Some are events that take place on a weekly basis (like Michaels…which we do almost every weekend) and others are one time only events.

If you live in the Fort Wayne area, head out to Glenbrook Square this weekend to check out Canstruction. My family and I love this event. During this event, teams of high school students build really cool structures out of canned goods.  You can then vote on these structures.  They’ll be building the structures this weekend and they’ll be on display for the next week.  At the end of this event, all canned goods will be donated to the food bank!

Make some memories and try a new workshop, lesson, or craft. Share this fun,money-saving list with your friends and family. And, if you know of any others to include, please let us know! It is always best to call ahead and make sure that your local store or retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.

:: Free National Park Entrance

April 18-19th
opening weekend of National Park Week

Find out the list of participating parks (over 405 of them) right here.


:: American Girl Special Store Events

Special events differ by location. During April, they include Grace’s Sweet Spring Break Event, Adorable Accents: Twists & Braids, Grace’s Apron Craft & Cookie Decoration, Meal & Memories with Dad and Mom and more.

Many of the American Girl in store events are free, however some have a fee and some have age restrictions. Get the details here and find participating stores. Call ahead and make sure that your local store or retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.


:: Barnes & Noble

Saturday, April 18th at 11 AM

Story time featuring Aqualicious plus related activities at many B&N locations

Most stores have free toddler story time, NOOK events, hands-on learning events and author events – find the times and participating Barnes and Noble stores here.



:: Guitar Center

Saturday, April 18th {no age restrictions for free music lessons}

10:15 AM – Group Ukulele Class

More free classes are offered during the week with their Music Mentor Series. Register at the Guitar Center website here.

home depot workshops for adults

:: Home Depot Workshop for Adults

Saturday, April 18th from 10 AM to 11:30 AM – Organic Gardening

Sunday, April 12th from 1 PM to 2:30 PM – How to Install a Toilet

You can pre-register online here.

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:: Lakeshore Learning Store

Saturday, April 18th from 11 AM-3 PM and a few locations offer crafts every Sunday.

Kids make and take a Whirly Twirly Windmill Craft. Get more information here.

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:: Michael’s Kids Club

April 18th – 10 AM – 12 Noon

Kids can make and take a decorative Clothespin Bug Magnet. At just $2 per child, they get 30 minutes of creative craft fun, supplies included. Ages 3 and up. Sessions start every half hour from 10 AM – 11:30. See a store associate to sign up. Get more information here.

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:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes for Kids

Saturday, April 18th at 10 AM

Junior Chef: Baking Bundts – kids will learn to prepare different flavors and sizes of Bundt cakes with three different glazes. The Jr. Chef’s class is suitable for kids ages 5-13.

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:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes for Adults

Sunday, April 19th -contact your store for class time

Coffee Techniques Class: Be your own Barista and learn brewing methods and discuss various roasts and grinds that affect your finished drink. To reserve a spot, and find out specific class times, contact your closest store right here.


:: Free Comic Book Day

May 2nd

Find participating stores here.

: Free Admission to National Public Gardens

May 8th

A favorite annual events just in time for Mother’s Day. Find Gardens Near You

:: Free Art Museum Day

May 18th

Many art museums will be offering free or discounted admission. Find our more information here.

:: Free Zoo Admission for Dads on Father’s Day

June 21st

Most zoos all across the USA offer free admission for Dad every Father’s Day. Contact your local zoo for details.

:: Amtrak Train Days

Kickoff is May 9th at Chicago Union Station

Community events happening all across the USA from May 9th through November. Get more information here.

:: Bass Pro Shops

Friday, Apr 24th from 6 PM – 8 PM and Saturday, April 25t from 12 PM – 5 PM

Instructional Demonstrations, Product Discussions and showing off Product Displays to help you to Gear Up for Your Escape!

Kids Archery Workshops ongoing through November 18th

Most Bass Pro Shops have the same workshops, but be sure and check your local store here before you head out.

:: Home Depot Workshop for Kids

Saturday, May 2nd from 9 AM to 12 PM

Kids Learn How to Build a Picket Fence Photo Frame ~You can pre-register online here.

:: KOA Campgrounds Kids Camp FREE for Father’s Day Weekend

June 19th through June 21st

Kids camp free this weekend. Find the participating campgrounds right here.

:: Lego Stores Free Model Build

Usually held monthly in stores, kids ages 6 to 14 can build and binoculars. Contact your closest LEGO® Store here for details.

:: Lowe’s Build and Grow

Saturday, May 9th at 10 AM

Kids make and take a Mother’s Day Planter. Register at the website here.

:: Michael’s Classes for Adults

Find out more information right here about creative classes happening all week long.

:: Microsoft High Tech DigiCamp for Girls (free)

Microsoft is proud to offer technology programs specifically for youth. Find out more information here.

:: Pottery Barn

May 10th at 10 AM

Botanical flower arranging. Get more information and RSVP here.

:: Pottery Barn Kids

April 21st at 11 AM

Decorate biodegradable flower pots and plant seeds for Earth Day. Call your local PBK store here for a reservation.

More to Explore Throughout the Year:

:: FREE National Parks Admission for 4th Graders in 2015 – 2016 School Year

Starting in September 2015, every 4th grader will get an Every Kid in the Park pass food for FREE admission to all of America’s National Parks. The pass will be good for one full year and will be good for the 4th graders & their families as most parks charge admission per car. This is part of President Obama’s Every Kid in the Park initiative. Thanks to Thrifty NW Mom for the info!

:: Apple Camp

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

:: Athleta Stores

Free fitness classes, group runs and special events at your local store. Visit your local store page here for more information.

:: 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 here.

:: Beauty Events in Stores

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

:: Bowling for Kids all Summer

Kids Bowl for Free all summer at select bowling centers. Get two free games for each child, every day, all summer long. She rental is not included. Check to see what nearby bowling alleys are participating here.

:: Factory Tours

Find factory tours all across the USA, go here, The site has 570 tours and counting! Many are free but some may have an admission fee. (Thanks to the Happy Housewife for sharing this!)

:: Family Movies for $1 During the Summer

Participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists, & Edwards Theaters offer 9 weeks of family movies, rated G or PG, for just $1 on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings at 10 AM. You can see the schedule, starting dates and movies here on the Regal website.

:: 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.

:: 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.

:: Lululemon Fitness Classes

Lululemon locations offer free yoga classes, go here for schedules and locations.

:: 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.

:: Playground Finder

If you find yourself in a new location and are looking for a playground, use the free KaBoom Map of Play, playground finder and just type your location into the search bar.

:: REI Running Classes

Learn or get back into running with training and techniques classes. Find our more at

:: Roller Skating

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

:: Sephora: Free In Store Beauty Classes

Join the Sephora Beauty club ,( 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.

:: SKI Passport for 5th Graders

Go to to get a free pass in Idaho or the Pacific Northwest. For other areas, search for your state with the words “5th grade ski pass + your state”, or the name of your local ski resort.

:: 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.

:: 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 here.

:: More Free Museum Dates

This site,, tracks free museum days in the following cities: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Francisco Bay Area, and the Seattle Area.

:: Celebrate Crazy Holidays

Make memories and celebrate Haiku Poetry Day, Bicycle Day, Earth Day and more.See the full 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 on a budget! 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 events right in your hometown!

Thanks More with Less Today!

Ignite Your Imagination with Audible

Disclosure: This post is a sponsored post.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  

A book is a device to ignite the imagination

I’ve always been an avid reader.  Growing up, I always had a book in my backpack and often hidden in my desk so I could read while my teacher was teaching. {Don’t judge me!}

When I was in my late teens, I discovered audiobooks.  They were fabulous cassettes that I could play while driving around or listen to while cleaning my room.  I was HOOKED!  Now, I could “read” anywhere!  When I started traveling, I would buy an audiobook before I left.  My dad shared my love of audiobooks and I could always count on him to have an audiobook to share with me.

Eventually technology changed and books on tape became books on CD.  I liked CDs even more than I liked tapes.  The quality was better and it seems like the availability was better as well.

The real gamechanger for me was the introduction of Audible.  Audible is an app that allows you to download audiobooks to your smartphone or tablet.  Suddenly a whole new world opened up for me.  I could now listen to books while walking around the house cleaning or while exercising.  Dreaded tasks like dishes and folding laundry became enjoyable with the addition of a good book.  I usually alternate between personal development books and fun fiction books. I typically listen to 4-8 books each month. At that rate, I’ll never listen to all the books in the Audible library.  Audible has over 150,000 books to choose from in a variety of genres including classics, bestsellers, personal development, and they even have children’s books!  My kids love to listen as well!

Audible is much more affordable than buying audiobooks at the store.  You can save even more by using Audible coupon codes.

If you’re interested, you can try Audible for 30 days for FREE, but I’m warning you, you’ll be hooked!!! :)




15 Non-Candy Easter Basket Fillers

15 Non-Candy Easter Basket Fillers

When my older girls were growing up, I filled their Easter baskets with all kinds of candy!  I threw in a few practical things like fuzzy socks and my favorite lip balm, but for the most part, their baskets were full of all things chocolate, sugar, and dye! When the twins came along, we found out […]

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Gluten-Free Baked Chicken Nuggets

Gluten Free Baked Chicken Nuggets

Disclosure:  I received complimentary Zaycon chicken in order to create this recipe.  I have been ordering from Zaycon for 2+ years as they have the best chicken around.  I’m so excited to partner with them in this way. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own! This past week was Zaycon chicken delivery in our […]

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Retail Coupon Roundup {3/28/2015}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go! Carters – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 4/1/2015) Express – $15 Off $30, $30 Off $100 or $40 Off $120 Purchase (exp: 4/1/2015) Kirklands – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/29/2015) Kohls – […]

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Restaurant Coupon Roundup {3/28/2015}

We’re on spring break this week which means we’ll be eating out more than usual!  Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m so thankful that there are so many coupons available to make it more affordable!  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week! I’m really excited about the Sweet Tomatoes […]

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Retail Coupon Roundup {3/20/15}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go! Aaron Brothers – 50% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item (exp: 3/28/2015) Aeropostale – 30% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/22/2015) Big 5 Sporting Goods – 20% Off Up to 2 Regular Priced Items + […]

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Restaurant Coupon Roundup {3/20/15}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week! Bob Evans – $4 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 3/31/2015) Buca Di Beppo – Dinner for Four for $40 (exp: 3/29/2015) Carvel Ice Cream – $1 […]

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Zaycon Chicken is Back!


Disclosure: Zaycon provided me with a complimentary case of chicken, however, I have purchased all my Zaycon chicken in the past. As usual, all opinions are my own! Hey local Fort Wayne friends (and everyone else too)!  I just wanted to let you know that Zaycon chicken will be delivering to Fort Wayne on March […]

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Easter Chick Cupcakes

Easter Chick Cupcake Ingredients

I can’t believe that I’m already planning for Easter.  It seems like the first part of this year has flown by! Since Easter is less than 3 weeks away, I thought I’d share a fun recipe for Easter Chick Cupcakes.  These cupcakes are absolutely adorable and they’re easy to make! Easter Chick Cupcake Recipe Here’s what you’ll […]

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Restaurant Coupon Roundup {3/13/2015}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week! Bertuccis – 15% off Dinner Purchase (exp: 3/15/2015) Blimpie – Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 12/31/2015) Buca Di Beppo […]

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Retail Coupon Roundup {3/13/2015}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go! Aeropostale – $10 Off $50 Purchase (exp: 3/17/2015) Ann Taylor – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/15/2015) Bealls – 25% Off Your Purchase or 30% Off With Bealls Card (exp: 3/19/2015) Carters – […]

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Restaurant Coupon Roundup {3/6/2015}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week! Black Angus Steakhouse – $42 Campfire Feast for Two (exp: 3/23/2015) Blimpie – Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 12/31/2015) […]

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Retail Coupon Roundup {3/6/2015}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go! Aaron Brothers – 50% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item (exp: 3/14/2015) Aeropostale – $10 Off $50 Purchase (exp: 3/17/2015) Bealls – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/10/2015) Big 5 Sporting Goods – $10 […]

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