Office Supply Store Back to School Deals {8/2 – 8/8}

Office Supply Store Back to School Deals

 

I love office supplies, so back-to-school time is like Christmas for me!  There are so many awesome deals to be had!  Plus, with 4 kids, I try to take advantage of as many deals as I can so that my back-to-school shopping doesn’t break the bank!

Here are the top Back To School office supply store deals for 8/2 – 8/8.

Office Depot OfficeMax Deals

Extreme Deals

Free PC Tune Up

All High Sierra Backpacks: 50% off

ALL School Backpacks: 30% off

Office Depot Brand Composition Books: $0.10

Limit 3 per household

BIC Round Stic Grip Ballpoint Pens, 12-PK: $0.50

Limit 3 per household

$1.00/3 BIC Stationary Products

$1.00/2 BIC Stationery Products – 8-2-15 SS (exp 09/15/15)

Final Price: 2 FREE

Crayola Crayons, 24-PK: $0.50

Limit 3 per household

Crayola Colored Pencils, 12-PK: $1

Limit 3 per household

Office Depot Brand Multipurpose Ream: $6

Limit 3 per household

$5 Mail In Rebate

Final Price: $1

 

Other good deals

Poly Envelopes: $0.50

Limit 10 per household

Fiskars Scissors for Kids & Students: $1

Limit 3 per household

Crayola Colored Pencils, 12-PK: $1

Limit 3 per household

Office Depot Brand & OfficeMax Brand Notebook 3-Hole Punch: $1

Limit 3 per household

Pencil Pouch: $1

BIC Briteliner Highlighters, 5 pk: $2

$1.00/3 BIC Stationary Products

$1.00/2 BIC Stationery Products – 8-2-15 SS (exp 09/15/15)

Final Price: $1.50

BIC Wite-Out Quick Dry & Extra Coverage Correction Fluid: $2

$1.00/3 BIC Stationary Products

$1.00/2 BIC Stationery Products – 8-2-15 SS (exp 09/15/15)

Final Price: $1.50

Staedtler 10-Piece Math Set: $2

Office Depot Brand Spiral Notebooks: $2

Pentel R.S.V.P. Ballpoint Pens: $2

Pentel Polymer 3-PK & 4-PK Erasers: $2

BIC 4-Color Retractable Ballpoint Pens: $3

$1.00/3 BIC Stationary Products

$1.00/2 BIC Stationery Products – 8-2-15 SS (exp 09/15/15)

Final Price: $2.50

BIC Cristal Bold Ballpoint Pens: $3

$1.00/3 BIC Stationary Products

$1.00/2 BIC Stationery Products – 8-2-15 SS (exp 09/15/15)

Final Price: $2.50

BIC Mechanical Pencil, 24 pk: $3

$1.00/3 BIC Stationary Products

$1.00/2 BIC Stationery Products – 8-2-15 SS (exp 09/15/15)

Final Price: $2.50

BIC Velocity Gel Pens, 4 pk: $3

$1.00/3 BIC Stationary Products

$1.00/2 BIC Stationery Products – 8-2-15 SS (exp 09/15/15)

Final Price: $2.50

Crayola Crayons, 64 pk: $3

Office Depot Brand Notebooks with Covered Spine: $4

PNY Compact Attache USB Flash Drive, 8GB: $4.99

PNY Attaché 3 16GB USB Flash Drive: $5.99

Swingline 545 Desk Stapler Combination Pack with Staples & Remover: $6

Casio Solar Scientific Calculator: $6

Lexar JumpDrive S75 USB 3.0 Flash Drive: $9.99

ALL Knowledge Adventures Software: $9.99

ALL PNY Storage: 50% off

McAfee Internet Security for Mac and PC, Premium Edition: $20

In Ad Coupons

$5/$25 Your cleaning & breakroom purchase

40% Off Lamination

staples-easy-button-logo-2-550x550

110% Lowest price guarantee for school supplies. Valid through 9/19/15

Staples Deals

Extreme Deals Limit 5 per person

BIC Xtra Fun Pencil, #2 HB, Two-Toned Color Barrels, 8/pk: $0.75

$1.00/3 BIC Stationary Products

$1.00/2 BIC Stationery Products – 8-2-15 SS (exp 09/15/15)

Final Price: $0.25

BIC Soft Feel retractable ballpoint pens, 5/pk: $0.75

$1.00/3 BIC Stationary Products

$1.00/2 BIC Stationery Products – 8-2-15 SS (exp 09/15/15)

Final Price: $0.25

Staples Wireless Notebook, College Ruled, 8-1/2″ x 11″, 80 Sheets: $0.75

Lexar JumpDrive LJDS50-16GABNL 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive: $6.99

 

Other Good Deals

Staples Better 2015 fashion catalog : $0.01

Staples 1-subject notebook: $0.25

Limit 30 per customer in store

Westcott 12″ Wood Ruler, Beveled Edge : $0.35

Limit 30 per customer in store

Staples Ruled 3″ x 5″ White Index Cards, 100 pk: $0.48

Limit 30 per customer in store

Staples School Glue, 4 oz., with Stick: $0.50

Limit 30 per customer in store

Crayola Crayons, 24 pk: $0.50

Limit 30 per customer in store

BIC Mechanical Pencils, 0.7mm, 5/Pk: $1

Limit 30 per customer in store

$1.00/3 BIC Stationary Products

$1.00/2 BIC Stationery Products – 8-2-15 SS (exp 09/15/15)

Final Price: $0.50

Staples Yellow Pencils, #2, Dozen: $0.68

Limit 30 per customer in store

BIC Round Stic Ballpoint Pen, Black Ink, Medium Point, 10 pk: $1

Limit 30 per customer in store

$1.00/3 BIC Stationary Products

$1.00/2 BIC Stationery Products – 8-2-15 SS (exp 09/15/15)

Final Price: $0.50

Staples composition book: $0.50

Limit 30 per customer in store

Staples poly cover composition book: $0.75

Crayola Colored Pencils, 12 ct: $0.97

Limit 30 per customer in store

Staples hand sanitizer, 8 oz.: $1.69

Limit 30 per customer in store

Staples notebooks 1-subject: $0.75

Westcott 13130 Blunt Tip 5″ Kid’s Scissors: $1

Limit 30 per customer in store

Crayola Washable Watercolors, 8-Color Set : $2

Sharpie permanent markers, 5/pk: $3

$0.75/1 Sharpie Permanent Marker Product – 7-26-15 SS

Final Price: $2.25

Five Star poly cover composition book: $3

$1.00/2 Five Star Products

Final Price: $2.50

Ticonderoga Pencils, 24-PK: $3

Crayola Crayons, 64/ct: $3

Kleenex Facial Tissues, 2-Ply, 4 Boxes: $3.99

Limit 30 per customer in store

$0.35/3 Kleenex Facial Tissue; Includes (3) Single Boxes, 50 ct or Larger or (1) Bundle Pack; DND

$0.50/3 Kleenex Facial Tissues; Includes (3) Single Boxes or (1) Bundle Pack

$0.75/3 Kleenex Facial Tissues; Must Share For This Value; Includes (3) Single Boxes or (1) Bundle Pack

$0.50/3 Kleenex Tissues, (1) Bundle Pack or (3) Boxes – 7-12-15 SS; Excludes Trial and Travel Size

Final Price: $3.24

Simply 1″ basic white binders 2/pk: $4

Expo Fine tip, 8 pk: $5

$1.00/1 Expo Dry Erase Marker Product – 7-26-15 SS; Includes 4 ct or Larger Only

Final Price: $4

BIC mechanical pencils, 24 pk: $5

$1.00/3 BIC Stationary Products

$1.00/2 BIC Stationery Products – 8-2-15 SS (exp 09/15/15)

Final Price: $4.50

Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Value Pack (4 pk 35 ct each): $5.99

$0.75/1 Clorox Disinfecting Wipes – MobiSave Rebate; Includes 32 ct or Larger Only

Final Price : $5.24

Lexar JumpDrive 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive: $6.99

Sharpie permanent markers, 24: $10

$0.75/1 Sharpie Permanent Marker Product – 7-26-15 SS; Includes 3 ct or Larger Only (exp 09/20/15)

Final Price: $9.25

Rebates

Staples Multipurpose Paper, 8 1/2″ x 11″, 500/Ream: $7.79

$7.79 – $4.79 easy rebate = $3

Final Price: $3

Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Windows (1 User): $39.99

$39.99 – $20 easy rebate = $19.99

Final Price: $19.99

Thanks This Mommy Saves Money!

HOT Back to School HP Ink Sale

Disclosure: I received compensation for this post as part of a promotional program with MomSelect and HP.

HPINKSALE

 

It’s hard to believe but back-to-school is just around the corner. In some parts of the country, school has already started!  {GASP!} In some ways, I’m totally ready for my kids to head back to school and the routine that it brings and in other ways, I just want summer to last a little longer! :)

One of my favorite parts of back to school time is all the great deals, discounts and offers on back to school supplies!  You can save big by taking advantage of these special offers!  Plus, by grabbing these items before you need them and while they’re on sale, you avoid running to the store in the middle of a project when you run out of a supply and paying top dollar for it!

One of the deals I’m most excited about this year is this awesome deal on ink!  We go through a lot of ink around here and it can get pricy!  HP, known for proven reliability, efficient performance and exceptional quality, happens to have one of their best offers this year: Buy one Original HP Ink, get a 2nd cartridge of equal or lesser value for 50% off! It is available on the HP website, as well as at retailers such as Staples, Best Buy and Office Depot.

If you’re a savvy shopper who is looking to get the most bang for their back-to-school buck, you’ll want to stock up!  This is the best deal on HP ink since 2012!

Hot Back to School Deals on Amazon

Amazon Back to School Deals from SimplifiedSaving.comIt’s hard to believe that school will be starting in just a few weeks.  Apparently some schools in various parts of the country have already started.  It’s crazy how early some schools start!

If you’re looking to tackle your back to school lists without leaving home, you need to check out some of the great deals on Amazon.  To help you out, I’ve put together this list of great Back to School Deals from Amazon.  I’ll be posting new Back to School deals each week as we get closer to the beginning of school!

::My Favorite Deals:: I purchased both of these deals this week!

Sharpie 75846 Fine Point Permanent Marker, Assorted Colors, 24-Pack $9.19

Sharpie Ultra-Fine-Point Permanent Markers, 24-Pack Colored Markers  $11.89

::Tissues & Disinfecting Wipes::


Kleenex Ultra Soft Tissues, White, 120ct, Pack of 8 $11.74


Kleenex Flat Ultra Soft Tissues, (6 Pack, 120 Count Each) (Packaging may vary) $6.35


Kleenex Flat Everyday Tissues, (3 Pack, 85 Count Each) $3.46


Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, Lemon and Lime Blossom, 240 Count (3-Pack) $9.97 (Add On Item)


Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Value Pack, Scented, 225 Count (Packaging May Vary) $9.97 (Add On Item)

::Tech & Calculators::


Texas Instruments TI-30X IIS 2-Line Scientific Calculator, Black with Blue Accents $8.88


Staples Spl-120 8-digit Display Calculator $3.99


SanDisk Cruzer Blade CZ50 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive, Frustration-Free Packaging- SDCZ50-016G-AFFP $6.99

::Backpacks & Lunchboxes::


Camo Print Large Boys School Backpack 16 Inch $14.95


Disney Frozen Girl’s Backpack with Detachable Lunchbox Set $14.55


Starpoint Camo 14-in. Laptop Backpack with Lunch Bag $12.95


Disney Brave Merida 12″ Backpack & Detachable Insulated Lunch box Bag $10.10


Fast Forward Little Boys’ Guardians Of The Galaxy Backpack with Lunch Box, Multi, One Size $7.89


Disney Little Girls’ Frozen Anna and Elsa Mini Backpack, Pink/Purple, One Size $5.65 (Add On Item)


The Smurfs 16 Inch Backpack with Lunch Bag Set – Have a Smurfy Day $7.75


FAB Starpoint Boys’ Swap Force Slobber Bomb 16 Inch Backpack, Blue, One Size $9.95


Disney FCCOR16ZA Frozen Lunch Kit, Pink $8.60


Nickelodeon Dora and Friends Lunch Box Kit $5.70


Nickelodeon Sponge Bob Lunch Box Kit $6.95


Full Size Red and Blue Mickey Mouse Kids Backpack $9


LEGO Friends Building Girlpower 16″ Backpack $9.39


Barbie “Sparkle” Dual-Compartment Soft Lunch Box $8.99

::Scissors, Erasers, Rulers, Sharpeners, Pencil Boxes::


ADVANTUS Zip-All Pocket for Ring Binders, 8.5 x 11 Inches, Clear (ANG52) $2 (Add On Item)


ADVANTUS Polypropylene Pencil Box with Lid, 8.5 x 5.5 x 2.5 Inches, Clear (34104) $1.99 (Add On Item)


Advantus Zippered Binder Pencil Pouch with Rivet Enforced Holes, Black (67024) $2.29


Westcott 12″ Wood Ruler, Beveled Edge (05011) $0.99


Westcott School Left and Right Handed Kids Scissors, 5-Inch, Blunt, Colors Vary (13130) $1 (Add On Item)


Officemate OIC Achieva Pencil Eraser Caps, 24 in a pack, Assorted Colors (30552) $1.61 (Add On Item)


Paper Mate Pink Pearl Premium Erasers, 3 Pack, Large (70501) $1.99


Maped Classic 2-Hole Metal Pencil Sharpener, Grey (006700) $1.49 (Add On Item)

::Pens, Pencils, Crayons, Markers, Highlighters::


Crayola Classic Color Pack Crayons, Tuck Box, 8 Colors/Box (52-0008) $0.88 (Add On Item)


Sharpie Accent Retractable Highlighters, Assorted, Fine Point, 8/Pack $6.98


Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Markers, Box of 12 Markers, Black (30001) $6.37


RoseArt 24-Color Crayons, Packaging May Vary (DFB75) $1.49 (Add On Item)


Dixon Ticonderoga Wood-Cased #2 HB Pencils, Box of 96, Yellow (13882) $12.99


Dixon Ticonderoga Oriole Pre-Sharpened Black Core Pencils, #2, Yellow, Box of 12 (12886) $2.18


Expo Low-Odor Dry Erase Set, Chisel Tip, 8-Piece, Assorted Colors $5.99 (After Clipped $1 Coupon)


Expo 2 Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, 4-Pack, Black $2.99


Mr. Sketch Assorted Scent Markers 12 Pack (20072) $6.89


Crayola Crayons 24 Count Box- (6-pack) $11.45


Sharpie Accent Tank-Style Highlighters, 6 Colored Highlighters (25076) $3.89

::Paper, Folders, Notebooks, Binders::


Post-it Notes, 3 in x 3 in, Cape Town Collection, 5 Pads/Pack (654-5PK) $5.06


Mead Composition Book, Notebook, 100 Sheets, College Ruled, 9.75 x 7.5 Inch (9932) $1.89 (Add On Item)


Avery Big Tab Insertable Dividers, 5-Tab Set (11109) $0.63


Mead Spiral 1-Subject Wide-Ruled Notebook, 1 Notebook, Color May Vary, Assorted Colors (05510) $1.09


HP Office Ultra White, 8 1/2 x 11 Inch, 20 lb, 92 Bright, 500 Sheets/1 Ream (112101) $3.94


Staples; 1 Subject Notebook, 8″ x 10-1/2″, 6/Pack $7.83


Neenah Exact Vellum Bristol, 67 lb, 8.5 x 11 Inches, 250 Sheets, White, 94 Brightness $6.35


Oxford Twin Pocket Folders, Letter Size, Assorted Colors, 25 per Box (57513) $6.08

::Glue::


Avery Permanent Glue Stic, 0.26 oz, Pack of 6 (98095) $2.94


Elmer’s Washable No-Run School Glue, 4 oz, 1 Bottle (E304) $0.50


Avery Purple Application Permanent Glue Sticks, 0.26 oz, 18 per Pack (98079) $6.99


Avery Permanent Glue Stic, Washable, 0.26 Oz., White (00161) $0.49 (Add On Item)


Elmer’s Washable All-Purpose School Glue Sticks, 0.24 oz, Pack of 30 (E556) $9.99

Happy Shopping!

Office Supply Store Back to School Deals {7/26 – 8/1}

Office Supply Store Back to School Deals

 

I love office supplies, so back-to-school time is like Christmas for me!  There are so many awesome deals to be had!  Plus, with 4 kids, I try to take advantage of as many deals as I can so that my back-to-school shopping doesn’t break the bank!

Here are the top Back To School office supply store deals for 7/26 – 8/1.

Office Depot OfficeMax Deals

officeExtreme Deals

All School Backpacks 30% – 50% off

While supplies last, no rain checks. Limit 3 per household

Office Depot Brand Wood Pencils, 12 pk: $0.01

With $5 minimum purchase before taxes

Office Depot Brand 6″ Protractors: $0.01

With $5 minimum purchase before taxes

Office Depot Brand Plastic 12″ Rulers: $0.01

With $5 minimum purchase before taxes

Office Depot Brand Mechanical Pencils, 6-PK: $0.25

Poly Cover 1-Subject Notebook: $0.25

Sharpie Single Permanent Markers: $0.25

School Supplies

Ticonderoga Pencils, 12-PK: $1

Scholastic Colored Pencils, 12-PK: $1

Office Depot Brand Primary Composition Books: $1

Office Depot Brand Graph Composition Book: $1

Highmark Antibacterial Liquid Hand Soap, 7.5 oz: $1

Office Depot Brand Laminated Folders with & without Prongs: $1

Elmer’s Glue Sticks, 6-PK+2 Bonus Sticks: $2

Sharpie Accent Tank-Style Highlighters, 4-PK: $2

Office Depot Brand Stellar 1-Subject Notebook: $2

Jumbo Stretch Bookcovers: $2

Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer Pump, 8oz. + 2oz. Bonus: $3

$1.00/3 Purell Products – 7-26-15 SS
$1.00/1 Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer Bottle or Hand Sanitizing Wipes – 7-26-15 SS; Includes Sanitizer, 8 oz Only or Wipes, 35 ct or Larger
$3.00/1 Purell Advanced Sanitizer Product Purchase of $10 or More
Final Price: $2

Highmark Facial Tissue, 3-PK: $3

Highmark Select-A-Size Paper Towels, 3-PK: $3

ALL BIC Velocity Gel Pens, 4-PK: $3

Office Depot Brand Stellar Notebook with Covered Spine, 1-Subject: $4

Limit 4 per household

Zebra Z-Grip Retractable Ballpoint Pens, 24-PK: $6

ALL Mr. Sketch Markers: B2G1
$1/1 Mr. Sketch Scented Markers – 7-26-15 SS; Includes 2 ct or Larger Only (Regional)

 

Office/Teacher Supplies

Free PC Tune Up

Office Depot Brand & OfficeMax Brand Heavyweight Top-Loading Sheet Protectors, 50-PK: $5

SanDisk Cruzer 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive: $5.99

Software/Computer Deals

All HP Ink; B1G1 5o % off

Limit 2 offers per household

ALL Knowledge Adventures Software: $9.99

McAfee Internet Security for Mac and PC, Premium Edition: $20

McAfee Internet Security, 3 Devices: $24.99

McAfee Total Protection, 3 Devices: $29.99

Corel PaintShop Pro X7 Ultimate Creative Suite: $49.99

Lenovo S21e Laptop with Intel Inside: $149.99

In ad Coupons

$15 Off your Same-Day Print Services purchase of $50 or more

 

staples-easy-button-logo-2-550x550

110% Lowest price guarantee for school supplies. Valid through 9/19/15

Staples Deals

Extreme Deals

Buy a backpack Get 25% off school supplies

backpack1

Excludes Graphing & Scientific Calculators, Backpacks, Technology, Case & Ream Paper, Food, Cleaning & Breakroom Supplies, Printers, Shredders, Furniture and Daily Deals.

 

Staples Dual Dome Pencil Sharpener: $0.25

Limit 5 per customer

Staples Cap Erasers, 12 ct: $0.25

Limit 5 per customer

Staples pencil box: $0.50

Limit 5 per customer

Staples poly cover composition book: $0.50

Limit 5 per customer

Pentel R.S.V.P. pens, 5ct: $0.50

Limit 5 per customer

Staples USB 2.0 Flash Drive, 16GB: $6.49

Limit 5 per customer

School Supply Deals

Staples 1-subject notebook: $0.25

Limit 30 per customer in store

Staples Ruled 3″ x 5″ White Index Cards, 100 pk: $0.48

Limit 30 per customer in store

Staples School Glue, 4 oz., with Stick: $0.50

Limit 30 per customer in store

Crayola Crayons, 24 pk: $0.50

Limit 30 per customer in store

Staples Yellow Pencils, #2, Dozen: $0.68

Limit 30 per customer in store

Crayola markers and colored pencils, 10 pk: $0.97

Limit 30 per customer in store

Staples composition book, graph ruled: $1

Staples Ruled Index Cards on a Ring: $1

Westcott 13130 Blunt Tip 5″ Kid’s Scissors: $1

Limit 30 per customer in store

BIC Mechanical Pencils, 0.7mm, 5/Pk: $1

Limit 30 per customer in store

BIC Round Stic Ball Point Pen, 10/pk: $1

Limit 30 per customer in store

Purell instant hand sanitizer, 8 oz: $2.49
$1.00/3 Purell Products – 7-26-15 SS
$1.00/1 Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer Bottle or Hand Sanitizing Wipes – 7-26-15 SS; Includes Sanitizer, 8 oz Only or Wipes, 35 ct or Larger
$3.00/1 Purell Advanced Sanitizer Product Purchase of $10 or More
Final Price: $1.49

Staples hand sanitizer, 8 oz.: $1.69

Limit 30 per customer in store

Crayola Washable Watercolors, 8-Color Set : $2

Paper Mate Expressions Decorated Erasers, 4pk $2

Staples SPL-150A Calculator: $2.99

Paper Mate Mates Mechanical Pencils, 12 pk: $3

$0.55/1 Paper Mate Mechanical Pencils – 7-26-15 SS

Final Price: $2.45

Crayola Twistables Mini Crayons, 24/pk: $3

Crayola Crayons, 64/ct: $3

Sharpie tank highlighters, 5 pk: $3

Elmer’s products: B2G1

Five Star notebooks:B3G1
$1.00/2 Five Star Products

Kleenex Facial Tissues, 2-Ply, 4 Boxes: $3.99

Limit 30 per customer in store

$0.35/3 Kleenex Facial Tissue; Includes (3) Single Boxes, 50 ct or Larger or (1) Bundle Pack; DND
$0.50/3 Kleenex Facial Tissues; Includes (3) Single Boxes or (1) Bundle Pack
$0.75/3 Kleenex Facial Tissues; Must Share For This Value; Includes (3) Single Boxes or (1) Bundle Pack
$0.50/3 Kleenex Tissues, (1) Bundle Pack or (3) Boxes – 7-12-15 SS; Excludes Trial and Travel Size

Final Price: $3.24

 

Office/Teacher Supplies:

Expo Fine tip, 4pk: $3
$1.00/1 Expo Dry Erase Marker Product – 7-26-15 SS; Includes 4 ct or Larger Only
Final Price: $2

Sharpie Extreme, 4 pk: $4
$0.75/1 Sharpie Permanent Marker Product – 7-26-15 SS; Includes 3 ct or Larger Only
Final Price: $3.25

Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Value Pack (4 pk 35 ct each): $5.99

$0.75/1 Clorox Disinfecting Wipes – MobiSave Rebate; Includes 32 ct or Larger Only

Final Price : $5.24

Sharpie Fine tip, 12/pk: $6
$0.75/1 Sharpie Permanent Marker Product – 7-26-15 SS; Includes 3 ct or Larger Only
Final Price: $5.25

SanDisk Cruzer Glide SDCZ60-016G-A46 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive: $6.99

Rebates/Rewards

Staples Multipurpose Paper, 8 1/2″ x 11″, 500/Ream: $7.79

$7.79 – $3.80 easy rebate = $3.99

Final Price: $3.99

Staples Multipurpose Paper, 8 1/2″ x 11″, 5 Ream Case: $29.99

$29.99 – $4 instantly – $20.99 easy rebate = $5, Wed.– Sat. $29.99 – $17 easy rebate = $12.99 (Look for a coupon on Sunday)

Final Price: $12.99

In ad Coupons

Free Shredding, up to 5 lb

$5 off yourRegular-priced cleaning and breakroom purchase of $20 or more

20% off your Copy & Print purchase of $50 or more

Thanks This Mommy Saves Money!

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {7/24/2015}

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: 8/10/2015)
Bob Evans – 20% Off Carry Out Purchase (exp: 7/29/2015)
Brueggers – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Coconut Iced Coffee (exp: 8/2/2015)
Carls Jr - $1 Off Mushroom & Swiss All-Natural Burger Combo (exp: 9/6/2015)
Carrabbas – $10.90 for Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Dinner (exp: 7/26/2015)
Carrows – $2 Off Any Purchase of $10 Or More (exp: 7/31/2015)
Chuck E Cheese – 50% Off Large Thin & Crispy Specialty Pizza + More (exp: 8/3/2015)
Cocos – $2 Off $10 Food Purchase (exp: 8/16/2015)
Del Taco - Buy Claasic Grilled Chicken Burrito Get 1 Free (exp: 7/25/2015)
Dennys - 20% Off Entire Check (exp: 7/26/2015)
Great American Cookie Company – Buy 3 Cookies Get 1 Free Cut-Out Cookie Free (exp: 7/31/2015)
Houlihans - $15 Off $30 Purchase (exp: 7/30/2015)
Jacks – $3.50 Hamburger, Fry, Small Drink & Pie + More (exp: 8/18/2015)
Logans Roadhouse – Free Slice of Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie with Adult Entree Purchase (exp: 7/29/2015)
Marble Slab – Buy 1 Shake or Smoothie Get 1 50% Off (exp: 7/31/2015)
Marie Callenders - Free Breakfast Entree When You Buy 2 Breakfast Entrees and 2 Drinks (exp: 8/19/2015)
Mimis Cafe – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 8/1/2015)
Monicals Pizza – $15 for 14 Inch Thin Crust BBQ Chicken Pizza + More (exp: 7/26/2015)
Olive Garden – $5 Off $30 Catering or To Go Orders (exp: 8/2/2015)
Outback Steakhouse – 15% Off Entire Lunch or Dinner Check (exp: 8/4/2015)
Quiznos - Free Regular Fountain Drink with Purchase of Any Sub or Large Salad (exp: 7/29/2015)
Smoothie King – $2.99 Small Smoothie (exp: 7/28/2015)
Souper Salad – $6.49 Adult Buffet (exp: 7/26/2015)
Souplantation – 20% Off Family Lunch Combo + More (exp: 7/29/2015)
Steak Escape - Free Small Drink & Fries with Sandwich Purchase (exp: 7/31/2015)
Sweet Tomatoes – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo + More (exp: 7/29/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Retail Coupon Roundup {7/24/2015}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go!  I’m excited about the Ace Hardware coupon because we’re starting a whole house renovation this weekend which will require lots of paint and Ace carries the Benjamin Moore paint colors we’ll be using! :)

A.C. Moore – 40% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item (exp: 7/25/2015)
Aaron Brothers – 50% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item (exp: 7/27/2015)
Ace Hardware – $5 Off $25 Regular Priced Purchase (exp: 7/26/2015)
Babies R Us - 15% Off All Potties & Step Stools + More (exp: 7/31/2015)
Bealls - $10 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 7/28/2015)
Belk – $10 Off First $50, $20 Off First $100 or $30 Off First $150 Regular or Sale Priced Purchase (exp: 7/28/2015)
Bonton – 25% Off Sale Price Women, Men & Kids Apparel + More (exp: 7/25/2015)
Bonton – 20% Off Yellow or Black Dot Purchases (exp: 7/28/2015)
Carters – 20% Off $40 or 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/29/2015)
Dress Barn – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/26/2015)
Hancock Fabrics – 15% Off $50 Purchase (exp: 7/28/2015)
Harbor Freight Tools – $2.99 for 16 oz. Hammers with Fiberglass Handle + More (exp: 8/2/2015)
Hobby Lobby – 40% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item (exp: 7/25/2015)
JoAnn – 50% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item (exp: 7/25/2015)
Kohls – $10 Off $30 Purchase (exp: 7/26/2015)
Lifeway Christian – 35% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item (exp: 7/25/2015)
Loft Outlet – 10% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/26/2015)
Lord and Taylor - 15% Off Entire Sale & Regular Price Purchase (exp: 8/4/2015)
Mardel – 20% Off 1 Item $4.99 or More (exp: 7/25/2015)
Mens Wearhouse – $40 Off Each Tuxedo or Suit Rental Package (exp: 8/16/2015)
Osh Kosh BGosh – 20% Off $40 or 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/29/2015)
Staples – Buy a Backpack Get 25% Off All School Supplies (exp: 8/1/2015)
White House Black Market – $20 Off Select White Shirts & More (exp: 7/29/2015)
Yankee Candle – 30% Off Almost Everything (exp: 7/26/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Free and Cheap Weekend Activities and Events

Free Weekend Activities Cheap Weekend Activities SimplifiedSaving.com

The weekend is finally here!  This is a great opportunity to do something fun as a family!  Maybe you can check some things off your Summer Bucket List! {If you don’t have a Summer Bucket List you can print one off here.}

Whatever it is that you’re hoping to do, we’ve put together a great list of fun things you can do this weekend that won’t break the budget!  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.

Make some memories and try a new workshop, lesson, or craft. If you enjoy these free activities, be sure and bookmark this master list of free store events or PIN It for later!

Share this fun,money-saving list with your friends and family. And, if you know of any others to include, please let us know! Also, make sure you call ahead and make sure that your local store or retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.

american-girl-store-events-125x150

:: American Girl Special Store Events

Special events differ by location. During July, they include Discover Truly Me Event, Doll ‘Dos & How-Tos: Bright Highlights, Meal & Memories with 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.

get pop-cultured barnes and noble

:: Barnes & Noble

July 1st – July 31st

In store events include Throwback Thursdays, Time Travel Weekend, DC Comic Days (July 8-12), Minions Fun (July 17th), Star Wars Saturday (July 18th), Dr. Seuss Spectacular (July 28th & 31st) and more. Find the times and participating Barnes and Noble stores here.

[Read more...]

Easy Minion Cupcakes

 

Minion Cupcakes in 8 Easy Steps from SimplifiedSaving.com

It’s hard to believe that the new Minion movie has been out for more than a week already!  Have you seen it yet? Did you love it?

If you’re planning a Minion celebration in the near future, you need to make these Minion cupcakes!  Whether you have a Minion-athon and watch the first 2 Despicable Me movies before heading to the theater to watch The Minion movie or you have a Minion themed party, these cupcakes will be a HUGE hit!

Minion Cupcake Ingredients:

Minion Cupcake Directions:

1 & 2.  Mix and bake cake mix according to Instructions.

In Process 1

In Process 2

 

3.  Fill cupcake liners approximately 1/2 full.

In Process 3

4.  Cut Twinkie cakes in half. In Process 4

5.  To make the faces of the minions simply add 1 or 2 black dots where the eyes will go. Then gently press the decorator eyes into the black dots. This will give the look of the goggles around the eyes. Then finish the straps of the goggles by adding a line of black icing down the side of the minion. Add some fun little mouth expressions on their faces.

 

In Process 5

6.  Once the cupcakes have been taken out of the oven allow them to cool completely.  Take your buttercream frosting and mix in approximately 20 drops of blue icing.  You may need more depending on how dark you want the icing.

In Process 7

7.  Frost the cupcakes using plenty of frosting on each one. I find this makes it sturdier so the minions do not fall.

 

 

 

In Process 8

 

Add the minion bodies on top of the cupcakes and enjoy!!

Minions Final 6

These are so fun and it’s a great activity to get the kids involved in.

Homemade Buttercream Frosting Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons 2% milk

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency.  Makes about 3 cups.

 

Celebrate Free Tea Day at McAlister’s {July 23,2015}

Free Tea Day Means Free Iced Tea from McAlister's

There is no better way to chill on a hot summer day than with a glass of iced tea in hand. Whether you like it sweet or unsweetened, take some time Thursday, July 23, to celebrate McAlister’s 7th annual Free Tea Day.

I LOVE iced tea, but I’m a serious tea snob!  I only like it from a few places and McAlister’s is one of my favorites!  You can bet that I’ll be there tomorrow!

So, calling all Tea Freaks out there, this is something you won’t wanna miss! You can grab a 32-ounce glass of McAlister’s Famous Tea in any participating store locations just for FREE.

“Every year, guests’ excitement grows as Free Tea Day becomes more widespread with the continued growth of the brand. Last year, we gave away almost 322,000 glasses of our tea and we expect to far exceed that number this year,” said McAlister’s Vice President of Global Marketing Donna Josephson. “Free Tea Day has become our way of showing guests how much we appreciate them. We hope to see everyone in our restaurants on July 23 to help us make this the biggest and best Free Tea Day yet.”

What are you waiting for? Get ready to celebrate by sipping free tea this Thursday!

And make sure you come back to the blog on July 23rd because I will be having a McAlister’s Gift Card Giveaway!!!

 

 

 

Hot Back to School Deals on Amazon

Amazon Back to School Deals from SimplifiedSaving.com

 

It’s hard to believe that school will be starting in just a few week.  Apparently some schools in various parts of the country have already started.  It’s crazy how early some schools start!

If you’re looking to tackle your back to school lists without leaving home, you need to check out some of the great deals on Amazon.  To help you out, I’ve put together this list of great Back to School Deals from Amazon.  I’ll be posting new Back to School deals each week as we get closer to the beginning of school!

::Tech & Calculators::


Texas Instruments TI-30X IIS 2-Line Scientific Calculator, Black with Blue Accents $9


Staples Spl-120 8-digit Display Calculator $3.99


SanDisk Cruzer Blade CZ50 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive, Frustration-Free Packaging- SDCZ50-016G-AFFP $6.99

::Backpacks & Lunchboxes::


Camo Print Large Boys School Backpack 16 Inch $14.95


Disney Frozen Girl’s Backpack with Detachable Lunchbox Set $14.45


Starpoint Camo 14-in. Laptop Backpack with Lunch Bag $12.95


Disney Brave Merida 12″ Backpack & Detachable Insulated Lunch box Bag $10.10


Fast Forward Little Boys’ Guardians Of The Galaxy Backpack with Lunch Box, Multi, One Size $11.26


Disney Little Girls’ Frozen Anna and Elsa Mini Backpack, Pink/Purple, One Size $7.70


The Smurfs 16 Inch Backpack with Lunch Bag Set – Have a Smurfy Day $7.75


Trailmaker Boys’ Foam Mesh Backpack, Black/Orange, One Size $7.99


FAB Starpoint Boys’ Swap Force Slobber Bomb 16 Inch Backpack, Blue, One Size $8.09


Disney FCCOR16ZA Frozen Lunch Kit, Pink $7.92


Nickelodeon Dora and Friends Lunch Box Kit $5.70


Nickelodeon Sponge Bob Lunch Box Kit $6.97


Full Size Red and Blue Mickey Mouse Kids Backpack $9


LEGO Friends Building Girlpower 16″ Backpack $7.87


Barbie “Sparkle” Dual-Compartment Soft Lunch Box $8.99

::Scissors, Erasers, Rulers, Sharpeners::


Westcott School Left and Right Handed Kids Scissors, 5-Inch, Blunt, Colors Vary (13130) $1 (Add On Item)


Fiskars 5 Inch Classic Blunt Tip Kids Scissors, Color Received May Vary $2.18 (Add On Item)


Officemate OIC Achieva Pencil Eraser Caps, 24 in a pack, Assorted Colors (30552) $1.61 (Add On Item)


Paper Mate Pink Pearl Premium Erasers, 3 Pack, Large (70501) $1.99


Maped Classic 2-Hole Metal Pencil Sharpener, Grey (006700) $1.49 (Add On Item)

::Pens, Pencils, Crayons, Markers, Highlighters::


Crayola Classic Color Pack Crayons, Tuck Box, 8 Colors/Box (52-0008) $0.88 (Add On Item)


Sharpie Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Black, 2 Pack (30162PP) $1


Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Markers, Box of 12 Markers, Black (30001) $6.43

RoseArt 24-Color Crayons, Packaging May Vary (DFB75) $1.49 (Add On Item)


Crayola Neon Crayons, 8 Count $1 (Add On Item)


Dixon Ticonderoga Wood-Cased #2 HB Pencils, Box of 96, Yellow (13882) $12.99


Dixon Ticonderoga Oriole Pre-Sharpened Black Core Pencils, #2, Yellow, Box of 12 (12886) $2.02


Expo Low-Odor Dry Erase Set, Chisel Tip, 8-Piece, Assorted Colors $6.99


Expo 2 Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, 4-Pack, Black $2.97


Crayola Crayons 24 Count Box- (6-pack) $10.25


Sharpie Accent Tank-Style Highlighters, 6 Colored Highlighters (25076) $3.78

::Paper, Folders, Notebooks, Binders::


Staples; 1 Subject Notebook, 8″ x 10-1/2″, 6/Pack $7.83


Neenah Exact Vellum Bristol, 67 lb, 8.5 x 11 Inches, 250 Sheets, White, 94 Brightness $6.39


Oxford Twin Pocket Folders, Letter Size, Assorted Colors, 25 per Box (57513) $6.08

::Glue::


Avery Purple Application Permanent Glue Sticks, 0.26 oz, 18 per Pack (98079) $6.99


Avery Permanent Glue Stic, Washable, 0.26 Oz., White (00161) $0.49 (Add On Item)


Elmer’s Washable All-Purpose School Glue Sticks, 0.24 oz, Pack of 30 (E556) $8.92

 

Happy Shopping!

Retail Coupon Roundup {7/18/2015}

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: 7/27/2015)
Aeropostale – $10 Off $50 Purchase (exp: 7/20/2015)
Babies R Us – 15% Off All Potties & Step Stools + More (exp: 7/31/2015)
Dress Barn - 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/26/2015)
Hancock Fabrics - 50% Off 1 Regularly Priced Fabric Item (exp: 7/22/2015)
P.S. from Aeropostale – $10 Off $50 Purchase (exp: 7/20/2015)
Staples – Buy a Backpack Get 25% Off All School Supplies (exp: 8/1/2015)
Yankee Candle – Buy 2 Get 1 Free Candles (exp: 8/2/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {7/18/2015}

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 – $17.99 Mixed Grill Trio (exp: 8/10/2015)
Bob Evans – Buy 1 Breakfast Entree Get 1 50% Off When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 7/29/2015)
Carls Jr - $1 Off Any Size Grilled Pork Chop Biscuit Combo (exp: 8/2/2015)
Carrows – $2 Off Any Purchase of $10 Or More (exp: 7/31/2015)
Carvel Ice Cream – $1 Off Any Cup or Cone (exp: 7/20/2015)
Chuck E Cheese – 50% Off Large Thin & Crispy Specialty Pizza + More (exp: 8/3/2015)
Great American Cookie Company – Buy 3 Cookies Get 1 Free Cut-Out Cookie Free (exp: 7/31/2015)
Hardees - $1 Off Any Size Grilled Pork Chop Biscuit Combo (exp: 8/2/2015)
Houlihans – $15/$30 Food Purchase (exp: 7/30/2015)
Longhorn Steakhouse – $3 Off 2 Adult Lunch Entrees (exp: 7/19/2015)
Macaroni Grill - Free Parmesan Truffle Fries with Kitchen Counter Express Entree (exp: 7/19/2015)
Mimis Cafe – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 8/1/2015)
Quiznos – Free Chips & Fountain Drink with Regular or Large Sub or Large Salad (exp: 7/22/2015)
Souper Salad - $6.49 Adult Buffet (exp: 7/26/2015)
Steak Escape – Free Small Drink & Fries with Sandwich Purchase (exp: 7/31/2015)
Togos – $1 Off Any 6 Inch Regular or Larger Sandwich (exp: 7/26/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

7 Car Insurance Discounts You May Not Have Been Aware of

I’m always looking for people to share great money saving tips!  Thanks Amanda for this guest post!

Car Insurance Discounts You May Not Be Aware Of

Insurance is one of those monthly expenses that you have no choice but to pay. Without proper car insurance you risk being fined, having your license suspended or, even worse, having to foot the bill of any damage resulting from an auto accident. As such, I make sure that every driver in our home (me, my spouse, and now our teenager) is properly insured. However, the cost of insuring three motorists and two vehicles can really add up each month. I’d tried the whole price comparison shopping to see if I could save a few extra bucks, and it helped some…but not the way I had hoped.

Then a friend of mine explained to me that insurance companies often have hidden discounts that they will provide for you. The thing of it is since they’re in the business of making money; they’re not going to openly advertise these savings. You have to ask about them. Turns out, there are quite a few discounts that you could qualify for that would save you a decent amount of money on your policy. Here are a few I was able to qualify for.

1.  Annual Mileage Discount – Did you know that if your annual mileage is less than 12,500 miles that you could receive discounts? Companies will give their customers an additional percentage off their insurance policy. According to the Huffington Post, depending on where you live you could save an upwards of 16% in savings.

2.  Car Use Discount – If you have a vehicle that you primarily use to get to and from work each day you could be entitled to a discount as well. The car is essentially viewed as more of a necessity than it is something you use for pleasure and insurance companies will give you a discount as a result.

3.  Auto Payment Discounts – How do you pay your car insurance each month? I had been sending in an electronic check every month. However, did you know that if you sign up for your insurance company’s automatic payment program you could save an additional few bucks each month? Not only are you not charged the additional process fee, but insurance companies also appreciate customers who pay timely and will often reward you for it.

4.  Full Payment Discounts – Another way you could save on car insurance payments is to pay your premium in full every term. So if you have a six month term, paying the six months in advance will warrant a discount for you. If you have an annual premium, paying the year in advance would also constitute a discount on your overall bill.

5.  Homeowner Discount – There are several insurance companies that offer discounts to consumers who own a home. If your car insurance provider also has homeowners insurance options you may be able to receive a bundling discount for purchasing two types of insurance under the same company.

6.  Days Per Week (Driving) Discounts – If you have a car that you don’t drive every day you can receive a significant discount on your insurance. This means that your vehicle has fewer chances to be damaged from an auto accident as it is not on the road daily.

7.  Ownership Discounts – If you own your car outright instead of leasing or financing our vehicle, you can receive a discount on your insurance for this.

Other Ways to Save

After inquiring about all of the various discounts through your insurance provider, there are other ways in which you can save money on your insurance policy. Some of these methods might include comparison shopping or lowering the amount of coverage you have (though you want to make sure that you have enough coverage to compensate financially if you’re in an accident. The site https://www.acceptanceinsurance.com/ has a Frequently Asked Questions section suggesting another simple way to save on your monthly insurance bill, which is to consider increasing your deductible.

After doing a little comparison shopping to ensure I got the best quote possible and inquiring about the additional discounts to save on insurance, we were able to get the bill almost cut in half. This meant that I could put the other half away and save it for something else like a much deserved family vacation, or extra shopping money for the holidays. If you are looking for a way to save on your car insurance, don’t forget, it can’t hurt to inquire with a customer service representative to find out if you qualify for various discounts to save you even more money.

Project 39: My Goals for This Year

Project 39  Goals from SimplifiedSaving.com

Tomorrow is my 39th birthday! It’s hard to believe that in 1 year I’ll be turning the BIG 4-0.  I don’t feel like I’m quite that old. :)

Every year, I take time on my birthday (or sometimes the week leading up to my birthday) to look at what I’ve accomplished in the past year and to set goals for what I hope to accomplish in the upcoming year.

This past year I didn’t hit nearly as many goals as I would have liked, however, I hit a lot more than I would have if I hadn’t set goals! Unfortunately, a disc injury in my back kept me in bed for the better part of a month and kept me from exercising for 3 months.  I also broke my elbow which kept me from exercising for an additional 2 months.  Thankfully, I seem to be healthy and doing well and I have a feeling this is going to be my year!  After all, I want to hit 40 feeling better than I did at 30, so I better get to it!

With that in mind, I’ve put together my Project 39 list…my 39 goals for my 39th year.  Some of you may be wondering why I have “Lose 10 pounds” written 8 times rather than having “Lose 80 pounds” as one goal.  The reason is this…I firmly believe in setting reasonable goals and I’m not sure that losing 80 pounds is a reasonable goal.  Losing 10 pounds on the other hand is a totally reasonable goal.  Also, I don’t want to find myself next May having only lost 4o pounds and feeling like a failure because I won’t be able to lose another 40 pounds before July.

  1. Get up before 5:30 am 39 days
  2. Get up before 5:30 am 39 days
  3. Be in bed before 10 pm 39 days
  4. Be in bed before 10 pm 39 days
  5. Lose 10 pounds
  6. Lose 10 pounds
  7. Lose 10 pounds
  8. Lose 10 pounds
  9. Lose 10 pounds
  10. Lose 10 pounds
  11. Lose 10 pounds
  12. Lose 10 pounds
  13. Complete C25K
  14. Run a 5k in 39 minutes
  15. Run a 5k in 34 minutes
  16. Run a 5k in under 30 minutes
  17. Run a half marathon
  18. Do T-Tapp workout 39 times
  19. Do 39 girl pushups in a row
  20. Do 50 girl pushups in a row
  21. Do 10 regular pushups in a row
  22. Do 30 regular pushups in a row
  23. Read 39 books
  24. Listen to 30 non fiction books
  25. Listen to 39 fiction books
  26. Publish 2 books
  27. Complete 2 business classes
  28. Get certified to teach a fitness class
  29. Compete 2.5 million steps
  30. Go on 39 family walks
  31. Go on 39 dates with my husband
  32. Do 10 speaking engagements
  33. Put $5,000 in savings
  34. Complete the 365 Day Savings Challenge again
  35. Make my bed 39 days in a row
  36. Become a Director with Nerium
  37. Become a Nerium Senior Director
  38. Become a Nerium Executive Director
  39. Become a Nerium NMD

I’d love your encouragement along the journey! If you have any suggestions for making my goals reality,  please leave me a comment!

Restaurant Coupon Roundup{7/10/2015}

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 – $17.99 Mixed Grill Trio (exp: 8/10/2015)
Brueggers – Free Snapple or Nantucket Nectar with Lunch Sandwich Purchase (exp: 7/31/2015)
Carls Jr - $1 Off Any Size Grilled Pork Chop Biscuit Combo (exp: 8/2/2015)
Carrows – $2 Off Any Purchase of $10 Or More (exp: 7/31/2015)
Carvel Ice Cream – $1 Off Any Cup or Cone (exp: 7/20/2015)
Chuck E Cheese – 50% Off Large Thin & Crispy Specialty Pizza + More (exp: 8/3/2015)
Great American Cookie Company – Buy 3 Cookies Get 1 Free Cut-Out Cookie Free (exp: 7/31/2015)
Hardees - $1 Off Any Size Grilled Pork Chop Biscuit Combo (exp: 8/2/2015)
Houlihans – $15/$30 Food Purchase (exp: 7/30/2015)
Logans Roadhouse – Buy 1/2 Rack Rib Entree Get 1/2 Rack Free (exp: 7/12/2015)
Longhorn Steakhouse - $3 Off 2 Adult Lunch Entrees (exp: 7/19/2015)
Marie Callenders - $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 7/15/2015)
Quiznos – Free Chips & Fountain Drink with Regular or Large Sub or Large Salad (exp: 7/22/2015)
Togos – Free 20 oz. Drink with 6 Inch Regular or Larger Sandwich (exp: 7/19/2015)
White Castle – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sriracha Chicken Slider or Ultimate Sriracha Chicken Slider (exp: 7/15/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Retail Coupon Roundup {7/10/2015}

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: 7/27/2015)
Aeropostale – $10 Off $50 Purchase (exp: 7/20/2015)
Belk – 20% Off Sale & Clearance Purchase (exp: 7/12/2015)
Carters - 20% Off $40 or 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/15/2015)
Hancock Fabrics – 15% Off Entire Purchase Starting 7/10 (exp: 7/12/2015)
Kirklands – $10 Off $50 Purchase (exp: 7/12/2015)
Lord and Taylor – 20% Off Regular, Sale, Clearance Purchases (exp: 7/14/2015)
Osh Kosh BGosh – 20% Off $40 or 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/15/2015)
P.S. from Aeropostale - $10 Off $50 Purchase (exp: 7/20/2015)
Yankee Candle – 6 Flameless Fragrances For $24 (exp: 7/12/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Free and Cheap Weekend Activities and Events

Free Weekend Activities Cheap Weekend Activities SimplifiedSaving.com

The weekend is finally here!  This is a great opportunity to do something fun as a family!  Maybe you can check some things off your Summer Bucket List! {If you don’t have a Summer Bucket List you can print one off here.}

Whatever it is that you’re hoping to do, we’ve put together a great list of fun things you can do this weekend that won’t break the budget!  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.

Make some memories and try a new workshop, lesson, or craft. If you enjoy these free activities, be sure and bookmark this master list of free store events or PIN It for later!

Share this fun,money-saving list with your friends and family. And, if you know of any others to include, please let us know! Also, make sure you call ahead and make sure that your local store or retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.

american-girl-store-events-125x150

:: American Girl Special Store Events

Special events differ by location. During July, they include Discover Truly Me Event, Doll ‘Dos & How-Tos: Bright Highlights, Meal & Memories with 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.

get pop-cultured barnes and noble

:: Barnes & Noble

July 1st – July 31st

In store events include Throwback Thursdays, Time Travel Weekend, DC Comic Days (July 8-12), Minions Fun (July 17th), Star Wars Saturday (July 18th), Dr. Seuss Spectacular (July 28th & 31st) and more. Find the times and participating Barnes and Noble stores here.

bass pro summercamp 2015

:: Bass Pro Shops

June 27th – July 26th

Free Family Summer Camps include free catch & release pond & photo download, free shooting arcade, free casting challenge, free BB shooting range, free crafts, free workshops on archery, bird watching, fishing, camping, kayaking and more. Check your local store for specific events, times, and details.

 

music-mentor-ep-tile

:: Guitar Center

Saturday, July 11th {no age restrictions for free music lessons}

10:15 AM – Recording Made Easy: Intro to Ableton

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, July 11th from 10 AM – 11:30 AM – Learn Interior Paint & Drywall Repair

You can pre-register online here.

lakeshore learning july 11

:: Lakeshore Learning Store

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

Kids design and take a Aquarium craft. Get more information here.

black widow sky circle lowes

:: Lowe’s Build and Grow

Saturday, July 11th at 10:00 AM

Kids make and take a Black Widow’s Sky Circle. Register at the website here.

foam printing michaels

 

:: Michael’s Kids Club

Saturday, July 11th from 10 AM to 12 Noon

Kids can make and take a Foam Printing craft. The cost is $5 per session or you can get 3 sessions for $12 per child. Get more information here.

 

williams sonoma free jr chefs

:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes for Kids

Saturday, July 11th at 10 AM

Cooking with Salt – Kids will learn how to bring out the flavors in everything you cook using different flavored salts. Suitable for ages 8-13. Get more information by contacting your closest store right here.

:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes for Adults

Sunday, July 12th

Cooking with Salt: Learn the versatility of a salt plate and get an overview of the different types of salt and how to use them in your favorite recipes. To find specific class times, contact your closest store right here.

……… MARK YOUR CALENDAR! COMING SOON……..

:: Free National Park Entrance

August 25th – National Park Service Birthday

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

:: Smithsonian Free Museum Day

Saturday, September 26th

Participating museums across the United States will offer free admission to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket. Tickets will be available for download beginning on August 1.

:: Home Depot Kids Workshop

Saturday, August 1st from 9 AM – noon

Kids make and take a Chalkboard Door Hangar plus get a free orange apron and completion pin. Get more information and register online 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.

:: 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.

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. Shoe 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

There are so many theaters offering Summer Movie Programs.  Prices range from free to $2 per movie. Here’s a great list of Summer Movie Programs!

:: 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 REI.com.

:: Roller Skating

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

:: Sephora: Free In Store Beauty Classes

Join the Sephora Beauty club , 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 www.5thgradeskipassport.com 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, www.freemuseumday.org, tracks free museum days in the following cities: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Francisco Bay Area, and the Seattle Area.

* 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!

101 Ideas for Summer Fun {Plus a FREE Summer Bucket List Printable}

FREE SUmmer Bucket List Printable

Are you looking for fun activities to do with your kids this summer?  Look no further!  I’ve put together a list of 101 Ideas for Summer Fun!  Plus, you can print out my FREE Summer Bucket List Printable to keep track of the activities you’re hoping to accomplish!  Some of these items are things my kids look forward to all year (like using the magic bucket at the beach to make sand pudding and going to a water park) and some of these are boredom busters that we employ around here so I don’t have to hear any whining! :)

  1. Make Sand Pudding
  2. Go to a Water Park
  3. Draw a hopscotch board with sidewalk chalk and then play hopscotch as a family
  4. Play in the ocean
  5. Go to the pool
  6. Go to a splashpad
  7. Run through the sprinkler
  8. Paint a canvas
  9. Bake cookies
  10. Make homemade ice cream
  11. Go to the movies (Check out this great list of free and frugal summer movie programs)
  12. Have fun on a slip and slide
  13. Have a family dance competition {We’ll be using our Xbox Kinect for this}
  14. Do a bubble painting project
  15. Collect seashells
  16. Create art out of seashells
  17. Make pet rocks
  18. Have an outdoor movie night
  19. Make S’mores
  20. Catch fireflies
  21. Play flashlight tag
  22. Watch fireworks
  23. Play with sparklers
  24. Go on a scavenger hunt
  25. Celebrate Christmas in July by making glitter ornaments
  26. Have a water balloon fight
  27. Have a squirt gun war
  28. Have an indoor beach party
  29. Camp in your backyard
  30. Let your kids do an ice excavation
  31. Build a sand castle
  32. Make tie-dye shirts
  33. Make homemade lemonade
  34. Play wiffle ball
  35. Make googly eye shirts
  36. Let your kids plan all your meals for a week {This is a great way to teach them about planning and nutrition}
  37. Let your kids make dinner start to finish {Use this cookbook for kids for ideas}
  38. Make shirts for the 4th of July
  39. Have a “Make Your Own Sundae” bar
  40. Read through a series of books {We like The Boxcar Children and The Chronicles of Narnia}
  41. Blow bubbles {Use these bubble wands for even more fun}
  42. Hula Hoop
  43. Workout with your kids {Need inspiration? Try this!}
  44. Visit a science museum
  45. Visit an art museum
  46. Take a tour of your local fire station {Bonus points if you bring the cookies you baked to the fire station to thank them}
  47. Take a road trip
  48. Make summer journals {I love these Draw and Write journals}
  49. Go fishing
  50. Go on a bike ride
  51. Train for a family fun run
  52. Ride a ferris wheel
  53. Jump in a bouncy house
  54. Roast hot dogs over a fire
  55. Host a potluck at your house
  56. Play at a playground
  57. Volunteer as a family
  58. Have a garage sale
  59. Create vision boards {If you do these yearly, it’s fun to see how what your kids love changes from year to year}
  60. Spend an afternoon coloring
  61. Go on a boat ride
  62. Go ice skating {Most ice rinks aren’t as busy in the summer so you can skate without it being too crowded}
  63. Take a cooking class as a family
  64. Learn the states and their capitals
  65. Learn the Presidents
  66. Visit a farmer’s market
  67. Have a luau in your backyard
  68. Make homemade pizza
  69. Go to an amusement park
  70. Go ziplining
  71. Go to the batting cages
  72. Play miniature golf
  73. Make popsicles
  74. Go to an outdoor concert
  75. Visit a local farm
  76. Go to the zoo
  77. Go roller skating
  78. Visit a national park
  79. Have a fancy tea party
  80. Go to a baseball game
  81. Visit the state fair or a local county fair
  82. Feed the ducks at a local pond {Make sure this is allowed}
  83. Take an international food tour {Try foods from around the world.  You can make them at home or visit a variety of ethnic restaurants.  If you’d like to make this more interesting, you can create passports that you stamp each time you eat food from a different country.}
  84. Make paper bag puppets
  85. Make homemade playdoh
  86. Make your own bugspray {recipe coming soon}
  87. Pick up trash at a local park
  88. Make your own beaded jewelry
  89. Make a bird feeder
  90. Make a printable paper chain reading log
  91. Paint your own canvas sneakers
  92. Make your own popsicles
  93. Make S’mores Pops
  94. Make Fireworks Pretzels
  95. Make clothespin magnets
  96. Create with duct tape
  97. Make an American Flag Fruit Pizza
  98. Visit a nature preserve
  99. Go to an indoor waterpark
  100. Take family pictures
  101. Put together a family photo album

There are so many other fun things you can do this summer, but I wanted to give you some ideas so you can create your Family Summer Bucket List!  Be sure to follow me on Instagram as I will be documenting many of the items we’re checking off our summer bucket list!

Download a FREE Summer Bucket List Printable

If you think of other fun activities I’ve missed, please leave a comment!

Want more tips to help you save time, save money and save your sanity?
Name: 

Your email address:*

Please enter all required fields
Correct invalid entries

Free and Cheap Weekend Activities and Events

Free Weekend Activities Cheap Weekend Activities SimplifiedSaving.com

Looking for some fun things you can do this weekend that won’t break the budget?  Here’s a great list of events going on across the country!  Some are events that take place on a weekly basis (like Michaels…which we do every weekend) and others are one time only events.

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.  If you know of a great event going on this weekend or in the upcoming weeks, please leave me a comment!

:: American Girl Special Store Events

Special events differ by location. During June, they include Discover Truly Me Event, Adorable Accents: Twists & Braids, Jewel Highlights, Meal & Memories with Dad 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 storytime

:: Barnes & Noble

Saturday, June 27th at 11 AM

Story time featuring Orion and the Dark 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.

bass pro summercamp 2015

:: Bass Pro Shops

June 27th – July 26th

Free Family Summer Camps include free catch & release pond & photo download, free shooting arcade, free casting challenge, free BB shooting range, free crafts, free workshops on archery, bird watching, fishing, camping, kayaking and more. Check your local store for specific events, times, and details.

 

music-mentor-ep-tile

:: Guitar Center

Saturday, June 27th {no age restrictions for free music lessons}

10:15 AM – Recording Made Easy: Presonus Studio One

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, June 27th from 10 AM – 11:30 AM – Learn Interior Paint & Drywall Repair

You can pre-register online here.

storybook cottage lakeshore learning

 

:: Lakeshore Learning Store

Saturday, June 27th from 11 AM-3 PM and a few locations offer crafts every Sunday.

Kids design and take a Storybook Cottage. Get more information here.

captain america motorcycle

:: Lowe’s Build and Grow

Saturday, June 27th at 10:00 AM

Kids make and take a Captain America Motorcyle. Registration begins June 1st at 12 AM (EST) at the website here.

pie tic tac toe game michaels

 

:: Michael’s Kids Club

Saturday, June 27th 10 AM to 12 Noon

Kids can make and take a Pie Tic Tac Toe game. 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.

williams sonoma free jr chefs

:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes for Kids

Saturday, June 27th at 10 AM *note- This is the first time I have seen a fee for this weekly class.

Join Williams-Sonoma and American Girl® for a hands-on baking class inspired by Grace™—the 2015 Girl of the Year™! Each student will learn Grace’s favorite French Madeleine recipe, then finish the pastries with dark chocolate, white chocolate, and a few other toppings. We’ll also make and decorate sugar cookies from scratch. Each child will take home a special American Girl® goodie bag! $30 per child • Suitable for ages 8–12 • Call your local Williams-Sonoma store to sign up. Class size is limited to 12 students. Get more information by contacting your closest store right here.

:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes for Adults

Sunday, June 28th

Fourth of July menu: A red, white and blue motif pairs perfectly with a menu of all-American foods cooked on the grill and ultra-creative desserts in star-spangled colors. This menu is wonderful for sharing with family and friends—a guaranteed crowd pleaser. To find specific class times, contact your closest store right here.

……… MARK YOUR CALENDAR! COMING SOON……..

:: Free Museum Entrance for Bank of America customers

Saturday, July 4th and Sunday, July 5th

Bank of America’s Museums on Us is offering free admission to more than 150 museums nationwide for Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card holders along with a photo ID. For more information about Museums on Us, visit: http://museums.bankofamerica.com.

:: Free National Park Entrance

August 25th – National Park Service Birthday

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

:: Home Depot Kids Workshop

Saturdays, July 4th from 9 AM – noon

Kids make and take a Minions Scooter plus get a free orange apron. Get more information and register online 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.

:: 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.

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!)

:: Free and Frugal Family Movies During the Summer

There are so many theaters offering Summer Movie Programs.  Prices range from free to $2 per movie. Here’s a great list of Summer Movie Programs!

:: 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 REI.com.

:: Roller Skating

Kids Roller Skate for Free all Summer: 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 www.5thgradeskipassport.com 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, www.freemuseumday.org, 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 and Fun Holidays

Make memories and celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day, Strawberry Parfait Day, Meteor 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!