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FREE Redbox Rental Codes!

by Jennifer on October 21, 2013  (This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here)

in Free Family Fun, Free/Cheap

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FREE Redbox Rental Codes

Here are a few one-time use Redbox codes that should enable you to get a FREE movie at Redbox!

Through 11/7 snag a FREE one night movie rental at your local Redbox kiosk with code 9MXW2LPC!

Use code MCPC413S at your local kiosk (cannot be used at redbox.com or through app – must be used at a kiosk) to get a FREE one-night DVD rental! This code expires on 10/23/13! 

Here are a few more one-time use codes that *may* allow you to get a FREE movie at Redbox.  Again, these can be used one time per credit card.

Note, some of these codes may not work for you, while they will work for others…

Current Redbox Codes:

  • REDBOX (new customers only)
  • DVDNIGHT
  • DVDONME
  • BREAKROOM
  • DVDATWAG (good only at Walgreen’s Redbox locations)
  • DVDATMAC (good only at McDonald’s Redbox locations)
  • WALGREENS or BREAKDOWN (good only at Walgreen’s Redbox locations)
  • DVDKROG or DVDATKROGER (good only at Kroger Redbox locations)
  • DRIVEIN or DVDATSONI (good only at Sonic Redbox locations)

…and a video code that may allow you to get a free video when you text to 727272:

  • GAMEKIDS (expiration unknown)

More FREE Redbox Rental Tips:  

  • Reserve a Redbox movie online for the first time and your next reservation is on the house!
  • Sign up for Text Alerts and get a free rental code by text the first Monday of every month.
  • Download the iPhone or Android Redbox app.  For iPhone users, send a text to 727272 with the codeRBAPP for a free rental code.  Andriod phone users, send a text to 727272 with the code RBPLAY. You must reserve the movie through the app (cannot be used at a kiosk).
  • Text PLAY to 727272 to receive a monthly code for one free video game rental.
  • You can usually also reserve Redbox movies online and use a Redbox online promo code to make things a little easier at many locations (not all).
  • Codes can be used one time PER credit card – if you have multiple cards you can reuse the code!

So Dough Savvy Tip:  Reserve a Redbox movie online for the first time and your next reservation is on the house!

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FREE Family Fun in October and November!

by Jennifer on October 21, 2013  (This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here)

in Free Family Fun, Free/Cheap

free family events

Looking for some frugal family fun?  There are lots of free weekend events (or almost free events) in October, all across the USA – including Michiana (Michigan and Indiana)!

There are also a few free events happening during the week that I have included.

Feel free to forward this to friends, and if you know of any others to share please send me a comment or email so I can keep this list updated. We can be frugal and have some fun!

It is always best to call ahead and make sure that your local retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.

:: AC Moore

Saturday, October 26th 1- 3 pm

Spirograph” Make and Take Event

Sunday, October 27th 1-3 pm

Candy Making

Learn more at the AC Moore website.

:: American Girl

October In-Store Events:  

Include Bitty Twins’ Ballerina Paper Doll Craft, Doll ‘ Dos & How-Tos with clip-in hair colors to take home, Date with My Dad, Acorn Pouch Craft, Bitty Baby’s Story Time, Paper Pumpkin Craft, Bitty Twins’ Ballet Story Time, Just Mom and Me, Decorate a Halloween Haunted House, and American Girl Day at the Rink (NYC only).

Events vary by location and minimum age.  Find events specific to your area at the American Girl website here or call 877-247-5223.

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FREE Disney Map with FREE Shipping!!

by Jennifer on August 25, 2013  (This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here)

in Baby and Kid Deals, Free Family Fun, Free/Cheap, Other Great Deals, Save Dough

Got any Disney fans in your bunch?  If so, you’ll definitely want t snag this fun freebie from Disney!

Right now you can get FREE Disney Maps – a special keepsake of all four parks!!  It’s available right now – but I’m not sure for how long – so hurry on over if you’d like it!

Simply click on the image above to get yours!  You’ll be able to add all your favorite places at Disney to each park.  It’s the PERFECT way to remember a past trip OR plan and organize a future trip!!

Shipping is FREE!

***Click the picture above to get your FREE Disney Keepsake Maps!!***

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monsters inc

Disney Movie Rewards is currently offering a FREE ticket to the upcoming Monsters University movie after purchasing select Disney movies!

How to get your free Monsters University ticket:

Thanks pennypinchinmom!

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FREE Redbox Movie Rental Tonight!

by Jennifer on May 29, 2013  (This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here)

in Free Family Fun, Free/Cheap, Save Dough, Tickets/ Entertainment

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FREE Redbox Movie Rental Tonight!

Great freebie news! You can get a FREE Redbox DVD rental when you use coupon code YYNNM957 today!

This code expires today, 5/29!

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Ways to Staycation on a Budget Around the Nation!

by Jennifer on May 22, 2013  (This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here)

in Free Family Fun, Free/Cheap, Save Dough, Travel/Credit Card Deals

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Yesterday we gave you some great ideas for frugal and fun Summer activities and adventures in the Northern Indiana/Southern Michigan area. Today we are sharing hundreds of ways to enjoy cities around the nation on a budget!  Enjoy!

Mid Atlantic

NW (or all), Connecticut :: Parenting Miracles
Boston (or all), Massachusetts :: Maven of Savin
Central, New Jersey :: Our Good LIfe
Adirondak Mountains and Central, New York :: For This Season
Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York :: Ann’s Entitled Life
Syracuse, New York :: I am THAT lady
Erie, Pennsylvania :: Growing Kids Ministry
Greater Harrisburg, Pennsylvania :: Family Balance Sheet
Hershey, Pennsylvania :: Good Deal Mama
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania :: Beyond the Cover
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania :: The Coupon “High”
Poconos, Pennsylvania :: Bucktown Bargains
Scranton, Pennsylvania :: Bucktown Bargains

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Fun Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan Staycation Ideas

by Jennifer on May 21, 2013  (This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here)

in Free Family Fun, Free/Cheap, Save Dough, Travel/Credit Card Deals

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Summer is the perfect time to create lasting memories with your friends and family.  If you are able to take a vacation this summer, or get away for a weekend…or even just a day…we have some exciting local destinations for you!

We have put together a fantastic list of local activities in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan that you and your family can enjoy together this Summer!!

Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan (Michiana) contain plenty of places and opportunities to make lasting memories without the long-distance travel hassle and high expense.  There are SO many great activities for kids and families in our area!  There is really no need to travel far if you don’t want to!

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Muskegan, Michigan:

Camping in Muskegan:

Activities in Muskegan:

Beaches in Muskegan:

potawatomi zoo

South Bend, Indiana:

Camping in/near South Bend:

Activities in South Bend:

Restaurants in South Bend:

silver beach carousel

St. Joseph, Michigan:

Camping in St. Joseph:

Activites in St. Joseph:

Restaurants in St. Joseph:

Beaches in St. Joseph, MI:

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Nappanee/Shipshewana, Indiana – Amish Country:

Camping/Log Cabins in Shipshewana:

Activities in Nappannee/Shipshewana:

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New Buffalo/Berrien County, Michigan:

Activities in New Buffalo/Berrien County:

Restaurants in New Buffalo/Berrien County:

Beaches in New Buffalo/Berrien County:

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Michigan City/Porter, Indiana:

Camping/Beaches in Michigan City:

Activities in Michigan City:

lemon creek winery

Michiana Wineries:

So Dough Savvy Tip:  Want to get away cheaply but are not the camping type?  Head over to vrbo.com and negotiate a last minute deal on a vacation home rental!

VRBO

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FREE Disney Map with FREE Shipping!!

by Jennifer on May 17, 2013  (This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here)

in Baby and Kid Deals, Free Family Fun, Free/Cheap, Other Great Deals, Save Dough

Here’s an awesome freebie from Disney!!

Right now you can get FREE Disney Maps – a special keepsake of all four parks!!

Simply click on the image above to get yours!  You’ll be able to add all your favorite places at Disney to each park.  It’s the PERFECT way to remember a past trip OR plan and organize a future trip!!

Shipping is FREE!!  Hurry – this is a limited time offer!!

***Click the picture above to get your FREE Disney Keepsake Maps!!***

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Updated Summer Reading Program Roundup!

by Jennifer on May 14, 2013  (This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here)

in Free Family Fun, Free/Cheap, Free/cheap books & mags

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We’ve updated the summer reading program list for you – here are the latest summer reading programs for your kids!

Scholastic’s Summer Challenge: Kids can keep track of their reading minutes by logging in. In return, they can win digital prizes. Plus, they will be able to enter a sweepstakes for gifts like Klutz books and other fun rewards. Mom and Dad can also register in conjunction with their children to track progress.  Registration opens up on May 6th…

Check out some of the prizes:

  • 39 Clues prize pack: all the books from both series one, The Clue Hunt, and series two, Cahills vs. Vespers, in a The 39 Clues Backpack.
  • Dear Dumb Diary prize pack: one DVD of the original Dear Dumb Diary movie, piece of original art by Dear Dumb Diary author Jim Benton, complete set of Dear Dumb Diary (12 books) and complete set of Dear Dumb Diary Year Two (4 books).
  • The False Prince prize pack: One autographed copy of The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen and one autographed copy of The Runaway King by Jennifer Nielsen.

Pottery Barn Kids’ Summer Reading Challenge: Kids 10 and under will need to read the books listed on an age-appropriate list. Once they finish the list, they take their reading list to a PBK store and will get a free book. This event kicks off on May 16th and runs through August 26th and more details will be available at that time.

Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading: This one requires kids to read eight books an then make a short recommendation on each one. They can then turn in their completed Summer Reading form at a store and choose a free book from this list! This event starts May 21st and runs through September 3rd.

Pizza Hut Book-It Program. This program is offered to schools – including home schooling parents. Starting this Wednesday, March 1st, homeschoolers can sign up to get in on the program. You can watch their Facebook page for more details.  LOVE this one!

Chuck E Cheese:. Your child can keep track of their reading thruogh one of the rewards calendars. Once they have completed two weeks of reading he or she can submit the completed Chuck E Cheese calendar for 10 free tokens!

Half Price Books: Kids should read (or be read to) for at least 15 minutes a day during June and July. Once they read 300 minutes, they can turn in their log and earn $5 in Half Price Books Bookworm bucks. They will also award one reader in each age group a $20 Half Price Books giftcard.

Local Libraries: Be sure to check with your local library to see what sort of summer reading program is offered.

Thanks Penny Pinchin Mom!

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FREE Family Fun: Kids Bowl Free is Back This Summer {Register Now}!

by Jennifer on May 7, 2013  (This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here)

in Baby and Kid Deals, Free Family Fun, Free/Cheap, Save Dough

kids bowl free

Don’t forget to register your kids for the awesome free bowling deals that are back for this summer!

Register now at participating bowling lanes for up to 2 FREE games per day per child!!

Bowling shoes are usually not included (check first), so if your child does not own a pair you may want to pick up a pair of Kids Bowling Shoes to save on shoe rental fees.

Just head over here, click on your state and then click on the location you want to bowl at to register.  Head over here for frequently asked questions about the Kids Bowl FREE program.

There are several options in the Michigan and Indiana areas!

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FREE Redbox Rental Codes!

by Jennifer on May 7, 2013  (This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here)

in Free Family Fun, Free/Cheap

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FREE Redbox Rental Codes

Here are a few one-time use codes that should enable you to get a FREE movie at Redbox:

  • 7743RRRB (expires 5/7/2013)
  • REDBOX (new customers only)
  • DVDONME
  • BREAKKROOM
  • DVDATWAG (good only at Walgreen’s Redbox locations)
  • WALGREENS (good only at Walgreen’s Redbox kiosks)
  • F2AMA8TG3 (Expires 5/8/2013)

So Dough Savvy Tip:  Reserve a Redbox movie online for the first time and your next reservation is on the house!

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Summer Reading Program Roundup!

by Jennifer on April 30, 2013  (This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here)

in Free Family Fun, Free/Cheap, Free/cheap books & mags

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I don’t have kids (just 2 adorable nieces), but my mom had 6 – and she ALWAYS made sure we had plenty of summer learning/reading activities to keep us busy.  I think our little brains would have turned to mush over summer break otherwise!

Here’s a great summer reading program roundup both you AND your kids will love!

Scholastic’s Summer Challenge: Kids can keep track of their reading minutes by logging in. In return, they can win digital prizes. Plus, they will be able to enter a sweepstakes for gifts like Klutz books and other fun rewards. Mom and Dad can also register in conjunction with their children to track progress.  Registration opens up on May 6th…

Check out some of the prizes:

  • 39 Clues prize pack: all the books from both series one, The Clue Hunt, and series two, Cahills vs. Vespers, in a The 39 Clues Backpack.
  • Dear Dumb Diary prize pack: one DVD of the original Dear Dumb Diary movie, piece of original art by Dear Dumb Diary author Jim Benton, complete set of Dear Dumb Diary (12 books) and complete set of Dear Dumb Diary Year Two (4 books).
  • The False Prince prize pack: One autographed copy of The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen and one autographed copy of The Runaway King by Jennifer Nielsen.

Pottery Barn Kids’ Summer Reading Challenge: Kids 10 and under will need to read the books listed on an age-appropriate list. Once they finish the list, they take their reading list to a PBK store and will get a free book. This event kicks off on May 16th and runs through August 26th and more details will be available at that time.

Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading: This one requires kids to read eight books an then make a short recommendation on each one. They can then turn in their completed Summer Reading form at a store and choose a free book from this list! This event starts May 21st and runs through September 3rd.

Pizza Hut Book-It Program. This program is offered to schools – including home schooling parents. Starting this Wednesday, March 1st, homeschoolers can sign up to get in on the program. You can watch their Facebook page for more details.  LOVE this one!

Chuck E Cheese:. Your child can keep track of their reading thruogh one of the rewards calendars. Once they have completed two weeks of reading he or she can submit the completed Chuck E Cheese calendar for 10 free tokens!

Local Libraries: Be sure to check with your local library to see what sort of summer reading program is offered.

Thanks Penny Pinchin Mom!

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Earth Day Freebies and Deals Roundup 2013!

by Jennifer on April 19, 2013  (This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here)

in Free Family Fun, Free Food, Free/Cheap

Free National Parks
April 22nd is Earth Day!  Many places will be offering sweet freebies again this year.  

Thanks to Mission to Save for rounding up these Earth Day freebies and deals for us!

Earth Day Freebies and Deals 2013

National Park WeekNational Park week runs 4/20 – 4/28 and from 4/22- 4/26 the 401 national parks waive all entrance fees. See parks here.

Origins$10 off $25 Origins.com purchase, plus Free Standard Shipping + a free sample at checkout, in celebration of Earth Day! Offer is valid from 6:00 pm 4/22 – 6:00 am 4/23 (gift sets excluded).  Use Offer Code TENOFF at checkout.  Please note: This year Origins is NOT sponsoring a Trade-in Event :-(

Michael’s Arts & Crafts 3 great Kid’s Club craft events, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20. And Upcycle your old t-shirt into trendy accessories on 4/20.  More details here.

earth day caribou coffee
Caribou Coffee – Bring in a reusable cup on 4/22/13 and receive a FREE Coffee. Also, during April, for each new Like they receive on Facebook, Caribou will plant a fruit tree in Central or South America to help restore the earth and provide a source of food trading for the local communities.  NOTE – Several Caribou locations are closing 4/14, so be sure to check if your location is still open.

Pottery Barn Kids: Get a FREE packet of seeds from 4/20 – 4/22.  While supplies last in store.

Recyclebank Earn over 500 points in April with the Eco Time Capsule.

target free earth day bag
Target -Sunday, 4/21, Target will give away 1.5 million reusable bags at stores across the country, as well as coupon books that offer over $40 in savings. 250,000 of the reusable bags, will also contain samples of sustainable products, including method Dish Soap, Annie’s Bunny Grahams, Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent and Burt’s Bees Moisturizing Cream. Target’s Earth Day giveaway encourages guests to take advantage of Target’s $0.05 per reusable bag discount.

Disney Store On 4/22 receive a FREE Brave or Cars 2 Reusable Bag when you come in and recycle 5 plastic shopping bags. Call store to confirm participation.

EVOS – Free Organic Milkshake on 4/22 (locations in FL, GA and NC)

Jo-Ann FabricDuring the Simple Sunday event on April 21, customers can create Ball Jar Herb Planters to celebrate Earth Day – a great project for crafters of all ages and skill levels. The Free event will last as long as supplies do, or until 3 p.m. And on Monday, the first 50 customers in the store on 4/22 will recieve a FREE tote bag.

Verde - FREE Verde Energy Audit App for iPad. With over 20,000 people using this tool to be more green, the average person learns how they can save $774.43 in electricity costs, or over 54%. Verde helps you find the best things in your home to update and become more energy efficient.  Find out exactly how much money and environmental impact that you can save by upgrading to a new television, refrigerator, air conditioner or lighting.

Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores – FREE trees on 4/22? When I called 800 # the customer service rep said, yes they would be giving out free trees on 4/22.  But I called both my local stores and they said no.  This year they are giving out packets of beefsteak tomato seeds, while supplies last- starting now.  So definitely call your store for participation.

Chipotle – No national promotion, check local stores for their own offers..

Starbucks - Last year they offered bringing in a reusable cup and getting a FREE hot or iced coffee or a hot or iced tea on 4/22.  Check with your local Barista or  call first to see if your local Starbucks is participating again this year.

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Zoya Nail Polish- Discounted nail polish trade-in event, 4/19-4/26.  See here for more details.

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FREE Redbox DVD Rental!

by Jennifer on April 11, 2013  (This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here)

in Free Family Fun, Free/Cheap

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FREE Redbox Rental

Sign up for e-mails from Redbox Tickets by 4/12/2013 and they will send you a promo code on 4/15/2013 for a FREE 1-day DVD rental.  Sweet!

Here are a few more codes that may work for you (one time use only):

  • REDBOX (new customers only)
  • DVDONME
  • BREAKKROOM
  • DVDATWAG (good at Walgreen’s Redbox locations)
  • WALGREENS (good at Walgreen’s Redbox locations)
  • F2AMA8TG3 (Expires 5/8/2013)

So Dough Savvy Tip:  Reserve a Redbox movie online for the first time and your next reservation is on the house!

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FREE Family Fun: Kids Bowl Free is Back This Summer {Register Now}!

by Jennifer on April 10, 2013  (This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here)

in Baby and Kid Deals, Free Family Fun, Free/Cheap, Save Dough

kids bowl free

Just a reminder, or in case you missed this the last time I posted – the awesome free bowling deals are back for this summer!

Register now at participating bowling lanes for up to 2 FREE games per day per child!!

Bowling shoes are usually not included (check first), so if your child does not own a pair you may want to pick up a pair of Kids Bowling Shoes to save on shoe rental fees.

Just head over here, click on your state and then click on the location you want to bowl at to register.  Head over here for frequently asked questions about the Kids Bowl FREE program.

There are several options in the Michiana area – sweet!

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