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Category: Family, Fun & Holidays

Buy grapes, get zoo and aquarium discounts


Well, now this was a rather interesting promotion!

When you buy a bag of Sun World Superior grapes (look for sales at your local stores!), you can get discounts, free coupons, and more at your local zoos and aquariums.

Jenn wrote:

At my small local zoo we received one free train ride AND one free carousel ride. We went on free day, brought our lunch (including our Sun World grapes that were well worth the $1.48/lb on sale at Kroger!), and just happened to go on a day when they were giving out free yogurt!

What a fun almost-free (I had to buy one more train ticket) day! 

Go here to see if your area zoo or aquarium is participating.

Free Passes to Indoor Water Parks!


Did you know that if your children get good grades or perform chores around the house, they can earn free passes to CoCo Key Water Parks around the country?

I didn’t, but I’m very interested to hear this since we have one of these water parks right here in Kansas City and I’ve always thought it would be fun to take the girls during on off season (I’m not much into over-crowded pools and water slides!) when they get a little older.

There are currently water parks located in the following cities:

  • Waterbury, CT
  • Chicago, IL
  • Rockford, IL
  • Boston, MA
  • Fitchburg, MA
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Omaha, NE
  • Mount Laurel, NJ
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Columbus,OH

Go here to read more details and sign up for the CoCo Kid’s Club. And then get your children busy helping around the house–what great incentive!

Thanks for the heads up on this, Carrie!

Frugal Family Fun: The Summer Edition


It’s the first day of Summer and parents everywhere are in the market for creative and cost-effective ideas for frugal family fun. Here are a few of our family’s favorite ways to have fun without breaking the bank:

 –Go grocery shopping together. We often do this as a family and make an outing of it. If you have to do it, you might as well make it fun! We bring snacks and drinks along, the girls get to ride in those fancy carts most stores now sport, and we have a blast seeing how much we can get for how little. The best part of all is that grocery stores seem keep their thermostat set at almost-freezing temperatures so it’s a cheap way to beat the heat (well, provided that you stick to your list and your budget and don’t impulse buy!).

–Pack a picnic, a blanket, some books, and some toys for the girls and go hang out at a nearby lake for the afternoon. This is especially great for a leisurely Sunday afternoon: the girls get some fresh air and exercise and mom and dad can sit in the shade on a blanket and watch them play.

–Load up the girls in the wagon and walk to a nearby fast food joint
or ice cream shop for drinks or cones. (This is an especially great
thing to do if you have coupons or if there is a freebie offer going

Those are three really simple and frugal things we love to do in the Summer. What about your family? Post your frugal family fun ideas for Summer on your blog and leave your link below so we can all be inspired. Don’t have a blog? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments section.

What’s your best Frugal Father’s Day idea?

Father’s Day is this Sunday and while I’m pretty sure I know what I’m doing for my dad and my husband, I’m sure there are many others who are still looking for some great ideas.

My dad is very easy to please. He doesn’t like gifts, he likes handmade cards and letters so that’s what he normally gets and that’s what he’s getting again this year. It’s always so good to sit down and write out my thoughts of gratitude and appreciation to him for all he has done for me.

My husband is also easy to please. Up until this year, he always received a card and a special home-cooked dinner. This year, since we have more wiggle room in the budget, I’m actually buying him something. But it’s not anything fancy or extravagant. Instead, he’s getting dress clothes, thanks to Sears. And I know he’ll be happy as a lark since, unlike most men, he likes to shop and buy clothes!

What are you doing to bless and show appreciation for the special father(s) in your life? Tell us about it in the comments section in the next 24 hours and you’ll also be entered to win one of two $20 gift cards from Boston Market.
Our family loves Boston Market; it’s like enjoying delicious home-cooking without the work and effort! I especially enjoy their rotisserie chicken and mashed potatoes–Yum!

To enter to win one of these two $20 gift cards:

::Leave a comment telling us your best frugal idea for celebrating Father’s Day and blessing a special guy in your life.

::Tomorrow evening, I’ll randomly choose two winners and post them.

We love freebies!

I think this was national Fast Food Freebie week this week–or at least it sure felt like it around here.

Since we’re always sticklers for free ice cream, we couldn’t miss out on free Haagen-Dazs. The new flavor they were giving out was really good and, surprisingly, there was almost no one at the Haagen-Dazs shop at the mall. And they even had this big sign right smack dab out in front:

I guess we’re just weird because we’d never walk by a sign like that and turn down an opportunity for free ice cream, especially when there was no wait. But I guess we’re not your typical shoppers or something because almost everyone else was walking straight by without even so much as a second glance.

The portions that Haagen-Dazs gave out were very generous–the size of a small cup or cone, which regularly costs $3.15. The girls loved it (Kaitlynn even got to taste her first few bites of ice cream) and I think Jesse and I enjoyed it even more! What a fun outing–all for free!

Last night, we all had sweet teas and free Southern-Style chicken sandwiches from McDonald’s. Yum! And since Taco Bell is right by McDonald’s, we also stopped in for a free Frutista with a $0.79 soft taco purchase. Altogether, the whole dinner cost us less than $4!

If only we had a Dunkin’ Donuts nearby, we could have also gotten some free iced coffees!