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Tag Archive: Fun & Frugal

Half Price Books: Read for 15 minutes each day, Get a $5 gift card (14 & under)

Kids ages 14 and under can earn a $5 Half Price Books gift card when they read (or are read to) for 15 minutes each day. Download the Reading Log here.

From the fine print, it appears you can earn a $5 gift card in both June and July, if you meet the qualifications. Does anyone know for sure if that is correct?

Also, don’t forget to sign up for the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program and the TD Bank Reading Program. Plus, check your local library to see if they have a summer reading program you can sign your children up for, too!

Kids Bowl Free All Summer Long

Looking for a fun and frugal activity during the hot summer months? How about free bowling?

Sign up at to get a voucher for two free games of bowling for each of your children every single day all summer long. Check to see what nearby bowling alleys are participating here.

AMF Bowling Alleys also offer their Summer Unplugged program that also offers two free games of bowling for each of your children every single day all summer long.

Please note: Shoe rental is not included, so if you plan to take advantage of this more than a few times, I’d recommend purchasing bowling shoes for your children. You may be able to find a good deal on these at a local sporting goods consignment store. Or, you can purchase them on for around $25-$35.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program

The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is now live. Download the printable form here.

Through September 4, 2012, when your child reads eight books, they can submit their reading journal in-store to receive a free book of their choice. I wasn’t too excited about many of the free book options this year, but there were a few decent ones to choose from.

If you haven’t already, also make sure to check out your local library’s summer reading program. Our children are really excited to be involved in ours this year — and the prizes form local businesses are quite generous!

Are your children participating in any summer reading programs?

Thanks, Moms By Heart!

Fun & Frugal: Playing with biscuit dough

The heat wave continues here (though it’s only around 100 today, so the children are actually able to play outside for more than 15 minutes at a time!), so I’ve been trying to come up with one special indoors activity to do each day using things we already have on hand.

Earlier this week, I added some milk to some of the Homemade Baking Mix I still had in the freezer and we whipped up some biscuits.

They took their job of making biscuits very seriously at first.

But then someone started snitching a little dough.

And the next thing I know, I turned around from making lunch to see that Kaitlynn had made a hair piece with her dough. Needless to say, that piece went straight into the trash after she was done playing with it! 🙂

The finished batch of biscuits looked a bit interesting, but the children had so much fun making them that it was totally worth it!

Fun & Frugal: Recycling magazines

We’ve been experiencing weeks of intense heat here in Kansas. With three young and active children, the heat has provided a challenge as they can’t go outside and play for long stretches of time.

So, everyday has been exercise in creativity (and sometimes patience!) as I wrack my brain for new and interesting indoor activities to keep them occupied. Earlier this week, I was feeling rather uninspired when I spied my stack of magazines. I pulled out a few issues that were getting ready to head to the recycling bin, got out scissors, glue, and other craft supplies and told them to make a page of all their favorite pictures.

They had a blast and it kept them busy for quite a long time. Best of all, it cost me nothing as I used things we already had on hand.

What fun & frugal activities have you been doing with your youngsters recently? I’d love get some new ideas to add to my list!