Top Restaurant Deals Week of 12/12

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Heading out to lunch or dinner this weekend? If so, take a look at the coupons below. You might be able to save some money :)  Thank you, Surviving the Stores, for sharing!

Top Restaurant Coupons:

Au Bon Pain – $2 Off $7 Purchase (exp: 12/22/2014)
Bonefish Grill – $10 Off Dinner Purchase (exp: 12/30/2014)
Jacks – $5.25 Iced Coffee & 3 Piece Chicken Finger Snack + More (exp: 1/4/2015)
Macaroni Grill – $10 for 2 Express Lunch Entrees (exp: 12/14/2014)
Mimis Cafe – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 12/21/2014)
Monicals Pizza – $5 Off $30 Purchase (exp: 12/21/2014)
Quiznos – Free Dessert with Regular Sub & Regular Drink Purchase (exp: 12/16/2014)
Shoneys – Free Dessert When You Buy Adult Buffet or Entree (exp: 12/16/2014)
Smokey Bones – $5 Off $15 Purchase (exp: 12/14/2014)
Souper Salad – $6.49 Adult Buffet (exp: 12/14/2014)

Save an Extra 25% Off at Macy’s Through Midnight!

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Hurry over to Macy’s and enter code FRIEND at checkout to save an additional 25% off your purchase.   This is good in any department, I focused on items you might need for entertaining or parties this holiday season (or hostess gifts!).  These prices to no reflect the additional 25% off.  If you spend $50 or more, you’ll also receive free shipping.

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ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas Specials Schedule

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It’s that time of year again (and I’m not complaining, I ♥ Christmas!). Every year starting December 1st, ABC Family features a 25 Days of Christmas Specials with great programming for the kids and the entire family. The line-up features mostly Christmas-themed movies as well as other family friendly shows. You will find holiday classics like The Little Drummer Boy and Frosty’s Winter Wonderland, and also newer movies like The Polar Express and Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws.

Here is the the TV Guide to ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas Schedule that takes off on December 1st. If you aren’t sure what the movie or show is about, I’ve included a link so you can read the review and summary before sitting down to watch the show or scheduling your DVR to record. Thanks, Raining Hot Coupons for sharing this list!

Monday, December 1

(4:00–5:00 PM ET/PT) JACK FROST (1979)
(5:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) ELF
(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(12:00–1:00 AM ET/PT)Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
(1:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) JACK FROST (1979)

Tuesday, December 2

(4:00–6:00 PM ET/PT) Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July
(6:00–8:00 PM ET/PT) ELF
(8:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause
(10:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) Prancer

Wednesday, December 3

(5:00–7:00 PM ET/PT) Prancer
(7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT) The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
(9:00–11:00 PM ET/PT) The Polar Express
(12:00–2:00 AM ET/PT) A Very Brady Christmas

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Veteran’s Day Freebies and Deals!

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Here is a list of merchants that participate in Veteran’s Day Specials. These establishments will be offering special discounts or freebies for Veterans and their families this Tuesday, November 11th. Once in a while the policy of a restaurant might change so in order to avoid any surprises, it’s best to call and make sure that will be honoring the deal.  Remember that some establishments require proof of service … such as the following: U.S. Uniform Service ID card, U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID card, current LES, show up in uniform, American Legion or VFW member card, or DD Form 214. Thank you Shortcut Saver for sharing these specials!

Thank you to all of you brave men and women who have served our great country!

Restaurant Freebies

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt- To recognize and honor our American servicemen and women, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt will offer all retired and active-duty military personnel a free cup of froyo, up to 11 ounces, on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11. To claim the offer, customers should provide proof of military service, such as a military ID card, uniform photo, honors, badges, or come dressed in their military uniform. In addition, as part of its “Year of the Flavor” campaign, Orange Leaf is introducing its new, limited-time flavor, Pumpkin Spice Latte, for the month of November.

On the Border- On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina is saying “Thank You” more than 150 ways this Veterans Day, as all veterans and active duty military will receive, for FREE, OTB’s “Create Your Own Combo menu,” the restaurant’s best-seller featuring more than 150 possible meal combinations, on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

Applebees – at participating Applebee’s on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, Veterans can get a free meal. You’ll be able to choose a meal from a limited Veterans Day menu that includes items like steak, cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, and lots more. View the list of menu items here.

Olive Garden - active-duty military and military veterans who provide proof of service on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 will get a free meal. Veterans can choose a free entree from a special menu of Olive Garden’s seven most popular items. All of these entrees come with freshly baked garlic breadsticks and a choice of unlimited soup or salad.

Chili’s- show proof of military service if you are a veteran or on active military duty to get your Veterans Day free meal on November 11th, 2014.

Outback Steakhouse- Free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage on Veteran’s Day with proof of service. Outback Steakhouse is also giving out a military discount of 15% off the total check November 12 to December 31, 2014.

Starbucks- Starbucks will be giving out free tall brewed coffees to veterans, active duty military, and their spouses on Veterans Day.

Shooney’s – Free All American Burger on November 11th, 2014. This is for veterans as well as active duty military while supplies last. Proof of military service is required and for dine-in only. Go here to find a Shooney’s near you.

Texas Roadhouse- Free lunch from your choice off of the Veteran’s lunch menu. Includes your choice of steak, country fried chicken, country fried sirloin, pulled pork, pork chop, cheeseburger, BBQ chicken sandwich, pulled pork sandwich, grilled chicken salad, or chicken critter salad plus your choice of sides plus, a free coca-cola product, tea, or coffee. Bring in a military ID, Veterans Affairs card, or Discharge papers for proof of service. Dine in only.

Denny’s – Come in on 11/11/14 from 5AM- Noon to build your own Free Grand Slam. Available to all active, non-active, and retired military personnel.

Max & Erma’s - Participating locations will be offering the Best Cheeseburger in America combo which includes choice of Tortilla Soup or side House Salad, a Cheeseburger and french fries, and a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie for dessert. Dine in only with proof of military service. Check your local Max & Erma’s to see if they are participating.

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Cheeseburger in Paradise- The tropical bar and grill chain is honoring veterans by extending a complimentary All-American Burger with fries to active and retired military personnel in appreciation of their courage and commitment to the well-being of the country. To take advantage of this dine in offer, guests must make a drink purchase of $1.99 or more and present any of the following forms of identification when ordering:

U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card
U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card
Current Leave and Earnings Statement
Veterans Organization Card

Other Misc. Deals and Freebies

Great Clips- On Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, customers who come in for a haircut at any U.S. Great Clips salon will receive a free haircut card to give to an active, inactive or retired military member of any branch, including the National Guard. Military members can also come in on Veterans Day for a free haircut or to pick up a free haircut card to use, with proof of military service, through Dec. 31, 2014. This is not a one day freebie. The free haircut cards are good for 51 days–giving this promotion more longevity than most honoring our veterans.

National Parks- This freebie is in honor of Veterans Day but available for everyone in the military or not. Over 100 national parks will waive admission fees on November 11, 2014 in honor of Veterans Day. View a list by state here.

Knott’s Berry Farm- Free admission to all U.S. veterans, retired and active military personnel and one guest. Up to six additional tickets may be purchased at Knott’s Ticket Booths for only $24 each from November 2 through 21 and for $29 each from November 22 through January 4. Military personnel may also purchase additional tickets at a participating local Military ticket office. U.S. veterans, retired and active military personnel must present military ID or proof of U.S. military service at Knott’s ticket booths to receive the complimentary tickets. Veteran, retired and active military personnel must be present.

Legoland Florida- From Nov. 1-23, veterans will receive free admission to LEGOLAND Florida, along with 50% off tickets for up to six accompanying guests to experience the Park’s more than 50 rides, shows and attractions. To redeem the free admission, veterans can present their military ID to LEGOLAND Florida’s ticket window the day they plan to visit. This is the second year the Park has offered this special military offer.

Lowe’s - Get a 10% military discount for current, retired, and VA members and to their immediate family with proof. The Military Discount must be used on personal purchases only and cannot be used for purchases, previous sales, or the purchase of gift cards or services including product installations. It cannot be combined with the Lowe’s Price Guarantee, or promotions.

Amazon - Download the “Veterans Day Honor” MP3 album for Free on Amazon. Includes 12 songs as performed by the military bands and ensembles of the U.S. Armed Forces.

BOGO Free Fandango Movie Ticket to see “Fury”, Brad Pitt’s latest movie

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If you are planning to go see Brad Pitt’s latest movie, this is a deal you won’t want to miss. Buy one ticket to see Fury, and get another one for  free. In order to get this deal you need to add 2 tickets to your card on and then use code FURY at checkout. This movie will be in theaters next Friday, October 17th so start planning your date night now! The offer is only good through October 19th and only while supplies last.


10 Dollar Tree Birthday Bargains

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Birthday parties are expensive y’all!   We all want to make the day fun for the kiddos while keeping an eye on the budget.   I’ve compiled a list of 10 birthday supplies you should be buying at Dollar Treeif you are looking to celebrate while saving as much money as you can.


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1.  Mylar Balloons.   
The selection varies by store, but they usually have solid stars and hearts as well as an assortment of other birthday mylars.  These are $3.99 and up at other party stores.   The $1 price already includes helium.


2. Candles
These happy birthday candles are $2.99+ in other stores.  An absolute steal for $1.00


3.  Superhero Capes (seasonal) 

If you are planning a super hero party of any kind, how awesome would it be to give each kid their own cape as a favor?  Love these.  Stock up now because I’m sure they’ll be gone before we even hit Halloween.


4.  Puzzles

I love these mini puzzle tins.  So many popular characters too.  Even if you can’t find the tin puzzles, the regular boxed puzzles are a great deal at $1.  Perfect to give as prizes for the winners of party games.   Or stack 5 of them together , wrap individually and then as a tower and give as a birthday gift.


5.  Gift Bags

If you aren’t reusing the gift bags you already have, stock up.  The larger bags that range from $4+ in other stores are still only $1.  I love gift bags for kids – easier to open, carry and you don’t have wrap up weird corners.


6.  Princess Crowns

Do you have a Princess or Frozen obsessed little girl?  Grab some of these adorable crowns for her party guests.  They can double as party favors to take home.

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7.  Straws
Planning to serve drinks in actual cups?  Don’t forget the straws.  Go for a fun Krazy straw or stock up on some basics.


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8.  Tableware

The selection is surprisingly good! You will find both themed plates & napkins and also solid color options for plates, napkins and utensils.

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9.  Activities

These are just two samples of SUPER easy crafts/activities for a party.   The one set pictured above even comes with it’s own set of markers. Considering this will keep the kids entertained for a long time, the $1 price tag is totally worth it.


10. Greeting Cards

If you don’t have time for the kids to make a card, stock up on some of the birthday cards (2/$1) and keep with your stock of gift bags. You can also find blank cards that can be used  as Thank You notes for your kids to send after the party.

Did you know that you can do your Dollar Tree shopping online and have your order sent for free to your nearest store? This is a great option if you are pressed for time and just want to swing by the store and have everything waiting for you. Be sure to check out this option :)

These are my top 10 Dollar Tree Birthday bargains.  I’ll have plenty more posts like this – sharing some awesome ways to save money while entertaining, planning birthdays and celebrating holidays!


BROADWAY Week ~ Get 2-For-1 Tickets through Sept. 14th

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Broadway Week

Do you live in NYC or are you visiting this weekend? If so, be sure to check out this 2-for-1 Sale on a big selection of Broadway shows! During Broadway Week which runs through September 14th you will be able to buy 2 tickets for the price for some of the best Broadway shows! When I checked a few minutes ago, there are still tickets to the following shows:

Jersey Boys
Mamma Mia
Phantom of the Opera
And many others …

Whenever I travel to NYC I try to catch a show or two, but I always cringe at the prices. I should try to plan my next trip to the City around Broadway Week so that I can catch my favorite shows without breaking the bank!

Thank you More With Less  Today for sharing this event!

FREE Admission to ALL National Parks on Monday Aug. 25th!

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This Monday August 25th  is the National Park Service’s birthday, and you can join in the celebration! All National Parks  are waiving entrance fees for the day and are inviting everyone to join in the festivities taking place coast-to-coast. So why not head to any of the country’s 401 national parks this Monday and take in the scenery, learn a little history, or simply enjoy the great outdoors. There are parks all over the country so there is most likely one near you. What a great way to spend some family time without breaking the bank in the process!

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt List

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What better way to keep the kids busy than by having them do a Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt collecting items for the party! This Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt List is one where you will need to prepare ahead of time with the neighbors, but, it’s well worth the time and it’s SO much fun for everyone!!!!

What are you waiting for? To get started creating your families summer memories print the Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt List for free!

Williams Sonoma: FREE Junior Chef Classes during July!

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Junior Chef Classes at Williams Sonoma

If  your son or daughter loves to spend time in the kitchen, this series of FREE Junior Chef Classes at Williams Sonoma might just be the perfect activity for him or her. Your kids will learn to make a variety of delicious recipes and/or techniques during these free classes. This is the schedule that they have planned for July:

July 5th: Handheld Fruit Pies
July 12th: Using a Spiralizer
July 19th: Spectacular Summer Salads
July 26th: Shakes

These classes are appropriate for kids 5 and older. These classes start at 10 am and there is only a limited number of spots available so you need to call your local Williams Sonoma to reserve your spot.

FREE Bowling Tomorrow ~ Help Break A Guinness World Record (6/21)

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Have you always wanted to break a World Record? Well this is your chance! Starting tomorrow, Saturday June 21st at 7 pm, be a part of this event at participating AMF bowling lanes. In an effort to break the Guinness World Record for most simultaneous bowlers, most AMF lanes will be offering an hour of FREE bowling during this Bowling Night in America event. This is a great and frugal way to spend some quality time with your family and friends. And once you are done, you will most likely have bragging rights and will be able to say that you helped break a World Record! That sounds like so much fun.

You might enjoy checking out AMF’s funny YouTube video “Make Saturday Night More Fun.” And if you really enjoy bowling, be sure to also join the AMF Bowling eClub and get a coupon for $20 off your next visit for four people.


Michael’s: Kid’s Activities on Saturday and Sunday, plus Discount Coupon!

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Looking for things to do with the kids? Then head on out to Michael’s this weekend! There are 2 fun activities going on this Saturday and Sunday. Check them out!

Saturday, June 21st – 10AM – Noon.

Kids make a How to Train Your Dragon 2 Perler® Key Chain. Only $2 per child for 30 minutes of fun while you shop. Sessions start every half hour from 10AM – 11:30AM.

Sunday, June 22nd – 1PM – 4PM

Kids create a patriotic wreath. Supplies need to be purchased. Get more information here.

And while you are at Michaels, be sure to use these coupons to get some nice savings! And if you are buying your supplies, be sure to this Michael’s coupon to get $5 OFF $25, and if you are shopping online use promo code SUMMER at checkout to get up to $25 off your entire purchase.

Thank you More with Less Today for sharing!

Free Zoo Admission or BOGO deals on Father’s Day! Over 60 Zoos are participating

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

Over 60 zoos are offering free (or two for one) admission on June 15th, 2014 to celebrate Father’s Day. Check to see if your local zoo is participating.  One of my all-time favorite zoos, the San Francisco Zoo, is participating in this program. I think this activity would be a great way to spend the day with the kids, and especially with the gorgeous weather we’ve been having. If you go, I hope you have a fabulous day and cherish the memories for years to come :)

Thanks More with Less Today for sharing this deal!


Kids Bowl for FREE This Summer! LOTS of locations all across the USA

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Kids Bowl for Free

I was so excited when I came across this Freebie and couldn’t wait to share it with you. This summer your kids bowl for free at bowling lanes all across the country! It seems all you have to do is find a participating location and register your child in this program. The parents or adults in the party do not have to make a purchase in order for the kids to have access to this program. However, there are special family passes that you can get for a great price in case the whole family wants to participate together and enjoy this activity. Each bowling center has special days designated for this program as well as age restrictions. So be sure to check the lanes you want to go to and see what their requirements are.

I checked for the participating locations in Colorado and I am so please to see that there are many bowling alleys featured on the list. The list is super extensive and at first glance, I think I see that all states are represented (even Alaska and Hawaii!). This program seems like a great way to get the kids out of the house and engaged in an activity where they can practice their gross motor skills, thinking skills, sportsmanship and also have a great time. And all this comes at no cost to the parents, so it’s a win-win for everyone! This is a freebie that you just might want to share with other parents in your community :)

Take your kids to the movies this Summer for $1

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$1 movies this summer

Isn’t it great how there are so many inexpensive options to keep your kids busy and entertained this Summer? Well here’s another one! Regal Entertainment Group will be showing a variety of kid-friendly movies on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10 am , and the price of admission is only $1. Their summer lineup looks like a lot of fun, check it out:

  • Week 1
    Hotel Transylvania
    The Smurfs 2
  • Week 2
    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
    The Pirates: Band of Misfits
  • Week 3
    Arthur Christmas
    Despicable Me 2
  • Week 4
    The Lego Movie
    Free Birds
  • Week 5
    The Adventures of Tintin
    Rise of the Guardians
  • Week 6
    Kung Fu Panda 2
    Madagascar 2
  • Week 7
    The Croods
  • Week 8
    Walking with Dinosaurs
  • Week 9
    Mr. Peabody & Sherman
    Rio 2

Isn’t this a great selection? I am sure parents and kids will find several shows they can’t wait to watch for the first time (or tenth ;)  !)  You can find the Regal Theater closest to you  and start planning your outings this summer.