2015 Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

2015 Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

Only 133 of our country’s 401 national parks usually charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!

If you’re planning a trip that includes multiple national parks, you might consider the $80 annual pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands-more than 2,000 in all. The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is offered free to all active duty military members and their dependents. Information on these and other pass options is available online.

2015 Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

Website:

  1. January 19 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  2. February 14-16 – Presidents Day weekend
  3. April 18-19 – opening weekend of National Park Week
  4. August 25 – National Park Service Birthday
  5. September 26 – National Public Lands Day
  6. November 11 – Veterans Day

Social Media Channels for National Parks:

National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series

There’s a National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. A pass covers entrance and standard amenity fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). Children age 15 or under are admitted free.

Annual Pass

  • $80 annual pass
  • Can be obtained in person at a federal recreation site, or by calling 1-888-ASK USGS (1-888-275-8747), Ext. 3 (Hours of operation are: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Mountain time), or online. Buy Now

Free Annual Pass for U.S. Military

  • Available to U.S. military members and dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard and also, Reserve and National Guard members.
  • Must be obtained in person at a Federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173).

Senior Pass

  • $10 Lifetime pass
  • For U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over.
  • May be obtained in person at a federal recreation site or through the mail using this application form. The cost of obtaining a Senior Pass through the mail is twenty dollars ($20). Ten ($10) for the Senior Pass and ten ($10) for processing the application. Applicants must provide documentation of age and residency or citizenship.
  • May provide a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services.

Volunteer Pass

  • Free
  • For volunteers with 250 service hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program.
  • Contact your local federal recreation site for more information about volunteer opportunities or visit Volunteer.gov.

The five agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program are:

2015 Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

National Parks Offering FREE Entrance

There are 133 National Parks that normally charge an entrance fee that are waiving their fees on the six days listed above.  Here are are with direct links to their websites, organized by state.

Alaska
Denali National Park and Preserve

Arizona
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Chiricahua National Monument
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Grand Canyon National Park
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Petrified Forest National Park
Pipe Spring National Monument
Saguaro National Park
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Tonto National Monument
Tumacacori National Historical Park
Tuzigoot National Monument
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Wupatki National Monument

Arkansas
Fort Smith National Historic Site
Pea Ridge National Military Park

California
Cabrillo National Monument
Death Valley National Park
Joshua Tree National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lava Beds National Monument
Muir Woods National Monument
Pinnacles National Monument
Sequoia National Park
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Yosemite National Park

Colorado
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Colorado National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Hovenweep National Monument
Mesa Verde National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park

Florida
Canaveral National Seashore
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
Dry Tortugas National Park
Everglades National Park
Gulf Islands National Seashore

Georgia
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
Cumberland Island National Seashore
Fort Frederica National Monument
Fort Pulaski National Monument

Hawaii
Haleakal? National Park
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
Pu’uhonua o H?naunau National Historical Park

Idaho
Craters of the Moon National Monument
Yellowstone National Park

Indiana
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Maine
Acadia National Park

Maryland
Antietam National Battlefield
Assateague Island National Seashore
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Fort McHenry NM and Historic Shrine National Monument
Fort Washington Park
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Massachusetts
Adams National Historical Park
Cape Cod National Seashore

Michigan

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Minnesota
Pipestone National Monument

Mississippi
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Vicksburg National Military Park

Missouri
Harry S Truman National Historic Site
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield

Montana
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Glacier National Park
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Yellowstone National Park

Nebraska
Scotts Bluff National Monument

Nevada
Death Valley National Park
Lake Mead National Recreation Area

New Hampshire
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

New Jersey
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Morristown National Historical Park

New Mexico
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Bandelier National Monument
Capulin Volcano National Monument
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
El Morro National Monument
Fort Union National Monument
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Pecos National Historical Park
White Sands National Monument

New York
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
Saratoga National Historical Park
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

North Carolina
Wright Brothers National Memorial

North Dakota
Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Ohio
James A. Garfield National Historic Site
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial National Memorial

Oklahoma
Fort Smith National Historic Site

Oregon
Crater Lake National Park
Lewis & Clark National Historical Park

Pennsylvania
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
Fort Necessity National Battlefield
Johnstown Flood National Memorial
Steamtown National Historic Site

Puerto Rico
San Juan National Historic Site

South Carolina
Fort Sumter National Monument

South Dakota
Badlands National Park
Jewel Cave National Monument

Tennessee
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

Texas

Big Bend National Park
Fort Davis National Historic Site
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Padre Island National Seashore

Utah
Arches National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Golden Spike National Historic Site
Hovenweep National Monument
Natural Bridges National Monument
Zion National Park

Virgin Islands
Christiansted National Historic Site

Virginia
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
Assateague Island National Seashore
Colonial National Historical Park
George Washington Memorial Parkway’s Great Falls Park
Manassas National Battlefield Park
Petersburg National Battlefield
Prince William Forest Park
Shenandoah National Park

Washington
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Lewis & Clark National Historical Park
Mount Rainier National Park
Olympic National Park
Whitman Mission National Historic Site

West Virginia
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Wyoming
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Devils Tower National Monument
Fort Laramie National Historic Site
Grand Teton National Park
Yellowstone National Park

 

Girls Inc. Made with Code

Girls Inc. Made with Code

I am very, VERY proud to be the mother of a strong, smart, and bold 11 year old girl who wears shirts with periodic tables and pi jokes. As a mom who majored in Computer Science and minored in Mathematics at college I feel very strongly about the following:

  • Empowering my daughter to feel like she can do anything with hard work
  • Giving her every opportunity to geek out as much as she wants to

People ask me all the time how I do it…and part of it is not letting one day go by where I don’t give her examples of women being strong, smart, and bold…whether it’s in the technology field or somewhere else. I actively seek out opportunities for my daughter to participate in programming, robotics, and engineering camps, activities, games, etc. Unfortunately a lot of times this can cost money and resources to make help her get back and forth in the middle of the day.

I am was so excited when Girls Inc asked me to share information about this FREE 2 hour workshop that they are offering for ANY girl, ages 12-18 to learn more about programming and pursuing opportunities in a technical field. Although it is never too late to explore your dreams, how incredible would it be to give girls the opportunity sooner than later. Let’s not let them get all the way through college before exposing them to needs our industry currently has for Computer Science majoring women.

Today, only 0.4% of female college freshmen plan to major in CS. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, by the time girls in middle school go to college, there will be one million more CS jobs than computer scientists to fill them. Today, only about 10% of high schools offer Computer Science classes. And when they do, the curriculum isn’t always best suited to be inclusive of girls.

For the past four years, I have attended the Grace Hopper Conference which celebrates women in computing whether in the industry, academics, or majoring in school. Four years ago was the first time I had ever been in a room with 2,000 women who also majored in Computer Science. It was an amazing feeling. Since high school I was in advanced math classes where there were more boys then I went into Computer Science at UTSA and there were only a handful of girls there too. If we encourages girls 12-18 to start actively learning about a career in code, a hobby in coding, the possibilities programming presents, there will be less girls who are the only girl in the room. There will be more diversity in the classrooms from high school on up.

I <3 Girls Inc.

Girls Inc. San Antonio presents a “Made with Code” party is open to all girls ages 12-18 to demonstrate how programming can help make any dream come true, regardless of the interest area. Technology and programming are continuing to be a huge part of people’s lives. You don’t have to have any experience programming.

Event information can be found by clicking on the image or clicking here.

To sign up contact Girls Inc. of San Antonio at (210) 212-2510.

When: Sat., September 13th OR Sat., September 20th

Time: 10am-12pm OR 2pm-4pm

Place: St. Mary’s University Campus | 1 Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, TX 78288 { MAP }

 

Make sure you keep in touch with Girls Inc. San Antonio by following them on Facebook or Twitter.

Google Made with Code Initiative

Girls Inc. proudly joins Google in the Made with Code Initiative, which aims to inspire millions of girls to learn to code and to help them see coding as a means to pursue their dream careers. Girls Inc. will reach thousands of girls with an introduction to coding, building upon programming in which girls explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as part of their lives and potential career options. Girls Inc. is committed to helping girls discover how STEM and its many applications offer exciting opportunities today and for the future.

For those who want to get a head start or cannot attend one of the workshops, check out their online resources here. Activities include:

  • Animating your name
  • Making a card for friends
  • Making a meme
  • Making custom paper
  • Sewing a light up bookmark
  • Making a website
  • Make an app for your phone

There are also great resources for parents, teachers, and counselors who are excited about getting their kids involved.

Uber San Antonio Ice Cream

Uber San Antonio Ice Cream

No matter where you are in the world, nothing captures the sweetness of a sunny afternoon better than ice cream. Friday, July 18th, Uber San Antonio will be serving up cold treats on demand in 144 cities, in 38 countries, on 6 continents. You can use the Uber mobile app to either order a delivery of ice cream or a ride or both! I have personally used the Uber car service in San Deigo, CA and Chicago, IL and both times have been a very easy experience. Within the app you select or enter your pick up location and Uber will let you know how long it will take for your ride to arrive and how much it will cost to take you to your destination. Make sure you use my promotional code below!

Uber San Antonio Ice Cream

Who: Uber

When: Friday, July 18th, 11am- 5pm

How: Download the iPhone app here and the Android app here. You can use the promotional code for $20 off your first discounted ride: IceCreamSA

What: Classic ice cream trucks and uberX partner vehicles will be delivering ice cream on-demand across San Antonio

Delivery Includes:

  • (5) icy treats + Uber swag to users for just $25

Additional Discount:

We have a special promo code ‘IceCreamSA’ which provides new users $20 off their first uberX ride

Uber San Antonio Ice Cream

THE INSIDE SCOOP

  • Ice Cream will be available on Friday, July 18th.
  • To request, choose the Ice Cream option in the app. If a vehicle is available, you’ll be enjoying your desserts in minutes.
  • No cash needed—your order will be billed to your Uber account.

See what everyone is saying about #UberIceCream on Twitter (@Uber_SanAntonio) and Instagram.

World Peace:

Uber will also be doing a few special drop-offs and surprising some kiddos at the Ronald McDonald House with ice cream, as well as a special visit by Miss San Antonio 2014, Deidra Angulo. Very sweet indeed Uber, thanks for sharing!

Uber

Uber is evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our apps, we make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers. From our founding in 2009 to our launches in over 70 cities today, Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer.

For more details about Uber’s insurance policy, check it out here.

Uber San Antonio Ice Cream

Uber San Antonio Ice Cream

 

20140718-114312-42192439.jpg

20140718-115748-43068093.jpg

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio My good friend Stacy of Kids Stuff World enjoyed my post on 2014 Summer Reading Programs for Kids where I highlight programs that incentivize kids to read over the summer so they don’t lose any of the valuable things they learned during the school year. She mentioned interest in a post about 2014 free summer movies, especially in San Antonio, so here it goes! As I was writing the post, I realized that a lot of the sites didn’t have a clear list of the movies, when they were, and where so I tried to make that a little easier. Hope you enjoy this post and let me know what other kinds of posts you would be interested in in the future!

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio regal theaters Family fun movies playing on Tuesdays & Wednesdays for the summertime!

Admission to these movies during the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets must be purchased at the theater and all movies start at 10:00 am. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. Search for a theater in your area to see where the Summer Movie Express is playing.

2014 Movie Schedule Includes:

  • 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 3
  • Week 7 The Croods Epic
  • Week 8 Turbo Walking with Dinosaurs
  • Week 9 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Rio 2

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio regal theaters   2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio cinemark theaters Either pay $1 per film or pre-pay $5 for 10 movies! Click on your location to see what’s playing…when! For San Antonio Cinemark theaters, check out the theater at 410 and the one on New Braunfels Ave. 2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio santikos theaters Santikos is offering Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am these movies are FREE!

  • The Croods – July 1, 2014 – July 2, 2014
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits – July 8, 2014 – July 9, 2014
  • Epic – July 15, 2014 – July 16, 2014

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio movies moonlight in travis park After six years of outdoor movies in HemisFair Park, the Movies by Moonlight summer outdoor film series is moving down the street, to Travis Park. Follow them on Facebook for more details and updates: https://www.facebook.com/SlabCinema All movies start at dusk.

  • July 1    Toy Story 2
  • July 8    Cars 2
  • July 15    Cloudy w/a Chance of Meatballs 2
  • July 22    The Smurf’s 2
  • July 29    Despicable Me 2

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio movies by moonlight in travis park 2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio main plaza bikes MPC’s Cycle-In Cinema is one part of the bigger picture which aims to launch pedal power events and workshops at Main Plaza every year. MPC’s Cycle-In Cinema mission is to inspire and empower a wider understanding and uptake of renewable energy technologies and create a movement towards San Antonio reducing their energy consumptive habits. We will achieve this by engaging our audiences in how energy works in a fun and interesting way through this pedal powered movie series. Updates for movies are on their calendar of events or 2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio main plaza bikes 2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio alamo drafthouse Join Alamo Drafthouse Theaters in San Antonio to beat the heat this summer with the best family friendly movies around! All films are free and all ages are welcome! Tickets are available at the box office on the day of the show, and seating is first come, first served.

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio alamo drafthouse annie

Plays July 1st at 11am @ Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio alamo drafthouse despicable me

Plays July 1st at 11am in Stone Oak

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio alamo drafthouse rio 2

On July 8th at 11am in Stone Oak

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio alamo drafthouse kung fu panda

On July 8th at 1030am in Park North

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio alamo drafthouse frankenweenie

Plays at 11am at Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes

2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio alamo drafthouse   2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio city base cinema City Base Cinema’s is offering Summer Free Kid’s Movie Festival brought to you by ICEE. If you have a daycare, summer program, or just a bunch of kids this program is for you. Admission is FREE, but we highly suggest you call and make reservations, as last summer we had to turn people away. Website here. 2623 SE Military Drive, San Antonio, TX 78223 To make reservations, for the entire summer call now (210) 531-3000 x 7 and speak to Mr. Stewart San Antonio Public Libraries are offering all kinds of free movies for kids of all ages! Movies for kids, tweens, and elderly are featured here. Includes their Marvel Summer Movie series. 2014 Free Summer Movies in San Antonio alamo heights movies Free movies in Alamo Heights details here. Movie starts at 8:30 p.m. and will be held next to the Nature Trails parking lot off Viesca Street. Remember to get there early for the best seats. Don’t forget your coolers, chairs and blankets!

  • July 18 – Gravity
  • August 22 – Frozen

Keep up with them on Facebook here and their website here.

10 FREE Summer Reading Programs

 

10 FREE Summer Reading Programs

 

10 FREE Summer Reading Programs

Check out 10 FREE Summer Reading Programs below some even encouraging adults to read!  In Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers book, the author highlights the main negative education difference between demographics including race happens during the summer when “learning loss” occurs.  He explains how the kids who don’t have education support, incentive, etc. to continue learning lose a lot of the material their learned during the year.  Encourage your kids and their friends to read nonstop during the summer!

 Houston Public Library

10 FREE Summer Reading Programs Houston Library

REGISTEREarly registration began May 1, 2014 and continues through August 1, 2014 at any Houston Public Library location during operating hours or remotely from a computer. Receive a free book, courtesy of Rosen Publishing, upon registration!*

READ or listen to books, enter book titles or reading time online and in your Badge Log booklet (be sure to ask your librarian for one). Go to your local Houston Public Library to pick up your prizes at the various book reading levels.

ATTEND hands-on workshops, enjoy performances and take part in activities to earn your Camp STREAM sticker badges (collect them in your Badge Log booklet)! Participate in at least 5 library programs ** and read a minimum of 5 books, to receive a special prize pack: a book bag and Chipotle meal coupon!*

REWARDS for reading include:

  • Registration: one free book and one $5.00 “Read Down Your Fines” coupon.
  • 5 books or 5 hour level: reading certificate and one $5.00 “Read Down Your Fines” coupon.
  • 10 books or 10 hour level: one free book and one $5.00 “Read Down Your Fines” coupon.
  • 20 books or 20 hour level: additional free book, one coupon for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and one $5.00 “Read Down Your Fines” coupon.
  • 30 books or 30 hour level: one admission voucher for the Houston Zoo, and entry into a Grand Prize drawing to win a Nintendo DSi or a LEGO 8MP digital camera, and one $5.00 “Read Down Your Fines” coupon.

Pottery Barn Kids

10 FREE Summer Reading Programs Pottery Barn Kids

Books a Million

10 FREE Summer Reading Programs Books a Million

Download the reading form from Books a Million here.

Borden Milk

BordenSummer reading Program Borden

 

Borden Milk is offering FREE books redeemable by entering the code on the milk jug.

Sylvan Learning Center

10 FREE Summer Reading Programs Book Adventures

Sylvan Learning Center is offering another reading program option here.  Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success. Start your reading adventure! Site tour here.

Scholastic

10 FREE Summer Reading Programs Scholastic

Scholastic’s reading programThe Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online reading program for children. Join today and let’s set a new reading world record for summer 2014! (May 5 – Sept 5, 2014).  Kids can register here.  Educators can learn more here.  Parents learn more here.

Half Price Books

10 FREE Summer Reading Programs Half Price Books

Half Price Books talks about their program here.  Once of my favorites!

  1. Read for at least 15 minutes each day in the months of June and July. (Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning.)
  2. Add up your minutes and have your parent or guardian initial each week.
  3. Once you’ve read 300 minutes, turn in your completed log to earn HPB Bookworm Bucks for each month.
  4. We’ll award one top reader per age group each month with a TOP READER prize – a $20 HPB Gift Card!*

Barnes and Noble

10 FREE Summer Reading Programs Barnes and noble

Barnes and Noble offers kids FREE books.

Step 1.  Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal (PDF).
Step 2.  Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store.  Find a Store.
Step 3. Choose a FREE BOOK from our selection on the Reading Journal list at the store… Enjoy reading!
More activities for parents and teachers here.

San Antonio Public Library

10 FREE Summer Reading Programs San Antonio Public Library

San Antonio Public Library offers programs for non-readers, readers, and teens!

For Kids:

  • By reading 8 books this summer, you can earn a Certificate signed by Mayor Castro — and — receive a free paperback book to keep!
  • First day to turn in your log: June 15
  • Last day to turn in your log: August 31

Teens:

  • Welcome to Teen Summer Reading Program where you can connect with friends via Facebook, share book reviews and comment about what’s going on at your library this summer. PLUS, you can do it all on your smartphone. Register here

Adults:

  • San Antonio Public Library’s Adult Summer Reading Challenge is to read 4 books, any 4 books (ebooks and audiobooks included), between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2014.
  • All adults who finish the challenge before 5pm on Aug. 31 will be eligible for a drawing for a chance to win an eReader. 
  • Beginning June 1, you can create a record here to keep track of your reading, and you can post reviews of the books you’ve completed. 

HEB

Download and print out this summer: 2014-english-summer-reading-club_heb

  • Grab a pen and fill out the form on the back side of this flyer.  Just pick out 10 books and get started.
  • After you finish reading each one, log it in the form. Be sure to have a grownup put their initials by each book you’ve read.M
  • Mailing the form to:
    • H•E•Buddy® 2014 Summer Reading Program
    • 10530 Sentinel
    • San Antonio, Tx 78217
  • Your form must be postmarked by October 1, 2014.
  • In 3 – 4 weeks, you’ll receive the cool prizes for reading all 10 books.

50+ free things for kids and families to do in San Antonio this summer

Check out San Antonio Mom Blogs for 50 FREE things to do in San Antonio!

 

 

Pleygo | LEGO Netflix

As the mother a 10 year old daughter who has been obsessed with LEGO products for probably three fourths of her life, I was ecstatic when I received an email about an opportunity to experience three months of a Netflix like service, Pleygo, that allows kids to add LEGO sets to a wish list, and by a monthly subscription, receive new sets once the initial set is returned.

Pleygo | LEGO Netflix free LEGO coupon code

Awesome Features:

  1. You’re not charged if your child loses a couple of pieces…
  2. They send a bag of common misplaced pieces
  3. If your child desperately wants to keep the set…they can for retail price!
  4. Everything is ultrasonic cleaned before shipping!

 

Payment Plans

Fan

Get small/medium sets (up to 250 pieces)

$15/month, free shipping

Pleygo | LEGO Netflix free LEGO coupon code

SuperFan

Get small/medium/large sets (250-500 pieces)

$25/month, free shipping

Pleygo | LEGO Netflix free LEGO coupon code

MegaFan

Get small-large/ huge sets (access to ALL LEGO sets)

$39/month, free shipping

Pleygo | LEGO Netflix free LEGO coupon code

 

Start FREE Trial Today!

Click on the image to start your FREE one month’s trial today! Start your wish list and choose sets from Pleygo’s huge inventory of LEGO products and get them delivered right to your door a la Netflix style!

 

Pleygo | LEGO Netflix free LEGO coupon code free month trial

Kids Eat Free San Antonio

A post that I have thought about writing for years, recently requested again by a couple different people, was a centralized listing of all the places parents could enjoy a meal while their children ate for FREE! (My sequel post will be Best Kid Meals in San Antonio…) Click on the image or link to visit the websites and get more details about these FREE offers! (Always double check before heading out with a quick phone call though…sometimes restaurants change!)

See any favorites that I didn’t include? Let me know and I’ll add them.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - Acadiana Cafe

Acadiana Cafe

Kids under 6 eat free every day off of the kids menu, with each purchase of an adult meal.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - Babes Hamburgers

Babes Hamburgers

Kids eat free, Monday through Thursday!

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - Dickey's Barbeque

Denny’s

Kids eat free on Tuesday s and Saturdays from 4pm-10pm.

Dickey’s Barbeque

Kids eat free on Sunday and Wednesday!

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - Double Dave's Barbeque

DoubleDave’s PizzaWorks

Kids love pizza, and parents will love the free buffet with adult purchase on weekdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Only children 6 and under can take part, though 11 and under can get the same deal on Sundays only. Drinks are not included in the promotion.

EZ Restaurants - Kids Eat Free San Antonio

EZ’s Brick Oven & Grill

Children 12 and under can enjoy a free meal on Wednesdays with adult purchase from 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - Firehouse subs

Firehouse Subs

Kids eat free from 4pm-9pm on Wednesdays.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - goomba's pizza

Goomba’s Pizzeria

One child eats free with each adult meal that is purchased. Valid Monday through Saturday after 5:00 p.m.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - grant st pizza

Grant St. Pizza

Little-known pizzeria has great food and a Monday evening 5:00 p.m. to close offer for kids 12 and under to eat free with each paying adult. Drinks are even included!

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - jim's pizza

Jim’s Restaurant

A San Antonio establishment, many of the Jim’s Restaurants and Coffee Shops offer kids a free meal for each adult meal purchased from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - luby's pizza

Luby’s Cafeteria

Purchase one adult meal and one child eats free on Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. until closing time.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - mama's cafe

Mama’s Cafe

Each adult who purchases a meal gets to have one kid eat free all day on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - marie callender's

Marie Callenders

Kids eat free on Tues and Sat with a purchase of an adult entree.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - mcalister's deli

McAllister’s Deli

Kids eat free on Tuesdays with paying adult. Call for details!

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - perico's

Perico’s on Bandera

Kids eat free on Tuesdays, call for details!

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - porky's burgers

Porky’s Burgers

Kids eat free on Wednesday after 5pm, call for details!

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - rome's pizza

Rome’s Pizza

Traditional pizzeria allows kids 9 and under to eat free on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with each adult purchase.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - texadelphia

Texadelphia

The adults can grab a Texas Cheesesteak, and a kid can eat free with each purchase on Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - texas land and cattle

Texas Land and Cattle

Kids eat free on Saturdays before 4pm!

Kids Eat Free San Antonio - the egg and i

The Egg and I

Kids eat free every day, call for details!

 

 

 

FREE Back to School Printables

For all of those crafty parents that love to go all out on back to school parties, breakfast messages, and other sweet surprises to hype up the new school year, this is the post for you! Here are back to school printables that I have found that are adorbs and FREE! Don’t spend time searching, while you could be spending extra time with your child (or cutting out these printables once they go to sleep with a nice glass of vino…)  Dedicated to my friends Kara and Casey who always go over the top  and give me something to craft towards! <3

For each printable, the hyperlink has the site name (with a direct link to the specific post…) and you can click on images for direct link to download.

EllieBeAndDesign.com

Adorable signs for the first day of preschool through the first day of your life! Link to each year at the bottom of their post.

FREE Back to School Printables - first day of school printables from preschool through high school!
Click image for direct download link!

CatchMyParty.com

Nice long PDF of fantastic printables! Book tags, labels, notes, circle punches galore!

FREE back to school printables - labels, notes, numbers, signs, circles
Click image for direct download link!

And more

FREE back to school printables -
Click image for direct download link!

And the banner

FREE back to school printables - Back to School printable banner
Click image for direct download link!

TheCraftingChicks.com

FREE back to school printables - days of the week labels for clothes organization
Click image for direct download link!

LivingLocurto.com

FREE back to school printables - morning routine and getting ready printable signs for girls
Click image for direct download link!
FREE back to school printables - morning routine and getting ready printable signs for boys
Click image for direct download link!

iHeartNapTime.net

Click on the link for a full size image of each grade.

FREE back to school printables - first day of school printable sign for each grade
Click image for direct download link!

ThirrtyHandmadeDays.com

TONS of printables!

FREE back to school printables - free printables include binder cover, grade for pictures, all about me card to fill out, calendar
Click image for direct download link!

iHeartNaptime.net

FREE back to school printables - labels for school lunches and notes

RunWithGlitter.blogspot.com

Lots of cute “This Belongs to:” tags.

FREE back to school printables - free book labels this belongs to me

TheCraftingChicks.com

Download a nice zip file of these super cute letters!

FREE back to school printables - zipfile of printable letters

Lollyjane.com

Lots of cute backpack labels and monograms.

FREE back to school printables - free printable backpack labels

CatchMyParty.com

FREE back to school printables - apples, letters, and #1 teacher printables

SimplyGraphicDesign.net

FREE back to school printables - school supply clipartFREE Back to School Printables - free school clip art

TaterTotsAndJellow.com

Download adorable back to school chalkboard banner!

FREE Back to School Printables - free printable chalkboard back to school banner

PrettyMyParty.com

Adorable water bottle labels!

FREE Back to School Printables - free printable water bottle labels

Pizzazzerie.com

FREE Back to School Printables - envelope labels

FREE Back to School Printables - envelope labels

TheCraftingChicks.com

FREE Back to School Printables - how i'm feeling and conversation starter templates

PoofyCheeks.com

FREE Back to School Printables - fill out information at the start of school year

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities

This post was inspired by my friends who had babies recently but are getting to the age where they’re ready to rock and roll.  Free kid events at stores!  Although I have posted about it in the past…I was going through previous blog posts and some of the links have become extinct!  Here are some oldies but goodies, posts from my past:

Stores Offering FREE Kid Activities

Wanted to have the latest and greatest, here’s my updated list.

 

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities lakeshore learning

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities lakeshore learning

Lakeshore Learning – store offers a Saturday arts and craft activity.  Not only are the crafts cleverly designed but also very intricate and interesting.  We normally go for about an hour or so, doing the craft and then going around the store and playing with all the toys laid out on display.  We sometimes bring a friend or meet someone there.  On holidays they offer multiple things to do, perfect gifts for all the grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities lowes build and grow kids workshop

Lowe’s – signup because supplies and slots go by for this bi-monthly clinic for kids…make a putting green, pirate ship, and many more fun things, again FREE!  Activities are from 10-11 and you get the Lowe’s apron on the first visit to collect pins for each craft.

 

 

 

 

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities home depot kids workshop

Home Depot – on the first Saturday of every month, visit here for another hammer and nails activity.  They’ll also get a kid-size apron and activity pin, FREE!

 

 

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities Michaels kid craft events

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities Michaels kid craft events

Michael’s – Almost free, a steal at $2 an event!  They also have free kids events (adult friendly too!) frequently offered at local Michael stores.

 

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities disney store kids events

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities disney store kids events

Visit your local store for more information. Details here. Events take place every day from July 2 – September 2. See a Cast Member to find out what times the events will be offered.

 

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities pottery barn kids events

Check out their activities here. Summer reading program, weekly story times, craft events! All FREE!

 

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities lego store kids events

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities lego store kids events

LEGO stores offer all kinds of fun, FREE activities! A lot end with your child receiving a mini LEGO figure! Explore the store, even if you don’t buy a new Star Wars set.

 

 

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities barnes and noble kids events

Stores Offering Free Kid Activities barnes and noble kids events

There are tons of great FREE events coming to your neighborhood Barnes and Noble! Right now there are kids activities, the launch of a new LEGO architecture studio, storytime, art activities, and other fun things to do.

2013 Free Printable Monthly Calendars

Here are direct links to printable PDF calendars that I thought were super cute and FREE! Good luck staying organized!

For each calendar below:

  • Title – link to original blog post
  • Image – direct link to PDF of calendar (unless you have to print multiple pages – which is only one of them.)

TomKat Studio

free 2013 printable calendar

The Twinery
2013 Free Printable Calendars

Hello Cuteness
2013 Free Printable Calendars
Creative Mamma

2013 Free Printable Calendars

Weekly Planner
2013 Free Printable Calendars

Lau’s Notebook
2013 Free Printable Calendars

Design Bolts
2013 Free Printable Calendars
Erin Huffstetler – super cute because it displays what’s in season!
2013 Free Printable Calendars

Ellinée

Printable Calendar for 2013

Let me know what other ones you find!

 

 

2012 Early Black Friday Sales

Although Black Friday normally starts on the crack of dawn the Friday after Thanksgiving (or sometime Thursday evening these days), here’s a list of retails who have already started their Black Friday sales!  Don’t forget to also check out my top 11 tips for maximizing your Black Friday shopping potential!

Click on any of the images for a direct link to the Black Friday details!

2012 Early Black Friday Sales Kohls

  • Preview Kohl’s Black Friday sale and add items to cart for immediate check out on Black Friday (I imagine this is to prevent Kohl’s annual Black Friday website outage…)
  • Promotional Code: BLACKFRI additional 15% off your order
  • Free shipping on orders of $50 or more
  • $15 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent between November 21-25, redeemable November 26 through December 3.

2012 Early Black Friday Sales Kohls

Notable Kohl’s Deals (items must be in cart to see price reflected)

Ebay's 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

 

NY and Company 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • Everything is 50-70% off
  • Free shipping, no minimum

 

 

American Eagle AE 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • American Eagle and ae.com is offering 40% Off Entire Purchase
  • Coupon Code 35787891.
  • Free Shipping on all orders to the United States and Canada
  • Now through Sunday, 11/25

 

Express 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

Express is offering 50% off entire purchase now until noon, on Black Friday

  • $8 shipping flat rate
  • No coupon code required

 

Lands End 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • WONDERLAND with the PIN code 2126 to receive 30% off your entire purchase and free shipping with no order minimum!
  • Last through Monday, 11/26
  • Daily doorbuster deals too
  • No minimum

 

Bath and Body Works 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

Bath and Body Works 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

 

  • Known for their VIP Tote, you can purchase for $20 with $40 purchase:
    • Valued at $111, VIP Tote includes Signature Collection Shower Gel (10 oz.) and Body Lotion (8 oz.) in the new Cashmere Glow, a Paris Amour Body Lotion (8 oz.) and a Paris for Men 2-in-1 Hair + Body Wash (10 oz.). This year’s beautiful bag also comes with a red shower sponge, a mini Cranberry Bellini candle (1.3 oz.), and our Anti-Bac Gentle Foaming Hand Soap in Sparkling Pink Champagne (8.75 oz.)!
    • Promotional Code: VIP12

    Bath and Body Works 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

 

Newegg 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • 72-hour Pre-Black Friday Frenzy guaranteeing products featured will not drop lower on Black Friday

Some Deals include:

 

The Body Shop 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • get any 3 Items for $30 (up to $78 value)
  • Every $30 order, includes option to purchase the Joy in a Bag Mistletote, a 14-piece collection valued at $100, for only $30
  • Free standard shipping on orders of $50 or more, flat-rate shipping starts at $5.95.

     

The Body Shop 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

 

Target 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

 

Best Buy 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • Best Buy is offering a handful of deals on sale from today through Wednesday
  • Check back daily!

Best Buy 2012 Black Friday Online Sales

 

Amazon 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • Check out their lighting deals and upcoming deals!
  • Subscribe to their email, limited supplies

Walmart 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

As I will never step foot in Walmart on the actual Black Friday day, here are some great online deals to take advantage of

  • Free shipping
  • Various deals

 

Office Depot 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • Save on printers, scanners, and other office supplies

 

Toys R Us 2012 Early Black Friday Sales

  • Details about Black Friday here
  • 8pm Door Busters Thursday night
  • Check out their Daily and Flash Deals every couple of hours here

Tiny Prints | Online Card Printing

ENTER to WIN! One reader will be selected to win $50 off their total order on December 3, 2012! Details below.

 A lot of you know this year has been nonstop! Newly married (working on my DIY wedding blog posts!), I also switched jobs at work, moved my daughter into a new house and school, and just normal life stuff. I got married in September and have anxiously been waiting for the return of my wedding pictures from my fabulous wedding photographer, Blake Mistich of Mistich Photography! Well, I just got them back! So I began to start researching online card printing shops so I could say “thank you” with a very special and personalized card. In the past I have blogged about Vista Print, but for this I wanted to kick it up a notch without going over budget.

Tiny Prints

I asked around and went through several options before falling in LOVE with Tiny Prints! I loved how much I was able to customize and how many options they offered. It was very easy to upload pictures and drag and drop, and crop the images for the cards. I saved probably 15 different card options (which of course made the decision a lot harder for me) but I loved being able to reopen past projects. You know I don’t do anything without a coupon code and Tiny Prints offered plenty (check out my save money section below.) I am also checking out their custom stamps, I love these!

personalized ink stamp

Some of their super cute Christmas Photo Cards include:

Tiny Prints Christmas Photo CardTiny Prints Christmas Photo Card discountsTiny Prints Christmas Photo Card discounts

But you won’t feel limited in your options!

Tiny Prints on Social:

Coupon Codes:

Tired of scouring the web for coupon codes? Tiny Prints puts it all out there on their promotional codes page found here. Current discounts include 20% off your entire purchase of Christmas cards, and rush delivery at $14.95, a savings of $10!

Tiny Prints promotional offer and coupon codesTiny Prints promotional offer and coupon codes

Save Money!

Sign up for Tiny Prints and receive $15 off your first order!

Tiny Prints promotional offer and coupon codes

Sign up for Wedding Paper Divas and receive $20 off your first order!

Wedding paper divas promotional offer and coupon codes

ENTER to WIN!

In order to win $50 off your entire purchase, simply do any of the following, one entry person action, make sure you leave me a note in the comments what all you do:

@geekettebits – I want to win $50 off on @tinyprints! http://bit.ly/TGyLU7

(1) winner will be announced on December 3, 2012 so hurry up and get your entries in!

Additional Websites:

Don’t forget to check out their other websites:

 {{ Although I was sponsored to write this post, all of my opinions are my own and I feel confident that you will be as pleased with your purchases as I was! }}

Valentine’s Day Printables

If you’re like me and LOVE printables, you enjoy these Valentine’s Day themed ones! I have found over 40 printable valentines for kids and adults, whether you’re handing them out at school or your special someone. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Download pdfs by clicking on printable’s images
  • Blog images go directly to the “printable”-related blog posts if you want to check out other printables the blogger shared
  • If it’s not a direct PDF it’s because there were multiple images to download

Don’t forget to check out my blog post on Kid’s Valentine’s Day Websites, Printables, and Crafts!

FREE valentine's day printables

FREE valentine's day printables

FREE valentine's day printables

FREE valentine's day printables

FREE valentine's day printables

FREE valentine's day printables

Printable Valentine’s Day Jokes!

FREE valentine's day printables

FREE valentine's day printables

 

FREE valentine's day printables

 

FREE valentine's day printables

 

FREE valentine's day printables

 

FREE valentine's day printables

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Tattered-and-Inked/174217669273613

FREE valentine's day printablesFREE valentine's day printables

FREE valentine's day printablesFREE valentine's day printables

FREE valentine's day printablesFREE valentine's day printables

 

FREE valentine's day printables

 

FREE valentine's day printables

FREE valentine's day printables

FREE valentine's day printables

FREE valentine's day printables

FREE valentine's day printables

http://twitter.com/30daysblog

http://facebook.com/30daysblog

Pencil Toppers!

FREE valentine's day printables

FREE valentine's day printables

Bag Topper

FREE valentine's day printables

Cute Gift Labels “Open Me At”

FREE valentine's day printables

page 1 & page 2

FREE valentine's day printables

 

FREE valentine's day printables

https://www.facebook.com/iheartfaces

http://twitter.com/iheartfaces

Download a zip file full of templates displayed below.

FREE valentine's day printables

FREE valentine's day printables

https://twitter.com/#!/amyistheparty

http://www.facebook.com/amylouisecluck

FREE valentine's day printables

Skip to My Lou

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Skip-to-my-Lou/45710348090

http://twitter.com/cindyhopper

FREE valentine's day printables

FREE valentine's day printables

FREE valentine's day printables

FREE valentine's day printables

FREE valentine's day printables

 

http://www.facebook.com/LivingLocurto?sk=app_265208426850693

http://twitter.com/livinglocurto

And cute bag labels here.

FREE valentine's day printables

FREE valentine's day printables

http://www.facebook.com/lovevsdesign

http://twitter.com/lovevsdesign

FREE valentine's day printables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 10 Black Friday Shopping Tips | Chevy Haul

For an entire week, I had the luxury of driving around a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, courtesy of Chevrolet’s Driving in the Heartland team, dedicated to the heartland of America! You can check out their website or follow their tweets, @ChevyTexan, for their latest adventures, offers, fantastic finds, and more.

As a savvy deal finder, I definitely wanted Chevrolet to get their money’s worth, I tweeted #chevyhaul like crazy and during Black Friday I managed to make it to 20 different stores, starting at midnight with my friend and fellow blogger Gita of the uber-fashion blog, Mimi and Chichi.

Top 10 Black Friday Shopping Tips

In preparation of Black Friday 2012, here are 10 things that every savvy Chevy Haul shopper should know:

1 – Do the math! It is very easy to think you’re getting a good deal on Black Friday. You wait the entire year for sales like these. The only day of the year Apple deems worthy of offering a discount…but to feel good at the end of the day, make sure you’re getting a good deal on quality items!

2011 Black Friday deals | Chevrolet Equinox

Walmart was offering an Emerson 32? 720p LCD TV for $188 but who could beat the quality and discounts offered by Best Buy’s Sharp 42” 1080p LCD HDTV for ONLY $199.99. Plus, with the Walmart horror stories on the news and talking with other shoppers in line, I doubt I’ll ever  visit Wallyworld on Black Friday.

2 – Map it out! With many stores opening at midnight (and some even opening on Thanksgiving day — too early if you ask me…) you’ll not only want to make sure you understand where you’re headed but WHEN you need to head there. Before I hit the road in my Chevy Equinox, I made a list of all the stores that opened early, in the order they opened here. There tends to be a gap between the stores that opened at midnight, and the next round that opens at 4-5am…this will keep you busy.

*Another thing to consider, visit stores more out of the way. Although the drive might be longer, the wait will be shorter and more variety will be left untangled. Especially for high demand items, go the extra 20 miles to a remote location that you know won’t be as hectic!

**Many stores open earlier but end the incredible sales before 11am or noon. Get there early if you want to get the best deals!

Click on the Foursquare image below to see the stores that I stopped at and the deals at the time.

2012 Chevrolet Equinox |  Black Friday Shopping

3 – Bring a snack! If you’re always snacking like my friend Gita and I you’ll want to bring some holiday leftovers (brusselsprouts and cookies) as well as some water and energy drinks. At every store we visited, people were complaining of hunger pains, impatiently waiting for the food courts and other restaurants to open. Crabby people make impatient shoppers who are more willing to just buy things they don’t want. Give your wallet a fair chance.

2011 Black Friday deals | Chevrolet Equinox

4 – Leave the kids at home! We were waiting in line at Old Navy, for 30 minutes outside (so many people showed up for the free digital camera, fire hazards limited the number of shoppers allowed in at one time…) and it was fairly cold for us Texans. In front and behind us were were sobbing toddlers, begging to go home. Finally, seconds before being let into the store, the mothers staggered off with their children. MAKE CHILDCARE ARRANGEMENTS! There are a lot of children friendly daycares, gyms, and play places that offer moms and dads Black Friday shopping drop offs, starting early in the morning until the afternoon.

*With the new midnight shopping time, I also noticed a LOT of tweens running loose at the mall. Apparently their parents dropped them off with friends, while waiting for their stores to open, you could see some inappropriate makeout sessions going on. PARENTS – shopping is not the only thing that goes on at the maul…I mean mall.

5 – Go big or go home! Some of the best deals that I saw being offered were in department stores! For all your houseware needs, Macy’s and Sear’s were the way to go!

  • KitchenAid Pro 500 Series Mixer for $199.99 at Sears
  • Macy’s offered 20% off additional Black Friday sale prices! Gita got amazing sheets, retailed at $600 for less than $250!

2011 Black Friday deals | Chevrolet Equinox

6 – Fight the Crowds! With the explosion of online Black Friday sales, who in their right mind would consider fighting the crowds when all of your shopping can be done from the comfort of your own home? I’ll give you one reason why. Every year, without fail, there are significant online outages or slowdowns because of the crazy amounts of traffic generated from the 20 million other people who want to shop from the comfort of their own homes.

I remember one year I spent 3 hours painfully fighting Kohls website, adding things to the shopping cart, trying to checkout with them, being told they were sold out or having my cart emptied prematurely. In 2.5 hours I probably could have fought the masses, tried on clothes, AND checked out! Never again!

7 – Keep it social! Above was a list of all my foursqaure check ins. Make sure you take advantage of all the social and in-store promotions being offered! Many Foursquare venues offered additional discounts to shoppers. At Old Navy, Gita won an additional coupon for being the first to bring up a nail file during a contest. Many retailers on Twitter offered their followers Twitter only coupons AND additional #hashtag contests. With everyone else busy shopping, the chances of your winning is increased greatly!

8 – Chevy-sized vehicle for haul! This year I was blessed to have a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox to haul around all our deals! Buy a new car, borrow a friends, clean out your trunk before hitting the road!

Our Equinox offered:

  • great gas mileage so we could go the distance
  • plenty of storage space for our shopping haul
  • comfy seats when we needed to give our feet a rest
  • hiding places so we didn’t get mugged (always be wary of your surroundings, don’t be sitting ducks…)

2011 Black Friday deals | Chevrolet Equinox

9 – Additional tips and tricks! Here are some more helpful tips and tricks for making the most out of Black Friday:

  • Sign up for email alerts from your favorite stores ahead of time
  • Buy the newspaper on Thanksgiving for printed coupons and tons of store ads (nice consolidated view for the last minute shopper)
  • Download a Black Friday mobile app like BF Ads that gets updated with new ads all the time, is easy to use, and works without an internet connection (mall 3g can be shady)
  • Shop the off hours! Old Navy was CRAZY and had a long line at midnight, but everywhere else we visited between 2am to 7am had virtually no lines! Traffic starts to pick back up around 7am…
  • Make sure you get a place in line. If you’re battling it out for the best Best Buy offer, get there early and get the ticket. Ask for one. You need proof you were there at 24 hours before midnight and not some random person who waltzed up when the clock struck 12.
10 – Shop with a buddy! Bring a willing and able friend (one who won’t make you feel rushed) to:
  • Stand in line while your searching for clothes
  • Run to the car to get coupons or snacks while you’re waiting to check out
  • Give you a second opinion on impulsive purchases
  • Let you borrow your phone if yours starts to die
  • Think of stores you might not have gone to
  • Keep you safe in numbers!
+1 more – BEST tip of all! I almost didn’t want to share this secret. I’m afraid that once it gets out EVERYONE will take advantage of it. But because I love my readers so much, I will share the best Black Friday shopping tip in the entire world:
This year, on the Wednesday BEFORE Black Friday, at my leisure, I went to several retailers and tried on the clothes that I wanted to buy on Black Friday. Waiting to try on clothes during Black Friday, especially at busy stores like Old Navy, Kohl’s, etc. is adding an additional hour to each store, at least. I tried on all the close that I liked, at my leisure, without them being picked over…and then I *gasp* placed them on layaway. On Black Friday, I waltzed into the store, headed straight to the counter, asked for my clothes, and walked out in about 15 minutes (the time it took to wait in the long line.) I received glares from other shoppers and looks of envy from others.
*There are some risks. Only one store that I went to had better deals the Wednesday before than the Friday of, but it did happen. Also, the people can always accidentally put the clothes back on the shelves (happened once on a non-Black Friday shopping trip…)

Driving in the Heartland invited me to:

So, what better way to ease some of that holiday shopping stress than by taking a brand new Chevy for a spin to get all of your shopping done in comfort and style? This year, Chevrolet will be giving five fabulous bloggers a Chevy vehicle to drive while they take on their holiday shopping throughout the Heartland. Three bloggers from Texas and two bloggers from St. Louis, Missouri, will be riding comfortably in Chevy cars and crossovers in the next few weeks, and you can follow along as they navigate the madness on Twitter using the hashtag #ChevyHaul.

Check out all the details here.


Eversave San Antonio

Does anyone here like to win free stuff?! (I know I do!!)

Thanks to Eversave San Antonio, one of my fabulous readers is going to walk away with a gift certificate to Dallia’s Hair and Nail Studio ($55 value!!)

Multiple Ways to Enter and Win:

  • Simply leave a comment at the end of this blog post on which local San Antonio restaurant or retailer you’d like to see featured on Eversave next!
  • Tweet:  I want to win an @EversaveSAT deal on @geekettebits.com! Pls RT! http://bit.ly/tsnVtW #gbcontest
  • Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/geekettebits
  • Become a Fan on Facebook: http://facebook.com/geekettebitsfan
  • Tag “Geekette Bits” in a wall post on Facebook with a link to this blog post!

Eversave San Antonio

** All winners must have already signed up for Eversave San Antonio! **

Did you know?? Eversave San Antonio:

  • Local deals offered DAILY! National deals offered as well!
  • Get $2 off coupon just for signing up today!
  • Convince you’re friends to sign up too, you’ll get $10 for EACH friend as soon as they make their first Eversave purchase!

Eversave San Antonio | Dallia's Hair and Nail Studio

 

Become a fan on Facebook:

Eversave San Antonio Facebook

Follow their tweets, @EversaveSAT:

Eversave San Antonio Twitter

The winner will be selected randomly on Tuesday, November 22! Check back to see if you won!