Five Kindle freebies and five cheap Kindle books 6/29/15

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It’s just another manic Monday… wish it was a Sunday… that’s my Fun day… to read Five Kindle freebies and five cheap Kindle books…

Cheap Kindle books

Free Kindle books

About cheap Kindle books

Free Kindle books are usually only free for a day or two, and cheap Kindle books can go up in price. Prices are current as of the date and time of this post, but can change at any time.

Reader deals 6/27/15

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Reader Deals 6/27/15: Here are the deals, heads up, and requests you shared over the last 24 hours — Thanks! How do you share your own deal?

  • Email Rachel: [email protected]
  • Comment below, or on any post where it seems to fit.
  • Post on the Mashup Mom Facebook page.

*** If you are sharing a deal from another site or an online coupon, please include the link. If you found a deal at a specific store, please include the location.

ALDI

  • Jill says: “The [$5/$30] Aldi coupon was also on Friday’s Daily Herald.”

Amazon

Best Buy

Coupons

  • On today’s inserts, Lin shares: “No $1.00/1 Eckrich coupon:( My milk coupon was for Dean’s (at Walgreens for $2.49 starting 6/28). All of the other coupons listed above are included plus; $1.00/2 Butterball Turkey Bacon (on sale at Walgreens starting 6/28 for $1.29). $4.00/1 Schick disposable razor pack, $3.00/1 Schick Hydro razor or refill, $1.00/2 Skintimate shave gel or cream.”

Freebies

  • Samantha shares free career books from Educents (not sure about shipping, since you have to create an account to find out) and reminds us about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (not available in my areas, but perhaps in yours).
  • Check out comments here for more ideas for free and cheap children’s activities this summer. (I’ll be updating the post soon with these and more!)

Jewel

  • On the free Barilla Pronto Pasta offer, Valentina S. will make it a money maker for you: “There is $.20 Ibotta back on any brand pasta.”
  • And Artie notes: “I shop at Jewel in Munster,In where the Pub Burgers are sold by weight,2.99lb, vs IL where they are $1.50 a piece this weekend. I noticed a significant difference in the weight of 4 burger packages. They ranged anywhere from 5.50lbs to 6.25lbs from the few I looked at. Same held true for 2 burger packages. If I were in Illinois I would weigh the packages before I buy them.”
  • And feelgood replies: “I bought a few last weekend from the display case and asked to have them packaged two on each tray. The first package weighed way under a pound. I told that to the meat clerk, she put those two burgers back (for the next person), then picked out larger pieces for me to make sure each package of two weighed at least a pound. Rachel also brought up this issue a few weeks ago.”

Meijer

  • From Tina: “In the papers I picked up today at the Montgomery Menards there was a single page flyer for $5 off $50 at Meijer valid 7/1-7/4. It says the coupon can be clipped on mperks as well.” Not yet, but probably when we get closer!

Sam’s Club

Target

  • If you are looking for the summer savings booklets, SoapboxTray suggests: “Sometimes they pass them out at my local Super Target (Mundelein) Saturdays… other times I can find them at the checkout or customer service. Other times I just can’t find them! lol… I would start at the CS.”

Walgreens

  • At Walgreens starting 6/28, from Wendy: “$1.29 eggs!!! :-)”

Walmart

Whole Foods

  • Valentina S. found: “Saffron simmer sauces are on sale 2/$5.00 at WF through 6/30. There is $1.00 off coupon on Hopster, boostable. There is $1.00 back on Ibotta and on Snap. Ibotta offer reset for me. I did this deal again and got a $.50 bonus for redeeming two Saffron Road products on Ibotta. Snap offer has no limit.”

Free and Cheap Summer Activities for Kids in the Chicago area

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Now that we’re really getting into summer, I thought it would be helpful to start a list of free and cheap summer activities for kids in the Chicago area! This is just the very beginning of our list, so please comment here with additional suggestions and I’ll post an expanded update later.

Books

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Get a free book from the 2015 Barnes & Noble Summer Reading program: Children in grades 1-6 can earn a free book: Just print out the Reading Journal from their site or pick up a form in the store. Read any 8 books, fill out the journal, and bring it back to Barnes & Noble between 5/19-9/5 to choose any free book from the list of selected titles on the Reading Journal list.

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Also be sure to sign up for the summer reading program at your local library. Prizes and activities will vary by location, but most include free programs, prizes from local businesses, and more! While you’re there, check out books, movies, and even video games for indoor fun on a rainy summer day.

Board games

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Rainy day? Put away the video games and pull out the family board games for a change of pace.

Bowling

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Sign up at Kids Bowl Free, and registered children will receive two free games of bowling per day all summer long. (You pay shoe rental.) See what bowling centers are participating in your area.

Cantigny

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It’s just $5.00 per car to get into Cantigny Park at 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton, so cram the kids and their friends into one minivan 😉 and head on over! Bring a picnic, explore the museums, climb on the tanks…

  • Cantigny is also doing a Friday evening outdoor family summer movies series from 8:30-10:30 PM, and these are free (but $2.00 parking).
  • They are also doing Sunday afternoon children’s concerts, free with $5.00 parking.

Fireworks

Here is a useful list of summer Illinois fireworks displays, including 4th of July!

Groupon & LivingSocial

If you’re looking for discounts on anything from bowling to mini golf to restaurants to local water parks, try these sites first:

I post current coupon codes here as available, and these sites are a great way to grab a deal on various family activities.

Just Hang Out With Friends

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Sometimes we don’t have to plan everything — kids need time to just hang out with friends, too! Ride bikes, catch bugs, play tag, and just generally engage in unscheduled fun. :)

  • Stop by Dollar Tree and spend a couple of bucks on squirt bottles (bigger and better than squirt guns!) and have a water fight. Also pick up basics like sidewalk chalk, jump ropes, balls, and hula hoops on the cheap.

Kline Creek Farm

Admission to this historical recreation of a DuPage County farm in the 1890s is free. Kline Creek Farm is at 1N600 County Farm Road in West Chicago. Hours: Thurs-Mon 9-5.

Movies

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Several options for free or cheap family movies:

  • Classic Cinemas $1.00 family movies are back again this summer! See the schedule here, and you can head over every Wednesday morning 6/10-8/5 at 10AM. Doors open at 9AM for games, activities, and meet favorite characters.
  • Free summer movies at participating Marcus Theatres on Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays at 10AM.
  • Regal is running $1.00 movies again this summer — Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10AM: Head over to see the schedule and participating theaters in your area. Movies include Mr. Peabody & Sherman, The LEGO Movie, Paddington, Nut Job, and more!

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And then there’s Redbox — Perfect for a rainy day or to unwind with a Friday movie + pizza night. Sign up for mobile coupon codes by texting WELCOME to 727272.

  • Also watch for freebie codes here, such as a free one night DVD rental at Redbox with code SM74WK3 through 6/30. Code will also work for $1.50 off a Blu-Ray or game rental, and is valid to reserve online or through the app.

Museums

Check out this list of Chicago museum free days from Chicago Kids.

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Summer Brain Games are back at the Museum of Science and Industry this summer: Sign up for eight weeks of free emailed at-home step-by-step science experiments for the kids, and you’ll also get an emailed voucher for a free ticket to MSI this summer.

Nature Centers and Zoos

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There are so many little local free nature centers and wildlife preserves, plus, of course, Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. Here are a few suggestions:

  • At 1356 N. Gary Avenue in Wheaton, Cosley Zoo is free for Wheaton residents (with park district ID), free for kids under 17, and $5 for adults ($4 for 55+).
  • Lincoln Park Zoo is free — you just have to pay for the public transportation or parking to get there.
  • Get free admission to the Red Oak nature center at 2343 S. River St. in Batavia, from the wildlife room to nature trails.

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  • Found at 525 S. Park Blvd. in Glen Ellyn, the Willowbrook Wildlife Center offers the chance to visit rehabilitated wild animals as well as a self guided nature walk & butterfly garden. Free (donations optional).

Parks

Headed to Chicago:

In the burbs:

Please share your own favorite local parks in comments. For instance:

  • Dragonfly Landing is a free splash pad in Lisle, at Garfield & Rt. 53.
  • Free summer concert or movie every Wednesday evening in Lilacia Park. (Not near Lombard? Check your own local park district to see what events they may be sponsoring.)
  • We like Maryknoll in Glen Ellyn (splash pad for $ is optional — zipline, great playground, and more are free!).
  • Ty Warner Park in Westmont has a fantastic playground for the younger set (again, $ for the splash pad optional).

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Bonus idea: Bring a picnic lunch! Grab your kids a cookie credit card (at the bakery) and healthy eaters club card (at customer service) from Jewel, and swing through there first to get them their free cookie and free apple or banana — now you just have to pack sandwiches + drinks. (You might even be able to knock out some grocery shopping with the bribe of freebie food…)

Stores and Malls

  • Check out various free summer activities at Bass Pro Shops, including a catch & release pond, crafts, and more. Three Illinois locations in Gurnee, East Peoria, Bolingbrook.
  • Free Saturday children’s workshops at Home Depot.
  • Free monthly mini build at LEGO stores.
  • Free Saturday kids’ clinics at Lowe’s.
  • Check out indoor play areas at your local mall — Yorktown Center just revamped and reopened theirs, for instance.

Five Kindle freebies and five cheap Kindle books 6/26/15

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Five Fine Friday Freebies Found — Five Kindle freebies and five cheap Kindle books!

Cheap Kindle books

Free Kindle books

About cheap Kindle books

Free Kindle books are usually only free for a day or two, and cheap Kindle books can go up in price. Prices are current as of the date and time of this post, but can change at any time.

Free Redbox rental code through 6/30

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Free one night DVD rental at Redbox with code SM74WK3 through 6/30. Code will also work for $1.50 off a Blu-Ray or game rental, and is valid to reserve online or through the app.

What are you going to get? I just reserved the Sponge Bob movie, but it’s not for me per se. 😉

Reader deals 6/23/15

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Reader Deals 6/23/15: Here are the deals, heads up, and requests you shared over the last 24 hours — Thanks! How do you share your own deal?

  • Email Rachel: [email protected]
  • Comment below, or on any post where it seems to fit.
  • Post on the Mashup Mom Facebook page.

*** If you are sharing a deal from another site or an online coupon, please include the link. If you found a deal at a specific store, please include the location.

Entertainment Book

  • Suzann comments with a great use for the cheap Entertainment Books: “I have always bought these for vacations- really can save a lot if you staying in one city for a week or more.”

Freebies

  • From Pookie: “Free sparkling ice beverage when you register at sparklingice.com”

Mariano’s

  • Don recommends the sale pork chops: “WHOA, dont miss these !!! I have not had an awesome THICK chop like these in quite a while ——Center cut bone-in pork chops $3.00/lb”

Pete’s Fresh Market

  • Susie comments on this week’s deals: “My Kraft products coupon is a manufacturer one. It can probably be used at other stores? Also I love that Pete’s opened in Bridgeview, between them and Shop and Save market down the street, they are both competing for the customers and are putting really great sales lately :)”

Reader requests

  • Ella asks: “I was thinking of opening a paypal account was wondering if anyone had any thoughts?” I’ve had one for many years and use it frequently.
  • SoapboxTray replies: “I have had mine for a very long time. I have only had one issue where someone setup an auto pay to withdraw from my account but I noticed and called and paypal took care of it immediately. I have been very happy with it. I have had to get new debit cards for fraud over paypal issues.”
  • And comicbob says: “I have had one for several years. Never had any problems.”
  • Concetta is wondering: “Does anyone have any leads on good pet deals? A rescue I work with is looking for food for dogs and cats and I’d like to donate as much as I can. :-)”

Sam’s Club

  • On the Sam’s Club Plus membership deal, peaches notes: “With the Sam’s Club plus membership you can get cheap prescriptions. I used to get cheap prescriptions with my regular Sam’s Club membership, but the last time I got a prescription filled, my price went from $11 to $38. They told me they had eliminated the value prescription program. They just reinstated it, but you have to be a plus member to be eligible for the discount.”

Tanga

  • On the infrared thermometer deal, Debbie suggests: “We have one (but not this one) that we use to test the water temperature of the lake.”

Zaycon

  • Kerri is wondering about Zaycon: “I ordered this for the first time. I noticed that there is quite a bit of fat that I wasn’t expecting, a lot more than buying in the store. Is this normal for Zaycon? Also one of the first pieces I pulled out had a little bone left in, which I understand they can’t be perfect but I am freezing the rest for crock pot meals and am worried I’ll find more. Anyone else found this with the chicken?”
  • SoapboxTray replies: “I have ordered 3 times. The first was a few years back and the chicken breasts were huge and not much fat and no bones. The last 2 times I ordered, at least to me the quality had gone down. They didn’t taste as tender and like you said I found bones and other parts attached to the breast. I just spent a lot more time trimming than I had the first time I ordered. I don’t think I will get chicken from them any more although I contemplate it each time I see it come up because it is better than say Jewel or store brand. I rather buy the Bare chicken and have been trying to not freeze as much. It is so much tastier and tender cooking it fresh. I am fortunate to have a great Super Target that is on my way to and from work and they mark it down frequently.”
  • And I replied: “I haven’t found any bone in mine. The last batch I got (April) was more fatty than chicken I’ve gotten from there before, but not terrible — I got a pack at Jewel last week on their sale because I was on my way home and didn’t want to thaw, though, and it needed much more trimming.”

Free Gerber Good Start sample box for Amazon Moms only

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Calling all Amazon Moms! Head over here to claim a free sample of Gerber Good Start formula — enter code GOODSTART at checkout to redeem. The last time they did this, these went fast… If you claimed the last sample, you are not eligible for this one.

Five Kindle freebies and five cheap Kindle books 6/22/15

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Five Kindle freebies and five cheap Kindle books. It was a dark and stormy night… well, at least here in Chicago!

Cheap Kindle books

Free Kindle books

About cheap Kindle books

Free Kindle books are usually only free for a day or two, and cheap Kindle books can go up in price. Prices are current as of the date and time of this post, but can change at any time.