Reader deals 7/6/15

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Reader Deals 7/6/15: 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: rachel@mashupmom.com.
  • 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.

Coupons

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  • On the new high value Petco coupon, from Jaci: “Used my coupons at petsmart no problem! 2 bags of grain free dog food they had a ton of varieties!”
  • And Daisy comments: “Purchased the small bag of dog food this morning from Petco for $3.71 after coupon with tax.”
  • And from SmartShopper, who also supplied the above photos: “I was just at the Woodfield/Schaumburg Petsmart store today (Monday). The Purina pro plan cat food cost starts at $12.99, so your net cost Per bag would be $2.99 after coupon. The Pierina pro plan cat litter is still on sale for $9.99. The cat litter will be free after coupon.”

Dollar Tree

  • Confirmation that the Hormel movie deal works great, from Jan: “I was able to buy 6 pepperoni at Dollar Tree and submit for 2 free tickets. I got 2 codes texted to me from Hormel. I was able to use the free tickets to see Inside Out this weekend. I’m hoping to get to Dollar Tree again this week to get 6 more:)”

Freebies

  • Liz shares: “Free ice coffee with the Dunkin donut app today only”

Reader requests

  • Martha asks: “HI Rachel, our family is buying a home after almost 10 years of renting. We are getting excited about the prospect of painting our own walls (a color other than white!). Do you or your readers know of the best frugal (frugal, not cheap) way to buy paint by the gallon? Are there certain times of year that are better than others or certain retailers that offer better deals than others for quality paint? Thanks!”

Travel

  • Some great fare finds from feelgood: “For anyone planning fall travel, Southwest has some amazing deals right now. I checked September travel dates from Chicago, fares each way are as low as:
    Minneapolis $41
    Philadelphia $44
    Houston $44
    Orlando $49
    New Orleans $49
    Denver $50
    Ft Lauderdale $59
    Las Vegas $79  Easiest way to check is to go to http://www.southwest.com then click Flight at the very top of the screen, then click Low Fare Calendar. You select the month, then enter origin and destination along with a month, and the lowest fares for every day that month will appear.”

Five Kindle freebies and five cheap Kindle books 7/6/15

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Oh noes — it’s been a week since I brought you a list of Five Kindle freebies and five cheap Kindle books! Hopefully today’s will start to help make up for that. :)

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.

7-Eleven free Slurpee on 7/11

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This coming Saturday 7/11 is of course 7-Eleven Day, and you can enjoy a free small Slurpee between 11AM and 7PM. Then come back 7/12-7/18 and score another freebie every time you buy select drinks and scan with your app.

It’s time to raise a cup to 7Rewards Week! Because everyone loves free food and drinks, right? Obviously.

The week kicks off with the best day ever: 7-Eleven Day. Stop by from 11am – 7pm on Saturday, July 11 to get your FREE SMALL SLURPEE! Then keep coming back July 12-18 to get a 7-SELECT FREEBIE every time you buy a Coffee, Chillers® Iced Coffee, Slurpee, or Big Gulp® and scan your 7-Eleven app. Download now: http://bit.ly/711app

Buy any cup, scan the 7-Eleven app and get a FREE 7-Select food or drink under $2. At participating stores, while supplies last.

Sam’s Club free health screening 7/11

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Sam’s Club is offering another free health screening this coming Saturday 7/11. Here’s an excerpt from the press release with the pertinent info:

BENTONVILLE, Ark, (June 30, 2015) – As the nation’s 50-and-older population continues to grow, services that help prevent and detect potential health problems early on become increasingly important. Yet, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, only 25 percent of adults aged 50 to 64 years old are taking advantage of the preventive services available to them. In an effort to increase this number and provide a simple option, Sam’s Club is offering free health screenings to both members and the public.

These health screenings are confidential and available at all Sam’s Club locations with a pharmacy (608 locations) on Saturday, July 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The screenings are valued at $150 and include tests for:

  • Blood pressure
  • Total cholesterol
  • HDL (good cholesterol)
  • Risk ratio
  • Glucose
  • Body mass index (BMI)

Free Sparkling Ice

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From Jane: “Load TODAY on Saving Star; 1-17 oz. sparkling ice water, lemonade or tea and pick up by 7-2 for your FREEBIE. Also, I see it 77c at Jewel if you get it today there. While you are loading your freebie, the healthy item this week is bananas on SS.”

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: rachel@mashupmom.com.
  • 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.