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Free Bowling For Kids This Summer

Looking around for some free local activities for kids this summer? Head over to kids bowl free where you can find local bowling alleys offering free bowling for kids everyday!

Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the first ever Kids Bowl Free Program. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.

Register your kids for free, then look for local bowling alleys near you where the kids can play two free games everyday all summer.

Pottery Barn is also offering free activities for families this summer, like their Summer Book Club. Visit their website to find more summer fun.

Happy Summer!

Free Orange Chicken At Panda Express Coupons

Did you know Panda Express posts some great online coupons from time to time? Are you craving orange chicken now because I mentioned 'Panda?"

You know you are. It's Okay. We all are.

Right now you can get free orange chicken from Panda when you order online.  Yep, free. (Mouth watering yet?)

This coupon is good through August 31, 2016.

You can also grab a coupon for 10% off next time you visit one of their restaurants.

So hurry on over to and check out Panda's coupons posted there now.

Happy Summer, Panda!

If You Give An Ant Some Coffee, They Will Leave Your Home!

Hot summer days seem to make ants more determined than ever to get inside your home. In the past, I have used ant traps and repellents to get rid of ants in my house. This summer I am going to save my money try yet another use for coffee grounds. This is an all natural remedy (yay!) that is said to really work!

{I really hope so, anyway.}

How To Use Coffee To Keep Ants Out Of Your House This Summer! This cheap idea sounds simple enough. Just put coffee grounds in small paper bags and seal the bags with tape. You can also make your own coffee sachets - just wrap some coffee grounds in pieces of soft cloth. Tie the ends of the cloth together with string or yarn. Place the bags or sachets anywhere you have seen ants in your home.

Every other week or so replace the grounds to keep the scent fresh.

From what I have read, the coffee smell is an ant deterrent itself. Plus, coffee - or the caffeine in the coffee - is said to be toxic to ants should they manage to ingest it.

If giving ants som…

Another Cheap Trick To Unclog Sinks!

Most of us have probably heard about unclogging sink drains without using harsh chemicals by using some baking soda and vinegar. Or the AlkaSeltzer and white vinegar trick. Well, here is yet one more cheap way to try and unclog sinks that you can add to your DIY list.

If you happen to have some denture-cleansing tablets around the house, drop about 4 of them in the drain, then pour in about one cup of white vinegar.

Wait about 15 min. or so, then flush the drain with plenty of hot water.

Get more money saving do-it-yourself  tips here.

Where To Find The Best Freebies? Try These Sites!

The next time you want to search for the best freebies available, try one of these sites (if you do not already visit them!)

Also, follow companies you like on Twitter or like them on Facebook. You will often get the first notification of specials sales, giveaways and promotions. Did you know, for example, that Nordstom has Sample Saturdays?

One more fun site to bookmark when it comes to finding freebies is This site has the latest scoops on which beauty companies are offering free gifts with the purchase of a beauty item!

D.I.Y. Stainless Steel Shine Cleanser

Have your once-shiny stainless steel pots and pans lost their pretty glow? Try this d.i.y. stainless steel cleanser and shine booster that you can make at home! It's all -natural plus it's cheaper to make this at home than buying similar cleaning products at the store.

How To Make It: Blend equal parts flour and kosher salt. Add a few drops of lemon juice so that a thick pasty texture is formed. 
How To Use It: Spread the mixture over the stainless steel pot/pan. Let it sit for about half am hour, then rinse well. The results should be a shiny glowing pan!

Quick Tip To Save Money: Make Your Own Homemade Window Cleaner

Got streaky grimy windows and guest on the way? Try this easy-peasy fast home-made window cleaner idea to save money as well as get windows and mirrors sparkly clean in a jiffy!

Just mix equal parts white vinegar and rubbing alcohol together. If you have an empty spray bottle, pour the solution in it, spray your windows and wipe. If no spray bottle is handy, try dipping a couple of paper towels into the solution and wipe down your windows.

P.S. No paper towels handy? Try a few coffee filters!

Use Coffee For a D.I.Y. Facial {Really}

Coffee grounds are one of those kitchen items that can be used for so many different things - like in a body scrub that helps fight cellulite!

Here is one more way to put coffee grounds to good use, and it's also another way to save you money the next time you decide to treat yourself to a facial at home {because you probably won't have to buy a thing - chances are you already have the two ingredients in your kitchen!}
Mix together about 1/4 cup of fresh coffee grounds with 1 egg white. Gently massage this mixture on your skin. Let it dry. Rinse completely with lukewarm water and pat skin dry.
The coffee grounds are great at exfoliating dead skin cells, plus the antioxidants in the coffee are very good for your skin. The egg white? Well, that will help tighten and firm your face, temporarily.
Have you tried coffee in a d.i.y. beauty treatment at home? If so, were you happy with the results?

Super Quick Way To Save Hard Brown Sugar!

Have you ever found yourself in the kitchen ready to bake a special treat for your family only to find that one needed ingredient - that brown sugar sitting in your pantry - is now hard as a rock?  I came across this quick way to save that old brown sugar while browsing through some old magazines of mine - sounds simple enough, so before you toss that rock hard sugar away, try this tip:

Put the sugar in a microwave-safe bowl and place the bowl in your microwave. Put a cup of water next to the bowl. Microwave both on high in 30 second intervals until the sugar is softened.
Apparently it is the steam created by the hot water that does the trick!

Sign Up With These 4 Sites To Get New Products Absolutely Free

One of the best ways to save money is by having companies give you new products for free- 100% free - foryou to try out at home and keep! This has to be one of  the most fun ways to save as well, of course!

Companies love to get feedback from consumers on their newest products, and all they ask in return is for you to share your honest opinions about the product on your social networks, your own blogs and with your real-life friends.

The best way to start getting free stuff to review is by signing up with several different websites. This will increase your chances of being selected when new products are available. Registering is free with most sites, and they will usually notify you via email when they have a product available for review.

You can sign up to get free products and samples with sites like,,, and

Home Made Coffee Body Scrub

Since we are on the topic of getting ready for Christmas 2013 (I know it is June, but hey, there is now 204 days until Christmas, don't you know?) and you may be starting to compile ideas of easy gifts you can make and hand out this year, here is a wonderfully simple yet fun idea to add to your list.

Coffee Body Scrub
What You Will Need:
1/2 cup raw sugar
1/2 cup ground coffee
1 cup olive oil

How To Make The Scrub:
Ground some fresh coffee beans in grinder. Pour into a small bowl, then add the oil and sugar. Next, mix all ingredients together until well blended. Pour the mixture into a pretty glass jar with a lid. Add a pretty ribbon along with a card with typed instructions for use.

How To Use:
Pamper your skin with this aromatic scrub next time you take a shower! The coffee helps smooth cellulite while also scrubbing away dead skin, leaving you with softer firmer skin.

(Now wouldn't this make a cute gift for someone?)

205 Days Till Christmas 2013!

205. Days. Till. Christmas 2013.

Doesn't sound too scary.

Now schools starting summer vacations ...that is cause for panic, right?

Well, true enough about summer. I know I am taking long deep breaths and giving myself pep talks as my kids' last day of school draws near. Yet, I am aware of fleeting thoughts of Christmas already as well. Sure, I quickly shrug off the thoughts, because after all, we have 205 DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS.

Somehow this morning as my youngest son curled up tight against me in bed I started thinking about past Christmases, and how I always stressed about money, gifts, money, parties, gifts, money..,  .

So I scooted my slumbering dream boy over and crawled out of bed to the computer to find out exactly how many days we have left until the Christmas Tree goes up.

Well, to be exact, how many days till the kids race down the stairs expecting to see said Christmas Tree surrounded by lots of presents.

205 Days.

There is time. But that time should start getting use…