It’s hard to believe summer vacation is halfway over! And you know what that means for most of us parents with school age kids: it’s time to think about back-to-school shopping again!
I’ve noticed most retail stores are already offering nice back to school deals. But if you want to save more money on school supplies (and you don’t mind the shopping crowd), check out when your select state is offering Tax Free Weekend this year! If you live in these states: AR, GA or MS, this weekend is tax-free shopping for you! You can go here to check out the details for your state.
Looking to get entertained this weekend? Here are some fun and frugal ideas to save money on entertainment for the whole family!
Every Wednesday from August 5th-12th from 1-3PM, check out their FREE Make & Take events! Be sure to call your local store to verify their participation.
Throughout the month of August, girls ages 8 and up can participate in various FREE events at various locations. Events vary by location, so go here to see the full list of dates and participating locations.
In honor of National Bowling Day on Saturday, August 8th, you can get a FREE Game of Bowling from 10AM-Noon for all guests ages 4 and up! Shoe rentals are not included. Go here for more details and to locate an AMF center near you.
*Barnes & Noble
On Saturday, August 1st at 11AM, attend story time and activities featuring “If you Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t!”. Go here for more details.
Through September 1st, Disney Stores have FREE Summer Play Days offering events including Art of Animation, Trivia, Story Time and Showtime. Stop by every week and receive a character button.
Now through August 27th, Family Christian Bookstore is offering a Summer Reading Program where kids 12 years and younger can earn a FREE $10 off $10+ Savings Pass whenever they read and complete a Book Report form for six Christian books and bring in the forms to any Family Christian store! No Family Christian store nearby? Your kid/s can still do this by submitting their completed forms and mailing address to [email protected]
You can still register for the FREE Kids Workshop on Saturday, August 1st, where kids ages 5-12 can build a FREE Chalkboard Door Hanger. These workshops are offered the 1st Saturday at all The Home Depot stores between 9AM-12PM.
*Kids Bowl Free
Here’s how to keep your kids entertained all Summer long! Sign them up for the Kids Bowl Free Program offered at over 1,000 bowling centers in the US and Canada. This offer is for kids ages 15 and under and registration is 100% FREE! Each child is entitled to coupons for 2 free games of bowling daily throughout the summer!
*Lakeshore Learning Store
On Saturday, August 1st from 11AM-3PM, kids will be able to make a Friendship Day Keepsake! You can go here for more details.
*Six Flags Theme Parks
On Wednesday, August 5th only, bring any empty Popchips bag to a participating Six Flags Theme Park before 3PM to receive a coupon for 50% off a full-priced single day general admission ticket and a VIP wristband for the Exclusive Ride Time Event. Offer is valid on August 5th only. Go here for more details.
Check out the various Kids Club events for only $2 per child. Sessions start every half hour from 10AM-11:30AM. Go here for details.
*Microsoft YouthSpark Summer Camps
Microsoft retail stores have YouthSpark Summer Camps for kids ages 8-13 throughout the summer. This camp is being offered FREE and campers are divided into two age groups: beginner Game Coders (recommended for ages 8-11) and intermediate Game Coders (recommended for ages 8-11 or older). The camps last two hours a day from Monday thru Thursday and are available at Microsoft Retail Stores throughout the country.
Check out the FREE Junior Chef Classes, Summer Cooking Camps for Kids ages 9-12, 13-17 and Technique Classes for adults. Go here for more details.
Here are fantastic deals from your fave restaurants to save money this weekend and beyond!
Starting August 1st, 7-Eleven will be offering various freebies every weekend throughout the month of August with the 7-Eleven app! This weekend, you can get a FREE medium Fanta Slurpee drink! Be sure not to tap “Redeem Offer” on your phone until you’re ready to score the freebie, as it will only be available to redeem for 15 minutes once you do. Go here for more details.
In honor of National Root Beer Float Day, get to your local A&W restaurant on August 6th from 2PM-close to score a FREE small A&W Root Beer Float! Consider making a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project while you’re there too!
Get a coupon good for $10 off your purchase at Bonefish Grill good thru 8/3/15! Coupon offer excludes alcohol and is valid for dinner after 4pm only.
Go fill out this form to score a coupon for Buy One Coconut Iced Coffee and Get One FREE, good thru August 2nd!
Get a coupon for $1 off The Grilled Pork Chop Biscuit Combo good to use through 8/2. And through September 6th, you can print a coupon valid for $1 off a Mushroom & Swiss All-Natural Burger Combo!
Enter the Chipotle Friend or Faux Sweepstakes now through 8/31/15. Take the short quiz (or skip the quiz and complete this form instead) and then enter your name and mobile phone number to claim a mobile coupon valid for Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Chipotle Burrito, Burrito Bowl, Salad or Order of Tacos (up to a $10 value)! You’ll receive the coupon via a text message to the mobile phone number you entered on the sweepstakes form.
On August 1st, bring in a 24-pack of bottled water and receive a FREE medium sub at participating locations. Water will go to local fire departments to distribute to those in need.
*Kwik Trip/Kwik Star
Get ANY size Karuba coffee or 32oz Big Buddy Soda for just $0.50 each through August 13th. Go here for more details.
Through August 2nd, OliveGarden.com is aoffering $5 off a $30 online To Go order when you use the promo code TOGO5 at checkout, valid on Catering and ToGo orders only. Also through August 2nd, score a coupon valid for 10% off your entire check with a party of two, 15% off with a party of three OR 20% off with a party of four or more! Coupon excludes To-Go orders, catering and alcoholic beverages.
Now through August 4th, get 15% off your entire Lunch or Dinner check with this coupon (excludes alcohol). Only one coupon per check and table is allowed.
Papa John’s Rewards members can score any large 3-topping pizza for just 15 Papa Johns reward points. Simply sign-in to your account (or sign up free!), click on “Special Offers” at the top of the page, then enter in the promo code 3TOP15 to get in on this deal!
Buy a $25 limited edition, movie themed gift card and get a FREE movie ticket to see Terminator Genisys (up to a $10 value). Go here for more details.
Print a $5 off $15 at Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill valid through August 2nd and for dine-in only.
Now through September 1st, get 1/2 price Real Ice Cream Shakes after 8PM.
Now through August 2nd, purchase two Lasagne entrees at regular menu price and score a FREE appetizer. Go here for details.
Through August 9th (or through August 16th if you are a Starbucks Rewards Member), make any Starbucks purchase before 2PM and then get any handcrafted Grande cold beverage (Teavana Shaken Iced Teas, Fizzio Handcrafted Sodas, Frappuccino blended beverages, Starbucks Refreshers beverages, iced coffee, Evolution Fresh Smoothies) for only $2.50 plus tax after 2PM the same day at participating stores in the U.S. and Canada. Just show your receipt to the barista when you return. Read all about this offer on the Starbucks Facebook page.
Get a coupon for Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Chicken Slider, valid through August 15th.