Groupon Deals and Savings

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I LOVE saving money!  Who doesn’t right?  I also love to spend money where I know I’m getting a discount or bargain.  I recently signed up for Groupon which is a free service for anyone to join. If you’re not familiar with Groupon, it’s an on-line service for consumers to receive deal-of-the-day recommendations on services in your area.

A few months back, I found a great deal on a boat rental in our area and last week my family and I cashed in on the deal and spent the day on the lake.  It was so much fun and super reasonable when I purchased my deal through Groupon.   This is just one of a few purchases I’ve made using this great service!

Every 24 hours, Groupon broadcasts an electronic coupon for a restaurant or store in your city, recommending that local service while also offering you a 40% to 60% discount if you purchase that service.  Why does Groupon do this you might ask?  Groupon is a middleman service that promotes your city’s restaurants and stores. Groupon encourages people to try a different restaurant or store each day, and earns a commission whenever they successfully refer a customer.

Each day, Groupon will send an email announcement to its subscribers, describing the deal-of-the-day in that metro area.  If you like the deal-of deal-of-the-day, then you purchase an electronic coupon directly from Groupon using your credit card or PayPal account. You print that coupon, take it to the restaurant or store, and redeem it for commonly double the value you paid.

The great thing about this, if you don’t like the deal-of-the-day then you do nothing, and wait for the next day’s offer.  There is no obligation nor any cost for you to simply watch each day’s Groupon announcements.

If you’re interested in joining Groupon you simply go here and sign up.  All you need is your email address which you will check every day for discounts.  THAT’S ALL and enjoy your frugal adventure!

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Summer fun Freebies!

Yep!  We broke out the cowbells and got our spots on!  If you’re not familiar with cow appreciation day, it’s one of the biggest days of the year for this wonderful restaurant chain.  One of the Chick-fil-A employees said it was expected to be the busiest day of the year and the chain expected to host nearly 1 million cow-dressed guests.  WOW!!  There were whole families dressed up with their kiddos and getting their moo-ing on.  We loved it! 20130714-143426.jpg

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On July 11, or 7/11, the day each year this convenience store chain celebrates as 7-Eleven Day.  In the Marlow house we know this day simply as Free Slurpee Day.  It’s become an annual event in our house we love sharing with our sweet friends.  7-Eleven stores give away one free Slurpee per customer.  Besides generating goodwill among customers, the event has proved curiously successful in boosting sales of Slurpee’s on the day of the giveaway(that’s the stores win by  giving stuff Away).  Fortunately we as the customer won out this year, instead of going with a 7.11-ounce free Slurpee as it has in the past, this year 7 eleven gave out Slurpee’s in it’s usual small size.  12 ounces.  Score!!!  Do you have any fun free family ideas you’d like to share?

 

God’s Eye Craft

If you’re looking for a fun craft for all ages, check this out!  We made these a few weeks ago and the kiddos LOVED it!  It came with hours of entertainment!  Now I know why my mom introduced this when we were growing up… it gave her time for the nervous breakdown she deserved watching all of us during the hot summer days 🙂

Neat history lesson…The Pueblo and other Native Americans wore special decorations called a God’s Eye, which were thought to bring good luck and long life. They were also created for celebration or blessing, presented as a gift or designed to bless a home.  Now more often they are sold in markets, reminding us that God looks with love on people everywhere.

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Things You’ll Need

two sticks the same size and yarn or string. Seriously… THAT’S ALL!!

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Place 2 sticks together to form an X. This is the frame for the God’s Eye.

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 Tie one end of the yarn around the center of the frame to hold them together. Make the knot tight so the sticks aren’t loose.

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With the other hand, wrap the yarn over and around one arm of the X, then over and around the next arm, and so on. Pull the yarn tightly each time and push the yarn down snugly toward the center.  Continue working this way until the God’s Eye is completed.  Cut the yarn 3 inches from the end of the God’s Eye.  20130710-081530.jpg

You can wrap the entire X with the same color yarn, or you can add different colors; it’s your choice! Once you get the hang of making God’s Eye, try making a gigantic one using two rulers; or a tiny one using toothpicks!  Enjoy!

Melting Crayons

Last week I had seven little people in my house.  That’s right seven… I have a complete new respect for any of you who are raising a large family.  YOU ROCK!!! It was a total adventure but by the third day I was beginning to feel like I look in my driver’s license photo. Despite being sleep deprived and a bit looney, the kiddos had so much fun and shared some wonderful memories with each other.  I pulled together a few crafts to keep them entertained during their visit.  Here was one that ending up being a favorite.  I think it was mine too!  SUPER EASY and fun!

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I took a box of Crayola crayons and let the kiddos pick five favorite colors.  I didn’t have a canvas  but instead used the top of a box lid and taped the crayons at the top.   I would recommend to glue them with a glue gun if you have one.

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then we turned our blow dryer to hot on high.

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not long after you set the hair dryer by the crayons they get shiny and then the wax starts to melt! They each took turns and watched excitedly as the colors raced down the lid.  Seriously… they were so impressed!!

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It dries really quick and after one kiddo finished, we added five more beside theirs and started the process again.  I’ve read on several posts to make sure you use Crayola.  Some tried to use other brands and it was a complete fail.  It turned out super cool… I’m thinking about using this as wall art for Kinley’s room.  Maybe next time I’ll save our broken crayons and try this again!

STRAWBERRY PICKIN’

IMG_4890Just a few miles from my house is this fantastic little place called Froberg’s.  It is a local farm where you can go pick your own strawberries.  My kids LOVE it!  Surprisingly, it is just as cheap to pick them as it is to buy them at the store.  They charge $2/pound.  The problem is that I have 5 kids.  They don’t think about how much their overflowing buckets cost.  We have just learned to minimize the number of buckets!  Works like a charm.

The next problem I came across was …….what do I do with POUNDS of strawberries before they go bad?  That led me to several fun recipes.  Strawberry bread, strawberry muffins, sweetened strawberries with cool whip….and my favorite strawberry preserves!

This trip to the farm was fruitful.  (Don’t you love cheesy humor??)  We were able to have a fun-filled afternoon and enjoy the fruit of our labor.

What kind of frugal things do you do with your kids?   I am ALWAYS looking for some ideas!

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