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Common Reasons Promo Codes Don’t Work

Common Reasons Promo Codes Don't Work | Money Savvy Living

 

Promo codes are a great and easy way to save money. Unfortunately, they have a reputation for being a little temperamental and can cause frustration when they don’t work and you don’t know why.

There are a lot of reasons why a promo code might not work, and it can be difficult to figure out the reason for each exact code, but here are some common explanations:

 

Code is Expired

This is probably the most common reason a code won’t work. No matter where you find the promo code, it always comes with an expiration date. If you’re trying to use the code after the expiration date, it likely won’t work. That’s not to say that it definitely won’t work, as some expired codes can still be applied, so it can be worth a shot to try it and see it the discount is applied.

Minimum Purchase Requirement Not Met

Many coupon codes come with certain minimum purchase requirements, such as getting 20% off your purchase if you spend $50 or more. Minimum requirements are typically included in the main text of the code, but that isn’t always the case. Customer service representatives aren’t likely to let you use the code without meeting the requirements, so add more items to your cart or find another code that will work.

Code Only Good for First-Time Customers

In an effort to attract new customers, many sites like Gilt City offer valuable coupon codes to customers making their first purchase. If you try to use this coupon code on a subsequent purchase or if you already have an account, it likely won’t work.

Product or Category is Excluded

Many stores, such as Nordstrom, include a huge list of excluded items with their promo codes. This can be deceptive in some places, because promo codes labeled “storewide” might not actually apply to the entire store. The lesson here is to carefully read the fine print before making a purchase—customer service representatives are very unlikely to let you use the code on an excluded item.

Another Promo Code Was Already Applied

Some stores occasionally apply a promo code automatically when you log into your account. Most of the time you can use a different promo code if you wish, but sometimes it takes a little tinkering to get the new code to work. In these cases, customer service representatives are usually very helpful and can help get the desired code to your account.

Store No Longer Accepts Promo Codes

Promo codes are typically at the discretion of store management, so when a store or website is bought out by a new company, the promo code policies could change and make your codes unusable. There isn’t really a good situation to this problem, as it seems to be a natural side effect of when a company is bought. However, customer service representatives can be helpful and may be able to add the code manually.

Shopper Must Be Signed In to Redeem Promo Code

In some cases, you can only redeem a promo code if you have created an account at the store or site. Almost every online retailer lets customers create a free account very quickly, so this issue can be solved with little effort.

Code Not Available in All Areas

This is a common issue with free shipping codes in particular. Smaller local and regional stores often don’t have the ability or power to ship items to certain areas of the country or internationally, so their “free shipping” codes really only apply to a certain radius. Sometimes stores try to drum up more business in a certain region so they release codes that are only good for that region and don’t work if you live somewhere else.

Store is Having Technical Difficulties

You might automatically think this is the reason for a bad code, but it is actually a rare occurrence. That’s not to say that it doesn’t happen on occasion. If the site is experiencing technical glitches, customer service representatives should be very willing to fix the issue and perhaps even throw in an extra discount for the inconvenience.

 

This article is a guest post by Jason Feller, from Dealspotr.com.  To read more from him or check out more frugal shopping and couponing ideas, you can connect with Dealspotr on Twitter and Facebook.

Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun: Discounts for 250+ Attractions Nationwide

Summer Fun Discounts 2015 | Money Savvy Living

If you are looking for some summer fun that the entire family can enjoy, check out this list of over 250 attractions, theme parks, and water parks offering special discounts in over 35 states nationwide.  As a U.S. Family Guide blog member, my readers can enjoy savings by clicking on the links and printing coupons or codes to save money at each of the attractions below:

2015 Theme Park, Waterpark and Summer Attraction

 

 

Printable Coupons and Promo Codes, by state:
Alabama

USA Triathlon 2015 Splash & Dash

 

Arizona

AZ Air Time Scottsdale

Kiwanis Park Recreation Center

Arizona Museum for Youth

SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium

INSPIRE Entertainment

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center – Tucson

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center – Phoenix

Carrie Curran Art Studios

Arizona Rafting

 

California

California’s Great America

Gilroy Gardens

Hollywood Wax Museum

Madame Tussauds Hollywood

Newport Landing Whale Watching

Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

Raging Waters

Waterworld California

Mulligan Family Fun Center

Guinness World Records Museum

Bladium Sports & Fitness Club

BounceU – Orange

Downtown LA Walking Tours

Fillmore & Western Railway

 

Colorado

Copper Mountain Resort Association

Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park

Water World

Pirates Cove

The Splash at Fossil Trace

Boondocks Fun Center

Dinosaur Resource Center

Children’s Museum of Denver

Butterfly Pavilion

Downtown Aquarium

Evolve Action Sports Park

A+ Athletics

Adventure Golf and Raceway

RaftColorado.net

Earth Treks Climbing Center

Broken Tee Golf Course

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

American Paintball Coliseum

Grand Adventures

SK Horses

Putter’s Pride Mini Golf

FatCats Bowling Centers

Putting Edge Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf & Arcade

Snow Mountain Ranch

Dart Warz

Unser Karting & Events

Bladium Sports & Fitness Club

K1 Speed

Colorado Sports Hall of Fame

Denver Firefighters Museum

Blitz Paintball

Silverthorne Recreation Center

Friends of Dinosaur Ridge

Gateway Park Fun Center

 

Connecticut

Flight Trampoline Park

My Gym Enfield

My Gym Glastonbury

My Gym of West Hartford

Lakeside Pottery Ceramic School and Studio

 

Florida

Adventure Landing

Adventure Landing & Shipwreck Island Waterpark

Amazing Urban Scavenger Hunt

Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park

Bluefoot Pirate Adventures

Everglades Holiday Park

GameTime

Putting Edge Glow in the Dark Mini Golf

Sky Zone Fort Lauderdale

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

 

Georgia

Amazing Urban Scavenger Hunt

Lane Southern Orchards

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Monster Mini Golf

Wild Adventures Theme Park

Georgia Renaissance Festival

Smoke Rise Summer Camp

 

Hawaii

Hawaii Game Truck

My Gym Kailua

 

Idaho

FatCats Bowling Centers

 

Illinois

Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm

Go Bananas LLC

Jump America Indoor Trampoline Park

Odyssey Fun World

Pump It Up Chicago

Putting Edge Glow in the Dark Mini Golf

Safari Land

Discovery Center Museum

Exploration Station

My Gym Aurora

My Gym Buffalo Grove

My Gym Chicago

My Gym River Forest

 

Iowa

Monkey Joe’s Of Des Moines

 

Kansas

All Star Adventures

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City

SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Overland Park

Wichita Riding Academy

 

Kentucky

Gattitown Lexington

 

Louisiana

Amazing Urban Scavenger Hunt

Steamboat Natchez

 

Maryland

Earth Treks Climbing Center

Madame Tussauds Washington, D.C.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

My Gym Bethesda

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center of Timonium

My Gym Owings Mills

 

Massachusetts

Amazing Urban Scavenger Hunt

Classic Harbor Line – Boston

On Location Tours

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center

Rock Spot Climbing

 

Michigan

Bavarian Inn Lodge

Berlin Raceway

High Velocity Sports

Putting Edge Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf & Arcade

 

Missouri

Castle of Chaos

Hollywood Wax Museum

SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium

The Bretts

The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum

America’s Incredible Pizza Company – St. Louis

America’s Incredible Pizza Company – Springfield

Cool Crest Family Entertainment Center

Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City

Putting Edge Glow in the Dark Mini Golf

Shoot for the Stars Mini-Golf

World’s Largest Toy Museum & Attraction

The Little Gym of Fenton

Mad Science of St. Louis

 

Montana

Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

 

Nebraska

My Gym Childrens Fitness Center – Lincoln

 

Nevada

Amazing Urban Scavenger Hunt

Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas

BounceU – Henderson

 $5 Off Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus – XTREME

 

New Hampshire

Liquid Planet Water Park And Zip Lines

Water Country

 

New Jersey

Wild West City

International Sports Skating & Fun Centre & Deptford Skating & Fun Center

Pump It Up – Roselle Park

Pump It Up – Freehold

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center – Glen Rock

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center – Westfield

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center – Manalapan

 

New Mexico

Tours of Old Town

 

New York

Adventure Landing – Greece

Adventure Landing – Tonawanda

Adventure Speedway

Amazing Urban Scavenger Hunt

Classic Harbor Line

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester

Madame Tussauds New York

On Location Tours

The Ride

New York Baby Show

Bounce Magic

Gamin Ride

My Gym Children’s Fitness – Stony Brook

The Little Gym of Kingston

 

North Carolina

Adventure Landing – Gastonia

Adventure Landing – Winston Salem

Adventure Landing – Raleigh

Adventure Landing – Pineville

 

Ohio

Magic Mountain Fun Centers – Polaris

Magic Mountain Fun Centers – East

The Beach Waterpark

Ohio Renaissance Festival

Akron Fossils & Science Center

Family Karate

 

Oklahoma

Andy Alligator’s Water Park

America’s Incredible Pizza Company

Bouncin Craze

Bouncin Craze II

 

Oregon

USA Triathlon 2015 Splash & Dash

 

Pennsylvania

Flight Trampoline Park

Fun Slides Carpet Skatepark

Monster Mini Golf

Sunset Mini Golf

Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway

Slide The City

BounceU – Exton

BounceU – Warrendale

Snapology Discovery Center – South Hills

Snapology of East Pittsburgh

Gymkhana Gymnastics

Soccer Shots

The Valley Skating Center

Color Me Mine Pottery Studio

 

Rhode Island

Rock Spot Climbing

 

South Carolina

Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors

Hollywood Wax Museum

Outbreak

Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry

Hollywild Animal Park

My Gym Northeast Columbia

 

Tennessee

Castle of Chaos

Guinness World Records Museum

Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors

Hollywood Wax Museum

Ripley’s 5D Moving Theater

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium

Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini-Golf

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze

Ripley’s Old MacDonald’s Farm Mini-Golf

Dickson Stampede Days Rodeo

America’s Incredible Pizza Company

 

Texas

Adventure Landing

Amazing Urban Scavenger Hunt

Cascade Caverns

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Moody Gardens

Natural Bridge Caverns

Schlitterbahn

SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium

Shore Club Volente Beach

Splashtown San Antonio

Trinity Forest Adventure Park

Woodlawn Theatre

Amazing Jake’s Plano

America’s Incredible Pizza Company

Gatti’s Pizza

Gattitown

Inflatable Wonderland

Nickelrama Arcade

Drama Kids International

Olympian Fencing Club

 

Utah

Amazing Urban Scavenger Hunt

FatCats Bowling Centers – Salt Lake City

FatCats Bowling Centers – Ogden

FatCats Bowling Centers – Provo

This Is The Place Heritage Park

Boondocks Fun Center

Discovery Gateway: The Children’s Museum of Utah

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center – Layton

Adrift Adventures

 

Virginia

Flight Trampoline Park

My Gym of Hampton Roads

Mad Science of Hampton Roads

 

Washington

Amazing Urban Scavenger Hunt

 

West Virginia

West Virginia Mountain Rail Adventures

 

Wisconsin

Blue Harbor Resort & Spa

Door County Trolley

Egg Harbor Fun Park

Gravity Trails

Badger Bouncers

Sky Zone Milwaukee

Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley

 

Family Friendly Vacation Ideas and Exclusive Discounts: Summer 2015

If you are still looking for summer vacation ideas, check out this list of nationwide attractions– AND DISCOUNT PRICING– to help you plan an even better vacation and save a bit of money too!

NEW YORK CITY:

CLASSIC HARBOR LINE CRUISE

Family Friendly Boat Tours of Manhattan Dedicated to helping locals and visitors alike enjoy the unique wonders of New York City, Classic Harbor Line hopes for the privilege of escorting you on a relaxing, inspiring and breathtaking sightseeing cruise through the waters we proudly call home. The classic yachts – the Schooner Adirondack & Adirondack III and the Schooner America 2.0 (sailboats), and the Luxury Yacht Manhattan (motorized yacht) are reminiscent of the classic boats that cruised New York Harbor a hundred years ago.

My Readers receive 15% off each ticket purchased at www.sail-nyc.com using ONLINE promo code Mom2015 – Valid for any Day Sail, Sunset Sail, City Lights Sail aboard Schooner Adirondack, Schooner America 2.0 OR any Cruise aboard the 1920’s style motor yacht: Yacht Manhattan!

THE RIDE

THE RIDE uses New York City and its renowned landmarks as the backdrop for a theatrical event that blurs the boundary between tour and performance. The city becomes a stage, and soon you can’t tell where the street ends and the show begins!

THE RIDE gives you a front-row seat to the streets of New York City in a multi-million dollar motor coach that comes equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual technology, including 40 plasma screen TVs and over 3000 LED lights. Enjoy the performance from the comfort of one-of-a-kind stadium seating and huge panoramic windows.

While navigating a 4.2-mile midtown path, our performers and native New Yorkers alike become performers for THE RIDE, showing guests an entirely new side of New York City they can’t see anywhere else.

Whether you’re new to the city or a long-time native, you’ll find something to enjoy.

Get On, and Experience the Ride.
$50 OFF Your Next Party with THE RIDE!

– See more at: www.experiencetheride.com

FRANKENMUTH, MI: BAVARIAN INN LODGE and RESTAURANT

The Bavarian Inn Lodge, nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations – Frankenmuth – is one of the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotels. The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The Lodge’s expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 150 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, year-round, nightly entertainment and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In 29 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor.
$35 off at the Bavarian Inn Lodge Code #1239JD (855) 421-1366
 

CONCORD, CA: WATER WORLD

About Waterworld California
Thank you for planning your visit to Waterworld California, Northern California’s Biggest & Best Water Park Experience. The Park is located less than 30 minutes east of San Francisco in the East Bay city of Concord. The 30-acre water park is home to more than 35 world-class attractions, including heart-pounding waterslides, the region’s largest wave pool, Northern California’s longest lazy river and whimsical water adventures for kids of all ages. Private poolside cabanas are also available for daily rental, making Waterworld California the perfect family vacation destination that’s affordable and close to home!

NEW! – Break Point Plunge
The World’s steepest body slide, Break Point Plunge takes brave riders to a towering height of more than six-stories. Once they reach the top, they enjoy a breathtaking view of the Park before stepping into an enclosed launch capsule where the countdown begins for what will happen next. Within seconds, the floor below drops out, sending riders through a heart-pounding 270-foot long looping adventure before reaching the runout below!

Special Discount for my readers!
Tickets include admission to Waterworld California and are good for any public operating day during the 2015 season.

Use Promo Code: 20FamilyFun
Discount: Save $13 on single-day General Admission, now through September 27, 2015
* Regular price: $35.99
* Discounted price: $22.99

Find further information about Waterworld California at www.WaterworldCalifornia.com

 

 

WELLFORD, SC: HOLLYWILD ANIMAL PARK

Hollywild Animal Park, set in rural Upstate SC is a gem among parks and zoos – it’s a combination of both! The natural pathways and open spaces with plenty of picnic areas make it a great place to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of life and explore: the laughter of your children, time together, and the great outdoors. But there’s more – more than 500 animals native to countries around the globe make their home at Hollywild.

In the walking area of the park, you are close to all kinds of animals from the curious camels and humorous bears (who can be seen playing on the park’s webcam www.hollywild.org Eyes on Hollywild) to the majestic great cats (lions, tigers, leopards, and cougars), striking baboons and ambassador wolves. Petting areas are intentionally placed throughout the park. Children wanting to pet the “kitty” may need to be redirected if that “kitty” happens to be a 500 pound Siberian Tiger, but just a few feet away you find a petting area where donkeys, alpaca, goats, and even pigs can be found ready for some attention. Free roaming birds like the brilliant peacocks, guineas, and exotic chickens show their colors throughout the grounds adding another element of fun to your visit. A bit of learning is tucked into a Hollywild visit too, with the aid of signage and the Creature Feature programs in the park’s amphitheater. Both showcase details about the featured animals and give you the inside scoop on their unique adaptations and behaviors. There just aren’t many places where you learn a little then spread out a picnic blanket beside a waterfall in view of a rare white lion, one of the newest additions to the Hollywild family. His inspiring story and Hollywild’s partnership in an international effort to conserve the rare white subspecies make it easy to see why this place is a treasure on so many levels.

Included in your admission is the Safari Bus Ride you won’t want to miss. Converted old-style school buses take you and yours on a journey you’ll not soon forget – on the ride you meet all kinds of herbivores: emu, donkeys, water buffalo, bison, watusi, and zebras who come to the bus for snack time. You just can’t see the foot-long tongue of a watusi up-close from anywhere – but you can at Hollwyild! From the bus, catch a glimpse of “Tank” the park’s rare white rhino and star of many television commercials. In fact, that’s where the park’s name originated – through the movie industry. Hollywild has a 40+ year history – starting from a modest private backyard collection of animals to the nearly 100 acre public access park it is today. It grew as a result of Hollywood movie makers calling founder David Meeks and asking to film his animals. The funds raised by those efforts built the park to be the great resource it is today. Walking through the park you can see the star signs indicating the movies that Hollywild animals have appeared in during the park’s history.

The park converted to a non-profit organization more than 15 years ago so that it would be run by a board of directors who could see to it that the park lives on as a great resource for generations to come. Many animals have been born here or brought here as rescues and some as ‘retirees’ from circus acts. Each has a special story worth hearing. Though staff recommend at least 2 hours for a visit during Park Season, others recommend just planning to spend the whole day as you can ride the bus as many times as you like and just relax enjoying the nature abundant around you. Picnics are welcome or you can purchase light concessions on-site. The park’s website www.hollywild.org has links to places to stay, eat, and play nearby making it easy to plan a weekend getaway to the Upstate area convenient to I-85 and I-26.

Free Child’s Admission with purchase of an Adult Admission

 

TEMPE, AZ: SEA LIFE

Discover SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium! With an amazing 360 degree ocean tunnel and more than 5,000 sea creatures including sharks, rays and seahorses, the aquarium is the perfect stop for family fun.

New for 2015, dive in to summer camp at SEA LIFE Arizona: June 15 – June 19, June 22 – June 26,  July 6 – July 10.
Discover amazing ocean creatures, enjoy hands-on activities and participate in exclusive experiences. SEA LIFE Adventure Camp is for kids age 7 to 12 years old and is $200 plus tax per Camper. Each 1-week session is Monday-Friday from 9:00am – 3:30pm. Select which session works best for you and enjoy 5 days of fun ocean-themed activities!

World Oceans Day
This World Oceans Day SEA LIFE Arizona will be taking part in the #BetterBagChallange. On June 8th, guests can bring in plastic bags, sign the #BetterBagChallange Pledge, and receive an amazing reusable tote. This will be a great way to help our oceans and receive something special for it.

Octonauts Training Academy
Sound the Octo-Alert! This June 8th- 21st SEA LIFE Arizona welcomes Captain Barnacles and Peso from the hit animated TV show, The Octonauts. Participate in the Octonauts Training Academy and learn what it takes to become a member of the crew. As cadets, they’ll master the specialties of their favorite characters across 6 fun zones, meet Captain Barnacles and Peso in person* and then be rewarded for completing their training with a very special Octonauts certificate!
For more information please visit visitsealife.com/Arizona/Octonauts

My Readers Save $3 off Child Admission and $5 off Adult Admission! – Save $3 off Children’s Admission and $5 off Adult Admission at SEA LIFE Arizona. Valid for up to 6 discounts per coupon. Offer cannot be applied to pre-purchased or online tickets. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or offers. Additional restrictions may apply. The right of final interpretation resides with SEA LIFE Arizona. CODE: 1305

 

 

KANSAS CITY, MO: LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER

Explore LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City, the ultimate indoor playground for kids ages 3-10 who are the biggest fans of LEGO! LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City is one of Kansas City’s best attractions for kids! Reach out and touch the stars in our 4D cinema, build the fastest car in Build & Test, save the princess at Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, or have the ultimate LEGO birthday party. Plan your family visit and jump into the biggest box of LEGO bricks!

NEW FOR 2015: Come and visit our LEGO Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope Miniland Model Display – Now Open!

As part of the new intergalactic exhibit, guests can help the Rebel Alliance destroy the Galactic Empire’s powerful Death Star, experience the epic duel between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader, watch in awe as the Millennium Falcon rises from the deserts of Tatooine, discover the bustling city of Mos Eisley, and take in the busy cantina where the band plays its familiar tune and dangerous characters lurk in dark corners.

My Readers Save $3 off Legoland Discovery Center! – Use this coupon to receive $3 off full priced admission at Legoland Discovery Center.
Code: 1053

 

DICKSON, TN: DICKSON RODEO DAYS

Saddle up for family fun at the 27th annual Dickson Stampede Days Rodeo, June 19 – 20 in Dickson, Tennessee. There’s hometown, professional rodeo from bronc riding to roping and bull riding. Two pro events are exclusively for women, plus there are two youth events for both boys and girls. You’ll see Rodeo Clown of the Year Dusty Myers, world champion cowboy Josh Crager, a wild-west rodeo opening and much more. Ride the mechanical bull and visit the western shopping mall. One dollar per ticket goes to Fight DMD, to help find a cure for the 100% fatal Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Save $2 on Kids Gen. Admission Tickets – This coupon is good for $2 off children’s General Admission tickets when purchasing a regular priced adult General Admission ticket for the 27th annual Dickson Stampede Days Rodeo, June 19 and 20, 2015 at 8 p.m. at the Dickson County Fairgrounds, Dickson, Tenn. (This coupon good a discount on up to four children’s tickets when accompanying a paying adult.)
http://usfamilycoupons.com/coupon.php?regionid=75&bid=12005&dealid=1942 @usfg

 

BOERNE, TX:  CASCADE CAVERNS

See Texas Downunder! Cascade Caverns has been declared a Texas Historical Site for its combination of history, geology & archaeological significance. Your guided 45 minute to one hour tour takes you through corridor after corridor of timeless beauty. The tour leaves continuously throughout the day but check seasonal schedules for specific times during the year. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a camera!


The cavern is a cool, living cavern with millions of glistening drops of pure water reluctantly falling on spectacular rock formations, a comfortable 64 degrees year round. Bring your picnic to enjoy on our 105 acre park before or after your tour. There are nature trails and a playground to explore as well as our unique gift shop.
Cascade Caverns is a fun and educational experience for adults, teens, and kids.
We also have the ideal setup for parties, rallies, musical events, or corporate retreats. Give us a call to see what we can do for you.


Save $1 Off Child OR $2 OFF Adult Admission OR $5 Off Camping at Cascade Caverns – Present this coupon and receive $1 Off Child OR $2 OFF Adult Admission OR $5 Off Camping at Cascade Caverns. One coupon per family visit – not valid with other offers. Code: SanAntonioKidsGuide.com

Birthday Freebies: 105 Places to Get Free Stuff for Your Birthday

105 Places to Get Free Stuff for Your Brithday

 

We just celebrated our second-born son’s birthday this week—the big 7!  Of course the advent of a birthday in our house is a big deal for the kids.  They even get excited about my birthday and my husband’s birthday.  As adults, we are sort of lackluster about our own birthdays, because, well, we are just getting older.  But the kids are excited because they get to eat cake (which we really don’t have expect for birthdays).  And, of course, they still talk about how fun it was the year that daddy chose to go to Chuck E. Cheese for his birthday—an obvious choice for an awesome dad.  THE. KIDS. LOVED. IT.  High-five to my hubby for that one.

 

Many retailers also join in the birthday fun.  If you sign up for that particular store or restaurant’s birthday club, or even if you have a store credit card, you can get free offers for your birthday.

 

Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Bob Evans: free kid’s meal for your child, when you enroll your child in the birthday club
  • Kohl’s: $10 to spend on a $10 purchase
  • Express: $10 to spend on a $10 purchase
  • The Limited: Discount offer during your birthday month
  • Ann Taylor: $15 to spend on a $15 purchase

 

In addition to my favorite birthday freebies, The Penny Hoarder has put together the ultimate list of 100 Places That Will Give You Free Stuff on Your Birthday. Check out their list for more great opportunities to get freebies for your birthday:

 

  1. A&W All American Food – Get a free root beer float on your birthday by joining the Mug Club.
  2. Ace Hardware – Receive a free $5 off coupon when you join Ace Rewards.
  3. AMF Bowling – Get xsome free bowling by signing up with the AMF Pinsiders Club.
  4. Applebees –  Sign up for their Email Club and get a free dessert on your birthday.
  5. Arby’s – Get a free milkshake on your birthday when you register with Arby’s.
  6. Atlanta Bread Company – Get a free cookie on your birthday when you join their Loyalty Program.
  7. Au Bon Pain – Join their eClub and get a free birthday lunch.
  8. Auntie Anne’s – Sign up for Pretzel Perks and get a free pretzel on your birthday.
  9. Aveda – Receive a birthday gift valued at $20 when you  join Aveda’s Rewards Program.
  10. Bare Escentuals – Join the Friends and Benefits Program and they’ll send you a gift on your birthday.
  11. Barnes and Noble (Kids) – Sign up for the B&N Kids’ Club and your child gets a free cupcake on his/her birthday.
  12. Baskin Robbins – Join their Birthday Club and get free ice cream on your birthday.
  13. BD’s Mongolian Grill – Get a free entree on your birthday when you join Club Mongo.
  14. Benihana’s – Register for the Chef’s Table and they’ll send you a $30 birthday certificate.
  15. Bennigan’s – Receive a BOGO entree as well as a free dessert when you sign up for their  E-Club.
  16. Big Boy – Join their Email Club and get a free dessert on your birthday.
  17. Bonefish Grill – Become a  BFG Insider and get special offers on your birthday.
  18. Boston Market – Join the VIP Club and get a special birthday surprise.
  19. Buca di Beppo – You’ll receive a free pasta on your next visit as well as a $20 birthday gift for joining their eClub.
  20. Buffalo Wild Wings – Get a free birthday dessert when you join the Buffalo Circle.
  21. Captain D’s – Get a special offer on your birthday when you join  D’s Club.
  22. Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Join Carrabba’s Amici Club and get a free appetizer as well as a coupon for a BOGO Free entree.
  23. Chick fil a – Become an Email Insider and get a special birthday offer.
  24. Chili’s – Get free chips and guacamole when you join their  Email Club.
  25. Chuck E. Cheese – Join the Chuck E. Cheese Club and get free tokens to help celebrate your child’s birthday.
  26. Cinnabon – Subscribe to Club Cinnabon and get a special gift on your birthday.
  27. Cold Stone Creamery – Get a BOGO coupon for your birthday by signing up for the My Cold Stone Club.
  28. Country Buffet – Sign your child up for the  Birthday Kids Club and they’ll receive a free meal on their big day.
  29. Cracker Barrel – Go to Cracker Barrel on your birthday and get a free dessert.
  30. Culvers – Enjoy a free birthday treat when you sign up for the Culver’s eClub.
  31. CVS – Join the Beauty Club and get $3 Extracare bucks on your birthday.
  32. Dairy Queen – Receive a free Blizzard on your birthday by signing up for the Blizzard Fan Club.
  33. Dave & Busters – Sign up for Dave & Buster’s Rewards and get $10 in free game play.
  34. Denny’s- Stop by Denny’s and get a free Grand Slam on your birthday (with ID)!
  35. Disney Movie – Get 100 free points for your birthday when you sign up for Disney Movie Rewards.
  36. Don Pablo’s – Get a $10 gift card on your birthday when you become a Habaneros Member.
  37. Dunkin’ Donuts – Get a free beverage on your birthday by signing up for the DD Perks Rewards Program.
  38. Einstein Bros. Bagels – Get a free bagel on your birthday when you join the club.
  39. Firehouse Subs – Show up on your birthday and show ID for a free medium sub!
  40. First Watch – Get a free entree when you sign up for the Sun eClub.
  41. Friendly’s – When you become a Best Friends of Friendly’s  member, you’ll receive a free Happy Ending Sundae on your birthday.
  42. Fuddruckers – Get a special birthday offer when you join the Fudds Club.
  43. Great American Cookies – Join CookiE-mail and get a free cookie on your birthday.
  44. Hallmark – Get a free card and a coupon for 20% off one item when you become a Hallmark Crown Rewards member.
  45. Hard Rock Cafe – Sign up for Hard Rock Rewards are get free dessert on your birthday.
  46. Helzberg Diamonds – Request a catalog and sign up for email updates to receive a birthday surprise.
  47. Hooters –Join the Club and get free wings on your birthday.
  48. IHOP –  Sign up and receive a free stack of pancakes on your birthday!
  49. Jack in the Box –Register and receive a special offer on your birthday.
  50. Jersey Mike’s Subs – Get a free sub and drink when you sign up for their Email Club.
  51. Joe’s Crab Shack –  Register with Joe’s Crab Shack and receive a birthday treat.
  52. Kmart – When you sign your child up for the Birthday Club, they will receive a special gift pack as well as $5 in Birthday Bucks.
  53. Krispy Kreme – Join the e-Club and receive a free donut on your birthday.
  54. Longhorn Steakhouse – Create a My Longhorn account and get a free birthday treat.
  55. Macaroni Grill – Sign up for the Email Club and get a free dessert on your birthday.
  56. Maggie Moo’s – Sign up for MaggiE-mail and get a free birthday surprise.
  57. Marie Callender’s- Join the E-Club and get a free slice of pie and $5 off your check on your birthday.
  58. Medieval Times – Receive free admission when you join the Birthday Fellowship and the King’s Court
  59. The Melting Pot – Join Club Fondue and get a voucher for free chocolate fondue for two on your birthday.
  60. Moe’s Southwest Grill – Get a coupon for a free birthday burrito when you join their eWorld.
  61. Noodles & Company – Get a free dish on your birthday by joining their EClub.
  62. Not Your Average Joe’s – Get a free birthday surprise when you sign up for their Email Club.
  63. Olive Garden – Get a complimentary appetizer or dessert on your birthday by signing up for their eClub
  64. On the Border – Get a special birthday offer when you sign up for Club Cantina.
  65. Panda Express – Register to receive emails and get an exclusive offer on your birthday.
  66. Panera – Join MyPanera and get a free pastry on your birthday.
  67. Perkins – Get a free slice of pie on your birthday when you sign up for their E-club.
  68. P.F. Chang’s – Sign up for the Email List and get a free slice of cheesecake on your birthday.
  69. Pinkberry – Sign up for a Pinkcard and receive a free small yogurt on your birthday.
  70. Qdoba – Receive a special birthday gift when you register for their Rewards Program.
  71. RedBox – Get the Redbox Play Pass and receive a free birthday rental.
  72. Red Lobster – Receive a birthday surprise when you Join the Club.
  73. Red Robin – Register for their Rewards Program and get a free birthday burger.
  74. Rita’s Italian Ice – Sign up for their Birthday Club and get a free birthday treat.
  75. Ruby Tuesday –Sign up with Ruby Tuesday and score a free burger on your birthday.
  76. Sbarro – Get free pizza on your birthday by joining their e-Club.
  77. Sephora –Register with Sephora and receive a free gift on your birthday!
  78. Smashbox – Register for the Pretty Points Program and receive a free gift during your birthday month.
  79. Sonic – Create a My Sonic Profile and receive a special treat on your birthday.
  80. Sonny’s BBQ – Get a free Big Deal Meal on your big day by joining the ‘Q Crew.
  81. Souper Salad – Register for Souper Perks and get a free meal during your birthday week.
  82. The Spaghetti Warehouse – Join the Warehouse Club and get a free meal on your birthday.
  83. Starbucks – Get a free birthday drink by signing up for Starbucks Rewards.
  84. Steak ‘n Shake – Join the eClub and get a free menu item on your birthday.
  85. Subway – You’ll receive a free 6 inch sub and drink on your birthday when you join the Subway Eat Fresh Club.
  86. Swagbucks – Get 50 free Swagbucks on your birthday.
  87. TCBY – Join the TCBY eClub and receive special offers on your birthday.
  88. Texas Roadhouse – Sign up for their Email Club and get a birthday gift.
  89. TGI Friday’s – Join their Give Me More Stripes program and get a free dessert on your birthday.
  90. Tony Roma’s – Join the Roma Rib Expert Club and get a free entree on your birthday.
  91. Toys R Us – Join Rewards R Us and your child will receive a free card and gift every year until his/her 10th birthday.
  92. Tropical Smoothie Cafe – Join Club Tropical and get a special birthday offer.
  93. ULTA – Receive a free CK One mascara by signing up for their Loyalty Rewards Program.
  94. Uno Pizzeria & Grill – Join their Email Club and get a free entree on your birthday.
  95. Victoria’s Secret – Sign up for an Angel Card and get a birthday gift worth $10.
  96. Waffle House – Become a member of the Waffle House Regulars Club and receive a free waffle on your birthday.
  97. Wienerschnitzel – Join the Wiener Lovers Club and get a free coupon each year on your birthday.
  98. Wingstop – Get a free order of seasoned fries on your birthday when you sign up for their Email Club.
  99. Yogurt Mountain – Join the YOMO Club and get free yogurt on your birthday.
  100. Zaxby’s – Get a free Nibbler on your birthday by signing up for the Zaxby’s Email Club.

 

4 Smartphone Apps That Will Save You Money

4 Smartphone Apps that will Save You Money

 

 

If you love coupons, but hate having to search online for them and print them out, or rifle through the newspaper looking for them, there are four apps that you should definitely start using. I know that even if I have taken the time to clip coupons, I almost never have them handy when I need them. That is why I love these apps so much. No need to clip coupons—or keep track of them!  So before your next trip to the grocery store, out to eat, or to the mall, take a look at these apps and keep a bit more of your heard-earned money in your pocket.

 

Retail Me Not

retailmenot-logoRetail Me Not is a comprehensive app that offers current coupons for retailers ranging from beauty, to clothing, to automotive, to electronics, to food, to travel, and much more. You can sort by in-store or online coupons, even narrowing your search down to local retailers (locations services must be turned on your smartphone for this feature). Once you select a coupon, you are either given an online code to enter or a bar code for an in-store clerk to scan.

 

Checkout 51

checkout51logo_colourThis is a unique app for grocery coupons. Savings are updated weekly and you don’t even need to remember to show the cashier your smartphone to scan a bar code. This one is different in that all you have to do is take a picture of your grocery receipt with your smartphone, check the boxes for the offers that you are taking advantage of, and you are done.  Keep in mind, you won’t receive any actual money back from the coupons until your savings account balance reaches $20.

*I would suggest hanging on to your receipt until you receive the email that Checkout 51 has accepted it—photos must be clear and must include the entire receipt, so you may need to retake a picture if it doesn’t clearly show all items.

 

Cartwheel

Target-Cartwheel-AppIf you are a Target shopper, you definitely need the Cartwheel app. Savings are updated often and you must go into the app and select the offers that you would like—be aware that you are limited to selecting only 10 offers at a time though. At the checkout, you simply show the cashier the bar code on your Cartwheel app and it will take off the coupon amount for any offers you have selected. You can also increase your savings by using a Target credit or debit card and save additional 5% on your entire purchase.

 

Snip Snap

snip snap logoSnip Snap also offers coupons for several types of retailers (much like Retail Me Not). This ranges from bar codes to scanned current print coupons. There is a rating for each offer as to how well it worked for other Snip Snap users. Honestly, I have never had any trouble using even the scanned coupons on here, but there is some feedback that certain retailers won’t accept the coupon in certain formats on here. If you don’t have another coupon though, it is worth a shot to save a little extra money though, right?



Savings on SLIMQUICK Pure

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We are well into the New Year now and we know that about 2/3 of all resolutions made have to do with either losing weight or getting a better handle on finances.  If you are one that is looking to lose weight, I have come across SLIMQUICK Pure Extra Strength Gummies.  They are currently offering, for a limited time, a $5 coupon on SLIMQUICK Pure Extra Strength Gummies.

Here are some product highlights:
Lose 3X the Weight*
With Bio Pure Green TeaTM
Stimulant Free
Amazing Mixed Berry Flavor

SLIMQUICK Pure Extra Strength Gummies are sweet and juicy mixed berry flavored and are all-natural and free of artificial colors. In fact, they are such a treat you won’t believe they are actually helping you lose weight! SLIMQUICK Pure is a ground-breaking formula that’s designed to help women lose 3 time the weight in 13 weeks. It’s exclusive natural extract is so potent, it makes SLIMQUICK Pure the most effective female weight loss supplement.

SLIMQUICK Pure has isolated the fat burning components in green tea that speed up your metabolism better than any unhealthy chemical ingredient. SLIMQUICK Pure with BioPure Green Tea allows for three times the absorption of fat burning agents called catechins, and you can lose three times the weight. Guaranteed. That’s right, lose weight or your money back.

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Ok, I have to admit that after the holidays, I am definitely looking to lose about 10 pounds.  Stay tuned for my follow-up review of this product and for my personal results!

*A clinical study has shown that overweight women using SLIMQUICK Pure’s key ingredient, along with a 1350 calorie diet, lost 25 pounds vs. 8 pounds with diet alone in just 13 weeks. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.

 

This is a sponsored post.

Magic Mountain Fun Center Polaris location: BOGO coupon!

Magic Mountain is The Place to Play! We have something for everyone, from kids to adults so the whole family can enjoy all of the excitement that Magic Mountain has to offer. Stay cool in the summer and get splashed by our Bumper Boats. Practice your putting skills on our Miniature Golf Courses, race your friends on the Go-Karts, twist and turn on the Spring Karts, be interactive inside the KidsGym Climbing Playland or perfect your gaming skills and win prizes in our Mega Arcade!

The Polaris location of Magic Mountain Fun Center is now offering the following coupon:

  1. Buy one single attraction, get the same single attraction free,
  2. 100 game tokens for $15, or
  3. $10 off any birthday party

Save $10 off $40 purchase at Target, ends August 2

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Get in on the money savings at Target! Now through August 2, 2014, you can order a $40 purchase online and receive $10 off! If you use your Target card, you will also save an additional 5%.

You must choose in-store pickup (which is free!), and each guest is limited on the amount of times that they can take advantage of the savings. Visit Target’s website for full details.

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