Today only, Friday, November 3rd
In celebration of World Sandwich Day, Subway is offering customers a FREE sub with the purchase of any sub and a 30 oz. drink.
In addition, Subway will donate a meal to Feeding America for every sub and 30 oz. drink purchased!
Limited Time Only!
» Buy One classic entree* priced at $12.99, Take One home for free (full details here)
» Plus use promo code 5OFFTG at checkout to get $5 off a $30 + online to-go order (or use code 5OFFDIN to get $5 off 2 adult dinners) (one code valid per order)
*Valid entrees include Fettuccine Alfredo, Cheese Ravioli with Marinara, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, or Five Cheese Ziti Al Forno. Your order will also include a salad or soup as well as two breadsticks!
Here’s how to get dinner for 4 for roughly $5.25 per person:
- Go to the Olive Garden website
- Click on “Order Online”
- Select “ToGo Pickup” and select your location and time of pickup
- Click “Specials” on the left hand side and go to the “Buy One Take One” section
- Add any four of these $12.99 dishes of choice to your cart (2 will be free)
- Choose Soup or Salad for each entree
- Choose Soup or Salad for each entree
- Total: $25.98
- Enter promo code 5OFFDIN to get $5.00 off 2 dinners
- Final price = $20.98 + tax!
It’s that time of the year again where school is ending and parents are looking for ways to keep their kids busy for the summer. Here are some free or cheap activity ideas to consider:
Pricing varies by location, with kids passes ranging between $4.95 and $31.95. To check pricing in your local area, head here, then enter your zip code and click ‘Search’. Click on the the AMF Bowling Center in your area that you’d like to bowl at to view pricing.
Your pass will only be valid at the location you select upon check-out. No full or pro-rated refunds will be honored following the Summer Games program start date (May 22, 2017). Summer Games offer subject to lane availability at centers with league and private party commitments. Call your center to confirm.
Simply fill out the form on this page and you’ll be emailed a free game coupon that you can print (or show) to your local bowling center to enjoy a free game! Participating locations can be found here.
Kids Bowl Free –
Kids Bowl Free –
This annual program offers kids the chance to get 2 free games of bowling everyday, all summer long.
Valid at over 1,000 bowling centers in the US and Canada for kids ages 15 and under.
To register your kids, first head here. Select your state or province from the dropdown menu, click your bowling center and then complete the registration page. Be sure to check the box at the bottom of the form that says ‘Yes, send me my coupons weekly via email!’. You’ll then receive emails every Sunday when your coupons are ready, for as long as the program runs.
For more information, check out the program’s FAQ page.
Camps / Classes / Misc
Apple Camp will spark the imagination of kids ages 8 to 12. During this three-session experience at a local Apple Store, kids can choose to explore coding and robotics, movie making, or storytelling.
Campers can work with visual blocks and solve puzzles while programming Sphero robots. They can learn film making skills: storyboarding, shooting video, and editing soundtracks. Or they can create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. At Apple Camp, kids and their creativity are the heroes.
To register or find a participating location, go here.
Disney Store –
Kids ages 3 and up are invited to Summer Play Days, which are in-store events including Art of Drawing, Showtime, Story Time and Trivia every day at 3pm from June 10 – August 9th.
Participate in at least one event each week and kids will earn a collectible patch. If they collect all 10 patches, they will receive an exclusive Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse patch on August 9th.
Minimum age for participation is 3 years. Event limited per session based on store capacity. No lineups prior to 30 minutes before event begins. Event subject to change or cancellation without notice.
Free Microsoft YouthSpark Summer Camp
YouthSpark Camps get kids of all ages (6-13) coding, creating games and apps, and having a blast in the process. It’s all part of computer science.
The camps are 90 minutes per day, Monday-Thursday, and are available at Microsoft Retail Stores across the country. Head over here for more information
Pottery Barn –
Free Kids Activities at Pottery Barn Kids Stores
Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. Each week both movies play on both days. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. Starting June 6th (or possibly sooner or later depending on your location), participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theaters will be kicking off their 9-week Summer Movie Express 2017! Moviegoers of all ages can enjoy a selection of G or PG-rated films for ONLY $1 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10AM. Head on over here for more details and to find a participating theater near you.
Camping / Hiking / etc.
Every Kid in a Park –
Do you have a fourth-grader in the family? For a limited time, head over here where they are offering Fourth-Grade kids and their families FREE access to ALL Federal parks, lands and waters through August 31st!
To get your Free pass, just head here and click on ‘Get Your Pass’. Fill out a quick form with a couple of simple questions and then you’ll be able to print your pass. Please note that current 3rd graders can get their fourth grade pass starting on September 1st, 2016. Head here for more information.
National Park Free Days –
All National Park Service sites will have free admission on these summer dates:
- August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday
Kids Skate Free has teamed up with select skating centers across the country to participate in the Kids Skate Free program which offers free skating for kids. Check out the Kids Skate Free website to find a participating center near you. Each skating center has their dates and times posted on their registration page. Similarly to Kids Bowl Free, once the program has begun they will send you an email every Sunday night that contains a link to your coupons for the week.
Click image below for a round up of summer reading programs:
If you’re looking for cheap ideas for what to add to your child’s Easter basket, look no further than Money Saving Quest 🙂
*Prices subject to change/fluctuation*
Mars Easter Candy Mix (110ct) – Only $10.80
(use 20% off coupon & Subscribe and Save)
Sofia the First Hardcover Book – $4.50
Barbie: The Pearl Princess Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy – $4.99 (reg. $14.99)
Plush Security Baby Blankets – $4 each shipped (reg $14.99) (exp 4/18)
Cloud Pets – $1
New to Hollar? Get 20% off (+ FREE shipping) with code APRWELCOME at checkout!
- 50% off Mattel Bounce-Off Game (expires 4/16)
- 50% off DC Super Hero Girls Wonder Woman (expires 4/23)
- 30% off Basher Science Card Game & Figures (expires 4/16)
- 30% off DC Super Hero Girls 12″ Dolls (expires 4/23)
- 30% off DC Super Hero Girl Action Figure w/ Vehicle (expires 4/23)
- 25% off VTech Sort & Discover Activity Cube (expires 4/16)
- 20% off Melissa & Doug Kid’s Beginner Weaving Loom (expires 4/16)
- 20% off WWE Elite Figures (expires 4/16)
- 20% off WWE Basic Figures (expires 4/16)
$10 Off $50 Toy Purchase Coupon – text TOYS10 to 827438
Crayola 128-Piece Letter Magnet Set – $8.39 (was $14.97)
Expires April 12th, 2017
Check out the Best cheap eats in the Syracuse area: 19 dishes to get for $5 or less from Syracuse.com!
DINING OUT (FOOD)
Look For Deals
- Consider buying a few Restaurant.com Gift Certificates or an Entertainment Book for the area you are traveling to.
- Check Groupon for current restaurant deals in the area.
- Check for other coupons and discounts by doing a quick Google search.
Pack Lots of Snacks
- Pack a lot of snacks (granola bars, nuts, etc.) to have on hand to avoid unnecessary food purchases.
- Backpacks, lunchboxes, or a large purse allow you to easily store and transport snacks.
- If you’re driving to your destination, consider packing a cooler and a portable grill.
Take Advantage of Your Hotel
- Many hotels offer a free breakfast for guests – make sure to take advantage of this.
- Choose hotels with full or half kitchens so that you can prepare many of your meals right in your room.
- Ask hotel employees about any available special deals for certain nearby restaurants or if they can recommend any affordable options
- The most popular areas of any city (i.e. heart of downtown) will always be more expensive.
- By staying just a few miles away from major tourist areas, you can usually save a good amount of money.
*One caveat to this is that staying further away does add time and potential travel costs such as transportation fares and parking. Be sure to research nearby public transportation and see if anything is in walking distance*
Timing is critical to getting a good deal. The cost of a hotel stay can vary dramatically from one week to the next, depending on many factors.
- If you have a flexible schedule, consider staying at a hotel during the off-season.
- Less demand = lower prices
- As a bonus, this will also mean less crowds for you to deal with
- Even staying in a hotel during the week instead of during a weekend can usually save you money.
- Sunday usually has the lowest occupancy rate which might mean lower rates.
- Many hotels offer special promotions if you book months, weeks or sometimes just 10-days in advance.
- Not only will you be able to get the best price, you’ll also secure your room before they sell out.
A few potential alternatives to hotels include the following:
- Airbnb – rent a house
- Hostels – good for younger travels; many even have private rooms
Join Rewards Programs
- Many hotels, especially hotel chains, offer free rewards programs.
- You can earn points by booking hotel rooms that can get you rewards such as free hotel stays, upgrades, etc.
- Be sure to check out a website called Rocketmiles. This website allows you to book hotels all over the world and earn Amazon Gift Cards back — up to $100 per night! You can even book for other people and still earn gift cards.
Hotwire – Save up to 60% on hotels
Tingo – Offers automatic refunds when a room rate drops
Hotel Tonight – Get amazing last-minute deals. Book wherever, whenever on your mobile device for tonight, tomorrow and next week.
Hotels.com – Instant savings up to 50% off with special prices on their app
After you find a good deal, make sure to compare it to the price on the hotel’s main website
Service will rebook your hotel and get your money back when the price drops
The bottom line: Book your flight early and not on a Friday. Be as flexible as possible as to when you fly. Also, make sure to use different online tools to find the best flight prices.
Booking Date + Day of the Week
When you book your ticket can have a huge effect on your fare.
- Book as early as possible.
- Booking your ticket roughly two months (47-57 days) ahead of the departure date is recommended for domestic flights.
- For a family of four, booking flights before Halloween for Thanksgiving and Christmas travel saves about $1,200 on average
Research has shown that searching for flights at midnight on Tuesdays can save you 6% or more.
- The overall best day to book? Sunday, followed closely by Saturday.
- The worst day to book? Research has shown that Fridays are the worst day to buy flights (13% pricier on average). This is due to sales expiring and cheap seats selling out by the time Friday rolls around.
Flying Time of Year + Day of the Week
- Like everything else, it is a matter of supply and demand.
- July and December are two of the costliest months to fly (~30% more compared to April and February).
- August 22 is been known to be the day each year when average U.S. domestic fares get cheaper
- Avoid flying on a Sunday if possible (you are likely to pay ~10% more compared to a Tuesday, for example).
- Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are best
- It’s best to not check a bag at all and just take a carry-on with you. Avoid costly airline baggage fees when possible.
- Booking a flight with at least one layover can save you $100 or more.
- Consider driving if the destination is less than 500 miles away
Flight Resources / Tools
Google Flights – One of the most useful tools for finding cheap flights. This tool gives you the flexibility to check a variety of dates, times and destinations. It also shows you all of the carriers that serve the route you’re flying.
Hopper – Predicts whether fares on a certain route will go up or down and alerts you when your ticket price has dropped to its likely cheapest point. Hopper claims to save a typical user around $50 per flight.
Momondo – Helps you find and compare fares from 700+ travel sites, giving you access to the best rates for airline tickets online.
Airfare Watchdog – Monitors airline websites for deals and sends you email alerts regarding them.
Kayak – A aggregator that pulls together fares from a number of travel sites. They will email you daily or weekly when the price drops.
Travelocity – Another fare aggregator that will send you an email when airfare to your destination drops below the amount you’ve set the alert for.
Make sure to search for flights multiple times and over multiple days, both with and without the cookies cleared from your browser.
- Look for travel packages. You can considerably lower the price of your hotel stay by buying a vacation package. Get your flight, rental car and hotel reservation all at once through websites like Expedia or Travelocity, saving you hundreds of dollars.
Use Credit Card Points for Flights, Hotels and Cars
- Be sure to check out the travel discounts and rewards associated with your credit card.
- Several credit cards (Chase Sapphire Preferred, etc.) offer rewards like free flights, discounted hotel stays and more.
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