Aldi-licious: Famous Black Bean Salad

Aldi-licious: Famous Black Bean Salad

  Heather joins us with another post in her series Aldi-licious here at Simply Frugal Living. Heather’s recipes feature ingredients purchased exclusively from ...

5 Ways to Stash Away for Christmas (for FREE!)

5 Ways to Stash Away for Christmas (for FREE!)

  December is an expensive month every year, especially if you and your spouse come from large families (like we both do!) where ...

The Start of our Family’s Organic Journey

The Start of our Family's Organic Journey

My husband and I have recently come to the decision that we need to begin to integrate more organic foods into our ...

5 Tips for Scoring at the Farmer’s Market

5 Tips for Scoring at the Farmer's Market

Pictured below is my haul from the trip my boys and I made to the Montgomery Curb Market yesterday morning. I spent ...

Organic Journey: Aldi Trip Report!

Organic Journey: Aldi Trip Report!

As I've been mentioning lately, my husband and I have recently come to the decision that we need to begin to integrate ...

My latest frugal love: The #Target Cartwheel App!

My latest frugal love: The #Target Cartwheel App!

I've been telling all my {in real life} friends about my latest love- the Target Cartwheel App! I LOVE it! In just ...

$50 ALDI Gift Card Giveaway – TWO Winners!

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I am so excited about this giveaway! Thanks to ALDI, I have two $50 Aldi gift cards to give away to TWO lucky winners! It’s so easy to enter- just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter entry at the bottom of this post. Winners will be selected and contacted after the giveaway ends on August 20th. Aldi will be mailing the winners their gift cards.

I live an hour and a half from the nearest Aldi, but I make the trip at least once a month to score deals and stock up on my favorite items. One entry to everyone who leaves me a comment listing your favorite Aldi item!


I love ALDI truth #72: You can stretch your appetite and your dollar.

ALDI wants to help you get a jump start on summer by enjoying the vibrant colors and flavors of the season with our summer seasonal items. ALDI released its Summer Catalog online at and in stores which features amazing summer deals on sizzling BBQ items, outdoor entertaining pieces, colorful recipes and more!


Known for its premium exclusive brands, ALDI offers more than 1,300 of the most frequently purchased grocery items for up to 50 percent less* than traditional supermarkets. Now through August, ALDI stores will also carry an additional lineup of more than 130 seasonal items at unmatched prices, including a wide selection of Fresh USDA Choice meats, award-winning wines and incredible outdoor entertaining items.


Have you checked out the Aldilicious series here at Simply Frugal Living? Read on for lots of delicious recipes featuring items purchased exclusively from ALDI!

Never been to Aldi? Be sure to find your nearest Aldi here and go check it out! I know you’ll just love it.


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Free Family Fun This Weekend – July 25 – 27, 2014



:: American Girl Store Events

Special events differ by location. During July they include a Summer Flower Anklet Craft, Summer Reading Bookmark Craft, Pets Card Craft Event, Everyday Fun Doll ‘Dos, Princess Bitty Baby Story Time, and Meet the Author Tours.

Many of the American Girl in store events are free, however some have a fee and some have age restrictions. Get the details here and find participating stores.

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:: Barnes & Noble

DC Comics Spectacular -  July 23rd through July 27th – come in for a special offer on all DC Comics Graphic Novels plus giveaways and activities.

Comic Convention Weekend – July 24th through July 27th – find limited edition convention collectibles.

GetPopCultured Store Events now through August 10th – a nationwide celebration of popular entertainment themed events.

Storytime on July 29th at 11AM “What Do You Do With an Idea? “

During the month of July – participate in reading, Spanish word practice and activities- dates and times vary by store.

Find the times and participating Barnes and Noble stores here.

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:: Container Store

Learn the Tricks of Organization on Saturdays and Sundays, now thorough August 24th. Find more information and find your closest Container Store here.

Small Things, Small Spaces Demonstration – 2 PM

How to Organize Your Mudroom – 4 PM

Parents and college students are invited to attend a private event at the Container Store featuring everything you need to get organized for college. Times and event dates vary by location. 

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:: Disney Stores

Disney Stores are offering Summer Play Days every day this summer now through September 1, 2014. The fun includes Art of Animation, Trivia, Story Time and Showtime. Check your local store for event details and times. Kids will receive a free button for participation each week.

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:: Guitar Center 

Saturday, July 26th {no age restriction}

10 AM - Recording Made Easy for GarageBand

10:15 AM – Group Guitar Lesson

Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register at the Guitar Center website here.

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:: Home Depot Workshop for Adults

Saturday, July 26th from 10 AM to 11:30 AM  and

Sunday, July 27th from 1 PM to 2:30 PM 

 Come Improve DIY Skills. Learn home improvement skills at your favorite local store. Contact your local store for individual topics. You can pre-register online here.

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 :: Lakeshore Learning Store

Saturday, July 26th from 11 AM-3 PM

Kids make and take a Shake Noisemaker. Get more information here

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:: Lowe’s Build and Grow

Saturday, July 26th at 10 AM ~Kids build their Turbo Taco Truck. You can pre-register right here.

michaels paracord bracelet store event:: Michael’s Kids Club

Saturday, July 26th – 10AM – 11:30 AM

Kids Club – for $2 per child, you can reserve 30 minutes for kids to create while you shop at Michael’s. Sessions start every half hour from 10AM – 11:30. See a store associate to sign up.

:: Michael’s Summer Crafting Fun for Kids

Passport to Imagination arts and crafts takes place Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 AM to Noon. The cost is $2 for 2 hours.You can sign up now through August 1st.

Get more information here.

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:: Microsoft Camp 

Registration is open for free weekly in-store camps, now through August 29th. Camps are broken up into two age groups for Jr. Designers (recommended for ages 8-10) and Designers (recommended for ages 11-13), so choose the camp that fits your student’s interest and sign up today.

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:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes

Saturday,  July 26th {for kids} at 10 AM ~ Jr. Chefs will learn all about shakes from fruit to chocolate. Kids will learn how to combine different flavors and swirl in fruit sauce and a crunchy topping. This Jr. Chef Class is suitable for ages 5 and up. To reserve a spot, contact you closest store right here

Sunday, July 27th {for adults} ~ We Love Tomatoes ~ join in and learn preparation tools for tomato recipes, knife skills and delicious ways to enjoy tomatoes. To reserve a spot, and find out specific class times, contact you closest store right here.

:: Summer Family Movies for $1

Regal Theaters on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings for 9 weeks. See the times, dates and locations here.

:: Summer Reading Programs for Kids

 Retailers encourage free reading with free books and rewards! View programs from Barnes & Noble, TD Bank, Chuck E. Cheese, Pottery Barn and more! Read the entire list right here.


:: Barnes and Noble 

 August 1st is Frozen Friday – Cool off with Olaf and enjoy story-time, sing-a-longs, crafts and activities.

:: Home Depot Workshop for Kids

Saturday, August 2nd from 9 AM to 12 PM ~ Build a mini-crate pencil holder. You can pre-register online here.

:: Lego Mini Model

Tuesday, August 5th at 5 PM. Kids ages 6 to 14 can build and take home a FREE Lego® Monkey Mini Build, while supplies last. Contact your closest LEGO® Store here for details.

:: Pottery Barn

Sunday, August 10th at 11 AM ~ Stylist Tips & Tricks for Your Home. Find a participating store and RSVP here.

More to Explore Throughout the Year:

:: Apple Camp

Enrollment is open for kids ages 8-12 to attend Apple Camp. This is popular free camp where kids can learn to make movies or create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. Hurry, spots fill up quickly. Go here to sign up.

:: Apple Store

Free workshops – learn the basic of Mac, iPad, iPhone, or iPod. Learn how to create slideshows with iPhoto. Edit home movies with iMovie and more! Find your local store and make a reservation for a free workshop here.

:: Bass Pro Shops Free Classes

You can sign up for free workshops such as archery basics for kids, hunting, fishing, fly-fishing, camping, and boating. Contact your local store for their schedule.

:: FREE Beauty Events

Find free beauty events at local stores with free samples and demonstrations. Visit the website that keeps track of these right here.

:: Sephora: Free In Store Beauty Classes

Join the Sephora Beauty club {it is free} and attend free beauty classes inside Sephora stores to learn everything from building a skin care routine to creating the perfect smoky eye. Classes are held on Sunday at more than 60 stores across the USA. Check with your local stores for schedules and times.

:: Home and Garden Shows

If you like Home and Garden shows, this site will give you a free pass. Check the ACS Home Show site.

:: Michael’s Show In Tell {for adults}

Learn something new with in-store demonstrations for new craft ideas, techniques, and creative new trends. From cake decorating, jewelry making, art painting, paper crafting and more, get your local calendar of events right here.

:: FREE Major League Baseball Clinics

Through the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, kids can attend a free baseball clinic in many locations across the country. The free program is called Free Legends for Youth Kids Clinics.

:: FREE Bowling

Kids Bowl for Free at select bowling centers. Just join their mailing list to get notified of the next Kids Bowl Free Day.

:: Free Fitness Classes

Lululemon locations offer free yoga classes, go here for schedules and locations. Athleta stores offer free in store fitness classes, go here for schedules and locations.

:: Free Flying Lessons

Young Eagles - kids ages 8 to 17 experience aviation and get free rides in private aircraft flown by experienced pilots. Get more information here.

:: FREE Roller Skating

Kids Roller Skate for Free: Find the closest participating facility right here.

:: FREE SKI Passport for 5th Graders

Go to to get a free pass in Idaho or the Pacific Northwest. For other areas, search for your state with the words “5th grade ski pass + your state”, or the name of your local ski resort.

:: FREE Wine Tasting

Total Wine stores offer free wine tasting classes each weekend. Learn about specific producers, regions and varietals. Where allowed by law, participants receive special discounts on the wine being tasted. View the FREE Wine Tasting Schedule here.

:: Target – Free Community Events

Target is also sponsoring FREE community events ranging from free museum admission, free theater tickets, family activities and tours at some of our countries most famous venues. Times and locations vary by city. Find free family activities sponsored by Target in your area right here.

:: More Free Museum Dates

This site,, tracks free museum days in the following cities: Boston, Chicago,Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Francisco Bay Area, and the Seattle Area.

:: Crazy Holidays This Weekend

Have some silly fun on a budget! Celebrate Milk Chocolate Day, Drive Thru Day, Cousins Day and more! Get the schedule here.


Thanks, More With Less Today!

TWO 2014 Entertainment Books For $10 SHIPPED (Reg. $70)!

If you’re looking for a gift for someone who seems to have EVERYTHING or you just like saving money, consider the 2014 Entertainment Books. For a limited time ONLY, you can grab a TWO 2014 Entertainment Books for $10 PLUS FREE shipping!  This will normally cost you $70!

TWO 2014 Entertainment Books for $10 SHIPPED!

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Planes: Fire and Rescue

My husband and I recently celebrated our anniversary by going out to dinner and a movie. I forgot how fun – and expensive- the movies are! We want to go more often, and this is the perfect opportunity! From now until July 27, you can save $1 off your purchase of 4 tickets to the top movies of July! Just purchase your tickets HERE and use coupon code JULY14MOVIES! This offer is valid on the purchase of 4 movie tickets to the following movies:

Get $1 off 4 tickets to top July movies

Transformers Tickets

$1.99 SHIPPED For CUSTOMIZED 5 x 7 Cards!!

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Friendship Day is August 3rd! Get ready to connect with friends near and far, plus create cards for birthdays and other events too! Now through 7/28/14, create $1.99 personalized 5×7 folded cards, and Cardstore will mail them to your recipients for FREE! And even better, you can get organized and schedule cards for up 1 year in advance with their easy-to-use “Future Send” tool.  You can do this in 3 easy steps! Simply

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