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BOGO Drinks at Starbucks thru 11/16!

BOGO Drinks at Starbucks thru 11/16!

I love this time of year! And I love this annual deal at Starbucks... Buy one holiday drink, get one free from 2-5 ...

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Christmas Cards – $1.29 each with FREE stamp!

$1.29 Flat Holiday Cards + FREE Stamp When We Mail For You at Cardstore! Use Code: DDCCN4120


Can you believe Thanksgiving is only one week away? At Cardstore, this means BIG holiday savings right now! It’s theperfect time to kick back with a cup of hot cocoa, eat some holiday treats, and enjoy all the great deals online. Cardstore provides an amazingly simple, fun way to create my holiday cards. The best part is they’ll mail my cards for me for FREE so I don’t have to leave the house for stamps or deal with the crazy post office. Use coupon code DDCCN4120 for $1.29 Flat Holiday Cards at Cardstore (excluding postcards). The selection of cards is awesome! Personalized cards only take minutes to create, so start shopping for your holiday cards now and save! AND, if your order is over $30, you can get them shipped back to you for FREE!

$1.29 Flat Holiday Cards + FREE Stamp When We Mail For You at Cardstore! Use Code: DDCCN4120



BOGO Drinks at Starbucks thru 11/16!

BOGO starbucks

Two more days left!! We just enjoyed our BOGO drinks today. Yum. :)


I love this time of year! And I love this annual deal at Starbucks…

Buy one holiday drink, get one free from 2-5 now thru November 16th. Head on over here and become a My Starbucks Rewards member for free and you’ll have until 6pm to claim your BOGO drink!


Free Family Fun this Weekend: November 15-16, 2014


There are lots of fun, free things to do with the family this weekend! Check out this list:


Fun, Free or Cheap Weekend Activities for Everyone

If you are looking for some fun on a budget, we have compiled a list of national retailers with hands-on workshops and free events for this weekend and many more that are coming soon.

free weekend events

Make some memories and try a new workshop, lesson, or craft. If you enjoy these free activities, be sure and bookmark this master list of free store events or PIN It for later!

Share this fun,money-saving list with your friends and family. And, if you know of any others to include, please let us know! It is always best to call ahead and make sure that your local store or retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.



:: American Girl Special Store Events

Special events differ by location. During November, they include the Hot Cocoa Cozy Craft, Isabelle’s Celebration, Just Mom and Me, Date with My Dad, Project Runway Inspired by BeForever™ tour, BeForever Postcard Craft, BeForever Create Your Silhouette Frame, and more.

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.

barnes and noble nook events

:: Barnes & Noble

Elf on the Shelf Holiday Storytime & Activities – Enter your City and State or Zip Code to Find a Participating Store Near You.

Most stores also have free toddler story time, NOOK events, hands-on learning events and author events – find the times and participating Barnes and Noble stores here.


:: Bass Pro Shops

November 15th – Santa’s Wonderland Kids Event – plus in store Christmas activities until 12/24.

Outdoor Skills Workshops – free classes offered on a regular basis on topics such as archery, bass fishing, fly fishing, hunting, Successful Striper Angling and more. Contact your local store here for details.

guitar center free classes

:: Guitar Center

Saturday, November 15th {no age restrictions for free music lessons}

10 AM – Recording Made Easy for GarageBand

10:15 AM – Group Ukulele Lesson

More free classes are offered during the week with their Music Mentor Series. Register at the Guitar Center website here.

home depot workshops for adults


:: Home Depot Workshop for Adults

Saturday, November 15th from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Installing Light Fixtures, and Upgrading to a Dimmer Switch

~ Learn DIY Skills to improve your home~Topics vary by store~ You can pre-register online here.

family picture tree lakeshore

:: Lakeshore Learning Store

Saturday, November 15th from 11 AM-3 PM and a few locations offer crafts every Sunday.

Kids make and take a Family Picture Tree. Get more information here.

michaels kids crafts in stores

:: Michael’s Kids Club

Saturday, November 15th – 10AM – 12 Noon

Drop in and take home a completed a Happy Reindeer Ornament. Just $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun, supplies included. Ages 3 and up. Sessions start every half hour from 10AM – 11:30. See a store associate to sign up.Get more information here.


:: Michael’s Holiday Pinterest Party

Saturday, November 15th from 1-4 PM

Michael’s has selected 10 projects to make. Attendees will receive a special discount for shopping and the first 25 people will receive a booklet with all the projects, including instructions, plus holiday tips & inspiration.


:: Pottery Barn

Sunday, November 16th & 23rd at 10 AM – Holiday decorating from festive mantels and entryways to glistening treetops, learn decorator tips for the holidays.RSVP at your closest store, right here.

nerf toys r us

:: Toys R Us

Saturday, November 15th 12PM – 4PM

Kids can play with new toys such as the new NERF N-Strike Elite Demolition Blaster and NERF Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster.


williams sonoma technique

:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes

Saturday, November 15th {for kids} at 10 AM ~ Jr. Chefs – Thanksgiving Helper -Decorating Pies. Kids will learn to make lattice tops, beautiful cut-outs, sugar crystals and other finishing touches. Suitable for ages 5-13. To reserve a spot, contact your closest store right here.

Sunday, November 16th and Monday, November 17th ~ Prepare classic Thanksgiving side dishes including make ahead dishes, classics, and vegetarian options. To reserve a spot, and find out specific class times, contact your closest store right here.



:: Home Depot Workshop for Kids

Saturday, November 29th from 9 AM to 12 PM

Kids build a Give and Save Bank ~You can pre-register online here.

:: Lego Stores Free Model Build

Usually held monthly in stores, kids ages 6 to 14 can build and binoculars. Contact your closest LEGO® Store here for details.

:: Lowe’s Build and Grow

Saturday, December 13th at 10AM

Kids build a Holiday Train Engine. You can register starting 12/1 right here.

:: Toys R Us

Saturday, November 22nd

Ultimate Wish LEGO Event. More info coming soon.

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.

:: 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.

:: Factory Tours

Find factory tours all across the USA, go here, The site has 570 tours and counting! Many are free but some may have an admission fee. (Thanks to the Happy Housewife for sharing this!)

:: 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. Justjoin 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 www.5thgradeskipassport.com 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.


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

:: Celebrate Crazy Holidays

Have some silly fun on a budget! Celebrate World Kindness Day, Spicy Guacamole Day, Guinness World Record Day, and more! Get the full schedule here.


Be sure and check out your local library and parks and recreation departments for free programs and events right in your hometown!


Thanks for this list, More with Less Today!


Weekend Retail Coupon Roundup: November 15-16, 2014


Here is a roundup of printable retail coupons for the weekend. Be sure to check this list before you head out to shop!


Bealls - 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 11/16/2014)
Beauty Brands - $3.50 Off $10 Purchase (exp: 11/26/2014)
Bloomingdales - 20% Off Almost Everything (exp: 11/16/2014)
Carters - 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 11/19/2014)
Dress Barn - 20% Off Regularly Priced Purchase (exp: 12/2/2014)
Kirklands - 20% Off 1 Christmas Item (exp: 11/16/2014)
Kohls - 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 11/19/2014)
Loft Outlet - 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 11/16/2014)
Lord and Taylor - 20% Off Regular or Sale Price Purchases (exp: 11/17/2014)
Mens Wearhouse - $40 Off Tux Rental (exp: 12/24/2014)
Old Navy - $15 Off $50 Purchase (exp: 11/16/2014)
Osh Kosh BGosh - 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 11/19/2014)
Pier 1 - 10% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 11/16/2014)
Yankee Candle - Buy 2 Get 2 Free Candles (exp: 11/30/2014)


Thanks, Surviving the Stores!

Restaurant Coupon Roundup: November 15-16, 2014

Tips to help you save when dining out:


  1. Check your city’s daily deal for restaurant offers:

Restaurant.com Weekly Promo Offer 300 x 250

  1. Get a Restaurant.com Certificate (our family saves as much as 60% on our total bill when we use these certificates): $25 Restaurant.com Gift Certificates For $4 .  Note: Shop through Ebates and get 10% cash back on your certificate purchase, making your certificates just $3.60 after cash back!


  1. Purchase an Entertainment Book: Eat out in your area for at least 50% off with BOGO coupons and other great discounts!


    1.  Use one of the following restaurant coupons:


Top Restaurant Coupons:

Au Bon Pain - $2 Off $7 Purchase (exp: 11/18/2014)
bds Mongolian Grill - 15% Off Parties of 6 or 20% Off Parties of 12 or More (exp: 12/23/2014)
Black Angus Steakhouse - $17.99 Top Sirloin Steak, Lobster & Shrimp Meal (exp: 11/17/2014)
Carvel Ice Cream - $1 Off Any Sundae Dasher or Shake (exp: 11/16/2014)
Chilis - Free Spiced Panko Onion Rings with Adult Entree Purchase (exp: 11/16/2014)
Corner Bakery - Free Cup of Soup with Entree Purchase (exp: 11/18/2014)
Extreme Pita - Free Bag of Pita Crisps When You Buy a Pita & Beverage (exp: 11/30/2014)
Friendlys - Free 3-Scoop Sundae When You Buy Supermelt Sandwich (exp: 11/18/2014)
Goodtimes Burgers - Free Daz Bog Coffee with Breakfast Burrito Purchase (exp: 11/18/2014)
Hardees - FREE Small Coca-Cola Freestyle Drink (exp: 12/15/2014)
Jacks - $3.50 for Cheeseburger, Fry, Drink & Pie + More (exp: 11/23/2014)
Long John Silvers - Free 20 oz. Drink with $2.99 Fish & Chips Basket Purchase (exp: 11/17/2014)
Macaroni Grill - Free Cookie & Drink When You Buy Express Lunch (exp: 11/16/2014)
Maggianos - Buy 1 Pasta Get 1 Butternut Squash Ravioli To Take Home (exp: 12/3/2014)
Marble Slab - Free Waffle Cone & Mix-Ins with Ice Cream Purchase (exp: 11/30/2014)
Mimis Cafe - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 11/30/2014)
Monicals Pizza - $12 for 14 Inch Thin Crust 1-Topping Pizza (exp: 11/23/2014)
Papa Johns - $8.99 Large 1-Topping Pizza (exp: 11/14/2014)
Quiznos - $1 Off Regular or Large Sub or Large Salad (exp: 11/14/2014)
Souper Salad - $6.49 Adult Buffet (exp: 11/16/2014)
Souplantation - 25% Off Dinner Family Combo (exp: 11/19/2014)
Sweet Tomatoes - 25% Off Dinner Family Combo (exp: 11/19/2014)
Tony Romas - $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 12/9/2014)


Thanks for help with the list, Surviving the Stores!


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