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Wow, it feels like Christmas for a deal seeker like me!  Dress like a cow for Chick-fil-A – Cow Appreciation Day and get FREE breakfast, lunch or dinner entrée from opening until 7PM on Tuesday, July 12th! At IHOP you can grab Short Stack Of Pancakes $0.58 today only!  AND Amazon Prime Day is here!!! There are TONS of super hot deals and I've tried to highlight some of the best.  Just scroll down and click on the title to learn more and ENJOY the savings!

Discounts & FREE Deals

FREE 3-Month Audible Membership + FREE $10 Amazon Credit Today Only

Free Crest 3D White Sample Kit w/ $5 Amazon Credit

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 6.04.46 AMFREE $10 Promo Credit With $50 Gift Card Purchase

Free Amoretti Syrup Sample Box with $10 credit

Gift Card Lightning Deals (Cheesecake Factory, Build-A-Bear + Tons More)

Amazon Rewards Visa Cardholders $30 Off $150

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Toys & Games

Exploding Kittens: A Card Game About Kittens and Explosions and Sometimes Goats Just $15 Shipped

Up to 50% off Select Toys and Games – Nerf, Barbie, Fisher Price, and MORE

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Instant Push Up Beach Tent Sun Shelter ONLY $41.79 Shipped (Regularly $96)

Xbox One 500 GB Console Only $279

50% off Bose Headphones

Fire Tablet as low as $33.33

Amazon Echo ONLY $129.99 (Retail $179.99)

Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid Only $96.99 Shipped (Regularly $125.99)

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Segway miniPRO Self Balancing Transporter Only $699 (Retail $1299)

Amazon Fire TV Stick Media Player Only $24.99 (Lowest Price)

Lenovo Thinkpad 11E Celeron Quad 12" Laptop Only $249 (Save $292)

Samsung 28" 4K LED LCD UHD Display Only $299.99

Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player Bundle Only $79.99

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Instant Pot 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker ONLY $69.99 (Retail $123.48)

iRobot Roomba Vacuum Cleaning Robot ONLY $249.99 (Retail $379.99)

Amazon Home Services~ $40 Back on $75 Purchase Today Only

 Coleman RoadTrip LXE Propane Grill Only $99.99 (Low Price)

KitchenAid 6-Quart Professional Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer $248.99 Shipped

40% Off SanDisk Memory Products

Kwikset Single-Cylinder Electronic Deadbolt Only $39.99

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Hefty Ultra Strong Tall Kitchen Drawstring 80-Count Trash Bags $8.90 Shipped

Free Crest 3D White Sample Kit w/ $5 Amazon Credit

Lysol Clean & Fresh Cling Gel 24-oz. Toilet Bowl Cleaner 4-Pack Just $3.59 Shipped

Charmin & Cottonelle Bathroom Tissue Just 17¢ Per Roll

Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong Toilet Paper Only 18¢ Per Roll

Philips 60-watt Equivalent A19 LED Light Bulb 16-Pack Only $19.99 Shipped

Clif Energy Bar 12-Pack  hotness Only $6 w/ Prime & Alexa

Free Amoretti Syrup Sample Box with $10 credit

Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaning Gel Pack Only $2.75

Optimum Nutrition Protein Powder 4lb Container Only $36.75 Shipped

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Dish Soap ONLY $1.42 Each Shipped

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Diapers & Baby Deals

Extra 35% Off Pampers = Swaddlers Diapers ONLY 8¢ Each Shipped

Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Baby Healing Ointment Only $8.09 (Regularly $13.47)

50% Off Seventh Generation Products (Diapers, Wipes, Dish Soap & More)

Extra 50% off Babyganics Products


Great Tennis Shoe Deals


Dallas Summer Staycation GuideIf your summer budget has no room for a vacation this year, there are lots of fun ways to make your "DFW Summer Staycation" one to remember without breaking the bank!

Summer Staycation Guide Tips

Here are some tips on how to get started and how to plan ahead to save some extra cash:

What do THEY want to do? Ask the kids to brainstorm a list of ideas that they want to do for a vacation.

What do YOU want to do? Parents should get a voice in this as well! There are so many resources to find ideas…from local magazines (Ad Pages) to free fun websites, including just check out our around town section!

Make a Plan. Sit down as a family and plan out your week. Use coupons, entertainment deals and free activities to stretch your dollar.  Take advantage of restaurants that offer free meals for kids.  Using these savings tactics might allow you to splurge and get a hotel for one or two nights during the week to make you feel as if you really have “gotten away”.

Try Something New! Use the “out-of-the-box” thinking to come up with something new and fun for the family.  Hiking in a cave, going on a scavenger hunt, zip-lining, visiting thrift shops. The ideas are limitless!

Quality Time. Some of the best times are right down the road at your local park.  The key is giving kids what they want and that is time with you. Fish with them, ride bikes, fly a kite, play in the stream, have a picnic and chat with them.

Here are some ideas in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to get you started. Plus, don’t forget to visit Groupon and LivingSocial for discounts on local things to do with the family!

For local attraction discounts, check out Pogo Pass, a family based entertainment pass, that gets pass holders into some of the best venues in Dallas. Head over here and use code MYDFWMOMMY and get 60% off (you’ll pay $49.98 instead of $124.95). Just Hawaiian Falls and the Fort Worth Zoo are over $40 by themselves! And don't forget about CityPASS. It has just come to the Dallas area and is a booklet of admission tickets to the best attractions in a single city. You’ll save up to 50% compared to combined regular box office prices!

Other great resources include the Entertainment Book and GoldStar for half-price entertainment events!

And of course, remember to take advantage of all the Kid’s Summer Free Events!

MyDFWMommy City SpotlightFinally, if you want to stay close to home, check out our city spotlight of great things to do in area suburbs, many of which are FREE!

Things to Do in Arlington, TX ~ City Spotlight
Things to Do in Carrollton, TX ~ City Spotlight
Things to Do in Frisco, TX ~ City Spotlight
Things to Do in Garland ~ City Spotlight
Things to Do in Grand Prairie, TX ~ City Spotlight
Things to Do in Grapevine, TX 
Things to Do in McKinney, TX ~ City Spotlight
Things to Do in Plano, TX ~ City Spotlight




DFW Summer Staycation Guide!

Texas culture

GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower, Dallas ($16 adults; $8 for children ages 4–12; free for 3 and younger.)

Fire Station No. 1 Museum, Fort Worth (FREE)

Fort Worth Stockyards, Fort Worth (FREE)

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Fort Worth ($10 adults; $8 for ages 3–12; free for ages 2 and younger with a paid adult.)

National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum and Hall of Fame, Fort Worth ($6 adults; free for ages 5 and younger.)

Old Red Museum, Dallas ($8 adults; $5 ages 3–16.)

Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Dallas ($16 adults; $13 for ages 6–18; free for ages 5 and younger.)

Southfork Ranch, Parker ($9.50 adults; $8 seniors; $7 children age 5-12; kids 4 and younger free.)

Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Fort Worth ($5 adults; $3 ages 3-12; $4 seniors and students; under 3 free)

West End Historical District, Dallas (FREE)

Western Currency Facility, Fort Worth (FREE)


Science Museums

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth ($15 adults and $11 children.)

Perot Museum of Nature and Science at Victory Park, Dallas ($17 adults; $12 seniors; $11 children ages 2–17; free for children younger than age 2.)

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, Grand Prairie ($16.99 adults; $8.99 children age 4-12.)

Sci-Tech Discovery Center, Frisco ($8; free for ages 2 and younger.)


Art Museums

Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth (FREE)

Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington ($8 adults; $5 students; free for ages 12 and younger.)

Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas (FREE)

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas (FREE)

Irving Arts Center, Irving (FREE)

Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth ($16 adults; $12 for ages 6–11.)

Meadows Museum at SMU, Dallas ($10 for adults; free for ages 11 and younger. Free Thu after 5pm.)

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth ($10 adults; free for children ages 12 and younger.)

Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas ($10 adults; free for children ages 12 and younger.)


Historical Museums

Chestnut Square Historic Village, McKinney ($5 adults; $3 children suggested donation; varying fee for Living History Days and other special events.)

Dallas Heritage Village, Dallas ($9 adults; $5 ages 4-12; $7 seniors 65 and older; children younger than 4 free.)

Dallas Holocaust Museum, Dallas ($6 adults; $4 children)

Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano ($2 per person; guided tours: $5 adults; $3.50 students ages 5-18; kids ages 4 and younger free.)

International Museum of Cultures, Dallas ($5 adults; $4 children, students and seniors; kids age 3 and younger free.)

Log Cabin Village, Fort Worth ($5 adults; $4.50 ages 4–17.)


Transportation Fun

DART, Dallas area (Ticket prices vary; single ride fares start at $1.75.)

Forest Park Miniature Railroad, Fort Worth ($3 adults; $2.50 children 1-12 and seniors 65 and older.)

Grapevine Vintage Railroad, Grapevine ($10 adults; $9 seniors 55 and older; $6 children 3-12.)

Interurban Railway Museum, Plano (FREE)

McKinney Avenue Trolley, Dallas (FREE)

Museum of the American Railroad, Dallas ($5 adults; $2.50 ages 3-12; children younger than 3 free; $7 guided tours)

Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth (Ticket prices vary per event.)

Trinity Railway Express, Dallas-Fort Worth (Fares start at $5 for a daypass.)


Astronomy Centers

Noble Planetarium, Fort Worth ($5 adults; $3 children and seniors; $2 museum members.)

Oscar E. Monnig Meteorite Gallery, Fort Worth (FREE)

UNT Sky Theater, Denton ($5 adults; $4 UNT employees and seniors; $3 UNT students and children 12 and younger.)

UTA Planetarium, Arlington ($2 film tickets; FREE admission.)


Aviation Museums

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison ($8 adults; $6 seniors and military; $4 children age 4-12; kids age 3 and younger free.)

C.R. Smith Museum, Fort Worth ($5 adults; $3 seniors 55 and older and children 2-18; kids age 2 and younger free.)

Founders Plaza Plane Observation Park, DFW International Airport (FREE)

Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas ($8 adults; $5 ages 3-17; children younger than 3 free)

Vintage Flying Museum, Fort Worth ($8 adults; $5 kids age 13-17 and seniors; $3 kids age 6-12; kids age 6 and younger free.)


Animals, Farms & Petting Zoos

Dallas Zoo, Dallas (Jun–Dec: $12 adults; $9 for ages 3–11.)

Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth ($12 adults; $9 for age 3–12 and seniors; kids 2 and younger free.)

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose (Varying prices depending on type of tour by car, guided tour, etc. and time of tour either weekday or weekend starting at $13.95.)

Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch, Pilot Point ($10 adults; $8 children age 3-12 and seniors 65 and older; kids 12 and younger free on public tour days)

Fritz Park Petting Farm, Irving (FREE)

Grisham Farms Petting Zoo, McKinney ($5 per person 18 months and older.)

Nash Farm, Grapevine (FREE)

Trinity River Farm, Fort Worth (Pricing varies; reservations required for lessons.)


Aquariums & fishing

FREE Fishing at All Texas State Parks

Bass Pro Shops, Grapevine (FREE)

Cabela’s, Fort Worth (FREE)

Children's Aquarium at Fair Park, Dallas ($8 adults; $6 children ages 3-11; free children 2 and younger.)

Dallas World Aquarium, Dallas ($15.95 adults; $8.95 children; under 2 free)

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Athens ($5.50 adults; $4.50 seniors; $3.50 children age 4-12; kids 3 and younger free.)


Theaters & Music

Artisan Center Theater, Hurst ($16-$7; Artie's Playhouse shows $5.)

Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth (Varies by show.)

Casa Mañana, Fort Worth (Varies by show.)

Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts, Richardson (Varies by show.)

Circle Theatre, Fort Worth ($20-$30 per ticket.)

Creative Arts Theatre & School, Arlington (Varies by show.)

Dallas Children’s Theater, Dallas (Varies by show.)

Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas (Tickets start at $15.)

Frisco Area Children’s Theater, Frisco ($10 adults; $5 kids age 10 and younger and seniors 65 and older.)

Grapevine Opry, Grapevine (Tickets start at $15.)

Hip Pocket Theatre, White Settlement ($20 adults; $5 for ages 12 and younger.)

Kids Who Care, Fort Worth ($20 adults; $17 kids age 15 and younger; $12 groups of 10 or more.)

McKinney Performing Arts Center, McKinney (Varies by show.)

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas (Varies by show.)

Plano Children’s Theatre, Plano and McKinney ($8 in advance; $10 at the door.)

Rover Dramawerks, Plano ($20 Friday and Saturday evening shows; $16 Thursdays and matinees.)

Theatre Arlington, Arlington ($22 regular adult admission; $10 tickets to all youth performances.)

Teatro Dallas, Dallas (Tickets start at $15.)

WaterTower Theatre, Addison (Varies per show and educational programming.)

Winspear Opera House, Dallas(Varies by show.)


Water Fun

Burger’s Lake, Fort Worth (Admission is $12 per person ages 7 and up; $5 ages 1-6.)

Dallas Classic Gondola Cruises, Las Colinas ($146 for two people.)

Eagle Mountain Lake, Fort Worth (FREE)

Fort Worth Water Gardens, Fort Worth (FREE)

Gaylord Texan Paradise Springs, Grapevine (Included with stay- room rates vary.)

Great Wolf Lodge, Grapevine (Included with stay- room rates vary.)

Hawaiian Falls, Garland, Mansfield, Roanoke and The Colony ($22.99 for Big Kahunas taller than 48 inches; $15.99 seniors and kids under 48 inches; free for kids 2 and younger.)

Hydrous Wake Parks - Hydrous Wake Parks offers cable wakeboarding for beginners and experts alike in Allen, TX and Little Elm, TX.

Keller Pointe, Keller (Daily guest fee $17 family; $7 seniors)

Lake Arlington, Arlington (Daily permit fee is $5; annual fee is $25 or $12 for seniors.)

Lake Benbrook, Fort Worth (Day use costs $3 per carload. Camping fees vary from $30-$100.)

Lake Grapevine, Grapevine (Permit fees vary.)

Lake Joe Pool, Cedar Hill (Permit fees vary.)

Lake Lavon, Wylie (Permit fees vary.)

Lake Lewisville, Lewisville (Entry fee is per vehicle: $10 for non-residents; $3 for Lewisville residents.)

Lake Mineral Wells, Mineral Wells  (Permit fees vary.)

Lake Ray Hubbard, Rowlett (Permit fees vary.)

Lake Ray Roberts, Pilot Point (Permit fees vary.)

Lake Worth, Fort Worth (FREE)

NRH2O Family Water Park, North Richland Hills (Admission is $25.99 for those taller than 48 inches; $20.99 for anyone shorter.)

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Arlington ($25.99; $19.99 for little tykes under 48 inches tall; 2 and younger free.)

Trinity River Kayak/Canoe Expeditions, Dallas area (Rates vary from $50-40 for kayak; $55-50 for canoe.)

Wet Zone, Rowlett (Adults: $8.50 residents, $10.50 nonresidents. Children under 48 inches: $7.50 residents, $9.50 nonresidents. Free for ages 2 and younger.)

White Rock Lake, Dallas (FREE)


Ice Skating & Roller Skating

Kids Skate Free Program

Dr Pepper Star Center, Euless, Farmers Branch, Frisco, McKinney and Plano (Public skating at all locations: $7 adults; $6 children 3-12; kids 3 and younger free; $3 skate rental.)

Galleria Ice Skating Center, Dallas ($8 public skate session admission; $3 skate rental. See Web site for varying lesson pricing information.)

Ice at the Parks, Arlington (Public skating: $6 admission; $3 skate rental.)

Polar Ice House, Grapevine (Public skate: $8 adults; $7 children; $4.50 military; $3 skate rental.)

Interskate, Lewisville (Public skating: $6 admission; $4 skate rental.)

Skatetown, Grapevine (Public skating: $6 admission; $3 skate rental.)

Lone Star Sports and Event Center, Denton (Public skating: $5 admission; $4 skate rental.)

Amusements Parks & Entertainment Centers

Kids Bowl Free Program

Adventure Landing, Dallas ($10 admission for all-you-can-play days every Monday and Thursday; $9 “Super Saturday” admission.)

Alley Cats Entertainment Center, Arlington (Ticket package prices vary.)

Bowlmor Dallas, Addison (Prices vary by day of the week and time.)

Celebration Station, Mesquite (Varying ticket package prices, starting at $4.99 per person.)

Cowtown Cattlepen Maze, Fort Worth ($5 admission for ages 5 and older. Kids age 4 and younger must be accompanied by an adult with free admission for the child.)

Dyno-Rock Climbing Center, Arlington ($10 climbing pass; $6 full rental of shoes, harness and chalk bag).

Just For Fun Watercraft Rental, Grapevine/Lewisville (Hourly and daily prices vary per watercraft.)

Katy Trail, Dallas (FREE)

Lone Star Park, Grand Prairie ($5 general admission.)

Main Event, Fort Worth, Frisco, Lewisville, Grapevine and Plano (Ticket packages start at $9.95.)

Medieval Times, Dallas ($60.95 adults; $36.95 kids age 12 and younger; free for children under 3.)

Top Golf, Allen, Dallas and The Colony (Admission starts at $3; see Web site for varying prices based on day and number of balls.)

Sandy Lake Amusement Park, Carrollton ($5 admission to swimming pool (kids age 3 and younger free; $2 per person age 3 and older; 50-cent tickets for amusement rides and paddle boats.)

Six Flags Over Texas, Arlington (Full price admission is $64.99; $49.99 for kids under 48-inches tall. Free for ages 2 and younger.)

Strikz, Frisco (Ticket package prices vary.)

Summit Climbing Gym, Dallas, Carrollton and Grapevine ($20 for day pass plus harness, shoe and chalk bag rental; $14 day pass; $5 shoe rental; $3 harness rental; $3 chalk bag rental.)



American Airlines Center, Dallas (Price depends on event)

AT&T Stadium, Arlington(Price depends on event)

AirHogs Baseball, Grand Prairie (Tickets start at $6)

Dr Pepper Ballpark, Frisco (Tickets start at $7.)

LaGrave Field/Fort Worth Cats Baseball, Fort Worth (Tickets start at $5.)

Pizza Hut Park/FC Dallas Soccer, Frisco (Tickets start at $20.)

Rangers Ballpark/Rangers, Arlington (Game tickets start at $6.)


Horse-back Riding

Benbrook Stables, Benbrook ($45 private 45-minute lesson; $40 per hour-long trail ride.)

Dallas Polo Club, Red Oak (Varying pricing information determined by season and age.)

Marshall Creek Ranch, Southlake (1.5-hour trail rides and ride-alongs are $50 per person.)

Park Lane Equestrian, Dallas (Varying pricing information determined by season and age.)

Prestonwood Polo & Country Club, Oak Point (Varying pricing information determined by season and age.)

Storybook Ranch, McKinney (1 hour beginner ride starts at $35.)

Windmill Stables of Spring Park, Richardson (Varying pricing information determined by season and age.)



Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve, Southlake (FREE)

Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth (FREE)

Cedar Ridge Preserve, Dallas (Suggested donation of $3 upon entry.)

Connemara Meadow Preserve, Allen (FREE)

Dallas Arboretum, Dallas ($15 adults; $12 seniors; $10 children 3-12.)

Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose (Adult Day Use: $7 Daily; Child 12 Years and Under: Free)

Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center, Cedar Hill (FREE)

Elm Fork Nature Preserve, Carrollton (FREE)

Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Fort Worth (FREE)

Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, Fort Worth ($5 adults; $2 ages 3–12.)

The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, McKinney ($9 adults and $6 for children ages 3–12.)

River Legacy Living Science Center, Arlington (FREE)

Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, Dallas ($3 for timed ticket plus admission to the Dallas Arboretum: $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 3–12.)

Texas Discovery Gardens, Dallas ($8 adults; $4 for children ages 3–11; free for children 2 and younger.)

Trinity River Audubon Center, Dallas ($6 adults; $4 seniors ages 60 and older; $3 children ages 3-12; children younger than 3 free. Free admission every third Thu.)

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Tax Day Freebies 2016

Paying your taxes can be a bummer, so reward yourself this April 18 by taking advantage of some FREE offers! Many of our favorite stores and restaurants will be offering a selection of Tax Day Freebies on April 18.  Below is a list of some of the offers.  Go to for a full list of deals!


shreddingOfficeMax and Office Depot:  Offering up to 5 pounds of bulk bin shredding for FREE with this coupon through April 23rd.

With tax time coming up fast this is a great deal.

Staples: Free shredding offer at Staples. Similar to the last couple of years, you can shred up to five pounds of incriminating credit card bills for free in-store. This offer is valid on April 18, 2016, at your local Staples store.


Boston Market:  Get a half-chicken individual meal with two sides, cornbread, a regular fountain drink, and a cookie1 for $10.40, in honor of the awful form. Without the promo deal, the tab would be $11.77 at many Boston Market restaurants.

Cinnabon: Get two free Cinnabon bites on Tax Day.

Chili’s: Discounted margaritas: Guests get $5 Presidente Margaritas (that’s tequila, orange liqueur, and brandy) at participating Chili’s.

Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 9.33.20 AMGreat American Cookies® would like to put a little extra "dough" in Americans' lives this Tax Day, but the kind with chips! The national gourmet cookie shop is continuing its annual Tax Day freebie tradition by offering a free original chocolate chip cookie to customers who stop by participating stores in the greater Dallas area on Monday, April 18.* No purchase or proof of completed taxes is necessary.

Visit one of the following store locations and satisfy your sweet tooth on tax day: Parks at Arlington Mall, Hillside Village, Uptown Village at Cedar Hill, NorthPark Center, Golden Triangle Mall, Hulen Mall, Ridgmar Mall, Stonebriar Centre, Grand Prairie Premium Outlets, Grapevine Mills (Entrance 5), Grapevine Mills II (Entrance 1), North East Mall, Irving Mall, Vista Ridge Mall, Town East Mall, Collin Creek Mall, The Shops at Willow Bend.

Hard Rock Cafe: Sing your favorite song on stage on Monday, April 18th to earn your free Local Legendary Burger!

Kona IceFree Shaved Ice: Kona Ice will have their trucks parked outside post offices, tax preperation centers, and businesses all over the country on April 18 to give you some sweet relief to your Tax Day woes. Stop by the truck and you'll get a free cup of shaved ice. Search to see where a Kona Ice truck is near you.

Outback Steakhouse: At Outback Steakhouse restaurants, diners can get 15 percent off their check on April 182. To get a coupon, go to the web site's Offers section and sign up for emails. You'll also get the coupon if you download Outback's mobile payment app.

Schlotzsky's: Free small Original sandwich with the purchase of a 32-oz. drink and a bag of chips on April 18. Random prizes will be awarded to fans who upload a picture of their free sandwich to Twitter or Instagram using #TaxDayBites.

Sonic: On April 18, get a half-price cheeseburger.


Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 9.34.21 AMPlanet Fitness and HydroMassage are offering anyone 18 or older a free HydroMassage5 from April 18 to 22 at more than 1,000 of the fitness chain's locations. Coupons can be downloaded from the Planet Fitness web site starting April 18.

To find other great deals in and around North Texas, check out MyDFWMommy!

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Play ball!!!!  The Texas Rangers home opener is April 4th and I am so pumped for the 2016 season! MyDFWMommy is committed to sharing ways to save in the DFW Metroplex and I’m sure many of you have plans to attend a Texas Rangers game at Globe Life Park in Arlington this year. Are you looking for discounts and deals to the Texas Rangers game? Here are some tips to saving on tickets, parking and food!

Texas Rangers Discounts and Deals

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Texas Rangers Home Game Schedule

Of course, if you want to go to a game, you will want to know who the Rangers are playing against. Here is the 2016 Rangers Schedule schedule,  or click here to download a handy printable schedule.

Texas Rangers Schedule


Ticket Specials (go here to buy tickets)


Get away from the work week with KRLD and the Rangers on April 6. Save 50% on Corner Box, Upper Box, and Upper Reserved seating areas, or sit in the Cholula All You Can Eat section for just $34. Use coupon code: KRLDMATINEE to redeem this offer.


Save up to 49% with Coca-Cola Family Packs including four tickets, four jumbo hot dogs, four Coke soft drinks, two Kid's Zone wristbands, and one souvenir program. Two locations are available:

  • Upper Reserved - $69
  • Lower Reserved - $113


Fans can get $10 Upper Reserved and Upper Box tickets, and $10 parking for most Tuesday home games. Fans purchasing online also get the chance to add on a $10 Meal Deal that includes a hot dog, soda, and peanuts or popcorn. Meal Deal is available to online purchasers of the Upper Reserved and Upper Box sections only, and will cut off 48 hours in advance of the game. $10 Tuesday package is valid for all Tuesday games except April 26. Offer also available via phone and at the box office.

Additional persons may be added (one program per four tickets, one Kid's Zone wristband per two tickets). Offer is available for all Sunday through Thursday non-premier regular-season games except April 4, April 25 - 27, June 26, July 10, and October 2. Offer is subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer.


Tickets for all Thursday home games are half price in Upper Reserved, Upper Box, Lexus Club Terrace, and Lower Box. Use coupon code: OZARKA to redeem this offer. Offer is subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer.


Fans who bring a Takis bag to the box office, or use the online coupon code TAKIS will receive $35 all you can eat tickets or a BOGO ticket in the Upper Reserved section. (Free Upper Reserved ticket with purchase of a full-priced Upper Reserved ticket.)

Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 9.45.13 AMFIREWORKS FRIDAYS

Enter coupon code FIREWORKS and get $14 Upper Reserved tickets for Friday night home games on April 15, April 29, May 27, June 3, July 8, August 12, August 26, September 2, September 16, and September 30. Offer also available at the box office, or via phone.




Enter coupon code DRPEPPER or present your Dr Pepper can at the box office to receive $12 Upper Reserved tickets, $17 Upper Box tickets, and $25 Lexus Club Terrace tickets. Offer is valid for Sunday-Thursday non-premier home games April through July, excluding April 4, April 25 - 27, and June 26. The offer also available via phone.

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All you Can Eat Seats

Spend $48 per person and chow away!  Group discounts are also available. Or, fans who bring a Takis bag to the box office, or use the online coupon code TAKIS will receive $35 all you can eat tickets.

  • Cholula All You Can Eat Seats are located in the upper home run deck
  • Tickets include all you can eat grilled chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn, nachos, and soft drinks
  • Pricing for groups of 20 or more ranges from $38 - $50
  • Food service begins when the gates open and ends at the end of the 7th inning, or 2.5 hours after the first pitch
  • Individual tickets start at $48

You are in AIR CONDITIONING. Your seats are still outside in the blazing heat, but you can come in and cool down anytime you want. The price continues to increase, so the savings value is a bit "iffy".  But it's worth considering if you plan on eating at the park!

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*** Buy the cheap seats as low as $6-$14.  (I found these deals on StubHub). These are the outer 5 sections of the upper deck with a nice view of the field. (right side of the field you could get shade).  Get the first couple of rows in that section. Plus if the game isn't crowded you could potentially move down a few rows, but I suggest you wait at least 3 innings as people come late.

Note: If you're going during the day, try to sit in the shade. Most seats behind the outfield wall in right are under an overhang which will keep you out of the sun most of the time. At night, right field/first baseline seats are your best bet.

***Compare ticket brokers.  SeatGeekVivid Seats and Ticket Down are just a few examples.  Note: Ticket Monster & StubHub are ticket brokers that list an all-inclusive price up front, so you know immediately how much the total cost will be.  Be aware of high dollar service and shipping fees and make sure to shop and compare to get the most savings.

***Check out fan forums. you could find a super hot deal here. Many members are genuine fans that don't want the hassle of selling and will give away tickets for the games they can't attend.

***Wait it out The closer you get to game day the more prices drop, as resellers naturally would rather settle for less of a profit over no sale at all.

***Bid on Tickets at ScoreBig. Let's be honest, most ticket broker sites are the same but this one is actually different. It is kind of like the Priceline of sports tickets. Just search events in your area, and make an offer on tickets and get an instant answer on whether your bid is accepted.

***Check out Citywide Events (your company must be a member and give you a login code). $40 Cost- Get 4 vouchers for FOUR absolutely FREE Sunday through Thursday home game tickets - Redeemed at the Box Offices (2 of the 4 vouchers are good for Lower Reserved, Lexus Club Terrace, Upper Box or Upper Reserved Levels and the Other 2 vouchers are good for Upper Box, Upper Reserved, or Grandstand Levels) All 4 tickets may be upgraded to the Corner Box for $15 per ticket - Redeemed at the box office only. PLUS 12 Vouchers 50% OFF tickets for home game tickets Valid for Corner Box, Lower Reserved, Lexus Club Terrace, Upper Box or Upper Reserved Levels - Redeemed online or at the box office. BONUS - you also will receive $250.00 off an Upper Level suite rental when you contact the Suites Sales. Suite Rental excludes 05/15, 06/26 and 10/2 home games.

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Shuttle Service to Globe Life Park

It's easy to forget about the cost of parking. Multiple parking lots surround Globe Life Park in Arlington providing convenient access from major highways. General Parking is available for $17 and primarily located on the north and east sides of the ballpark. General parking passes are available for advance purchase online.

If you want to save some money on parking, consider using a shuttle service to Globe Life Park.

J. Gilligans

Cost: $8 per person
Availability: Opening Day; Fridays and Saturdays
Details: Shuttle times to the game are 5:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Pick up is 30 minutes after the game. If you wish to be picked up before the 9th inning, you can call to request it.
Contact: or (817) 274-8561

Arlington Trolley

Cost: Free
Availability: Every home game
Details: The Arlington Trolley provides service to Globe Life Park for each home game. This service is intended for guests staying at hotels around the ballpark. Service begins 1 1/2 hours before game time. It returns to the hotels immediately following the game.
Contact: or (817) 504-9744

Other Parking Deals

***Check out apps like Park Whiz to save you some extra money.  I was able to find parking spots around the area for as low as $7 and gives you peace of mind as the spot is reserved.

***$15Arlington Event Parking is the closest independently licensed lot and you can get a prepaid pass online for $15.00 (there is a $1.50 handling fee).

***$5Humperdink's Restaurant & Brewpub charges just 5 bucks for parking and shuttle service to the game. A good place to chow down before or after the event, too (3.5 stars on Yelp). If you choose to take in some exercise, count on a 10-minute walk from there to the stadium.

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****Copeland Rd. This road is right off of I30, and there are some big retail and restaurant places such as Joes Crab Shack nearby.

***Another option are the free shuttles offered by certain hotels and restaurants in the area. One such place that offers free parking and a free shuttle to the Ballpark in Arlington is Sherlock's Bar and Grill in Lincoln Square.  Call these locations in advance to confirm as this can change year to year.

2016 Texas Rangers Baseball Game Discounts and Deals


The Rangers have a fairly liberal policy on bringing food and drink into the stadium. That doesn't mean you can pack a massive cooler, though!

  • Container Policy & Bag Inspections

    No metal cans, glass containers or alcoholic beverages may be carried into the ballpark. Only soft-sided, collapsible coolers without plastic inserts are allowed - no hard coolers, backpacks, or oversized bags. All bags and purses must be 16"x16"x8" or smaller and are subject to search by ballpark staff.

  • Alcoholic Beverage Policy & Non-Alcohol Section

    Section 335 has been designated as a non-alcohol section at Globe Life Park. Sales and consumption of beer are strictly prohibited in this section. Beer sales will be discontinued in all seating areas after the 7th inning and at concession stands after the 8th inning or two and one-half hours subsequent to the start of a single game, whichever occurs first. Sales may also be discontinued earlier, and in specific areas if necessary, at the discretion of Rangers management. Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission (TABC) prohibits alcohol being brought into or out of Globe Life Park in Arlington. TABC regulations also prohibit alcohol being taken from the main or upper concourses onto the club or suite levels, or taken off the club and suite levels to any other areas of the ballpark. The Texas Rangers remind guests to drink responsibly.

Congratulations to Globe Life Park in Arlington for giving us the opportunity to save some money.  Bring some waters and snacks for the kids.

About MyDFWMommy

MyDFWMommy was established in August of 2009 as a Dallas Coupon Blog.

Laura Thornquist is the author behind the website and is dedicated to educating our fantastic community about great deals, must-attend events and great living in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Laura loves to find a good deal, but she doesn’t consider herself “cheap”. She just likes to stretch her dollars so she can splurge on her family when she wants.  She’s also a wife, mother and a business woman.

She is dedicated to helping readers learn how to stretch their dollar so they too can enjoy all life has to offer! Laura is a wife of 21 years, mother of two GREAT kids, ages 18 and 10, and author of

She also has a marketing, television news and sales background. She was hugely impacted by the economy in late 2008 with job losses and transfers. That’s when she discovered a new frugal way of living. After learning valuable savings strategies, Laura couldn’t help but share! It has changed her life and she’s committed to helping others pinch pennies in times of need!

Laura is also a daily contributor and “fronts” her savings segments on WFAA in Dallas/Fort Worth. She’s provided content on Good Morning America and has also been featured on GMA. Other media includes the local Fox, CBS, and NBC TV stations along with several local newspapers. Prior to entering the social media market, Laura was a news anchor for over 20 years in markets such as Denver and Kansas City.

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One thing Texans can always count on is some of the highest electric bills in the country due to sweltering summers and big houses.  The average Texas household spends $148 per month on electricity, according to a recent report by WalletHub. Only five other states see residents spending more. Here are some ways to save on energy bills.

Being on the wrong plan could be costing you. The Texas electricity market was deregulated in January 2002, which gave consumers tons of options for choosing a provider, but not a lot of people got a primer of what the rules were and how to take the best advantage of them.

EFL label*Legacy providers don’t rule. Original providers aren’t the only companies that can offer solid, uninterrupted service. And don’t believe the fallacy that customers of legacy providers get serviced first when your power goes out. Oncor Electric Delivery is responsible for maintaining the transmission system. Everybody uses Oncor to handle repairs in our region. *Note: as part of your bill you pay Oncor AND the retail electric provider. 

*Use this savings calculator to learn what you should be paying or read your EFL (Energy Facts Label) on your bill. We all have our own energy usage DNA.  We all use it differently and at different times.  LEARN you usage DNA and shop the best plan according to how much you use.

*Don’t think, “what’s my rate” for best savings. If you look at most of these programs, the vast majority of the offers are not a rate, they’re a curve—different prices for each quantity of kilowatt-hours that are consumed. That means you might get that great promotional rate if you use between, say, 1,500 and 2,000-kilowatt hours in a month. But fall above or go below? Higher rates. Throw in hidden charges and you’ve got the makings of a monster electricity bill.

*Switching is good. Act under the assumption that you should switch companies every six months or year. The market is constantly changing.

*Don't “balance bill.”  I understand needing a consistent payment every month, BUT statistics show you may be paying WAY too much. How about budgeting $250 and your bill is $70 on low months and $200 on high months! You just got a raise!

*Don't let contracts scare you.  I was in a contract, however, I paid $150 to get OUT of my contract and still saved $700 a year. WHAT???? Yep, that’s how much I was overpaying!

Comparison shop. With over 600 energy retailers and 1500 plans, how in the heck are we supposed to figure it out?

Screen Shot 2015-12-29 at 11.30.42 AMI used Energy Ogre to comparison shop for me. It's a Texas-based technology company that actively monitor thousands of offers and matches them to a consumer’s actual electricity usage, resulting in maximum savings.

Energy Ogre CEO Jesson Bradshaw says, “We started Energy Ogre because folks weren’t getting the benefits of deregulation. Most people realize that there are probably better solutions out there but because the process can be overly complicated and confusing, and because people are frankly too busy to spend a lot of their time studying all the options, most people are in plans that don’t fit them correctly.  People are shocked when they find out how much they are overpaying,” says Bradshaw.


Energy Bill 1Just what kind of money are we talking about? Energy Ogre is able to report that most of its customers have been able to save between 40% and 60% after enrolling in the program. All for about the cost of a monthly Netflix membership.  Just read their reviews on the Facebook page.

I live in a 3200 square foot home.  Look at my savings.  I anticipate during the summer that I will pay $150 based on my new terms, which is a $250 savings a month during the summer.

Energy Ogre is not paid by energy companies for preferential treatment—their only allegiance is to its customers. When consumers sign up for their program, Energy Ogre becomes their “limited agent,” getting access to their historical usage of electricity. From this, a demand curve is created. “We have up to 2,000 rate curves in our system, updated every day,” Bradshaw said. “We take your demand curve and run it against every supply curve we have and find a program that best matches your usage mathematically.”

Once Energy Ogre is the limited agent, they make changes on behalf on their customers based on that math. This takes the hassle out of dealing with an energy provider. It also means Energy Ogre often suggests switching from one plan to another to take advantage of a low rate. 

*Shop around on your own. Many of us know about the state’s website, The Power to Choose allowing you to compare rates and plans. Take the knowledge from the EFL and apply it to current plans.  Don’t get locked into a yearly plan though as prices and deals consistently change which means you can save even more. Customers should routinely be making changes, taking advantage of every great deal that comes along.


Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 6.05.49 AMHere is Fox 4’s Steve Noviello’s bill after using Energy Ogre that he shared on his Facebook page. 

You can see his news report here.


Other ways to save:

Set Your Air Conditioner For 78 Degrees or Higher

Air Conditioner Maintenance/Filters

Programmable Thermostat

Wash laundry in cold water

Seal up your home

Here is Fox 4’s Steve Noviello’s bill after using Energy Ogre. You can watch more below.
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Wow, cable can be expensive!  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says the average American spends around $65 a month — nearly $800 a year — on cable. We spend much more in our home! The NDP Group says it’s more like $90 a month, and estimates it’ll hit $200 by 2020. But there are indeed, many ways to save on cable bills!

But there are a ton of options to make cutting your cable bill very easy, thanks to the new streaming services available!  It can be confusing, so here is some information on deciding which option is best for you!

It really comes down to how many channels you want, which channels you watch and when you watch them.

Here are some options at “cutting the cord” and saving well over 50% off your cable bill.

Get an AntennaScreen Shot 2015-12-29 at 10.02.13 AM The modern equivalent of the old-school “rabbit ears,” which can cost under $10 and gives free access to network content. Here are some of my favorite choices for antenna’s. It’s not on-demand (unless you get a recording device), but for live events like the Super Bowl this is a great option.

Sling TV ($20 per month) Did you know the average household gets 200 channels, but only watches 18 of them. If that’s you, and you want to be up to the minute, then check out Sling TV. Sling allows you to live stream 20 channels, like ESPN, CNN and The Food Network. You’ll have access to movies, too.

PlayStation Vue ($49.99 per month) The new PlayStation Vue live streams TV, and offers 50 channels, movies and recording/playback functionality. It requires a PlayStation (PS4 or PS3 ). Right now the service is offered in DFW, Miami, New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia.

Amazon Prime
 ($8.25 per month) Similar to Netflix and Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime offers TV shows, movies and original series, but – instead of a month-to-month commitment – you sign up for a $99 one-year membership.  Right now you can get a 30 day trial for FREE!

Hulu Plus ($7.99 per month) If you can hold out a day for your favorite shows, then Hulu Plus offers a variety of popular shows the day after they air. You’ll have access to movies and original series as well.

Netflix ($7.99-11.99 per month) Hate ads?  Neftlix is your choice. Netflix has seasons of network cable shows, movies and original series, like Orange Is The New Black and House of Cards. has a great article on deciding what kind of watcher you are and planning alternatives from The Basic Cable Junkie, The Prestige TV Grazer, The Serial Binger to Sports Fans.

For example: For Sports Fans

If you want—or need—to see a significant number of your local teams’ games, I’m going to stop right here. This is one area where streaming services can’t yet fully deliver. Local games are generally exclusive to regional sports networks, and you’ll still need cable for that. There’s also the issue of some online services being a little more unstable than die-hard fans might like.  HOWEVER, there are often ways for you to watch online!  We watch our sons games through a school program live online when we can’t be there in person.

However, if you’re a more casual sports fan or a supporter of an out-of-market team, cord cutting is still a worthwhile option. Sling TV will give you ESPN and ESPN 2 in addition to a handful of basic cable channels for $20 a month, and for another $5 you can get even more sports options, including ESPN U, ESPNEWS, and the SEC Network. Add in an indoor TV antenna and you’ll also have access to network sports.

For supporters of teams outside your local area, some sport-specific streaming options might also be attractive. Each major sports league offers some sort of online viewing option for somewhere in the neighborhood of $110 a year, with the caveat that local games are blacked out. (NFL fans can pay only $69.99 to watch any team they like, but must make do with replays.)

The Plan (option 1): Sling TV with sports package and an indoor TV antenna.

Price: $308.50 per year ($25.70 per month).

Savings: $490.82 per year ($40.90 per month).

The Plan (option 2): Sling TV with sports package, indoor TV antenna, and one sport-specific streaming package.

Price: $418.50 per year ($34.88 per month).

Savings: $380.82 per year ($31.74 per month).

You could buy about 12 additional seasons of television before cable becomes less expensive.

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Leap Day, February 29th, arrives once every four years — and 2016 is one of them. The reason there are 366 days every four years instead of the standard 365 is to remain in sync with the true astronomical year. It actually takes the Earth approximately 365.24 days to orbit the Sun, so Leap Year allows it to play catch up.

In honor of Leap Year there will be some great offers. Here is a list of Leap Year deals, discounts and free offers. will continually be updating our post here as new offers become available.

Leap Day Deals on Restaurants

Carraba’s– Use this printable coupon or online code to get 20% off your check through March 6.

Chick-fil-A– Check with your local Chick-fil-A, but we’ve caught wind that some locations are offering free chicken sandwiches if you stop by 29 minutes past the hour all day on February 29.

Great American Cookies– People with a February 29 birthday can get one free Individually Yours Cookie Cake as part of the “A Sweet for Your Leap” promotion. You must show a valid ID to claim your treat.

Hard Rock Cafe– Diners with a leap day birthday can get one of six free entrées from the Leaplings Eat Free menu. To be eligible, customers must show a valid photo ID.

Krispy KremeLeap Year Deals– On 2/29 only, buy ANY 1 Dozen Doughnuts AND Get 1 Dozen Glazed Original Doughnuts for ONLY $2.29! Simply head over to the Krispy Kreme Facebook page, click on the “Get Offer” tab, and you will snag a coupon via email that you will either need to print or show on your phone.

McAlister’s Deli– On February 29, all leap year babies get a free freshly baked cookie. No purchase is necessary, but you must show an ID.

Olive Garden– Print out this coupon or show on your phone to get four free Dolcini desserts. This offer is valid February 29 through March 6.

Tropical Smoothie– Club Tropical members can enjoy any 24-ounce Classic Smoothie for $2.29 (regularly $4 and up) on February 29.

Villa Italian Kitchen– Leaplings get a free slice of pizza at participating Villa Italian Kitchen locations on February 29.

Leap Day Sales on Entertainment

Leap Year DealsSix Flags – Special Leap Year Sale on 2016 Season Passes. Buy four or more Season Passes online before February? 29 and not only will you save over 30%, but you’ll also get a Season Parking Pass for absolutely free. For just $3 more than a general admission ticket, you’ll enjoy unlimited visits all season, plus get access to fantastic savings discounts, free tickets for friends, and much more. Dining Passes– Buy your Deluxe Dining Pass online by February? 29 and you’ll automatically get a free upgrade to our prestigious new Gold level. With a Gold Dining Pass, enjoy lunch, dinner, and a snack every time you visit Six Flags Over Texas, plus ALL other Six Flags theme parks this year. This special offer also includes a free Sports Bottle with unlimited soft drinks all season long. As a special bonus, you’ll get 20% off most merchandise throughout the park.

Leap Day Discounts on Travel

Jet Blue- You can save $150 on $2500 or more to the Caribbean, Mexico and Central or South America if you travel before April 30 using code WINTER16.

Expedia- Save up to 29 percent off select hotels worldwide with reservations made on the Expedia mobile app on or before Feb. 29. Some restrictions apply.

CheapOAir- Use code GETAWAYS30 to save up to $30 on Getaway Vacations through Feb. 29.

Marriott- Enjoy up to 20 percent in savings when you use code ADP to book a room in advance through March 19.

Leap Day Deals on Services

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Service Experts– Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning Centers in Dallas have created one-day offers that range from $29 off a complete Precision Tune-Up™. Appointments must be scheduled by the end of day February 29 to take place.

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We all have our own favorite “places” to shop.  And most have our own ways to save when shopping.  As part of our Ways to Save Series, we are talking about loyalty programs. There are lots of great ones available, many we are all familiar with, such as grocery stores, drugstores, gas stations and chain restaurants.

Then they are some NOT SO obvious and can be a really great resource to help you save!

Screen Shot 2016-01-28 at 7.24.48 PMVehicle Service Rewards

Nissan owners can sign up for the One to One Rewards program.  When you make service visits or shop with the company’s retail partners, you earn you points, which you can use for maintenance and service at your local Nissan dealer. Other dealers including Honda and Chevrolet offer similar programs.  Check with your LOCAL dealer too!

Screen Shot 2016-01-29 at 10.00.53 AMTaco Bell

If you love Taco Bell, you’ll want to check out this program! Taco Bell Explore is a rewards-based game that’s part of the company’s app. Members get sent puzzles based on their social media activity, and completing a puzzle makes them eligible to win prizes like free food, beverages, and their own personalized booth at Taco Bell.


You can join the IKEA FAMILY program (it’s free to join). Members get free offers such as coffee and tea, cheap food offers, 30 extra minutes at Småland (the children’s play- and babysitting-area), 90-day price protection, and discounts on select merchandise.

Screen Shot 2016-01-29 at 10.01.47 AM7-Eleven

7-Eleven’s 7Rewards is also app-based. Members get rewards for buying drinks such as coffee or a Slurpee. You simply scan the bar code on your drink purchases, and the seventh one is always free.


Ace Hardware

Ace Rewards operates on a points system, where every dollar spent earns you 10 points. For every 2,500 points, you get a $5 reward. Other perks includeAce Hardware coupons, in-store savings, and 1,000 points just for signing up.

Pampers Rewards

If you haven’t joined Pampers Rewards yet, just go here to join and you will get 100 points just for signing up. Signing up allows you to participate in the Pampers Rewards Program which offers points for purchasing Pampers products and allows you to trade points in for free prizes!



Kellogg’s Family Rewards allows you to connect your store loyalty card to earn points when you buy eligible products, or upload your receipts for verification. You then use those points to get items in the Kellogg’s rewards catalog.

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GNCGold Card membership gives you everyday savings of up to 50% in-store, as well as online savings, price matching, and other members-only and partner offers. Cost: $15/year


If you like sports team apparel, you might want to check out Lids Club. A mall hat retailer, Lids offers club members tiered memberships based on points, and members receive a 20 to 25% discount on hats, 10 to 15% discount on apparel, and other perks. Cost: $5/year


Love LANCÔME? Get 15% off your first purchase and gain access to members only benefits, the latest news via email on skincare, make up and fragrance collections and exclusive rewards from their loyalty program!



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Ways to Save on Retail

Want to save some extra money this year!  There are a TON of ways to save every time you make a purchase.  It only takes a few minutes of your time to save sometimes a significant amount on everyday purchases.  Here are my tips on ways to save on retail.

Let someone else save for you!

ways to save on retailUse a Shopping WatchdogParibus is a shopping watchdog.  It's a free app that uses patent pending technology to sync with your email to scan for receipts. When the program detects a receipt from a supported store such as Amazon and Macy's, it checks for price decreases as well as any coupons or promo codes. When a drop is detected, Paribus automatically writes the retailer and submits a refund request. The company takes a 25 percent cut of the refund when it's received.  Getting a refund, like how I show you here on Amazon takes time and a bit of effort.  If you don't want to hassle with it, Paribus does it for you.  I have to admit, I was hesitant letting Paribus into my email account.  I've been using it for 2 months now with absolutely no issues AND they've said me over $40!  Not bad!

Ways to Save on Your Own

Here are some other ways to save a few bucks every time you make a purchase.

Add items to a shopping cart and leave. Unless you need an item immediately, put a few days between the moment when you add it to your online shopping cart, and when you check out. You never know what sorts of carrots the retailers may use to lure you over the finish line.  I recently did this buying a Fatboy for my son.  I found one on sale, but I wasn't ready to pull the trigger because the sale wasn't big enough.  Two days later they sent me an email for an additional 30% off.  Bam...purchase made!

Screen Shot 2015-12-30 at 3.47.08 PMFollow a savings blog. There are hundreds of savings bloggers like MyDFWMommy who watch trends and share great deals.  Sign up for their email list and check the blog daily to learn sales cycles and deals in your area.

Find online discount codes and mobile/printable coupons.  At one time or another, most retailers will use discounts as an incentive to get you to buy.  Take advantage of it! A simple google search will reveal tons of coupon codes to use.  I also share codes and mobile/printable coupons on my site. Sites like RetailMeNot compile these codes, Because these codes constantly cycle in and out of activation, be sure to try a couple until you find one that gives you a decent deal (or at least free shipping).

Stack smart: Some retailers, Kohl's, allow you to “stack” coupon codes, or use more than one. The key is to enter the codes in the proper order to maximize savings. So if you have two coupon codes—one for $10 off your purchase and another for 15 percent off— enter the 15 percent code first, then the $10 code. That way, you’ll get 15 percent off the full price of the item, before the $10 discount.

How to Get an Amazon Price AdjustmentAsk for Price Drop Refunds. Say you’ve purchased an item yesterday, but when you checked the next day, it was now on sale. GRRRR!  That's why I now use Paribus. However, some companies will refund you the price difference if you contact them directly within a certain amount of days. For instance, Amazon will issue you a refund if you notify them within seven calendar days from the delivery date. Use to monitor price changes at Amazon.

Buy off-season.  Most big reduction sales occur at the end of the season. Stores need to get rid of all of their previous seasonal clothing to make room for the new trends of the upcoming season. A sale like this is the best time to stock up on items you use a lot.

Learn how to shop your favorite store. Know your favorite retailers, brands, regular prices, promotions and discounts -- and always check the clearance area first to find a similar item on sale to avoid buying two of anything and spending more.  Here are some great resources including Ways to Save at Kohl's and Ways to Save at Target.

ways to save on retailTake advantage of free shipping.  Many online retailers will offer free shipping on occasion.  This is a great time to make a large purchase so you aren't left with the hefty shipping fee. Many stores also offer free shipping if you spend a certain amount. If you’re falling short of that minimum, think about other items you may need that you can purchase ahead of time.

Subscribe to Amazon. If can predict when you’ll need to re-up your supply of coffee or toilet paper, try using Amazon’s “Subscribe and Save” feature to automate the repurchasing process. It saves time and often you'll get an additional discount off the price.

Look for a discounted gift card. There are websites, such as, where you can buy and sell gift cards, and sometimes you can buy gift cards for less than the amount on the card. You can often buy a gift card from retailers, hotels and restaurants for 10 or even 20 percent less than the value of the card.

Use a cash back credit card. A cash back credit card will refund you a small percentage of specific types of purchases or even every purchase you make.  I just use one that gives 2 percent back on everything.

Screen Shot 2015-12-30 at 4.16.50 PMUse cash back sites to get cash rebates. This strategy only works for online retailers, but the discounts can be worth it. Basically, you register with a cash back site such as, click through to the online merchant and then the purchases you make there qualify you to get a cash rebate. It takes a few weeks to get your rebate, but the discounts typically range from 1 to 5 percent and sometimes even top 10 percent.

Comparison shop.  Before buying, do some comparison shopping online.  Simply just Google the product name. There are also tons of mobile apps and online resources to help you! Use price-comparison and product-search sites like and to compare the prices of items at various online and local merchants

hd ibottaMobile apps. Some apps offer you to redeem special bonuses for doing certain actions. You can earn kicks by doing paid online surveys or merely browsing around product catalogs with ShopKick that can be exchanged to gift cards or special discounts. Ibotta is another great resource! Amazon nails it with Amazon Rewards Visa card with $50 sign up bonus and 3 points added for each dollar spent.

To avoid overpaying and scoring absolutely best deals online, install PriceBlink browser add-on (available for Chrome, Mozilla, Safari). It will save you tons of time by automatically pulling the prices for the same product from numerous merchants, organizing them in a smart chart and even notifying you if there are any coupons available.

Alternatively, you can try Pricegrabber app that does the same thing, plus can scan bar codes and provide “bottom line prices” that include taxes, shipping and other add-on expenses.

Become "friends" of your favorite retailers.  Use social networkingMany merchants, including the Gap and Banana Republic, post special coupons or announce sales first on their Facebook pages.

Sign up for emails and use more emails addresses. Join the email lists of your favorite retailers so you can get coupons and other special offers delivered straight to your inbox. Some stores love sending huge single use coupons to a select group of customers. Sign up to their newsletter with multiple email accounts. You could save big with three 50% discount codes for one full-priced item purchase, instead of one.


ways to save on retailGet rewarded: Join your favorite retailers’ loyalty programs, and don’t forget to enter your loyalty number each time you shop. You can earn money back on your purchases, plus other great deals.

Take advantage of special discounts including student discountsteacher discounts and senior citizens discounts.  Be proud of where your at and take advantage of the special savings.  Click on the above links to find discounts for each category!

Shop the Right Day. Most stores roll out discounts and special deals on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. However, Sunday is the best day to score cheap airline tickets with Monday being the most expensive, according to Airlines Reporting Corporation who analyzed over 130 million domestic and international over the period of 19 months. Saturdays are bookworms’ specials as Amazon and Barnes & Noble launch numerous books on sale, targeting readers who love spending a weekend with a new fine read.

Be patient: If you don’t need an item right away, it pays to check back daily over a two-week period to see if a new coupon pops up or if an item goes on sale. And when you do see a good deal, jump on it—it often won’t last long!

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Leap Year occurs on February 29th every four years.  Leap Year is happening again for 2016, and The Hard Rock Cafe has something super cool for the 200,000 plus people who were born on this special day... FREE FOOD!

On Monday, February, 29, leaplings who stop by participating Hard Rock Cafe locations around the nation with a valid photo ID will receive a free entrée from Hard Rock’s Leaplings Eat Free menu.

Legendary Burger™ – Certified Angus Beef® patty topped with smoked bacon, Cheddar cheese, a golden fried onion ring, crisp lettuce and vine ripened tomato, served on a toasted brioche bun with Hard Rock’s seasoned fries.

Twisted Mac, Chicken & Cheese – Cavatappi macaroni tossed in a three-cheese sauce with roasted red peppers and topped with Parmesan parsley bread crumbs and grilled chicken breast.

Veggie Leggie – grilled Veggie Leggie patty topped with a grilled Portobello mushroom, zucchini, yellow squash, roasted red pepper and served on a toasted bun with mayo, leaf lettuce, sliced tomato, grilled sweet onions and a side of Hard Rock’s seasoned fries.

Hickory-Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich – hand-pulled smoked pork with hickory barbecue sauce served on a toasted brioche bun with Hard Rock’s seasoned fries, cowboy beans and citrus coleslaw.

Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken & Ham Sandwich – grilled chicken and thinly sliced ham, topped with smoked bacon, melted Jack cheese, Dijon mayonnaise, honey mustard, iceberg lettuce and a slice of vine-ripened tomato, served on a toasted brioche bun and a side of Hard Rock’s seasoned fries and citrus coleslaw.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad – Romaine lettuce tossed in Hard Rock’s house-made Caesar dressing, topped with garlic croutons, shaved Parmesan cheese and grilled chicken.