Painless Ways to Save on Activities


If you are looking to have experiences not expensive excursions you are in the right spot. Date nights and entertaining the kids can be expensive.  We don’t want the guilt by saying no to the kids about activities or the small fortune we spend every time we leave the house for an activity or night out.  Try some of these ideas without the big expense attached while still enjoying life.   Give something new a try once you may love it!

  • Light up the BBQ grill and invite friends over or have a potluck instead of going to a restaurant.  Enjoy your backyard fire pit and roast marshmallows and hotdogs. Skip the theater and have a movie or game night at home with fun snacks.
  • Check community calendars, park and city events, or do a simple internet search to find free activities in your area.  A great place to search is Eventbrite.  There is something for everyone.  You’ll find festivals, public performance, concerts, classes and more.  In the past, we’ve attended a slime making class and a bread making class.
  • Since you were a kid the library has changed- however it’s still free. Books are available digitally. Borrow CD’s, DVD’s; and of course, print books. Check the library’s online calendar for free classes. There’s community groups teaching, children’s classes offered, Teen zone, and free homework help. The library offers a great deal of free resources.
  • When buying sporting equipment first consider resale. With all the apps, local Facebook groups and online places to purchase resale, deals are available.  Earn some money selling the sporting equipment you no longer need.

Apply These Savings to Your Activities: Cancel unused memberships such as magazine subscriptions, gym memberships, video clubs, and online forums.  Review your cellphone bill with recent plan changes and insurance increases savings is possible.

Most importantly, have fun while enjoying the people you choose to spend your time with trying a new less expensive activity.

By Jen Freeman
Published in New Mexico Marketplace Sept 2017 edition
Albuquerque’s Best Shopping Source to Find What you Need   


New and expecting mom’s get free formula samples, coupons and more –totaling $400 in value when you join Enfamil Family Beginnings.   There is a chance to win free formula for a year when you join.  Even if you are not planning to use the formula there are other great gifts like the super cute belly badges.  Check out the Enfamil coupons and deals here.


Free Dr. Seuss Lorax Activity Book

9:20 am

by Jennifer Freeman

Lorax Activity Book

Free Dr. Seuss Lorax Activity Book.

Just add it to your cart and complete the checkout process to receive yours for free.

Free Activity books are great resource for entertaining kids or a homeschooling supplement.


10 Golden Rules To A Happy Family – Free bookmark

We do a lot of reading in our house!  Get a free bookmark offer, 10 Golden Rules To A Happy Family!  And there is a  free daily devotionals offer too.  Alex and Lindsey love books and we come home from the library with about 30 books at a time and read and read and read!  We find books on anything they are interested in, so far this year it has been drawing horses, all about cats, magic tricks, origami, Amelia Bedelia, fun books on punctuation & grammar, even Hawaii.

I tell the kids, if you learn to read well, you can learn anything and about any subject you can possible think!  Books open up a whole new world.

Fun Make At Home Bookmarks Re-purposing

If you want a summer project with the kids, you can make some fun bookmarks at home, using things from around the house!

cereal box bookmarks See how the kids made some pretty cool bookmarks! It’s super easy, frugal and most of all FREE FUN!!!



How to Get Free Groceries Video

8:31 am

by Jennifer Freeman

Free Grocery Shopping

Some weeks all things line up perfectly and an opportunity for free grocery shopping easily happens.    The sale, the need, the coupon all lined up perfectly and I was able to “buy” Ken’s Salad Dressing for zero out of pocket.   When this deal was current I had listed it on my weekly grocery sales match-ups, but the coupon/deal is no longer available it ended last week.  I want to encourage you to take advantage of these deals the moment they happen!

Smiths/Kroger deal:
Ken’s Salad Dressing 8-9oz – $1
Used the $1/1 Ken’s Dressing Coupon (6/30 expired)
Final Price: Free

It is no secret!  If a chance to grocery shop for free happens it only makes sense to get a few extra items and stock-up. The #1 way to do this is have access to the coupons, and the most reliable way to get those coupons is have them delivered to your doorstep on Sunday morning. As a home delivery customer you will be first to get all the inserts available, get the newspaper any other way and you may not get all the inserts.

There are huge discount newspaper deals, See the Newspaper Discounts for your deal!

Happy Free Grocery Shopping!

Did you do any FREE Grocery Shopping this week?

We all love to read about a deal!!

Do share your great savings in the comments below. 

{ 0 comments } – Free 128 oz Tide Laundry Detergent

Wow!  Here’s an easy and awesome freebie to snatch up!  Through tomorrow, July 6th, new customers at can get a HUGE 128 oz bottle of Tide Laundry Detergent completely free!  Here’s how it works: sign up for a new account, follow the link on TopCashBack’s Walmart page and scroll down to the Tide deal and purchase the 128 oz Tide Simply Clean and Fresh.  Please note that you must purchase the Tide Simple Clean and Fresh detergent, and you can choose between the “Daybreak Fresh” and “Refreshing Breeze” scents.  Walmart is currently selling the detergent for $8.97, and when you go through, they will give $9.90 back, potentially making this deal a slight moneymaker even after tax!  You will get your cash back within 30 to 90 days.  Make sure you select “Ship to store” to get FREE store pickup.  Make sure to share this deal with your friends and act fast, it’s good only through tomorrow!