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Phoenix Spring Break Staycation Idea & Pogo Pass GIVEAWAY


GIVEAWAY information below . . .

Spring Break is coming . . .  Consider the perfect staycation around the Phoenix area with Pogo Passes!

You won’t be able to use everything on Spring Break (like Sunsplash!), but that means you’ll still have leftover fun for this summer.

If you use the link I provide or the code BARGAIN, you’ll save $60 off their reg. price, making them only $39.98!


And, if you buy or renew passes in March, you’re automatically entered to win four tickets to see “Wicked” at Gammage.  Get one entry for each pass.  I’ve been to quite a few shows at Gammage and this is my all-time favorite!  I can take them off your hands, if you win and don’t want them.  :)


Here’s what Pogo Passes include:

To purchase:  Go to the Pogo Pass website (That link should get you the $39.98 rate.  If not, use the code BARGAIN.)

  • Castles & Coasters (ONE visit anytime, unlimited rides & goofy golf)
  • Sunsplash (ONE visit anytime, confirmed it’s good next season!)
  • Phoenix Zoo (TWO visits, anytime)
  • Makutu’s Island (TWO visits, Monday – Friday)  NEW!
  • Diamondbacks Games (TWO games, season over now, but will be back next season)
  • Rattlers Games (THREE games, dates will be added throughout season)
  • i.d.e.a. Museum (TWO visits anytime, except opening weekends – three weekends per year)
  • ASU Sporting Events (women’s basketball, soccer, wrestling, volleyball, gymnastics, track and field)
  • Enchanted Island (FOUR visits, Fridays & Saturdays, most rides included)
  • Jump Street (TWO visits, Monday & Wednesdays, Chandler or Glendale)
  • Stratum Laser Tag (TWO visits, dates and times listed)
  • Phoenix Rock Gym (TWO visits, gear is $5, if needed)
  • Tempe Paintball (TWELVE visits, one per month, not Saturdays, includes gun rental, air & 100 paintballs!)
  • National Comedy Theatre (THREE visits, Fri. and Sat., with occasional Thurs. Seating is limited. Call to reserve seating.)
  • Skateland & Great Skate (TWO visits per month, skate rental not included, but can bring your own)
  • Fat Cats (Grand Opening in Gilbert is in the future and they will begin accepting passes after opening… stay tuned) NEW!
  • Brunswick Zone (Update:  AMF bought them and Pogo was not able to get them to agree to begin on the pass.  They are not longer accepting the pass.)

To purchase:  Go to the Pogo Pass website (That link should get you the $39.98 rate.  If not, use the code BARGAIN.)

** Each person needs one, unless they’re 2 or younger.  Most places won’t charge admission and it’s not worth buying them one.  If you have a three year old, check the venues you will use and see what their policy is for three year olds.

Note:  They have the gift option back.  You can buy them now and redeem the code when you or your recipient wants the 365 days of fun!

One winner will get two passes for their family or to share with friends.  (If you win and bought passes this month, you’ll receive a refund on two passes.)

Three chances to win!  Leave SEPARATE COMMENTS for each number below, or it’s only seen as entry by the program we use to choose the winner.  All entries are optional and you don’t have to do them all to be entered, but each one gives you an extra chance.

1)  Click on this link to get to Pogo’s website.  Tell me anything you want about their site, venues, passes, etc.  Make sure you click, please!

2)  Share this giveaway or about Pogo Passes with friends or a group you belong to.  If you give them this Pogo link, (http://www.pogopass.com/?tracking=533e2567b70af) the $60 discount is automatic.  If not, they can enter the code BARGAIN to save $60 on each pass.  After you do it, tell me who/where you shared for an extra entry.

3)  Leave a separate comment telling me how you follow Bargain Believer, to learn about some of the best deals in Arizona!   (If you don’t, links to follow are below.)

Follow by email, RSS, Facebook, or Twitter.

The giveaway will end on Tuesday, March 17, at noon AZ time.

(Pogo Pass has given us these passes to give away.  We are an affilaite with them and receive a payment when you buy them, but … we’d tell you about them even if we weren’t.  We LOVE our passes and it’s a super deal!  Thanks for buying the passes through Bargain Believer and supporting this site!)


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First Friday of the Month = Free Admission to Museums (Phoenix Art, Children’s Museum, Heard and Scottsdale Art)

There are two great offers for free admission to museums.

The Phoenix Art Museum offers free general admission on select days and times.

** Wednesday evenings, from 3 pm – 9 pm

** First Fridays from 6 pm – 10 pm,.

Note that some exhibits will have special admission fees.

Normal admission is $15 for adults and $6 for children.
It’s located at 1625 N Central Avenue in Phoenix.

Note: “I suggest you get there early. Parking is limited.
If you wait until after 7 you’re going to have trouble finding a spot.”
(Thanks, Christine!)

You can get FREE admission to the Phoenix Children’s Museum the first Friday of each month. That’s this Friday — February, 6th, from 5 pm -9 pm. No coupon is needed.

The Museum is easily accessible from I-10 via the Washington Street and 7th Street exits. We offer free on-site parking. Take the Free Dash Shuttle or take the Metro Light Rail! If riding the Rail, exit at the 3rd Street/Washington station (westbound) or 3rd Street/Jefferson station (eastbound). It is a short walk north on 7th Street to the Museum. Enter through the historic entrance on the west side of the building, adjacent to 7th St.

A comment from BMB: Super busy on first Friday. Parking is hard unless you are there right on time.  (Thanks, BMB!)



Get in free to the Heard Museum on the first Friday of every month from 6-9 PM.

The Heard Museum is located at 2301 N.  Central Avenue in Phoenix.


The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is free all day on Thursdays and on Friday and Saturday after 5:00 pm.

They are open on all of those days from noon to 9 pm.

Admission is normally $7 for adults and $5 for students.  15 and under are free.

Go here to see what exhibits they currently have and for directions.
They are located at 7374 E. Second Street in Scottsdale.


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Maricopa County Fair ~ Free Admission for Student Field Trips (includes Homeschool)


The Maricopa County Fair offers free admission for student field trips April 8 – 10.  It’s located at the AZ State Fairgrounds.

Go here to register your class.  Juli called and verified that it’s good for homeschool families too!

You can read more about the fair here.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • New Robotics Display
  • Fully operational animal barns and shows
  • Safety Zone / AZ Ag & Ewe
  • “Farm Tours” activities to teach children about agriculture
  • Science Fair and other educational exhibits created by Maricopa County youth
  • Farm Equipment
  • Livestock Exhibits – A unique experience for both urban and rural children
  • Two stages with entertainment


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Shamrock Farms Discount & Giveaway Winner!


Congrats to Brenda D. (Br . . . lr@gmail.com) & Alexa (fai . . . ly@gmail.com)!  They both won four tickets to take the Shamrock Farms tour.

The dairy is located a one hour from downtown Phoenix, 20 min. from Maricopa.

Mention Bargain Believer when you book a tour and they’ll give you free ice cream!  And, they’ll also give you 15% off anything in Roxie’s Gift Store, if you mention Bargain Believer.  For the future, remember that you can always “like” them on Facebook, show them you have, and get free ice cream (only one per FB account).

There are more details at this link.


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Dairy Queen ~ Free Small Cone on Monday, 3/16


Diary Queen is celebrating their 75th birthday on Monday, 3/16.

Every person gets a free small vanilla cone!

No coupon needed.  Read about it here.

We’ll send out a reminder the day before.

(Thanks, Hip2Save!)


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Olive Garden ~ $5 Unlimited Soup, Salad & Breadstick Lunch (thru 3/6)


Head here to print a coupon for $5 unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks from Olive Garden.

Deal is only good until 4 PM, dine in only.

You can only use one per person, so if you go with someone, they need a coupon too.

Valid until 3/6.

Go here to print a coupon for a $6 Flatbread lunch combo in case you want that!


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Sonic ~ 1/2 Price Real Ice Cream Shakes After 8 PM (thru 9/1)



Head to Sonic after 8 PM and score 1/2 priced real ice cream shakes!

This deal starts today and runs all summer long, thru 9/1.

They have 25 hand mixed flavors!

You can try all of them.  Twice.  ;)

You don’t need a coupon, but you may need to mention when ordering.

You can read about it here.


(Thanks, Hip2Save!)


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50% off Papa John’s Code for Wed and Thur (2/25 and 2/26)

diamondbacks_logoD-backs fans spring training has started!

To celebrate, today and tomorrow 2/25  and 2/26, AZ Papa John’s locations are giving you
50% off regular price online orders.
Use the code:  DBACKS50

I’m not 100% sure this works in all parts of AZ.
Anyone know — Tucson, Flagstaff, Prescott, etc?
Update:  They work in Prescott!

There are many codes out there that work in AZ.
Use them the day after local sports’ teams win, during their season.

I always try these for 50% off:


Try this one on Mondays, for 50% off XL pizzas:


If those fail and you don’t have points saved for a free pizza,
try these for 25% off:

Don’t pay full price for Papa John’s pizza!!


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FREE Redbox Rental Today (Saturday – ??)


If you didn’t use this code yesterday, it’s still working today.
(Saturday, 2/21)
I’m not sure when it will expire.

There’s a chance it will work, if you already used it.
Give it a try and let us know in the comments.

Enjoy a FREE Redbox DVD rental!

Enter the code: 5654UUUU
when you reserve a movie online.

It did not work at the kiosk for Martha yesterday.

(Thanks, Chasing Bargains!)


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SRP Offering Free Swim Lessons at Hamilton and Arrowhead Pool


SRP is offering free swim lessons at Hamilton Aquatic Center & Arrowhead Pool.

Go here to see dates and times and to find out how to register.

This is open to SRP customers and non customers.


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~ Spring Break ~ Phoenix Staycation $60 off!!