‘Dining / Fun’ Articles

79¢ Sonic Ice Cream Slush on Wednesday (4/26)

Pay only 79¢ for a small Sonic ice cream slush on Wednesday, April 26.

No coupon needed, but you may need to mention offer when ordering.
Limit 5, add-ins extra

Keep in mind that they always have 1/2 price shakes
(and now ice cream slushes!) after 8pm.
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Dbacks Won With 7 Runs! ~ Deals Today at Circle K, Taco Bell, Papa John’s and Jack in the Box

The Dbacks won at home yesterday with 7 runs and scored a home run!  Pick up all of these deals today (Tuesday, April 25th).

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Taco Bell is doing the same promotion they’ve done for several years.

For Arizona residents, participating Taco Bells will give you three free tacos when you purchase a large drink, if the Diamondbacks score at least 5 runs.  (Home or away games. A win or loss doesn’t matter — well, for the tacos!)  :)  The deal is only good the day after the game from 4pm – 6pm.   No coupon is necessary.  Large drinks were $1.69 at my Taco Bell last year.

Here’s a link to their schedule.  It also lists the scores of past games, so you can see if they scored 5 runs!

Last year, you could pay 30¢ more for a limeade of freeze, 30¢ extra for each Dorito taco you wanted, or get all three “D-backs style” (sour cream & tomatoes) for $1.  I’m guessing it will be the same this year.

**  I’ve heard of rare Taco Bells in Arizona that don’t participate.  It’s safest to call yours before going, just to make sure.

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“All season long, the day after every Dbacks win you get 50% off your regular menu price online pizza order. They won last night, so you get 50% off your total online order today!”

Order online at Papa John’s and use the code DBACKS50

Remember it’s after EVERY win, all season long! (home or away games)
It used to be 50% off anything on the menu, but it’s now only pizzas.

Here’s some other codes in case you need to order another day:

Here are other codes I try, when I want to get 50% off my online orders . .

ASU50 (after different sports teams win)
COYOTES (when in season)
CARDINALS (when in season)

If those fail and you don’t have points saved:
SAVE25 (for 25% off)

Circle K has a Strike Out Meter for the Dbacks. During regular season home games, you’ll get a freebie based on the strike outs. The more strike outs, the better the deal!

You need to download their app to your phone to get this deal. Go here to get the app. The deal will automatically get sent to your smartphone “as a deal” in the app. Follow the app instructions on claiming the deal. You’ll just need to show the offer on your phone to the cashier.

Today’s deal is a free D-backs Dog.  No other purchase is needed.

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If any Dbacks player “Jacks” a home run out of the park, fans can go Jack in the Box the next day to receive a free Jumbo Jack with the purchase of a large drink.  The location I called charges $2.39 for a large drink.

If you’re not a Dbacks follower, you can do a quick internet search for “dbacks score” and you’ll see that you can click for highlights or a recap.  They should tell you if there was a home run, in their summary.

Not all restaurants are participating.  Rose says the 7th St. & Indian School location is not.  (Thanks, Rose!)

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The AZ Diamondbacks has a great promotion for kids.  No Chew Crew membership is free to children 15 and younger who pledge awareness of the harmful effects of spit tobacco and “Say NO to spit tobacco.” Parents/guardians must be 18 years or older to register a child for the No Chew Crew.

Kids who take the pledge can get in free to select games.  You can read all about it here.

And when you are at one of the games, register to be part of the Dbacks Kids Club.  All children ages 3-15 are eligible, with a parent’s permission, to sign up for the club at the D-backs Kid’s Club HQ located in the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Sandlot, near section 332.

You can earn other prizes too! Members simply scan their membership card at specially marked fan kiosks throughout Chase Field and receive a slip redeemable at the Kid’s Club HQ for a prize. Members earn a free prize for each of the first 20 games attended and a bonus prize at game 25 and 30! Kids must be presented to redeem prize.

You can read all about the Dbacks Kids Club here.

You can read all about the D-backs promos here.

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National Pretzel Day is Wednesday 4/26 ~ Free Pretzel at Aunt Annie’s and 26¢ at Pretzelmaker

National Pretzel Day is Wednesday, April 26th.
Here are a few places celebrating:

Pretzelmaker is offering 26¢ pretzels on Wednesday, April 26th to celebrate their 26th birthday.

and

Download Auntie Anne’s “My Pretzel Perks” app and get a free original or cinnamon sugar pretzel.

Your free pretzel is redeemable on National Pretzel Day (Wednesday, April 26th) through Sunday April 30th.

Find a store near you here.

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Free Admission to National Parks April 15 and 16 and April 22 and 23

Note:  Seniors can get a lifetime pass for only $10, for a limited time!  Go here for details.  (Thanks, Heather and 12News!)

The National Park Service offers several days where you can get in free throughout the year.

Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2017:

  • April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

If you can’t make it on these days, you can always check out one of the 265 national parks that never charge an entrance fee.

If you are military with a military I.D., you will get a free annual pass!

Seniors can get a lifetime pass for only $10! More info here.

Also, if you have a fourth grader this year, they can get a free annual pass by going here.

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Why? Help! ~ Note from Juli

Why?

There are times I wonder what I’m doing, running this website.  Not only do I feel inadequate sometimes, but my life is full … of the good stuff, the bad stuff, and the busy stuff.  Yes, I make some money by doing this, but I could make more if I used my time and energy to invest in something else.  But, it’s not about money.  My husband makes enough money to keep us happy.  So, I always come back to:  Why do I want to add stress to my life?

There are three reasons I can’t escape, no matter how hard I try to convince myself that I’d prefer extra time in my life, to pursue other things . . .

  1.  All of you ~ especially those who email your story, comment, share posts, tag a friend on Facebook, etc.  By doing that, you’re telling me you value what we’re doing.  You become “real” and not just a click on my stat page.  I can quit on clicks, but it’s hard to quit on people who find value in what we’re doing.  Some of you have even shared how much you saved and what it has led to . . . . amazing stories that have made me shed a couple tears, the good kind.  It’s hard to walk away from impacted lives.
  2. Gina ~ super duper assistant who does most everything and makes me wonder what I do sometimes, but something sucks up my time!?!?  I stumbled on this email Gina sent me awhile back, prompting me to do this post.  Seriously, how can I not press on, when I doubt myself?!?“… Our vacations simply would not happen if it weren’t for you and the job you’ve given me.  There wouldn’t be extra money for that, and I love making those memories with my kids and taking them new places and exposing them to new experiences. I love that I can be here every day with my kids when they get home from school.  I love that I can take care of them when they are sick and still work.  I’m grateful that when company comes or my best friend, I can work around my work and enjoy life and them. So, thank you, thank you, thank you.  I truly thank you. You are a blessing to me and my family.
  3.  Me! ~ I really like interacting with you and I gain something from that.  It’s not a one-way thing.  I love bargains and keeping them to myself isn’t as fun.  I love having an outlet, when time and ambition line up at the same time.  :)

More honesty … my income has been decreasing, mostly due to reduced Google ad revenue and coupon printing revenue.  I wonder how long I’ll be able to sustain everything.  It would sadden me, but if I ever began to lose money, it would be clear that it would be time to stop.  That’s where you come in!

I’ve shared this before, but for those who are new, here’s what you can do to help…

  • Use the links we provide vs going directly to a coupon site or buying something we share online.  The majority don’t pay, but some do.  They aren’t huge amounts (many as low as $0.02), but they add up when everyone is using them.
    You can bookmark this for printing from Coupons.com:
    http://www.bargainbeliever.com/blog/coupons-com-printables/
  •  I love Amazon and I’m sure you do, too!  When making an Amazon purchase, use the search box on the top left of the website.  If you start there (no matter what you search for), whatever you end up buying will track and I receive a payment.  If you prefer bookmarking it, going through this link will also get me credit.
    http://amzn.to/2ozGAWw
  • Visit the website often.  Google ads count visitors and the more the merrier.  When you click on the ads, I receive more, but I TRULY only want you to click if interested.  I don’t think it’s fair for advertisers to pay unless you’re really interested.  But, Google matches ads pretty well, so if something comes up that you already searched for and plan to buy or you want more information, please click from there.
  • Tell people about the website … groups or individuals, publicly or privately.  I love seeing people tag their friends on Facebook.  I know you like what you see and value it enough to share it!

As Gina said, “So, thank you, thank you, thank you.  I truly thank you.  You are a blessing to me and my family.”  You really are!  Sure, we work hard, but we get the benefit of knowing that what we invest in isn’t meaningless.   My heart is full, though my days are sometimes sparse in time.  THANK YOU!  ~ Juli

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Peter Piper Lunch Buffet B1G1 Coupon = $3.25 each!


This makes lunch a super price at Peter Piper Pizza!
Here’s a B1G1 coupon for a lunch buffet at Peter Piper Pizza.
The coupon expires 4/14/17.

Their regular price is $6.49,
so this would make lunch for you and a friend only $3.25 each!

If you want to receive future coupons from Peter Piper Pizza,
sign up here for their Piper Club.
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Free Admission to Several Museums and Planetarium Tonight

On the first Friday of the month,  several valley museums offer free admission.
Take advantage of any of these on Friday, April 7th!

If you’re going to downtown locations, you may want to look into the
light rail or get there early.  Parking is limited.

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

** First Fridays from 6 pm – 10 pm
** Wednesday evenings, from 3 pm – 9 pm
(Some exhibits will have special admission fees.)

Normal admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students, & $6 for children.
1625 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004-1685

Nanci left this comment for us after going in August:
The museum’s parking lot was completely full but they offered overflow parking directly across Central Ave in the parking structure. The structure serves the Uptown Phoenix’s Arts District building, 1636 N. Central Avenue, which houses the offices of the Arizona Opera Company. It was free to park there, the attendant just asked that we park on level 3 or 4 and exit to Palm (since the other exits were not open). There were even two gentleman, maybe officers, controlling the lights and stopping traffic so we could cross Central safely. I was worried there would be no parking but was pleasantly surprised to find the overflow lot.  (Thanks, Nanci!)

You can get FREE admission to the Phoenix Children’s Museum
the first Friday of each month, from 5 pm -9 pm.

Admission is normally $11 per person.
215 N. 7th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Light rail and directions here.

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

Adults are regularly $18 and kids are $7.50.
2301 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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

On those days, they are open from noon to 9 pm.

Regular admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students, 15 and under are free.
7374 East Second Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Go here to see what exhibits they currently have and for directions.

planetarium

Mesa Community College has free admission to their planetarium on the first Friday of the month during the spring and fall semesters. Planetarium shows run from 6:00-10:00pm, typically every 30 minutes.  Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.  If it’s a clear night, you can also enjoy telescope viewing.

Go here for directions on free parking, finding the correct building, and for a few more details.

Here’s the schedule:

April 7
Stars of the Pharaohs ~ Stars of the Pharaohs illustrates the interconnected relationship between the beliefs of the ancient Egyptian people and the starry sky above. Learn about their temples and tombs and how they understood and revered the stars and their motions.

Note: This show runs on a 45 minute schedule, so there will be fewer showings on this night. We will try to accommodate as many guests as possible.

May 5
Tour the Universe with Pink Floyd (updated) ~ Our tradition of ending the semester with Tour the Universe with Pink Floyd continues. See the new show for the first time or come back and see it again!

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Dbacks Win! Deals Today at Taco Bell, Papa John’s and Circle K

The Dbacks beat the Giants last night and scored 8 runs.  They did not get a home run, so the Jack in the Box deal is not valid today.  But, the rest of the deals below are!

taco_bell

Taco Bell is doing the same promotion they’ve done for several years.

For Arizona residents, participating Taco Bells will give you three free tacos when you purchase a large drink, if the Diamondbacks score at least 5 runs.  (Home or away games. A win or loss doesn’t matter — well, for the tacos!)  :)  The deal is only good the day after the game from 4pm – 6pm.   No coupon is necessary.  Large drinks were $1.69 at my Taco Bell last year.

Here’s a link to their schedule.  It also lists the scores of past games, so you can see if they scored 5 runs!

Last year, you could pay 30¢ more for a limeade of freeze, 30¢ extra for each Dorito taco you wanted, or get all three “D-backs style” (sour cream & tomatoes) for $1.  I’m guessing it will be the same this year.

**  I’ve heard of rare Taco Bells in Arizona that don’t participate.  It’s safest to call yours before going, just to make sure.

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“All season long, the day after every Dbacks win you get 50% off your regular menu price online pizza order. They won last night, so you get 50% off your total online order today!”

Order online at Papa John’s and use the code DBACKS50

Remember it’s after EVERY win, all season long! (home or away games)
It used to be 50% off anything on the menu, but it’s now only pizzas.

Here’s some other codes in case you need to order another day:

Here are other codes I try, when I want to get 50% off my online orders . .

ASU50 (after different sports teams win)
COYOTES (when in season)
CARDINALS (when in season)

If those fail and you don’t have points saved:
SAVE25 (for 25% off)

Circle K has a Strike Out Meter for the Dbacks. During regular season home games, you’ll get a freebie based on the strike outs. The more strike outs, the better the deal!

You need to download their app to your phone to get this deal. Go here to get the app. The deal will automatically get sent to your smartphone “as a deal” in the app. Follow the app instructions on claiming the deal. You’ll just need to show the offer on your phone to the cashier.

Today’s deal is a free whoopie pie, any flavor.  No other purchase is needed.

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The AZ Diamondbacks has a great promotion for kids.  No Chew Crew membership is free to children 15 and younger who pledge awareness of the harmful effects of spit tobacco and “Say NO to spit tobacco.” Parents/guardians must be 18 years or older to register a child for the No Chew Crew.

Kids who take the pledge can get in free to select games.  You can read all about it here.

And when you are at one of the games, register to be part of the Dbacks Kids Club.  All children ages 3-15 are eligible, with a parent’s permission, to sign up for the club at the D-backs Kid’s Club HQ located in the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Sandlot, near section 332.

You can earn other prizes too! Members simply scan their membership card at specially marked fan kiosks throughout Chase Field and receive a slip redeemable at the Kid’s Club HQ for a prize. Members earn a free prize for each of the first 20 games attended and a bonus prize at game 25 and 30! Kids must be presented to redeem prize.

You can read all about the Dbacks Kids Club here.

You can read all about the D-backs promos here.

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Get 2 Free Phoenix Zoo Tickets When You Spend $200 in One Day at Tempe Marketplace or Desert Ridge

Spend $200 in one day at Tempe Marketplace or Desert Ridge from now until April 30th, get two tickets to the Phoenix Zoo ($49.90 value).

Go here for Tempe Marketplace and here for Desert Ridge details.

Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy at US Airways Center April 8-12. – See more at: http://www.tempemarketplace.com/disney/#sthash.bYsZzsw0.dpuf
Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy at US Airways Center April 8-12. – See more at: http://www.tempemarketplace.com/disney/#sthash.bYsZzsw0.dpuf
Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy at US Airways Center April 8-12. – See more at: http://www.tempemarketplace.com/disney/#sthash.bYsZzsw0.dpuf

It sounds like a lot of money, but when you see the list of stores included at each location, you’ll probably realize it’s not hard to hit.  There’s a drop down menu with all the stores listed.  Look for places like Target, Michael’s, Albertson’s, CVS, movies, restaurants, etc.  ** You could also buy gift cards and make your “real” purchase later.  Just make sure you have $200 in receipts from ONE day.

You will need to bring your receipts from one day of shopping (don’t have to be turned in the same day) to their management office Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 5:00pm.  The links above tell you exactly where to find the offices.

Zoo tickets don’t expire until 3/27/18.  (Thanks, Heather!)

You can find coupons for stores at Desert Ridge here.
You can find coupons for stores at Tempe Marketplace here.

Here’s their fine print:
Applies to purchases made on the same day, April 1-30, 2017 at Tempe Marketplace. Tickets valid through March 27, 2018 for one general admission to the Phoenix Zoo. Limit 2 free tickets per person for the duration of the promotion. Offer valid while supplies last. Must be 18 or older. Other restrictions may apply.

Applies to purchases made on the same day, April 1-30, 2017 at Tempe Marketplace. Tickets valid through March 27, 2018 for one general admission to the Phoenix Zoo. Limit 2 free tickets per person for the duration of the promotion. Offer valid while supplies last. Must be 18 or older. Other restrictions may apply. – See more at: http://www.tempemarketplace.com/zoo/#sthash.bRGgHhRV.dpuf
Applies to purchases made the same day February 1-28, 2017 at Tempe Marketplace. Limit 2 free adult admissions per person for the duration of the promotion. Offer valid while supplies last. Must be 18 or older. Other restrictions may apply. – See more at: http://www.tempemarketplace.com/renaissance/#sthash.aREqD99i.dpuf
Applies to purchases made the same day February 1-28, 2017 at Tempe Marketplace. Limit 2 free adult admissions per person for the duration of the promotion. Offer valid while supplies last. Must be 18 or older. Other restrictions may apply. – See more at: http://www.tempemarketplace.com/renaissance/#sthash.aREqD99i.dpuf
Applies to purchases made the same day February 1-28, 2017 at Tempe Marketplace. Limit 2 free adult admissions per person for the duration of the promotion. Offer valid while supplies last. Must be 18 or older. Other restrictions may apply. – See more at: http://www.tempemarketplace.com/renaissance/#sthash.aREqD99i.dpuf
Applies to purchases made the same day January 1-31, 2017 at Tempe Marketplace. Tickets are valid for one time use on the following days: February 1-5, 2017. Limit 2 free tickets per person for the duration of the promotion. Offer valid while supplies last. Must be 18 or older. Other restrictions may apply. – See more at: http://www.tempemarketplace.com/golf/#sthash.xbW9S8Wb.dpuf
Applies to purchases made the same day January 1-31, 2017 at Tempe Marketplace. Tickets are valid for one time use on the following days: February 1-5, 2017. Limit 2 free tickets per person for the duration of the promotion. Offer valid while supplies last. Must be 18 or older. Other restrictions may apply. – See more at: http://www.tempemarketplace.com/golf/#sthash.xbW9S8Wb.dpuf
Applies to purchases made the same day January 1-31, 2017 at Tempe Marketplace. Tickets are valid for one time use on the following days: February 1-5, 2017. Limit 2 free tickets per person for the duration of the promotion. Offer valid while supplies last. Must be 18 or older. Other restrictions may apply. – See more at: http://www.tempemarketplace.com/golf/#sthash.xbW9S8Wb.dpuf
Applies to purchases made the same day January 1-31, 2017 at Tempe Marketplace. Tickets are valid for one time use on the following days: February 1-5, 2017. Limit 2 free tickets per person for the duration of the promotion. Offer valid while supplies last. Must be 18 or older. Other restrictions may apply. – See more at: http://www.tempemarketplace.com/golf/#sthash.xbW9S8Wb.dpuf
Applies to purchases made the same day January 1-31, 2017 at Tempe Marketplace. Tickets are valid for one time use on the following days: February 1-5, 2017. Limit 2 free tickets per person for the duration of the promotion. Offer valid while supplies last. Must be 18 or older. Other restrictions may apply.
Vouchers must be redeemed at Talking Stick Resort Arena Ticket Office. Vouchers are valid for the following show dates: January 19 at 7pm, January 20 at 10:30am or January 20 at 7pm. Subject to availability. Offer valid while supplies last. Limit 2 vouchers per person for the duration of the promotion. Must be 18 or older to participate. – See more at: http://www.tempemarketplace.com/gift/#sthash.laHZbaBW.dpuf
Vouchers must be redeemed at Talking Stick Resort Arena Ticket Office. Vouchers are valid for the following show dates: January 19 at 7pm, January 20 at 10:30am or January 20 at 7pm. Subject to availability. Offer valid while supplies last. Limit 2 vouchers per person for the duration of the promotion. Must be 18 or older to participate. – See more at: http://www.tempemarketplace.com/gift/#sthash.laHZbaBW.dpuf

**  Note:  Call the Tempe Marketplace or Desert Ridge office, if you are making a special purchase to get these.  Make sure they still have some left!  And, if you a buying a gift card and want to be 100% safe, you may want verify that you still can.  (Update:  Heather let us know she bought a $250 Target gift card at Desert Ridge and it worked.)  I did it before and know others have, but you just never know when they might decide to change things.  I don’t want anyone too sad!

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Cirque du Soleil Ovo Giveaway Winner is Gina!

Cirque Du Soleil Presents OVO
Comes To Tucson, April 19th to 23th, 2017

CONGRATS to Gina at azsoft….@yahoo .com. She won 4 tickets to the show!

If you didn’t win, see below for show info and a discount code.

WHAT:

OVO is teeming with life. Insects work, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy in motion. Their home is filled with biodiversity, beauty, action and moments of quiet emotion. The awestruck insects are intensely curious when a mysterious egg appears, representing the enigma and cycles of their lives.

You can find out more on the show here:

Facebook.com/ovo : OVO – Cirque du Soleil
Twitter : @cirque #OVOCirque
Instagram : @cirquedusoleil #OVOCirque

WHEN:
April 19th to 23th, 2017

WHERE:

Tucson Arena

TICKETS:

Enjoy OVO with the family 4 pack! Child tickets also available starting at $25. OVO is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. *offer valid on premium and category 1 tickets. Link (family pack) at Ticketmaster.com

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