‘Dining / Fun’ Articles

Buy a $50 Chili’s Gift Card, Get a $10 Bonus Card

Buy a $50 Chili’s gift card, get a $10 bonus card!

This offer is valid through December 31, 2004.

The $10 bonus gift card is good from January 1st – February 10th, 2015.

You can chose to buy an egift or mail a gift card.

They are also offering free shipping if you choose to mail it.


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FREE Disney Parks Map, Disney Planning DVD and Disney Car Decal (and my personal Disney tips)

(Must click on graphic above, to order custom Disney map.)

The awesome Disney Parks Customized map offer is back and it’s 100% FREE!  Shipping is free too!  This is a really neat keepsake to remember your trip.  We just received ours in the mail.  My daughter put it on her wall and my 5 year old took the stickers!   You must click on graphic above, to order it.

It’ll come in the mail in a few weeks.  You and your kids will love it!

Planning a trip to Disney?  Click the image above and order a FREE Disney planning DVD.

It will be mailed to your home, totally free.  You must click the Mickey picture above to order it.


This is FUN!  Head over here to make a Disney family decal for FREE!  It’ll ship to you for free also!  You can create whatever characters you like.  I’m not into putting stuff like this on my car, but I ordered one and I’ll put it somewhere fun around the house.  My daughter will probably put it on her mirror in her bedroom.  It’ll make her smile and remember our fun times at Disney.

Some of the items are locked.  If you want to unlock them, click on it and you just have to fill out email, address and when you might go to Disney and it unlocks everything.  Then, you have even more fun choices!

My favorite money saving tips at Disney are:

Bring snacks and lunch!  I pack deli meat and rolls for lunch and tons of snacks.  You can even eat lunch while standing in line for a ride.  Saves you money and time.

All of the dining places that serve fountain soda will give you free cups of ice water.  It was so hot when we went.  Instead of packing 10 bottles of water, we packed two.  Then, we’d just hit up a dining place and get two free ice waters whenever we needed.  The ice is really good to munch on too, even better than when I was in labor!  You can bring in water and juice boxes too.  I always freeze a few juice boxes and use those to keep my deli meat cold.

We always stay at a hotel away from Disney to save on costs.  We usually chose a hotel near the Disney parking lots (we like the Toy Story lot).  Then, we walk from our hotel, right in to the parking lot, get on a shuttle and they take us right to the front of Disney.  Don’t worry, I emailed them about this and they don’t mind one bit.   We went over Fall Break and had a bunk bed suite for $90 a night!

And this has nothing to do with Disney, but about a mile from Disneyland is the best ice cream place EVER!  It’s called Joe’s Italian Ice and trust me, you won’t be sorry.  If Disney closes early, just head over there for a treat.  My kids get dipped cones in tons of really yummy flavors like peanut butter or blue raspberry for just a few dollars.  The ice cream is out of this world and the Italian ice is just amazing.

Finding discounts on Disneyland tickets is near impossible, especially if you plan to go for less than three days.  I waited until Fry’s had their 4X fuel points promo going, and I bought all of our tickets.  I also bought a $100 gift card for food and souvenirs.   I ended up with almost 4,000 fuel points!  I used them to get $1 off per gallon of gas when I left.  Then, you can also use it at Shell gas stations along the way, so we used another $1 off in California.  Then, when I came back on empty, I filled up again with another $1 off per gallon.  Plus, I still had $1 for later.  It saved me about $20 a fill up!

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WOW!! & GIVEAWAY!! Pogo Pass Deal ($5 Target Card Bonus) ~ Renewals or New!! (Buy Thanksgiving Weekend!)

pogo_bf_bargainNote:  There is a Pogo Pass (two!) GIVEAWAY going over on Facebook, so make sure you head over there to find it.  It’s pinned to the top and should be easy to find.  It ends Saturday night.

I think I used too many exclamation marks in the title, but . . . !!!!!!!  :)  This Pogo Pass deal is just too good to pass up!  I think it’s the perfect gift idea, too.  Either ask for it or give it!

If you don’t know what a Pogo Pass is, scroll down or visit their website.  Basically, it’s 365 days of fun around the Phoenix area for an amazing price.  You get your money’s worth so quickly!

Pogo Passes are normally $39.98 (with discount code), but if you buy them on Thanksgiving Day – Cyber Monday, you’ll get a $5 Target gift card for each one you buy.  (It will be automatically emailed to you within 48 hours.  You won’t need a code.)

And, I love this part . . . if you renew before your expiration date (anytime) you will extend your membership for 365 days beyond your current expiration date.  The renewal rate is only $34.98 and you’ll still get the $5 Target gift card.  If you know you want to renew, do it during Thanksgiving weekend, if you can afford it.  The $34.98 rate will be there (when you login to your online Pogo account) and a $5 Target gift card will be emailed to you within 48 hours.

That rate is super, but . . free is even better.  Make sure you enter the giveaway over on Facebook.  It’s pinned to the top of the page.

Here’s what your annual pass will include:
(All venues are subject to change.  They usually give you a warning, so you can visit quickly, before it’s gone.)


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)
  • 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)
  • Brunswick Zone (TWO visits per week, shoe rental not included, excludes Sat. and some other special days)

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 want to being your 365 days of fun!

(I’m an affiliate for Pogo Pass, but the excitement would be the same, whether I was or not — really!  Thanks for using our links and supporting this site!)


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Free Redbox Rental Today (Friday)


 Head over to Redbox to get a free dvd movie rental today, Friday, 11/14.

 Use promo code: X4GQN9JR

or use NOV14 (Thanks, Gabriela!)

 I tested it online and it worked.
Gabriela tried this and it said the code was already used, but I tried it again and it’s still working for me????

 I’m not sure if it will work directly at a kiosk or if it’s only online reservations.
If you find out either way, please let us know.

 We’ve also heard you can use these codes up to five times on a credit card that you’ve used before and three times if it’s a new credit card.
You just need to check out separately for each one.
You can give that a try, if you want a movie marathon!

 (Thanks, Couponing 4 You and Kathleen!)


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National Take A Hike Day, 11/16 ~ No Entrance Fee at Maricopa Parks


On Sunday, 11/16, Maricopa County Parks & Rec is encouraging us to take a hike.

Entrance fees to their 10 parks around the county will be waved that day!

You can read about it here.

(Thanks, Rosemary!)


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Starbucks ~ BOGO Holiday Drinks thru Nov. 16


Today through November 16th, you can buy one holiday drink at Starbucks, and you’ll get anther one free.  This offer is only good from 2-5 pm, but you have until 6pm, if you are a My Starbucks Rewards member.

No coupon is needed.

As far as I can tell, there are three drinks to choose from … more detail here.

  • Chestnut Praline Latte
  • Peppermint Mocha
  • Caramel Brulee Latte



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Free Admission to Desert Botanical Garden on Tuesday, 11/11


Did you know that you can get free admission to the Desert Botanical Garden
on the second Tuesday of each month, from 8 AM to 8 PM.

No coupon is necessary.


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Cardinals Win ~ Get Lots of Great Food Deals Today (Monday, 11/10)


All season long, the day after the Cardinals win, we get all sorts of goodies!  How nice is that?

The Cards won yesterday, so all of these deals are valid today, Monday, 11/10.

Dunkin Donuts ~ free medium hot or iced coffee the day after a Cards win!  Only good with their app.  Go to DD Perks and you’ll see a free medium hot or iced coffee today.  Since this is only good for AZ people, turn on the location services, so they know where you are.  :)

Sonic ~ half price drinks & slushes the day after a Cards win!  This says Phoenix locations.  Someone left a comment on their Facebook page that they are in Mesa, and Sonic replied that it is good at all Sonic locations.

Papa John’s ~ 50% off all regular priced menu items the day after a Cards win!  Online only.  Use code CARDINALS50

Burger King ~ $1.20 for an original chicken sandwich the day after the cards score over 20 points.  Luckily for us, they did yesterday!  Again, this one says Phoenix area locations.  So, it may not work in Flagstaff or Tucson, but should work anywhere in the valley.
Update:  Melanie said this worked in Flagstaff!  (Thank, Melanie!)


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55% off at Dilly’s Deli ~ Sunday! (Way to go ASU!) + 50% off Papa John’s


I’m an ASU alumni, but I have to admit that I only have two reasons that I care if they win.

#1 — My husband and dad care.   :)
#2 — If they score big, we go to Dilly’s Deli after church!

And, they did tonight — 55 pts!
My husband tells me it’s the most points scored against Notre Dame since 1985.
You can verify this.  I just believed him.  See above level of concern.  :)

The day after an ASU game, you get the same percent off, as the number of points ASU scores.

You will need to give them the keyword.

One Sunday, November 8th, you’ll save 55% with keyword “ASU can’t be stopped”!

It can’t be combined with other offers and you need to be present to get it.
It’s not good for call in or delivery orders.

Like” them on Facebook to see the keyword after each ASU football game.

P.S.  I was too excited about Dilly’s Deli and forgot to tell you
that you can also save 50% off full priced menu items at Papa John’s.

Use code:  ASU50
(Thanks, Susan!)


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Phoenix Children’s Museum ~ Free Admission First Friday of the Month

You can get FREE admission to the Phoenix Children’s Museum the first Friday of each month. That’s this Friday — November, 7th, from 5 pm -9 pm. Target sponsors the event. No coupon is needed.

We’ve never been there, but I hear it can be crowded on Fridays. Please leave a comment if you have any additional feedback or advice for anyone.

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!)


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