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Cobb Theatres’ Free Kids Summer Movie Escape

Cobb Theatres’ Free Kids Summer Movie Escape

Looking for something to do with the kids this summer? Check out the Cobb Theatres' Free Kids Summer Movie Escape. Get the schedule at www.drugstoredivas.net.Summer vacation has officially started here, which means it’s only a matter of time before your kids start telling you they’re bored. You need an arsenal of activities lined up to keep them occupied. Thank goodness for places like Cobb Theatres. Cobb Theatres’ free Kids Summer Movie Escape started this week.

The full schedule for the Cobb Theatres FREE Kids Summer Movie Escape for 2017 is below. This schedule should apply to all Cobb Theatres locations, but be sure to check your local Cobb Theatres location to make sure. Also, the movies are subject to change at any time without notice.

The movies start at 10am every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Doors open a 9:30am. There is same day ticketing only. Large groups, schools, and camps are welcome. The theater doesn’t state it, but I would call before bringing down a large group. That way, they are prepared for you. If you do bring a group of 25 people or more, you’re eligible for a discount popcorn and soda combo.

Cobb Theatres’ Free Kids Summer Movie Escape 2017

June 13th, 14th, & 15th:
The Angry Birds Movie (PG)
Matilda (PG)

June 20th, 21st, & 22nd:
Open Season 3 (PG)
Surf’s Up (PG)

June 27th, 28th, & 29th:
Storks (PG)
The Lego Movie (PG)

July 4th, 5th, & 6th:
Trolls (PG)
The Peanuts Movie (PG)

July 11th, 12th, & 13th:
The Croods (PG)
Home (PG)

July 25th, 26th, & 27th:
Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip (PG)
Penguins of Madagascar (PG)

August 1st, 2nd, & 3rd:
Minions (PG)
The Secret Life of Pets (PG)

5 Ways To Save On Food When You’re On Vacation

5 Ways To Save On Food When You’re On Vacation

Vacations can get really expensive. You pay a bunch for airfare or gas to drive to your destination, and then more for a hotel. So the last thing you really want to do when you’re on vacation is open your wallet. You still have to eat, though. But it’s okay. There are tons of ways to save on food when you’re on vacation.

Before you head on vacation, be sure to check out these 5 Ways To Save On Food When You're On Vacation from www.drugstoredivas.net.

5 Ways To Save On Food When You’re On Vacation

1. Pack a cooler.
When I was growing up, we used to go camping every summer, and all the adults would pack coolers with meats to grill, drinks, stuff for breakfast, etc. It was so much easier than spending part of vacation finding a supermarket and going grocery shopping. Plus, you could buy what you need on sale instead of paying full price when you get on vacation.

And you can pack snacks too. I always pack them to travel with because it’s cheaper than buying something at a gas station or the airport.

2. Cook in the hotel.
Certain hotels, like one we stayed in earlier this month, had a full kitchen. Yes, full. There were pots and pans, a strainer, utensils, a stove top, and a dishwasher. If you find a hotel like that, you can bring your own ingredients and cook your meals at home. You can do this if you book an Airbnb too. What’s great about some Airbnb rentals is they will actually leave ingredients for you (that may or may not cost extra to use, so be sure to check that before you open any).

3. Bring your own beer.
Pack a cooler with drinks and beer. That way, you don’t have to buy those at a store, where they’re probably more expensive. And then you can stock the hotel’s fridge with your own beer instead of drinking from  the mini fridge or the hotel’s bar.

4. Breakfast at the hotel.
I’m a big fan of booking a hotel with a complementary breakfast. That way, you can have a meal without paying anything extra. When you’re booking, look for this under amenities. Some will offer a hot breakfast, some a continental, and some won’t offer one at all. If you head down late enough, you may also be able to turn breakfast into brunch. Couple that with an early dinner and you can completely skip lunch, saving you even more.

5. Purchase discount restaurant certificates.
If you’re in an area you don’t know, get restaurant recommendations from the front desk or a local friend. Then, head over to restaurant.com and see if there are any discount certificates for the recommendations. There might not be, but you might find additional suggestions.

Also, be sure to check out the restaurants’ websites to look for any specials that are day or date specific. Then, plan your dinner there for that day.

Cinco De Mayo Freebies & Deals 2017

Cinco De Mayo Freebies & Deals 2017

cinco-de-mayo--224x300Are you getting ready for Cinco de Mayo? I’m actually preparing us a Mexican fiesta (okay, an American version of a fiesta). I’m making tacos and guacamole. And my mom is bring enchiladas and margaritas. 

If you want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with deals and freebies, you’re in luck. I put together a list of this year’s deals.

Cinco De Mayo Freebies & Deals 2017

  • Chevys Fresh Mex: Outdoor parties on 5/5 and 5/6.
  • Chili’s: $5 beer or margaritas in a special mug, 5/5 only.
  • Crazy 8: Summer Faves: $5 tops, tees, shorts, and more.
  • El Pollo Loco: 5 savings with these coupons, til 5/7.
  • Frecklebox: Free Cinco de Mayo printable.
  • Hungry Howie’s: Large 1-topping pizza for $5.55 with the code CINCO. Carryout only.
  • Margaritas Mexican Restaurant: All you can eat nachos and $5 margaritas before 4pm, 5/5 only.
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill: Free t-shirts, while supplies last, 5/5 only.
  • On The Border: $5 Cinco’Ritas.
  • Papa Murphy’s: $5 off any family size pizza with the code 5FS, 5/5 only.
  • P.F. Chang’s: Free street fare appetizer with any entree purchase, 5/5 only.
  • Restaurant.com: $25 certificates for $5 with the code CINCO, 5/5 and 5/6.
  • Shutterfly: $10 off a $10+ purchase with the code SAVE10, til 5/7.
  • Starbucks: Half price Frappuccinos, 3pm to 6pm, til 5/15.
  • Tijuana Flats: $2 Mexican drafts, 5/5 only.

Cinco De Mayo Coupons

Cinco De Mayo Recipes

How To Save On A Car Rental

How To Save On A Car Rental

This How To Save On A Car Rental post is sponsored by Groupon.

Planning on renting a car? Find out how to save on a car rental at www.drugstoredivas.net.

We rent cars quite a bit. For a while, every time we drove to New York or Florida, we would rent a car. It made more sense to put miles onto a car that wasn’t ours. Plus, it was actually really cheap for us to rent a car too. You can definitely save on a car rental if you know what you’re doing. So, of course,  this post is here to help.

How To Save On A Car Rental

Get Unlimited Miles.
If you’re renting a car, it’s probably because you’re driving somewhere far and you’d rather put the miles on someone else’s car. Be careful you’re not putting the miles on your wallet. Some car rentals will only include a daily allotment of miles and if you exceed them, you have to pay per mile. That can really add up. If you’re renting this for vacation, you don’t want to have to worry about choosing activities based on how many miles you have left for the day.

Watch Out For Hidden Fees Based On Your Travel.
I went to pick up a car once at a company we used often. They asked, as they always do,  where I was going. “To New York for myto husband’s grandma’s 100th birthday party,” I said. “Oh, New York. That’s an extra $50 a day.” Shock was my initial reaction. I couldn’t believe it. I had said we had rented from there countless times and never had an additional fee … and was told we must have gotten lucky. Lucky was that I was at the airport with other companies as options. I found another company, one that didn’t require me to pay a daily fee to travel to New York, and rented from there instead.

Take Your Chances.
There’s one car rental company that offers you a discount if you choose a “wild card” rental. Basically, you will end up with any car they have available. So, you can end up with an  SUV for the price of a compact car, saving you a ton of money on your rental.

Don’t Pre-Pay For The Gas.
Car rental companies will expect you to return the car with a full tank of gas. You can do this yourself before you return it, or you can pay a relatively cheap per gallon rate when you return it and the car company will fill it for you. Here’s the catch, though. You are paying for an entire tank of gas at that rate, regardless of how much gas you actually have when you return it. So you could return it half full, but still pay for a full tank of gas. Not worth it. If you don’t return it full, they’ll charge you another rate to fill it up, and that rate is usually so much more than the actual cost of gas. 

Skip The Insurance. Maybe.
Before you rent a car, call your insurance company and see if your insurance covers any damages to a rental. Some do, some don’t. Our current insurance does, so we are able to skip the extra fee of added insurance when we’re renting a car. Before you skip it, though, please call your insurance to make sure.

Also, as Stephanie pointed out on our Facebook page, your credit card may offer free car rental insurance if you use that credit card to book. She also suggests checking the rewards with your credit card. You may be able to get a percentage off or an upgrade.

Avoid The Extras.
You can add a GPS to your rental or you can be like us and just take the GPS out of your car and bring it with you when you rent a car. Same with something like E-ZPass. Some rental companies will allow you to avoid long toll lines by using their E-ZPass (or similar system, depending on where you are). You’ll pay per day for the use of it, plus the cost of tolls. Instead, deny theirs and use your own or just pay tolls with cash.

Check Discount Sites.
Before you book your rental car, be sure to check out discount sites like Groupon. You can look up car rental companies by name (i.e., Hertz). You can find any active discount codes for that company, then follow a link to the car rental company’s page. Even better, when you click through, the discount code may be populated for you already so you don’t even have to remember to enter it at checkout.

Group Your Rental.
If you’re traveling out of town and need a hotel too, you might be able to find a better rate if you book a car and hotel bundle at the same time. A site like Expedia will give you that option. You can also add a flight to your bundle, in case you’re in need of that. Booking as a package can definitely give you big savings.

Head Out Of Town.
Your cheapest rental location may be in a different town. Our airport location is always a better price than our local free standing locations, but Stephanie mentioned on our Facebook page that she has found that a second location a few towns away from her offered a better price than the same company with a location in her town. So definitely call around if you’re able to, just to compare.

What other methods do you use to save on a car rental?

How To Save On Diapers

How To Save On Diapers

This How To Save On Diapers post is sponsored by ShopHer Media.

Baby on the way? Learn How To Save On Diapers from www.drugstoredivas.net.My friend has a baby on the way, so she asked me recently if I knew how to save on diapers. Pete and I don’t have kids, so I’ve never had to stockpile diapers, but I’ve often gotten them for gifts for my friends who have had babies. So I’ve gotten pretty good at knowing how to save on them.

I have a few tips to share with you. This is good for new moms, but it’s also good if you have a friend who is pregnant. You can stock up for them and have a great gift for when the baby is here.

If you have any others tips to share, be sure to leave them in the comments and I’ll add them to the post.

How To Save On Diapers

Start early.
The sooner you can start stocking up, the easier it will be. So as soon as you find out you’re pregnant, start looking at the ads to see if you find any great deals. Diapers don’t expire, so you can start grabbing them in various sizes once you get that positive pregnancy test.

Look for clearance.
When companies change packaging, stores put packs with the old packaging on clearance in order to make room for the new designs. Every time you’re in a store, just take a quick stroll down the diaper aisle. If you see any clearance packs, grab them.

Pay with “free” money.
If you use an activity tracker, Walgreens will award you Balance Rewards points for walking or running. Pair those points with Walgreens Coupons and you can save even more. Even better, if there’s a Register Rewards deal, now you can triple dip and really save.

Don’t be brand loyal.
If you don’t stick to a specific brand, you’ll be able to save more. Different brands will be on sale during different weeks, so if you vary what your baby wears, you will be able to save more.

Get samples.
Samples do take a while to get to you, but it’s worth it to request them. Have a sample sent to your parents’ house and your in-laws’ too. Every diaper you can get for free is a diaper you don’t have to pay for.

3 Ways To Save $3k (Without Clipping Coupons)

3 Ways To Save $3k (Without Clipping Coupons)

Not everyone wants to clip coupons, but everyone wants to save! Find out three ways to save without clipping coupons and save up to $3k a year easily!I’m gonna be honest: Pete and I don’t count our pennies. If we go to the store and I feel like impulse buying a chocolate bar at checkout, I don’t flip out and reprimand myself. We’re allowed a treat here and there. Why? Because we make huge sacrifices in our budget so that we can save thousands of dollars a year. And when you’re saving thousands, you can spend a dollar here and there and not feel guilty about it.

Of course, we use coupons. I never go shopping without going through  the ad and finding coupons first. But not everyone wants to sit and clip coupons. I understand that. So I put together a list of three ways to save $3,000 a year without cutting coupons. These budget saving ideas may take a little while to get used to, but once you do, you’ll never go back to your old ways.

3 Ways To Save $3k (Without Clipping Coupons)

1. Cut the cord.
Pete and I don’t have cable. In fact, neither of us have ever paid for it since we’ve moved out of our parents’ homes. We do watch TV, though, completely for free. We have a  4K UHD Smart TV in our living room and two HDTV’s upstairs (one is a Smart flat screen and one is not as smart and more boxy). All three have an antenna that we purchased. They are not one of those crazy rabbit ears antennas. The two upstairs are flat and about the same size of a piece of paper. We’re able to pick up all the basic cable channels (ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, the CW, PBS, and more) over the air and we don’t pay a penny for it. 

Plus, there are a lot of programs that you can stream online for free too, so we’re not missing anything (except a $100 a month bill!). And keep that in mind too. Most of the basic channels have an app that allow you to stream episodes after they’ve aired. Some will allow it the next day, others make you wait a week. If you don’t mind waiting, that could be a good option for you too.

Savings: $1,200 (averaging about $100 a month)

2. Skip the coffee shop.
I really love coffee. I went the majority of my life avoiding the stuff and in the last two years, it’s grown to be my hot beverage of choice. But it can get expensive. In the coffee shop, it’s about $3 for a cup of regular coffee. When I buy coffee on sale and after coupons, I usually pay $2 a bag. And one bag is 26 servings. So basically, one bag of coffee makes each cup just under 8 cents. Yes, eight little cents a cup. That’s a savings of $2.92 a cup. Now, let’s say you’re stopping by the coffee shop every workday. That’s $15 a week or $780 a year. If you make your coffee at home for eight cents, you’re only spending $20.80 during that same time. Really, it’s a no brainer.

Savings: about $760 a year

3. Cook at home.
Pete and I make nearly every meal at home. He loves to cook and I love to scour Pinterest for new recipe ideas. Making a meal at home is so much cheaper than going out to a restaurant to have it. Plus, you have control over what, exactly, you’re putting into your body. You can make sure you’re using fresh, local, or organic ingredients. You can choose healthier and lighter options too. And you can save a lot of dough if you’re making your own dough (we actually do make our own pizza dough).

Just a quick recent example. I made baked spaghetti. It cost me $8 for all the ingredients (spaghetti, sauce, garlic, onions, mozzarella cheese, and 20oz. of ground turkey). It ended up being six servings for us, so about $1.25 a serving. Let’s say we went out to dinner and ordered spaghetti. Spaghetti and meatballs at Olive Garden is $14 (I just googled the menu). For two of us, that’s $28 (and that’s guessing Olive Garden’s portions are large enough for leftovers). If you eat in instead of out once a week, and you average a savings of $20 each time, that’s $1,040 a year.

If you want ideas for recipes, we have a bunch of them posted here. Be sure to pin your favorites to Pinterest so you have the recipe handy when you’re hungry.

Savings: about $1,040 a year

Total: $3k a year

It’s worth it. If by the little changes, you know you’re saving $3,000, you won’t cringe when your kid needs a couple extra dollars for a class trip.