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5 Cheap Ways To Stay Entertained This SummerLet’s face it – we can’t all afford to go on vacation. The good news is that there are SO many cheap ways to stay entertained this summer if vacation isn’t an option! Whether you go on a road trip or host a cookout, you can have fun without spending a lot of money!

  1. Go on a road trip – A road trip is a great way to get out of the house without breaking the bank. It might be a trip to the lake or national park, but the key is to choose a nearby location so you don’t spend a lot on gas. Be sure to bring along your own snacks and drinks so you don’t overspend at convenience stores and bring things to do on the way. You can read more hacks to taking a cheap road trip here. Try heading to a different location every other week!
  2. Have a movie marathon – If you want to beat the heat and stay indoors, a movie marathon is a great way to stay entertained. Choose a theme and make food that matches the theme. For example, you could watch your favorite childhood movies and make your favorite childhood meal. Watch the entire Star Wars series and serve “Yoda Sodas” (lime sherbet and 7-Up). Don’t forget the candy, popcorn, and drinks! (You may want to hunt for coupons to save on those as well!)
  3. Host a cookout – A cookout is a great way to entertain friends and family on a budget! You can make hot dogs, hamburgers, and potato salad for a delicious, yet inexpensive, meal. If you want to make an expensive cut of meat, host a pot luck and ask your friends and family to bring side dishes and desserts. You can also pick up a bunch of other cheap cookout hacks here.
  4. Get a Kindle Unlimited subscription – Love to read? A Kindle Unlimited subscription will keep you entertained all summer long for $9.99 per month. You can borrow up to 10 books at once and there are literally thousands of books to choose from with more books being added each day. You can read Kindle books on your computer, tablet, or smartphone if you don’t have a Kindle and you can cancel at any time.
  5. Play sports – Last but not least, sports are a great way to stay entertained. There’s something for everyone. Whether you like tennis or golf or touch football, this is a great way to hang out with friends and family. Check your local recreation center for equipment if you need it or play something that requires nothing like capture the flag (all you need is a shirt!) If you can’t find a rec center that provides equipment, look for cheap equipment in thrift stores, on eBay or at yard sales.

There are so many cheap ways to stay entertained this summer. Whether you love sports or reading, you can have fun without spending a lot of money. Do you have other suggestions? Leave them in the comments!

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Shop SuggestionsHere are my best shop suggestions for both CVS and Walgreens this week! These suggestions should be tailored to fit what works best for your family and your financial situation, so make sure that they work for you before heading out! That being said, here is what I would do based on the best deals this week (assuming you have no ECB or RR to start with):

CVS
Transaction #1
Buy 1 Mars Chocolate 1.08-2 oz $.99
Buy 1 Pure Silk Shave Cream 8 oz $1.99
Use 1 $.50 Pure Silk Shave Cream from 5/15 RP
Pay $2.48 plus tax, Get $.75 ECB from Mars and $1 ECB from Pure Silk
Final Price: $.73

Transaction #2
Buy 1 Colgate Optic White Toothpaste 3.5 oz $3.49
Use 1 $.75 Colgate Optic White Toothpaste printable
Also use $1.75 ECB from previous transaction
Pay $.99 plus tax, Get $2.50 ECB
Final Price: $.24

Remember that you can also get possibly free Garnier Hair Care, Puffs Tissues for only $.74 plus more! Find more CVS deals here.

Walgreens
Transaction #1
Buy 1 Black Forest Candy 4 or 5.4 oz $1.50
Use 1 $1 Black Forest Gummies or Fruit Snacks from 5/1 SS
Pay $.50 plus tax, Get $1.50 RR and 10 Everyday Points
Final Price: $1.01 Moneymaker

Transaction #2
Buy 2 Lipton Recipe Secrets $.99 each ($1.98)
Buy 1 Black Forest Candy 4 or 5.4 oz $1.50
Use 1 $.60/2 Lipton Recipe Secrets Printable
Use 1 $1 Black Forest Gummies or Fruit Snacks from 5/1 SS
Pay $1.88 plus tax, Get $1.50 RR from Black Forest and 30 Everyday Points
Final Price: $.35

Remember that you can also get Mars Candy for only $.74 each, Trident or Dentyne Gum for only $.46 each plus more! Find more Walgreens deals here.

If you did this, you’d walk away spending $5.85 out of pocket and still have $2.50 ECB, $3 RR and 40 Everyday Points. That means you’re walking away having spent only $.31 and you’ll be getting a bunch of stuff! If you have any RR or ECB to start with, feel free to change these deals to what will work best for you! These are just a jumping point. Happy shopping!

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Note – I was given a prize pack for review and Entenmann’s is giving another to a reader. All opinions and statements below are my own.

Entenmann's Little Bites ReviewDid you know that Entenmann’s has come out with ANOTHER line of deliciousness? They recently released their Little Bites Snackin’ Bites and they’re just as convenient as the other Little Bites options. These come in individual packs of approximately seven little snacks. You can choose between Strawberry and Apple Cinnamon, both of which appear the same, but have different inside flavors.

The Little Bites Snackin’ Bites remind me of smaller Fig Newtons. They are closed at the ends, so you can’t see the filling inside, but when you bite into them, you’re met with a similar jelly texture. They’re big enough to offer two to three bites each (depending on how much you like to chew at a time), but I can see lots of kids (and likely adults!) pop them into their mouths whole and chew away. That said, they’re perfect for school lunches, snacks at the park/zoo/beach or when you’re on the go.

Little Bites Snackin Bites ReviewMy kids and I both tried them and they consensus was unanimous. We all like them, but our preference is the Apple Cinnamon. What’s interesting is that we don’t usually care for that flavor in anything else (it’s typically the last eaten if there are options), but this flavor is awesome. It reminds me more of the flavor you’d find in a cookie or a danish with a bit of a denser texture on the outside. Good stuff! The Strawberry is also good, but a little overwhelming in taste. That said, if you enjoy a lot of strawberry flavor, you’re going to love these!

To celebrate the launch of the new Entenmann’s Little Bites Snackin’ Bites, I am giving away a Little Bites Prize Pack that includes two boxes of Little Bites Snackin’ Bites (one of each flavor), five Little Bites coupons, and one custom Little Bites Snackin’ Bites USB portable charger!

To enter this giveaway, complete any or all of the options listed below. Giveaway ends 5/29. Good luck!

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Cents Of Style DealsThis weekend only Cents of Style is offering 50% off their Tropical Collection with free shipping! Use coupon code TROPICS at checkout to see your discount. These are fun! Ends 5/29.

We won’t lie…we are dreaming of Summer. Days with no school, lots of sun, our favorite drinks, and days in the water. We. Can’t. Wait. We are so dang close. For Fashion Friday this week, with the unofficial start of Summer being celebrated, we have put together a collection of our very favorite tropical finds. You know, everything you will need for that amazing vacation…or just to feel like you are going on a tropical vacation while you spend a day with the kiddos at the pool.

Keep an eye out for our pineapple tees for $14.98, our pineapple necklace for $8.98 & our pineapple earrings for $7.48!

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Award-Winning Kids’ Books Only $.99 On Kindle – Today Only!

by Alli May 28, 2016
Kids Kindle Books

Today only you can get some fantastic award-winning kids’ books on Kindle for as low as $.99 each! Think Percy Jackson, The Heroes of Olympus books and more!

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Restaurant Printable Coupons 5/27

by CouponingFor4 May 28, 2016
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Use these coupons to eat out on the cheap this week! Carls Jr – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Grilled Burrito El Diablo + More (exp: 5/31/2016) Chuck E Cheese – $19.99 for 1 Medium Pizza, 2 Drinks & 30 Tokens + More (exp: 6/6/2016) Corner Bakery – Free Trio Salad Option Upgrade (exp: 6/6/2016) […]

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Sunday Coupon Insert Preview 5/29

by Alli May 28, 2016
Newspaper Coupons

This Sunday there will be one insert in your paper: P&G. Any time there’s a P&G available you’re going to want to pick up a few extra papers. The $2 Tide Pods coupon that will be in some markets are worth stocking up on! I’d grab three or four this weekend. Values may vary by […]

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5 For $20 Magazine Subscriptions Sale

by CouponingFor4 May 27, 2016
Magazine Deals

This weekend Discount Mags is offering 5 Magazine Subscriptions for $20! Remember you can gift magazines to your friends or get these as a new subscription or renewal for yourself! Have something else in mind? Use coupon code COUPONINGFOR4 to get 20% off of almost anything else! Autos Category Dirt Rider Motor Trend Motorcyclist Automobile Hot Bike Cycle […]

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Free Shipping On Amazon Prime Pantry With Purchase Of Five Items!

by Alli May 27, 2016
Amazon Prime Pantry Box

If you are an Amazon Prime subscriber, this is the time to take advantage of Amazon Prime Pantry discounts! Use coupon code PANTRYMAY to get free shipping (a $5.99 discount!) when you purchase five participating Prime Pantry items through 5/30! You’ll find everything from hair care to Pop-Tarts, so take a look around! There are […]

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Top Walgreens Matchups & Deals 5/29-6/4 (Moneymaking Black Forest Candy & More!)

by Alli May 27, 2016
Walgreens Deals

Here are your Walgreens Store Weekly Ad matchups and deals! There are a bunch of good ones, so take a look! The Walgreens deals listed here are national deals, valid throughout the United States. Walgreens sale ads will be the same regardless of what part of the country you live in, so you can be […]

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Top CVS Coupon Matchups 5/29-6/4 ($.24 Candy, $.24 Toothpaste & More!)

by Alli May 27, 2016
CVS Deals

Here are your CVS coupon matchups for the week! There are some good ones, so be sure to take a look! Have some questions about CVS? Read How To Shop At CVS before you go! *Note – these are the top deals that I see in the ad for the week. To see the ad […]

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Coffee-Mate Liquid Creamer Only $1.50 Each At Walgreens (No Coupons Needed!)

by Alli May 27, 2016
Coffee-Mate Coupon

Starting the week of 5/29, Walgreens will have Coffee-Mate Liquid Creamer 16 oz on sale for 2/$3! This is a fantastic price on it’s own even without coupons, so be sure to add it to your shopping list! Find more Walgreens deals here.

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White Rain Hair Spray Only $.75 At CVS!

by CouponingFor4 May 27, 2016
White Rain Hairspray

CVS is offering 25% off select haircare this week! Combine sale with $.50/2 coupon and Ibotta rebate to score White Rain Hair Spray for $.75 through 5/28! Here’s how: Buy 2 White Rain Extra Hold Aerosol or Pump Hair Spray 7 oz $1.12 each ($2.24) Use $.50/2 White Rain coupon Pay $1.74, Get $.25 from […]

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Friday Magazine Sale! (Field & Stream, Martha Stewart Living, And Us Weekly As Low As $4.95 Per Year!)

by CouponingFor4 May 27, 2016
Martha Stewart Living Magazine

Discount Mags has 2 great magazines on sale! Just enter coupon code COUPONINGFOR4 at checkout to get any of the following as a new subscription or renewal: Subscribe to Golf Digest Magazine for up to 3 years at $4.95 per year (89% off)! Subscribe to Martha Stewart Living Magazine for up to 4 years at $7.99 per year (86% off)! Subscribe to Us Weekly Magazine for up to […]

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