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How to Save Money on Airline Tickets!

When planning a vacation, airfare can be one of the most costly expenses. It is possible to find deals on airline tickets! Here are 5 ways to save on airline tickets. Using these simple techniques can save you a whole lot of money on your vacation!

  • Buy Cheap Airline Tickets 6 Weeks Before Your Trip!
    According to the most recent study done by the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC), passengers pay the lowest price (nearly 6% less) than than the average fare when they buy their tickets six weeks before their flight.
  • Compare Airline Ticket Prices!
    Go directly to the source…the airline companies. Southwest, United Airlines, etc. usually have better deals than sites like Kayak, Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, Cheapfares and Priceline. But it doesn’t hurt to compare them all!
  • Sign-Up for Airline Deal Alerts!
    Each major airline offers email sign-ups for their sales and promotions. Sign-up for those because they often send out special offers and promo codes. Airfare Watchdog has a complete list of airlines that offer airline deals and promotions that you can sign-up for all in one place!
  • Be Flexible with Your Travel Dates!
    The cheapest days to travel are usually Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Sometimes when airlines are not booked as full as they want, they will lower prices on certain days, so being flexible will allow you to get the best price.
  • Check Airline Luggage Fees!
    Luggage fees can be very costly and can really rack up that travel bill. Check this airline luggage fee chart from Smarter Travel for a complete list of luggage fees for each airline so that you are not blindsided by unexpected fees.

Saving money on airplane tickets is possible if you follow these simple techniques. Remember…planning ahead is the best way to save!

*Check out my other Ways to SAVE on Vacation ideas!

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Kids FREE Summer Bowling!

In addition to the movie theaters that are offering FREE or super cheap movies for kids this summer, there is a Kids FREE Summer Bowling program! All you have to do is visit KidsBowlFree.com for a complete listing by state.

Each of your children that you register for FREE Summer Bowling will get 2 FREE games per day all summer long!

This is another way to have fun with the kiddos this summer even if you are on a budget! Enjoy!

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Kids Summer Movie Savings!
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There are many movie theaters that are offering FREE or super cheap movies for kids this summer! This is one way to have fun with the kiddos this summer even if you are on a budget! Enjoy!
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Regal FREE Family Film Festival
Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.
Cost: $1.00
June 5 – August 1
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Harkins Summer Movie Fun
Monday thru Friday @ 9:45 a.m.
Cost: $5.00 for all 10 Movies! (Just $.50 Per Movie!)
June 4 – August 10
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Carmike Cinemas Summer Kid Series
Thursdays @ 10:00 a.m.
Cost: $2.00
June 7 – August 9
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Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse
Thursdays @ 9:45 a.m.
Cost: $5.00 for all 10 Movies! (Just $.50 Per Movie!)
May 31 – August 7
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Cineamaworld Summer Kid Feast
Everyday @ 10:00 a.m.
Cost: FREE for Kids, $2.00 for Adults
June 1 – August 26
Classic Cinemas Wednesday Morning Movie Series
Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.
Cost: $1.00
June 13 – August 8
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Clearview Cinemas Kids Club
Wednesdays & Thursdays @ 10:30 a.m.
Cost: FREE
July 11 – August 30
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Georgia Theater Summer Kid Show Series
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 10:00 a.m.
Cost: $1.00
June 5 – August 13
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Malco Summer Film Fest
Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.
Cost: $2.00
June 5 – August 1
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Marquee Cinemas Kids Summer Movie Program
Tuesdays and Wednesdays @ 9:30 a.m.
Cost: $3.00 (Popcorn Included)
June 26 – August 22
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*Check out my other Ways to SAVE on Vacation ideas!
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Stockpiling 101!
What I stockpile with a complete list!

Here is a picture of my stockpiling cabinets and shelves in my garage! Readers ask…readers receive! I like to keep things simple! So, here it is….my stockpile!

    

That is the extent of my stockpile…like I said, I keep it simple! Of course I have a few things in my kitchen and bathroom, but those pictures above pretty much sum it up! Obviously, I am not an “EXTREME Couponer” (LOL) and I’ve never tried to be. I was around before that big “BOOM” of people. I know what works for me as a full-time working mommy and that’s what I do. When I was infatuated with coupons three years ago, it was a different story, but let me tell you….I threw away TONS of food! Crazy!

Here is a list of what I currently stockpile, simply because I use it the MOST (that’s what you should stockpile too…what you use the MOST!):

  1. Laundry Soap
  2. Fabric Softener
  3. Bleach
  4. Paper Towels, Toilet Paper & Tissue
  5. Foil, Plastic Wrap & Baggies
  6. Antibacterial Wipes
  7. Air Freshners
  8. Personal Care Items: Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, Toothpaste, Mouth Wash, Dental Floss, Tampons, Pantiliners, etc.)
  9. Cleaning Supplies
  10. Drinks (Water, Soda, Juice, etc.)
  11. Dog Food
  12. Cereal
  13. Tea
  14. Gum
  15. Snacks (For my kiddos school parties and sporting events)
  16. Canned Food (Fruit, Veggies, etc.)
  17. Condiments (Ketchup, Mustard, Steak Sauce, Seasonings, etc.)

I hope this has helped you! Check out my other Household Saving Tips to help you get started or to learn more on saving on everyday living essentials! It’s a lot easier than you may think!

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How to save on Paper Towels!

One of the ways I cut back on my household expenses is by not using paper towels! I have recently switched from using paper towels to clean mirrors, wipe down counters, appliances, clean my bathroom, etc. to using Microfiber Cleaning Cloths! They leave things streak-free and lint-free! They are AMAZING at picking up even the littlest crumb. I got this 36 count pack for $22.75 from Amazon and I love them!

Since I use these over and over, I use the specific colors for a particular purpose in my house. I just don’t like the idea of using the bathroom ones later in the kitchen even though I wash them. Maybe a little weird, but that’s how I feel about it. Here is the way I use mine:

  • Yellow: To clean with furniture polish (because I use Pledge and the bottle is yellow, so it’s easy for me to remember).
  • Blue: To clean the bathrooms (because the word “bathroom” begins with a “B”).
  • Green: To clean the kitchen counters and appliances (because that was simply the last color, haha).

These end up costing just $.66 per cloth and you can use them OVER and OVER and OVER (did I say OVER?) again! Compared to the cost of paper towels (an average of $1.80 per roll) this is a bargain, not to mention it’s better for the environment.

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10 Ways to Eat Out for Less!

It’s MONEY MONDAY with Savings Gal! Today’s topic is on eating out for less! Eating out can be a real treat and sometimes when you are busy or on-the-go, it’s a necessity. Here are 10 simple strategies that will help you eat out for less without that “side” of guilt!

  1. Use Restaurant Coupons!
    Lots of restaurants offer printable coupons when you sign-up for their emails or “like” them on Facebook and I post a lot of printable restaurant coupons here. If you know you are going to be eating out, just plan ahead and chose a place that has a printable restaurant coupon offer and go there. It’s kind of like how I told you to plan your meals around what is on sale in my Healthy Gal series.
  2. Go Where Kids Eat FREE!
    Often times there are restaurants that offer free kids meals with the purchase of an adult meal on specific day of the week or on a specific date with a coupon. Take advantage of these offers. If a family of 4 goes out to eat during a kids eat free offer, they will save an average of 33% off. Here is an example of why:
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    (2) Adult Entrees: $10.00 ea.
    (2) Kids Entrees: $5.00 ea.
    Subtotal: $30.00
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    Kids eat FREE: (-$10.00)
    Final Price: $20.00
    (33% Savings)
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    *Keep in mind that it’s courteous to tip on the pre-coupon price.
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  3.  Buy Discounted Restaurant Gift Cards or Certificates!
    A lot of sites offer discounted restaurant gift cards or certificates that you can purchase. Sites like Groupon have different restaurant offers every day with discounts as much as 80% off and Restaurant.com offers restaurant discounts in just about every city (you search by zip code) and you can get $10 certificates for $3 and $25 certificates for $10.
  4. Eat During Happy Hour!
    Almost every restaurant has a happy hour where they offer 50% off select appetizers and/or entrees. Some of these offers are only good if you sit in the bar area, but most bar areas have outlining tables that you can sit at even if you have your kids with you. Most of the time happy hour is early, so you avoid the crowd as well, which is nice!
  5. Drink Water!
    Drinks can really rake up the bill if you know what I mean! Usually they are around $2-$3 and that’s like 33% off the cost of an average meal ($10.00). Instead, try drinking water and even ask for lemon to flavor the water. It may take a wile for you to get use to, but it really does save a lot! If you are going to drink alcohol try going to dinner during happy hour where drinks are usually much less.
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  6.  Get Dessert Somewhere Else!
    If you must have that dessert, consider stopping somewhere on your way home that would cost much less than a restaurant. Usually restaurant desserts are pricy ($5-$10), plus you have to pay a tip on top of that. You can stop by McDonalds and get an ice cream sundae for around $1.00, or Wendy’s and get a frosty for $.99. Maybe you might even go to Rite Aid and get Thrifty ice cream and you’ll have leftovers for another night at home.
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  7.  Ask About Half Portions or Lunch Sizes!
    A lot of restaurants offer their lunch size or reduced portion sizes at dinner even if it’s not advertised on their menu. For example, I love the BJ’s personal pizza and salad lunch combo…my local BJ’s restaurant will allow me to get that same offer at dinner time for just $1.00 more, which by the way is way cheaper! My philosophy…it NEVER hurts to ask! All they can say is no!
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  8.  Share a Meal!
    If you usually do not finish your meal, you might want to consider sharing a meal with someone in your family or who you are going out to eat with. You would be surprised who will say yes to that. If you are doubting how hungry you are…share anyway. You can always order more food, but I can tell you from personal experience, you probably won’t and this will save you 50%!
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  9. Eat Somewhere that Doesn’t Require a Tip!
    There are a lot of restaurants that offer counter service, which don’t require a tip to dine there. Places like Chipotle, Pick Up Stix, Pat & Oscars, Panda Express and Panera are examples of these places. They still offer a restaurant style atmosphere, but you don’t have to tip like you would at a restaurant, therefore saving you 15-20%!
  10. Order Take Out!
    Lot’s of restaurants offer take out and even curb side pick-up! You may have to clean up the mess after you eat at home, but you will be saving the money on a tip, which can save an average of (15-20%).
*You can combine any of these ideas to save even more! For example when kids eat FREE at Chili’s, I go during happy hour, sit in the bar area, get free chips and salsa, drink water, share a meal and get two kids meals for FREE…my bill has been as low as $10.00 (BUT, of course I tip on what my total bill would cost). That’s a whole LOT of FRUGALICIOUS savings!
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~Savings Gal~
Because there is more than one way to save!

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