Friday, December 24, 2010

Fresno Hmong New Year 2011! Don't miss this unique cultural event!

The Hmong New Year celebration takes place on December 26, 2010 through January 1,2011. Located at the Fresno Fair Grounds 1121 S. Chance Ave. Fresno CA 93703 events include Miss Hmong International Pagent. Hmong New Year includes over 30 food vendors, 2 stages for entertainment and the latest in fashion, music, and film for Hmong culture. The traditional clothing alone is fantastic. 
Attend from 8am-4pm daily. Let me assure you, you won't be disappointed. 
This event is completely unique to Fresno over 100,000 will attend.
We have the largest Hmong population in the USA.

Tickets cost $3 for seven and over.
Six and under are free.
Those with disabilities are free
Veterans with ID are free.
 For more information click HERE or call (559) 487-1012

Clovis Christmas Tree Lane

The Clovis version of Christmas Tree Lane is located in the Wawona Estates neighborhood, located between Willow & Peach and Alluvial & Nees (about six blocks), is the new place to go for twinkling lights and lawn decor. You don't have the charm of the older houses that the Fig Garden, Fresno, Christmas Tree lane has, but you may drive or walk any night from 6-10pm.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Sweeps4bloggers Hurray for Giveaways!

So to continue the discussion of my recent addiction to online giveaways, which I seem to have great luck, in my opinion anyway, I found a blog through Deal Seeking Mom's Giveaway Gathering of the Week feature (thanks) called Sweeps4bloggers. Sweeps4bloggers' whole site is mostly dedicated to giveaways! Hurray! This is a great resource with deadlines listed. Very nice. Best thing since I discovered the Esty giveaway blog. To visit Sweeps4bloggers click HERE.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Find more Christmas Festivities!

Three kids this Christmas has left me extra busy. My apologies for not posting lately.

The Central California Parent Magazine lists more family activities that you can look up.
Click HERE for more of the Christmas festivities in the valley.
Pick up a hard copy at Huntington Learning Center on Champlain and Perrin or any local library.

Christmas on Huntington Boulevard in Fresno

Candlelight Christmas in Fresno
Until December 25th, take a walk down Huntington Blvd in Fresno between First and Cedar and see America's tallest living lighted Christmas tree. Santa will also be visiting nightly on Fifth street from 6pm to 9:30pm with a life sized animated reindeer! Call 255-8622
This a chance to walk if you missed Christmas Tree Lane!

Christmas Tree Lane in Fresno

Christmas Tree Lane is hosted by the Fig Garden Home Owners Association. Until the day after Christmas, only driving is allowed. The walking nights are only the first two weeks in December. If you missed it, plan for it next year. It's really worth it.
The lights are on 6-10pm on Sunday
Monday through Thursday 6pm-10pm
Friday and Saturday until 11pm.

"On the opening night of Christmas Tree Lane, which is located on Van Ness Blvd between Shields Ave and Shaw Ave in Fresno, California, millions of lights are turned on at 6:00 p.m. and remain lit until 10:00 p.m. Some 140 homes and 300 trees are decorated and the display spans nearly two miles. The free event is sponsored by the Fig Garden Homeowners Association.
Drivers access Christmas Tree Lane from Shields and drive north to Shaw."

For more information about this local tradition. Click HERE

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Holiday Blog Giveaways!

The group at Grateful Giveaways is doing a ROUND 2 starting tomorrow! 12 bloggers and most likely 12 more giveaways each! Join them on Facebook!

Many Blogs are doing giveaways for the 12 days of Christmas that end today or later this week. I just Googled "12 Days of Christmas Giveaways" and they are everywhere. A Mom's Balancing Act has oodles of giveaways right now including a high chair ending 12/3/2010! Click HERE to check out her giveaways!

Sharing Savings is one of 300 (WOW) bloggers participating in The Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop that starts tomorrow! To see her post about it click HERE.

Here is a list of some other Bloggers with 12 Days of Christmas giveaways:
Frugal Catholic Mommy (Starts 12/1/2010)
Koupon Karen (Ends Tonight)
Nickels and Dimes 
Hip Mama's Place
Oh there are just too many! Sorry. Click on the buttons alongside the blogs to check out their friends giveaways! Feed it Forward provides coupons for purchase that give you deep discounts to local restaurants. Very often you can purchase a $25 off a purchase of $35 or more with 18% gratuity coupon for $2. Right now you can get the $25 coupon for $2 with the code DEAL. If you order today you'll be entered to win 1 of 10 iPad prizes.
Feed it Forward is's way of giving away $10 off a $20 or more purchase for FREE. You can share this with up to 40 of your friends as well through December 31, 2010! You can do this through facebook, gmail, etc. You do need to create an account to participate. My coupon to Fajita Fiesta doesn't have an expiration date. Click HERE for more information.

Build a Free Gingerbread House at The Bridge

"A Gingerbread Christmas" is an FREE event being hosted by The Bridge located at 3438 E. Ashlan in Fresno. This Saturday December 4th, from 10am to 2pm, children ages 2-10 are invited to come make and decorated their own gingerbread house!

Free Family Christmas Movies-Cedar Clinton Library, Fresno

The Cedar Clinton Branch Library located at 4150 E. Clinton Ave in Fresno has FREE Saturday movies starting at 12:30pm for you family.
This Saturday December 4, 2010, it will be showing How the Grinch Stole Christmas;
December 18, 2010, it will show The Muppet's Christmas Carol. So this is a good way to get the kids out of the house, and maybe you can convince someone else to take them so you can go shopping!

Call 559 442-1770 for more information, or check your local library at

Friday, November 19, 2010

Free Crafts for the Kids at Lowe's and Michael's: Check your Local Library too!

Here are two fun free events this Saturday! Thanks Penny Pinchin' Mom

Click HERE to check events in November at a Fresno County Library near you.

Snowman Gift Card Holder
Lowe’s Stores
Saturday, November 20th
10:00 a.m.
This is a FREE event. You will need to register HERE

The Great Stocking Event
Michael’s Stores
Saturday, November 20th
 Bring your kids (ages 3+) out to make FREE personalized stocking!  This event will be held until noon or while supplies last.  Get more information HERE.
Sign up for The Knack newsletter at the bottom of the page to receive information about Michael's craft events.

Valley Daily Deals Spend $10 save $20 for a Christmas Tree Today.

Bread Upon Waters, a non denominational ministry, 
located in Clovis,is offering a deal for Christmas 
trees. Today you can purchase a $10 coupon for $20 
toward a Christmas tree. No cash back, one per visit.
Starting November 29, 2010 you can choose from 
Douglas Grand and Noble Fir trees. 
They offer flocking and fire retardant on location. 
They have "special" Douglas Fir Trees for $12 for 
those in need. They offer complimentary coffee, hot 
cocoa, and treats.All trees are guaranteed to remain 
green until the end of the year. 
2250 Clovis Ave
Fresno CA 93612
Click HERE to purchase your coupon!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Knock on the Door=Cookies!

Not sure when I ordered these cookies from, but I know I got them FREE!

Sign up today for 6 Free Cookies and a $10 reward card toward your next purchase! Just pay $6.95 shipping and handling. Join the Cookie Club and receive 20% off your next order.
This offer ends December 31, 2010 or while supplies last. Click HERE.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Etsy Giveaways

One of my favorite sites is Etsy. I have a couple friends that sell products on Etsy and I just love the idea all together. Etsy is a way of selling handmade items online as a community. It is part of a rebirth of the cottage industry in my opinion. Check out these Etsy giveaways on their giveaway blog. What a great way to promote your products.

A Season of Giveaways Part 2

The 30 Day Giving Challenge is being hosted by a group of bloggers. They discuss ideas for giving, charities, and provide giveaways as part of the event.

"If you have a heart for giving, we invite you to join us from November 1 – 30, 2010 as we take giving to new heights, combining the efforts of thousands of people. We’ll be working together to bless our friends, family, neighbors, and complete strangers by making a conscious effort to give each day of November. And we’ll do it all for God’s glory!"

Kingdom First Mom
My Blessed Life
Resourceful Mommy
Amy's Finer Things
Amy Loves It
Frugal Femina
Saving and Giving
For The Mommas
Life...Your Way

These giveaways have good odds (one entry had 130) :).

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Two Free Tacos at Jack in the Box!

Two Free Tacos at Jack in the Box per person Today! Just ask! No coupon necessary.

A Season of Giveaways!

Many Frugal Blogs are gathering together and have excellent giveaways! Now, make sure to follow the rules. In order to enter each giveaway make sure you post on the blog itself, not on facebook or twitter. You comment right below the giveaway. You can enter on each blog even if they are giving away the same item. Just keep track of where you have entered so you don't get mixed up. I suggest you start with one blog and enter all giveaways for that blog, then move on to the next. SO you have 12 blogs giving away 12 items each. Remember blogs and local contests really are the best odds for winning.  I'll post about other blogsters events soon. Good Luck!

Check out the Grateful Giveaways Event November 15th through November 19th at 11:59pm (keep time differences in mind some bloggers may not be PST) hosted by:

Nicole's Nickels
"Cents"able Momma
Wild for Wags
Coupon Dad
Totally Target
Hoosier Homemade
I Heart Publix
Koupon Karen
She Saved
Penny Pinchin' Mom

Free Sampling Event at Cold Stone Creamery TONIGHT

From 5pm to 8pm November 16th (tonight) Cold Stone Creamery is giving out 3oz free samples of their new eight layer cakes. Click HERE to contact your local Cold Stone Creamery to see if they are participating.
Thanks Miami Mommy Savings

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pumpkin Patch Directory for the Central Valley.

Pumpkins Patches and more is a directory of pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hay rides, and has links to pick your own/ U-pick farms and Christmas tree farms along with recipes etc. So if you haven't made it out to the patch yet check this site for one near you! Click HERE 

Friday, October 29, 2010

Free Nursing Cover from Udder Covers, just pay shipping.

Udder Covers is giving away FREE nursing covers (a $32 value) just pay $9.95 shipping. Use the promo code "family2010." Planning Family sent me this promotion by email as well. Enjoy!

IHOP FREE Scary Face Pancake Today!

Bring kids 12 and under for a FREE Scary Face Pancake at IHOP. It has mini oreos and whipped cream for eyes, strawberry nose, and candy corn teeth you can place on your whipped cream mouth! No purchase necessary. Dine in only. Today Friday October 29, 2010.

Halloween Continued...FREE

FREE Halloween Activity at the Cedar Clinton Branch Library 
Saturday October 30, 2010

10am-11am Creepy fun crafts
11am-12pm Creepy creatures with Shannon from the Discovery Center
12pm-1pm Creepy fun crafts

Sponsored by the Friends of the Cedar Clinton Branch Library

4150 E Clinton Ave
Call 559 442 1770 for more information

To check what your local library (within Fresno county)click HERE click on Library Locations and Hours, choose your library and click on Events at ...(Your Library Here) .

Follow the White Rabbit to
Cornerstone Children's Festival

October 31, 2010
FREE candy, face painting, carnival games and music!
Including a drawing for bicycles!

Broadway and Calaveras
Call 559 442 0122 for more information

Pumpkin Patch at The Bridge

Sunday October 31, 2010

Fun family carnival setting for preschool and school aged children.
FREE games, bounce houses, pony rides, and activites!
Don't forget the CANDY!
Affordable food for purchase, please no scary costumes.

3438 E Ashlan, Fresno
Call 559 226 4100 for more information

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Seven Slings FREE baby carrier just pay shipping

I have a Planning Family membership (a parenting, freebies, and coupons site) and they sent me this offer. To join Planning Family click HERE.

Seven Slings is offering free trendy slings (a $48 value) with the promo code "halloween." Just pay $11.95 shipping and you have an option of purchasing insurance for $3.50 for returns in case you pick the wrong size.
Click HERE to visit the Seven Slings website.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fresno Halloween Events 2010

The Fresno Bee has a great list of Halloween events happening in Fresno this year. Everything from a canine costume parade in Tower, to a Old Town Ghost Walk.Click HERE to check 'em out and get involved in the community!

California Arts Academy

The California Arts Academy is know for their dance program and performing arts, but did you know they offer art classes as well? If you mention Sammy as a referral, your child can receive a FREE drawing class at the Blackstone location or a tuition discount of 8% (new students only). These are small group classes, ages 6-18 are welcome. If you begin in the middle of the semester your tuition will be prorated. You can visit their website at, email them at or call at (559)222-6539

Monday, October 18, 2010

Trunk of Treats!

For a safer alternative to regular trick or treating in the neighborhood, many local churches offer "trunk or treat" activites with carnival style games, face painting, and chili cook-off contests, etc. Volunteers will decorate their cars' trunks and the children can trick or treat in the parking lot. This way it's a one stop event and parents feel peace of mind and kids go home happy. So ask around your group of church-going friends if you don't already have somewhere in mind.
Every congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will have a Trunk or Treat on Oct 30th starting at 6pm.

Punzak Park in Fowler will be offering a Trunk or Treat event on Oct 31st from 6-8pm. 500 East Merced Street. Call for more information 834-5486

Peoples Church Courtyard and Gym will be celebrating Halloween Oct 31st from 6-8:30pm with games, bounce houses, obstacle courses, live drama, food for purchase, and live music. 7172 N Cedar Ave, Fresno 298-8001 ext 392

Halloween Events: Free or on the Cheap!

Happy Halloween!
You can view these and local events in nearby towns and cities at Central California Parent online.

Bippity-Boppity Boo at Storyland (Fresno)
Oct 30th from 3-6pm Rotary Storyland will offer a Halloween event including games, crafts, and live entertainment by the magician, Tony Blanco. So those costumes on the kiddos; admission is $6 per person.

Halloween on Pollasky Avenue (Clovis)
Sunday, Oct 31st, Celebrate Halloween on Pollasky Ave and 4th Ave from 4-6pm.
Enjoy candy, bounce houses, games, face painting, music, and more. 222-2467

Pick Your Own Pumpkins!(Fresno)
Single Palm Pumpkins located at 10635 W. Barstow. Each pumpkin is $5 and enjoy a tractor pulled hay ride, spooky hay maze, Aztec corn maze, farm animals and family fun! Open every day until October 31st. M-F from 3pm to dusk, Saturday and Sundays from noon-dark. 246-3937

Stomp "N" Chomp (Fresno)
The Fresno Chafee Zoo's animals will be celebrating Halloween too!
Oct 30th, some animals will be experiencing pumpkins as part of their foraging and play program. They will have their chance to stomp "n" chomp their way to yummy treats. Pick up a schedule of feedings when you enter. Normal admission applies. $7 adults, $3.50 for children 2-11 and seniors 62+. 894 Belmont Ave. 498-5920.

Don't forget at Zoo Boo (Fresno)
The weekend of Oct. 22,23,and 24th, from 5-8pm at Fresno Chaffee Zoo.
Trick or treating, costumed characters, live entertainment, costume parade, and carnival games (with extra charges). Adults in attendance with children can dress up as well.
Zoo Members $10 Adult, $8 Child
Non-members $12 Adult, $10 Child
Day of Event $14 Adult, $12 Child

Friday, October 15, 2010

Shade Clothing $3 $2 $1

Shade Clothing is closing its website this Sunday. The liquidation has reached an all time low. Many of the sizes are limited however the best deal includes black and white camisoles and they still have every size. So if you are looking for an undershirt for $1.54 now's your chance! Shipping ranges between $5-$7, so if you can order with a local friend you can save on shipping too. My mother and I made our purchase last night- 8 items including cami's, shirts and pants for $37 including shipping. Each item averaged $4.60 after shipping. The original price for these products would have been $161 so we saved $124! Click HERE, but be patient with the site it is running slowly right now. free samples and giveaways! has launched a "goodie bag" giveaway! These goodie bags will be full of free samples and you will have  a chance to win iPod Shuffles, iPod Touches, etc. and one winner will receive a Mac Book! Click HERE to see the Alice blog about how you can enter! The free sample launch and giveaway ends October 31, 2010. Good Luck!

Thursday, September 9, 2010 80% off

With the promotion code TOUCHDOWN you can purchase a $25 coupon for $2 at Remember this include a minimum purchase and usually comes with 18% gratuity. To check out the local restaurants that are participating (they add new ones all the time) click HERE. This deal works best with two people and they usually do not expire for a year.

Shade Clothing up to 87% off

Shade Clothing is entering the final phase of it's liquidation so this might be your last chance to get quality long shirts etc. that are great for layering and your needs as a busy mommy bending over all the time. I strongly recommend the signature cap sleeve shirts for layering, select colors are $4.99 now, they are extra long and form fitting. Click HERE to check out the liquidation.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Shutterfly Groupon $10 for $30 Photo Book

Shutterfly, a photo gift website is offering a $10 coupon for a $30 photobook. This photobook is 8x8 hardcover and has 20 pages. Additional pages are a dollar a page. Your coupon expires on November 22, 2010. You need a Shutterfly account in order to participate. Shutterfly is currently offering 30 free prints if you create a photo-sharing website with them. Other promotions come along in all the photo websites,Snapfish (50 free 4x6 prints with your first upload) Kodak Gallery (20 Free birth announcements and 50 free Mommy Cards) that are usually free or you just pay for shipping. I get most of my digital photos printed and even shipped for free. I've even gotten a photobook or two for free as well. Click HERE to view the Groupon offer. Ends today.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Michaels Photo Frames 65% off

If you received the Michaels weekly flier in the mail yesterday, you will notice most picture frames are 40% off and there is a coupon for an additional 25% off excluding clearance items. Pretty sweet deal and decent selection. Sammy and I bought frames for his upcoming art show this month. With the 40% off the frames went from a $90 total to $67, nice. They have a "make your own sale" coupon weekly for 40%-50% off. To see this week's coupons click HERE. The $50 any regular item coupon ends today.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Thred-up Exchange Kids Clothing for shipping cost is a clothing exchange website that gives parents an opportunity to trade clothing for $13 medium flat rate box. So instead of donating clothing after a yardsale, you can take your gently used kids clothes, box them up and post them on the site. When someone picks your box, he/she pays for shipping. If you are receive a bad box, you can exchange it for another. They have harsh penalties for those you don't play nice (exchange icky clothes). Membership is free, however you can get a Pro account which allows you to see details of the boxes to chose from along with other features. With a regular box/membership you get the gender, size, tops or bottoms, and seasons. As long as you have sent as many boxes as you have received, you can cancel anytime. What a great way to give to others, and receive in return! So when your child grows out of his/her clothes you can ThredUP for a box in the size he/she needs! Click HERE for more information. Earn $3-$6 credit for building boxes for older children's clothing. You can earn Pro status through friend referrals as well.

Rent your Textbooks!

I wish I would have known about this earlier. We had no idea how we were going to pay for Sammy's books this semester until one of his classmates mentioned that there are websites where you can rent textbooks. Some sites provide free shipping both ways! For the total one of Sammy's books would've cost, we rented 2 books and bought 1. Check out which is like a airfare comparison site except for textbooks etc. It compares prices to rent, buy used, and buy new. We had luck with, and purchased a book on Amazon. also gives you the option to sell your books as well.

Fresno Magazine "Half off Deals!"

Fresno Magazine offers "Half off Deals!" for restaurants, retail, and spas and salons.
Like Groupon these are limited offers, and you have to purchase your coupon ahead of time and use it all at once. Right now, these businesses are participating:

eLTea $15 for a $30 purchase

EMW China Bistro $20 for a $40 purchase

Fresno Breakfast House $15 for a $30 purchase

Mystique Medical Spa & Wellness Center $300 for a $600 purchase

Patio Cafe $12 for a $25 purchase

Red Zone Sports Grill
$25 for a $50 purchase

Taj of India
$10 for a $20 purchase

Vino 100
$10 for a $20 purchase

If you are looking for good deals eating out, regularly offers promotion codes for their coupons. During the promotions, you can spend $2 to get a $25 coupon, however you must spend a certain amount to receive the discount. Click HERE to visit and sign up for their emails.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Plato's Closet Groupon $15 for $30 of merchandise

Today's is for Plato's Closet on First and Shaw just east of Fashion Fair mall. For $15 you get $30 worth of merchandise. The coupon needs to be used all in one purchase. One coupon per customer, but you may buy gift coupons. This runs for 2 more days, and the coupon lasts until March 6, 2011. They will send you an email to print it out. Plato's Closet sells teen clothing and it is all in within the last 2 years fashion. So happy shopping!!!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Free Family Day: Fresno Art Museum

Fresno Art Museum is presenting Family Day: Books, Art & Fairy Tales on Saturday September 25, 2010 from 11am to 4pm. This is a free event.
For more info email, or call 550 441-4221 ext 101

The FAM is located on 2233 N First Street and the entertainment and activities will include Radio Park (right next to the museum). (First and Clinton)

Participants and activities include:
The FresNO Dance COllective, Magic of Tony Blanco, Mother Goose Storytime, Musical Fun, Art Activities, Face Painting, Dance Activities, Raffle (Autographed book prizes), Docent tours of new exhibits, and Me n Eds pizza will be available for purchase.

So put this one on the calendar!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Big Fresno Fair Savings and Promotions-Get in FREE or on the cheap.

I pulled this post word for word from the Fresno Fair website (bold added). These were the best promotions, but there are more like a $25 season pass so you can attend each day...
Click HERE for more information.

“Pint for a Pass” Blood Drive

Give local and save BIG! Every person who donates a pint of blood at any Central California Blood Center or mobile unit from August 25th to September 8th will receive a “buy one, get one free” voucher for admission to the 2010 Big Fresno Fair. So come out and give one of the most valuable gifts…blood, and also save a little cash on your visit to the Fair! This promotion is in partnership with Central California Blood Center.

Wednesday, October 6th

Eye-Q Seniors' Day presented by Humana
Seniors 62 and BETTER are able to enjoy the Fair for free on Eye-Q Seniors' Day presented by Humana! Don't miss the special Seniors’ Lifestyle Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Pavilion featuring local organizations providing materials for public education on services geared toward the senior citizen community, including healthcare, wellness and financial support. And don't miss the special Eye-Q Seniors' Day presented by Humana contests and Red Hatter activities for fun! Remember gates open early at 9 a.m. Wednesday, October 6th Special Interest Day Admission is FREE to persons with disabilities. One chaperone is admitted for free with each person that requires assistance. Remember gates open early at 9 a.m.

Thursday, October 7th
Kids' Day
Admission into the Fair is FREE for kids 12 and under with paid adult admission. Children 5 and under are always free.

Tuesday, October 12th
Save Mart Supermarkets & FoodMaxx $2 Tuesday
Bring a receipt from any Save Mart Supermarkets or FoodMaxx location to get $2 admission.
Or join The Big Fair Fan Club at and receive a printable coupon via email for the same great deal! One coupon or receipt required for each ticket purchased. Offer valid only on Tuesday, October 12th. Emailed coupons will be sent out on Friday, October 8th.

Thursday, October 14th
Feed the Need Community Food Drive

Help Feed Our Community…And Help Yourself to Free Fair Admission! Bring 4 or more canned food items per person between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. and receive FREE admission into the Fair. Food will be donated to the Community Food Bank and The Salvation Army, who work continually to feed those individuals and families in need within our Fresno County community.

My husband and I went on Senior day last year and there was no where to sit! So keep that in mind if you are pregnant or with little ones :).

Win Tickets to the Big Fresno Fair!

The Big Fresno Fair is coming! October 6-17, 2010

Central California Parent Magazine is giving away TWO family four packs of tickets to The Big Fresno Fair. To enter send a postcard with you name, daytime phone number, and address to:

Central California Parent Magazine
The Big Fresno Fair
7638 N Ingram Ste 101
Fresno CA 93711

Enter by September 25, 2010. Make sure you mail it by the 22nd.
One entry per family.

Check out the Fresno Fair website HERE for money saving opportunities in case you don't win!
Click HERE to see my post about the Fotech "Shoot the Fair" deal.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Valley Cooling Centers: Find Relief from the Heat

You or those you know may be sensitive to heat and this hot, hot weather is too much. The city of Fresno provides cooling centers to provide relief. This is especially important for the elderly in the valley. posted this a couple days ago,
"The forecast of high heat over the next few days has triggered activation of City of Fresno Cooling Centers today and tomorrow. Residents may visit Mosqueda Community Center, Pinedale Community Center, Ted C. Wills Community Center and the Frank H. Ball Neighborhood Center for heat relief from noon until 8pm. The City will provide free bus transportation along normal routes to and from the cooling centers for residents requesting a ride. While activation does call for free swimming while pools are operational, the City of Fresno pools closed for the season when FUSD began its 2010-2011 school year."

You can call the city on days under 105 degrees to check if the cooling centers are running. 621-CITY

For those who simply can't afford to pay their skyrocketing PG&E bills. The Fresno EOC program provides Home Energy Assistance/Emergency Crisis Program for those who qualify to help them pay their PG&E bill. This assistance is up to $390. It takes 10-14 days to know if you are approved at 6-8 weeks before they pay for your bill directly to PG&E. So, apply early if you foresee not being able to pay your bill in the future. If you do have a 48 hour notice, they should be able to help more quickly. For more information click HERE or call 559-263-1135.

Zulily, Daily Deals for Moms,Babies and Kids.

Sorry if I'm on a kick, but here is another short sale/deep discount site. However, like Swirl the discounts are great for the products you are buying, but not the most affordable clothing if you don't have the money right now. Unlike Swirl this site offers a variety of products including maternity, toys, furniture, etc. it just depends on the day.
Shipping with Zulily is flat rate $5.95.

She Saved
has posted a couple coupon codes, BTSBLOG10 will get you $10 off a $30 order and Coupongeek found GAF7856 which takes $5 off an order of $50.

Don't forget to refer your friends once you sign up. You'll receive a $10 credit when they make their first order.

Thanks She Saved.

Kiss Country and Best Buy: Apple a Day Giveaway!

Today the Apple a Day Giveaway is an Apple IPad. Kiss Country and Best Buy have teamed up as part of a Back to School promotion. To enter, all you need to do is become a Kiss Country VIP member. This is nice because then you enter your information when you sign up, then click "register" at the bottom of the page for each contest. You don't have to retype everything again and again. So for the heck of it, I registered for all the concert ticket giveaways as well. Everything is local so if you win, you might as well go! Click HERE to see the contests and click HERE to register as a VIP member. My sister Jen used to always call in and win. I've never even gotten through! Although, I'm always driving when I listen to the radio so that would be illegal to even try now wouldn't it.

Kiddie Kandids Free Enhanced 10x13 Wall Portrait

Kiddie Kandids is a portrait studio located in Babies R Us on Blackstone. Currently, they are offering a coupon you can pick up in the store for a FREE enhanced 10x13 wall portrait plus no session fee, a $45 value! You can choose from a black&white, sepia, vignettes or borders for your enhancement. You can only receive one free item per session so this wouldn't work with the Portrait Club offers. The coupon expires September 30th. My plan is to take in my newborn whenever he/she gets here! One of the best things about Kiddie Kandids is the fact that they print out your order as you wait in the store. They also train their staff to work well with infants, toddlers, and children. Walk ins are welcome or you can schedule online

Valley Daily Deals

So, I'm so excited to see these deep discount websites popping up. The radio station 93.7 Kiss Country advertises Valley Daily Deals on their webpage. Click HERE to check it out. Make sure to subscribe so you don't miss a deal! Today, Body del Sol Medical Spa is offering a Margarita pedicure for $15 when the regular price is $50. You can purchase 5 of these deals and 2 additional coupons as gifts. Like Groupon, these discounts only last 24 hours! Body del Sol is located on Herndon near Cedar.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Babies R Us Clearance

Babies R Us is having a baby clothing clearance 30-70% off right now. End of season clearances are a great time to stock up and since they tend to carry only smaller sizes, you can buy ahead of time for all those baby showers coming up!

Saturday, August 21, 2010


For those Fashionistas out there, or parents of teenage girls, a website called Swirl that provides deep discounts on designer wear.

"Swirl is the new online sample sale site created in partnership with DailyCandy. What it means for you: clothing and accessories from the world's best designers, from up-and-coming buzzmakers to our favorite established brands, at up to 80% off."

Right now if you sign up, you can use the code LUVSWIRL at checkout and receive $20 off your order and free shipping. Swirl has some skinny jeans for $29 right now. Those are $9 super cute jeans (watch out for the stick models though, they define skinny jeans)! The sales are limited by supply so act fast. They also provide $25 a referral as part of a reward system. So if you are interested, you can use my referral link HERE sign up and invite your friends! You receive the credit when the first order is made. Thanks She Saved!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Amazon Deal Still On!

So I just have to mention this again. If you don't already have an Amazon account-get one. You can use the Subscribe and Save feature for items other than diapers and such, they just happen to be the best deal right now.
You can repeatedly sign up for the Subscribe and Save feature with Free two day shipping and cancel at any time without repercussions. I am expecting a new baby any day now so I took the time to order size N, 1-2, and 2 diapers. I also bought Lasinoh disposable breastpads. I'm going bulk, because the 30% off with Subscribe and Save for diapers and wipes becomes 15% off like all the other Subscribe and Save items after 8/31/2010.

Some tips
Use the "Check out Your Coupons" feature once you've selected an item it will be further down the page. I used a Pampers coupon (once) for an extra 1.50 off in addition to the 30%

The Subscribe and Save discount applies to Amazon sales only.

Type in Subscribe and Save in the search bar if you don't see it at the top.

Amazon will show you different styles like Swaddlers or Baby Dry and there is a bar that says, More options available. Sometimes the sizes in the drop down are cheaper than the size shown. For instance: I was looking at the size 3 Pampers Baby Dry Pack for 27 cents a diaper, pulled out the more options, found that the size 1-2 pack was selling for 17 cents a diaper. After the 30% off, my diapers cost 11 cents a diaper.

If you receive Parents magazine, August offers an Amazon coupon for 20% off one order of Diapers. The codes are unique, but stack with Subscribe and Save.

My total for the size 1-2 Pampers diapers 192 count with the Subscribe and Save and Amazon coupon for diapers from Parents magazine was a total of $16.27 which is 9 cents a diaper!

Amazon also applied a Free Amazon Prime Membership preview to my account through November 3rd. So, if you're lucky, they'll do this for you to! This means I get free 2 day shipping and returns.

Don't forget with Swagbucks you could be earning $5 Amazon gift cards to go with your 15% off with Subscribe and Save after the August extra 15% off on diaper care items ends.

Picaboo Photobook $39 value for $8.99 Shipping!

This offer is for first time Picaboo customers only. Picaboo is a website dedicated only to quality photobooks. You can get a FREE classic photobook with the code FREEBK through August 31. Don't wait to the last minute though, making photobooks is always a time consuming process. You do need to download their software to being the process. The deal covers 20 pages; you can pay for additional pages if you wish. Shipping costs $8.99. Sounds like a good Christmas gift for the grandparents....
Thanks She Saved.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Snapfish Free 8x10 Photo Collage ends Today

Snapfish is offering a Free 8x10 Collage and Free shipping today with the code GRANDSHIP. If you are a new customer to Snapfish you will receive 20 Free 4x6 prints as well. I shipped it directly to Grandma for free. Yay! I appreciate the fact that many photo printing/gift sites can serve as a photoback-up for those of use that might not have better ways of protecting our pictures. Enjoy!
Thanks The Sassy Saver.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Fresno Groupon $15 Haircut at Hairology

Hairology of Clovis is offering a shampoo, haircut, and style for $15 as today's Groupon. Remember you have 24 hours to purchase this deal, and you need to have an account with
Here's the fine print for this deal:

" Expires in 1 year. Limit 2 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Gratuity not included. No cash back. Not valid with other offers. By appointment only. 24-hour cancellation policy or Groupon is forfeited."

Hairology is located at:
1629 Pollasky Ave.
Suite 109
Clovis, California 93612

Saturday, August 14, 2010

AMAZING Diaper Deal

Check out My Frugal Adventures post about buying diapers on with its Subscribe and Save promotion continues. It's a fantastic deal and worth your time. Ends August 31st. Click HERE to see it!

Dora the Explorer's Birthday Celebration

Dora the Explorer turns ten this year!
Walmart is celebrating by giving away free cupcakes and a 5x7 picture of Dora in her special birthday dress from 11am to 4pm today. Sadly, none of the Fresno/Clovis Walmarts are participating; however, Walmart in Sanger on Jensen, the Walmart in Dinuba, and the Walmart in Hanford are. Click HERE for more information or to see a Walmart participating near you.

National Parks Offering Free Entrance This Weekend

National Parks will be offering free entrance this weekend August 14th and 15th. That would include Sequoia and Yosemite. So if you're up for a drive, you can use your $10-$20 that would have needed for the entry fee on gas, food, or souvenirs! For details click HERE.
Thanks Mojo Savings.

Boston Market Free Smoothies

Boston Market is offering free smoothies today. California is one of the participating states. Yay!

Friday, August 13, 2010

A Season of Yardsales

This post is dedicated to my sister Jen.

Summer is the season of yardsales. This is the community's opportunity to interact in a positive way and recycle/upcycle items. By participating in yardsales you save money, help others get rid of unwanted goods, and prevent waste (and lessen the impact on our landfills).

What are best items to get at yardsales? That's a matter of opinion. At this point in my life, clothing is my favorite. My mom, furniture probably. My sister loves getting books and large backyard toys for her kids. Furniture, electronics, antiques... it's up to you. Generally speaking yardsale prices are 10% of the original price. Obviously some items hold their value better than others and clothes are considerably less than 10%.

Now you might be thinking, I don't want to drive about aimlessly hoping I find a estate or yardsale with what I want.
You don't have to. Craigslist offers a garage sale section. You can read posts and plot your Saturday morning according to times, distance, and goods available. My sister went so far to plot each address on Google maps, planned her route, and printed it out. I generally pick a street, like Cedar, and drive north. It's up to you.
Since this weekend is the last before school starts, it's bound to be promising, so happy hunting!

Back to School Bonanza

My Frugal Adventures along with 11 other money saving bloggers are offering some nice giveaways for back-to-school (One is a $100 Carter's gift card). So if you have some time, enter to win by leaving comments on their posts and you can earn other entries by becoming a fan on facebook/twitter etc. Click HERE and MFA has links to all of the other blogs. You can enter the same contest on each blog, odds depend on the number of entries so 4/900 or so for giveaways is really not that bad. Most of these giveaways end this weekend! Good luck!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Shade Clothing Liquidation up to 75% off

It is always a sad day to see a favorite store close. Shade clothing, a clothing line made specifically for modest and stylish wear announced today that it will be liquidating its entire stock of clothing. Products will be up to 75% off. Currently the website is down, I assume for maintenance reasons. Their shirts are especially wonderful because they tend to be extra long making all the bending over and sitting on the ground that mommies do much more comfortable because we aren't exposing our skin. Hopefully they will reemerge sometime soon, they have quality products.

Free Haircuts by Appointment

Here's a message from the Supercuts training center located near Manchester Mall in Fresno. I've participated before without an appointment and that was a long wait, but I was stoked about my free haircut (she did good!). SO I'm very happy to see they are offering appointments. If you can't make it tomorrow, they need people every couple weeks or so depending...

"Our SUPERCUTS Stylists are completing another one of our
Advanced Training Cutting Workshops and are looking for anyone male or
female and kids (that can sit without crying and moving) who would
like to receive a complimentary haircut .. We Are TAKING THIS BY
come in with freshly shampooed hair that must be free of products gels
or hairsprays ... We are taking appointments to fill our slots for
most of Thursday and all of Friday so if you are interested please
call to make your appointment TODAY AFTER 9 am today ....

Our telephone number is 559-229-1299... once we are completley full we
will not be taking anymore slots are really limited due to class size
so the earlier you call the better.. and when you call please ask for

If you are interested in being on our Supercuts educational email list
to receive emails with dates and times of our cutting workshops pls
email us at (lower case)




Fotech and The Big Fresno Fair- Great Deal

Fotech is a local photo imaging business. This year the are offering their 6th Annual "Shoot the Fair" contest. The deal is a non-refundable $15 entry fee that covers an 11x14 foam mounted print of your entry, 2 all day tickets to the Big Fresno Fair, and a free parking pass. This contest requires that you take your favorite or best digital photo from your day taken at the fair (this year) and submit it to Fotech at the Fine Arts and Photography building or you can email them when you get home at fotech@fotech, by the deadline Thursday, October 14th. Judges independent of Fotech with vote on one category: sights, colors, and shapes of the fair on Friday, October 15th.
First place prizes with $75 cash, a $75 gift certificate to Fotech, and a first place ribbon. Second prizes win $50 in cash. Third prizes earn $25.

Even if you no you're not really interested in the competition, you can always take a picture of the kids or the family to get mounted and you still got a great deal!!! You can pick up your submission at Fotech after the fair closes.

To participate, pick up an entry form on Fresno and Shaw in the Mission Village shopping center and mail it with a $15 check written to Fotech by September 29th 2010
. Address the envelope to:

Fotech "Shoot the Fair" 387 E Shaw Ave. Fresno CA 93710

Call (559) 222-9393 for more information.

A couple years ago, Sammy and I decided we weren't going to the fair so we didn't participate and we're kicking ourselves later because we went anyway and missed out on this great deal. Just make sure you have plenty of room on your camera's file for photos and a charged battery!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Free Admission- Wells Fargo Wednesdays at Fresno Chaffee Zoo

The Fresno Chaffee Zoo along with Wells Fargo presents Wells Fargo Wednesdays. The first Wednesday of each month Wells Fargo Wednesdays allows children ages 2-11 in attendance FREE admission (with a paying adult). Whohoo!

The Knack Free Family Event at Michaels

The Knack is a family e-newsletter produced by Michaels. On Saturday, August 28th, from 10am-2pm for Grandparents day they are offering a free craft in which you can mold your little one's hand in Crayola Model Magic while supplies last. All stores in the US and Canada are participating. For children ages 3 and older. Join The Knack HERE.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

So I feel like a late-comer to the wonderfulness of I would say Amazon is what Ebay used to be. Also with the combination of you can earn through your internet search bar Swagbucks to buy Amazon gift cards at $5 a piece. These gift cards include shipping costs, do not expire, and stack. Granted it takes a while to earn 450 Swagbucks, but over time it's free credit for something you are already doing, searching the internet. Swagbucks offers other prizes and gift cards, but the Amazon gift cards are truly the best deal.

You might be asking, "What's with the potty?" I used a $5 gift card from Swagbucks to discount my purchase to for this potty chair for my daughter. I purchased it along with some qualifying panties in order to get the super-saver shipping for purchases over $25. Had I been patient I could have saved the $25 in Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks and purchased it for FREE. Sadly I didn't have the foresight and had already purchased two Baby Einstein videos for FREE with $10 worth of gift cards. Well I spent $4.05 including shipping for and $4.88 for including shipping. The remaining balance just sat in my Amazon account for later.

Check out the Subscribe and Save for ways to seriously save on many necessities that you can have delivered right to your door. I think this is Amazon's ways of competing with, and

So, I'm sure you've seen the ad for Groupon on nearly every couponing/frugal living blog you've encountered. I was a little suspicious to tell you the truth, but since the majority of the deals are from local companies, I decided to give it a try and it worked! We bought three tickets to The Island Waterpark at half price ($13). They did have an expiration date, but it was at the end of the season (September) and all I had to do is print it out and bring the coupon to the company just like any other coupon. So I just wanted to inject some confidence into those of you that are wary when the deals seem too good to be true. If you aren't familiar with Groupon you create an account and the email you daily deals that last 24 hours. These deep discounts are available because they work as "group" sales and create customer acquisition for businesses. When you see an offer you want, you sign into your account and make your purchase within the 24 hours and if enough people join, you're set! They currently offer referral rewards, $10 credit a friend, if you like what you see, you can use my referral HERE

Friday, August 6, 2010

SideStep Best for Cheap Flights

Have you checked out SideStep? I don't travel often, but in the last ten years this is the best site I have found for finding the best price and times for flights. It also offers searches for car rentals, hotels etc. The reason I find this group search site more valuable than others, is because it shows you a chart of the flight prices over the last 90 days -and- it shows you the best prices that other people have found in the last 48 hours on a calendar or list view. So happy traveling!

Free Family Movies in Fresno

Regal Entertainment is offering free movies this summer for kids and parents. The movies are G-PG, and start on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am. Fresno's Edward's Theater is participating only with Manchester Stadium as well. To check each week online to see what is playing click HERE. This next week at Edward's and Manchester you can watch Clifford's Big Movie (G) or The Spy Next Door (PG).
I see this as a great opportunity, not only to enjoy the movies with the fam, but to test out your little ones attention span knowing that you can walk out in the middle of the movie if you need to without any buyers regret.

Fresno Parks and Recreation offers free movies in the park all summer. Every Friday night they show a free family film in Easton Plaza. Parking around the Eaton Plaza and Water Tower is free for the event. They provide a free bounce house to entertain the kids before the show starts. Food vendors are present for the event. Click HERE for more details.
Tonight Blind Side is playing, next week August 20th, 2010, GI Joe. Movies run through September 24th, 2010.

Free Water Play areas in Fresno

Fresno has two free water play parks in Fresno that are mainly for ages 2-8 years old. One is well known and located in Roeding Park, the other is located on Maple and Shepherd and has two jungle gym areas, one for ages 2-5 the other 5-10 I believe. I have also known parents to take their little ones to play in the fountain that squirts up from the ground in front of the main entrance of Fashion Fair mall. So, if you were looking for a way for your kiddos to cool off, without your sprinklers or a pool, check these places out.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Red Carpet Car Wash Deals

Red Carpet Car Wash in California's central valley offers some great deals. In Fresno, the Blackstone and Gettysburg Red Carpet offers a test only smog station and you can get a coupon online for a $39 smog test, and FREE full service "works" wash, a $27 value! So you pay less that a normal smog test and get your car washed and vacuumed. Along with online coupons you can enter a monthly drawing for 5 prizes that change every month, this next month the 1st prize is $400 cash! From what I understand all you have to do is sign up and check on the website to see the winners posted between the 1st and 5th of the month. Prizes have to be redeemed in person before the end of the month. Click HERE to see the Red Carpet Car Wash website.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Woodward Shakespeare Festival FREE donations encouraged

I have always know the company as Shakespeare in the Park, but their name is The Woodward Shakespeare Festival. These performances and always excellent and great entertainment on a warm summer's night. They are performing this summer in the Woodward Park Meadow Theatre located in the N/E 12 acres (on the map) near the Friant/Fort Washington entrance. Seating can be reserved ($10) but is FREE and operates on a first come first serve basis, however you may bring your own chairs and blankets to sit on.
Performances include The Merchant of Venice, June 24th-July 24, 2010 and King Lear, August 12th- September 11, 2010 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights starting at 8pm (it is best to arrive by 7:30pm). This is a nonprofit organization of resident artists and local actors dedicated to bringing the arts to Fresno and providing entertainment for all audiences. For more information click HERE for their website. To view the Woodward Park map, click HERE.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Art Hop- Fresno

Every first and third Thursday of the month, the Fresno City Art Council presents Art Hop where venues display local artists work FREE to the public. The Fresno Art Museum participates as well on the third Thursday. The museum is open from 5pm to 8pm. To see the other current participating venues: museums, galleries, studios etc. click HERE. A list of all participants can be viewed HERE, however just because they are listed does not mean they always participate.
Humm now I need to get a babysitter so I can spend the night out with my hubby at Art Hop next week.

Men Who Cook Event benefitting the Fresno Art Museum

Friday June 4th, 2010 the 13th Annual Men Who Cook event is coming to the Fresno Art Museum. From 6pm to 9pm come and sample the wonderful food and enjoy the music while you wander through the exhibits. This event is $20 per person. Proceeds will benefit the museum and its education programs. Fresno's museums have really suffered financially during the recession, this event is an affordable way of supporting the humanities in our city. For more information check out the FAM website HERE.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Fresno Area Farmer's Markets

The weather is beautiful and should be enjoyed. Take a break from the usual grocery shopping and check out these local farmer's markets and support local farmers.

Tuesday evenings Riverpark Farmer's Market 5pm-9pm
Wednesday mornings Kaiser Permanente Farmer's Market 8am-1:30pm
Wednesday mornings The Market on the Mall (accepts EBT and WIC)10am-2pm
Wednesday afternoons The Vineyard Farmer's Market 3pm-6pm
Friday nights Old Town Clovis Farmer's Market 5:30pm-9pm
Friday mornings Market on the Mall Farmer's Market 10am-2pm
Saturday mornings The Vineyard Farmer's Market 7am-12pm

Fresno State Farm Market
also is a wonderful produce store,
Mon-Fri 8am-7pm
Sat 9am-4pm
Sun 11am-5pm

If you know of any others, let me know. Be careful some places appear to be farmer's markets, however their produce is imported and defeats the whole purpose of fresh and local.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Starbucks Frappuccino Half Off

Starbucks has a nationwide promotion where until May 16th from 3-5pm they are offering "Any way you want it" Frappuccinos at half price. Even if you aren't a coffee drinker, you can get frozen cremes as well. Thanks My Frugal Adventures.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Riverdale Spring Festival and FREE Ice Cream

On May 1st, the town of Riverdale south of Fresno will be having it's annual Spring Festival, parade, and rodeo. After the parade, the towns people go to a local park and enjoy ice cream and milkshakes at booths provided by local dairies for free! I've heard that you are even welcome to seconds. Sounds like something you don't want to miss! Riverdale is located about 40 minutes south of Fresno. Take 41 South, past Caruthers. The freeway will become Camden St. Turn west of Whitney Ave and drive about 3 miles and you're there! The parade is held on the main road. For more information click HERE.

Pregnancy and Posting

I apologize for not posting the last month or so. I am expecting my third child and find that the demands of my family supersede that of the blog. I may be posting here and there it really depends on how I feel. Remember there are many lovely frugal blogs out there. I will try to bring up California's Central Valley events when I have the time. Lots of love, Sarah

Friday, March 5, 2010

Shutterfly's Birthday: $10 off and 25 free 4x6 prints

Use the promo code MARCH10 before March 11th and receive $10 off your next order.
Enter to win the birthday celebration contest with a video or photo of your choice and receive a code for 25 Free 4x6 prints. Sounds like a great deal. Happy 10th Birthday Shutterfly! Click HERE for their site.

Boston Market $2.99 meals.

Somehow I can't get the 4th meal option to show on the image. It also includes a Soup and Side Caesar Salad. Click HERE to view Boston Markets' website.
Boston Market is now offering meals for $2.99! Looks like tasty alternative to the Taco Bell you were going to have for lunch today.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Sears KidVantage

I just learned about Sears' KidVantage program. Sears offers a club that allows you to replace infant/childrens' clothing and infant/children's shoes that wear out before they outgrow that size, for free. So, if you have some rough and tumble youngsters who play a bit harder on their clothes here's your solution! Try out the Wear Out Warranty You must sign up for the club in store, and when you spend $100 in children's clothing, you receive a 15% off coupon.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Free Week Long Gym Passes

I was talking with a friend yesterday about lining up week after week of gym trials.
To try out a free week at Curves, an all womens' gym. Click HERE.
Click HERE to sign up for a week long guest pass at Bally's.
Click HERE for a week at Gold's Gym.
Click HERE for a week at George Brown's Fitness.
If you check with local gyms you may be able to line up a couple more weeks!
Remember if you are a Fresno State student the recreation center on Shaw and Woodrow is completely free.

Thanks Shalee for the idea! $25 for $2

Check out to see which restaurants in your area are participating, new ones are added all the time. Receive a $25 off coupon for $2 with the promo code SAVOR. Click HERE for the Fresno area.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Blossom Trail Art Exhibit

This is a great idea! What a way to support local artists and appreciate the beauty of the valley.

Here's a description of the event as mentioned by My Fresno

"A Blossom Trail Art Exhibit featuring fine artwork by local artists is held during the month of March. The location of the Art Exhibit is just off the Blossom Trail itself and viewing the art is free.

The art will be exhibited in the Reedley Chamber of Commerce offices at 1633 11th Street in Reedley, Ca, and will be available for viewing during the month of March during regular business hours.

An artist reception is planned for Saturday, March 6th at 12:00 at the Chamber offices. The art exhibit will also be open to the public for viewing on that Saturday from 10:00 until 4:00.

One piece of art has been donated by a local artist and will be available to win through a raffle.

If interested in raffle ticket information or for directions contact the Kings River Arts Council. (559) 480-ARTS."

Click HERE to view the website.

New to Couponing?

For those who are interested in couponing or just starting out, My Frugal Adventures has started a beginners tutorial this week covering how to get the most out of shopping at stores like Walgreens and CVS. MFA is from California so most of the promotions and coupons in the newspapers etc. are the same. The Sassy Saver is a local (Fresno area) blogger who provides classes for free. The Sassy Saver also has a deal with the Fresno Bee that allows customers to receive the Sunday newspaper for about $28 a year which averages to 54 cents a Bee. If you save between 50 cents to $1.00 a week (and this is seriously shooting low once you start couponing- you'll see) then the investment will pay for itself over and over again. Click HERE to read about couponing with The Sassy Saver.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Free Dental Clinic in Fresno for Kids.

Saturday, February 27th there will be a Free Dental Clinic at Fresno City College's Health Science Building from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. This is primarily for students in Kindergarten up to 6th grade who attend Fresno, Central, and Clovis Unified School Districts. The following will be provided: Dental Exams, Sealants, Cleanings, Fluoride Treatment, Crowns, White and Silver Fillings, and Extractions. All of these services will be conducted by local dental providers at no cost! (FYI: Effective Jan.1, 2007 AB 1433 went into effect requiring all children must have a dental exam before their first year in public school).

All services will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. Educational Booths will be available as well as interpreters.

Thanks Brenda for the information!

Hurray for Freebies!

Happy Friday! Check out My Frugal Adventures Freebie Fridays post HERE! Good stuff. Free Photo Book etc. Thanks MFA.

Some other freebies include:
The Free Fragrance Deluxe Sampler from Victoria's Secret Pink Nation. If you are already a member just log on and print out your coupon and take it to the store or sign up, print out your coupon and you'll receive $10 off a purchase of $35. Click HERE. Ends March 8th, 2010.

Become a fan of Kids n Pets products on Facebook by clicking HERE and receive a mail in rebate for a free bottle of their product. I've used this product in the past while potty training and really thought it worked well, so here's your chance to try it out for free!

Click HERE for a Free sample of Lever 2000 for Costco members. You need your membership number. Thanks Saving with Shellie

For a Dove Hair Care Intensive Damage Therapy Free Sample click HERE.

Click HERE for a Free Burt's Bees Natural Toothpaste Sample. These go fast so hurry!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Best Coupon sites for Moms

I've been navigating the Parenting magazine website entering giveaways, and I found this list of links to coupon sites that looks promising. Many of the sites I use regularly. To see this list click HERE.

Click HERE to check out the contests and giveaways. offers $10 off a $49 purchase with free overnight shipping for new customers. One promo code for this month is BTFEB10 from Babytalk magazine.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Interesting Upcoming Events in Fresno

I've highlighted a few events featured on that I found of interest. To check out this website click HERE.

Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge
Millerton Lake, South Shore
February 28, 2009 , 12:00pm
Brave souls with warm hearts take a quick dip to raise money for Special Olympics by collecting pledges from family, friends and co-workers. Visit to register.
Questions call 925-944-8801 ext. 215 or

Annual Saroyan Writing Contest

Fresno County Library
January 6, 2009 through March 9, 2009
William Saroyan Society is accepting entries for its annual writing contest under the theme "Stories from Your Home Place". Entries with entry form must be received by 9:00 PM on March 9. Awards will be presented at a ceremony on April 23.
Saroyan Writing Contest c/o Fresno County Library 2420 Mariposa Street Fresno, CA 93721 Call Lydia Kuhn at 559-268-3411

American Legion Post 509 Yard/Garage Sale Event

3509 N. First Street, Fresno
February 28, 2009 through March 1, 2009, 7:00am to 5:00pm
An indoor yard/garage sale to benefit veteran programs. Open to the public. Food and beverages for sale during event. Buy goods or sell your goods (table rentals required). Concert ticket giveaways each day to lucky attendees.
Mildred (559) 250-8247 or Sandy (559) 269-2798 for additional details and table rentals.

I'm a huge fan of garage and yard sales, especially those who benefit local organizations. It's a wonderful way to prevent waste and recycle items and clothing that may otherwise end up in a dumpster. As the weather warms up, so with the yard sales! Check Fresno's Craigslist and you can map out your Saturday hunt with Googlemaps before hand (and save time and gas)!

Small Business Development Day

Fresno Exhibit Hall
March 5, 2009 , 8:00am to 5:00pm
The City of Fresno is offering a FREE Small Business Development Day. Small business owners can learn how to access capital, grow their business, and be successful, even in today's challenging economy. Register for this event at
Fernando Santillan (559) 621-8354; Email:; website:

Friday, February 12, 2010

Hollywood Video-Going out of Business Sale

Hollywood Video on Cedar and Shepherd in Fresno is going out of business. Sure they've got some great deals on movies and video games! Happy hunting!

8805 N Cedar Ave
Fresno, CA 93720
Phone: (559) 438-0942

Stride Rite Sale, extra 25% off already reduced items

My 18 month old had a couple of pairs of Stride Rite shoes size 4 and I've been very pleased at their structure, style, and durability. Get an extra 25% off already reduced items online with the code extra25off at checkout. Check out this sale HERE. Ends February 15th. You can also enter to win the "wash and wear" sweepstakes weekly for 2 pairs of machine washable shoes by Stride Rite.

The Grand Prize is:

"• The Whirlpool® DUET® Steam Laundry Care System
• 1 year's supply of Tide® stain release in-wash booster
• A $250 stride rite in-store gift card"

Enter weekly until March 13th.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Target Storytime

February 27th Target stores are offering a free storytime from 9-11am with readings from Dr. Suess, activities, and giveaways, to celebrate Read Across America. Call ahead to make sure your store is participating. Click HERE for details.
Thanks My Frugal Adventures.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Valentine's Murder Mystery Dinner Hanford

The Valentine's Murder Mystery Dinner in Hanford
Friday, February 12th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm and also Saturday at the same time and is located at the Hanford Veteran's Hall in Hanford.

"'Murder at the Four Deuces', is an audience interactive Murder Mystery Dinner theater. Bring a date this Valentine’s weekend, and join us for fun, food and MURDER! Guests are encouraged to dress in 20's attire."

Tickets are available to adults 18 and older through the Hanford Department of Recreation for $25 each or may be purchased online at with a $2 convenience fee.

This is a community event benefiting WISH Project International. for Valentine's Day

Currently is offering 80% of its discount coupons of $25 off. This means you can purchase a $25 off coupon for $2 with the code HEART at the check out. You need to be able to print your coupon and you can use it immediately. Click HERE to check out participating restaurants in your area. Remember that a minimum purchase is required to use the coupon. Most restaurants required a $35 purchase for the $25 off and charge 18% gratuity. So your lowest possible price would be $16.30. Not bad for two diners! Keep in mind these deals are per table as well, so if you are going out with friends they will be on your ticket as well.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Bath and Body Works Free Travel Size Item with Any Purchase

Bath and Body Works is offering a free travel size item from their signature collection with ANY purchase. Click HERE to print the coupon and it's good both in stores and online. It expires February 24, 2010.
Thanks Savings with Sadie.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Fresno MultiFaith Exchange

The incredible diversity of Fresno is underestimated by many people who have grown up here. Because of the tendency of people to stick to their own patterns and friendships, we sometimes miss out on the social, cultural, and religious opportunities Fresno provides. It's natural to be drawn to people with similar beliefs, but often we learn the most about ourselves through interaction with others. We are social creatures.

Today I had the opportunity to learn about the Fresno MultiFaith Exchange from Cheryl Gardner, a member. This is not simply a non-denominational group, but a group of religious people representing world faiths and the many facets within religions. I don't know how to express what a valuable role this group must play within a community to bring together friendships and understanding between faiths that may not otherwise exist. Imagine what could be learned from a forum where you can openly go to the source, those who practice their faith.

If you are interested, meetings are held monthly.
The next meeting is

Sunday, February 21
Temple Beth Israel
6622 N. Maroa
(East side of street, south of Herndon)

Sunday March 21
Baha'i Faith
Baha'i Center of Fresno
2240 N, Angus (south of Clinton, east of Fresno St.)

Sunday April 18
Unitarian Universalist Church
2672 E. Alluvial(between Chestnut and Willow)

Sunday May 16
Sikh Faith
Nanak Sar Gurdwara
3038 S. Cherry (southeast corner of North and Cherry)
Both men and women wear head covering and remove shoes before entering the Gurdwara

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Fresno Connections

Take some time to go through the blog network and really look into what people are doing in Fresno. I don't have time to truly do anyone justice, but 31 Days of Fresno had a clever idea and it's worth seeing her month in Fresno and the insights she gained on her discoveries. "Also cool is Central Valley Moms. Part blog, part forum, part AWESOME, CV Moms is a way for moms in the valley to connect, share and get through this adventure called parenthood together." This quote is from day 26.

If you are 20 something and new to Fresno, check out Bored in Fresno. This Meet-Up group organizes activities for all Fresnans to get out and about and make new friends.

Click HERE to view the website of a local magazine called
Totts, Fresno's Lifestyle Magazine for Modern Moms.

With surprisingly little effort you can probably find a hobby group to meet your interests by searching Fresno blogs. Many of the best activities tend to be word of mouth in Fresno because it can be such a disjointed community. Google hobbies or activities with Fresno as a key word. Try it out. Hopefully you find people you connect with. I've found however, working through the blog network, through blogs that people follow or are connected to, is a more efficient way of finding related blogs.

For example, my husband and I were members of Central Valley Reefers, a group dedicated to nurturing healthy salt-water environments and fish tanks. We joined activities and swapped corals, and other aquatic life to help prevent the harvesting of ocean reefs. We even did a group trip to Monterrey Bay Aquarium a couple years ago and got a behind the scenes tour of some of the fish tanks.

Facebook and Myspace are also convenient ways to share and find out about activities from friends to keep in-the-know locally.

Strong Moms

I posted about a month ago about pregnancy and parenting websites. Here's one provided by Similac called When you sign up, there is an option for a promo code. Type in PARENTS and you have a choice between 6 months FREE subscription to Parents magazine, or 6 months FREE and another year for $5. Pretty sweet deal. Other offers may vary, but coupons and samples are probably a guarantee. So check it out, click HERE to join.

If you are expecting, you can print out a certificate for a free Similac diaper bag that works like a sling backpack. Present this certificate when you are being discharged from the hospital and hopefully they are participants and you'll get your diaper bag with free goodies inside. Click HERE to see the Benefits of Membership.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Hearts for Haiti Benefit Concert

Come support local musicians as the play to benefit the Fresno Chapter of the American Red Cross in aiding Haiti.
The Hearts for Haiti Benefit Concert will take place Saturday, February 13, 2010, at 7 pm at the Fresno State Satellite Student Union

$3 donation – Fresno State Student with Valid Id
$5 donation – General Public

Performances by JJ Brown, 40 Watt Hype, and HR7

Raffle prizes to win: Tickets to Sea World and Magic Mountain, Starbucks basket, Movie passes, Tickets to Fresno State Athletics games and more!

For more information call 278-2741

Photoworks $10 Mousepads and Free Shipping/ WinkFlash 100 page Flat Rate Book

Tomorrow, this Wednesday only pay $10 per mousepad you order and receive shipping as well. Use the code FEBMOUSEPAD. Enjoy! Click HERE for the website.

Winkflash is offering a good deal for photobooks. Starting at $12.95 you can order up to 100 pages for one flat price. Most sites will start you with 20 pages or so and charge you additionally per page. The promo code is ITSBACK. Receive 50 free prints for signing up. Click HERE to check it out.
Thanks Jen

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Clearance Sales to check out online.

Most of these sales are 50-80% off. Like I said, January is a super sales month, these sites will get you started, but hunt your favorite stores in person or online and you're likely to find some fantastic deals. Once February hits though, they will probably dissapear.

See My Frugal Adventures post regarding, she also recommends Avon ladies to help you out. You can receive free shipping with the code FSANY. See her post HERE

JC Penney'

There is also a Super Saturday sale for the first 100 Early Birds from 7am to 1pm in store and from 1am to 4am online. You can plan you list ahead of time online. Click HERE to check out the offers.


David's Bridal Win a Wedding Dress or 5 Bridesmaids Dresses

If you are engaged or know someone who is, register for the David's Bridal website and enter their monthly drawing to win a wedding dress or 5 bridesmaids dresses of your choice! The site also offers free planning tools and your own wedding website along with notifications of special offers. Free wedding website are common, so if you don't like the way this one is set up you can try a few out until you find one you like. Click HERE to register.

Thanks My Frugal Adventures

Friday, January 22, 2010

Give A Day, Get A Day, Free Disneyland Ticket

Disneyland is offering one free ticket for each volunteer that devotes a day of work to an approved cause. You must pre-register on Disney's site and be 6 or older to participate. You may sign up to 8 family members per household. The tickets are good until December 15, 2010. Click HERE to get started. Click on Search and Sign up to find an activity in your area.

Sierra Charter School

Sierra Charter School is a Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accredited school that offers a personalized independent study program for FREE. The school is public and K-12.
For information about the program in Fresno contact
490-4290 ext 0
or call toll free 877-490-4290

1931 N Fine, Fresno, CA. 93727 (Near Chestnut and McKinley)

"Sierra Charter School is dedicated to producing responsible, critical thinkers and lifleong learners with free public education that provides one-on-one attention with credentialed teachers and tutors. Sierra Charter School offers your child tutoring in math and reading along with homework support."

Click HERE for more information.

My girls are still too young to be attending school, but if anyone has experience with Sierra Charter School's program, I would be very interested to know. I think it might be a better resource for parents already or planning to home-school their children than the regular public school system since independent study is its main focus.

National Pancake Day

Mark it on your calendar, National Pancake Day is February 23rd and IHOP is offering a free short stack of pancakes to celebrate. Visit participating IHOP's between 7am and 10am for your silver dollars! Yum.

Taking a Break

This winter, I've chosen to focus a lot of time on my family, so I apologize that I haven't been very active. My posts will pick up again and hopefully, you're frugal talents are making you more money savvy than ever. The down side I've found, which may make some people think I'm obsessed, is that knowing the price per unit of certain items can drive me crazy, for instance, if I end up using a ton of wipes for something random, I think, that was just 10 cents a wipe! So you can get carried away, just remember to keep everything in balance.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Free Nursing Cover from Udder Covers

For those nursing mother's out there, Udder Covers is offering one free cover with the promo code onefree at checkout. This makes a $32 cover cost only $9.95 when you pay shipping! Click HERE to check out the website. Thanks to The Sassy Saver for sharing this deal.

Break the Barriers

I just wanted to take the time to say how much I appreciate the role that Break the Barriers Inc. plays in the Fresno area. It is an organization dedicated to providing an environment where each child, regardless of physical or mental challenges, can participate and perform in various activities including and foremost gymnastics, aquatics (including swim lessons), the Buddy Program, dance, day camps, health and fitness, martial arts, and sign language. They also provide free Wii fit and reading programs. Break the Barriers is a non-profit organization that provides affordable programs. (The most affordable that I know of in the Fresno area.)

For example for dance sessions once a week, 45 minutes long, lasting for 18 weeks, they charge $202.
Gymnastics sessions are one or two times a week, one hour sessions, on a monthly basis. They charge $45 per month for once and week, and $85 monthly for twice a week.

Another act of their love and support for the community involves the Secret Pocket Scholarship for needy families.

To contact Break the Barriers Inc. call 559-432-6292 or click HERE for their website and learn more about their organization.

BtheB is located on Cedar north of Teague.
9555 N Cedar Ave. Fresno, CA. 93720

January Sales

Watch for those semi-annual sales this month (Victoria's Secret especially). Department stores usually have fantastic sales, generally up to 75% off, during January because they dump all their left-over clothing from the year before. Sadly, without Mervyns and Gottshalks in Fresno anymore, this leaves JCPenney's and Macy's as the major department stores. Still, stores like Old Navy and Target have sales worth braving the cold to mosey through the isles. A couple years ago, I scored a cashmere sweater originally $60 for about $6 at Old Navy in Riverpark. Even though most of us are stretched pretty thin after Christmas, most of these clothing deals are too good to miss (including formal wear like men's suits, cocktail dresses, and bridal attire).
January and February are generally the worst months for retail, so look for those sales and take advantage of them!

Don't ignore the Holiday items for sale, they are usually 75% off as well.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

IHOP Kids Eat Free

Receive one kids menu order free with each adult entree everyday from 4pm to 8pm at IHOP excluding drinks. The kids menu includes pancakes, french toast, cheese omelettes, chicken strips, cheeseburgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, eggs, macaroni and cheese, and fruit and seasoned fries as sides. This deal seems to vary based on location, however I think the Fresno/Clovis area should be good since I heard the deal on radio ad locally.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Clovis $3 Movie Theater

The United Artists Clovis Towne Center 8 located on Villa and Shaw has
$3 admission for all ages, at all times, everyday. The theater plays films that are out of the everyday theaters, but still within the last year.
I've heard the phrase many times from friends,
"We'll just wait until it comes out in the $3 theater."
This is especially good news for big families, finally everyone can go for a reasonable price.

For information regarding shows and times click HERE.

2301 Villa Avenue
Clovis, CA 93612
(559) 292-5708