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 Susan@FresnoArtMuseum.org, 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 www.FresnoFair.com 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.

Fresno.gov 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.com, 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 kiddiekandids.com

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 Groupon.com.
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 Amazon.com 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 SUPERCUTSSTUDIORFRESNO@gmail.com (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,comcast.biz.net 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 Amazon.com. I would say Amazon is what Ebay used to be. Also with the combination of Swagbucks.com 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 Amazon.com 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 Alice.com, Diapers.com and Soap.com


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.