Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 10/24 – 10/26

Each week I’ll post links with fun and inexpensive (or free) things to do in your local area and national deals that everyone can enjoy!

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National Activities:

American Girl: October In-Store Events (Events vary by location and minimum age. Find events specific to your area online. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.) This month they include the Project Runway Inspired by BeForever™ tour, BeForever Postcard Craft, Acorn Pouch Craft, Paper Pumpkin Craft, and more.

Barnes and Noble: Now through October 26th kids can enjoy a hands on event. Building and Modeling with Zoob is designed for ages 4-7. Check online for select stores.

Bass Pro Shops:  Through the month of October they will be offering all sorts of free classes ranging from archery to fly fishing. Contact your local store for their schedule.

Also, now through the 31st they are holding their Great Pumpkin Free Event. The event includes a scavenger hunt, crafts and a free photo. Check their webpage for additional details.

Guitar Center: Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register online. No age restriction.

  • Saturday, October 25th: 10 AM – Recording Made Easy for Pro Tools
  • Saturday, October 25th: 10:15 AM – Group Guitar Lesson

Kindermusik: Try a free class (see all the information here). Kindermusik ~ Where Music & Learning Play!

  • Classes for children from newborn to age seven
  • Child development through music and movement
  • Immerse your child in a musical atmosphere of play, song, and dance – while developing fundamental skills
  • Connect with other moms, dads, and families

Lakeshore Learning: Saturday, October 25th from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take Spooky Sweet Holder.

Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes (for kids and adults): Saturday, October 25th at 9:30 AM ~ Junior Chefs will learn seasonal cookie decorating! Check the webpage for additional details and make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

Thanks, More with Less Today!

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VOYA Financial Offers $500 Mutual Fund to Babies Born on October 20, 2014

Did you, or someone you know, welcome a new baby on October 20, 2014?

VOYA 500 mutual fund investment

If so, congratulations! That bundle of joy may be eligible to receive a $500 mutual fund investment as a head start on their retirement savings from Voya Financial™. Start planning for their financial future today.

With the Born to Save program, VOYA is celebrating National Save for Retirement Week, by giving babies born on October 20th a $500 mutual fund investment.

To learn more visit the Born to Save page

Share with friends and family to help spread the word!


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Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 10/17 – 10/19

Each week I’ll post links with fun and inexpensive (or free) things to do in your local area and national deals that everyone can enjoy!

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National Activities:

American Girl: October In-Store Events (Events vary by location and minimum age. Find events specific to your area online. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.) This month they include the Project Runway Inspired by BeForever™ tour, BeForever Postcard Craft, Decorate a Halloween Haunted House, Acorn Pouch Craft, Paper Pumpkin Craft, and more.

Barnes and Noble: Now through October 26th kids can enjoy a hands on event. Building and Modeling with Zoob is designed for ages 4-7. Check online for select stores.

Bass Pro Shops:  Through the month of October they will be offering all sorts of free classes ranging from archery to fly fishing. Contact your local store for their schedule.

Guitar Center: Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register online. No age restriction.

  • Saturday, October 18th: 10 AM – Recording Made Easy for Pro Tools
  • Saturday, October 18th: 10:15 AM – Group Ukulele Lesson

Kindermusik: Try a free class (see all the information here). Kindermusik ~ Where Music & Learning Play!

  • Classes for children from newborn to age seven
  • Child development through music and movement
  • Immerse your child in a musical atmosphere of play, song, and dance – while developing fundamental skills
  • Connect with other moms, dads, and families

Lakeshore Learning: Saturday, October 18th from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take Bunny Reader Bookmarks.

Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes (for kids and adults): Saturday, October 18th at 9:30 AM ~ Junior Chefs will learn how to make Pumpkin Treats for the whole family to enjoy! Make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

Thanks, More with Less Today!

Local Activities:

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Rebate Savings Tips

By contributing writer Laura

Rebates are a great way to earn back money on products you need. Whether for food, home supplies, pet products, or appliances, you can likely find rebate offers on products you buy, if you keep a look out for them. You’ll also find that many retail stores like Bed Bath & Beyond, office supply stores, and drug stores often have rebate information posted near qualifying products.

Rebate Savings Tips at The Happy Housewife

Here are four rebate savings tips.

1. Opt for paperless.

Whenever you have the option, choose paperless rebates, i.e. rebates that can easily be completed online. This way you can save an envelope and stamp plus get your rebate filed more quickly and efficiently. There’s a good reason that Staples has named this “Easy Rebates.” It really is easy.

2. Read through all the requirements.

Make sure you carefully read through the fine print. By familiarizing yourself with the exact requirements you’ll be certain to purchase the right qualifying items during the correct timeframe. If you make a mistake and don’t follow the exact stipulations for the rebate, you will not receive a rebate check.

3. Make a photocopy of any mail-in rebates.

When mailing in a rebate, make sure you make a copy of your rebate form, original receipt, and UPC. This will be useful if for some reason your rebate submission is lost in the mail or misplaced in processing. If you are filling out your rebate online, you can skip this step, but file away your original receipt and form in a folder.

4. Track your rebates.

Use either a spreadsheet or an online resource like RebateTrack.com or Rebate-Tracker.com. This will help you stay organized and allow you to keep track of any rebate checks that you have not received. If you do not receive a rebate check within a few months, you will be able to consult your spreadsheet or website and then check the status of your rebate online or by calling the rebate information center.

Utilize rebates to earn back money on products you regularly buy or items that your family can use. Find ways to stay organized and keep it simple to track your rebates. Just as with using coupons and other money-saving strategies, saving with rebates takes preparation before shopping. Be sure to research available rebates and combine with coupons, which can mean less money out of pocket.

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