Reminder: Free Admission to National Parks


This is a pre-scheduled reminder post of information originally posted in January 2014. Please check with the National Park Service to make sure the program hasn't changed.

The U.S. National Park Service has announced the dates for 2014's free entrance days in the national parks. This deal is only for national parks and will not be valid at state parks.
  • January 20 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 15-17 - Presidents Day weekend
  • April 19-20 - opening weekend of National Park Week
  • August 25 - National Park Service Birthday
  • September 27 - National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 - Veterans Day
*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.
Once again, I will create pre-scheduled reminders for each free day so you don't forget.

50 Free Points on Disney Movie Rewards


Head over to your Disney Movie Rewards account and enter the promotional code DMRTYU to get 50 points added to your account.

This is a huge bonus compared to the normal 5 points so don't wait too long. I'm not sure how long the code will be valid.

Weekly Back to School Deals - August 17, 2014


Back to school sales already? That's right, it might only be July but office supply stores are beginning their weekly sales. Below are the best sales for DATE. Remember that these sales are not just for students. Some of these office supplies are needed often around the house or office. Each store has additional sales for the week however I have only posted those deals which I thought were worth purchasing. Check your Sunday fliers for additional sales.

Staples

  • Papermate Profile ballpoint pens, 4/pack - Free (after rebate)
  • Hammermill ream of paper - Free (after coupon and rebate)
Staples currently has a coupon for 20% off everything you can fit in a bag. The bag is free (with the coupon) but it expires today, August 17, 2014.

Staples is offering a 110% price match guarantee:
*If you find a lower price on a new, identical item, just show us the lower price when you buy the item at Staples, we will match the price plus will discount it by 10% of the difference. If you purchase an item from Staples and tell us within 14 days that you found that item at a lower price in our stores or at Staples.com, we will refund the difference. Staples Price Match Policy covers items: sold and shipped directly by Amazon.com; and sold by any retailer who sells products in both retail stores and online under the same brand.

Office DepotOffice Max

While both stores still exist, Office Depot and Office Max now the same company. This year, it seems that they are also sharing their back to school sale prices.
  • Composition Books - $0.10
  • Sharpie Singles - $0.25
  • OfficeMax and Scholastic glue sticks, 4/pack - $0.25

Both Office Depot and Office Max have coupons on their websites for $5 off $25 and $10 off $50. I'm not sure if they can be used at the opposite store so make sure you print the correct locations. Both coupons expire on August 23, 2014.


Any deal that states "after rewards" means that you must be enrolled in the store's free reward program. You will have to pay full price for the item however they will send you a reward check which works like a gift certificate towards a future purchase.

Any deal that states "after rebate" means that you must complete a rebate form with by paper or on the internet and submit the information. Rebates can be returned to you as checks, pre-paid credit cards, and even Paypal deposits. Read the rebate offers for more details.

Free EcoEasy Bag and 20% off Your Purchase at Staples


Staples has another great coupon out. You can currently fill up one of their eco-friendly bags with any office supplies not listed as excluded. When you get to the register, just present the coupon and you will get 20% off the contents of the bag. Plus you'll get to keep the bag for free. The coupon is good until August 17, 2014.
Valid in Staples® U.S. stores only. Discount on Staples® EcoEasy(sm) bag, item no. 708691 and 581100, will be taken at register at time of purchase. Limit one coupon per customer per day. While supplies last. Cannot be combined with any other coupons. Not valid on kiosk orders. Discount applies to products that fit within the customer’s Staples EcoEasy bag only. All chairs, furniture and clearance items (including clearance desktops, laptops and tablets) are included in this promotion. Not valid on desktop or laptop computers, tablets, Chromebooks, Apple® products, Bose® products, Amazon Kindle®, HP ink and toner, Epson® ink and toner, Keurig® coffee brewers, Beats®, Steelcase®, Texas Instruments® TI graphing calculators, printers, fax and copier machines, business machines, all case paper, cases of water, all Copy & Print Center orders, USPS, UPS, Staples® EasyTech(sm), SquareTrade® warranties, gift cards, mobile phones and mobile phone services, phone cards or postage stamps. Each item purchased can only be discounted by one coupon, applied by cashier in order received and prior to tax. Coupon not valid if purchased or sold and must be surrendered. No copies/facsimiles. No cash/credit back. Not valid on prior purchases or purchases made with Staples® Procurement or Convenience Cards. Cashier Instructions: 1) Scan customer’s Staples EcoEasy bag and contents inside. 2) Scan any product-specific coupons applicable to the transaction. 3) Scan or enter the coupon code to discount the Staples EcoEasy bag. 4) Scan or enter the 20% off coupon. Already have a Staples® EcoEasy(sm) bag? Bring it in store, fill it with everything you need and receive your discount. Discount only applies to customers with a Staples EcoEasy bag, item no. 708691 and 581100.

Weekly Back to School Deals - August 10


Back to school sales already? That's right, it might only be July but office supply stores are beginning their weekly sales. Below are the best sales for August 10, 2014. Remember that these sales are not just for students. Some of these office supplies are needed often around the house or office. Each store has additional sales for the week however I have only posted those deals which I thought were worth purchasing. Check your Sunday fliers for additional sales.

Staples

  • Sharpie Accent highlighters, 5/pack - Free (after rebate)
  • Crayola crayons, 24/pack - $0.50
Thanks to the price matching policy at Staples, you can get a great deal on Texas Instrument calculators. Bring a different store's flier to Staples to get a lower price in the store on TI-30xiis and TI-84plus calculators. You can then still submit for Staples' rebate which will bring the price down even lower. It's the best price I've seen for the TI-84plus if you have a high school or college student that you are shopping for this season.

Staples is offering a 110% price match guarantee:
*If you find a lower price on a new, identical item, just show us the lower price when you buy the item at Staples, we will match the price plus will discount it by 10% of the difference. If you purchase an item from Staples and tell us within 14 days that you found that item at a lower price in our stores or at Staples.com, we will refund the difference. Staples Price Match Policy covers items: sold and shipped directly by Amazon.com; and sold by any retailer who sells products in both retail stores and online under the same brand.

For anyone planning to shop at Staples, I recommend buying a gift card first. Staples will be donating 5% of each gift card purchase to Donor's Choose. You won't pay anything more, but 5% of what you spend will help out students across the nation.

Office DepotOffice Max

While both stores still exist, Office Depot and Office Max now the same company. This year, it seems that they are also sharing their back to school sale prices.
  • 1-subject notebooks - $0.01
  • Office Depot brand mechanical pencils, 12/pack - $0.25
  • Office Max brand mechanical pencils, 24/pack - $0.25
  • Expo dry erase markers, 4/pack - $1

Any deal that states "after rewards" means that you must be enrolled in the store's free reward program. You will have to pay full price for the item however they will send you a reward check which works like a gift certificate towards a future purchase.

Any deal that states "after rebate" means that you must complete a rebate form with by paper or on the internet and submit the information. Rebates can be returned to you as checks, pre-paid credit cards, and even Paypal deposits. Read the rebate offers for more details.

Free Movie Rental from Redbox Today Only


Does Redbox need a reason to release a one day only free rental code? Nope. Today on Facebook, Redbox posted an image with the promo code SUNSHINE to get a free movie, which is valid today only (August 4, 2014). The code is valid once per credit card.

They're captioning the image as "Free Movie Monday" so hopefully this promotion will be continuing for a few weeks, similar to when Redbox machines were first popping up everywhere.

TI30-xiis Calculator for Under $5 at Staples

Staples

Do you have a student that needs a good calculator but doesn't need a graphing calculator? My favorite model is the TI-30xiis. I recommend this calculator to all my middle school students because it's simple enough for basic use but offers the advanced features that students will begin using in pre-algebra classes. The TI-30xiis is also good for the future transition to a TI-84 graphing calculator because the key entry is similiar.

While this calculator is normally priced approximetly $14, back to school sales always see the model's price take a dive in August. Thanks to price matching and mail-in rebates, you can get the TI-30xiis for under $5 at Staples.

Staples has the TI-30xiis on sale for $10.99 after a rebate. The Target flier shows the TI-30xiis for $9. Staples has their 110% price match gaurantee so if you bring the Target ad to Staples, you will be able to purchase the calculator for $8.40. It's gets even better because you will still get the Staples mail-in rebate for $4. After the price matching and rebate, the calculator will cost you $4.40.

Weekly Back to School Deals - August 3


It's officially August which means that school is just around the corner. Below are the best sales for August 3-9, 2014 . Remember that these sales are not just for students. Some of these office supplies are needed often around the house or office. Each store has additional sales for the week however I have only posted those deals which I thought were worth purchasing. Check your Sunday fliers for additional sales.

Staples

  • Pentel Hi-Polymer white handheld erasers, 3/pack - Free (after rebate)
  • Double rewards on recycled HP ink cartridges when you purchase $60 worth of ink.

Staples is offering a 110% price match guarantee:
*If you find a lower price on a new, identical item, just show us the lower price when you buy the item at Staples, we will match the price plus will discount it by 10% of the difference. If you purchase an item from Staples and tell us within 14 days that you found that item at a lower price in our stores or at Staples.com, we will refund the difference. Staples Price Match Policy covers items: sold and shipped directly by Amazon.com; and sold by any retailer who sells products in both retail stores and online under the same brand.

Office DepotOffice Max

While both stores still exist, Office Depot and Office Max now the same company. This year, it seems that they are also sharing their back to school sale prices.
  • Swingline 545desk stapler with staples and remover - Free (after rebate)
  • Scotch stiletto tape dispensers - Free (after rebate)
  • BIC mechanical pencils, 24/pack - Free (after rebate)
  • School glue - $0.01
  • Pencil pouches - $0.01
  • Eraser caps, 12/pack - $0.01

Any deal that states "after rewards" means that you must be enrolled in the store's free reward program. You will have to pay full price for the item however they will send you a reward check which works like a gift certificate towards a future purchase.

Any deal that states "after rebate" means that you must complete a rebate form with by paper or on the internet and submit the information. Rebates can be returned to you as checks, pre-paid credit cards, and even Paypal deposits. Read the rebate offers for more details.

30 Free Premium Apps on Amazon


Does Amazon need a reason to give away free premium apps? I doubt it. Today and tomorrow (expires Friday August 1, 2014) you can get the 30 apps for free. These apps normally range in price from $0.99 to $8.99.

The range of apps include fitness, music, organization, and more. Check out the list on Amazon for full details and compatibility.

For educators and students, a bunch of the apps are of an educational nature. I downloaded the MathsApp Graphing Calculator. I played around a little bit and it would be a great tool for when you don't want to carry your TI-84 around. I wouldn't call it a replacement, but it's a nice alternative.

Weekly Back to School Deals - July 27, 2014


Back to school sales already? That's right, it might only be July but office supply stores are beginning their weekly sales. Below are the best sales for July 27, 2014 through August 2, 2014. Remember that these sales are not just for students. Some of these office supplies are needed often around the house or office. Each store has additional sales for the week however I have only posted those deals which I thought were worth purchasing. Check your Sunday fliers for additional sales.

Staples

  • Papermate Sharpwrite mechanical pencils - Free (after rebate)
  • Staples 1-subject notebook - $0.17
  • Staples heavy-duty electric pencil sharpener - $10

Staples is offering a 110% price match guarantee:
*If you find a lower price on a new, identical item, just show us the lower price when you buy the item at Staples, we will match the price plus will discount it by 10% of the difference. If you purchase an item from Staples and tell us within 14 days that you found that item at a lower price in our stores or at Staples.com, we will refund the difference. Staples Price Match Policy covers items: sold and shipped directly by Amazon.com; and sold by any retailer who sells products in both retail stores and online under the same brand.

Office DepotOffice Max

While both stores still exist, Office Depot and Office Max now the same company. This year, it seems that they are also sharing their back to school sale prices.
  • Office Depot/Max paper folders - $0.01
  • Office Depot/Max brand pencils, 8/pack - $0.01
  • Office Depot/Max brand plastic ruler - $0.01
  • Office Depot/Max brand filler paper - $0.25
  • Office Depot/Max brand ballpoint pens, 10/pack - $0.25

Any deal that states "after rewards" means that you must be enrolled in the store's free reward program. You will have to pay full price for the item however they will send you a reward check which works like a gift certificate towards a future purchase.

Any deal that states "after rebate" means that you must complete a rebate form with by paper or on the internet and submit the information. Rebates can be returned to you as checks, pre-paid credit cards, and even Paypal deposits. Read the rebate offers for more details.

Free Dragon Naturally Speaking Software and More at NewEgg


NewEgg is a great website for purchasing technology. This week, they are offering a rebate so that NUANCE Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 Premium will be free. This is normally a $169 software.

The mail-in rebate is valued for $60 and you can use the promotional code EMCYTZG696 to bring the price down to $60. Therefore, after the rebate it will be free.

NewEgg is also running a mail-in rebate on Rosewill RHTS-12007 Canal High Fidelity Passive Noise Isolating Earbuds. The regular price is $9.99, with a $10 mail-in rebate.

If you have a membership to ShopRunner, shipping from NewEgg is free. Those purchasing the Dragon software will qualify for free shipping.

Make sure you go through eBates or Shop at Home to earn an extra 1% back on your purchase.


Just in case the rebate forms are hiding from you, I have linked directly to them below:

Roswill rebate form - Must be purchased by July 22, 2014 and postmarked within 30 days of your purchases.

Dragon rebate form - Must be purchased by July 31, 2014 and postmarked by August 31, 2014.

Weekly Back to School Deals - July 20, 2014


Back to school sales already? That's right, it might only be July but office supply stores are beginning their weekly sales. Below are the best sales for July 20, 2014 until July 26, 2014. Remember that these sales are not just for students. Some of these office supplies are needed often around the house or office. Each store has additional sales for the week however I have only posted those deals which I thought were worth purchasing. Check your Sunday fliers for additional sales.

Staples

  • Composition books, 100 sheets - $0.50
  • 1-Subject notebook - $0.17
  • Wooden one foot rulers - $0.25

Staples is offering a 110% price match guarantee:
*If you find a lower price on a new, identical item, just show us the lower price when you buy the item at Staples, we will match the price plus will discount it by 10% of the difference. If you purchase an item from Staples and tell us within 14 days that you found that item at a lower price in our stores or at Staples.com, we will refund the difference. Staples Price Match Policy covers items: sold and shipped directly by Amazon.com; and sold by any retailer who sells products in both retail stores and online under the same brand.

Office DepotOffice Max

While both stores still exist, Office Depot and Office Max now the same company. This year, it seems that they are also sharing their back to school sale prices.
  • School glue - $0.25
  • Pencil sharpener - $0.25
  • Poly snap envelopes - $0.25

Any deal that states "after rewards" means that you must be enrolled in the store's free reward program. You will have to pay full price for the item however they will send you a reward check which works like a gift certificate towards a future purchase.

Any deal that states "after rebate" means that you must complete a rebate form with by paper or on the internet and submit the information. Rebates can be returned to you as checks, pre-paid credit cards, and even Paypal deposits. Read the rebate offers for more details.

Free Roll of Paper Towel at CVS


This week at CVS, you can get a roll of Just the Basics paper towel. When you get to the store, scan your Extra Care with the price checker machine. A coupon will print out which you can then use.

If you don't already have an Extra Care card, they are free and often needed for discounts at CVS. If you have an account but lost/forgot your card, you can use your phone number.

Shared Reading: 5 Things You Shouldn’t Buy For Your College-Bound Kid


If you are preparing for college, or know someone that is, I recommend checking out the article 5 Things You Shouldn’t Buy For Your College-Bound Kid on The Consumerist. The article lists five items that most of us would assume college students need.
Two decades on, printers are even less essential, with a large number of professors accepting papers and other class assignments via e-mail.
Before you buy a printer for yourself, look into your school's printing situation. My college had a computer lab in each resident hall where students could print. The quality was better than a cheap inkjet and the per sheet cost was more reasonable than buying paper and ink all the time.

As DealNews points out, affordable tablets are not yet laptop replacements. And those tablets that can replace a laptop are incredibly expensive, so you might as well just get your kid a laptop.
Most affordable tablets are just large cell phones without the ability to make calls. The tablets offer games, streaming videos, and a few other things. The processing speed and memory size will not allow a student to take good notes or do actual research at a fast rate.

To see the other three items to avoid when shopping for college, head over to The Consumerist and read the entire article.

Source: The Consumerist

Weekly Back to School Deals - July 13, 2014


Back to school sales already? That's right, it might only be July but office supply stores are beginning their weekly sales. Below are the best sales for July 13, 2014 through July 19, 2014. Remember that these sales are not just for students. Some of these office supplies are needed often around the house or office. Each store has additional sales for the week however I have only posted those deals which I thought were worth purchasing. Check your Sunday fliers for additional sales.

Staples

  • Sharpie permanent markers, fine, black 2/pack - Free (after rebate)
  • Crayola standard crayons, 24/pack - $0.50
  • Staples 6-outlet power strip - $5

Staples is offering a 110% price match guarantee:
*If you find a lower price on a new, identical item, just show us the lower price when you buy the item at Staples, we will match the price plus will discount it by 10% of the difference. If you purchase an item from Staples and tell us within 14 days that you found that item at a lower price in our stores or at Staples.com, we will refund the difference. Staples Price Match Policy covers items: sold and shipped directly by Amazon.com; and sold by any retailer who sells products in both retail stores and online under the same brand.


Office DepotOffice Max

While both stores still exist, Office Depot and Office Max now the same company. This year, it seems that they are also sharing their back to school sale prices.
  • Scholastic & OfficeMax Glue Sticks, 4/pack - $0.25
  • 5" Blunt-Tip Scissors - $0.25
  • Sharpie single permanent markers, assorted colors - $0.25

Any deal that states "after rewards" means that you must be enrolled in the store's free reward program. You will have to pay full price for the item however they will send you a reward check which works like a gift certificate towards a future purchase.

Any deal that states "after rebate" means that you must complete a rebate form with by paper or on the internet and submit the information. Rebates can be returned to you as checks, pre-paid credit cards, and even Paypal deposits. Read the rebate offers for more details.

 
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