How to Get In Pottermore Beta Testing


Until today, all we knew about Pottermore was that one million lucky fans would be invited in for beta testing. Now I am very excited that I managed to enter the beta testing on day one, and I have more information for all of you on how to get in. The access isn't immediate and users that successfully registered will receive an email when their access is granted. This is being done to prevent an overload on the system.

For seven days (day one is already over) a clue will be placed on the Pottermore homepage to find the magical quill. Each day the clue will relate to one of the books.
  • July 31: Philosopher/Sorcerer's Stone
  • August 1: Chamber of Secrets
  • August 2: Prisoner of Azkaban
  • August 3: Goblet of Fire
  • August 4: Order of the Phoenix
  • August 5: Half-Blood Prince
  • August 6: Deathly Hallows


To find The Magical Quill, you need to solve the clue and add the answer to the end of the web address http://quill.pottermore.com This will lead you to a website where The Magical Quill will be located while early access places are available.

Example:

Clue: How many books are there in the Harry Potter series? Multiply this number by 10.

Answer: 70

Next, add this number to the end of the website address. In this case it would be http://quill.pottermore.com/70

The hardest part is going to be the timing on the clues. The first clue was posted at 4:00am (EST) which was 9:00am in London. They aren't announcing the when for the clues so you have to be lucky with the timing. Keep an eye on Twitter for the hashtag #pottermore because fans are really helping each other out.

This Week's Office/School Supply Deals


Even if you are not a student, teacher, or parent, these sales can really help you out with basic office supplies. Below is just a sampling of this weeks sales (July 31, 2011 - August 6, 2011). Check with the individual stores to see the full flier for additional sale items.

Some of these deals are through the store's reward program so you will have to lay out money. In the past I've heard people mention that they're not really "free" because the reward checks can only be used at the store, unlike rebates with are cash. My thoughts on this are that if you use the rewards to buy things you would be buying anyway it's a great deal. For example, I can always use printer ink and paper so that's what I normally spend the reward checks on.

A reminder to all the teachers out there: Make sure you bring proof that you are a teacher because many of these stores will increase the limit for you on these penny sales.

Staples
  • Sharpie Accent Yellow Highlighters, 2 pack - $0.01
  • Staples #2 Pencils, 8 pack - $0.01
  • Staples 3"x5" white lined index cards, 100 pack - $0.01
  • Pentel RSVP Ballpoint Pens (black), 5 pack - FREE (after rebate)
  • SanDisk Cruzer 4GB USB Flash Drive - $5.99
  • HP Everyday 4"x6" Photo Paper, 100/pack - $0.50 (after rebate)
Office Depot
  • Office Depot 2-Pocket Portfolios with or without Prongs - $0.05
  • Vinyl Storage Pouch - $0.05
  • Office Depot 6" Protractor - $0.05
Office Max
  • 12" Wood Ruler with Metal Edge - $0.01
  • Schoolio Crayons, 24 Pack - $0.01
  • Schoolio 100 Sheet Marbled Composition Books - $0.50

Plant a Tree For Free


McDonald's is wants to help you help the planet. Head over to their Happy Meal website and enter the code M4JE-3YKW-7L7J. That's all you have to do because for every code entered, McDonald's will plant a tree in our national forests.

Source: Hunt4Freebies

Pottermore Beta Testing Opens Today (Or Tomorrow Based on TimeZone)


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is old news, but J.K. Rowling didn't keep us waiting long for the next event in the Harry Potter fandom. We know that beta testing will open to one million lucky fans on July 31, 2011. If we are to assume that Pottermore is opening for Beta testing at midnight in London, that is 7pm July 30, 2011, here on the east coast of the United States. I'm not positive about anything other than they announced that one million fans will gain access on July 31st. Everyone else will have to wait until October.




Free Universal Flush USB Car Charger


1SaleADay wants to increase their Facebook fan base. Today (July 30, 2011) only, you can get a free Universal Flush USB Car Charger when you follow 1SaleADay on Facebook. The charger is completely free including the shipping.

Once you become a fan on Facebook, just head over to 1SaleADay's homepage to order your charger from the wireless page. The site seems to be having traffic issues right now so keep trying. Hopefully you'll get one before they run out.

Shared Reading: Best Airlines for Different Fliers


Smart Money has released a comparison of major airlines to help readers decide which airline meets their needs for travel. To see the best and worst in each category see the original article on Smart Money.
1) Getting a cheap flight
During the first quarter of 2011, domestic airfares averaged $356, according to the Department of Transportation. That's up 8.4% from the same period in 2010. But it's not the fares so much as the fees that are eating into consumers' bottom line these days.
Don't just look at the ticket price and assume it's the best deal. Extra fees such as checked bags and reserved seating can quickly turn your great deal into an overpriced headache.

2) Arriving on time
Barring a major snowstorm or other cataclysmic event, travelers face pretty good odds of getting where they need to go on time, or close to it.
It is rare, but occasionally airlines will sell more tickets than they actually have on the plane. When this happens you might be bumped to a later flight. While annoying, this can actually be used towards your benefit. If you are bumped, be polite to the airline employees and you might find yourself with an upgrade to first class or a free ticket for a future trip.

3) Checking a bag
Travelers who paid to check a bag were much less happy with their carriers than those who didn't, rating their experience a 58 instead of the industry average 68, reports the American Customer Satisfaction Index.
I've been lucky to always have my luggage get from point A to point B but I do know people, including a few family members, that have needed to go shopping in the hotel gift shop the first night before their bags made it to the destination. Make sure you keep your checked luggage receipts so they can track your bags if something happens. Also, ask the representative if they have a courtesy bag. Some airlines will give you a small bag with a travel size toothbrush, toothpaste, and other essentials until they can track your bags.

4) Flying in comfort
Airlines have varied configurations for seat width and leg room (often expressed "seat pitch," which measures from any point on one seat to the same point on the seat in front of it). The difference, says 6'1" Daimler, is enough to make it worth comparing seat size along with fares and fees -- especially on longer flights. Travelers should also take a look at the amenities included with their seat, like snacks and in-flight entertainment.
I am not as tall as the person quoted, but I am 5'10" and always feel like my legs are squashed on airplanes. Even within the coach section of a plane, leg room can vary based on the seat. Frequent fliers have known for years that the exit row has slightly more room, but now the airlines are cashing in on that knowledge. When considering the full value of an upgrade, see exactly what is being offered. Some of the "coach-plus" seats come with a free checked bag or other add-ons that make the value worth it.

5) Redeeming rewards
Reward travel has proven increasingly elusive for travelers in recent years as airlines scaled back schedules and shifted to smaller planes, leaving fewer award seats. ... Consider shifting your loyalty to a hotel program that will let you transfer in miles so that you can at least get a free room on your next trip, if not a free flight.
Loyalty programs are used by airlines to encourage customers to be just that, loyal. While all programs benefit the airlines, some are better than others for the customer. The best programs are those that transfer between a few partnering airlines or combine airlines with hotels.

Free Blogger Designs During July

Visit {Miss Felicity} Designs for a Layout!


I just found this great deal which is hopefully going to take Making Cents of It to a whole new level. {Miss Felicity} Designs is trying to get exposure for her designs and she's offering free layouts for Blogger.

Every free layout comes with:
  • A background
  • A personalized header
  • A cute, matching, side bar design
  • A personlized signature/footer
  • A matching button so other's can swap with you
  • A matching button linking back to my site for credit

Since I have tried, and failed, to make this site look better on my own, I'm hoping that she will have the magic touch. I would love to make the layout of Making Cents of It reflect the content.

Source:Coupons on Caffeine

Why You Can't Always Trust the Advertising


How often have you made a purchased based on the advertising? I recently found this great video on YouTube. It is a re-edited trailer/music video for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. All the clips come directly from the film, but add some club beats and suddenly it seems like a completely different movie. If I had seen this new trailer without knowing anything about Harry Potter, like that's possible, I would have had completely different thoughts about the film. You can still tell there is an element of magic, but now it appears to be a romantic comedy.

So what do you think about how advertising changes the view of a product? What do you think about the remixed trailer? Leave a comment below.





Don't forget that Pottermore will be opening for beta on July 31, 2011 and the public in October. The beta testing will be for one million people. They haven't announced if it will be the first million or if there will be some kind of contest. Good luck!

$1 Off Any White Milk


How often do we find coupons off any brand of a generic product? That's just what Why Milk is currently offering. You can request a coupon that is good for $1 off any size white milk. The coupon will be mailed in a few weeks and you can use it on any brand of milk.

Source: A Frugal Chick

$20 for $40 Towards a Rental Car from Avis


Groupon has an interesting deal available today for Avis car rentals. For $20, you'll get a $40 voucher which is good until December 31, 2011.

I checked the fine print and this voucher requires a minimum two-day rental. When I looked for information regarding combining this Groupon with other discounts, I found the following response from Avis on the discussion board.
You must use Avis Worldwide Discount Number (AWD) S666500 when making your reservation. This discount code will drive a great discounted rate.

Please see above. The certificate can only be combined with AWD S666500. Feel free to go to Avis.com to check out the discount when using this code.

Source: Clever Couponing

Get 80% Off on Restaurant.com


There is a new promotional code for restaurant.com. Use the code SAVE before July 31, 2011 to save 80%.

Even better, eBates (15% back) and Shop at Home (25% back) both offer cash back on restaurant.com purchases.

$10 Off $10 at Pier 1 Imports


There is another great deal today on Facebook. Become a fan of Pier 1 Imports on Facebook and you'll be able to print a coupon that is good for $10 off a $10 purchase. The coupon is good until July 27, 2011 and can be found until the daily dealy tab.

Offer does not apply to delivery or other service charges. Offer does not apply to prior purchases and cannot be used on Gift Cards, UNICEF or other non-discountable merchandise purchases. Offer is not valid in combination with any other offer or discount and is not valid at store closing sales. Limit one per customer, per store. Void if copied and no cash value. Offer #2538. Valid 7/25/2011 through 7/27/2011.

Possible Free (Or Cheap) Chiquita Fruit


I love when friends share great finds on Facebook. Like Chiquita on Facebook to print a coupon for $1 off any Chiquita Bites Single, Family Pack, Multi-Pack or Duos. I've seen the singles go anywhere from $0.75 to $1.25 so depending on your local store.

$5 Off $25 at Staples


Staples has released a new coupon for $5 off a $25 purchase.The coupon is valid through July 30, 2011 and has some of the usual fine print:
*Valid in store only. Expires 7/30/11. Minimum purchase requirement of $25 must be met with purchases to which no other instant savings offer applies. Tax is not included in calculating minimum purchase. Limit one coupon per household, coupon must be surrendered. Not valid on the purchase of HP ink and toner, gift cards, postage stamps or phone cards. No cash/credit back. Not valid on prior purchases. Cashier Instructions: please scan BTS Saving Pass before scanning this coupon.

Free Backbacks Now Available at Office Max


Earlier this week I mentioned a possible deal on bags at Office Max. That deal is now live and posted on Office Max's website.

From Office Max stating that from July 24, 2011 - July 30,2011 you can get 100% back in rewards on backpacks, messengers and select totes from Office Max.

Remember that 100% back in rewards means that you must be a member of Office Max's Reward Program, Maxperks, to earn the rewards. The rewards can be spent in the store so even though this is not a rebate, I'm sure you can always find stuff in an office supplies store that you need.

Free Pair of Noise Isolating Earbuds


1SaleADay wants to increase their Facebook fan base. Today (July 24, 2011) only, you can get a free pair of Noise Isolating DeepBass Earbuds when you follow 1SaleADay on Facebook. The earbuds is completely free including the shipping.

Once you become a fan on Facebook, just head over to 1SaleADay's homepage to order your earbuds.

Free Drink With Popcorn Purchase at Regal Theaters


Regal theaters has released a new coupon good for a free small drink with the purchase of a small popcorn. This is a great coupon to print a few of because it doesn't expire until December 31, 2011.

Just remember that through the summer, you can get a free popcorn through Yahoo! on Facebook. Just send yourself the text message before leaving for the movies.

You can't combine the two deals so if you want popcorn and soda, I think the popcorn coupon is a better deal but check your local prices to decide.

Shared Reading: 100 Things Your Kids May Never Know


With Atlantis safely touching down this week, NASA's shuttle program has officially ended. As we prepare for the future, what are some things that will forever be in the past? There have been a few times at work where I might make a reference that result in blank stares from my students. Fergie is a popstar, not a divorced Dutchess and don't even get me started about television.

Yahoo! has come up with 100 things that future generations may never know about. I read this list and laughed at some of the things so I thought I would share them with you.

15. 3-D movies meaning red-and green glasses.
17. That there was a time before "reality TV"
30. Blowing the dust out of a NES cartridge in the hopes that it'll load this time.
34. Booting your computer off of a floppy disk.
38. Using a road atlas to get from A to B.
45. Not knowing exactly what all of your friends are doing and thinking at every moment.
56. When Spam was just a meat product.
86. Finding books in a card catalog at the library.

Read the full 100 Things Your Kids May Never Know on Yahoo!

Free Subscription to Maxim Magazine


Mercury Magazines is offering another popular title. Right now you can get a free year of Maxim Magazine. Just head over and sign up before the run out of free subscriptions.  As always, you will be asked a few questions to see if you qualify.

Upcoming Free Backpack Deal at Office Max


I just received an email from Office Max stating that from July 24, 2011 - July 30,2011 you can get 100% back in rewards on backpacks, messengers and select totes from Office Max. I tried to find this deal on the website but it is not posted yet. I will keep you posted when this deal goes live but I wanted to make you aware of it as soon as I learned about it.

Remember that 100% back in rewards means that you must be a member of Office Max's Reward Program, Maxperks, to earn the rewards. The rewards can be spent in the store so even though this is not a rebate, I'm sure you can always find stuff in an office supplies store that you need.

Movie Review: Captain America: The First Avenger


I attended a screening of Captain America: The First Avenger on Wednesday. At the screening, the USO was on hand and half the theater was filled with active duty military and their families. Dunkin' Donuts, as a sponsor of Captain America, was also on hand to pass out cards about a great promotion. For every "like" they receive on Facebook from now until July 31, 2011, they will donate $1 to the USO. So go like Dunkin' Donuts on Facebook.

For my readers that haven't read the comic books or heard of Captain America prior to this recent movie, it was created by Marvel comics during World War II and served as a beacon of hope for many Americans. Steve Rogers (Captain America) is a young, weak American that wishes to serve his country even though he is deemed unfit by the army. His determination to enlist leads him by chance to Dr. Erskine who, with government support, is experimenting on creating a super soldier. Rogers volunteers and thus, Captain America is born.

Captain America: The First Avenger begins with a scene in the modern day before transporting us back to the 1940s. When the scene first zoomed out during the 1940s, I really felt emerged in the history. I was really impressed with the authenticity of the sets and costumes because they even recreated the World's Fair in Queens. The problem is they recreated the 1964 World's Fair but the scene would have taken place during the 1939 World's Fair. It was pointed out to me that the Unisphere was featured in Iron Man and since both heroes are from the Marvel comic world it might have been done on purpose for continuity within the movie world.

I was really impressed with how the production crew turned Chris Evans into a scrawny looking guy for the pre-transformation scenes. I honestly thought they found a different actor with a similar face and had to check IMDB when I returned home before typing this review. It seems that in editing, the CGI team removed Chris Evan’s muscles and removed a few inches from his height in every scene. The CGI team did a really good job on those scenes.

I really enjoyed the relationships seen during this movie and the complexity of them all. Steve (Captain America) formed some great relationships with Bucky (his childhood friend), Peggy (a British agent stationed in America), Dr. Erskine (the scientist responsible for the experiment), and other characters throughout the film. These relationships really helped add humanity to the superhero and helped to guide his actions throughout the film.

While I was impressed by the film's quality I was not impressed with the film's story line. When I think comic book/action hero movies I think about action. While the action scenes in Captain America were action packed, they were few and far between. The movie started out slow and felt like it was dragging on for a while. The movie was written with the perspective that no one in the audience knows the character and therefore goes through over-explaining everything in the backstory. While this is helpful to anyone that doesn't know his history, it is part of the reason why the film started so slow. The writers were not only trying to show Captain America, but the time period as a whole.

Captain America: The First Avenger is titled this way because it is leading to the upcoming 2012 film which will unite most of the Marvel superheroes. The first trailer for The Avengers was shown at Comic-Con and the rumor is that there will be a short teaser after the credits of Captain America. I stayed until the lights came on but did not see this rumored scene. However, this might be due to the fact that it was a pre-screening and they might only show the teaser during the actual release.

My personal opinion of this film is that I would wait until I could see it at a discount. I recommend seeing the movie but I don't think it's worth the full ticket price. Wait until a matinee or use one of the discount passes we've found on social shopping sites even if you have to wait the ten days after release. I would also recommend against seeing the film in 3D because it wasn't anything special. There were a few scenes where you would expect the amazing 3D but it just wasn't really impressive.

Captain America: The First Avenger will be released nation wide on Friday, July 22, 2011. If you are going to a Regal (or affiliate) theater, don’t forget to request your text message for a free popcorn from Yahoo! Movies on Facebook before you go.

Movie Rating for Captain America: The First Avenger


The passes for this pre-screening were won through 43Kix. Follow their Facebook page to attend free screenings near you. Check out my information post for more information about free movie screenings.

Possible Free Nylabone Dog Bones


There is currently a coupon available for $2 off any nylabone edible. The Nylabone brand does sell individual bones and some are priced under $2 which will lead to free edibles for your dog.

Since they're free, please consider getting extra for your local shelter. The coupon is a PDF so you can print out multiples. How many you can redeem will come down to your local stores policy.

Source: My Pet Savings

Movie Review Rating System


I love going to the movies, but how often have you walked out of a movie theater and felt that you wasted your time and money?  For now on when I see a pre-screening of a movie, or go during the first few days of release, I will post a review.  These reviews will be completely my thoughts so please remember that I am not an expert on films no matter how much movie trivia I know and your opinion might differ from mine. Feel free to leave comments on the reviews if you've seen the movie.

Since the whole point of Making Cents of It is saving money, my rating system will be based on the cost of a movie. Please refer to the following chart to understand my ratings.



3D Glasses
This image will only be used if I saw the film in 3D and felt it was worth the extra charge.

4 Stars
Must see as soon as possible. I feel this film was great and worth every penny.

3 Stars
See it in the theater, but wait until you can get a discount. Either go to the matinee show or wait until the film has been out long enough to use one of the discount passes purchased through deal sites (normally restricts opening weekend tickets).

2 stars
Wait until it comes out on DVD and rent it. It was alright but I wouldn't spend the money driving to the theater and buying a ticket.


1 star
I'd watch it if it was free or on television but I wouldn't spend money on it.

Check out my original post for more information regarding free movie screenings.

Free Eggland's Best Eggs


Eggland's Best has a great promotion going right now. Connect to Eggland, become a fan of their Facebook page, and they'll send you a coupon for a free carton of eggs.

Offer valid from June 1, 2011 to July 31, 2011 (or while supplies last). Limit one entry per Facebook account. Please allow up to 4 weeks to receive your coupons in the mail. For questions and comments, contact us at offers@eggland.com.

$10 Subway Giftcard for Only $6.50


Saveology had a great deal available today. You can get a $10 Subway giftcard for only $6.50. This deal is only for first time buyers on Saveology so if you've previously ordered through them you won't be able to get this price.

Get 4 Regal Movie Tickets for $30 ($7.50 Each)


Goldstar is currently offering a four pack of Regal movie tickets for $30 ($7.50 each).
These tickets are valid for any screening at any time -- be it primetime or matinee, weekend or weekday. And since they're accepted at all Regal Entertainment Group theatres -- including Regal Cinemas, United Artists Theatres and Edwards Theatres -- that means you'll have passes to the nation's largest theatre chain.

Goldstar is also running a promotion for more referrals. For each new member you refer, you will get the normal referral credits plus an entry in their current contest.
Refer a Friend for a Chance to Win Free Movie Tickets! If they become a Goldstar member, you'll both be entered to win 52 pairs of movie passes. You'll get an entry for every friend who joins, so spread the word!

Get $1 Free For Any eBay Purchase


eBay is trying to promote their new daily deals email by offering new subscribers (first 100,000) a free $1 off any eBay purchase.

Repost: Plastic Jungle

Recently I have thought about sites I mentioned months ago which might have gotten lost in the shuffle of things. I am going to begin reposting sites that I truly enjoy using when it comes to saving money. This repost is about Plastic Jungle.




Save up to 30% at your favorite stores.


Whether you want to buy or sell gift cards, Plastic Jungle is a great website to use. They guarantee all purchases and offer free shipping. This means that you can purchase gift cards at a discount and combine with coupons for an even greater savings. 

Have you ever gotten a gift to a store and wondered what the person was thinking? Or received a gift that you returned for store credit to a store you never shop at? Plastic Jungle will buy your unused gift cards/store credits for up to 93% on the dollar. This means that you can get cash for your unused giftcards.

Plastic Jungle's stock is always changing as they buy and sell gift cards so you can set up alerts for your favorite stores.  When a card becomes available, they'll send you an email.  You can then head over to the page and see what their newest stock has.  Since people can sell store credits and partially used gift cards, you will not always get a rounded amount, but Plastic Jungle will always tell you the exact value, your cost, and the percentage you're saving.  They also verify and guarantee each gift card so you can be assured that your purchase is safe.

Free Breakfast Wrap at Taco Bell


Did you know Taco Bell has breakfast items on the menu? This might be new or location specific but if your Taco Bell does serve breakfast, you can get a free Johnsonville Sausage & Egg Wrap. If you can't find the coupon, try using the zip code 93312 and it'll pop up.

Source: Bargain Briana

How Our Loyalty Program Works


Welcome to the new Making Cents of It loyalty program. A few people are wondering how the reward program work so I am going to try and clear a few things up. The company, Punchtab, runs the widget and allows websites to offer a prize catalog.

You earn points for visiting Making Cents of It daily, commenting on posts, and sharing posts. Once you earn enough points, you can redeem them for prizes. To access the prize catalog, click the reward ribbon on the top left of the site, then click the button for catalog.


Once you have enough points for the selected prize, a button will appear to place the order. The current catalog is limited but I hope to add more prizes in the future.

If you have any additional questions, please leave a comment and I will respond with an answer.


Last Updated: August 12, 2012

Free iPod/iPhone Data Cable


1SaleADay wants to increase their Facebook fan base. Today (July 16, 2011) only, you can get a free iPod/iPhone data cable when you follow 1SaleADay on Facebook. Just click on the "wireless" deal to place your order. The cable is completely free including the shipping.

This is a great deal because these data cables can be very expensive to replace if you lose yours.

Once you become a fan on Facebook, just head over to 1SaleADay's homepage to order your lock.

Free $5 Credit to Amazon Instant Videos


Head over to Amazon and allow them to tweet for you to get a free $5 credit for Amazon Instant Videos. They must send the tweet for you to get the credit, so don't just tweet the message yourself.

Source: Slick Deals

$5 for AMC Silver Pass


Right now on Saveology you can get a AMC Silver Pass for only $5 (up to $12 value). Silver passes are not good for new releases but if you're not the type to rush to the movie it's a great deal.

Limit 2 per person. Offer must be redeemed within 60 days of purchase. Subject to surcharge for 3D, IMAX, ETX, alternative content, and premium services and locations. Not valid for Special Engagements --- showings of a film during the first ten days after it is first released.

Free Burger from Ruby Tuesday


Ruby Tuesday is giving away 100,000 free burgers. Just like them on Facebook and they will send you a coupon for a free burger. I haven't gotten the coupon yet so I'm not sure if there is any annoying fine print.

Free Screening of The Change-Up


UPDATE: New link for the free Change-Up screenings.

Universal is currently offering passes for a free screening of The Change-Up starring Ryan Reynolds. As of the time of this post, the following screenings are still available:
  • Honolulu - Wednesday, July 27, 7:30 PM
  • Grandville - Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
  • Latham - Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
  • Langley - Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
  • Seattle - Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
  • Metairie - Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
  • Portland - Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
  • Lakewood - Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
  • Mississauga - Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
  • O'Fallon - Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
  • Sacramento - Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
  • Fresno - Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
  • Cheektowaga - Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
  • Southfield - Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
  • Albuquerque - Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
  • Wauwatosa - Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
  • Henderson - Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
  • Plainville - Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
  • Sandy - Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
  • Henderson - Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
  • Providence - Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
  • San Diego - Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
  • Tucson - Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
  • Indianapolis - Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
  • Bloomington - Thursday, July 28, 7:30 PM
  • Cincinnati - Thursday, July 28, 7:30 PM
  • Atlanta - Thursday, July 28, 7:30 PM
  • Norman - Thursday, July 28, 7:30 PM
  • Leawood - Thursday, July 28, 7:30 PM
  • Brandon - Thursday, July 28, 7:30 PM
  • McLean - Thursday, July 28, 7:30 PM
  • Charlotte - Thursday, July 28, 7:30 PM
  • Daphne - Thursday, July 28, 7:30 PM
  • Columbus - Thursday, July 28, 7:30 PM
  • Palm Beach Gardens - Thursday, July 28, 7:30 PM
  • South Miami - Thursday, July 28, 7:30 PM
  • North Versailles - Thursday, July 28, 7:30 PM
  • Cary - Thursday, July 28, 7:30 PM
  • Owings Mills - Thursday, July 28, 7:30 PM
  • Sugarland - Thursday, July 28, 7:30 PM
  • Orange Park - Thursday, July 28, 7:30 PM
  • Strongsville - Thursday, July 28, 7:30 PM
  • Ft. Myers - Thursday, July 28, 7:30 PM
  • King of Prussia - Thursday, July 28, 7:30 PM
  • Norfolk - Thursday, July 28, 7:30 PM
  • Winter Park - Thursday, July 28, 7:30 PM
  • Nashville - Thursday, July 28, 7:30 PM
  • Frisco - Thursday, July 28, 7:30 PM
  • San Antonio - Thursday, July 28, 7:30 PM
  • San Franncisco - Thursday, July 28, 8:00 PM
  • Austin - Thursday, July 28, 8:00 PM
  • Madison - Monday, August 1, 7:30 PM
  • Monterey - Tuesday, August 2, 7:00 PM
  • Reno - Tuesday, August 2, 7:00 PM
  • St. Louis - Tuesday, August 2, 7:00 PM
  • Seattle - Tuesday, August 2, 7:00 PM
  • Las Vegas - Tuesday, August 2, 7:00 PM
  • Clovis - Tuesday, August 2, 7:00 PM
  • Salt Lake City - Tuesday, August 2, 7:00 PM
  • Tempe - Tuesday, August 2, 7:00 PM
  • Albuquerque - Tuesday, August 2, 7:00 PM
  • Denver - Tuesday, August 2, 7:00 PM
  • San Francisco - Tuesday, August 2, 7:00 PM
  • Tucson - Tuesday, August 2, 7:00 PM
  • Sacramento - Tuesday, August 2, 7:00 PM
  • Portland - Tuesday, August 2, 7:00 PM
  • Santa Clara - Tuesday, August 2, 7:00 PM
  • San Diego - Tuesday, August 2, 7:00 PM
  • San Antonio - Tuesday, August 2, 7:30 PM
  • Edinburg - Tuesday, August 2, 7:30 PM
  • Austin - Tuesday, August 2, 7:30 PM
  • Houston - Tuesday, August 2, 7:30 PM
  • El Paso - Tuesday, August 2, 7:30 PM
  • Tulsa - Tuesday, August 2, 7:30 PM
  • Wauwatosa - Tuesday, August 2, 7:30 PM
  • Dallas - Tuesday, August 2, 7:30 PM
  • Edina - Tuesday, August 2, 7:30 PM
  • Waco - Tuesday, August 2, 7:30 PM
  • Kansas City - Tuesday, August 2, 7:30 PM
  • Omaha - Tuesday, August 2, 7:30 PM
  • Oklahoma City - Tuesday, August 2, 7:30 PM
  • Ottawa - Wednesday, August 3, 7:00 PM
  • Edmonton - Wednesday, August 3, 7:00 PM
  • Calgary - Wednesday, August 3, 7:00 PM
  • Vancouver - Wednesday, August 3, 7:00 PM
  • Toronto - Wednesday, August 3, 7:00 PM
  • Winnipeg - Wednesday, August 3, 7:00 PM
  • Montreal - Wednesday, August 3, 7:00 PM
  • Colorado Springs - Thursday, August 4, 7:00 PM
  • Burbank - Thursday, August 4, 7:30 PM
  • Honolulu - Thursday, August 4, 7:30 PM
  • Irvine - Thursday, August 4, 7:30 PM
  • Hartford - Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM

$5 For $10 Papa Johns Gift Card


Saveology, another daily deal site, is currently offering a $10 Papa Johns gift card for only $5. You must register your card within sixty days but the value will not expire once registered.

Pair this gift card with a sale on pizza and you can get some really good deals.

Movie Review: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part II

If you were wondering, that's me sitting in the purple shirt behind the two costumed guys posing for the shot. (Image Source: Philadelphia CBS Local)

4000 pages of fantasy, 1179 minutes of movies, and now it’s over. Harry Potter fans are both excited and saddened by the final installment of the series, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part II. As a long time fan of the world created by J.K. Rowling, I was excited to find myself invited to a screening of the film prior to its official release so that I could share my opinions with my readers about the film. Knowing that Harry Potter is extremely important to many people, I am very aware that some fans might start waving their wands and shouting “Avada Kedavra” if I spoil the final film by giving something away so I have chosen my words wisely.

Part II began where part I ended with the final scene being repeated before the Warner Brother’s logo appeared. As the film begins, we are reminded of the dark times facing the wizarding world and sacrifices made in the name of good. The action finally begins about a half hour into the film and from then on it’s a roller coaster of emotions until the credits roll. Even knowing what was coming I found myself tearing up as battles were fought and characters changed forever. This final film showed a different side of many characters and truly makes you rethink everything you knew about them. A side note for those of you that have read the book, you will not be disappointed when Molly Weasley utters that famous line of hers during a battle. Julie Walters did an amazing job with the line delivery and you could really sense the passion in her facial expressions as she raised her wand. Battle scenes were intense, so be prepared if you were planning to take younger children with you because they might get scared.

The film, following the book, finished the story in a way that leaves you wanting more yet offering closure for the story most of us spent the better part of our youth reading and watching. I only noticed one major change from the book and I personally liked the book’s version better for that scene.

The film’s 3D didn’t seem like something that would be worth spending the extra $3 but it did add to the intensity during certain scenes. Additionally, unless David Yates found a real dragon hiding in the city of London, the CGI was realistic and not overused. My favorite non-plot part of this film was definitely the score. Alexandre Desplat filled scenes with instrumental magic which just added to the overall intensity of the film. Music can make or break a film and while most people don’t notice the subtle chord changes, I found they really amplified the emotions felt on screen.

Overall I loved the movie, however you must remember that I have been obsessed with Harry Potter for over a decade. If you haven’t read the books or seen the first seven films, you will be lost because the story is a true continuation without the back story. I think anyone with any interest in Harry Potter will agree that the filmmakers stayed true to J.K. Rowling’s vision and finished the series in a way that will live on for generations as new Potter fans discover the magic.

While the books and films might be over, stay tuned because Rowling recently announced the new website, PotterMore, which will be opening for beta testing on July 31, 2011 and going public in October. I am hoping to get into the beta testing and will keep everyone informed about the awesomeness.


Movie Rating for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II

Great Deal on Pillows at Target


Head over to Target's website to print out a coupon for $2 off pillows. With the back to school sales currently going on, there is a rumor that some pillows are as low as $2.50. That makes it possible to get pillows for $0.50. Great price to have extra pillows around for overnight guests.

I can't get a link directly to the coupon page to work but just scroll to the bottom of the homepage and click coupons. Remember, you can go back and print a maximum of two copies of the coupon.

Source: My Dallas Mommy

Get a Free Slurpee at 7-Eleven Today


7-Eleven is celebrating their birthday today and they're giving you the presents. Today (July 11, 2011) only, you can head over to 7-Eleven and get a free slurpee.

Back to School Already?


I was looking through the ads for tomorrow and it seems that many stores are beginning their back to school sales. Even if you are not a student, teacher, or parent, these sales can really help you out with basic office supplies. Below is just a sampling of this weeks sales. Check with the individual stores to see the full flier for additional sale items.

Some of these deals are through the store's reward program so you will have to lay out money. In the past I've heard people mention that they're not really "free" because the reward checks can only be used at the store, unlike rebates with are cash. My thoughts on this are that if you use the rewards to buy things you would be buying anyway it's a great deal. For example, I can always use printer ink and paper so that's what I normally spend the reward checks on.

A reminder to all the teachers out there: Make sure you bring proof that you are a teacher because many of these stores will increase the limit for you on these penny sales.

Staples
  • Cap Erasers, 12 pack - $0.01
  • Bic Round Stic Ball Point Pens, 8 pack - $0.01
  • Staples School Glue - $0.01
  • Staples Multipurpose Paper - $0.25 (after rebate)


Office Depot
  • Office Depot File Folders - $6.99 (100% Back in Rewards)
  • Mr. Sketch Scented Markers - $7.99 (100% Back in Rewards)
  • PaperPro Compact Stapler - $9.99 (100% Back in Rewards)
  • Uniball Vision Rollerball Pens 12 pack - $17.99 (100% Back in Rewards)

Get $50 When You Open an ING Direct Checking Account




ING Direct is one of the few banks left that don't charge tons of fees. To celebrate, they are currently offering a $50 bonus when you sign-up for a new checking account. You don't have to make a minimum deposit but you will have to use your new debit card at least three times in the first 45 days. To see the $50 promotion, you might have to click the logo in the top left corner to see the slide show with current promotions. It's listed as checking.

Besides not having fees, ING Direct also offers interest on their accounts. You won't get rich from the interest but it's something that most banks don't offer on checking accounts anymore.

I personally have been using ING Direct for almost two years and I have never paid a penny in fees. Their interest rates are competitive and they offer a variety of accounts for every customer.

I did read recently about ING Direct being acquired by Capital One so I'm not sure how it will effect the bank. Most people love ING Direct but dislike Capital One so we'll all just have to see how the sale will change things.

 
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