40+ Ways To Live Frugally: Tips From Grandma

1. Use cloth instead of paper.  My grandma had a bucket of clean rags, that she used to wipe down everything. She rarely used paper towels. Microfiber cloths are also a great option, washable, durable and reusable. 

2.  Buy and use green cleaning products, or make them yourself! Just search on Pinterest for eco-friendly green cleaner recipes. Plus, shop for eco-friendly beauty products,  eco-friendly fashion lines and eco-friendly home decor. I really like Green Works and Method

3.  Laundry.  Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot.  Line-dry when you can. There is nothing like line-dried clothing, that has dried in the sun! You will never forget that clean air smell. 

4.  Go Paperless. Pay bills online. I pay most of my bills online, along with getting paperless copies of bills. It is now so much more fun to go to the mailbox! Put a stop to unsolicited mail and sign up to opt out of pre-screened credit card offers.  

5.  Conserve Energy - Turn off the lights when you leave the room, or open the curtains and blinds and rely on the sunlight to cut down on electricity use. Only run the dishwasher when you have a full load.  Shut down and turn off your computer completely at night. 

6.  Change your light bulbs.   Switch a few of your light bulbs to CFLs , which use about 75 percent less energy and last seven to 10 times longer than regular incandescent bulbs, until eventually you have all of your house switched over. This was a hard one for me because I love my old-school bulbs. Now that they are phased out of most stores, I have had to bite the bullet and buy the new bulbs. Six years ago, my 90 year old grandfather, was light years ahead of me because he used CFLs and preferred them! 

7.  Repurpose glass jars as leftover containers, bulk storage or even pretty vases. I love mason jars for this. 

8.  Buy used and donate.   Shop thrift stores and craigslist for clothing, home items and more.  Grandma was a thrift shopper, she loved a good deal. She also loved to knit, sew and crochet. While I'm not much of a thrift shopper, I donate a lot to Goodwill. 

9.  Stop using disposable bags.   Purchase reusable bags. They are more durable and don't clog up land-fills! I love, love, love my Target reusable bag. I keep one in my car and one in the kitchen. 
10. Grow as much food as possible to lower the food bill, and freeze or can what you can’t use immediately. Even tomatoes can be frozen and used in soups and stews.
11. Save leftovers to make potato scones, soups, stews or fried vegetables.
14. Cleaners should be bought in the most economical size (not always the largest) and decanted into spray bottles. Use just a squirt instead of pouring out a large amount.
15. Quilting/reusing material/reusing old clothes and sheets for material. Grandma was an expert seamstress and could make all kinds of clothing, Halloween costumes and more.

16. Gardening. Grandma was known for her beautiful gardens. She grew not only flowers but rows of corn and raspberries, potatoes, green beans and much more.

17. Canning food. I remember every fall growing up, Grandma would can food. This was a long procedure, from picking the food, preparing it, and then canning it. It paid off- all winter, they had fresh, homegrown food on their table.

18. Baking your own bread-- Really, is there anything better than homemade bread? Grandma didn't think so either. Homemade bread, with a bit of homemade jelly or butter was always a special treat at Grandma's house.

19. Learn how to make desserts like homemade pecan pie

Here are 25 time-tested vintage baking tips!


  1. Butter and sugar can be creamed easily when butter is hard by warming the sugar slightly.
  2. Light-colored molasses can be darkened to make dark gingerbread by adding a teaspoonful of melted chocolate to each cup of molasses.
  3. Cream which is hard to whip will whip quickly by adding a few drops of lemon juice.
  4. Molasses can be prevented from sticking to the measuring cup if the cup is first greased with butter or lard.
  5. Shortening can be measured exactly. If recipe calls for 1/3 cup, fill measuring cup two-thirds full of water, add enough shortening to bring water to top of cup, pour off water and you have exactly 1/3 cup of shortening.
  6. Sour milk can be made by adding two (2) tablespoonfuls of vinegar to one (1) cup of sweet milk and then letting it stand for a few minutes. Your baking will be just as light as if real sour milk were used. Also see Handy Substitute Recipes For Baking.
  7. Whipped cream substitute, delicious in flavor, can be made by adding a slice of banana to the white of an egg and beating until stiff. The banana will dissolve completely.
  8. Cornstarch is sometimes used in place of eggs when recipe calls for more than you have on hand. A tablespoonful is used for each missing egg. In making custard, omit one or two eggs, and use cornstarch instead (1/2 tablespoon for each egg).
  9. Custards will not curdle so readily if a tablespoon of flour mixed with sugar is added.
  10. Boiled frosting will not be brittle or break when cut, if a teaspoon of vinegar is beaten into the frosting when the flavoring is added.
  11. Add one tablespoonful of jam or jelly to cookie dough. It will add flavor and make the cookies stay moist longer.
  12. Doughnuts will not absorb grease if a teaspoonful of vinegar is added to cold fat.
  13. Fruit Cake: When baking, place a cup of water in the oven to keep enough moisture in air and prevent cake from drying out while baking. Also seeFruitcake Baking Tips.
  14. Muffins: Drop a teaspoonful of peanut butter in each muffin pan, over which pour batter. This gives muffins a delightful nutty flavor. Also see 10 Tips For Baking Muffins.
  15. When a recipe calls for a quantity of melted butter, take care to measure the butter after melting, not before.
  16. To soften butter, fill a small china bowl, one just sufficiently large to cover the butter, with boiling water; let stand a minute or two or until thoroughly heated, then empty the water and immediately turn the hot bowl upside down over the butter. In a few minutes, the butter will be softened so it is just right.
  17. When separating the yolk from the white of an egg, if you drop a portion of egg yolk into the whites, moisten a cloth with cold water, touch to the yolk and it will adhere to the cloth.
  18. Never beat egg-whites in an aluminum pan, as it is sure to darken them.
  19. When baking a milk pudding, place the dish in a tin of water in the oven. Then prevents the pudding from burning or boiling over.
  20. When cream will not whip, add the white of an egg to your cream–chill it and it will whip.
  21. To avoid lumps in batter, add a pinch of salt to the flour before it is wet.
  22. How to sugar doughnuts? Shake the sugar and doughnuts together in a paper bag. The same method may be used with flour and chicken, or salt and french fried potatoes.
  23. Raisins for cakes and breads will be plump and juicy if soaked in warm water before being added to the batter or dough.
  24. Zip up your gingerbread and molasses cookies by adding a bit of grated orange peel to the batter.
  25. If chilled ice-box cookie dough shatters when cut with long sharp knife, let stand at room temperature for 1/2 hour to soften very slightly before slicing!


Best Rewards Programs: Regal, Papa John's, More

1. Ace Hardware

Sign up for Ace Rewards, and you’ll get 10 points for every dollar you spend. Accumulate 2,500 points, and you’ll earn a $10 reward — which is equivalent to getting 4 percent back.

You also receive 1,000 points just for signing up, plus coupons and sale reminders.

2. AutoZone

Join AutoZone Rewards, and you’ll earn one credit every time you make a purchase of $20 or more. Once you earn five credits, you’ll get a $20 reward. That could equate to as much as 20 percent back, depending on the total amount of your five purchases of $20 or more.

3. Best Buy

Join the My Best Buy program, and you’ll earn 0.5 points for every dollar spent. Once you hit 250 points, you get a $5 reward.


4. CVS

Sign up for the ExtraCare rewards program, and you’ll score 2 percent back on purchases. Rewards are paid out four times a year — in January, April, July and October.

However, it’s worth noting that you must spend $50 per earning period — or earn at least $1 in ExtraBucks Rewards — to get your rewards. Also, some items at CVS — including prescriptions and copays — do not qualify for the 2 percent back, according to the ExtraCare frequently asked questions page.

5. Dick’s Sporting Goods 

Members of the Dick’s ScoreCard program get one point for every dollar they spend. With 300 points, you get a $10 reward. That amounts to 3 percent back on every purchase.

ScoreCard members also enjoy exclusive coupons and access to special events.

6. Kohl’s

Enroll in Kohl’s Yes2You Rewards program, and you’ll get a point for every dollar you spend. Once you accumulate 100 points, you’ll receive a $5 reward. In essence, it’s like getting 5 percent back on every purchase you make.

You’ll also receive eight other offers during the year, a special gift on your birthday and opportunities to earn bonus points.

7. Office Depot/Office Max

Sign up for Office Depot/Office Max Rewards, and you’ll get 2 percent back on purchases.

Spend $500 within a 12-month period, and you’ll earn VIP status. That gets you 5 percent back in rewards on ink, toner, paper and copy/print/ship services.

You’ll also get free shipping with no minimum purchase requirement, and receive free product samples and a gift on your birthday.

8. Papa John’s

Enroll in Papa Rewards, and you will get one point for every $5 you spend. As few as 10 points can earn you a reward. You’ll also collect 10 points on your birthday. 

9. Petco 

Pets can be expensive, but you can keep them from taking a bite out of your wallet by joining Petco’s Pals Rewards program. Members get one point for every dollar they spend, and a $5 reward once they reach 100 points. That’s a 5 percent savings on every purchase.

10. Regal Entertainment Group

If you love the movies, join the Regal Crown Club. When you do, you’ll get 100 credits for every dollar you spend on tickets and concessions. You can use the credits for things such as free admission or free food.

The more Regal movies you take in, the greater your reward. For example, once you see 20 movies during the year, you’ll earn “Diamond” status — the highest of three bonus levels — and get 1,000 extra credits for each visit.

11. Staples

Members of Staples Rewards earn either 2 percent or 5 percent back on in-store purchases, depending on how much they spend in a 12-month period.

Members also get free next-day shipping on orders of more than $49.99, and other perks.

12. Starbucks

In the Starbucks Rewards program, you earn two stars for every dollar you spend. You will also enjoy perks such as free in-store refills and a birthday reward.

Earn 300 stars and you will qualify for Gold Level status. Customers at this level get added perks like a reward of a free eligible beverage or food item for every 125 stars.

13. Ulta Beauty

Join Ulta’s Ultamate Rewards program, and you will earn one point for every dollar you spend. Once you reach 100 points, you will be eligible to redeem them for $3 off your next purchase.

That means Ultamate Rewards members get the equivalent of 3 percent back on their purchases — although members get even more back if they accumulate more points before redeeming them. For example, 2,000 points earns you $125 off your next purchase. That’s the equivalent of 6.25 percent off.

You also can earn up to five points on some special offers. And not only will you receive a birthday gift, but you also can earn double rewards for all purchases you make during your birthday month.


Free Restaurant Food for Kids 


Kids can eat free (or for $0.99 at select locations) with the purchase of an adult entrée on a select day of the week at participating locations. The day of the week will vary by location, so follow your local Applebee’s on Facebook or call your restaurant before heading over there.

Captain D’s

Participating locations offer up to two free kids meals for each adult entree purchase at regular price (for kids ages 12 and under), valid for dine-in only.Contact your local restaurant to verify participation.

Chevy’s Fresh Mex

Every Wednesday, kids 12 and under can eat for just $1 from the kids menu with the purchase of an adult entrée at regular price, valid for dine-in only. Plus, kids can get a tortilla dough ball and take home an avocado pit to grow their own avocado tree! Find a location near you.


Kids can eat free at select locations on Tuesdays between 5:30PM – 7:30PM with the purchase of an adult combo meal (note that some locations may charge $0.99). Be sure to contact your local restaurant for details as the day and promotional participation may vary by location. Go here to find the closest location nearest you.


On Tuesdays from 4PM – 10PM (may vary by location), kids can eat free with an adult entrée purchase at participating locations. Offer is valid at participating restaurants for up to two free kid’s entrées from the kid’s menu per one adult entrée purchase of $6 or more. Go here and scroll down for more details or check your local Denny’s Facebook Page.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Every Sunday, get one free Kid’s Meal (for children 12 and under) per $10 paid adult meal, valid for dine-in only. Not valid with other offers or promotions. Gohere for more details.

Famous Dave’s

On Tuesdays, at participating locations, kids ages 8 and under OR anyone named Wilbur can get a free Lil’ Wilbur Meal with purchase of an adult entrée, valid for dine-in only. Go here for more details.


On Tuesdays from 5PM – 8PM at participating Fazoli’s locations, get three kids meals for just 99¢ each with every adult entrée purchase. Go here for more details.


Kids can eat free all day, every day with the purchase of one adult entrée and child beverage, valid for dine-in only. Go here for more details.


Kids eat free every night from 4PM – 8PM with the purchase of an adult entrée. Limit one kids’ menu item per adult entree. This deal seems to vary by location so call your location before visiting!


On Tuesdays, get up to TWO free kids meals for kids 12 and under (regularly $2.49 each) with the purchase of one adult entree at participating locations. Gohere for more details.


On Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11AM to close, children 10 and under get one free kid’s meal per adult meal purchased. Click here for a list of participating locations or call your local restaurant.

Marie Callender’s

On Tuesdays and Saturdays, get one free kid’s meal (excluding drink) per adult entrée purchased for dine-in only, valid at participating locations. Go here for more details.

Moe’s Southwest Grill

At select locations, kids eat free (limit one free kids’ meal for each adult meal purchased) on a specific day of the week which varies by location. Be sure tofollow your local Moe’s on Facebook to see participating times and locations.

Choose from the Power Wagon (hard or soft taco), Mini Masterpiece (cheese quesadilla), or Moo Moo Mr. Cow (burrito). Each kids’ meal includes a cookie and beverage plus free chips and salsa.


Kids eat free all day, every day at participating locations! Get one free kids meal (beverage not included) with the purchase of an adult entrée, valid for dine-in only. Go here for more details.


Kids 12 and under eat for just $1.99 all day Thursdays and from 11AM – 4PM on Saturdays. Kids Meals include a choice of entrée – like Chicken Tenders, Fried Fish, or Small Chopped Beef – plus two sides, a drink, and dessert (Jello, Pudding, or Cupcake). Go here for details.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

All day on Mondays and Tuesdays, kids ages 12 and under can eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée (excludes 3-course lunch and Romano’s Kitchen Counter Express Lunch or Dinner). Go here or check out your local Romano’s Macaroni Grill Facebook page for details.

Ruby’s Diner

Every Tuesday night is Family Night at Ruby’s Diner! From 4PM until closing, kids ages 12 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée, valid at participating locations only. Please check with your local Ruby’s Diner for more details. Limit one free kids meal per adult entrée ordered.

Ruby Tuesday

Every Tuesday from 5PM to close, kids can eat free at participating locations with an adult entrée purchase (limit one free kids entrée per adult entrée). Gohere for more details.

Steak ‘n Shake

Kids can now eat free any time on any day of the week with a qualifying purchase at over 400 participating locations across the country. There is a limit of one free kids plate to children 12 and under for every $9 spent, valid for dine-in only.

Kids Plates are served with a choice of fries or applesauce and include the Original Steakburger, Mini Corn Dogs, Macaroni & Cheese Steakburger Minis, Hot Dog, Grilled Cheese, or Chicken Fingers.


Using CBD Oil Can Save You Money – Here’s How

No one likes to visit the doctor or take medicine regularly, because not only does this take time and effort, it costs money. If you are continuously ill, perhaps it is time to invest in your health to save you on medical costs further down the line? What do you have to lose? 

Taking care of your health and wellbeing daily can be a great way to avoid the doctor, hospital or drug-store down the road. Preventative measures are always a better option than to fall ill and find a cure. There are various natural products that can assist you on your road to better health and savings, including products such as cannabis or hemp oil. 


Cannabidiol naturally occurs in the cannabis plant; the oil is collected through the process of CBD extraction which has therapeutic uses in humans and certain animals. 

Humans and certain animals possess an endocannabinoid system which regulates, maintains and balances certain biological processes within the body. It is believed that cannabidiol effects the endocannabinoid receptors, which are found throughout the body, by stimulating them to assist in biological processes. These processes will target certain ailments and strive to achieve a balance within the system. 

Preliminary research has shown that CBD can be helpful in certain disorders such as epilepsy, and therapeutic for those that experience sleeping disorder, pain and/or movement. CBD oil has also been linked to improved health and function in dogs, cats and horses making it the perfect supplement for your ailing pet too. Save on vet bills!

People who have been using CBD oil for years claim to benefit greatly from the product and report better function, mobility and health since using cannabidiol. 

Cheaper is Not Always Better

It is important to note that not all CBD oil is manufactured or extracted in the same ways. Many CBD products are fake, or of such low grade that they have no beneficial traits. What a waste of money! 

Saving a few dollars on a CBD product might just cost you double if you need to replace your CBD oil due to the cheaper version being unusable. Choose a legitimate high-grade and legal product to avoid costly mistakes.

Savings on Health

By focusing on keeping your endocannabinoid system in check with CBD oil or products, you can ditch the many supplements, medications and medical visits that cost you hundreds of dollars. Only ditch these things if your healthcare practitioner sees an improvement and gives you permission to do so.

CBD products are not a cure but are affective in conjunction with modern medicine as a therapeutic aid. Hopefully you can reach the healthy stage where you only need to take CBD products on a maintenance basis or when needed. 

With research in its infancy, results are proving to be promising and hopefully CBD products will be the first-line defense in treating many illnesses, disorders or ailments. Do thorough research on CBD before deciding to try the products, as CBD oil is not for everyone.


Find Your Missing Money

Have you ever heard of Established in 1999, is a national database that enables you to perform searches for lost assets required by law to be turned over to the states – like money due from past employers, utility companies, stocks, mutual funds, safe deposit box contents, uncashed checks, insurance policies and more.


Steps to Search for YOUR Missing Money:

  • Click here, enter your name or Business name and click on “search”
  • Enter your city and state
  • If you find a match, complete a claim form. Most states and provinces require a specific form to be completed which asks pertinent information about the property and proof of ownership, such as copies of checkbook, passbook, bonds, etc.
  • Follow the instructions to complete the specified form and supply any necessary documentation and identification.
  • The claim form and ID are then mailed to the state for review. The state will respond to you directly after they have reviewed your submission and verified that you are the rightful owner.
  • Most states send you an acknowledgment letter after receiving your claim. Claims processing time frames vary between states and provinces and property to property based upon claim activity. Click here to view the list of participating states in MissingMoney.

40+ Best Senior Discounts

Senior discounts are one of the best perks of aging.


TIP #1: Sign up for an AARP membership! This club is essential to unlocking senior savings and discounts and annual memberships start as low as $12 per year (only $1 per month)!

TIP #2: Ask before you make a purchase! Many places do not voluntarily offer discounts unless they are requested, and franchise establishments may have varying offers by location.


1. Albertsons

Albertsons may offer a 10% discount on the first Wednesday of each month for those 55 and up. Contact your local store as this offer may not be valid at all locations.


2. AMC

Guests aged 60 and up can get discounted ticket prices at participating AMC theatres!

3. American Airlines

American Airlines and American Eagle may offer Senior Fares in some domestic markets for seniors 65 years or older. Call American Airlines Reservations at 1-800-433-7300 for more details.

4. Applebee’s

Those who are at least 60 and up may be able to get 10% to 15% off at participating locations. This deal may require a Golden Apple Card, so be sure to call your local store to verify participation.


5. Arby’s

Seniors age 55 or older may be able to get a 10% discount. Some locations also offer a free drink. Contact your local restaurant to verify participation.

6. Best Western

Guests 55 and older can save 10% or more on room rates at Best Western Hotels & Resorts. Book your stay at over 4,100 hotels worldwide and enjoy complimentary breakfast, FREE Wi-Fi and more.

7. Bonefish Grill

AARP Members can visit Bonefish Grill and save 10% off your dining bill (excluding alcohol, applicable taxes and gratuity). To receive your 10% discount, just show your valid AARP membership card during dinner, lunch, or Sunday brunch at any participating Bonefish Grill locations.


8. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Present your AARP membership card at any participating Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant and save 10% on food and non-alcoholic beverages.

9. Carabba’s Italian Grill

AARP members can visit Carrabba’s Italian Grill any day of the week to save 10% off your entire dining bill (excluding alcohol, applicable taxes, and gratuity).

10. CiCis Pizza

Many CiCis stores do offer senior discounts. However, since most of the stores are individually owned, discounts vary from location to location. Contacting your local Cicis to inquire about discounts.


11. Cinemark

Cinemark offers a Senior Day discount price on participating days, valid for any movie, any showtime (excludes Cinemark XD, Xtreme, IMAX and Special Engagements). Check your local theatre box office for pricing and participation information.

12. Days Inn

Guests 60 years and older are invited to enjoy special savings off their Best Available Rate when they stay at participating Days Inn hotels. Plus, AARP members save 10% off the best available rate.

13. Denny’s

AARP members can visit Denny’s any day of the week to save 15% off your entire bill at participating Denny’s locations. This offer cannot be combined with other discount offers on the same check.

Plus, be sure to check out their exclusive 55+ menu with low-cost items.


14. Fred Meyers

Seniors 55+ get a 10% discount during Senior Events on private brand groceries and nutrition including Fred Meyer, Kroger, Simple Truth (& more brands), apparel, shoes & accessories, most electronics, Fred Meyer Jewelers, and ALL Home goods, including Toys, Sporting Goods, Auto & Garden.

15. Goodwill

Every Tuesday is Goodwill Senior Savings Day where seniors age 60 or better receive a 10% discount on donated merchandise.

16. Harris Teeter

Shop at Harris Teeter and use your VIC card every Thursday for a 5% discount, if you are 60 or over.


17. Hertz

Travelers 50 and over can save up to 20% off base rates every day as part of their Fifty Plus Program. Plus, take advantage of additional program benefits.

18. Hyatt

Save up to 50% on prevailing rates at participating Hyatt hotels and resorts in the continental U.S. and Canada. To qualify for the Senior Citizen Rate, you must be 62 years of age or older with valid identification at check-in. Senior citizens may only book one room at this rate during their stay.

19. IHOP

IHOP offers a special 55+ menu with appropriately sized and priced options — available anytime! Plus, participating locations offer Senior Specials on select days and times, such as 50% off any regular menu item, buy one entree get one entree free, 20% all regularly priced menu items, and more.


20. Jiffy Lube

Some Jiffy Lube service centers offer a senior citizens’ discount, but this discount varies from location to location. Please call ahead to your local Jiffy Lube to determine if a discount is available.

21. KFC

If you’re 55 or older, you may be able to get a free small drink with the purchase of an entree.

22. Kohl’s

Kohl’s offers a special 15% discount every Wednesday in their stores. The special discount is valid in-store only for customers aged 60 or better. Please see a store associate for additional details.


23. Krispy Kreme

Participating locations may offer 10% off for customers 50 year or older (age and discount amount may vary by location). Contact your local store to verify participation.

24. Landry’s, Inc Restaurants

Show your AARP membership card to enjoy a 10% discount off food and non-alcoholic beverages at participating restaurants.

25. Marriott

If you’re 62 years or older, you can save 15% or more on your room rate at Marriott brand hotels worldwide, seven days a week. Discounted rooms are offered on a space-available basis; a maximum of two rooms can be reserved per stay.

26. McCormick & Schmick’s

Show your AARP membership card at any of their 58 McCormick’s family restaurant locations to save 10% on food and non-alcoholic beverages.


27. McDonald’s

Most McDonald’s locations provide seniors discounted coffee and beverages every day, but since they’re individually owned, be sure to check with your favorite location.

28. Michaels

If you are age 55 years or older, take 10% off your entire Michaels purchase including sale items every day (exclusions apply). Simply present a valid ID at the register. See Store Team Member for details.

29. Outback Steakhouse

AARP members can visit Outback Steakhouse any day of the week for lunch or dinner and save 10% off your entire dining bill (excluding alcohol, applicable taxes and gratuity).

30. Rainforest Cafe

Next time you’re visiting Rainforest Cafe remember to present your AARP membership card and save 10% on food and non-alcoholic beverages. May not be used in conjunction with the Company Loyalty Program (Landry’s Select Club). Does not apply to tax, gratuity, or gift card purchases. Valid for Member and up to five family members or guests (parties of six or fewer).


31. Regal Cinemas

AARP members can pay $9.50 for Regal ePremiere Tickets purchased online (conditions apply). Tickets are valid at all Regal Entertainment Group locations nationwide for all movies and showtimes.

Plus, AARP members can save $3 on any small or larger popcorn and soft drink combo at Regal Cinemas. Members must also be a Regal Crown club member and show both their AARP membership card and their Regal Crown Club card at the time of purchase.

32. Rite Aid

The first Wednesday of every month is dedicated to senior events and savings at Rite Aid, including:

  • 20% off non-prescription purchases that day for all wellness65+ members
  • Special monthly activities with a different health topic each month
  • Featured products and information just for seniors

33. Saltgrass Steak House

The next time you’re dining at Saltgrass Steak House, remember to present your AARP membership card and save 10% on food and non-alcoholic beverages.

34. Showcase Cinemas

Showcase Cinemas offers patrons 60 years of age and older a discounted price, at select cinemas, every Wednesday. The reduced price applies to all movies, including MX4D, XPlus, IMAX, and RealD 3D.


35. Southwest Airlines

Travelers 65 years of age or over may get Senior Fares through Southwest Airlines. Get details on fares, limitations, and any restrictions regarding reservations on from a Southwest Airlines Customer Representative or a travel agent.

36. Tanger Outlets

AARP members get a free Tanger coupon book with up to $1,000 in savings offers from brand-name retailers when they show their AARP membership card at Tanger Shopper Services.

37. TCBY

Participating locations offer those aged 55 and over 10% off their entire purchase price.


38. Ticketmaster

AARP Members can save on tickets to select shows and events. Offers include 2 for 1 tickets, value 4-packs, tickets under $40, and more.

39. United Airlines

United offers senior fares to selected travel destinations for passengers who are 65 and older. Ask for more details on these great fares when you make your reservation or select the seniors (age 65 and older) category when you make your booking on

40. Walgreens

The first Tuesday of every month is Senior Savings Day at Walgreens. Seniors 55+ can get 20% off all regular priced eligible items, valid in-store or online. Balance Rewards card required for discounts.


41. Wendy’s

Participating locations may offer 10% off your order or a discounted drink at most locations. Call your local store for participation details.

42. Whataburger

Whataburger may offer seniors a free 8-ounce coffee or a small drink with the purchase of a meal.

43. Wyndham Hotels

Guests 60 years and older are invited to enjoy special savings off their Best Available Rate when they stay at participating Wyndham hotels and resorts.


15+ Free National Summer Programs For Kids

1. Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program


If you need an incentive to get the kids to go screen-free every once in a while, check out the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program. Download a reading journal from the Barnes & Noble website, then have your little bookworm log each book as it’s completed. Once they’ve read eight books, bring the completed journal to your local Barnes & Noble between Aug. 1 and Aug. 31st to get a free book. Score!

Insider Tip: Your local public library likely has a summer reading program, too! Be sure to visit your branch to get the scoop on how to participate and win prizes.

Cost: Free




2. LEGO Mini Builds & Magazine


Every month this summer, download the free instructions to a new LEGO mini build. In addition, your master builder can receive a free magazine as part of the LEGO life program. There are stories, activities and news updates for kids ages 5-9.

Cost: Free



3. Microsoft Kids Camp


Microsoft is offering free kids camp at their stores this summer, including a Harry Potter coding camp! There are also other types of camps, including designing video games, STEM Saturdays and robotics. Ages range from 6-14, and while the camps are free, advance registration is required.

Cost: Free



photo: Brain Chase

4. Brain Chase


Give your kids an exciting and engaging adventure this summer by joining forces with Mae Merriweather from the Grayson Academy of Antiquities. Starting on Jun. 10, 2019, your tiny treasure hunter can join other participants from all over the world to work hard, have fun, and decode the clues that will lead one lucky winner to the mysterious Sunstone of Cortes.

How does it work? Kids will choose three electives out of 15 (depending on which package you select), including math, engineering, cooking, typing and even yoga, to solve each weekly challenge. Once solved, an original webisode containing the next hidden clue will be unlocked. The first treasure hunter to solve the mystery will jet off to unearth the real buried treasure—a gold-plated globe and a $5,000 scholarship!

Cost: $89 and up. Click here for more information.


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5. Scholastic's Read-a-Palooza


Your avid reader can help underprivileged kids gain access to books by keeping track of his total minutes read this summer. Registration is open now, and the challenge goes until Sept. 6, 2019. There are two ways to participate: Check with your school librarian to see if the school is participating, or sign up independently. As kids log their minutes, they’ll unlock fun videos, book excerpts and other exclusive summer content. Once the program hits 25, then 50 and then 100 million minutes read, Scholastic, with the help of other sponsors will donate up to 200,000 books to underserved kids across the country. You can register here.

Cost: Free



6. Ranger Rick Photo Contest


If you’ve got a budding Ansel Adams at home, the Ranger Rick photo contest is a great way to keep her busy over the summer. First, head for the great outdoors and have her take nature and landscape pictures. Then, select her favorite one and send it in with proper sizing (2 MB or smaller, JPG format, at least 600 pixels wide or 600 pixels tall). If your kid doesn’t have a digital camera, no worries! Phone images are also accepted. Recent winners (this is an ongoing contest) are entered into the running for Ranger Rick’s "Your Best Shots" Magazine Award and are selected every three months. Each winner receives a certificate of achievement and copies of the magazine featuring the winning image!

Cost: Free

Online: nwf./kids/ranger-rick/photo-contest


photo: Dana Porrazzo via Kids That Do Good

7. Kids That Do Good Volunteer Program


It's never too early to instill the habit of giving to others. Have your little philanthropists sign up with Kids That Do Good this summer in order to spend time giving back to their local community. The online (kid-founded!) resource allows kids to get involved with a cause or charity of their choosing—or, if you’ve got real go-getters at home—create their own! Once you’ve created an account and found an organization, kids can track their service hours via social profiles and certificates.

Cost: Free




8. Apple Camp


The very popular Apple Camp returns for the summer. Designed to help spark the imaginations of kiddos ages 8-12, this three-day workshop allows kids to explore and expand on their digital creativity. They’ll choose one of three tracks, and spend 90 minutes of each day working on their project. Be sure tosign up here to get an email announcing open registration—spots fill up quickly!

Insider Tip: If you can't grab a reservation, check out your local store forregularly scheduled events.

Cost: Free




9. Home Depot Maker Classes


The Home Depot offers workshops that are perfect for mini-makers. Simply pre-register online, and then show up on the selected Saturday to build fun projects like a putting green. At the end of the two-hour workshop, kids receive a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.

Cost: Free




10. Camp Creativity at Michael's


Does your artist dream of paint, paper, glitter and glue? If so, Michael’s Camp Creativity is the perfect way to beat summer brain drain. Kids come in on Mon., Wed. and Fri. from 10:00 am-12:00 pm to work on projects that have fun themes like Zoo AdventuresWorld Explorers and Sea Treasures. There are new crafts each day, Friday is a slime-themed project, and kids get stickers and coloring pages to collect for each session they attend.

Cost: $3 for a 30-minute session




11. Kids Bowl Free


Budding bowlers can perfect their technique all summer long thanks to Kids Bowl Free, which allows them to play up to two games a day free of charge. All that's missing is a pair of those sweet bowling shoes. To find a participating bowling alley near you, click here.

Cost: Free




12. Summer Movie Programs


Sometimes a dark and cool movie theater is the only way to beat the heat. Your kids can sign up for a punch card or show up at participating Cinemark (movies shown on Tues. and Thurs.) and Regal theaters (movies shown on Tues. and Wed.) to catch a fun kid-friendly flicks for just $1. Even better, most movies show before noon, making it easy to catch a flick and head home for nap time.

Insider Tip: You can skip the concession lines at Cinemark with a speed pack!

Cost: $1 per movie at both locations, or $5 for 10 punch card from Cinemark.




13. Kids Skate Free


Xanadu your heart out and head for the local roller rink this summer. Whether your kids like to skate or rollerblade, a few laps will get their blood pumping, and the cool, A/C-induced temps are a total bonus. The Kids Skate Free program allows families to take advantage of this offer once a week (during summer months). Click here to find out if it’s happening at your local rink.

Cost: Free




14. National Park Jr. Ranger Program


If you’ve got a National Park nearby (or have plans to travel this summer), be sure to sign up your mini explorers for the NPS Junior Ranger Program. Each kiddo will be outfitted with a handy Junior Ranger guidebook that's filled with historical facts and cool tips about all the National Parks. Every adventurer also gets the chance to complete a series of activities, share answers with a park ranger, and receive an official Junior Ranger patch and certificate. Click here to learn more. 

Insider Tip: Kids can earn badges at home by downloading activity books and information packets. Click here for more info

Cost: Free



15. Museums on Us


If you are a Bank of America or a Merrill Lynch cardholder, you can snag free admission at more than 150 museums, science centers and botanical gardens across the country on two days every month just by showing your card. Find out if your favorite museum is participating, and on what days, by clicking here.

Cost: Free


20+ Stores That Price Match Amazon


1. Advance Auto Parts

Advance Auto Parts will price match any identical or comparable product, which is pretty rare! With their Price Match Guarantee, you’ll hit the road knowing you have the best price (and product).

2. Ashley Homestore

Ashley Furniture will price match any identical and in-stock item on Amazon. Check out their entire Pricing Policy, so you know you’re getting the best deal.

3. Bed Bath & Beyond


You can get the best price match in store, by email, or by phone with Bed Bath and Beyond’s Policy. Read all the details on their Worry-Free Price Match Promise.

4. Best Buy

Best Buy claims that no one will beat their prices – and that includes sales made directly from Amazon! With their Price Match Guarantee, you can get the best deal in-store and online.

5. Dell

Dell will not only price match before you buy, but they’ll also price match up to 30-days after you buy! Items must be sold directly from Amazon to be eligible for their Price Match Guarantee.

6. Dick’s Sporting Goods


Any item that’s an exact match and sold directly by Amazon are eligible for Dick’s Price Match Guarantee. Not only will you receive the best price, but you’ll still get to collect your Scorecard rewards when purchasing through them.

7. Dyson

Within 30 days of your purchase, you can get with the best price with Dyson’s Price Match Guarantee for any item that is sold directly through Amazon.

8. Fry’s Electronics

The cost of shipping is always included for any verified, identical item with their 30-Day Price Match Promise. As a bonus, if you’ve already purchased an item with Fry’s and find a better online price, they will refund you 110% of the cost you paid!

9. GNC

All you have to do to take advantage of their Price Match Guarantee is show any associate the Amazon price online, and they’ll give you your discount. Products must be the exact same, including flavors and serving sizes.

10. Golf Galaxy

Golf Galaxy claims that they will not be undersold. With their Pricing Policy, you’ll receive the best price at the time of purchase (and up to 30 days after buying), guaranteed, for any items sold directly from Amazon.

11. Home Depot

The Home Depot Guaranteed Low Price policy gives you the best price at checkout for an identical item sold by Amazon. Some products, such as seasonal, discontinued, clearance, and others are not included, so brush up on their policy before heading to the store!

12. HP

You can score a new desktop or laptop with HP’s Price Match Policy if you find a better price on Amazon. The item’s model number and detailed specifications must be exact before taxes.

13. JCPenney

Price match with JCPenney’s Lowest Price Guarantee. Not only will they price match, but they’ll also give you an additional 5% discount for any priced item sold directly on Amazon.

14. JOANN Fabrics

Identical, in-stock items on Amazon found for a lower price within 7 days of your purchase will be price matched with JOANN’s Price Match Pledge. Seasonal items, doorbusters, and other restrictions apply and are not applicable for price matching.

15. Kohl’s

When shopping Kohl’s, simply show a store associate your phone with the identical item you want to purchase, and they’ll honor the lower price in store with their Price Match Guarantee. (Prices during the week of Thanksgiving will not be honored.)

16. Lord + Taylor

Any item sold on Amazon that is an exact match in size, color, and is in stock will be price matched with Lord + Taylor’s Price Policy. Item must be purchased on the same day as the valid online price.

17. Lowe’s

An associate at Lowe’s can price match any eligible items in store. Some brands and certain products (including delivery and installation fees) are not included in the price guarantee (or may make them ineligible). Check out their entire Price Match Guarantee before buying.

18. Nordstrom

Nordstrom will price match any item that is the same size, color, and in stock on Amazon or sold by any U.S. based seller on Amazon. Their Pricing Policy restricts any items that are on flash sale, discounted items, or outlet prices.

19. Petco

You can price match any identical item at Petco that you find on Amazon by calling their number and requesting a price match. Since their Price Match Guarantee contains this added step, do a little planning before you head to the store.

20. Staples

With Staples Price Match Guarantee, they will give you the best price for in-store shopping only. If you find a lower price within 14 days of making your purchase at Staples, they’ll refund you the difference.

21. Sur la Table

The Price Match Guarantee offers you the ability to compare prices, not only from Amazon directly but also from products sold from select retailers selling on Amazon. They will accommodate in-store purchase with an associate or online purchases by calling their customer service.

22. Target

Even if you find a better price sold directly on Amazon, Target will price match it. Their Price Match Guarantee does not include third-party sellers, and stores in Alaska and Hawaii are excluded.

23. Tractor Supply Co.

Tractor Supply will match any competitor’s online or in-store price on any item that is identical to the item on Amazon. Their Price Match Guarantee does not include prices from third-party sellers or other prices instant rebates, mail-in offers, and other listings. Make sure to read all their guidelines before heading to the store.

24. Walmart

Walmart’s Price Matching Policy will match any identical item sold directly by Amazon. Prices on third-party items or stores in Alaska or Hawaii are restricted from these special offers.