Category Archives: Finance

Free Skating & Bowling for Kids

Do your kids always complain that there’s “nothing fun” to do? (Yeah, mine too!) If so, check out these great offers that will keep them entertained without costing a fortune:

Kids Skate Free

Kids Bowl Free

Many locations all over America are participating, so it’s worth checking in your area. Just be aware that Shoe/Skate rental is extra if you don’t have any.

Donate Leftover Flowers to the Needy

Ever wondered what to do with leftover flowers bought for a big event? I sure have when I witnessed hundreds of gorgeous roses being tossed into the trash after an elaborate wedding! (Guests were allowed to take them home, but most declined. Such a waste, huh?)

The Full Bloom is a non-profit organization that accepts floral donations for the needy. They recut, repurpose, and recycle gently used flowers into bedside bouquets for patients in hospitals, hospice care, and nursing homes.

This idea is so ingenious, I’m surprised no one has tried it before. I’ve had multiple relatives that required long-term care and it gets so lonely and depressing for the patients. Many folks get no cards, no visitors, nothing. Imagine the joy that a surprise bouquet could bring to someone lying alone and sad all day in a hospital bed! And since the flowers are already paid for, there’s no additional cost for the giver. Win-win for all.

Valentine’s Day Freebies

It’s February 14th and love is in the air…too bad it often costs so much. ($100.00 floral arrangements and $50.00 boxes of chocolate? Yikes!) Here are some nice ways to enjoy the holiday without breaking the bank:

Free Photo:

CVS is offering a free 8×10 photo. Upload your picture and use coupon code VALENTINE at checkout. Choose same day in-store pickup and the total will be zero.

Free Food:

Qdoba is offering Buy 1, Get 1 Free entrees to all customers when they display a kiss of any kind (sticker, t-shirt, etc.)

Auntie Anne’s is offering Buy 1, Get 1 Free heart-shaped pretzels. Must use the Pretzel Perks app.

Don’t forget that local offers may be available where you live. In my area, I’ve seen coffee shop specials, juice bar specials, and a love-theme book reading at the library. Obviously, metro areas have more promotions, but even tiny towns may have surprises popping up today.