Free Smart Shopping Workshop 4/23/15 at 11:00 AM

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Smart Shopping Workshop

As part of Money Smart Week, I am teaching a Smart Shopping Workshop and you’re invited to attend for free! Learn how to shop smarter and save at least half off your grocery budget each month! Plus, learn tips to save money every day.

When: Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 11 am to 1 pm
Where: Fox Valley Chamber of Commerce
600 North Commons Drive, Suite 102
Aurora, IL 60504

There is no need to register. Feel free to bring guests. You are also welcome to bring your own lunch.

Are you planning to attend? Leave a comment below and let me know!

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Main Event Entertainment $25 FUNcard Giveaway (Ends 10/13/14 at 11:59 pm CST)

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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was invited to attend the preview event, which included complimentary food and attractions. However, all opinions are my own honest opinions.


We had the opportunity to visit the new Main Event Entertainment location in Warrenville, IL this weekend during their grand opening. My entire family had a great time. Read my review here to find out the different activities we did!

About Main Event Entertainment:

Main Event Entertainment is a state-of-the-art entertainment destination that packs in tons of fun for everyone, all under one roof with cutting-edge bowling, multi-level laser tag, Gravity ropes, games, billiards and more. Main Event is the fastest growing family entertainment center in the U.S. The new Warrenville center located at 28248 Diehl Road is the 17th location nationwide and the first location in Illinois. Main Event’s dining options include a pizza restaurant with hand tossed pizzas and gelato as well as American casual dining with classic sandwiches, burgers and entrees and a full bar. Main Event is open on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

The prize:

Main Event Entertainment $25 FUNcard

Enter to win:

Disclaimer: We were not compensated for this post. We are not associated with the company named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, Instagram or Klout. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.

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Free Bra Fitting and Bra Donation – Vanity Fair LiftTour with Dress for Success

Disclosure: I received a complimentary Vanity Fair bra while attending the #LiftTour Blogger Event. However, all opinions are my own, honest opinions.

Vanity Fair #LiftTour #WomenWhoDo

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit the Vanity Fair LiftTOUR at their stop at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, IL. I’m very inspired by their mission to help women with their partnership with Dress for Success. Watch this video to find out more about their mission:

When you visit a stop during the LiftTOUR, you will have the opportunity to get a free bra fitting. Just for stopping in for your free bra fitting, Vanity Fair will donate a brand-new bra to the local Dress for Success affiliate. The beautiful thing is that you will be able to write a note of inspiration and encouragement to the person receiving the donated bra. Here’s what I wrote:

Donated Bra

It was so easy to get fitted for a bra and in all honesty, a little less intrusive than the last time I was fitted for a bra. The Vanity Fair Fit Experts are very knowledgeable and can help you with making sure you have the correct size so that you can be comfortable in your bra. There are also comfortable seats on the bus so if you have to wait for your turn, it is a pleasant wait.

#LiftTOUR #WomenWhoDo

Bra Fitting

What inspires me most about this initiative is hearing from the women that will benefit the most from us taking the time out of our busy schedules to get a free bra fitting (which we should do anyway), so please take a few minutes to watch this video to learn more about just one of the women you’ll impact:

Here are the additional stops they have in the Chicago area:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
2920 S. Finley Road
Downers Grove, IL 60515
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Thursday, September 11, 2014
1001 75th Street
Woodridge, IL 60517
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Friday, September 12, 2014
3 Orland Square Drive
Orland Park, IL 60462
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

If you are not in the Chicago area, the LiftTour also has stops in Detroit, MI, New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Cleveland, OH, Atlanta, GA, and Miami, FL. See the dates and locations of those stops on the Vanity Fair LiftTOUR website.

Check out my store matchups before heading out to the stores this week:

Store Matchups

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Welcome FOX Good Day Chicago Viewers! ~ Back to School Shopping Savings Tips

FOX Good Day Chicago

Thanks for tuning in to watch me on FOX’s Good Day Chicago this morning. I truly enjoyed speaking with Melody Mendez about the different ways you can save money on buying your back to school supplies! Watch the video of the full segment on FOX’s Good Day Chicago’s website here.

Here are some ways to save money on your back to school shopping:

- Take inventory of what you have. If your kids are like mine, they probably came home with some extra unused supplies at the end of last school year. You may have also grabbed an extra supply or two over the years. You can always turn something old into something new just by getting creative. Using decorative Duct Tape and washi tape are easy ways to turn something into a work of art. Even drawing with Sharpies can make something look interesting.

- Download the free Favado app.  Sign up for the Favado app here and download it on your smartphone.  This is the best time and money saver because you are able to find the best deals at many stores, including ones for back to school, like Office Depot/Office Max, Staples, Target, Walmart, and more. Use the search feature to find what you still need – you can search by product (ex: crayons, pens, index cards) or by brand (ex: Crayola, Bic, Sharpie). You can even create your shopping list right on the app.


- Start early. Even if your kids have already started school, now is still the best time to shop for back to school supplies. Stock up for when they start running out of supplies during the year because at that point, it will cost 2-3 times as much as it does right now. You can find many supplies on sale for $1 or less.

- Use rewards programs. My favorite rewards program is the Shop Your Way Rewards program for Sears and Kmart because you can earn points on your purchases to use towards future purchases. You can use it to buy clothes and other school supplies. The Children’s Place also has a free rewards program called My Place Rewards where you can earn points from your purchases towards certificates to be used on future purchases. Let’s face it – every little bit helps!


- Use printable and online coupons. Using sites like to search for coupon codes before you shop will help you save even more money. Right now, is the only one that has Crayola coupons available. You can print them out here:

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While you’re here, check out our store matchups before you head out to do your shopping:

Store Matchups

What are some other tips you have to help us save money on back to school supplies?

Thank you for reading A Savings WOW! and don’t forget to check out our check out our Coupon Database for lots of money-saving coupons!

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