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

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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.

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- 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 Savings.com to search for coupon codes before you shop will help you save even more money. Right now, Savings.com 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:

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

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Rascal Flatts Concert – Illinois Lottery #APMusicSeries

Disclosure: I received a free tickets to the Rascal Flatts concert from the Illinois Lottery in exchange for writing a review on the blog.

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We had so much fun attending the Rascal Flatts concert, courtesy of the Illinois Lottery, as part of their Anything’s Possible Music Series (#APMusicSeries). Since we aren’t taking any out-of-state vacations this year, this was a perfect “staycation” for us, as well as a long-overdue date night.

Once we arrived at the First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre in Tinley Park, IL, one of the first things we saw upon entering the gate was the Illinois Lottery tent. There, we were able to purchase lottery tickets, plus they had a special game we could play for a chance to win prizes if we purchased a certain number of tickets.

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Lucky for me, one of my lottery tickets was a winner! I won $4, enough to cover the tickets I purchased. I just knew it was going to be a good night!

Because of the amount of traffic heading into Tinley Park, we missed the first opening act, which was Gloriana, but we were able to catch Sheryl Crow. She did not disappoint. Jim and I made sure to take a selfie to commemorate our first date night in over a year (since his stroke last year).

Once Rascal Flatts took the stage, the audience cheered and we were treated to many of their hits. I’ve always loved listening to their songs on the radio and watching them perform on awards shows, and seeing them live was even better than I could have imagined! Here are just some of the songs they played:

Their newest hit, “Rewind:”

“Love You Out Loud:”

Then, Sheryl Crow joined them onstage for a couple of songs, including “Picture:”

and “My Wish” (one of my favorites):

My favorite part of the concert was when they introduced their band, but they didn’t do it the traditional way. They sang a couple of songs acapella with their band. Who knew there could be so much vocal talent backing them up? Here they are singing “Happy:”

Our kids favorite song from Rascal Flatts, “Life is a Highway:”

Once they finished their set, the screens starting showing the words “Rascal Flatts” and we all started chanting for them to return to the stage. They obliged with a final performance:

The best thing about seeing Rascal Flatts live in concert is watching them interact with their fans. They went into the audience and took selfies with the crowd, at times even grabbing the phones themselves to take the pictures, like Gary LeVox did:

#APMusicSeries Rascal Flatts Selfie

You can tell that they really appreciate and care about the fans, which makes the show even more amazing. You check out their latest album, “Rewind,” on Amazon.com.

It was our first time at the First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre and we were very impressed. Our tickets were on the Illinois Lottery’s Anything’s Possible deck, so we had a good view of the stage. We were under a covered area. We also liked the fact the parking is free. My only suggestion would be to give yourself plenty of time before the concert to get in because with the traffic on the exit ramp and then entering the parking, it was almost twice the estimated arrival time on our GPS.

If you’d like the chance to win a flyaway trip to a Live Nation Show and $5,000, you can enter at one of the #APMusicSeries concerts throughout the Chicago-area this summer, or you can visit the Illinois Lottery’s website. They’ll also be at different festivals and locations throughout the summer, so keep your eye out for the Illinois Lottery’s tent and stop by!

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Staycation Ideas: Nationwide – Find Your City Here

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With summertime just around the corner, find some great ways to take a staycation with your family wherever you are. Find some great ideas wherever you are:

A – D

Phoenix-Metro, Arizona ~ Mom Endeavors
Scottsdale, Arizona ~ Saving For Someday
Tucson, Arizona ~ Desert Chica Ramblings
Bentonville, Arkansas ~ This Sweet Life
Fullerton, California ~ More with Less Today
San Diego, California ~ Southern Cali Saver.com
Denver, Colorado ~ Bargain Blessings
Washington, District of Columbia ~ Kidventurous

F – I

Jacksonville, Florida ~ Saving The Family Money
Orlando, Florida ~ The Educators’ Spin On It
Tallahassee, Florida ~ SwagGrabber
Tampa, Florida ~ Not Consumed
Chicago (and suburbs), Illinois ~ A Savings WOW!
Chicago, Illinois ~ Entertaining Chicago
Fort Wayne, Indiana ~ Simplified Saving
Indianapolis, Indiana ~ Chaos Is Bliss
Des Moines, Iowa ~ Eat, Play, Love Des Moines

K – P

Northern Kentucky (Boone, Kenton, Campbell Co) ~ Simply Sherryl
Annapolis, Maryland ~ The Happy Housewife
Boston, Massachusetts ~ Maven of Savin
Grand Rapids, Michigan ~ Give Me Neither
Metro Detroit, Michigan ~ Saving Dollars and Sense
Oakland County, Michigan ~ Everyday Savvy
South Haven, Michigan ~ Bargain Briana
Twin Cities, Minnesota ~ Creative Couponing
Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas ~ Kosher on a Budget
Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas ~ Kansas City Mamas
Southern Missouri ~ Getting Freedom
Omaha, Nebraska ~ Family Fun in Omaha
Reno (& Northern), Nevada ~ Premeditated Leftovers
Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York ~ Anns’ Entitled Life
Syracuse, New York ~ I am THAt Lady
Cincinnati, Ohio ~ Adventure mom
Columbus, Ohio ~ Cleverly Simple
Dayton, Ohio ~ Savings Lifestyle
Northeast Ohio ~ Raising Lifelong Learners
Northeast Ohio (Canton, Akron, Cleveland) ~ Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring
North Central Oklahoma ~ From this Kitchen Table
Portland, Oregon ~ Frugal Living NW
Erie, Pennsylvania ~ Growing Kids Ministry
Harrisburg/Central, Pennsylvania ~ Family Balance Sheet
Lancaster, Pennsylvania ~ Pandora’s Deals
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ~ The Coupon High
Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) ~ Bucktown Bargains

R – W

Providence, Rhode Island ~ Everyday Family Living
Beaufort, South Carolina ~ Kathys Cluttered Mind
Chattanooga, Tennessee ~ Living Chic on the Cheap
Nashville, Tennessee ~ The Hands-On Homeschooler
Arlington, Texas ~ Baby Boomer Rants
Bryan/College Station, Texas ~ How to Homeschool My Child
Dallas, Texas ~ Surviving The Stores
Fort Worth, Texas ~ Coupons and Freebies Mom
Houston, Texas ~ Melissa’s Bargains
Katy, Texas ~ Moms Confession
Rio Grande Valley (McAllen), Texas ~ iLoveMy5Kids
Salt Lake City, Utah ~ Teach Beside Me
Charlottesville, Virginia ~ How to Have it All
Richmond, Virginia ~ Vacation Maybe
Williamsburg, Virginia ~ The Talking Suitcase
Seattle, Washington ~ Thrifty NW Mom
Oshkosh, Wisconsin ~ A Little Bit of This and That

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Staycation Ideas: Chicago and Suburbs

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There are so many free and inexpensive things to do around Chicago and the suburbs that you can take a “staycation” doing any of the following things.

Museums and Other Attractions:

- Aurora – Blackberry Farm – Illinois residents get free admission on Family Fun Days on May 23, June 6, June 20, July 18, August 12, and August 27.

- Aurora – Red Oak Nature Center – Admission is always free.

- Aurora – Sci-Tech Museum

- Bensenville – Fischer Farm – Admission is always free.

- Chicago – Adler Planetarium – Illinois residents get complimentary general admission on June 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12. Illinois teachers (pre-K through 12) and active military personnel receive free general admission which can be applied to any admission pass.

- Chicago – Art Institute of Chicago – Illinois residents get free general admission every Thursday from 5 pm to 8 pm. Active-duty military and their families receive free admission to the museum from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Free admission is available to Illinois educators, including pre-K–12 teachers, teaching artists working in schools, pre-service teachers, and homeschool parents.

- Chicago – Chicago Botanic Garden – Admission is always free.

- Chicago – Chicago Children’s Museum

- Chicago – Chicago History Museum – Illinois residents get free admission on July 4, August 19, August 20, August 21, August 25, August 26, August 27, August 28, and every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in September.

- Chicago – The DuSable Museum of African History – Illinois residents get free admission on Sundays. Children under 5 years old are always free.

- Chicago – The Field Museum – Illinois residents receive complimentary basic admission on June 4, June 5, and June 9. Illinois teachers (pre-K through 12) and active military personnel always receive free basic admission.

- Chicago – Friends of the Chicago River – Admission is free on Sundays.

- Chicago – Garfield Park Conservatory – Admission is always free.

- Chicago – Millenium Park – Always free.

- Chicago – Museum of Contemporary Art – Admission is free for Illinois residents on Tuesdays year round.

- Chicago – Museum of Science and Industry – Illinois residents receive free admission from June 1st through June 6th. Active duty military, Illinois POWs, Chicago firefighters, Chicago police officers and Illinois teachers (pre-K through 12th grade) always get free admission.

- Chicago – Navy Pier – Admission is always free. You just have to pay for the activities or meals there.

- Chicago – The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum – Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois Residents. Children under 3 years old are always free.

- Chicago – Shedd Aquarium – Illinois residents receive free general admission or discounted upgraded admission on June 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17. Educators from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin can receive a complimentary Shedd Pass by registering online. Active-duty military personnel, Chicago police officers and firefighters receive a free Shedd Pass with proper ID.

- Elmhurst – Elmhurst Historical Museum – Admission is always free.

- Glenview – Kohl’s Children’s Museum

- Glenview – Wagner Farm

- Libertyville – Lambs Farm

- Naperville – DuPage Children’s Museum

- Naperville – Naper Settlement – Naperville residents get free admission with proof of residency.

- Rockford – Discovery Center Museum

- Wheaton – Cantigny Park

– There are per car parking fees.

* Borrow the Museum Adventure Pass from a participating library and get free admission to select museums and attractions.

Movies:

- Aurora – Movies in the Park – Phillips Park – Always free admission.

- Chicago – Movies in the Park – Always free admission.

Sports:

- Chicago – Chicago Cubs

- Chicago – White Sox Kids Club – Sign up for a free 2014 Kids Club Slugger Membership and receive a voucher to get free tickets to one of the following White Sox game dates: May 26, May 27, May 28, June 9, June 10, June 11, June 17, June 18, June 30, July 1, July 2, July 4, July 21, July 22, July 23, August 4, August 5, August 18, August 19, August 20, August 26, August 27, August 28, September 8, September 9, September 10, September 12, September 25, and September 26.

- Geneva – Kane County Cougars

- Schaumburg – Schaumburg Boomers – There is a Family Sunday Deal where you’ll receive 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, and 4 sodas on any of the following dates: May 25, June 8, June 22, July 6, July 13, July 27, August 10, and August 24.

Water Parks:

- Aurora – Splash Country Water Park – There are Twilight discount admissions.

- Des Plaines – Mystic Waters Family Aquatic Center

- Gurnee – Hurricane Harbor – Admission is only $5 when added to your Six Flags Great America Admission Ticket.

- Gurnee – Magic Waters Waterpark – There are many special packages, which include waterpark admission.

- Rockford – Magic Waters Waterpark – Children under 12 months are always free. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are bargain days where admission is only $12.

- Yorkville – Raging Waves – Children 2 years old and under are always free.

Zoos:

- Aurora – Phillips Park

- Brookfield – Brookfield Zoo

- Chicago – Lincoln Park Zoo

- Wheaton – Cosley Zoo

* We’ll continue to add more to this list as we find more events and attractions in the Chicago-area to help you have a wonderful staycation!  Check back often for our updates.  Leave a comment for us if you have any ideas on what to add to our list.

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Jewel-Osco Matchups and Deals 2/19-2/25/14

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[tweetherder]Check out the deals at @JewelOsco this week![/tweetherder]

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Sign up and download the free Favado app on your smartphone to take these deals with you. You’ll also be able to compare prices throughout various stores!

Here are this week’s deals at Jewel-Osco:

Beverages

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7-Up Ten, 2 L – $0.89

  • $0.75/1 TEN Soda, 2 L: Includes 7up, A&W, Canada Dry, RC, or Sunkist – 1-12-14 SS – (exp. 02/28/14)
  • $1.00/2 TEN Soda, 2 L: Includes 7up, A&W, Canada Dry, RC, or Sunkist – 1-12-14 SS – (exp. 02/28/14)
Final Price: $0.14
Use $0.75/1 coupon

Frozen Foods

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Essential Everyday Vegetables, 12 – 16 oz – $1.00

Includes: Select varieties

  • $0.75/1 Essential Everyday Product – 1-26-14 RP – (exp. 02/22/14)
Final Price: $0.25
Use $0.75/1 coupon

Dairy

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International Delight Coffee Creamer, 16 oz – $2.00

Includes: Select varieties

Out-of-Pocket Price: $1.45
Final Price: $0.45
Use $0.55/1 coupon and submit for Checkout 51 cash back
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Yoplait Yogurt, 4 – 6 oz – $0.50

Includes: Select varieties

Final Price: $0.38
Buy 8; Use $1.00/8 coupon

Personal Care

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Crest Toothpaste, 6.4 oz – $1.50

Includes: Select varieties

  • $0.50/1 Crest Toothpaste, 3 oz or Larger or Liquid Gel ; Excludes Trial or Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupon Per Household Per Day – 1-26-14 PG – (exp. 02/28/14)
Final Price: $1.00
Use $0.50/1 coupon

Pharmacy

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Boost, 6/8 oz btls – $6.98

Includes: Select varieties

  • $3.00/1 Boost Nutritional Product – 1-5-14 SS – (exp. 03/03/14)
  • $3.00/2 Boost Nutritional Products – 2-2-14 RP – (exp. 04/07/14)
  • $4.00/1 Boost Nutritional Product – 1-5-14 SS – (exp. 03/03/14)
Final Price: $2.98
Use $4.00/1 coupon
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Halls Breezers, 17 – 30 ct – $1.49

Includes: Select varieties

Out-of-Pocket Price: $0.99
Final Price: $0.49
Buy 2; Use $1.00/2 coupon and submit for $1.00/2 Checkout 51 cash back
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Halls Defense, 17 – 30 ct – $1.49

Includes: Select varieties

Out-of-Pocket Price: $0.99
Final Price: $0.49
Buy 2; Use $1.00/2 coupon and submit for $1.00/2 Checkout 51 cash back
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Halls Essentials, 17 – 30 ct – $1.49

Includes: Select varieties

Out-of-Pocket Price: $0.99
Final Price: $0.49
Buy 2; Use $1.00/2 coupon and submit for $1.00/2 Checkout 51 cash back
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