Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I think I am going to have to make a ranking of our local sushi choices.
I promise that one day soon I will compile that list of blogs to get on.
For now, sign up for hers and read this post about about Coupon terms and abbreviations. I think I will start call manufacturer's coupons mfr because of it. :)
Here is the website to get on their mailing list. They have a lot of coupons online, too. http://www.ljsilvers.com/
The closest location to me is in Panther Creek, and there is another one on 242. Both of them are with Taco Bell.
LJS is one of the few drive through places that have veggies on their menu. Their corn on the cob is cheap, and you can get a vegetable medley. I just try to stay away from fried food. Anyone try their grilled fish, yet?
I still have their other free drink coupons that came in the Sunday paper to use up.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Just give your email here and they will email you the coupon!
They are still giving 10% off if you have a warrior card (free from their website!), and they have good happy hour special between 3-6.
1 Via Starbucks sample + coupons
3 Crystal Light samples from vocalpoint + coupons
KFC coupons including buy a drink get a free sandwich next week
1 Freestyle Test Meter and 100 Test Strips (for my mom).
American Academy of Pediatrics Magazine.
Woohoo! Lots of good stuff! I love getting mail like this. It is like getting presents! I am making the lemon flavored crystal light sample right now! I like that it is flavored with stevia instead of sugar.
Getting stuff in the mail inspires me to sign up to get more stuff! I wonder why it comes in surges.
Also, I have found Your Baby Can Read 5 DVD Set for $50. If we want all the books and such, it is $100 for the complete set. Same deal. If interested email me. (normally retails at $200 on their website).
Both sets are brand new in box and never been opened.
I missed the update, but Admission prices increased on December 15th, 2009 by $1. You can buy discounted tickets at Fiesta (by $2).
These days are still free: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President's Day, Columbus Day, and the Friday after Thanksgiving
Did I mention that I stay away on free days, too, because of the crowds? I guess I am spoiled with my membership, which I paid $45 as a renewing member. With a Zoo membership I can go every day for with a charge!
Warning: no food or drinks allowed on trolleys. Also, no seat belts. So hold on!
As we were walking out, we went through the floral section, and the florist asked if we would like a balloon for free. It says HEB buddy on it. We got a free balloon the last time we were in HEB, too. While we were shopping, someone from IBC bank came up to us and gave us a balloon and a lollipop. So, you never now what you'll find there.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Here is one possible scenario:
Hot Dog: $3.19
Regular Fries: $2.89
Total: $6.08 plus tax.
Their fries are pretty generous and can be shared.
Their famous hamburger is $4.69
and their little hamburger is $3.39.
So, overall it is about the same price as a fast food joint, but better quality. I like that you can sit outside by the lake and you can add whatever toppings you would like to your burger for no additional charge (besides cheese and bacon).
They are open from 11am -10pm seven days a week so this is a good later night eatery, too.
I guess it just seems cheap because our local hamburger joints are Fuddruckers and Johnny Rockets, and the hamburgers at Fuddruckers start at $5.09.
ps. They also have all you can peanuts while you wait the seven minutes for your burger to be ready.
I vote this place kid friendly, especially because you can go out and feed the fish right outside on the Marina.
The orange plate special has $1 off coupon at Cafe on the Run making it $4.99. So, another lunch under $5. You get to pick your protein and two sides. This is a pretty good deal!
Also, (not that we should actually eat them) I saw $1 off HEB Coupon on a dozen glazed donuts. They are cheap to start with and this puts it well under the $3 mark. So, tomorrow could be the day to make friends in the morning with whoever you can treat with donuts.
Near the freezer section and cracker aisle, there is a side display of Keebler crackers. On the boxes I found a Buy Keebler Wheatables, get Keebler Wheatables Nutcrisp free coupon and hanging down I found a $1 off a wheatables box. So, total cost for two boxes is $1.50. Whoohoo!
I found a 60 ct tub of Pampers Wipes for $1.97. I had a coupon for $2 off in my baby section! Woohoo! I can't remember when I clipped it.
I picked up a bottle of Johnsons and Johnsons baby shampoo. Retail $2.98 - $1 Johnsons coupon = $1.98 Not the best price, but a good enough price to get it.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Scroll down and click on The Exercises. This is a super cool website that shows you how to do exercise using your body as resistance. Think yoga meets building muscles.
Friday, June 25, 2010
I just found another deal at Barnes and Noble online. The books start at $1.78. There are a ton of books under $1.99. Go to clearance and click on your child's age group. They have a lot of books on clearance for cheap, not just kids.
They also are doing b1 toys and games, get one at 50% off. Ends June 28.
Borders is doing 40% off in store with coupon. You should definitely get a borders reward card (for free). I get the best coupons from them in my email. Ends June 28. I love Melissa and Doug, and they have a nice selection. They also have cute Toy Story Legos.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Combine mayo, ketchup, and sweet pickle recipe in a small bowl. Stir, and Voila! I just eyeball the amounts. My favorite brands are Hellman's Light Mayo and Heinz Sugar free Ketchup, so that helps with calories and fat.
Try it, and let me know what y'all think!
The Concesssion stand is open daily 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. all week long.I can't tell y'all about the quality of the food, but it seems to be your standard concession style food at typical prices. Of course, it is cheaper (and healthier!) to run to the store and make your own picnic.
Highlights from the menu are Snow Cones for $2.
BBQ Sandwich: $3. Ice Cream: $1. Coffee: $1.
I got the menu from being on the Rec Center email list. If you live here, I suggest signing up for their email list.
ps. They opened their new bathrooms by the park, too! Bear Branch is one of my favorite parks in The Woodlands. Good for all ages, but especially good for those who are learning to walk.
For example, last weekend, I went to Moody Gardens. The lowest hotel price was $2.29 + tax. Plus, we wanted the unlimited passes, which were advertised at $49. They were (and still are) doing a promotion of Buy 1 day, get a second day free on the unlimited passes. Btw, you save at least $30 by doing the unlimited pass bundle if you actually do everything. These passes go for a few dollars less if you buy them online. They also offer at the park that you can upgrade the day pass to a summer pass for $35 dollars.
Moody Gardens offered us a package deal. Get a nice room plus 2 tickets and free valet parking for $289, including tax. Now do the math. It is like getting one of those tickets for free at least. So, this is an example where bundles are good!
Second example, Kids meals at most fast food places. McDs offers their hamburger kids meal for $2.49. A small fries, and small drink come off the dollar menu at $1/item. That leaves you $0.50 for a hamburger and a toy. Deal!
Same thing with the Chick Fil A Kids Meal. Check it out.
Next example, today I went to La Madeline to try their new tea (for free!), and I got the duet magnifique. I had half a cold sandwich (tuna), a small side cesear salad, and a bowl of tomato soup (add $1.20 for a bowl instead of cup). for $6.99 + $1.20 + free drink + tax. My little one and I shared saving us the $4.19 on the kids meal, which he probably wouldn't have eaten. If I remember correctly, the bowl of soup would have been around $5 by itself and the side salad about $4. Woohoo! ps. We love to dip their bread into the soup. Yum!
Bundles only work if you want everything in the bundle. If you don't, then it might be cheaper to go a la carte than to buy things you don't need and cant use.
A la carte is often better at sit down restaurants.
I know many mexican restaurants often make bundle meals (and it is like getting the rice and/or beans for free), but what if you don't want the rice or beans or just want a stuffed avocado. or you want 1 stuffed avocado and 1 chile relleno. Then, look at the a la carte menu. You can find some real deals, and make your own meal. Casa Imperial comes to my mind on this topic.
Sometimes restaurants charge you for silly things so check the prices before you order or be brave and ask your server how much something costs.
Most Mexican restaurants will bring you tortillas for free, but some charge.
This reminds me of my internal debate of whether or not it is worthwhile to get a kids meal. Some kids meals aren't anything special and are overpriced. Others are great and are generous. This is where ordering something a la carte to add to your meal can be a fab idea. Sometimes, we get an appetizer and a main course and share, too. (think queso! mmm)
Some places market things as bundles and you don't save any more than if you buy them separately or they even charge more then if you order off of the a la carte menu.
So, overall it doesn't matter which way you order as long as you are getting what you want and you do different combinations in your head to see how the price comes out best.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
I saw at the concessions that for the next few weeks they are offering a free refill on your large soda. And, you can get a refill on your large Popcorn, too.
I suggest eating across the street at Hubble and Hudson before. You get much better quality of food for less than Movie Theater prices.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
I was just talking about where to get a good salad around town, so I compiled a list for everyone.
Sweet Tomatos - You guys already know that this is my favorite place to go for salads.
Cheesecake Factory - I used to really adore their Sante Fe Salad. I think it was the dressing that made me fall for it.
Buca Di Beppo - My favorite is their apple gorgonzola!
La Madeline - They have my favorite Cesear salad around.
Cafe Express - I like that you can add sundried tomatos and garlic cloves to your liking.
The Grotto - We like their house salad.
Hubble and Hudson has a place to order salads. You can even make your own.
HEB has a salad bar for make your own.
Remember, that not all salads are healthy because they add so many calorie laden things to them.
There are tons of other places to go for salads. These are just my top go to places around town. Sweet Tomatos is the best deal when you have a coupon. Google for the addresses if you don't know where they are.
Also, I have definitely noticed that there are more free things printing out recently at check out, so this is your heads up to watch what you get. I still have that Free Smart Balance milk coupon for whoever wants it.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Did I mention to y'all my favorite icing at HEB is the elite! Yum! I really like their strawberry shortcake bar cakes! Double yum!
They made us a Cars cupcake cake and it looked super cute. Plus, we got to keep the 2 Cars that were on top!
Also, please follow me (Deal Finder E) on Facebook and Twitter, as well. I post special things there!
Outside, there were people signing people up for the Houston Chronicle at $1/week for the Sunday Paper. That is the lowest price I have ever seen it. They also were giving away bonuses if you signed up with them. I saw they had Entertainment books (for free! right there! ) and gift cards to HEB. They said they would be there all week.
Inside, I found buy a bag of Fresh Express Lettuce get up to a lb of peaches free ($0.99). The Fresh Express was on sale and they had coupons right in front. Different salads were different prices. So, I paid $1.68 for lettuce and peaches.
I also saw Pepperidge Farm oatmeal chocolate chip cookies that had a try me free sticker on the packages. It was a rebate form. They were on sale for $2.24.
Reminder to check you receipt when you are done. I had 5 coupons, and only 4 scanned. I caught it right away, and they guy fixed it on the spot.
1800contacts offers to pricematch any deal out there. (They used to add an additional discount on top of that, but they stopped. So, you are asking why bother? The answer is customer service. 1800Contacts will replace for FREE any torn contacts. I buy a year supply at a time, and when they get used up, they will send me the difference in contacts to make it a full year! Plus, the people on the phone are really nice!)
So, I went to Fatwallet and found this deal!
When you call 1800contacts tell them to go to this website:
Plus you earn 11% back through Fatwallet.com.
All returning Oasys customers get a $25 Rebate through J and J. New customers get $75. With 1800contacts, they give an instant rebate instead of having to mail it in. Make sure they do the math in this order for maximum savings.
21.89 *8 * .80 * 0.89 - $25 = $99.68
Woohoo! I have been paying about $100 consistently for a year's supply of contacts for years by pricematching!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
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Date: Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 4:31 PM
Subject: Community Information Parking Lot Safety
Community Information- Parking Lot Safety
Parking Lot Safety
The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Services Department would like to encourage residents to take the following tips and be a partner for a safe community.
3 BASIC RULES
DO stay alert. Keep your mind on your surroundings, who's in front of you and who's behind you. Don't get distracted by a cell phone, ipod etc..
DO communicate the message that you're calm, confident, and know where you're going. Stand tall, walk purposefully, and make quick eye contact with people around you.
DO trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation, leave.
*Choose well-lighted and populated areas when parking.
*Park as close to your destination as possible.
*Have your keys out and ready as you approach your vehicle.
*Lock your doors as soon as you enter your vehicle.
*Carry your purse close to your body and keep a firm grip on it. Carry a wallet in an inside coat or side trouser pocket, not in a rear trouser pocket.
*Travel in groups or while other pedestrians are around if possible.
*Don't overburden yourself with packages and groceries that make it hard to react.
*If you suspect you're being followed by someone head for the nearest well-lighted, populated area. Walk quickly or run to a house or store to call police.
So from the Woodlands go I45S exit 1960. Go Right onto 1960. Do your first availble U-Turn and you should see it.
The talk is by Dr. Carol Flexer (who is internationally recognized). She will offer parents practical take home suggestions for spoken language and literacy development. The science behind these strategies will be discussed.
Her website has quite a few links to explore, as well.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Here is an excerpt from their ad from their mailing list.
Come check out our Award-winning programs for children ages 7 months to 13 years. Call to reserve an appointment with one of the staff to discuss enrollment of your child in this amazing program. We offer non-competitive gymnastics, cardio classes, sports skills, dance, martial arts instruction for self defense and Now Offering My Gym KidZone After School Program . We can be reached at 281-298-4141
Please remember that no shoes are permitted on the gymnastic floor carpet and all adults must wear socks on gym floor. Socks will be available for $2.00 to purchase in the gym if necessary. Children go barefoot for safety reasons.
The County Line BBQ
on Lake Conroe
15256 Highway 105 West, Montgomery TX 77356
Straight from the website:
Live Music at The County Line on Lake ConroeFree Texas Music Series, on the beautiful waterfront patio stage. Every Friday night starting at 7pm March 5 - September 3. Come by water or by land, plenty of boat docks and parking. Full band performances by many of your favorite Texas artists...
Rock The Dock Every Saturday night starting June 19th at 9pm all through the summer...
The sign is still up advertising All you can eat ribs at Pappas BBQ on Saturday and Sunday for $7.95. I asked and they are pork ribs. That is a good deal. I don't know how good they are, so report back and tell me.
Monday, June 14, 2010
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Thursday, June 10, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Here are the 2 ways to win it. Leave a comment to this post about your favorite post you have read so far or about what you would like to see me post about. You can do both and have 2 entries. Contest ends Sunday at 10pm. The winner will be randomly selected from the responses.
Monday, June 7, 2010
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Friday, June 4, 2010
I have decided to compile a list of our local indoor playgrounds. I have ranked them in my order of preference with a brief description of each place. I hope to create a map with these spots soon. If you know of any more indoor playgounds in the area. Please email me and I will add them to the list. Most of these indoor playgrounds are part of fast food restaurants. Remember, I have a little one who is about turn 3, so I am completely biased to this age group!
Chick Fil A - Sawdust Rd. This indoor playground is the newest playground in the area. I ranked it number one for a few reasons. It is the most age appropriate for my little one. There is a bottom toddler area with an easy to climb section with a slide. I like the glass wall. Parents can easily sit on the other side and see everything that goes on. Because of the division of the play area, food is less likely to go into it, and that makes it cleaner. This is a small playground overall. It is the same set up as the Kuykendahl and 2920 Chick Fil A. This location also get's the number one spot because of the great customer service at Chick Fil A. (Free refills on drinks, free balloons for the asking, trade in kid's prize for ice cream, table toppers, etc..)
McDonalds - I45 near Rayford Sawdust - This one is easy for parents to climb up and to see inside from the outside. I like the big curvy table. There are a few computers with computer games. They have an under-area for toddlers. This play structure is easy to climb for all ages (ok, maybe one little push at a point, but the little ones can play on the bottom part). The kids can get a lot of exercise here. It is like an obstacle course. There is a bathroom right in the play area. This McDonalds is also relatively new and feels nice.
McDonalds - Sterling Ridge Shopping Center - This elaborate play structure keeps my little ones attention. They have 2 separate ground level play areas. Negatives: My little one points to the locked doors and the alarm. He has climbed on the tables and benches more than once because they are right next to the play structure. This play structure is a little hard to see inside. The garbage can is a tempting to play with because it has a swinging door.
Burger King - Gosling and Research Forest - This is probably the best one for the youngest crowd and for the most protective parents. It is not high off the ground. You can pretty much see everything. You are right next door to the action. Parents can go in if they have to. Negatives: Probably the dirtiest feeling of the indoor playgrounds. Bad customer service. We spilled a drink at our table, told the people twice, and it wasn't cleaned up for 45 minutes. There is a door to the outside right next to the play structure, but the kids don't notice it. They do notice the swinging garbage can.
Chick Fil A - Alden Bridge Shopping Center From what I remember, this set up is the same as the one on Lake Woodlands.
Burger King - 242 and I45. This play structure is the hardest of them all to see inside. There is nothing for really little ones to do. This is probably one of the biggest play structures. There is a door that is open (not locked at all) directly to the parking lot from the play area. There is nothing on the ground floor for the kids to do. Lots of nice natural light from the outside. Feels nicer than the other burger king. Same dirty floor. I question when if ever the play structure has been cleaned. It is probably very hard for any adults to get inside. This one is probably one of the most fun, but it gets a low ranking because of all the negatives.
Interestingly, most of these playgrounds (besides the germ tree) aren't busy most of the time during the day on weekdays. They seem to peak during the noon hour, after school, and around dinner time. Go check them out and tell me what you think!
Be warned that there isn't much parking at Tupelo, and that it will start getting hot before 11am. Definitely visit this park at sometime. It is hidden a little bit.
Here is the press release:
The Woodlands Township announces the Grand Opening of Tupelo Park
Join the Grand Opening festivities on Saturday, June 12, 2010, from 9 to 11 a.m., with games, crafts, face painting, kayak demonstrations and informative presentations. Breakfast and light refreshments will be served.
The Township recently accepted Tupelo Park, its 118th park, by way of a special warranty deed. The park is an 11.5-acre facility with a canoe launch, pavilion, playground, lighted tennis court, lighted basketball court, picnic area, multi-purpose field and restroom. The lower portion of its terraced lake has a waterfall, and the upper portion has a fountain and is connected to Lake Paloma.
For more information, please contact The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Department at 281-210-3900.
Reminder: YMCA Grand Opening Tomorrow 3:00pm -9pm and Library Summer Reading Kick off on Monday from 10am - 12pm.
Free Large Chocolate Bar
Give Dad a break. FREE large chocolate bar when you spend $35.
Valid from June 10, 2010 through June 20, 2010.
The Toys are Back at Disney Store!
Join us for fun events every Saturday in June as we celebrate the upcoming release of Toy Story 3 in theaters June 18.
June 5: Craft Activity & Photo Opportunity, 11am - 2pm
Minimum age for participation is 3 years. Events subject to change or cancellation without notice. While supplies last.
Depending on how you look it at, Free days are either days you want to go to or really avoid (because of crowds). Reminder. EVERY Thursday night from 5-8pm is also free at the CMH.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
From the KUHF Newsletter:
Sweet Treats at Artful Thursday
At the June Artful Thursday, Dr. Tacey Rosolowski follows the evolution of ever more playful and spectacular confections throughout the history and culture of the last 500 years. Join KUHF's Eric Ladau for this FREE event at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston at 6:30pm on Thursday, June 10.
For those of you who don't know, you can get free gmail accounts by going to their landing page https://mail.google.com/mail/ Click create new account. I love Google, and I love GMAIL. There are so many cool things you can do with it. If you already have an account. Look at your upper Right Hand Side of the screen. Do you see a little green beaker? Click on that. Have fun!
Be patient with me as I gain momentum using Twitter. It is still new to me.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
June 21 - July 29, 2010
Showing: Ice Age 3, Aliens in the Attic, Alvin and the Chipmunks 2, Tooth Fairy, Evan Almighty, and Coraline.
Visit http://www.santikos.com/mommymatinee.php for more information!
Thanks Hip2Save for the info:
Fandango is celebrating their 10th Anniversary! During the month of June, they are offering up $0.10 flash ticket giveaways! All you need to do is follow them on Facebook or Twitter and keep checking back for the next $0.10 ticket giveaway!
This is what's states on their Facebook Wall:
"Our first 10 Cent Flash Ticket Giveaway was a wild ride! We call them "Flash Giveaways" because they can happen at any time — so keep your eyes peeled for the next one and make sure to tell your friends."
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Market Street Children’s Series Peanut Butter & Jamm: Every Saturday, July 10 – August 14 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am.
|Market Street-The Woodlands Presents The Return of its Popular Children's Series Peanut Butter & Jamm!|
May 28, 2010
Market Street's Peanut Butter & Jamm Series is designed to encourage children ages 3-10 to become active through music, activities and games and will take place in Market Street's Central Park every Saturday, July 10 – August 14 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am.
Each Saturday children will enjoy kids interactive activities such as arts, crafts, games, and meet a character or two.
Think your kids might enjoy a day of fun? To participate in the 3rd Annual Peanut Butter & Jamm series, parents must register their children at the Market Street Concierge Desk. Parents can register the day of the event, however supplies are limited so early registration is recommended. Come for one Saturday or all five.
Peanut Butter & Jamm is free and open to the public; children must be accompanied by an adult (parent or guardian) at all times during the activities.
Where: Market StreetWhen: June 6, 2010
The Woodlands Car Club meets the first Sunday of each month at Market Street from 10:00AM-Noon. All interested car enthusiasts are invited to join.
The Woodlands Car Club began as a social organization formed from local car enthusiasts sharing a passion for automobiles of all kinds. Each year, the club donates proceeds from their annual car shows to local non-profit organizations in the Montgomery County area.
Galveston: Don't miss the 2010 Sandcastle Competition!