Sunday, May 20, 2012

Debbi's Frugal Forum May 20, 2012

Summer is right around the corner. This is the time as a family you decide what am I going to do for a vacation? With the price of gas soaring, a staycation is a wonderful way to spend time enjoying your nearby attractions. Staycations is staying at home during your vacation instead of traveling to a pleasure destination. Use this time as a family to appreciate all that Lexington and nearby towns have to offer for your entertainment. Don’t forget to use your local parks that offer tennis, playgrounds, picnic area plus much more giving your family an active afternoon of fun. You will be surprised at how much fun as a family you can have for free by being creative.

Here are some wonderful ideas to enjoy during the summer.

Joseph Beth is offering Camp Joseph-Beth this summer. Check out the wonderful camps available for children from ages 7 and up. Many of the camps are free or charge a small fee for supplies.

Regal Theaters’ Summer Movie Express features movies costing just $1. Pick from two films shown Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am. A portion of proceeds from the Summer Movie Express will be donated to the Will Rogers Institute.

Register your child to receive two free games of bowling every day all summer long at participating bowling locations.

Celebrate National Fishing and Boating week with free fishing days June 2 and June 3 in Kentucky.

Cinemark Theatre offers a Summer Movie Clubhouse where you can purchase 10 tickets for $5 or $1 per show for PG or G movies offered every Wednesday at 10am. Check out the movies being offered at

Check out Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Imagination’s Destination program. Kids earn a free book when they read any 8 books.

Feed your Brain program at Half Priced Books for kids 14 and under when they read 300 minutes, turn in their completed reading log and they will earn a $5 Half Price Book Back to School Bucks reward for the month.

Print out reward calendars from Chuck E Cheese when your child accomplishes their goals bring it in to Chuck E. Cheese and they will receive 10 free tokens.

Home Depot offers free hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5-12 the first Saturday of the month from 9am to 12pm. The child gets to keep their craft and receive a free kids workshop apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.

Lowes has a free kids clinic with different projects plus the kids get a free apron, goggles, patch and more. Check out activities time and dates.

Apple retail store offers a free fun workshop where your child can become a filmmaker. The camp is for children ages 8-12 held at the Apple store for three days. Sign up for notification of class registration.

Lexington Parks and Recreation is offering Big Band & Jazz free concert Tuesday Evenings 7pm until June 26 at The MoonDance Amphitheater at Beaumont Centre. For more information call 288-2925.

Want to learn more about couponing? Come Monday night, May 21 to the Northside Branch Library, 1733 Russell Cave Road for a coupon swap plus let me tell you some strategies on saving money at 6:30pm . Call 859-231-5500 to register.

Learn cooking techniques every Sunday morning at 11am at William and Sonoma stores. Just call your local store to sign up. Check out website for a list of classes being offered.

Don’t forget about the Lexington Legends. Take the kids out to the ballpark on Monday for kids eat free night, Tuesday is 35 cents hot dogs night, Wednesday is Meijer Free Dog Night for Kids, Thursday $1 beer and Pepsi’s night, Friday, June 1 the first 1,000 fans get a free Legends hat plus check out the fireworks on Saturday. Attend a game on June 2 to celebrate Houston Astros 50th Anniversary with big surprises. Check out website for summer long promotions.

Take advantage of Cincinnati Reds Baseball four tickets for $48 promotions and receive four free Reds caps. Check out dates available at

Admission to and parking at Kentucky State Parks are always free. This gives you 51 opportunities to explore 17 resort parks, so designated because they full-service lodges, 23 recreation parks, and 11 historic sites, including Perryville battlefield, the site of Kentucky’s most destructive Civil War battle. Call 1-800-255-PARK for locations and more information on parks or go online at

Drive to the legendary Kentucky Bourbon Trail in central Kentucky and enter Bourbon Country for behind-the-scenes tours and tastings at Maker’s Mark, Jim Bea, Four Roses, Wild Turkey, and Heaven Hill, where you can also explore the Bourbon Heritage Center. Download a passport from the website

Donate blood at The Kentucky Blood Center May 24-26 to receive a ticket to Kings Island.

If you have library fines read at least 60 minutes in the library and the library will forgive $8 in fines. Maximum reading time is three hours per day plus an adult, parent, or volunteer may read to a pre-reading child. Go to your local library to register.  This program expires on May 30, 2012.

Good Foods in partnership with Slow Foods Bluegrass will present YERT. 50 States. One year your environmental road trip on May 22 from 6pm to 9pm at Downtown Central Library Theatre for FREE.

Thursday, May 24 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm The Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East is offering a lecture on Raising a Healthy Family. Please RSVP to Beverly Arthur at 859-967-5626 by May 21.

Saturday, August 25 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark from 9am to 2pm visit the Healthy Living Fair 2012. There will be an outdoor zumba class, Legends Kids Area will be open, meet and greet with Legends players plus more.

Join thousands of cyclists on a police-escorted 8-mile ride that is fun for all ages and cyclist levels. Registration begins at 8am at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza and the ride will take off around 10am. Visit for more information.

Thursdays  through Oct 18 Central Bank is offering a free music series at Cheapside park from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. Visit for more information.

Fountain Films on Friday features free screenings of movies on an outdoor inflatable screen on select Fridays through August 24 at Triangle Park at West Main Street and South Broadway. Films will start at dusk, about 8:45pm but there will be plenty of activities before hand. Go to for the lineup.

Don’t forget to check out local deals at Groupon for discounts on entertainment and food. Right now they are offering a one day boat rental at Wilgreen Lake Marina in Richmond for $19 regularly $40.

Where ever you are visiting this summer do not forget to check out chamber of commerce sites or visitor center sites for information of local events. Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau website is full of opportunities to enjoy this summer.

Pre-order Brave: The Video Game on Nintendo Wii $49,99 receive a free child’s ticket to see Brave and receive a $20 voucher to spend at

Pre-order Brave: The Video Game on Nintendo DS $29.99 receive a free child’s ticket to see Brave and receive a $10 voucher to spend at  

 Shutterfly and The Ellen Degeneres Show have come together to offer a FREE 8×8 20 page Hardcover Photo Book (a $29.99 value)! All you have to pay is around $8 for shipping.

Offer ends Monday, May 29 or while supplies last.

Two year subscription to SHAPE magazine

Free sample of Propel to go when you like them on their facebook page

Coupon deals:

U by Kotex Sleek Tampons at Walgreens for $3.99 receive $3 register rewards plus use $1 coupon from Sunday paper making final price FREE.

Purchase $30 worth of qualifying items receive $10 +UP rewards at Rite Aid. Couple scenarios:

Buy two Depends products $13 each plus one package of Scott paper towels for $7.99 use $1.50 Sunday paper coupon plus $1 Sunday paper coupon making final price after rewards $7.16 each.

Buy Pull-Ups training pants for $11 and Huggies Little Swimmers for $11 plus two packages of Cottonelle Flushable Moist Wipes for $2 each use $1.50 Sunday paper coupon and $1.50 Sunday paper coupon making final price after rewards $4.12 for each item.

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