Friday, July 3, 2015

Kalahari Resort Deals at the Poconos (until 8/31/15)

There are two great deals to choose from for Kalahari Resort in PA. This is a new indoor water park resort that just opened on 7/1/15.

Deal 1: Groupon for $239/night + $19.99 resort fee + tax (total of $294.30 per night)

  • Stay for four in a Desert Room
  • Up to two kids ages 2 and under stay free
  • Water park admission for four
  • $50 Arcade Card
  • The 9% tax is calculated on the retail value and not the $239 discounted rate. The total taxes and resort fees is $55.30 per night).

Additional discounts:

  • Get an extra 10% off the $239 Groupon price ($23.90 off) with coupon code USA10 (expires 7/5/15)
  • If you are a Discover card holder, use the shopping link via the Discover website when you log on to your account and get an extra 5% off cashback.
The total with the additional 10% off is $270.40 + the 5% cashback bonus for Discover card holders.

Deal 2: Living Social for $279/night + 19.99 resort fee + tax (resort fee and tax are payable to Kalahari at check in, which is an estimate total of about $336.70)

  • A One-Night Stay for Up to Four People in a Desert Room, Mondays Through Thursdays from July 1 to August 31, 2015 ($279)
  • Or, a One-Night Stay for Up to Four People in a Desert Room, Sundays from July 5 to August 31, 2015 ($279)
  • Or, a One-Night Stay for Up to Four People in a Desert Room, Fridays from July 10 to August 28, 2015 ($309)
  • Or, a One-Night Stay for Up to Four People in a Desert Room, Saturdays from July 11 to August 29, 2015 ($329)
  • Water Park Admission for All Guests from Noon on Day of Arrival until Water Park Closes on Day of Departure
  • $50 Arcade Card at the Family Entertainment Center and $50 Dining Credit
  • Combine Vouchers to Stay for Up to Three Nights

  • Additional discount:

    • Get an extra 20% off (maximum $20 discount) with code STARS20 (expires 7/5/15)
    • *Note that the Living Social deal is more than the Groupon deal but you get a $50 dining credit with the Living Social deal.
    • Get 1 swagbucks per dollar by using the shopping link for Swagbucks account holders.
    The total purchase price when you buy from Living Social with the $20 promo (20% off up to $20 promo code) is $259. Remember that you will need to pay the $19.99 resort fee plus the 9% tax on the full retail price of $399 (not the $279 discounted rate) to Kalahari Resort at the time of your check in. 

    The best deal will depend on your preference. You will reserve your check in dates during the check out process with the Groupon deal. And you will need to call to make a reservation after purchasing your deal if you buy from Living Social. In addition, you will have extra charges to pay for with the Living Social deal since they do not charge you the resort fee and taxes. The Groupon deal includes the resort fee and taxes so there will be no extra charges other than additional charges you incur during your stay.

    Thursday, July 2, 2015

    $4 Admission to Elmwood Park Zoo on July 4, 2015

    Celebrate Independence Day at Elmwood Park Zoo and enjoy special discounted admission of just $4 per person!

    Adults, children, students and seniors will enter the Zoo for just $4 on Saturday, July 4. As always, EPZ members and children age 2 and under are free!

    The Zoo will be open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM with the last admission at 4:30 PM.

    For more information, contact Guest Services at 610.277.3825 x 222. 

    Watch All Creatures Big and Small Movie for Free until July 14, 2015

    Starting July 1, head straight to the Google Play channel to see All Creatures Big and Small absolutely FREE, before it opens in theaters. The adventure begins when a clumsy species tries to sneak onto Noah's Ark. Voiced by Martin Sheen and Amy Grant, it's bound to be fun for the whole family. But don't miss the boat, free viewing ends July 14, 2015.

    How to watch: You'll need to set up a Google Play account which requires a credit card on file. Your credit card won't be charged.

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    Access to Online Magazine With Your Library Card

    The Montgomery County Public Library system has 114 online magazines available for library card holders.

    • Click on the image or the link below to access the website.

    • Create a new account by entering your library card number.
    • Access the available magazines using your computer, Apple, or Kindle device.

    Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    Charter Day Open House at Daniel Boone Homestead in Birdsboro, PA (Free Event)

    Charter Day recognizes the day William Penn received his land grant for Pennsylvania from King Charles II of England in 1681.  In observance of Pennsylvania’s founding, the Daniel Boone Homestead will offer an exciting open house and living history event featuring a variety of eighteenth century demonstrations and hands-on activities.

    Our historic area will be filled with volunteers interpreting life in the eighteenth century.  Visitors can tour the Boone House and learn about hearth cooking as interpreters prepare an eighteenth century meal in the kitchen.  As visitors stroll through the Boone House, Robert Mouland will treat them to parlor music.  Additionally, all the historic buildings with be open, and blacksmithing and gun building demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the day in the blacksmith shop.  

    Visitors can also watch leatherworking and tinsmithing demonstrations.  At the Bertolet Log House, the 1st Pa Regiment will have a military display and visitors can enjoy tours of the home, as well as hearth cooking and baking demonstrations.  Darius Puff will share stories about Native American heritage, life, and culture, and visitors can join the Amity Colonial Dancers as they demonstrate different eighteenth-century dances in the Wayside Lodge.  Children and their families can partake in hands-on activities including eighteenth century toys and games and candle dipping.  Volunteers will also demonstrate textile processing and spinning. 

    No admission is charged for this program, but donations will be kindly accepted.  There will also be fresh baked goods available for purchase, benefiting the Friends of the Daniel Boone Homestead.  Complimentary drinks will be provided.  Please no pets and no smoking.  This program is sponsored and run by the Friends of the Daniel Boone Homestead. 

    Friday, February 27, 2015

    Free Online Craft Tutorials on

    Looking to learn a new crafting skill or enhance your current knowledge? Online classes are available for free on

    There are different video tutorials available like crocheting, knitting, sewing, and painting.

    Saturday, January 17, 2015

    BJ's Wholesale accepts expired store coupons

    Did you know?

    BJ's Wholesale Club will accept expired BJ's coupons within 1 week of the expiration date? A store manager told me about this and I have used expired coupons many times. The cashier just needs to manually put in these expired store coupons.

    Note that this is only for store coupons and not manufacturer's coupons.

    Kohl's Coupons: 30% and Free Shipping with Kohl's charge (exp. 1/25/15)

    Get 30% off and Free shipping with these codes when you use your Kohl's charge. Expires 1/25/15.
    Promo Code(s):
    • NEWYEAR30

    Additional savings
    •  Use discounted Kohl's gift cards to maximize your savings*. You can get discounted Kohl's gift cards from Kohl's vouchers are up to 10.2% off at this time. Vouchers are delivered to your account within 24 hours.
    * You can still get the 30% off and free shipping with Kohl's charge even if you use the discounted vouchers on the total bill as your payment method. The discounts will apply as long as you choose your Kohl's card as your payment method first and then enter your voucher information.

    5 cents off/gal. at BJ's Wholesale Club gas stations (until 2/20/15)

    From now until February 20, 2015, you can get 5 cents off per gallon when you make any purchase before buying gas.

    Wednesday, November 26, 2014

    AMEX Offer: $10 back on $10 purchase up to $30 on 11/29/14


    American Express is offering a Spend $10, Get $10 back promotion to eligible users. 

    If you are an American Express credit card holder, make sure to check your account for the $10 offer for Small Business Saturday, 11/29/14. Spend $10 at participating local businesses and get a $10 statement credit, up to 3x.

    To see if your card is eligible, log into your American Express account and click on the button "Offers available for card - xxxxx". Make sure to register for this offer by clicking on the "Save Offer" button.

    On Nov 29, use your registered Card to spend $10+ in a single, in-store purchase at a qualifying small business on the Shop Small Map at and get a $10 statement credit. Limit 3 statement credits per registered Card. Registration is limited.

    Sunday, November 16, 2014

    Dog Paw Wipes From Old Kitchen Towels

    Have wet or muddy paws to wipe? This is a very easy project solution made from old kitchen towels. You can also use old bath towels, just cut them to size and sew one side.

    We have been using these old kitchen towels to wipe wet and muddy dog paws but end up having the towels on the floor or the side table by the door. This is an easy solution to hang the towel on the door knob and make it easier to wipe paws.


    • Old kitchen towels
    • Ribbon (about 13")


    1. Fold hand towel in half and pin ribbon on the one side.
    2. Sew the ribbon and towel together on the top corner.
    3. Done! hang the towel on the door knob and it's ready for use. Put your dog's paw inside the towel for easy wipe off.

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

    Kohl's Online Shopping Deal (Expires 11/19/14)

    • Get 30% off your order from Nov. 11 to Nov. 19 with a Kohls charge card, use code PIES30
    • Plus get free shipping on all orders with code FREEMVC with a Kohls charge card (Expires 11/19/14)
    • Get an extra $10 off $25 with code TAKE10VET (Expires 11/11/14)

    Kohl's Cash & Discounts

    Use Kohl's Cash, Yes2You Rewards & Promo Codes together. A maximum of 4 promo codes can be used at one time. If certain discounts cannot be combined, the greater discount will be reflected in your shopping bag. 

    You can combine the 3 codes above (note that you must use your Kohl's charge to use some of the discounts). For example, two sets of pajamas on sale at $12.60 each:

     Total: $25.20
    less $10
    less 30% off
    = $10.64 for two sets of pajamas

    You can also earn extra incentives if you have a account. Use the affiliate link to order and earn 2 Swagbucks per dollar.

    $35 for 1 Year BJ's Membership + Get a $25 BJ's Gift Card (Groupon Deal)

    The Deal

    $35 for a one-year BJ’s Inner Circle Membership ($50 value) and a $25 BJ’s Gift Card ($25 value; $75 total value)

    The BJ’s Inner Circle Membership can be activated and used at any BJ’s location. Click here to find the BJ’s nearest you. The Membership includes:
    • Access to exclusive savings and in-Club promotions
    • Free second Membership card
    • Additional discounts on specialty services
    The $25 gift card can be used toward both in-Club purchases and BJ’s Gas, and it is also valid at all BJ’s locations. BJs stocks electronics such as smart watches and curved TVs as well as holiday items from turkey and other seasonal fixings to gifts and party decorations.

    In a Nutshell

    One-year Club Inner Circle Membership grants access to wholesale inventory such as fresh foods and holiday party supplies and gifts

    The Fine Print

    Expires Jan 1st, 2015. Valid at all BJ's locations. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid in-Club only. Not valid until 48 hours after purchase. Not valid for active BJ's members. Must redeem Groupon at BJ's by 1/1/15 to receive 1-year Membership card; Membership begins on date redeemed. Must be 18 or older. Must provide residential address and first and last name as you wish for it to appear on your Membership card at checkout, which Groupon will provide to facilitate redemption. Not valid with other offers or discounts. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

    Other ways to save

    You may be able to combine this deal with a Groupon coupon code, discounted gift card, affiliate link from your credit card or use the affiliate link from Swagbucks.

    • Search for coupon codes that may be available on or  other coupon websites.
    • Find a discounted e-gift card from Electronic gift cards or vouchers are sent to your email within 24 hours of purchase.
    • Check your credit card if you can get extra rewards for your Groupon purchase. For example, Discover card gives you 5% cashback for purchases made using the Groupon link from the card's website.
    • Earn Swagbucks rewards that you can claim for gift cards through your Swagbucks account.

    Friday, November 7, 2014

    Renewing Your Driver's License and Live in the Royersford Area? Save Time by Going to Harleysville Instead of Norristown

    Live in the Royersford area and need your driver's license photo taken for your renewal? Try going to Harleysville instead.

    I dreaded going back to the DMV to get my photo taken for my driver's license renewal since the day I left the DMV in Norristown when I renewed my license 4 years ago! The time has finally come around for my renewal this year and I have been putting off going to the DMV. Someone had mentioned about the DMV in Harleysville. I never even knew that there was a photo center in Harleysville!

    There were 2 people when I got there around 11 am today (Friday), I got to the desk as soon as I walked in the door with no wait. Another person came in after me and he was waited on in about a minute. I got my picture taken and got my license printed then I was out the door. I was not in that office for more than 5 minutes! I almost passed out in disbelief! I remarked on how fast their process is and how glad I was that I heard about the place since I did not want to go to Norristown. The one person said that, yes, I would have been in the Norristown office for hours.

    From where I am in Royersford, it would have been the same distance whether I go to the Norristown or Harleysville location. Going to Harleysville saved me so much time.

    Go to the DVM's website to search for photo centers in your area:

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

    Discover Card Members: Sign Up for 5% Cashback Bonus on Online and Department Store Purchases (Oct - Dec 2014)

    Making online purchases or shopping at department stores for the holidays? Maximize your cashback earnings by signing up for the 5% cashback bonus for this quarter.

    Go to your Discover card account and sign up for this offer. Click on the Rewards tab and then 5% Cashback Bonus.

    Are You a Discover Card Holder? Get Free Gift Wrapping on Eligible Purchases

    Free Gift Wrap at

    Expires: 12/25/2014
    Free gift wrap at this holiday. Pay with your Discover card or Cashback Bonus and use promo code DISCOVER on gift wrap eligible items. 

    Fine print:
    Limited time offer valid through 12/25/2014. Offer applies only to purchase of eligible items made with a Discover Card, Cashback Bonus, or a combination of Discover Card and Cashback Bonus. Offer only applies to products sold and shipped by and only while supplies last. Offer does not apply to digital content. Items must be purchased in a single order and shipped at the same speed to a single address. Shipping charges may apply to discount and free promotional items. Amazon reserves the right to modify or cancel the offer at any time. Offer is non-transferable and may not be resold. Offer discount will be allocated proportionally among all promotional items in your order. If any of the products or content related to this offer is returned, your refund will equal the amount you paid for the product or content, subject to applicable refund policies. If you violate any of these terms, the offer will be invalid. Unless an Amazon Gift Card is the stated benefit of the promotion, promotional codes (including those placed directly in accounts) may not be redeemed for Amazon Gift Cards. 

    Discounted BJ's Wholesale Club Gift Cards on

    I just purchased a BJ's Wholesale club discounted gift card from, saving me 13%. I go to BJ's almost every week to get gas and groceries. BJ's accepts manufacturer's coupons that can be combined with BJ's store coupons.

    In addition, I can use multiple manufacturer coupons on certain "grouped" items as long as the items have their own UPC. For example, you can use two manufacturer coupons on a pack of 2 bottles of baby shampoo that are wrapped together and sold as one item. This can be further combined with a store coupon if it is available.

    Note that discount percentages vary, even for the same store. BJ's gift cards are pretty rare, they are not available all the time. However, if you set up an alert on your account profile, you can receive email notifications when your gift cards become available. For example, on my profile, I set up an alert for BJ's Wholesale Club for when the discount is at least 5%. I received an email when this gift card became available.

    I save a lot of money by combining manufacturer and store coupons on my BJ's purchases and I will be saving more money when I use my discounted gift card that I got from for an additional 13% off savings.

    Discounted Home Depot Credit Card from

    My husband's impact driver tool died on him yesterday and he needed a replacement today to continue the job that he needed this for.

    A new one would cost $242.74 with tax

    I checked and found a Home Depot e-card for an 8.8% savings. I have recently started purchasing discounted gift cards from and have been really pleased with their service. I purchased a gift card from a couple of months ago and had such a bad experience with how long it took to get my card and the poor customer service provided to try and resolve my issue and so I was bit apprehensive about buying discounted gift cards after that experience. I am glad I gave a try because they are the complete opposite of has excellent customer service and they process orders super fast!

    I placed my order for the Home Depot e-card at 5:09 pm and received the gift card code by 5:26 pm. Because I was able to get the gift card code in a matter of minutes, I was able to then process my order on Home Depot's website. The item was ready for pick up within a couple of minutes of that order.

    I also used the affiliate link to order the item from Home Depot's website and received swagbucks points for that purchase, which then counts for 50% of the points I need to cash in a $5 Amazon gift card.

    All together, we saved $19.31, which is an 8% savings on the Home Depot purchase. It's a nice amount of savings for something that we needed to purchase anyway.

    Monday, November 3, 2014

    Get Free Birthday Pastry at Panera Bread (Sign up required)

    Sign up for MyPanera rewards for free and receive a Free birthday pastry. You will need to provide the phone number connected to your rewards account when you claim your free pastry.

    Free Chips and Queso at California Tortilla 11/4/14 Only  FREE CHIPS AND QUESO TOMORROW*
    Because we love Election Day here at Cal Tort, tomorrow, Tuesday, November 4th we're giving free Chips and Queso to anyone who either wears their "I Voted!" sticker, or says "I Voted!" to the cashier -- no strings attached.

    Free Shipping for the Holidays on

    Monday, October 27, 2014

    How to Get Additional Savings on Your Purchases

    I stretch dollars by shopping around and using coupons whenever I can. In addition to this, I also combine my savings with other incentives such as earning points from, redeeming my cashback rewards from my credit card towards a discounted gift card, or buying a discounted gift card from

    Here's a scenario. Although this example is unique to my situation, you can get the idea of how to combined discounts to maximize your money.

    I needed to make a purchase from Tractor Supply. Here are the steps that I did to make sure that I found the most deals for this purchase:
    1. Check to see if I can redeem any cashback for a Tractor Supply gift card through my credit card. Companies such as AMEX and Discover give you rewards that you can redeem for discounted gift cards.
    2. Check to see if my credit card give extra cashback points if I shop online using their affiliate link.
    3. Check if has an affiliate link for Tractor Supply to earn swagbucks. Swagbucks are points that I accumulate and cash in for gift cards to stores, such as As of the date of this posting, I have cashed in $105 worth of Amazon gift cards, which is free money for buying the things that I need anyway. You can also earn Swagbucks by using their search engine and watching out for swagbucks codes on
    4. Check for coupon codes for the Tractor Supply. (There were several codes posted for 10% or 15% off online purchase on Tractor Supply, however none of them worked for me. I even checked with Tractor Supply's customer service and was told that they were not valid codes). 
    5. Shopping around for discounted Tractor Supply gift card. I got a great deal on I saved a total of $34.13 (21%) on this gift card. The gift card discount was 17.7% and I saved an extra $5 by using a coupon code that I found on
    6.  Check for coupon codes for the website that you are purchasing your discounted gift card from. I saved an extra $5 just by entering a code that I was able to find online (by searching for "Raise coupon codes") - that's easy money!
    For this purchase, I saved a total of $34.13 by using my discounted gift card plus the free shipping that for my order because it met the minimum requirements for Tractor Supply's free ship to store deal. From shopping around, I have found Tractor Supply to have the best price for the item that I needed ($32.99 at Tractor Supply vs. $38 on

    Also, because I have a account and I used the Tractor Supply affiliate link from the website, I can expect to get 495 Swagbucks for my purchase, which I will use towards a $5 gift card. That's an extra $5 in my pocket for buying products that I needed anyway.

    Free 60-Day Membership at BJ's Wholesale Club!&

    Friday, October 3, 2014

    Get 5 cents off/gallon of gas at BJ's (expires 10/15/14)

    From now until 10/15/14, you can get 5 cents off per gallon of gas at BJ's when you shop first and make a purchase of any amount. Only valid on same-day purchase.

    The original offer was for a minimum of $50 purchase, but they have waived the minimum purchase amount and it now applies on any purchase. I confirmed this with a BJ's employee and also got the discount myself with a purchase of under $50.

    You will get a notification at the pump once you swipe your BJ's card that you will get the 5 cents off.

    Friday, August 15, 2014

    Get 2 Weeks FREE Hulu Plus subscription (cancel anytime)

    Everyone is eligible for this, even those with existing accounts that have been cancelled in the past.

    Monday, August 11, 2014

    Kohl's Free Shipping (no minimum) + 30% Off (expires 8/17/14)

    Use your Kohl's charge and get 30% off plus free shipping (no minimum). Also, everyone gets $10 Kohl's cash for every $50 spent until 8/13/14.

    • SAVEBIG30 = 30% off
    • SHIP4FREE = free shipping with no minimum purchase amount
    Expires 8/17/14

    Monday, July 14, 2014

    Kohl's 30% off and FREE Shipping (no minimum) Exp. 7/20/14

    Get 30% off and Free shipping with these codes when you use your Kohl's charge. You can use up to 2 codes per order. Expires 7/20/14

    Promo Code(s):
    • BEACH30 (30% off) for cardholders
    • JULYMVC (free shipping, no minimum)

    Additional savings

    Do you use Swagbucks? You can get 2 swagbucks for every dollar spent.

    Free 2 Week Trial of Hulu Plus

    Get 2 weeks of Hulu Plus FREE for new and previous subscribers.

    Click here to sign up for a 2 week free trial. Cancel anytime before the trial period and you will not get charged. The sign up requires you to enter your credit card information.

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

    FREE Educational College Financial Planning workshops in Collegeville, PA

    Free College Financial Planning Workshop to Unlock College Funding Secrets and Strategies

    College Admissions and Finanical Aid Planning Workshop
    Eventbrite College Planning Workshops 
    Collegeville, PA

    See links below to register via Eventbrite 

    Join us at one of our FREE Educational College Financial Planning workshops that will focus on high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. We’ll discuss the FAFSA form and all the other information you need to understand in order to maximize the amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive! Even if your family is not eligible for need-based aid, we will cover the best strategies on how to pay for college in the most cost efficient basis, without it putting a strain on the rest of your finances.

    In this workshop, you will learn:

    How to increase your college-related tax deductions and tax credits.
    How to send your child to an expensive private university for less than a state school.
    Which assets are taken into consideration when the U.S. Department of Education calculates your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
    How to pay for college in a failing economy without relying on 529 plans, expensive private student loans or raiding your retirement accounts.
    How to lower your “out-of-pocket” costs and get the maximum amount of money from each school.

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

    Things to do near Royersford: Upper Schuylkill Valley Park

    Turkeys at Upper Schuylkill Valley Park

    The Schuylkill River in Upper Providence Township forms a natural backdrop to this 15-acre display of wild animals and raptors indigenous to Pennsylvania. Picnicking and fishing are popular along the river, and a short, scenic hike will lead you to the Schuylkill Canal Park in Mont Clare.
    In one visit to the park’s Wildlife Center you can see foxes, deer, wolves, rabbits, a bald eagle, many varieties of owls, hawks, turkeys and an assortment of farm animals. A seasonal butterfly garden and turtle pond will delight all ages, while a newly opened permanent exhibit entitled The Schuylkill Wilds features creatures found in and around the Schuylkill River. Turtles, frogs, fish, snakes, a skunk and a mink are on view throughout this indoor space. The site continues to improve and develop, so stay tuned as new exhibits and activities are added.

    Fun events for the family, especially young children, happen throughout the year. Group tours and field trips are welcomed, but prior arrangements are needed. Call the office to schedule your group trip. The site is open from 8:00 a.m. until sunset every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. 

    2014 Calendar of Events

    Monday, July 7, 2014

    Free Dinner Workshops for College Planning

    Register via (see links for each workshop listing below)

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    Free MP3 Album: The Best Healing Music for Relaxation, Meditation & Sleep

    The Best Healing Music for Relaxation, Meditation & Sleep with Nature Sounds: Ocean Waves, Vol. 2

    Free album download on

    Each MP3 contains 30 minutes of ocean sounds for relaxation, meditation and sleep. This offer will be available for a limited time only

    Each MP3 contains 30 minutes of ocean sounds for relaxation, meditation and sleep. This offer will be available for a limited time only. - See more at:
    Each MP3 contains 30 minutes of ocean sounds for relaxation, meditation and sleep. This offer will be available for a limited time only. - See more at: