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Cub Foods Launches “Cub Days” Celebration & Enter to Win 1 of 5 Gift Cards!

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Cub Foods has just launched its month-long “Cub Days” customer appreciation campaign and as part of the celebration, they are sponsoring Gift Card Giveaway here at Twin Cities Frugal Mom and FIVE will win a $10 Cub Gift Card! Now through Oct. 11, Cub is offering special promotions, free samples (including Nathan’s hot dogs!) and

Save Money & Raise Money with Kidstuff Coupon Books – Win one of 3!

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As you probably already know about me, I LOVE coupons. I use them for everything – food, entertainment, shopping, you name it. So of course I was excited when I was recently sent a Kidstuff coupon book to review – and host a giveaway for 3 more! KidStuff is a leading fundraiser sold exclusively through

Arc’s Value Village’s NEW Thrift Truck in the Twin Cities

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Food trucks have been growing in popularity for foodies, and now there’s a new kind of truck for thrifty fashionistas. A THRIFT truck! Arc’s Value Village here in the Twin Cities is introducing the Twin Cities only thrift truck — Village on the Go! Village on the Go features hand-picked fashionable selections from Arc’s Value

A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens – Book Review & Giveaway

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As a mom of a 6-year-old and 3-year-old, you might be wondering why I’m reviewing a book about parenting teens. After all, don’t I have enough to deal with today like toys all over the house and potty training? Well, YES! However, while my kids are still years away from the teen years, I’m still

Free & Low-Cost Sunday Events Sept – May: Landmark Center’s 2014-2015 Schedule

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Now that summer vacation is coming to a close, are you looking for free and fun activities to do with your kids throughout the school year that are also educational? The Landmark Center in St. Paul has announced their 2014 – 2015 season schedule of heritage festivals, musical performances, and holiday celebrations. Sundays at Landmark

Alexander Movie Weekend Events in the Twin Cities 10/3 & 10/4 and Online Activity Guide for Families

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There are a few events happening this weekend around the Twin Cities to celebrate the upcoming October 10th movie release of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day!

Here they are and also check out the By Kids, For Kids website for a FREE family movie guide, activity and game. It is a great way to spend quality family time. Then, enter the #VeryBadDaySweeps for a chance to win something very good!

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COLOR ME MINE – 10/3

Looking for a night out for your kids? Head to Color Me Mine Eagan on Friday, 10/3 from 5:30-8:30pm to participate in an Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day themed Kid’s Night Out with crafts such as paint your own alligator and more! There will be a chance to win tickets to see ALEXANDER in theaters and promo items from the film will be given away while supplies last. Sign your kids up today by calling 651-454-4099. To learn more about Color Me Mine visit: http://eagan.colormemine.com/ » Read more..

The Princess Problem: Guiding Our Girls through the Princess-Obsessed Years (Book Review)

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The Princess Problem: princessproblembookGuiding Our Girls through the Princess-Obsessed Years, is a new book by Rebecca C. Hains, PhD, about how to raise thriving kids in a princess-obsessed world.

Having a 6-year-old daughter of my own who loves everything and anything princess or pink, for me this book is a valuable guide filled with research, stories and advice for parents of both girls and boys. It explores what what was discussed in the book Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein, but expands on what parents can do to help their children be media-literate, critical thinkers.

The book is organized into two parts.

Part One: The Pleasures and Problems of Princess Culture – and a Solution » Read more..

National Coffee Day Freebies & Deals – Monday, September 29

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It’s National Coffee Day on Monday, September 29th! You can get free (or discounted) coffee at these locations in the Twin Cities and/or nationwide on the 29th:

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Caribou CoffeeFree samples of Amy’s coffee at Caribou Coffee all day.

chickfilaChick-fil-A Many locations are offering free hot or iced coffee. This varies greatly by location so you will want to check your specific restaurant.

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Dunkin’ Donuts - FREE 12 oz Dark Roast Coffee on 9/29
(Though there are no locations in the Twin Cities, I’m listing this here because there is one location in Rochester, MN at 15 1st Ave SW.)

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Holiday StationStores Coupon - 69¢ Hot Coffee or Cappuccino thru 10/12 (with coupon)

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Afton Apple Orchard in Hastings, MN

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Our family visited Afton Apple Orchard in Hastings, MN with some friends a couple of weeks ago and we had so much fun! It was our first time here so everything was new for us.

Afton Apple Orchard is about 30 minutes southeast of the Twin Cities. It’s on 190+ acres with 13 varieties of apples, plus strawberries, raspberries and pumpkins. At the entrance there are sampling stations where you can try the various apples available that day, plus apple cider and other treats. We tried a few and loved the cider so much we bought some to take home.

I highly recommend tasting the apple varieties when you arrive so you know which kinds you want to pick later. » Read more..

Coupons and Freebies – Week of September 26th

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Here is a compilation of this week’s great printable restaurant and retail coupons, most of which are available in the Twin Cities area.

PLUS – this Monday, September 29th it’s National Coffee Day and you can get FREE coffee at various locations. I’ll be posting about those separately so check back!

Top Restaurant Coupons:

Bakers Square - 20% Off Entire Check (exp: 10/3/2014)
Blimpie - Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 10/30/2014)
McDonalds - FREE Small McCafe Coffee During Breakfast Hours (exp: 9/29/2014)
Olive Garden - Buy 1 Entree Take 1 Home Free + Free Redbox Movie Rental (exp: 12/31/2014)
Steak Escape - Free Kids Meal When You Buy Fries, Sandwich & Drink + More (exp: 9/30/2014)
Wendys - Free Jr Frosty Coupon Book with $1 Donation (exp: 9/30/2014)

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Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion FREE Screening in St. Louis Park 9/27

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You’re invited to attend a one-time-only event screening of STAR WARS REBELS: SPARK OF REBELLION on the big screen before it debuts on Disney Channel on October 3rd!

Screening will take place this Saturday, September 27th at 10:45am at Showplace ICON in St. Louis Park, MN. Up to 4 passes can be downloaded RIGHT HERE while supplies last! (Hurry! Passes run out fast.) » Read more..

Cub Foods Launches “Cub Days” Celebration & Enter to Win 1 of 5 Gift Cards!

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has just launched its month-long “Cub Days” customer appreciation campaign and as part of the celebration, they are sponsoring Gift Card Giveaway here at Twin Cities Frugal Mom and FIVE will win a $10 Cub Gift Card!

Now through Oct. 11, Cub is offering special promotions, free samples (including Nathan’s hot dogs!) and food demonstrations, and giveaways for major prizes including Cub and Holiday gift cards. Plus check out their Facebook page for more cool prizes including one year of FREE Kemps’ ice cream, one year of FREE Dean’s milk, Minnesota Viking tickets and a trip to Miami to see the Minnesota Vikings!  » Read more..

2014 Minneapolis Emergency Prepare Fair Tuesday, September 23 & Tips for Disaster Preparedness

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Most of us are often so busy we hardly think about things like preparing for natural disasters (aren’t there enough little disasters to deal with every day?). However, it’s important to learn what to do in the event of a disaster so your family is always prepared!

This Tuesday, September 23rd, take your kids to the 2014 Emergency Prepare Fair in Minneapolis from 10:00am – 2:00pm. It’s located at the IDS Crystal Court — City Center — Nicollet Mall Between 6th & 10th Streets. There will be tons of emergency vehicles to explore along Nicollet Mall including:

  • Urban Search & Rescue Vehicles
  • Bomb Squad
  • Mass Casualty Van
  • Mobile Hazardous Material Laboratory
  • Rescue Air Boat
  • Police K9
  • Weather Chasers
  • SWAT & more!

Also, Headwaters Relief Organization, based in Golden Valley, has graciously shared the following article with me to post here to help families with natural disaster preparedness! Read on for some valuable tips and information: » Read more..

Save Money & Raise Money with Kidstuff Coupon Books – Win one of 3!

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As you probably already know about me, I LOVE coupons. I use them for everything – food, entertainment, shopping, you name it.

So of course I was excited when I was recently sent a Kidstuff coupon book to review – and host a giveaway for 3 more!

KidStuff is a leading fundraiser sold exclusively through schools. Their mission is to raise money for education. They’ve been around for 20+ years and to date have helped schools raise over $55 million!

Here’s how it works: » Read more..

Arc’s Value Village’s NEW Thrift Truck in the Twin Cities

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Food trucks have been growing in popularity for foodies, and now there’s a new kind of truck for thrifty fashionistas. A THRIFT truck!

Arc’s Value Village here in the Twin Cities is introducing the Twin Cities only thrift truck — Village on the Go!

Village on the Go features hand-picked fashionable selections from Arc’s Value Village and will travel around the Twin Cities and park at community events for shoppers to explore.

Some upcoming community events where you can find the Village on the Go truck include:

Sunday, September 21st, Noon to 4 p.m.: Penn Fest, 66th & Penn Ave S., Richfield.

Saturday, October 11th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Midland Shopping Center Community Celebration, Winnetka at Medicine Lake Road, New Hope.

Thursday, October 23rd, 4 to 9 p.m.: Pop Up Minneapolis, 514 N 3rd St., Minneapolis, http://www.popupminneapolis.com/

Considering how popular thrift store shopping has become, I think this is a great idea and I hope to shop at a thrift truck soon. If you get to see the Village on the Go truck, let me know what you think!

Coupons and Freebies – Week of September 19

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Here is a compilation of this week’s great printable restaurant and retail coupons, most of which are available in the Twin Cities area.

Top Restaurant Coupons:

Blimpie - Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 10/30/2014)
McDonald’s – FREE small coffee during morning breakfast hours from September 16 – 29.
Olive Garden - Buy 1 Entree Take 1 Home Free + Free Redbox Movie Rental (exp: 12/31/2014)
Outback Steakhouse - 10% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 9/21/2014)
StarbucksBuy any fall drink between 2-6 pm and get one free to share. (9/17-9/21 participating US stores).

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Eat at Chipotle Tuesday, Sept. 23 & 50% of Proceeds go to Como Zoo

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chipotleHoly guacamole! If you’re looking for a excuse to break from your admirable frugal routine and eat out one day instead of bagging your lunch, here’s a good one that supports a great cause.

This Tuesday, September 23, 2014, all Minnesota Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants will donate 50 percent of the day’s proceeds to Como Park Zoo Conservatory in an effort to assist in the Zoo’s mission to inspire the public to value the presence of living things in their lives.

Customers must mention Como Zoo from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at any Minnesota Chipotle restaurant for the contribution to be made.

Last year this fundraiser helped to ring up more than $13,000 in donations for Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, the most successful fundraiser Chipotle has ever seen in the state.

Chipotle will give Como 50 percent of all sales made in Minnesota, as well as Hudson and Eau Claire, Wisconsin up to $35,000.

Red Gold Slow Cooker Recipes & Promotion

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The weather is getting cooler now as fall approaches, and schedules are super busy, making it an ideal time for simple, frugal and comforting slow cooker meals!

I use my slow cooker all year round. It saves us money and time and is always so inviting to come home to the aroma of a warm meal ready to eat. But at this time of year, like me you are probably looking for more recipes to use in your slow cooker that are simple yet flavorful!

Red Gold is focused on slow cooking this fall, and encouraging families to have a hot meal waiting after a busy school/work day. Getting back into the fall schedule is always busy, and slow cookers make mealtimes easier. Plus, in most families there’s usually some delicious leftovers to freeze and reheat on another busy night! » Read more..

Minnesota Lice Lady Review

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HOW IT ALL BEGAN

It all started at about 3:00pm on Friday, September 5th when I was working at my church and Thor, my 3-year-old, was at daycare down the hall from me.

The phone rang and it was one of the daycare staff. “Um, Lisa. You know Thor’s head-scratching that we noticed earlier today and mentioned to you? Well, we checked his head during naptime and found some creepy crawlies. We need to bring him to you – now.”

I was just finishing up working in the office that day and had 3 music rehearsals with musicians from my church scheduled back to back that afternoon. These musicians graciously volunteered to play with me for a special recital at an assisted living home the next day that I had coordinated weeks ago.

“No!” I thought – “Not now”! Not today! I don’t have time for lice!” My husband was at a meeting at the time and couldn’t be reached. So the musicians showed up but patiently waited as I frantically made calls (like our clinic) and researched info online to find out what to do. I had lice once as a kid, but my kids? No clue what to do! » Read more..

A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens – Book Review & Giveaway

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survivalguideteensAs a mom of a 6-year-old and 3-year-old, you might be wondering why I’m reviewing a book about parenting teens. After all, don’t I have enough to deal with today like toys all over the house and potty training?

Well, YES! However, while my kids are still years away from the teen years, I’m still curious about what issues parents are facing with their teenagers now, considering how much things have changed since I was a teen in the 90′s.

Seriously – Facebook, smartphones, and even digital cameras didn’t exist when I was a teen. Sheesh, I remember when CDs, caller ID, and giant cell phones first came out! I didn’t even use the Internet until I was in college.

Back then it was harder to share the daily details of your life with anyone else but those closest to you. But so much is different now, though of course, many of the core issues remain (drugs, sex, money) but in new ways.

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A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens: Talking to Your Kids About Sexting, Drinking, Drugs, and Other Things That Freak You Out by Joani Geltman, MSW, is a valuable guidebook filled with humor and advice that all parents should read, regardless of how old their kids are. » Read more..