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Minnesota Farmers Market Cookbook Review & Giveaway

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It’s almost time for the outdoor Farmers Market season in Minnesota and I can’t wait! I love browsing markets, especially the Minneapolis Farmers Markets on weekends when the place is bustling with everything imaginable from produce to breads and meats (and the BEST bratwurst and lemonade!). I was excited to recently hear about and review

Spring Cleaning Guide for the Twin Cities 2014

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This is a list of Twin Cities area resources to help you get rid of yard waste, papers, clothing and any other type of household items you no longer need. This list will be added to and updated as needed. CLEAN UP YOUR YARD YARD WASTE COLLECTION SITES Each county offers free yard waste collection sites

Grocery Savings & Couponing Guide for the Twin Cities

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A while back I wrote a popular post called “Three Myths about Couponing and Why Anyone Can Do It!” This is a follow-up to that post with details about grocery shopping in the Twin Cities, how to begin, and all the ways you can save at each major grocery store in the Twin Cities area!

Ten Things I Do When Times are Tough

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You know what I’m talking about. Everyone goes through tough times when money is extra tight, like when income goes down for a while, you have an unexpected $1200 in car repairs, the washing machine breaks down and needs a $500 replacement, or you need to buy an $800 plane ticket to visit an ill family

Three Myths about Couponing and Why Anyone Can Do It!

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Think using coupons will cramp your style? If you found you could save 60-70% on your groceries, would that change your mind? Here are 3 beliefs about couponing that even I have had in the past, but then realized weren’t true! 1. “Clipping coupons takes too much time!” Not if you use coupon lists provided on

Bump Club Twin Cities Partners with Target to Offer Expert Parenting Tips & Tricks – 4/23-4/24

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Open to the public: This Wednesday and Thursday, the Bump Club Twin Cities will be hosting never before seen interactive events for expectant parents at select Target stores in the greater Minneapolis area. At these complimentary events, expectant moms will have the opportunity to learn about parenting must-haves from experts, win fun prizes and participate in a Q&A.

You can register for each event by clicking on the links here:

BCBasics for Target: Guide to Diapering, Swaddling and Bathing for Expectant Parents

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM (CDT)
Minneapolis, MN

BCBasics for Target: Guide to Diapering, Swaddling and Bathing for Expectant Parents

Bump Club Twin Cities
Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM (CDT)
Minnetonka, MN

Kids Stuff Sales in the Twin Cities April 26-May 4

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There are a number of kids stuff and consignment sales coming up in the Twin Cities area this weekend through next week. Here are a few:

Friday, April 25

Children & Maternity Consignment Sale – Christ the King Lutheran Church. Bloomington, MN. 9:00 – 6:00.

Saturday, April 26

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Roseville ECFE Stuff Sale: 8:00 – 1:30. The Roseville Early Childhood Program Stuff Sale is April 26th from 8:00am-1:30pm at Parkview Center School! The half-price sale starts at 12:15! If you are unfamiliar with this event, it is an annual consignment sale of new and gently used baby, kids and maternity items. The sale is open to the public. All current and past Roseville ECFE/Early Childhood Program participants are eligible to sell and/or volunteer at the sale.

Children & Maternity Consignment Sale - Christ the King Lutheran Church. Bloomington, MN. 8:00 – 2:00. 50% off marked items.

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Coupons and Freebies – Week of April 18th

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Here is a compilation of great retail and restaurant coupons, most of which are available in the Twin Cities area, and several educational freebies you can get online.

Top Retail Coupons:


Adidas Outlet - $20 Off $80 Purchase Starting 4/8 (exp: 4/28/2014)
Aeropostale - $10 Off Every $50 or $25 Off Every $100 Spent (exp:5/4/2014) » Read more..

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore Earth Day Sale April 22 – 26th

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The Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore in New Brighton is having a big Earth Day sale April 22nd – 26th! The ReStore is a great, frugal place to get home building supplies and more for low prices.

Every day a different product category will be on sale! Purchasing our new and gently used inventory is a great way save on your project, while putting reusable building and home improvement materials to good use.

Tuesday, April 22nd (Earth Day!)
Enjoy 50% off Hardware all day! This includes all tools (power and hand models). » Read more..

Minnesota Farmers Market Cookbook Review & Giveaway

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minnesotafarmersmarketcookbookIt’s almost time for the outdoor Farmers Market season in Minnesota and I can’t wait! I love browsing markets, especially the Minneapolis Farmers Markets on weekends when the place is bustling with everything imaginable from produce to breads and meats (and the BEST bratwurst and lemonade!).

I was excited to recently hear about and review a new cookbook available called the Minnesota Farmers Market Cookbook: A Guide to Selecting and Preparing the Best Local Produce by Tricia Cornell. It’s not only a cookbook but a comprehensive guide to choosing, using, and preserving the food found at farmers markets. » Read more..

Party for the Planet at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory April 25 – 27

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Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is celebrating Earth Day with Party for the Planet – Friday, April 25th to Sunday, April 27th from 10:00am – 4:00pm for FREE (donations always accepted):

Hey party animals, it’s cool to conserve! Earth Day is April 22, but we’re stretching it out and celebrating the following weekend with our annual “Party for the Planet”, in partnership with Xcel Energy. Bring the family for a fun weekend of activities, crafts and education programs that explore animals, plants and people that depend on this big blue ball. You’ll leave with some great ideas for reducing your own impact on the planet, and improving our natural habitats.

Coupons and Freebies – Week of April 11th

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Coupons and Freebies

Here is a compilation of great retail and restaurant coupons, most of which are available in the Twin Cities area, and several educational freebies you can get online.

Top Retail Coupons:


Adidas Outlet
 - $20 Off $80 Purchase (exp: 4/28/2014)
Aeropostale - $10 Off Every $50 or $25 Off Every $100 Spent (exp:5/4/2014)
Barnes & Noble - 15% Off 1 Single Item (exp: 4/13/2014) » Read more..

5 Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Children

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This guest post is written by Nell Aburto, a professional photographer. Nell lives in the Twin Cities with her family and owns Pink Parasol Photography. She does beautiful photography of children, families, grads, and more.

I met Nell at a mom’s group event where she discussed “5 tips for taking photos of your children.” I thought her tips were so helpful I invited her to share them here!

Hi, my name is Nell Aburto, and I own Pink Parasol Photography, which is a boutique photography business serving the Twin Cities area.   » Read more..

Free Dave Ramsey eBook: Complete Guide to Money

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A FREE ebook by Dave Ramsey is available for download. It’s called Complete Guide to Money and you can download it here. The printed book is valued at $21.95.

I just downloaded the book for myself. Use the Download link on the left side of the screen and ignore the “download” ad links on the right side of the screen.

You’ll have the option of donating to Young Life, a Christian organization.  » Read more..

Kids’ Stuff Garage Sale and Earth Day Celebration in New Hope on Saturday, April 26

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Coming up in New Hope this month is a fun and frugal way to shop for kids’ stuff while encouraging earth-friendly practices at home and school!

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Kids’ Stuff Garage Sale and Earth Day Celebration sponsored by Robbinsdale Area Schools ECFE PAC

Saturday, April 26, 9am-1pm

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8301 47th Ave N, New Hope, MN 55428 » Read more..

Lakeville ECFE Kids’ Stuff Sale April 11-12

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11th Annual Lakeville Area E.C.F.E. Kids’ Stuff Sale

Kenwood Trail Middle School (Cafeteria and Gym)
19455 Kenwood Trail (Co. Rd. 50 & 194th St. W.)
Lakeville, Minnesota
Friday, April 11, 2014, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Saturday, April 12, 2013, 8:00 a.m. — 3 p.m. » Read more..

Minnesota Historical Society Membership Groupon Deal Review

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(This is a guest post by Gianna from FamilyFunTwinCities.com. They’re celebrating their 1st birthday. Visit their website for fun things to do in the Twin Cities!)

My name is Gianna Kordatzky, and I am part of a team of moms who has created a website called Family Fun Twin Cities. Every week, we talk about what is happening around the metro: activities that are a must, events that were trying, local businesses that are too fun to ignore. We keep a calendar of happenings, both free and not so free. We aren’t endorsing these events as much as letting you know they are there. If you have feedback on outings you have taken with your family, we would love to hear about it!

I met Lisa technically through a group on Facebook, but apparently, we have brushed elbows being that we have a mutual friend.  Lisa is a very talented lady and lots of fun.  I am excited to get to know her readers! » Read more..

Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh Review & GIVEAWAY!

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As a Purex Insider, I was given the opportunity to review a great new laundry product: Purex Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh. Plus THREE Twin Cities Frugal Mom readers will win a coupon for a FREE Purex Crystals Fabulously Fresh! » Read more..

Free Small Coffee during Breakfast at McDonald’s 3/31 – 4/13

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Wake up and taste the free coffee! McCafe invites coffee drinkers across the U.S. to stop by their local participating McDonald’s restaurant for a freshly brewed small McCafe coffee during McDonald’s first-ever national Free Coffee Event. Free McCafe coffee is available during breakfast hours starting March 31 through April 13 in participating restaurants.

Spring Cleaning Guide for the Twin Cities 2014

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This is a list of Twin Cities area resources to help you get rid of yard waste, papers, clothing and any other type of household items you no longer need. This list will be added to and updated as needed.

CLEAN UP YOUR YARD


springYARD WASTE COLLECTION SITES

Each county offers free yard waste collection sites or assistance for its residents. At these sites you can often pick up free compost for your garden (while it lasts). They may also offer junk collection days where you drop off items like tires or electronics and even hazardous waste for a discount. Check out your local county website for locations and times: » Read more..