Veterans Day Freebies and Deals 2018

Sunday, November 11th is Veterans Day! If you are active duty, retired, or reserve military (or veterans thereof), you can take advantage of many freebies and discounts on these days. I’ve done my best to round up as many as I could find, but if you are aware of one I’m missing, I’d love to know about it to update this list!

As always, I’d phone ahead to make sure your local store or restaurant is participating and to confirm any details such as if additional purchases are necessary. I also strongly recommend that you bring your military ID to make sure you can get these freebies most easily.

Unless otherwise stated, all freebies and deals will be good only for Sunday, November 11th.

Last updated: November 11th, 2018

Veterans Day Freebies and Deals – 2018

AARP – 25% Off Membership
Veterans can join or renew their AARP membership at a discounted rate (up to 25% off) now through November 30th.

Academy Sports + Outdoors – 10% Off
Save 10% both in-store and online through November 11th. You’ll need to validate your military status with Troop ID if shopping online.

American Family Care – Free Flu Shots
Military veterans can get a free flu shot at American Family Care centers – check this map to find your nearest location.

Applebee’s – Free Entree
Veterans and active duty military get a free entree from a select menu.

Avocado Green Mattress – $225 Off
Verified military can save $225 on any mattress purchased on AvocadoGreenMattress.com through November 12th.

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B&Bs for Vets – Free Night’s Stay
Select inns and B&Bs are offering a free night’s stay to active and retired military and one guest each on and around November 11th. Space is limited, so be sure to make your reservation as soon as possible.

BJ’s Restaurants and Brewhouse – Free Entree + Soda
All veterans and active military get a free entree (under $12.95) and a free Dr. Pepper by presenting a military ID or proof of service. You can also claim a free Pizookie while supplies last.

Bob’s Burgers & Brew – Free Meal
Veterans get a free meal on November 12th with valid military ID.

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Brown Bear – Free Car Wash
All military personnel gets a free car wash at any tunnel location. (Note: This is being offered through Grace For Vets. If you don’t have Brown Bear in your area, you might have another participating car wash to choose from.

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Halloween Freebies & Deals 2018

Halloween Freebies and Deals – 2018 Halloween is just around the corner! We’ve hunted down the best Halloween freebies and deals available both nationwide and in the Seattle area. Please leave a comment if you know of any others and we’ll …

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The Monster List of Family Friendly Halloween Events (Puget Sound Area)

Family Friendly Halloween Events Puget Sound Area

Looking for family-friendly activities for Halloween in the Puget Sound region? Look no further – I’ve got a “monster” list of stuff you can do! To keep the frugal emphasis of this blog, I’ve worked to include as many free/low-cost activities as possible.

Jump to today’s events!

Daily Events

Halloween Costume Swap (Bainbridge Island, WA)
October 1 – 30, Kids Discovery Museum
Donate any gently used Halloween costumes, costume pieces and accessories and exchange them for something new (or “new-to-you”)
Free
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Pumpkin Patch (Tacoma, WA)
October 16 – November 1, W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory
Photo opportunity with fun props and pumpkins
Free
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October 4, 2018 (Thursday)

Petite Picasso (South Hill, WA)
1 – 2 pm, South Hill Library
For ages 2 – 6 – celebrate the season with a pumpkin themed story and pumpkin painting project
Free; pre-registration required
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October 5, 2018 (Friday)

Creative Web Weavers Story Time (Bellevue, WA)
11 am – 2:30 pm, Lewis Creek Park Visitor Center
For ages 3 – 7 – spider stories and crafts
Free; registration required
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Family Fall Fest (Tacoma, WA)
3 – 5 pm, Parkland/Spanaway Library
Pumpkin decorating, games for all ages, prizes, and more
Free
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Fall Harvest Festival (Seattle, WA)
5 – 7 pm, Van Asselt Community Center
Food, games, crafts
Free
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Harvest Festival (Seattle, WA)
5 – 7 pm, Meadowbrook Community Center Parking Lot
Freshly pressed apple juice, pony rides
Free; $5 pony rides
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October 6, 2018 (Saturday)

Monster Mash Dash (Shoreline, WA)
8 – 11 am, Interurban Trail
Family 5K fun run and walk, costumes encouraged
Free
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Fall Festival (Seattle, WA)
11 am – 3 pm, Occidental Square
Petting zoo, pumpkin patch, face painting, airbrush artist, balloon twister, obstacle course, hula hoop dancer, caricatures, pumpkin activity
Free
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Kelsey Creek Farm Fair (Bellevue, WA)
11 am – 4 pm, Kelsey Creek Farm Park
Live entertainment, heritage demonstrations, wagon rides, pick-a-pumpkin, pony rides, farm animals
Free admission; some activities paid
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Harvest Festival (Fife, WA)
10:30 am – 7:30 pm, Dacca Park
Arts, crafts, foods, performances
Free
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Scarecrow Mini Fest (Seattle, WA)
11 am – 2 pm, Magnuson Community Center Children’s Garden and Demonstration Orchard
Live music, scavenger hunt, garden games, kids’ activities, ride-on kiddie tractor corral
Free admission; $20 for scarecrow, 25¢ tickets for games
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October 12, 2018 (Friday)

Spiders! (Bellevue, WA)
10 – 11 am, Lake Hills Greenbelt Ranger Station
For ages 3 – 8 – family spider class and spider craft
Free; pre-registration required
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Harvest Fest at Norpoint (Tacoma, WA)
5:30 – 7 pm, Center at Norpoint
Pumpkin-themed crafts, games, face painting, prizes, costume contests, bounce houses, refreshments
Free
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Haunted Hall (Tacoma, WA)
6 – 8 pm, Center at Norpoint
Take a frightfully fun walk through the Haunted Hall
$5/person, $4/in advance, ages 5 and under free
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Pumpkin Walk (Bainbridge, WA)
6 – 8 pm, Bainbridge Gardens
Walk the nature trail with a display of nearly 300 lighted, carved pumpkins, hay maze, bounce house, pictures, live music, face painting, carnival games
Free; suggested cash donation for each attraction
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October 13, 2018 (Saturday)

Zoo Boo (Tacoma, WA)
9:30 am – 4 pm, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Costumes, critters, candy, pumpkins
Free with zoo admission ($2 off admission when you show up in costume)
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Fall Festival (Seattle, WA)
10 am – 3 pm, Swansons Nursery
Tractor hay rides, hay maze, games, crafts
Free; some activities require tickets
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Cider Squeeze (Puyallup, WA)
10 am – 4 pm, Meeker Mansion
Squeeze apples for some fresh cider, pick out a carving pumpkin, visit a favorite vendor, munch on apple treats
Free (purchases extra)
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Pumpkin Fest (Orting, WA)
10 am – 5 pm, Orting City Park
Live entertainment, games, bounce house, Little Pumpkin Pals Parade
Free
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Truck & Tractor Day (Lakewood, WA)
12 – 3 pm, Fort Steilacoom Park
Hard hats and pumpkins while supplies last, hayrides, pumpkin painting, crafts, games, pumpkin slingshot
Free
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Costume Shop: Halloween! (Bellevue, WA)
2:30 – 4:30 pm, Bellevue Library
Get tips on alterations/design, use sewing machines, construct props out of cardboard
Free
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Haunted Hall (Tacoma, WA)
6 – 8 pm, Center at Norpoint
Take a frightfully fun walk through the Haunted Hall
$5/person, $4/in advance, ages 5 and under free
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Pumpkin Walk (Bainbridge, WA)
6 – 8 pm, Bainbridge Gardens
Walk the nature trail with a display of nearly 300 lighted, carved pumpkins, hay maze, bounce house, pictures, live music, face painting, carnival games
Free; suggested cash donation for each attraction
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Kids’ & Pets’ Halloween Costumes and Accessories: on Amazon

Are you still in need of a great kids’ costume or two for Halloween? You might want to check out Amazon today (Saturday, 10/13), because they have lots of great kids’ and pets’ costumes and accessories on sale.

Here are a few I’m spotting right now:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Child’s Kylo Ren Costume, Large

Rubie’s Big Girls’ Minion Costume

Rubie’s DC Comics Wonder Woman Pet Costume

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20 Princess Costumes Under $20

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20 Princess Costumes Under $20

Does your little one want to be a princess for Halloween this year? (Or any other time of year, really!) Considering this is always a popular Halloween costume, I wanted to share with you these 20 princess costumes, all currently priced under $20 at Amazon. These all get solid reviews, too!

Most of these items ship free with an Amazon Prime account – if you’d like, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime to get this benefit. Enjoy!

Disguise Disney's Frozen Elsa Deluxe Girl's Costume, 4-6X

#1: Disney’s Frozen Elsa Deluxe Girl’s Costume

Fairy Tale Princess Costume - Large

#2: Child’s Fairy Tale Princess Costume

JerrisApparel Snow Queen Elsa Party Dress Costume Princess Cosplay Dress Up

#3: JerrisApparel Snow Party Dress Queen Costume Princess Cosplay Dress Up

Frozen Anna Coronation Gown Classic M (7-8)

#4: Frozen Anna Coronation Gown Classic

ReliBeauty Girls' Princess Elsa Fancy Dress Costume (7, Sky Blue)

#5: ReliBeauty Frozen Queen Elsa Fancy Dress Costume
Check out that train! This costume gets awesome reviews.

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Memorial Day Freebies & Deals 2018

Memorial Day Freebies and Deals – 2018 Memorial Day is coming up on Monday, May 28 and we wanted to be sure you were aware of the various deals available both nationwide and in the Seattle area. Just a reminder …

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Mother’s Day Freebies & Deals 2018

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Mother’s Day Freebies and Deals – 2018

In case you haven’t gotten the memo, Mother’s Day is just around the corner! We’ve rounded up a big list of Mother’s Day Freebies and Deals 2018 to give you a heads up on ways to save.

Whether you’re a mom or have a mom you need to treat to a day out, you’re bound to find something of interest in this list. (And please help us and other readers out by leaving a comment if you know of any other freebies or deals – thanks in advance!)

Last updated: May 12th, 2018

National Mother’s Day Freebies and Deals

Cards, Crafts & Printables

CraftsyStream 1,300+ classes free this weekend and unlock free access to every Craftsy class! From quilting and knitting to baking and photography, watch as many Craftsy classes as you want.

Free Printable Mother’s Day Cards – Don’t want to buy a card? Check out these free printable Mother’s Day cards on TheBalance.com.

Free Printable Mother’s Day Coupons – Find a template for free printable Mother’s Day “coupons” on Zulily.

Free Printable Mother’s Day Questionnaire – Have the kiddos fill out a free printable Mother’s Day questionnaire for a unique and amusing memory-making opportunity.

Lakeshore Learning – Kids ages 3 and up can make Mom a free Fun Memories Frame on Saturday, May 12th from 11 am – 3 pm.

Michaels – Make a Mother’s Day card on Saturday, May 5th from 10 am – 12 pm or flowers for Mom on Saturday, May 12th from 10 am – 12 pm. Cost is $2 or $5 per project.

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Shutterfly – Use the coupon code CARD4U to get a free photo card for Mom (you’ll need to pay $0.99 for shipping).

Walgreens – Save 50% on photo cards with coupon code SPRINGNOTES. A bonus: choose to pick up your order that same day in-store for free (great for procrastinators!).

York Photo – Get a free 4×6 photo magnet if you’re new to York Photo – just pay shipping.

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