Wendy’s $1 Key Tag Gets You Free Frostys in 2016

Thumbnail for 383354Get a FREE Jr. Frosty (regularly 99 cents at most locations) at Wendy’s, throughout 2016. All you have to do is purchase a cool Frosty Key Tag for just $1 at participating locations, while supplies last. It’s even sweeter because 90 percent of the proceeds benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Then, every time you visit Wendy’s in 2016, get a Jr. Frosty FREE with any purchase. The offer is limited to one per transaction, per visit, per key tag. This deal pays for itself in just one visit. However, if you frequent Wendy’s at least once a week, you could easily save more than $50 before ringing in 2017.

Buy Gift Cards to Earn Holiday Promos & Bonuses

Thumbnail for 385462This time of the year, it pays to give gift cards because of all the bonus offers. The end dates vary for each promo, but most expire Dec. 31. In addition, some promos are available online or in-store only, while others are available either way. (For true savings, it’s better to buy the gift cards in-store, rather than pay any shipping charges — if a retailer doesn’t offer free shipping on gift cards.) Here are some of the more popular national deals. However, there are many local deals to be found, too, so check your favorite neighborhood shops for more offers. Plus, review our tips on how to maximize the promos at the end of the list.

Price and participation may vary. It’s also important to note that many of the promos are “bonus cards” — not gift cards. Review the fine print for limitations, including minimum purchase requirements, date restrictions or menu exclusions first. Plus, most (if not all) bonuses are not valid until Jan. 1, 2016.

If you have a favorite restaurant on the list, consider buying gift cards for yourself to “cash in” on the bonus. Plus, get more bonuses by breaking down a large purchase. For example, if the bonus is for a $25 (or more) gift card and you’re buying a $50 gift card, why not purchase two $25 gift cards in separate transactions instead? You just doubled your bonus.

Victor Merchants Celebrate “3rd on 3rd” Every Month

Southird (South Third Street Merchants Association of Victor) sponsors Victor’s 3rd on 3rd. The merchants on South Third Street will be open until 8 p.m. (and on the third day of every month). Merchants included are Sue’s Fortune Club, The Victor / Lowell Thomas Museum, The Victor Trading Co. & Manufacturing Works and Marigold Mercantile, all located on South Third Street. FREE refreshments will be served at each location and many will have specials from 5 till 8 p.m.  For more information, call 689-2346.

Save 20% on Walgreens’ Senior Savings Day

walgreensIt pays to be a little older and wiser. On the first Tuesday of every month, Walgreens offers customers 55 and older a discount on many in-store purchases. (Proof of age may be required, so bring a photo ID. Plus, the offer is only valid with its Balance Rewards program.) On Senior Savings Day, qualifying customers save 20% on all regular-price merchandise. Note: The discount no longer applies to sale items. Of course, there are some restrictions: Discounts are not valid on prescriptions, cigarettes, dairy products, liquor, liquor department items, phone cards, newspapers, magazines, stamps, gift cards, items or services submitted to insurance for reimbursement or where otherwise limited by law. Make sure to read the fine print on the bottom of Walgreens’ Senior Savings Day page for a full review of restrictions. If you don’t qualify, consider asking an older relative or friend to go shopping with you to get in on the savings. Be sure you’re a member of its FREE loyalty program, Balance Rewards, for maximum savings.


Grab the Kids and Go to Story Telling Day at Petrie’s

santa readingLooking for something to do with the kids this weekend? Check out Storytelling Day & Santa Claus, presented by Petrie’s Family Games, 7681 N. Union Blvd., all day on Saturday, Nov, 28. Story Telling day is full of story games, a visit from Santa, crafts, food, and the Secret Lives of Gingerbread Men. Come play games and have a day full of cheer and fun.
All events FREE except Gingerbread Men which is $10 per player, $5 for kids 8 to 13.

School Breaks Mean Getting Creative with Kids

kids DIY activities You need ideas for cheap kids’ activities and homemade toys to keep them entertained during school breaks. The creativity used to make handmade toys is fun in itself. Plus, using household items is a good way to reuse and recycle stuff you already have. We’ve found 10 DIY toys, games and kids activities suitable for indoor play. They start simple, followed by ones that require more materials, skill, preparation or adult supervision. For all 10, check out the full story on our sister site, Living on the Cheap.

Lots of Folks Have Restaurant Gift Cards on Their List

give a gift cardAccording to research from the National Restaurant Association, 26 percent of Americans plan to give a restaurant gift card as a holiday gift, and 59 percent said they would like to receive a restaurant gift card. A restaurant gift card allows the recipient to enjoy a nice dinner without worrying about picking up the tab. This is part of a greater trend of interest in experience-based gifts rather than giving goods. Following are restaurant chains offering special deals on gift card sales this year.  Be sure to check the restaurant’s website or your local restaurant for full details. For a full list of restaurant gift card deals, CLICK HERE.

Forget Shopping: Take Advantage of Fresh Air Friday

mueller state park winterDon’t battle the mall crowds! Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering an alternative to the Black Friday shopping spree. This year, the Friday after Thanksgiving, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering FREE admission at all 42 state parks. They’re calling it Fresh Air Friday. Park authorities are hoping to make the Black Friday special an annual event. Look for special programs and activities that day in your favorite state park. If it’s snowing, grab a sled, strap on a pair of snowshoes or cross-country skis and go for a slide. Work off that turkey dinner!