I’ve been a fan of Restaurant.com for at least a decade.
Seriously! You purchase a discounted gift certificate (make sure to check the cert for restrictions, such as a minimum purchase amount or mandatory gratuity ) for a local restaurant. You have a year from the date of purchase to use it.
- $100 eGift Card for only $18.00
- $200 eGift Card for only $36.00
Restaurant.com eGift Card can be redeemed at 62,000 restaurants and providers across the country. Available denominations vary by restaurant and certificates are subject to minimum spend requirements and other restrictions. You can split up the $100 or $200 amongst a few local restaurants.
Here is an example of how to use the certs to your advantage.
Cafe XYZ- Certificate for $15.00. Terms of cert: $15 off the purchase of $30 or more.
- The check comes to $30.00
- Minus Cert amt. -$15.00
- Total New Bill: $15.00
- Gift Certificate Cost $6.00
The price for this complete meal is $21.00 (that includes the cost of the certificate). The total amount saved $9.00.
ABC Cafe- Certificate for $25.00. Terms of the cert: $25.00 off the purchase of $35.00 or more.
- The check comes to $35.00
- Minus Cert amt. -$25.00
- Total New Bill: $10.00
- Gift Certificate Cost $10.00
The price for this complete meal is $20.00 (that includes the cost of the certificate). The total amount saved $15.00.
Don’t forget to tip your server!
If you haven’t heard, JCPenney is celebrating its 120th Anniversary this year. And what’s an anniversary without a sale?
Through 4/12/2022, you can save an extra 30% off when you use coupon code 120YEARS (you can find it, and other coupons here). This deal is also available in-store here, just click here and show the barcode in the store.
And it gets better- as a JCP Rewards member, you’ll earn a $10 Bonus Reward when you spend $50 (up to three per account) now through 4/12/2022.
Don’t forget to sign up for JCP Rewards if you already haven’t. It’s a great way to earn $10/$10+ coupons, plus additional rewards like secret sales and birthday coupons (usually a $10/$10+ coupon).
If you are looking for some cute matching swimsuits for the fam, check out these adorable suits for all ages and sizes!
I’ve talked about our snack basket at home, but what about when we leave home? Oh yeah, we take snacks everywhere!
When it’s time for the zoo or another day out on the town, I pull out the “snack backpack” which is one shoulder slingback bag like this.
Here are a few of our family’s favorite snacks and other stuff I keep in our snack bag:
- Re-usable water bottles (I fill them daily). Each child has their own, and I have a larger one. I put lots of ice in mine in addition to water. I also carry extra water in my trunk at all times (in case of emergency, but frequently the emergency is just hot thirsty kiddos).
- Powdered drink sticks. Dollar Tree and 99 Cents Only have lots of great flavors to choose from.
- Freeze-dried Fruit. Strawberries, Pineapple, and mangoes are favorites here.
- Protein bars, granola bars, goldfish crackers, fruit squeezy pouches, Yogurt squeezy pouches, individual cups of peanut butter, crackers to go with the PB (usually Ritz), Pirates Booty, Individual bags of popcorn, homemade trail mix (extra M&M’s no raisins), Ziploc bags of cereal, fruit leathers/fruit rollups, Mott’s Fruit Snacks (these are specifically requested), and depending on what is on sale, juice boxes/pouches or sometimes shelf-stable milk boxes/pouches.
- In a zipper pouch (this one), I keep hand wipes, plastic utensils, straws, and napkins. I also carry a ziploc bag with extra ziplocs in it, and a few small trash bags.
While the initial outlay of money to buy a backpack and stock of food to keep in the snack bag and water bottles may be steep (it was about $65 for us), you will save that much money in just a few weeks in the summer. You’ll be able to avoid drive-thru lines, and you can better control what your family is eating.
When we are going to be gone all day, I also pack a small soft-sided cooler bag with blue ice and cold treats like frozen tubes of yogurt, berries, cheese, and cold cuts. I like using reusable plastic containers, instead of zip-top bags. They are usually better for keeping food cold and for squishable items like berries in good condition. These are all the same things that we eat for lunch during the school year, so our food budget in the summer does not increase- We also take advantage of summer school lunch programs as well.
I’m really looking forward to our spring and summer shenanigans!