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Mom Blogger Reveals Tips for Free Stuff
DAYTON -- Saving hundreds of dollars a week sounds pretty good, especially when you have kids. A mom blogger is sharing her savings secrets.
Marie Rossiter is a busy mother of two who's been blogging for about three years. She likes writing about the experiences of raising a teenage girl and a tween girl. Her daughters are 11 and 15 years old.
The mom blog network has opened up a new world of free stuff right in your backyard. She says anyone can save hundreds of dollars, even without being part of the blog network.
Marie found kids workshops at Home Depot and Lowe's and says kids can learn how to build a little wooden race car to bird houses, and everything's free. All the materials are provided."
She found more free activities like storytimes, character greetings and even tea parties at Disney Stores, Barnes & Noble and Pottery Barn Kids.
Marie's searching also turned up free kids meals every night of the week at dozens of restaurants -- from Red Robin and Friday's to Fazoli's, Perkins and Pizza Hut, even Lonestar Steakhouse.
"As my kids get older, things get more expensive," Marie says. And all moms know how fast kids grow out of their clothes. Marie found free clothes through online hand-me-down exchanges.
Want to reward your kids for their good grades at school? A lot of businesses will do it for you. From a free glazed doughnut at Krispy Kreme to free kids meals, pizza and ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery for good grades or perfect attendance. Don't forget to bring proof.
"A lot of sporting teams offer free tickets for kids who have a certain GPA," Marie says, and she's even found tickets to big national shows, like Disney on Ice, through online contests on Mommy blogs.
It doesn't have to cost a fortune to take your kids to do something. You just have to invest a little time. Marie advises parents to make sure to check with their local stores and restaurants to confirm the times and activities they find online.
Here are links to all of the freebies Marie found for us:
Mom blogger Marie Rossiter
Free gently used clothes: www.freeclothesforkids.net and
Free kids meals: http://coupondivas.com/kids-eat-free.html
Free stuff for good grades: www.myazonline.com/report-card-rewards/
Barnes & Noble free events:
Home Depot free kids workshops: www.homedepot.com/Workshops
Lowes free kids workshops: http://www.lowesbuildandgrow.com/pages/default.aspx
Pottery Barn free kids events:
WHOLE FOODS free events:
Disney Store free events:
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