Summer Fun

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Summer is a great time to get out of the house and explore your town, but it can get expensive if you spending a lot of time away from home. One way we save money on our adventures is to pack a picnic. That way when the little ones get hungry, instead of hitting McDonald’s, we have less expensive healthier options within reach.

Packing the perfect picnic can be a form of art, since there are so many things to keep in mind. Will there be a picnic table or will you be balancing your meal on your lap? Is there a good chance the kids will have grubby little hands by the time your food is ready? And those are just a few.

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Tips for Packing Picnics for Families

  • Keep it Clean! Kids get dirty easily. That’s part of the fun of adventures. Make sure to pack hand sanitizer and/or baby wipes if there won’t be somewhere nearby to clean up before eating. Don’t forget napkins or paper towels.
  • Don’t invite the bugs. Bugs can quickly ruin any picnic. The Indiana Family of Farmers recommends filling a spray bottle with 1/4-1/3 peroxide and filling the rest with plain tap water. Spraying this along your picnic surface will discourage bugs from joining in on your meal.
  • Pitch-In: If you are going with a group, instead of each family packing a picnic, work together. Assign each family something to bring to help divvy up the costs of food. This works even when it’s just two of you meeting at the park.
  • Keep it cool. Keeping your food cold is always a struggle. Did you know that cold food should be stored at 40°F or below? On hot days, I often freeze our drinks when heading out on hot days to help keep our food cold and ensure we have cold drinks when we’re hot. I also freeze any foods that don’t do well in heat or might melt, like chocolate, fruit snacks, and meats, so they’ll say good longer. Insulated picnic baskets or totes are always a great idea!
  • Avoid Spills. I can’t count the number of times my kids didn’t finish something and threw it back in the picnic basket, leaving it to spill and create a gross mess that isn’t easy to clean. When packing foods, think about what will happen after the meal is done. You may need to throw in a container with a lid or some Ziploc bags to make the after-meal mess less messy.
  • Keep it Simple. Do as much of the work as you can before you leave the home, because prepping meals outdoors is never easy. Plus, try to pack multi-use utensils and containers. Finger foods are always a great, simple picnic item!
  • Pack Backwards. Place your ice on the bottom of your picnic basket, then put your items that need to stay cool in next. The last thing you should pack is your tableware, which you’ll need before passing out your food.

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We’ve been out and about a ton this summer from the new Saxony Beach near our home to Indiana Dunes Country. Where have you been spending your hot summer days?

There’s still time to enjoy some summer road trips and outdoor fun! And, to help you save on your fuel, Kroger is offering 2X Fuel Points with a reusable digital coupons each weekend through July 28th.

For every $1 you spend on qualifying items at Kroger, you’ll earn one fuel point. However, on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday through July 28th you’ll earn 2 fuel points for every $1 you spend on qualifying purchases.

Fuel points can be used to save up to $1 per gallon when you redeem 1,000 fuel points at any Kroger Fuel Station or participating Shell station.

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Here’s how to start earning:

 

  • Visit the Kroger Summer Fun with 2X Fuel Points Page
  • Sign into your Kroger account or, if you’re a new customer, set up an account
  • Load the digital coupon to your Kroger Plus Card
  • Shop Friday – Saturday through July 28th to earn 2X fuel points
  • Save money when you fuel up and use your points

Valid on qualifying grocery purchases. Offer excludes Pharmacy and Gift Cards.

Plus, to help you get started, Kroger is offering you a chance to win a $100 Kroger Gift Card! Read on to enter now.

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Enjoy a stay at the Caribbean Cove Hotel with a package, normally $269, discounted to $159.

This package includes:

  • (1) Night Stay
  • (4) Waterpark Passes
  • (4) Breakfast Passes
  • $10 Arcade Card
  • (1) Large Pizza
  • (4) Drinks

All the ways to save on In Good Cents are good in Indiana, but sometimes there are Indiana deals that’s available only to Hoosiers.

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If you want to work out or wind down, JCC Indianapolis is a great place to do so. For a limited time you can save 84% on a JCC Indianapolis 10-Pass Punch Card for a family of five including two adults and three children on sale for only $49.

Your pass includes:

  • 10 Admissions for up to (2) adults and (3) children
  • Aquatic Fitness Classes
  • Adult Fitness Center Courts
  • Baby Sitting Area for children 6 and younger
  • Indoor Cycling or Pilates Class
  • WhirlPool or Sauna
  • Eskenazi Water Park
  • And More!

This sale is available through June 2, 2013.

Save more when shopping online with cash back shopping, plus find many more promotional codes in the Online Shopping Database.

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Up to 55% off Outdoor Toys for summer Fun

by Beth Montgomery on May 29, 2013

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There are some great deals on outdoor toys right now. While there’s so many, here’s a few of my favorites:

  • Slip ‘n slide Triple Racer – $19.99 (Reg. $36)
  • Orbounder Trampoline (12′) – $269.99 (Reg. $372)
  • Sidewalk Chalk Pack (60 ct.) – $6.99 (Reg. $10)
  • Balloon Pumping Station – $12.99 (Reg. $20)
  • Parachute & Bag – $18.99 (Reg. $30)
  • Plus unique kites, wobble decks, sporting equiptment, and more!

This sale is available through May 30, 2013 or while supplies last.

Zulily offers limited time and one day sales for members and focuses on deals for babies, kids, and moms. It’s free to join!

Save more when shopping online with cash back shopping, plus find many more promotional codes in the Online Shopping Database.

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There’s a printable $3.25 off any 2 Banana Boat Sun Care Products coupon available. Hurry, the best printable coupons disappear quickly, so if you need it grab this one before it’s gone.

You can find more coupons and ways to save while grocery shopping in the coupon database.

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