Kids Eat FREE on Halloween!

Kids Eat Free for HalloweenOne of my friends was sharing places that kids eat free on Halloween on her FB page (thanks Meg) and it got me thinking…why don’t I compile a list here to share with everyone! Also us parents do not need to cook at all on Halloween with these deals around! So here it is…all the places I could find that have free meals for kids on Halloween! 

  • Krispy Kreme – “You’re Invited to Our Doughnut Costume Party on Halloween (10/31)!!! Wear your costume to any of our participating Krispy Kreme shops.”
  • IHOP – “Trick or treat, give kids something free to eat this Halloween!  On Thursday, October 31st, from 7:00AM-10:00PM, all kids 12 and under receive a free Scary Face Pancake!”
  • Village Inn – (Print coupons) “Dress up and get a free Pumpkin Face short stack with the purchase of an adult entree.”
  • Jamba – “Trick or Treat at Jamba! To encourage a healthier Halloween, we’ll be handing out FREE Jamba Kids smoothies on Thursday, October 31 from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Kids age 8 and under will receive a free Jamba Kids Smoothie, a fun and delicious way to enjoy 2.5 servings of fruit and/or veggies!”
  • Souper Salad – “Feed Your Little Monster for Free at Souper Salad this week!” (Here is a coupon that runs until 9/15 if you want to wait until next week to eat free.)
  • Sweet Tomatoes/Souplantation – “To make wholesome meals a convenient option for you, we’re letting kids (12 and under) eat FREE with each paying adult* from October 28th – 31st.”
  • Genghis Grill – Kids eat free deal for Halloween week, good Oct. 29-Nov. 3, 2013. Get one free kids meal per adult meal purchased. 
  • McAlister’s Deli – This Halloween, participating McAlister’s Deli restaurants will be offering free kids meals for those wearing a Halloween costume. Families can receive up to two free kid’s meals with each adult entree purchased. Bring the entire family to McAlister’s Deli this Halloween for a treat everyone is sure to enjoy! October 31st!
  • Olive Garden – “Bringing together monster, zombies and devils since 1982 with free kids meals for Halloween. Now through 10/31 with purchase of an adult entree.”
  • On The Border – (Print coupon) “Offering a kids eat free deal Oct. 28-31. Must present coupon. One free kids’ meal with the purchase of one or more adult entrees.”
  • Boston Market – (Print the coupon) “NOW through Oct. 31, kids eat free with the purchase of any individual meal.”
  • Outback Steakhouse – “Fill ’em up with dinner before they get their fill of candy! Get a FREE Kid’s Meal with any adult entree purchase on Halloween.”
  • LongHorn Steakhouse – (Print the coupon) “FREE Kid’s Meal with Any Adult Dinner Entrée – a $7 value!”
  • Lonestar SteakhouseIt’s a busy week getting the Little monsters ready for the big day. Take feeding them off your plate today. We’ll take care of that!
  • Red Lobster – (Print the coupon) “Get one free Kid’s Meal with an adult dinner entrée purchase! Monday-Thursday only.”

DEALS FOR EVERYONE ON HALLOWEEN:

  • Sonic Drive-In – “Don’t be frightened … you get the win with this offer on Halloween 10/31! $0.50 Corndogs all day on Halloween!”
  • Chipotle’s – “This Halloween, come into any Chipotle dressed in costume from 4pm to close, and you’ll score a burrito, bowl, salad, or an order of tacos for just $3. All proceeds up to $1,000,000 will benefit the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation.”
With all these freebies and deals you could eat out for every meal on Halloween! (Oh how my kids wish we would!) So the BIG SCARY question is…Where will you be dining this Halloween?!

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10 Things I Wish I Would Have Known before having any children because it could have saved me money!

Carseats, strollers, highchairs, oh my!!My ‘baby’ just turned two years old in September. He has been full on potty training for a month now. It got me thinking…we have had 8+ years of babies/kids in diapers!! We spent roughly $8000 on diapers for 4 kids in 8 years.

I got to adding up other costs we have spent on our children so far.. OH MY GOSH IT IS TOO MUCH TO FATHOM. I wish I had known about something’s when I was pregnant the first time or even the second around. For instance we have been through 9 strollers…the first was a stroller/carrying carseat combo we purchased, only lasted two years. Then we bought a basic Sit n’ Stand, used it tons and ended up having to buy another bigger/fancier one. We went through three umbrella strollers (and I hate the one we have now). Tried a jogging stroller, hated it and ended up buying a jogger/bike trailer combo I love. Not to mention borrowing two strollers from family because I was fed up with ones I had purchased.

I thought I’d share the 10 Things I Wish I Had Known The First Time I Was Pregnant...in hopes it will save someone some money as they begin having kids!!!!

1. Diapers- Invest in good cloth diapers…it’ll save SO MUCH MONEY in the long run!

2. Stroller- Buy a good sturdy stroller that can take a lot of use/wear and tear. Same goes for a nice umbrella stroller, double stroller/sit n stand, and jogger/bike trailer. If you think your going to have more than one child invest in a double jogger and stroller from the get go.

3. Crib- We thought each baby needed their own crib that grew with them to a toddler bed then full bed. Just buy one well built crib that you can use for each baby! The “grow with me” cribs aren’t made as well as just a crib and you end up not using it as they grow (or you need bunkbeds, like us).

4. Pack n’ Play/Play Pin- Invest in a pack n play that is durable, has a bassinet/changing table addition to it, and is neutral colored so you can use for all of your babies.

5. Play mats- Skip the fancy mats and just use blankets. Giving them toys to play with. The floor mats restrict how far they can roll, aren’t easy to clean, and take up space.

6. Carrier/Wraps- Skip the front carriers and buy a wrap instead. It takes a bit more practice with the wraps but can be worn from day one until they are preschoolers (or too big for you to wear them)! So many ways to tie it and wear baby while doing stuff having hands free without the stress on your back/shoulders!

7. Car Seats- Buy a rear facing to forward facing combo seat with great ratings and fits your car best for each new baby. The seat can usually last far at least 3 years for that child! Then buy a forward facing/tall back booster combo seat once your child is older than three. That only leaves buying a regular booster once they hit those requirements. Meaning 3 car seats per child over their first 8-10 years!! Each seat grows with your child so you’re only buying them a new one every 3-4 years (depending on your seats height/weight restrictions and growth of your child).

8. Bassinet- Get one very good quality bassinet that can also be put next to your bed as a co-sleeper and can be used for years to come for each new baby you welcome.

9. Toddler Bed- Skip buying this and go straight to a twin bed (or a twin mattress on the floor for a few weeks first). Quality twin mattress is important too!

10. Bouncy seat, Bumbo, Swing & High Chair- When purchasing these buy good quality neutral color fabrics. One thing to consider is how easy the fabric is to clean. No need to repurchase if you have a nice one to reuse with each baby!

**These are all just my opinions after having four children and wasting a lot of money on the things we bought over the years. I am no ‘expert’ just a mom sharing my thoughts!**

The bottom line for me was saving money up front ended up costing me because we had to shell out more money to replace items with each child.

Do you have a tip to add about saving costs for new/expecting parents??
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New Year Money Saving Tips

1-Money Saving Tips-001Today I wanted to share just a few of the tips I use to save money around our house throughout the year. This will be an ongoing post that I will add to in the coming weeks. Here are my top 8 money saving tips! Also feel free to look around on my Money Makeover Blog!

Top 8 Money Saving Tips to start off your new year saving money! Go read it now and come back to tell me YOUR top money saving tip!

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