Is the FURminator the Best Dog Brush? On Sale at Amazon.

Riley Is the FURminator the Best Dog Brush? On Sale at Amazon.

Riley Kayaking on Lake Destiny


We have a yellow lab and boy does she shed! We are constantly vacuuming to keep the floors clean.

While hanging out with several other dog owners tonight, they all agreed that the FURminator was a dream come true for shedding dog owners! With an endorsement like that, I had to check it out. The Amazon reviewers agreed and it looks like the brush is heavily discounted right now ($18.99 at the time of this post).

FURminator 2 Is the FURminator the Best Dog Brush? On Sale at Amazon.

We ordered a brush tonight, and thanks to Amazon Prime, it will be shipped 2 day for free. We will let you know how it works for us, but if you have dogs or cats that shed, you may want to pick one up before the price goes back up.

FURminator Is the FURminator the Best Dog Brush? On Sale at Amazon.


4 AMC Movie Tickets for just $24

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4 AMC movie tickets for only $24.

Here are some things to note:

- Tickets will be mailed within 21 days of purchase.

- Tickets are valid for any AMC theater.

- Valid only for movies that are two weeks out from their original release date.

How to take advantage of this deal:

1. Sign up for here.

2. Then, find the AMC deal here.

3. Stop at grocery store to load pockets with candy on the way to movie (made this one up).

Free Outdoor Showing of “Strange Brew” Movie at Enzian

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Hide yo kids, hide yo wife, and head on out to The Enzian Theater on Wednesday night (5/25) for a FREE outdoor showing of the 80′s cult classic “Strange Brew”. The movie starts at 8:30 pm.

Free and Cheap Things To Do Across the U.S. This Summer


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Yesterday, we wrote about inexpensive things to do in Orlando to help you enjoy a “staycation” without breaking the bank. Today, we’ve teamed up with 85 other bloggers from all across the country to bring you the best ideas for ways to enjoy their town. So, if you are planning to visit one of these areas this summer, check them out.

New England

Connecticut – Parenting Miracles
Boston, Massachusetts – ‎ Maven of Savin’
Manchester, New Hampshire – Common Sense with Money
Western Maine – Bubblegum and Lollipops


Erie, Pennsylvania – Growing Kids Ministry
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania – Somewhat Crunchy
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Family Balance Sheet
Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York – Coupons, Deals and More
New Jersey – Oh! Diane


Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Indoor Garden Musings
Mansfield, Ohio – Live the Adventure
Cincinnati, Ohio – Savings Lifestyle~Cincinnati
Mount Vernon, Ohio – Living Better One Day at a Time
Dayton, Ohio – Savings Lifestyle~Dayton
Grand Rapids, Michigan – Kitchen Stewardship
Metro Detroit, Michigan – “Cents”able Momma
Oakland County, Michigan – Bargain Shopper Mom
Warren, Michigan – Saving Dollars and Sense
Grand Forks, North Dakota – Frugal Front Porch
Indianapolis, Indiana – Bargain Briana
South Bend, Indiana – Excuse The Mess
Kansas City, Kansas/Missouri – Kansas City Mamas
St. Louis, Missouri – The Pickledpigsfeet
Branson, Missouri – Getting Freedom from Debt
Springfield, Missouri – I Think I Can
Rochester, Minnesota – Everyday Notions
York, Nebraska – Heavenly Homemakers
Omaha, Nebraska – Mom Endeavors
Madison, Wisconsin – Many Little Blessings
Oshkosh, Wisconsin – A Little Bit of This and That
Chicago, Illinois – Chicagoland Homeschool Network
Champaign, Illinois – Chambanamoms
Black Hills, South Dakota – Little House on the Prairie Living

South Central

Checotah, Oklahoma – Blessed With One Income
Tulsa, Oklahoma – Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures
Gadsden, Alabama – Aint Mimi
Dallas, Texas – Funky Faith Girl
Dallas, Texas – Grocery Shop For FREE
East Dallas, Texas – Surviving The Stores
Fort Worth, Texas – Smockity Frocks
Austin, Texas – Stetted
Houston, Texas – Moms Travel Tales
McKinney, Texas – Wisdom Begun
East Texas – The Full Pantry
Murfreesboro, Tennessee – Life in a Barn
Nashville, Tennessee – The Country Chic Cottage
Mobile, Alabama – A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned
Birmingham, Alabama – iGoBOGO
Brunswick & the Golden Isles, Georgia – Teri Lynne Underwood
Alpharetta, Georgia – Cuponeando
Atlanta, Georgia – See Jamie Blog
Augusta, Georgia – Hyperactive Lu
Athens, Georgia and Mississippi – Tractors and Tire Swings
Little Rock, Arkansas – It’s Real Life

South Atlantic

Ft. Bragg, North Carolina – Military Wives Saving
Charlotte, North Carolina – The Carolina Clipper
Charleston, South Carolina – The Tween & Me
Greensboro, North Carolina – Mrs. Happy Homemaker
Jacksonville, Florida – Saving The Family Money
Orlando, Florida – Orlando’s Best Deals
Brunswick & the Golden Isles, Georgia, Teri Lynne Underwood
Virginia Beach, Virginia – The Singley Fam Blog
Richmond, Virginia – Daily Dwelling
Hampton Roads, Virginia – A Home Made by Kiki
Charlottesville, Virginia – How to Have it All
Blackwater Falls State Park/Davis, West Virginia – Holy Spirit Led Homeschooling
Treasure Coast, Florida – The Cardamom’s Pod
Saint Augustine, Florida – Jypsie Visions
Lake Norman, North Carolina – Stretching Pennies Saving Dollars
Washington, DC – The WiC Project
Baltimore, Maryland – The Happy Housewife


Tucson, Arizona – Saving with Pam
Phoenix, Arizona – Mom Endeavors
Albuquerque, New Mexico – The Chou Life
Kalispell, Montana – Our Family Adventures
Salt Lake City, Utah – Just the 2 of Us
Thermopolis, Wyoming – The McDonald Family
Denver, Colorado – Denver Bargains
Colorado Springs, Colorado – Colorado Springs Bargains


San Diego, California – Life As Mom
Yosemite National Park, California -Handbook of Nature Study
Seattle, Washington – Queen Bee Coupons & Savings
Whidbey Island, Washington – Manning the Homefront
Olympia, Washington The Coupon Savant
Portland, Oregon – Frugal Living NW
Willamette Valley, Oregon – An Oregon Cottage

Frugal Vacation Tips

Vacation or Stay-cation: Eating without Busting the Budget – Eat at Home


Inexpensive Things To Do In Orlando: Year of the Staycation

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With gas prices climbing every time we head to the pump, a family road trip this summer doesn’t seem to be making it into everyone’s budget this year. How about a stay-cation? What’s a stay-cation you ask? A stay-cation is when you stay…and vacation…right here where you live. Take advantage of the things right here in your own town. Become a tourist….. in your backyard! What better place to do that than Orlando….one of the biggest tourist destinations in the country. Now, the trick is to do it without breaking the bank, right? That was the whole point we were making with the gas prices and all. So, here are some great ideas of fun things to do right here in town that will feel like you are on vacation, but won’t cost like you are on vacation.

Head to the Springs

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Florida has a countless number of natural springs, and many have been turned into state parks for our enjoyment. Most offer swimming,snorkeling, canoeing, hiking, picnic areas, playgrounds, and many also have campgrounds. For a very small fee, some as low as $1 a person, you can enjoy a day in the park. Click here to find a spring near you.


Fort Christmas

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Fort Christmas is a historical park located Christmas, Florida and is home to a replica of the original fort built in 1837 during the Seminole Indian War. It also includes seven pioneer homes, a sugar cane mill, and historical farming equipment. The 25 acre park has several picnic pavilions, a playground, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, and a gift shop. Park hours are Tuesday through Sunday 8:00 am to 8:00 pm during the summer and 8:00 am to 6:00 pm during the winter. The park is closed on Mondays. Admission is free.


Downtown Disney

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Want to experience Disney without using up your children’s college fund? Head to Downtown Disney!  You will find a large selection of Disney themed shops and restaurants. Feel free to window shop and take in the Magic of Disney without spending a dime!  There is something for everyone, from the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique where your little girl can become a little princess, to the Lego Imagination Center where there is a 3,ooo sq ft play zone to play in for free, and even a Disney Christmas store that’s open all year long.


Free Outdoor Movie

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Enjoy a free movie outside under the stars. Several cities do this through the summer on a regular basis. Winter Park has “Popcorn Flicks” the second Thursday of the month in Central Park.  Maitland has “Movies in the Park” at Quinn Strong Park the second Saturday of the month.  There is “Sunset Cinema” at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs, or “Date Night” at Leu Gardens in Winter Park. Whichever you attend, bring a blanket or a chair, and enjoy!


Farmers Markets

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Visit a farmers market and try something new. Maybe even get your kids to try a new veggie or two! Winter Park farmers market is on Saturday at the old train depot, 200 West New England Ave. It is from 7-1, and hosts vendors of produce, plants, baked goods and more! The city of Maitland has their farmers market on Sunday’s at Lake Lily from 9-2, where you can enjoy the same produce and baked goods, and also live music! You can also find markets in Sanford, Lake Mary and College Park.

Flea World-Fun World

Stroll through the 1500 vendors at flea world, the largest flea market in Florida! This market offers everything from antiques, new and used items, fresh produce,and even animals for sale. The paved walkways take you through a maze of covered walkways, sometimes air conditioned, that lead to each vendor. Maps and directories are available to make it easy to find your way around. The flea market is open year round Friday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Next door to Flea World is Fun World Family Fun Park. Take the family for some fair food, go karts and mini golf!


Black Hammock Adventures

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Head out to Black Hammock Wildlife Exhibit and meet Hammy, the 12 ft, 680 lb gator! Black Hammock is located on Lake Jesup, a 10,000 acre  lake that is home to about 9,000 alligators! The complex includes fantastic airboat rides, a gift shop, the Lazy Gator Bar, and a display of live gators, including the 35 year old Hammy. On Sunday’s you get to see the gators being fed. Finish your day at the Black Hammock restaurant where you can enjoy a casual meal, and maybe even try some gator tail!

Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards

Complimentary tours and wine tasting are offered seven days a week at Lakeridge Winery and Vineyard.  Monday through Saturday 10-5, and Sunday 11-5. Tours are held eery 15-20 minutes. The vineyard sits on a 127 acre estate in a gently rolling countryside west of Orlando. Lakeridge ranks as Florida’s largest premium winery, and remains a pioneer in the development of table and sparkling wines from muscadine and hybrid grapes.



Oviedo Aquatic Facililty and Splash Zone
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The Oviedo Aquatic Facility offers an olympic sized pool  for lap swimming, and a family friendly, zero depth entry activity pool called the Splash Zone. The deepest  point is 3 ft. 3 inches which is the catch pool for the big blue slide. There are mushrooms that spout water, water spouts in the pool surface, and playgrounds with three slides. Children and adults of all ages will enjoy the splash zone. You’ll want to get there early, because during the summer it fills up fast. Oviedo residents are $4, non-residents are $9. Monthly passes are available.



Audubon Center for Birds of Prey

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Visit the Birds of Prey center in Maitland and see the largest collection of eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, and kites east of the Mississippi. The injured and orphaned birds are brought here and rehabilitated , and more than 40% of them are able to be released back into the wild. The center also provides environmental programming promoting a culture of conservation towards birds of prey and their habitats. Center hours are Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Closed on Mondays. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children. 3 and under are free.

Get Half-Off Starbucks Frappuccinos From 3-5 PM

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Starbucks is offering half-price frappuccinos from 3:00 – 5:00 PM (happy hour) from May 6th through May 15th, 2011. You can RSVP on Facebook if you’d like.