Saratoga Savings



On Saturday, September 29th many museums in the Saratoga Springs area as well as across the country will participate in Museum Day. Museum Day is an annual event sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine in which you can score FREE entry to many great museums across the country. Simply select a participating museum and fill out a short form using the link below to receive 2 tickets valid for FREE admission on 9/29 to the museum of your choice via email. This is a great opportunity to check out some local museums (for free!)

Participating museums in the Saratoga Springs area include:

National Museum of Dance - Saratoga Springs
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame - Saratoga Springs
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery - Saratoga Springs
The Children's Museum at Saratoga - Saratoga Springs
Brookside Museum - Ballston Spa
National Bottle Museum - Ballston Spa   
USS SLATER - Albany
The Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) - Troy
 
Link: www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/



What do the The Farmers Market, Olde Bryan Inn, Saratoga Olive Oil Company, Saratoga Salsa and Bettie's Cupcakes have in common? They are all part of the Saratoga Springs Food Tour! Tickets for this 2 and 1/2 hour food & culture walking tour regularly run $40 a pop but you can currently snag tickets for only $20 each thru the Albany CBS News Channel 6 sponsored website Hey! It's Half Off!

The Saratoga Springs Food Tour runs every Saturday at 12:30 pm thru 10/13 and has gotten great reviews. This tour would be a fun treat for out of town guests, or, even if you are not new to most of these establishments you will learn some interesting history and facts along the way and try some great local foods. But, best of all, at only $20 a ticket I think this deal is a sure bet!

You can learn more about the Saratoga Springs Food Tour at saratogaspringsfoodtours.com and purchase tickets for $20 at heyitshalfoff.com.


Purchasing an Entertainment Book is a great way to save on local businesses and services. You can currently purchase the 2012 Entertainment Book for only $5.99 + $1 shipping. Most coupons expire on 11/1/12 so you still have over 3 months to use them. In my opinion, this years edition features better coupons than in previous years. I've listed a few good ones below. Many of these I found just looking at the printable section of the book so after you order your book you'll be able to print and use these right away. Please note that some of the coupons for the higher end restaurants are not valid during track season but I did see many other restaurants that have no restrictions. And hey, at only $6.99 after you use only one coupon you'll have already saved money!

You can head over to entertainment.com to purchase the 2012 book for $5.99 + $1 shipping. 





























Here are some $1 and under deals for this week:

Staples 500 Sheet Multipurpose paper is only $1 this week after Easy Rebate. Staples Easy Rebates truly are easy. When you buy something that qualifies the information explaining how to submit your rebate online to get your rebate check in the mail will print at the bottom of your receipt. This particular rebate has a limit of 2 per household. Great for printing coupons!
 
You can snag a 1 lb. container of Strawberries for only $1 at Hannaford this week! Strawberries are on sale for $2 plus use the link below to print a $1 off coupon = $1. When produce is cheap like this I like to buy a few extras to freeze and then pull out to add onto oatmeal, use in smoothies, desserts, etc.
 
You can often get toiletries cheap to free with coupons also. Pure Silk Shave Cream is on sale for $1.79 at Price Chopper this week, use the $0.80 off coupon from the 7/8 Red Plum insert = only $0.19 after coupon doubles!
 
Ronzoni Garden Delight pasta is only $0.25 this week at Price Chopper with the coupon found on their facebook page.

Earthbound Farm Organic Mini Carrots 1 lb. bag is only $0.49 again this week at Price Chopper after the $0.75 off coupon from http://www.ebfarm.com/ doubles.
 
Adams Reserve Extra Sharp Cheddar 10 oz. (located in the gourmet cheese dept.) is on sale for $3 at Price Chopper this week. Use the $2 off printable link found below to get it for only $1! This cheese is regularly $4.99 so $1 is a great price. Cheese has a great shelf life so this is a good week to stock up. I like to buy brick cheese when it is cheap like this to have on hand to shred to use on tacos, quesadillas, etc. FYI - this coupon prints large so you'll want to shrink it using your printer settings before you print it in order to save ink.

Saratoga Race Course Food & Drink
 
Picnic Idea for Opening Day of the Track this Friday:
 
Grab some $1 Adams Reserve Cheddar Cheese, $1 strawberries, some crackers and vino (put into a plastic container of course!) and you are ready for a relaxing afternoon at the track. Ritz Crackers are on sale for $2.50 at Price Chopper this week, use the $1/2 coupon found on smartsource.com = $2 each.

 
Even better than $1 & under deals are FREE deals!

Kids in grades k-6 can get FREE haircuts at all JcPenney stores this August! You may want to call ahead to see if you can schedule an appointment now for August in case they fill up.

How about some FREE gelato? Enter my giveaway on thesaratogasaver.com to win a $15 gift card to my favorite downtown Saratoga sweet treat, Eugenio's Cafe Gelato!

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Links:

More information on Staples Easy Rebates: http://easyrebates.com/staples/SplashAction.do?action=FAQ
 
$1 off Strawberries: http://slickdeals.net/?sdtid=1391303&sdpid=51646416&lno=5&trd=http+www+hannaford+com+assets+h+&sdfid=3 8&u2=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hannaford.com%2Fassets%2Fhf%2Fassets%2Fpdf%2Fcms% 2Ffoodlove%2Fproduce_46012.pdf



It's no secret that buying healthy and organic foods can get pricey. The good news it that you don't need to break the bank in order to feed your family healthy and all natural foods. There are many coupons available for organic, all natural, dairy free and gluten free products. Here are some coupons and tips to help you maintain your healthy lifestyle:

  • The website Mambo Sprouts.com offers printable coupons for healthy and organic products, many of them $1 off or greater. 
  • This summer ebfarm.com is featuring $0.75 off ANY Earthbound Farm product coupons several times per week with a print limit of two. The current coupon reads $0.75 off any Spring Salad Mix but prints as $0.75 off any EBF item. These coupons double to $1.50 off at Price Chopper and there are many inexpensive Earthbound Farm items you can purchase using this coupon. This week 1 lb. Earthbound Farm Organic Mini Carrots are on sale for $1.99 = only $0.49 after the coupon doubles!
  • Another great coupon currently available is a $0.75 off Dole Salad Blend, Kit, or Extra Veggie Salad Price Chopper coupon (link: http://strk.enlnks.com/aff_c?offer_id=118&aff_id=2843. Change zip code to 66106 in the top left hand corner to locate coupon). Price Chopper has Dole Salad Blends on sale for $2.99 this week. Scan your AdvantEdge card in the iSave machine and you should receive a $0.75 off store coupon to combine with this coupon and pay only $0.74. Other Dole salads often go on sale so this is a great coupon to have on hand.
  • Stonyfield.com is another website that has many great coupons available. If there is a product you buy regularly it's a good idea to check their website or facebook page to see if they have any coupons available - they just might!
  • If you eat gluten free, a quick online search will lead you to the many coupons available for gluten free products.
I also like to hit up the Saratoga Farmers Market to buy fresh produce. It's a great way to support local farms and they always offer such great variety:


You can find more information on the Saratoga Springs Farmers Market HERE.

I cannot believe July is already upon us! Here are some money saving tips and coupons for your BBQ this 4th:

Why not forgo the traditional burgers and hotdogs this year for something more savory? Porterhouse, T-Bone, Bone-In Rib Eye and Bone-In NY Strip Steaks are only $5.88 lb. this week at Price Chopper plus use the $5/$20 meat purchase coupon found on Price Chopper's facebook page for additional savings. If you prefer to shop at Hannaford use the $4 off $4 Butcher Shop purchase coupon found in this weeks Saratoga Today newspaper, valid at the new Malta Price Chopper. This coupon can also be used at Saratoga Price Choppers as a competitor coupon.

I like to serve baked potatoes wrapped in aluminum foil with steak. It makes for a nice presentation.

 

Sour cream with chives is a must!


 

A salad or two from Roma Foods would make great sides. Their macaroni salad is my favorite! The next time you grab a sub or sandwich at Romas you'll want like them on facebook to access a coupon good for a FREE Cola-Cola product w/ sub or sandwich purchase.

Desserts featuring blueberries and strawberries are always popular on the 4th:

 

 

$1 off a pint of blueberries (link below). This can be used at either Hannaford or Price Chopper but these are a better price at Price Chopper this week.

$1 off Strawberries found on Price Chopper's facebook page. These should be Driscoll's brand so you can sign up on Driscoll's.com to receive $1 off coupons to combine with the $1 off Price Chopper store coupon.

Entenmann's Loaf or Pound Cake is 1/2 off this week at Price Chopper for $2.24!

Cool Whip is $0.99 with coupon found on Price Chopper's facebook page.

Decoration wise, the Dollar Tree is great for cheap basic red white & blue plates, cups, etc...

Need an extra jolt of caffeine this 4th? Then head downtown to Starbucks and grab a FREE tall brewed coffee! No coupon necessary.


Coupon Links:

Roma's FREE Coca-Cola product w/ sub purchase:

https://www.facebook.com/romafoods/app_190322544333196

$1 off Blueberries:

http://slickdeals.net/?sdtid=1391303&sdpid=51354620&lno=1&trd=HERE&sdfid=38&u2 =http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hannaford.com%2Fassets%2Fhf%2Fassets%2Fpdf%2Fcms%2Ffoo dlove%2Fproduce_46010.pdf

Picture credits:

potatoes: https://www.facebook.com/gianteagleinc?filter=1

fruit kabobs: http://pinterest.com/source/glitterandpearls.com/

cake: cupcakesforparty.com

fruit  kabobs 2: kidsfunreviewed.com


Here are a few ways to "beat the heat" this summer without breaking the bank. You can find all the links to the coupons listed at the end of the post.

Enjoy a movie in an air conditioned theater with your kids on Tuesdays & Thursdays this summer and pay only $1 for kids tickets!

Starting 6/26 kids can enjoy $1 movies at Regal Cinemas in Clifton Park and Crossgates Mall every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 am. With a great selection of movies this deal is sure to please both kids and adult alike! Plus, join the Regal Rewards program and you'll receive a small popcorn for only $2 with ticket on Tuesdays!

If you're heading out to the movies this weekend you''ll want to grab a coupon for a FREE small popcorn. This coupon is valid 6/26-7/1. Also, Regal Cinemas offers a new coupon each week for concession stand food on their facebook page, valid Thursday thru Sunday.

What better way to beat the heat then with ice cream?

Eugenio's Cafe Gelato in downtown Saratoga: Free scoop of gelato with the purchase of any pastry *for a limited time, no coupon needed. I love their coconut gelato!

The Ice Cream Man in Greenwich, NY: B1G1 ice cream cone - thru 12/31/12

Friendly's: Join their BFF Club and receive a coupon for a FREE 3 scoop sundae

Cold Stone Creamery: Sign up to receive a B1G1 Creations coupon

Ben & Jerry's: Buy anything made with Greek Frozen Yogurt and get a second of the same size 1/2 off - valid thru June

If you'd rather enjoy your ice cream at home Price Chopper is the place to be this week for ice cream savings:

Update: these sales have now ended:

Cadbury Ice Cream Bars - 1/2 price at $2.49, use $0.75 off printable = $0.99 after coupon doubles

Starbucks Ice Cream - $2.50, use $1 off from 6/17 SS (coupon insert found in Sundays paper) = $1.50 (regularly $4.99!)

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream - $2.50, use $1/2 from 6/24 RP (coupon insert found in Sundays paper) = $2 each

Klondike Ice Cream Bars or Friendly's Ice Cream - $1.99

Magnum Ice Cream Bars - $3.50, use $1.50/2 printable on coupons.com + get back $2 OYNO = $1.75 each


Updated new deal: B1G1 Frappuccinos at all TARGET Starbucks locations thru 7/2! No coupon needed.

Coupon Links:

Regal Concession Stand Coupon: https://www.facebook.com/RegalEntertainmentGroup?sk=app_255294321183740

Regal Cinemas Kids $1 movie schedule: http://www.regmovies.com/summermovieexpress/

Regal Rewards Program: http://rcc.regalcinemas.com/CrownClub/appmanager/rcc/CrownClub?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=CROWNCLUB

FREE small popcorn at participating Regal Cinemas: http://community.regmovies.com/couponspecial/

Eugenio's Cafe Gelato: https://www.facebook.com/EugeniosCafeGelato

The Ice Cream Man: http://albany.localgreatcoupons.com/coupons/restaurants-dining/browse

Friendly's: https://secure.friendlys.com/bff.php

Cold Stone: https://www.facebook.com/coldstonecreamery?sk=app_171152246272654

Ben & Jerry's: http://assets.fbmta.com/clt/benjerrys/pc/201205/1/cpn.asp

Cadbury: http://bricks.coupons.com/Start.asp?bt=xg&tqnm=xealcoa8484894&o=100991&c=TX&p=ap325sH

Target Starbucks: https://www.facebook.com/target


Welcome to Saddle Up For Savings. I'm very excited to share deals and money saving tips with you! There are so many great reasons to try to save money. Besides the obvious, a main reason I love to use coupons is because of the feeling you get when you have just gotten items FREE or very cheap at the grocery store or saved 50% at Mrs. London's Bakery because you had a Living Social voucher. With what seems like more and more regulations in our everyday lives I find it empowering to be able to take financial matters into my own hands and pay what I want to for items my family needs.

Before I started using coupons I thought an enormous coupon binder and hours upon hours of organization and cutting out coupons were needed to save substantial money. This isn't true! While it's great to maintain a coupon binder and those who do may sometimes save a bit more money than I do, I don't use one. Like many other busy people I just don't want to spend the time on it nor that level of organization. But the good news is that you don't need a coupon binder or to spend hours upon hours each week in order to save money. Anyone can use coupons, it's quick and easy to do! For example, during the week of 6/24, Price Chopper has Heluva Good Dip on sale for $1.50. I printed 4 $0.75 off manufacturer coupons from giantfoodstores.com that will each double to $1.50 off = 4 FREE. It's that easy! Dips have a pretty good shelf life so I'll use these for BBQs this summer.

Besides using coupons to save on groceries there are many other ways to save money that I look forward to blogging about on Saddle Up For Savings:

Local restaurant and retail coupons
 
Free fun family activities in the Saratoga Springs area

Saving on Organic and Wholesome foods
- there are many great coupons for produce and other healthy foods
 
Living Social and Groupon deals for local restaurants and retailers
 
Using digital coupons

Freebies plus much more!

Please join me in my savings and feel free to ask questions, leave comments or even share a deal of your own!

Here are a few of my favorite current coupons:

    • FREE Exterior Hoffman Carwash (an $8 value that may be used towards a carwash upgrade). Join their email list at hoffmancarwash.com to receive your coupon via email.

    • FREE $5 to spend at The Gap via iPhone or Android. Copy and paste this address into your browser: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150977550534725&set=a.76769489724.73955.14856729724&type=1. Then follow the instructions to get the free $5 and download the Wrapp App on your Smart phone. The $5 will show up with a unique barcode to scan in store and expires one month from download. I was at the Gap downtown yesterday and they had a lot of kids clothes and accessories on sale for $4.99 and up!

    • $5/$35 at Leon's Mexican Restaurant - leonsmexicanrestaurant.com (not valid during track season)

    • Plus, there are some great coupons right here on saratoga.com!

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Erin Waring

Erin, from thesaratogasaver.com, lives in the Saratoga Springs area with her husband and 4 year old daughter. She loves to help and inspire others to save money and loves finding great deals.