Microsoft Grand Opening at the Fashion Mall-free Kelly Clarkson tickets!

There is a new Microsoft store opening up at the Fashion Mall and you can get a free pair of Kelly Clarkson tickets for Saturday, June 29th.  The first 100 people who are in-line can actually win a meet and greet with Kelly.  There are more tickets than that being given away. Details from the Microsoft Facebook page: 

Hey fans! Who is excited for our grand opening tomorrow?

We wanted to let you know that our local stores tab for Troy has a detailed list of FAQs for the concert and meet and greet. Check it out before tomorrow: http://msft.it/NSO

Please note that Facebook functionality does not allow this link to work on mobile devices, so make sure you take a look when you are in front of a computer.

The camping line opens at 10:00 p.m. tonight and is located inside the North Parking Garage, on the first level near California Pizza Kitchen. We’ll see you soon!

Here’s some more information as well from the Indy Star: The first Microsoft retail store in Indianapolis will open its doors at the Fashion Mall at Keystone on Saturday morning.

The grand opening will begin at 10:30 a.m. The storeis on the second floor of the mall.

The first 100 people in line will receive two free tickets to a Kelly Clarkson concert at the store the same night; one ticket grants the recipient admission to both the performance and a chance to meet Clarkson after the show.

The next 1,000 in line also will receive free tickets to the performance.

Concert gates will open at 5 p.m.

Visit facebook.com/microsoftstore for more details.

Follow the grand opening on Twitter as it unfolds @IndyStarBiz.

Here’s the link to the article: http://www.indystar.com/article/20130628/BUSINESS/306280029/Free-tickets-to-Kelly-Clarkson-concert-at-Saturday-s-Microsoft-store-opening

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Do you have an Indiana Driver’s License? It’s possibly you have been overcharged.

I found this article interesting since I have had to renew my driver’s license since 2007 and have also had an address change as well since then.  I thought the price seemed high, but really didn’t give it a second thought.   This is from the Indy Star and the article can be found here:

http://www.indystar.com/article/20130628/NEWS/306280054/-1/NLETTER07?source=nletter-news:

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles admitted overcharging Hoosiers for driver’s licenses and cut fees effective today, according to a statement from Commissioner R. Scott Waddell.

The announcement comes as the agency faces a class action lawsuit alleging the BMV charged more for licenses than allowed under Indiana law, a move that affected millions of Hoosier drivers.

“We became aware of the possibility that the BMV could be overcharging Indiana drivers for an operator’s license, and reviewed existing law to determine the exact breakdown of fees that make up the cost of an operator’s license,” Waddell said in a statement issued by the BMV.

“We discovered a miscalculation resulting in a $3.50 discrepancy for the six-, five- and four-year standard operator’s licenses.”

The statement added: “As a result, the charge for a standard six-year operator’s license should be $17.50 instead of $21.00, a standard five-year license should be $16.00 instead of $19.50 and a four-year license should be $14.50 instead of $18.00. Effective immediately, we are reducing the fees for all operator’s licenses accordingly.”

The lawsuit filed in March alleged the BMV “systematically overcharged” Hoosiers for driver’s licenses since 2007, collecting tens of millions of dollars more than allowed under state law. It is pending in Marion Superior Court.

The class-action complaint filed by Irwin B. Levin of the Indianapolis law firm Cohen & Malad seeks a return of the alleged overcharges to drivers statewide.

Josh Gillespie, executive director of communications at the BMV, said the agency “is reviewing possible ways to return money to Hoosier motorists, pending the current litigation.”

The lawsuit alleged that the BMV charged drivers under the age of 75 from $4 to $7 more than Indiana law allows when they obtained or renewed licenses.

“There is specific authority for how much they can charge and what they did instead was, apparently, just made up a number,” Levin said in March. “They just disregarded it.”

In a statement issued this afternoon, Levin said he was happy the lawsuit motivated the state to follow the law.

“We wish they had reduced the fee more to comply with the law,” he said. “We’re in mediation today and hope that the BMV will agree to give back the tens of millions of dollars they have illegally charged through the court and the watchful eye of Judge Welch.”

It is not clear how much Hoosiers were overcharged.

“The state is going to have to give us that,” Levin said when the suit was filed. “But based on our calculations, the number could be as high as $30 or $40 million.”

In 2012, the suit alleges, 2.2 million Indiana driver’s licenses expired and required renewal. If all those licenses were renewed and drivers were overcharged by the lowest amount alleged in the suit, the BMV would have collected $8.8 million more than allowed by law last year.

There are more than 4 million licensed drivers in the state, and many of them were charged “more than they are lawfully required to pay in order to obtain their operator’s license,” the suit contends.

The estimated amount Hoosiers have been overcharged is so high, Levin said, because a majority of drivers have renewed their license at least one time since 2007.

Been to King’s Island in Ohio recently? Check your credit/debit statements.

King’s Island in Mason, Ohio apparently has had some issues with processing credit card/debit cards multiple times so you may want to check your accounts if you have been there recently and used your credit/debit card:  http://www.theindychannel.com/news/u-s-world/kings-island-visitors-report-being-hit-with-multiple-credit-debit-card-charges. 

Meijer mPerks 6/21-6/23 only 5% off groceries and 15% off general merchandise!

UPDATE: Sorry, this is only good for 6/21 and 6/22. I read the information wrong.

Do you live near a Meijer?  If so, starting today you can save 5% off groceries and 15% off general merchandise.    You have to sign-up for a free program called mPerks and log into your account and clip these coupons.  There are tons of other coupons you can clip as well.  I also clipped some diaper coupons.  They also had a $10 off $50 home improvement coupon I clipped.  You can sign-up and if you are already member you can clip your coupons here:  https://mperks.meijer.com/mperks/?&cmpid=facebook_mperks. 

Holiday World on a Budget

Many of my readers are from Indiana and many are also in the Mid-West or have family in the Mid-West so I thought I would share on how to get discount tickets to Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana.  This has been voted one of the best amusement parks and it’s only a 3 to 3.5 hour drive from Indianapolis, Indiana.  To view more information about what Holiday World has in terms of rides and the water park, feel free to visit their web site:  http://www.holidayworld.com/.  Holiday World does a lot of advertising around Indianapolis so you can find many coupons in many different publications.  Most of the publications have $5 off tickets in the months of May and June and $2 off for guests 54 inches and under and seniors.  You can also pick up the coupons for $5 off tickets at many of the McDonald’s in Indianapolis.  Our family recently went for a visit and the best prices I could find were actually purchased from Marsh grocery stores.  Tickets were $38.95 for adults (the normal prices are $44.95 at the door) and children over 2 years or age and under 54 inches or senior citizens over the age of 60 cost $33.95 (the normal prices at the door are $36.95).  You can purchase Holiday World tickets online and receive discounts as well.   You can get even bigger discounts for going after 3 PM.   Also, if you are planning on returning the next day, they offer next day tickets for only $27/person (children 2 and under are free).  You just need to purchase your tickets before leaving.  Also, you can have your hand-stamped and return later that day.  You are not allowed to bring in outside food or drinks, but they do have an area outside of the park if you want to have a picnic there and pack your own lunches.  They offer free soft drinks and free sunscreen throughout the park.  You can rent a locker for $10-$15 for the day as well.  The lockers are located near the water park.  Remember that Holiday World is on Central Time.  When we were driving to our holiday room, I saw a CVS in Ferdinand with a sign that said discount tickets were sold there for Holiday World.  I am not sure how much the discount tickets were there, but it may be worth checking out as it is fairly close to the Holiday World.  Another place which offers discount tickets is Santa’s Candy Castle:  http://santascandycastle.com/.  Parking is also free at Holiday World.  From the Holiday World web site here is more information on ticket prices and the discounts you can receive: 

Single-Day Admission

Just bring any empty Pepsi can or Bunny Bread wrapper to our ticket booths for a discount on up to 8 admission tickets (per can or wrapper). These discounts apply only on the full-price, all-day rates of $44.95 for General Admission and $36.95 for Guests-under-54-inches and Seniors (60+). Discounts vary depending on when you come to the parks (please review our park schedule):

  • SAVE $5* off each General Admission ticket in May & June
  • SAVE $2* off each Guests-under-54-inches and Seniors (60+) ticket every day
  • SAVE $4* off each General Admission ticket Sundays through Fridays in July and August
  • SAVE $2* off each General Admission ticket on Saturdays in July and August
  • SAVE $4* off each General Admission ticket in September
  • SAVE $11* off each General Admission ticket after 3:00 pm CDT every day*
  • SAVE $7* off each Guests-under-54-inches and Seniors (60+) ticket after 3:00 pm CDT every day*

*Remember, you must bring an empty Pepsi can or Bunny Bread wrapper to get these discounts—they are not automatic. No double-discounts. Any Pepsi product or Bunny Bread wrapper will work — and the can or wrapper does not have to have a coupon on it.

Heroes Discount

Our special Heroes Discount is available to all military, firefighters, police and EMS.

As a side note, we stopped in the museum there and they had a huge box where you could place letters and then the letters would then be sent out later in the year post marked from Santa Claus, Indiana. 

For places to stay, our family has always stayed at the Hampton Inn in Jasper, Indiana.  We have always had good experiences there.  They offer free wi-fi, an indoor swimming pool, free continental breakfast, and the room prices are very reasonable.  You can earn Hilton Honor points for staying at Hampton Inn and it is about a 30 minute drive to Holiday World.  If you want to stay much closer, I have heard good things about staying in an air-conditioned RV at Lake Rudolph, which is right next to Holiday World.  More information can be found here:  http://www.lakerudolph.com/.  They offer free shuttles to Holiday World. 

Groupon $25 for $40 at Staples

There is a Groupon that would make some great deals when paired with Back to School specials coming up soon at your local Staples store.  There is a Groupon for $25 for $40 at Staples.  The deal can be found here:  http://www.groupon.com/deals/staples?utm_medium=afl&utm_campaign=3278587&utm_source=rvs.  Please note that you must redeem your Groupon online for an e-gift card that you can then use in-store like a regular gift card.  Here is the fine print: 

The Fine Print

  • Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Must redeem Groupon voucher here for a Staples eGift Card, which can be used in any participating Staples store. Groupon voucher not accepted in-store. eGift Card never expires. eGift Card valid in-store only; eGift Card not valid at Staples.com. To find a store near you, click here. See Staples Terms & Conditions applicable to Staples eGift Cards here.
  • See the rules that apply to all deals.

Pampers Gifts to Grow Code worth 10 points exp. 6/20

There’s a new Pampers Gifts to Grow code worth 10 points through 6/20!  If you are new to Gifts to Grow, you can create an account here for free:  http://www.pampers.com and you can get free codes that everyone can use or from Pampers diapers, pull-ups, and wipes.  Enter code:  FBPA6XW7KRU8J13. 
The codes can be used for toys, books, free Shutterfly products, and gift cards. 

LivingSocial $10 off $15 or higher purchases today only!

LivingSocial is offering up a deal for $10 off a $15 or higher purchase on most purchases using code:  DADSROCK valid today only.  If you are new to LivingSocial, you can sign-up here:    http://www.livingsocial.com/?rui=11200166&ref=link_inv.%C2%A0.  This makes from some really great deals.  If you also go through Ebates, you can earn an additional 2% cashback on this Living Social purchase.  If you are new to Ebates, you can sign-up here:  http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=oZUZK1h%2BfUTbogfEvw56hA%3D%3D.   Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads!