Check out Indiana state parks in 2016 for free when you check out a pass from the library!

Have you been to the Indiana state parks yet?    In 2016, you can now check out a pass to check out the Indiana state parks possibly from your local library if your library has the passes (you should call and check to make sure your local library has the passes available for check out).  Here are the details of the program from the in.gov web site:

In 2016, Hoosiers can check out state parks by checking out an entrance pass from a public library.

The State Park Centennial Annual Pass Library Check-out Program is a partnership between Indiana State Parks and the Indiana State Library to encourage people to visit libraries and parks.

At libraries across Indiana, 240 state park passes have been placed in circulation for check-out. The passes will provide access to Indiana’s 32 state parks and also to Indiana’s state forest recreation areas where entrance fees are charged. Passes will be available for check-out from Jan. 1-Dec. 31.

The program is one way Indiana State Parks is celebrating its centennial anniversary. The Indiana State Parks system was a gift to the people of Indiana in 1916 in celebration of the state’s centennial. Read more about activities that are part of the State Parks Centennial Celebration at INStateParks100.com.

“Our goal is to provide access to our great Indiana State Parks for those who may have never visited,” said Ginger Murphy, deputy director of stewardship for Indiana State Parks. “We also hope that those who come in to check out the annual pass will take time to explore the services and materials available in Indiana’s libraries.”

The Indiana State Library helped pay for the parks pass program. Some local libraries may purchase additional passes to ensure that each branch has one for check-out.

“The State Library is excited about its bicentennial partnership with Indiana State Parks,” said State Librarian Jacob Speer. “The partnership gives library patrons an opportunity to explore the many beautiful state park locations across Indiana simply by using their library card to check-out the free passes.”

Check-out duration for the passes may vary by site. Visit your local public library for details about check-out duration.

Thanks Indy With Kids for the heads up about this program!  

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Groupon: Starbucks egift card $10 for $15 worth of Starbucks available again!

If you are a fan of Starbucks or know someone who is, there is a Groupon available for $15 worth of Starbucks for only $10!  Just go here:  Starbucks Groupon and you can get this great deal.  To sweeten this deal further, go through Ebates and earn 6% cash back on this purchase making this deal only $9.40!  Just go through Ebates in the search bar you can type in Starbucks and you will see the deal pop up for $10 for $15 worth of Starbucks.  Another tip if you like to give the Starbuck egift cards as a gift.  You can print or show on your phone your egift card and bring into a Starbucks cafe and you can get a hard plastic card to give as a gift.  You can also break up into smaller denominations so if you wanted to gift 3 $5 gift cards, you could do that in a Starbucks.  Also make sure to register your Starbucks gift card so that you can earn stars and earn free drinks, plus a birthday freebie when it’s your birthday.

Reminder: Target gift cards are 10% off today only!

In case you missed my post earlier this week, today only you can buy Target gift cards online or in-store 10% off!  There is a limit of $300 worth of Target gift cards.  Here was my original post with details: https://economicalbear.wordpress.com/2015/12/17/target-gift-cards-10-off-on-1220-only-in-store-and-online/.  Please note that these gift cards will not be available to use until tomorrow at 10 am CST.

Buy One, Get one Free Movie Ticket on Fandango using Visa Checkout today only

If you are wanting to see a movie today or even a movie next week, you can buy one ticket, get one free today only on Fandango.  Please note that you must check out  using Visa Checkout and use promo code:  MOVIETICKETS.  You will need to purchase your movie tickets today, but you can buy future dated tickets if there are any showings in your area if you do not plan on seeing a movie today.  (This would be great for seeing the new Star Wars movie or seeing it again if you’ve already seen it).  Visa Checkout allows you to pay with other forms of payment such as Mastercard, Discover, and Visa so you are not limited to just paying with Visa.  You can also use a debit card.   Buy at least two movie tickets.  Make sure to check out as a guest and use the promo code:  MOVIETICKETS, pay with Visa check out and you should be all set!  There is a limit of one per person and there are exclusions as well in the fine print while supplies last.

Market District: $5 loaded to your eVantage card with every $50 in gift cards purchased, plus how to make a better deal out of the Target gift card promo on Dec. 20th!

Now through December 30, 2015, Market District in Carmel has a special for every $50 you purchase in gift cards, $5 will be loaded to your eVantage card for a future purchase.  If you saw the post I made about Target having a one day sale on gift cards on Sunday, December 20th, one way to stretch your dollars further is to buy a $50 Target gift card from Market District (earning you $5 towards a future purchase at Market District), which is roughly 10% back, and then taking your newly purchased Target gift card from Market District and buying gift cards from Target on December 20th at 10% off.  If you want to receive the maximum discount, you can buy $270 worth of Target gift cards from Market District (giving you 5 $5 credits or a value of $25) and then get $300 worth of Target gift cards on December 20th in-store or online, which will only cost you $270 and use the Target gift card you purchased at Market District to purchase the discounted Target gift card valued at $300 for only $270 or $245 when you factor in the $25 you will get back from Market District.  As another idea, Market District has a wide variety of gift cards where you can choose the value of the gift card starting at $15 (Kohl’s is one retailer) so if you want to pay an additional $30 in some other gift card to the $270 Target gift card you may purchase, you can make your gift card purchases $300 and receive 6 $5 credits back onto your eVantage card.  Please note:  This offer is not valid on purchases of Market District gift cards and getGo gift cards.  Also, you must have an eVantage card set up before buying the gift card purchase versus the cashier scanning a general card because the eVantage reward gets added to your personalized account so make sure you open a card if you don’t already have one open.  It is not a credit card, just a Market District card which makes you eligible for further discounts in the store.

Target Gift Cards: 10% off on 12/20 only in-store and online

Target will be offering 10% off on their gift cards online and in-store on Sunday, December 20th only.  These gift cards will be activated for use on Monday, December 21st at 10 am CST.    There is a limit of $300 worth of gift cards.  Last year they offered this deal on Black Friday so if you purchase $300 in Target gift cards, these will only cost $270.  Quantities will most likely be limited so make sure to by as soon as these are available.  Also, you cannot use your Target RedCard to save an additional 5% on these Target gift cards.

Starbucks: Spend $10 buying an egift card using your Visa and get a $5 bonus first 400,000 only!

Now through December 18th or the first 400,000 people to buy an e-gift card will receive a $5 bonus when you use your Visa.   You need to buy through this link:  https://www.starbucks.com/shop/egift.   You can also purchase denominations above $10, but you will still only receive a $5 bonus.  Also, you will not see the bonus when you make your purchase, but you will receive an email confirmation indicating that you’ve received the $5 bonus if you’ve qualified for it.  You will need to sign into your Starbucks account to make this purchase, and there is a limit of one per person.  You can also gift this to yourself.

Indianapolis: Scholastic Warehouse Book Sale starts December 9

If you live in the Indianapolis area and would like to get some discounted books, you may want to check out the Scholastic Warehouse as the sale starts tomorrow.  Plus you can register here and get a coupon off of $10 off $50 or $25 off $100.  This sale is located at:

Scholastic Book Fairs Warehouse

4625 W. 86th Street

Indianapolis, IN 46268

The dates are December 9 – December 19.  Weekdays 11 am to 7 pm and Saturdays, Dec. 12 and 19 from 9 am to 4 pm.

Even if you do not live in the Indianapolis area, there may be a sale in your area so check here:  http://www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/warehouse

Carters and Osh Kosh b’Gosh: Free shipping today only plus extra 20% off clearance

If you have any small children to shop for, you may want to check out Carters or Osh Kosh b’Gosh since there is a rare free shipping offer today only!  Plus, they have an additional 20% off their clearance going on right now, too.  You can sweeten this online deal by going through Ebates and earning a 5% on your Carter’s purchase!  There was a new program listed on the Carter’s web site called Rewarding Moments and when you spend $75 or more in a 6 month period at Carter’s or Osh Kosh b’Gosh, you will earn a $10 reward.  It’s free to sign-up so make sure to enroll when you are checking out.  This program is valid both online and in-store.