Making the Most of Summer Deals

School starts this week in my neck of the woods, but it’s not too late to grab great deals on travel, family fun, and more!

In the midst of back-to-school clothes, supplies, and backpacks, August is a great time to find clearance deals on grills, patio furniture, and garden tools — stock up and count down the days until spring! Several libraries and businesses are wrapping up their reading programs, too. I’m taking the girls to turn in all their time cards this weekend so we can collect prizes and books.

Here are 10 great deals you should snag before it’s too late!

  • Buy One, Get One Memory Books 1 of 13
    Buy One, Get One Memory Books
    I've taken hundreds of photos throughout the summer. This year, I'm determined not to let them hide out on my computer. I love the idea of a vacation memory book, and My Publisher is giving you a 2nd one free this week! This is a simple program to use, and the books turn out absolutely gorgeous.
    Make It with My Publisher
  • Disney New Memories Vacation Package 2 of 13
    Disney New Memories Vacation Package
    Walt Disney World still tops the list of our favorite vacations, but it's not easy on the budget. Thankfully, Disney is always offering deals and vacation packages to make it a little more affordable. End your summer with New Memories Vacation Package at Disney Resorts in Florida. For as little as $67 per person each day, families can enjoy 5 nights at Disney resorts, including a free dining plan, theme park tickets, and a Disney photo album for your vacation pictures after the trip. The offer ends August 27, but you'll have until September 24 to stay.
  • Free Chicago Museums 3 of 13
    Free Chicago Museums
    If you're in the Chicago area, I'm super jealous! Not just because it's one of my favorite cities, but because your library card is currently your ticket to some of the best museums. Use your library card for free and discounted admission to participating Chicago cultural destinations for a little family fun before school begins! If you're outside of the Chicago area, check in with your city's museums or cultural centers to see if they're offering a similar summer discount.
    More information at Museum Adventure Pass
  • 10 Books = $10 4 of 13
    10 Books = $10
    End your child's summer with a cash bonus! Read 10 books, print out the summer reading form, write down your book selections, and take the form to your nearest TD Bank to have $10 deposited into a Young Savers Account. This program goes through September 29th, so it's definitely not too late!
    More information at TD Bank
  • Chuck E. Cheese Rewards 5 of 13
    Chuck E. Cheese Rewards
    Here's another summer reading program that will add a little fun to the end of your summer! When your kids read every day for two weeks, you can exchange the reading rewards chart for 10 free tokens at Chuck E. Cheese.
    Reading Rewards Calendar [pdf]
  • Amazon Summer Jams 6 of 13
    Amazon Summer Jams
    I love Amazon mp3s — simple, one-click downloads, no DRM, and there's always a deal to be found! This summer is no exception — the Summer Jams program features hit songs for just $.25 each. Check back often, as the selection is constantly changing!
    Buy It on Amazon
    Photo Credit: Flickr user wmbreedveld
  • Free B&N Book 7 of 13
    Free B&N Book
    Last reading program — I promise — but I love any excuse to get kids to open a book. The Barnes & Noble reading program rewards kids when they read just 8 books. Swap your list of completed books for a one of several available books — classics like The Mouse and the Motorcycle and The Phantom Tollbooth are both on there.
    B&N Summer Reading Program
  • Summer Grilling Deals 8 of 13
    Summer Grilling Deals
    Summer may be coming to a close, but outdoor cooking is just heating up! Get your grill on through the fall with great summer deals from Omaha Steaks. I love having quality meats in the freezer, whenever the mood strikes me. Right now, you can get 4 free burgers and hot dogs with any purchase.
    Buy It at Omaha Steaks
    Photo Credit: Flickr user booleansplit
  • Sandal Clearance 9 of 13
    Sandal Clearance
    Here's a deal just for Mom — now is the perfect time to buy sandals for next year. It's tough to guess future shoe sizes for the kids, but summer clearance sandals will definitely still fit me next year! It's also a great time to buy bathing suits, shorts, and beach towels, which are all a little easier to pickup for the whole family.
    Shop Payless Sandal Clearance
    Photo Credit: Flickr user n-o-n-o
  • Last Minute Getaways 10 of 13
    Last Minute Getaways
    There's still time to squeeze in one last hurrah before summer is completely gone — and there are plenty of last minute deals to help you getaway! Omni Hotels and Resorts is offering 15% off weekend getaway packages at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Omni Berkshire Place, Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, Omni San Diego Hotel and Hotel Omni Mont-Royal. The Family Discover Package is good for two nights, includes free breakfast for kids under 12, and is available through September 5.
    Labor Day is a popular weekend for final summer travel, and you'll find plenty of great Labor Day deals as well as plenty of last minute deals on vacation packages, airfare, and hotels. Where will the end of summer take you?
  • Free Haircuts for Kids 11 of 13
    Free Haircuts for Kids
    JCPenney Salons across the country are giving free haircuts all month long! Kids K-6 are eligible for a free haircut throughout August. I just scheduled my girls' appointments earlier today. They'll be freshly cut before school — and I'll pay only a tip.
    Schedule an Appointment at Your Local JCP Salon
  • Update Your Home 12 of 13
    Update Your Home
    Take advantage of college dorm bargains to update your own home. Target especially has great deals on college-friendly back-to-school items like lamps, bookcases, bedding, and more. Check back next month for even better deals on clearance.
    Buy it at Target
  • Back-to-school Supplies 13 of 13
    Back-to-school Supplies
    Think beyond school supplies when you stumble on back-to-school deals. Now is the best time to restock office supplies, to-do lists, and Sharpies. Oh, the Sharpies! That is by far my favorite back to school deal. Plus, save 15% on school supplies with the Staples Savings Pass.
    Photo Credit: Flickr user merelymel

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