Here are this week’s top deals, freebies, money-making opportunities, and advice for being wise with your money and creating your best life. This post may contain affiliate links.

Hot Deals

BOGO at Starbucks!

On Thursday, July 26, you can treat a friend to a free Espresso Beverage during their Happy Hour – 3:00 pm to close – if you sign up for the Starbucks Happy Hour here.

PSSST! You can sign up to receive a free drink on your birthday plus other special discounts and deals if you sign up for Starbucks Rewards.

If you read my recent post about things to stop buying when you’re trying to get out of debt, you know I broke down the numbers and interest to show just how expensive a Starbucks coffee habit is. Using freebies, BOGO deals, and special discounts for loyal rewards members is a way you can have your coffee and save some money too.


Free Dino Slime at Michaels!

Michaels is offering a FREE Dino Slime Event on Saturday, August 4th. Simply head to your nearest Michaels store from 1-3 PM with kids ages 3 and up. All supplies will be provided by Michaels and no registration is required. Sounds like a Fun and Free activity for the kids this summer!


Amazon FreeTime Unlimited FREE For One Month

Have you tried Amazon FreeTime yet? You can get unlimited access to thousands of kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps and games. There’s a parent dashboard where you can set time limits, goals, and view your child’s activity. Start Your 1 Month FreeTime Trial and try it for 30 days. You can cancel anytime during your free month and not be charged anything. If you like the service and want to continue, it’s $2.99 per month for Amazon Prime members (or $4.99 per month for non-prime members).


Blendtec TB-621-20 Blender for Just $179.95

I absolutely love my blender (it’s a Vitamix and it’s a key tool for getting my kids to eat loads of veggies every day). But it’s pricey and it took me a while to save up and pull the trigger to buy one. I’ve heard that the Blendtec blender is really good as well. While the Vitamix is a 5-star blender, the Blendtec is 4 stars. If you’re considering, now’s a great time to buy because it’s a Deal of the Day on Amazon. You can get it for $179.95 shipped if you’re an Amazon Prime member, lower than I found it anywhere else.


Coupon for $10 Off $50 at Big Lots!

If you have food or household goods to buy at BIG LOTS! you can use this coupon to save $10 off a purchase of $50 or more July 22-July 27.


Buy One, Take One Meal at Olive Garden Is Back

For a limited time, you can enjoy one meal at Olive Garden with endless soup or salad and breadsticks. Plus, take a second entree home for free! Yes, that means you can have Shrimp Scampi and Fettuccine Alfredo too! 😉 Here are the meals at Olive Garden that qualify for this BOTO offer.


96 Of The World’s Best Pencils for $9.96 on Amazon

The Ticonderoga #2 Pencils are super highly rated pencils less than $10 right now on Amazon. Educator rant…as someone who worked in a school, good pencils and pens are worth it. I know it’s hard to pay extra when there’s a cheaper option (trust me, I really do get it). But here’s what happens with super cheap pencils: they disappear after being sharpened once or twice, the lead breaks every other minute, or the eraser leaves black smears all over your child’s homework. It’s a waste of money. Frustrating for the kid. Frustrating for the teacher. No bueno. These pencils are less than 10¢ a piece and with almost 100 of them, the pack will last a long time.


Kids Headphones Just $8.49

I see parents on Facebook who love their kids’ headphones, especially for traveling. Right now Amazon has the cute AILIHEN Headphones in mint color for $8.49 if you use the promo code NCXG24LD at checkout. Usually, these are $17 per pair.


Saucony Ride 10 Running Shoes for $54.97

The Deal of the Week at JackRabbit is Saucony running shoes. This is one of my favorite brands of running shoes and $55 is a great price for these shoes that are regularly $120. This deal is good on both men’s and women’s, so check it out quick before they run out of your size! (There’s 4% cash back with Ebates too!)


Instant Pot Just $49 Shipped at Walmart

If you’ve been on the fence about an instant pot or decided you’re going to buy it as a Christmas gift for someone, you can head on over to and order this 6 Quart Instant Pot 6-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker for just $49 (Regularly $79). It has Free 2-day shipping as well.

Don’t forget to use Ebates to get cash back on your Walmart purchases (check out my Ebates Review to see how easy it is to save money while shopping.)


FREE Baby Moccasins by Little Natural (Just Pay Shipping)

Get these cute little baby moccs made with soft vegan leather for “free.”  Shipping for me was $7.95, but it may vary depending on where you are located. They offered me a “free gift” of a topknot, but my shipping was more expensive (like $10) with that added on. They come in lots of colors and 3 different sizes.


Work at Home Job Hiring Now

Privia Health is hiring Customer Experience Specialist – This position is full-time and completely remote. High school diploma is required and working hours are between 8am – 6pm.

KellyConnect is hiring Chat Reps – Paid Training is $12-14 per hour / Earning Potential is $15-17 per hour – Eligible for $750 in Bonuses after 90 days. High school diploma required.

Check out more positions at The Penny Horder work-from-home portal.

Smart Money Roundup: Noteworthy Posts, Videos, & Podcasts

1) The Lessons We Teach Kids About Money Really Do Matter – on The Millennial Money Man. The impact he had as a teacher (even as a band director teaching kids about personal finance basics) is incredible. If you’re a parent or teacher and not sure the kids EVER listen to what you’re saying…read this letter from Bobby’s former student.

2) 5 Money Hacks That Have Saved Me Over $4.1 Million Dollars by Jeff Rose at Good Financial Cents (video). Of course, I was intrigued by how to save not 1 but 4 million dollars. There’s definitely more I could be doing to use our money wisely to build wealth and his ideas are spot on while being humorous at the same time.

3) I’m getting rid of one thing every day for the next 30 days – wanna join me? By J. MONEY on Budgets are $exy. He’s sharing his journey on a path toward minimalism by chucking/donating at least one thing every day. As someone who loves getting rid of stuff (yet I always feel like there’s more to get rid of), I appreciate this and got even more ideas of places to declutter from his list.

4) Money & Happiness: The Psychology of Intrinsic vs Extrinsic Goals on 20 Something Finance. An interesting take on the type of money goals that actually lead to a more satisfied, healthy, and happy life versus the money goals that aren’t correlated with more happiness.

5) Do You Really Have What It Takes to Succeed at Working From Home? on The Penny Hoarder

Use this money wisdom to create your best life. As blogger Paula says,

“You can afford anything–but not everything.”

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