We're all watching our family budgets these days. Whether shopping with coupons or looking for two-for-one deals, we're taking advantage of all sorts of offers and savings that help us stretch our dollars.
This column will be dedicated to giving you five great local deals each week that will help your family’s bottom line. Since we do the scouting for you, you can save time as well as money.
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This week, Frugal Family reporter Carolyn Cunningham scoured our local sources to come up with a free parking lot party at Stars and Strikes, a fun fundraiser for Paulding County Animal Control, season passes at Sparkles, a reopening party at Floor It with freebies and a free shredding event and family festival in Douglas County by the Douglas / Carroll / Paulding Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority:
1. Animal Control Fundraiser
Deal: Tender Loving Pet Grooming will host a fundraiser for Paulding County Animal Control. Festivities will include a silent auction, expo booths, a cake walk, $5 pet pedicures, a raffle, a Krispy Kreme fundraiser and refreshments. When you bring a donation of pet food or litter, you will receive a ticket for a drawing.
Hours: Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., with bluegrass concert from 4 to 7 p.m.
Location: 200 Buchanan St., Dallas, behind Paulding WellStar Hospital.
Contact: 770-445-2698, email at email@example.com or http://www.tenderlovingpetgrooming.com/default.html.
2. Stars and Strikes Parking Lot Party
Deal: Among Saturday's attractions at the family entertainment center will be a huge children's area, face painting, vendors, a DJ, live entertainment and lots of prizes.
Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Corner of Ga. 92 and 120 (Dallas Highway), Dallas.
Contact: 678-965-5707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Sparkles Season Passes
Deal: This Saturday is the start of the season pass season at Sparkles in Hiram. For $50, an individual season pass—for anyone 16 and younger—pays for unlimited skating admission and skate rental during any public session for 14 weeks through Aug. 31. At $125, a family pass includes unlimited skating admission and skate rental for up to four people—also during any public session but with one adult required to be present with each group.
Certain restrictions apply. For instance, there is only one admission per person per day. This special may not be used on Friday nights or during special events.
Good through: Saturday - Aug. 31.
Location: 4054 Jimmy Lee Smith Parkway next to Walmart in Hiram.
Contact: 770-943-6080 or www.SparklesRollerRinks.com.
4. Freebies at Floor It Reopening
Deal: Floor It Carpets Plus Colortile in Dallas will host its reopening this weekend. Among the attractions will be free food, beverages, door prizes and games and inflatables for the kids.
Also, local businesses are invited to showcase their items at the event. Business owners should call 770-445-6228 for their free reservation.
Location: 3544 Atlanta Highway, Suite 101, Dallas.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
Store Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed Sunday.
Contacts: 770-445-6228 or www.floor-it.net.
5. Free Shredding and May Family Festival with Delta Sigma Theta
Deal: Members of the Douglas / Carroll / Paulding Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. invite everyone to join them for a free community shredding opportunity on Saturday in Douglas County. There is no limit to the number or kind of documents that will be shredded safely.
Also, free games, health screenings, educational and cultural awareness activities, international food sampling and more food and a Moon Walk will be offered as a part of the sorority's community block party.
Location: Deer Lick Park Family Fun Center, 2171 Mack Road off Ga. 92 and south of I-20, Douglasville.
Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Contacts: www.dcpdst.com/dcpcalendar.html or 678-431-3635.