Friday

Back-to-school shoppers: Catch this 15% off Barnes and Noble coupon through Aug 17




School starts soon. Who needs textbooks or supplies?

Why not save and print this in-store coupon, or use the online code, and save 15% (on one item) at Barnes and Noble this weekend?

Don’t need books or writing papers? Choose a DVD or video game for weekend play. Or grab a new CD from your favorite performer.

Hey, you might even pick one of MY books!


Pick up the 15% off coupon Blow it up, and print it. Copy the code (M6LEUWAEBX37P), and use it on the bookseller’s website or at the checkout counter. Right-click, and save it to your own computer for printing. Shoot it with your smart phone, and use it at the store checkout. Just don’t miss the deal.

It’s good through Sunday, August 17th. Who needs something to read?



NOTE:  This blogger has no affiliation with the merchant mentioned in this post and received no remuneration for this post, except for potential royalties from sales of books she has authored.

Please be sure to c’mon back to Practically at Home with a comment, letting us know about your sweet book deal with the Barnes & Noble discount coupon.

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Tuesday

Best bargains: DIY personalized gift ideas for birthdays and holidays




Looking for creative, but not costly, personalized gift ideas for special people?

Why not choose a favorite poem, quotation, or Scripture verse and put it on a do-it-yourself gift?

Here are a few personalized DIY gift possibilities:



  • Bible memory cards – Print several favorite Scripture verses on heavy cardstock. Cut them into stacks, and tie them with string or ribbon.
  • Monogrammed note cards – Create personalized stationary, either folded notes or full sheets. Place the recipient’s initials or name on the papers. Or type a suitable saying. Print the papers out, and parcel them with matching envelopes.
  • Poetry magnet – Pick a poem, and print it on sturdy paper. Cut it out, and glue a magnet on the back.
  • Quotation bookmark – Select a fitting quote. Print it on pretty paper. (Or print several to a sheet, and make a whole set of bookmarks.) Punch a hole at one end, and slip a piece of yarn through it.


These do-it-yourself personalized gifts are extra special and durable, if they are laminated. As a more economical option, you might cover each one neatly (on both sides) with clear wide packing tape.

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Sunday

Frugal family fun: We zoom to the zoo for summer outings



City zoos offer wildly interesting and entertaining excursions for family – and often for a song. For years, our crew has carried season passes to the local zoo, enjoying significant savings on this family recreation choice.

Actually, our local zoo offered free admission for decades, but they underwent a huge overhaul several years ago and began charging a fee. But we found the changes worthwhile, as they added lots more animals and attractions.

The family pass (which includes access for four adults, multiple kids, and even occasional guests) costs about $100. At first, that may sound like a hefty sum, but taking a couple of grownups and a slew of kids to the zoo, the movies, or an amusement park can easily cost that much - especially if a return trip is in the works.

Included with membership are gift shop and snack bar discounts (with no need for keeping codes or coupons). We also get a colorful zoo magazine, free zoo concert /picnic tickets, and summer zoo camp discounts (although we don’t use the camp program).

Best of all, as members, we flash the pass and enter the zoo gates without waiting in line.

What’s more, our local zoo membership brings us free (or discounted) entry to approximately 150 other American Zoo Association locations nationwide, through an AZA reciprocity agreement. We’ve even stumbled upon other zoos and walked in free without presenting our passes, as they were able to look up our memberships online.

That’s a wild, screaming deal for summer family fun.

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Tuesday

5 Father’s Day gifts and goodies to grab




Father’s Day is the third Sunday in June. That’s when we celebrate dads, grandfathers, and all sorts of paternal figures.

Need some fun ideas for Father’s Day gifts and goodies?

Why not skip the necktie this year? Here are some favorites, old and new. Click the title links to find these items online for convenient ordering.

1. Cuisinart CGS-134 3-Piece Grilling Tool Set with Grill Glove Lots of fathers love to grill, when they’re not grilling kids about chores, curfews, and homework. This great grill set fits the bill for the barbecuing dad on Father’s Day.

2. Metal Parking Sign - World's Greatest Grandpa – Having the grandparents over for a Father’s Day get-together? This fun parking sign is just the ticket. 

A “Dad” version is a super pick for placing in the family driveway or garage.

3. Spider-Killing, Burger Grilling DadShown here on a trucker cap, this whimsical design is also available on tees, totes, and even a barbecue grilling apron for Dad. It reads: "Spider killing, burger grilling, still top billing (Just call me Dad.)." 

These creative gifts are only sold on CafePress.

4. Stealing Wonder: A Rhyming Race to Capture Grace – How about encouraging Dad with some inspirational lines to mark Father’s Day? 

This is not your everyday devotional poetry book.  These verses are gritty and real. Some are humorous, while others may touch readers’ hearts. Throughout, the real-life nature of God’s grace is experienced, as He is faithful, even when we are unfaithful, or simply not paying attention. 

Spoiler alert: Hope triumphs.

5. Victorinox 10-Function Swiss Army Golf Tool – This is just plain cool – a favorite gift for the golf-loving dad. Modeled after the long-popular Swiss Army knife, this tool includes a ball marker, a divot repair device, a golf club groove cleaner, and more.

Those with their hearts set on picking out Father’s Day neckties for dads might like to go the personalization route, adding their fathers’ monograms or names.

And certainly, no one ever said dads don’t like well-chosen chocolates, flowers and plants, or gourmet gift baskets for Father’s Day.

NOTE: This writer operates the CafePress online shop offering the #3 item and is the author of the #4 item, but has no affiliation or professional interest in the manufacturers or retailers offering #1, #2, or #5 and received no remuneration for reviewing any of these items here (with the exception of possible Amazon Affiliates percentages from orders of the same through product title links offered here).

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