If your email inbox is anything like mine, it’s overloaded with messages each morning from the horde of deal companies offering discounts on, well, everything. I’m in no way complaining; I love a good deal. But it can be tedious and time-consuming to go through them all to find the best ones. Yet I still peruse them, and not just to score a bargain for myself, but because I like to try to keep you informed of can’t-miss offers. I often mention good ones on Facebook and have links to a bunch of sites on the Deals page, but thought it might be helpful to post a round-up of great deals (like this one last week) more regularly, hopefully weekly. And with that, here are your deal picks this week. Happy Savings!
*You and the kids can get creative with this Groupon deal: $20 for $40 Worth of Art Supplies, Studio Time, and Beverages at ArtJamz in Dupont Circle. They host an open-house painting studio both during the week and on weekends. A first look at the deal may seem like it’s a boozy happy hour type-thing, but I’ve been in touch with the folks at ArtJamz, and they definitely encourage kids to get artsy, keeping ages 5-18 in mind during the daytime hours (though I’m sure tots a little younger can do some Pollack-esque works, too). I’ve been wanting to check out the place , and this deal will get me there.
*Guarantee yourself good seats under the bog top with this deal for up to 50% off tickets for the Big Apple Circus from Goldstar. Select seats are available at a discount for many dates during its September 20 – October 8 run at the Big Top at Dulles Town Center. You can also try to win a four-pack of tickets through my giveaway.
*If you’re looking for an indoor birthday party idea, this Plum District deal might inspire: The Ultimate Bowling Party for 10 Kids at Bowlmor Lanes in Bethesda for $180. For a DC-area party at a venue other than home, that’s not bad at all. You can also find a deal for weekday admission to Great Country Farms — just $6 (regularly $12).
*This might be a bit of a stretch, but Groupon Getaways has a terrific deal on a 3- or 4-night resort stay in Costa Rica (two kids 9 and under stay free). If you’re thinking about a family vacay, I can’t recommend the destination highly enough – we took the kids this past Spring Break, and an amazing time was had by all. While I haven’t been to this resort or region of the country, it gets great reviews on Trip Advisor, and if it’s anything like the places I have been to there, you really can’t go wrong. Less than a day left to get the deal!
*I’ve mentioned this before, but can’t stress enough what a no-brainer Ebates is if you do a lot of online shopping. Once you’re signed up, all you have to do is link to your favorite stores through the Ebates website, and you get cash back on all of your purchases, sometimes up to 10%! And they have huge selection of stores, pretty much all of the big ones.
*Be sure to read the fine print on all these deals, as there’s sometimes a weird catch.
The local deal sites are loaded with great offers for families right now, and I’ve selected a few that I thought would be of particular interest and listed them here. Happy savings!
You have merely hours left to get Three Classes and Two Play Passes for Kidville in Bethesda from LivingSocial. That’s a fantastic deal — we did a sample class of the children’s play and learning center last year and loved it. If it was closer to home, I’d scoop up the offer in a second. 9/5 UPDATE: This deal has ended, so how about free coffee instead? Get a $10 Starbucks Card for just $5. That’s practically a no-brainer!
If your kids love the Disney on Ice shows, then check out Goldstar’s deal for tickets to Rockin’ Ever After, coming to the Patriot Center in October. You can get a pretty good discount on select seats for several different show times.
Plum District has a bunch of offers especially for moms and kids available right now, you should just go to the website and check ’em all out.
You can also get a variety of bargains through Certifikid. Current deals include children’s haircuts, a family cruise on the Potomac, festival and farm admission, and all kinds of kids’ classes.
Here’s a heads-up on some great deals going on right now. And don’t forget you can find links to even more on the Deals page. Happy Savings!
Certifikid always has all kinds of fabulous deals for families, but their current offer for a Season Pass to Sesame Place is particularly great.
LivingSocial Families has passes for the City of Gathersburg Water Park ($6 for two!), which are guaranteed to go fast. And be sure to scroll down to find discounts on everything from soccer and tennis camps to art classes as well.
If what you really want to do is get un-local this summer, then check out Groupon Getaways. They currently have offers on stays all over the globe.
Stock up on summer clothes and gear AND get cash back when you shop through Ebates. It’s so easy – when you buy online, just access the store via the Ebates website — they partner with just about everyone — and you can get anywhere from 3-10% back (sometimes even more!) on purchases.
LivingSocial DC Family Edition – Several good deals are going on right now. Their main offer is for Five 90-minute Playtime Session at Pump it Up for $25 good at the Leesburg and Gaithersburg locations. Scroll down on the page and find offers for kids’ dance classes, training programs, after-school sports, and more.
Groupon Getaways – If you haven’t signed up to receive these deals on travel accommodations, I highly suggest you do. I’ve seen many offers that would be great for both family stays and parents’ getaways.