Dollar Tree Customer Appreciation Day 11/19 | Print Coupon for 10% off!

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Dollar Tree Customer Appreciation day is TOMORROW, NOVEMBER 19th.

Print this coupon, then stop by your favorite Dollar Tree store for 10% off your entire purchase of $10 or more.

This would be a great time to grab wrapping paper, gift tissue, paper goods, stocking stuffers and more!

Santa’s Wonderland 2017 at Bass Pro Shops Leeds, AL

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!  Wait!  He’s already here at Bass Pro Shops, Leeds, AL!

 

Check out the schedule and full details here.

 

This has become a tradition for us!  We check out “Santa’s Wonderland”— a 3,500-square foot Christmas village chocked full of fun games, activities  and crafts for the whole family – at Bass Pro Shops every year!

This year they’ve added building and activity tables with Lincoln Logs and blocks to play with! Grab your Bass Pass so you don’t have to stand in line to see Santa and then enjoy all the fun activities until it’s your time!

Always a family tradition, customers can get a free 4×6  studio-quality photo with Santa. Photo and gift packages will  also be available.  Grab a Bass Pass when the line is long and do your shopping instead of waiting in line – the Bass Pass gives you an appointment with Santa!

Instacart Now Available in St. Clair County Zip Codes! ($25 off your first order!)

instacart-2 Grocery delivery service is the wave of the future and a new one has moved in to town! Birmingham area residents can now order from their favorite retailers like Publix, Whole Foods Market, CVS, Costco and Petco,and have their groceries and everyday essentials delivered straight to their doorsteps in as little as one hour.

**UPDATE** HURRY! If you are in one of the Greater Birmingham Area zipcodes now serviced by Instacart you can save $25 off your first order and get free delivery with coupon code HIBIRM25.  Hurry, because this code expires on 11/8/17!

Instacart received an overwhelming volume of requests for expansion into this region and is excited to now be delivering to the Birmingham area. Service areas include: Birmingham, North Birmingham, Homewood, Hoover, McCalla, Alabaster, Saginaw, Bessemer, Helena, Shannon, Alabaster, Pelham, Indian Springs Village, Vestavia Hills, Wine Ridge, Brighton,  Lipscomb, Chelsea, Fairfield, Odenville,  Argo,  Margaret, Mountain Brook, Trussville, Moody,  Margaret, Leeds,  Winburn, Clay, Vanns, Argo, Irondale,  Grayson Valley,  Roebuck Plaza, Brook Highland, Meadowbrook, Woodford, Acton, Westover, Sterrett, Vandiver, Pinson,  Fultondale, Center Point, Chalkville, Coalburg, Gardendale, Kimberly, Mount Olive, Morris, Graysville, Watson, Pinson, Montevallo, Palmerdale, Clanton, Columbiana, Oneonta, Dora, Clay, Dixiana, Woodhaven, White Oaks, Adamsville, Forestdale, Brookside and Tarrant – a total of 46 new zip codes!

 

Instacart is also bringing income earning opportunities to the area with plans to bring on more than 100 new shoppers.

How Instacart works: Customers go online to www.Instacart.com or open the Instacart mobile app (be sure to use code THANNER132 to get $10 off!) on their iPhone or Android device, select their city/store, add items to a virtual cart, then choose a delivery window (within one hour, within two hours, or up to seven days in advance) and check out. An Instacart shopper accepts the order on his/her smartphone, uses the Instacart shopper app to guide them through shopping, and then delivers the order to the customer in the designated delivery timeframe. instacart-2 My groceries were brought right to my front door.  It was fantastic!

Plus, if you SIGN UP NOW - I have a gift for you!  $10 off your first order of $35 or more AND Free Delivery on your first order!  You also have the option to sign up for a free trial of Instacart Express where you get free delivery for 14 days.  

Alabama’s 2017 Back to School Tax Free Shopping STARTS TODAY!

Alabama’s Tax Free Shopping Weekend is NOW!

Here are some items that are tax free this weekend (aside from typical school supplies that you might not have considered!)

  • Printers and printer ink
  • Diapers – YES DIAPERS!
  • Clothes (under $100 per item)
  • Books (less than $30 per book)
  • Computer software
  • see the list for full exemptions

Tax Free Back to School Shopping for Alabama will be July 21-23, 2017.

What does tax-free weekend shopping mean?

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. (CST) on Friday, July 21, 2017, and ending at twelve midnight on Sunday, July 23, 2017, Alabama will hold its annual sales tax holiday giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers, and clothing free of state sales or use tax.  Local sales and use tax may apply – see list of participating cities and counties.

Retailers in the state are required to not charge state tax on purchases during this weekend.  Also, counties and cities themselves may choose to waive local taxes also.

Here are the local areas participating in the waiving of additional local taxes (some with restrictions listed):

Anniston

Argo

Ashville

Birmingham

Blount County

Clay

Gadsden

Homewood

Hoover

Jefferson County - ONLY applies to Jefferson County’s regular sales and use tax of one percent (1%). Jefferson County DOES NOT GRANT a holiday for the “Education” (7137) sales and use tax of one percent (1%).

Leeds

Mountain Brook

Odenville

Oxford – ONLY applies to Oxford’s 4% sales and use tax.  Oxford DOES NOT GRANT a holiday for the remaining 1% levied for education.

Pell City

St. Clair County

Springville

Talladega/ Talladega County

Trussville

These locations are NOT waiving local taxes:  MOODY, Margaret and Ragland.

Looks like the best places to shop will be Pell City, Springville and Odenville since they will be waiving city taxes and are within St. Clair County (which is waiving all but 1%).  Or Leeds or Trussville since they are waving city taxes and Jefferson County is waiving all but 1% of county taxes.  If you shop in Moody, you will pay city taxes, but not state or county.

Items that will be exempt:

Clothing – less than $100 per item restriction (some exclusions apply)

School Supplies – less than $50 per item restriction
includes but not limited too: backpacks, binders, pens, pencils, crayons, markers, paper, calculators, etc.

Books – less than $30 per item restriction (some exclusions apply)

Also included are computers and certain accessories and software.

See the full list here.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading: Earn a FREE Book!

Got kiddos that love to read?  They can get a new book because of it!

Kid’s can earn a FREE book this summer from Barnes and Noble for reading eight books from May 16 to September 5,  2017, with their Summer Reading Program!

Fill out the reading log and when it’s full (8 books read), take it to your local Barnes and Noble and pick a FREE book from the list of selected books.

Summer Reading Program is for Grades 1st-6th.

If they are participating in a library summer reading program, they can log 8 of those books into their Barnes & Noble reading log!

Regal Cinemas (Trussville) $1 Summer Movies (3 weeks left!)

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Climb aboard the Summer Movie Express to enjoy a great selection of films. Participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres will offer selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:00.

Regal Cinemas in Trussville is a participating theater!

They will show two different movies each week for 9 weeks (each week’s movies will be shown on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10am both days).

Regal Cinemas in Trussville movie list:

  • Week 7 – July 18 & 19
    The Spongebob Square Pants Movie:  Sponge Out of Water
    The Adventures of Tin Tin
  • Week 8 – July 25 & 26
    Happy Feet 2
    Cats & Dogs 2:  The Revenge of the Kitty Galore
  • Week 9 – Aug 1 & 2
    Storks
    The LEGO Batman Movie




 

National Hot Dog Day 7/19 Deals around St. Clair County (Sonic, Pilot, Hwy 55)

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017,  is National Hot Dog Day!  You’ll be able to snag a cheap or free deal in or around the county:

 

Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries –  Enjoy Hwy 55’s famous fire engine red Hot Dogs for $.99 on July 19. This deal is limited to 2 per guest on dine-in purchases only and is exclusive for members of My Hwy 55 Rewards Program.  (Don’t worry – you have time to sign up!)   There are HWY 55 locations in Leeds (Walmart shopping center) and Pell City (Vaughn Lane) now! 

Love’s Travel Stops-  All day, customers can receive one free hot dog! Must present coupon (mobile ok!) from Love’s official Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.  One coupon per transaction at participating Love’s locations is permitted.  There is a Love’s Travel Stop off I-20 in Moody (Brompton). 

 

 

 

Pilot Travel Centers -  One free hot dog or roller grill menu item of their choice from July 19 though July 26. Offer requires the online coupon available at NationalHotDogDay.PilotFlyingJ.com or at Pilot Flying J’s Facebook page at the time of purchase in-store.   There are a couple Pilot Travel Centers off I-20 in Lincoln.  

Sonic – Get an All American Dog or a Chili Cheese Coney for just $1.00!  Plus, don’t forget drinks and slushies are 1/2 priced from 2-4pm and shakes are 1/2 price after 8pm for a really frugal snack stop!  There are plenty of Sonic locations around! 

 

Get your Rock Painting Kits & Supplies on Amazon

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You have to be living under a rock to not know that rock painting is all the craze right now. If you don’t know, here’s the short of it —

Rocks are painted, hidden in public places to be found.  Finders can keep OR re-hide to keep the game going.  The bottom of the rocks usually have the name of a Facebook group written where you can post the rock you found so the creator knows it has been found.  You will also likely find clues to where more rocks are hidden in the FB group.

We’ve had fun hunting down suitable rocks in our back yard for this purpose but we are quickly exhausting our rock supply AND the larger, smoother ones you can buy do paint so much better.  So I know soon we will have to get a kit or at the very least, a bag of rocks.

Indeed.  A bag of rocks.  Jack Sparrow needed a jar of dirt.  I need a bag of rocks.

Pictured above - Panacea 70005 River Rock, Mix Color, 2 Pounds $8.09 on Amazon.

If you need the paint and brushes also to get started on your rock painting adventure, there are plenty of kits you can get on Amazon that have paint and rocks.

Rock Painting Book and Kit - $17.50
–8 paints and a large assortment of rocks

Creative Kits: Rock Painting – $14.11
–8 rocks, 10 paints, brushes and idea book

Creative Roots Pet Rocks by Horizon Group USA - $15.56
–5 rocks, 6 paints, brushes and idea book

The Art of Rock Painting: Learn to Paint Fun Designs and Doodles - $12.38
–5 rocks, 8 paints, brush and idea book

To find a Facebook Group for the Rock Painting, search Facebook for the name of your state, county or town and the word “rocks”.  There is a St. Clair County AL Rocks group for this area but also several spin-off groups that are hyper local (like Pell City Rocks).

 

Alabama’s 2017 Back to School Tax Free Shopping Weekend July 21-23

Tax Free Back to School Shopping for Alabama will be July 21-23, 2017.  That’s earlier than usual to help you get your shopping done.

What does tax-free weekend shopping mean?

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. (CST) on Friday, July 21, 2017, and ending at twelve midnight on Sunday, July 23, 2017, Alabama will hold its annual sales tax holiday giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers, and clothing free of state sales or use tax.  Local sales and use tax may apply – see list of participating cities and counties.

Retailers in the state are required to not charge state tax on purchases during this weekend.  Also, counties and cities themselves may choose to waive local taxes also.

Here are the local areas participating in the waiving of additional local taxes (some with restrictions listed):

Anniston

Argo

Ashville

Birmingham

Blount County

Clay

Gadsden

Homewood

Hoover

Jefferson County - ONLY applies to Jefferson County’s regular sales and use tax of one percent (1%). Jefferson County DOES NOT GRANT a holiday for the “Education” (7137) sales and use tax of one percent (1%).

Leeds

Mountain Brook

Odenville

Oxford – ONLY applies to Oxford’s 4% sales and use tax.  Oxford DOES NOT GRANT a holiday for the remaining 1% levied for education.

Pell City

St. Clair County

Springville

Talladega/ Talladega County

Trussville

These locations are NOT waiving local taxes:  MOODY, Margaret and Ragland.

Looks like the best places to shop will be Pell City, Springville and Odenville since they will be waiving city taxes and are within St. Clair County (which is waiving all but 1%).  Or Leeds or Trussville since they are waving city taxes and Jefferson County is waiving all but 1% of county taxes.  If you shop in Moody, you will pay city taxes, but not state or county.

Items that will be exempt:

Clothing – less than $100 per item restriction (some exclusions apply)

School Supplies – less than $50 per item restriction
includes but not limited too: backpacks, binders, pens, pencils, crayons, markers, paper, calculators, etc.

Books – less than $30 per item restriction (some exclusions apply)

Also included are computers and certain accessories and software.

See the full list here.

Library Summer Reading Programs (St. Clair County & surroundings)

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Don’t miss out on the Summer Reading Programs at the local libraries!  You have plenty to choose from!

Ashville Public Library -Summer reading starts June 13th and runs through July 18th.  Details here.

Clay Public Library - Kickoff party for summer reading is June 3rd.  Details here.

Leeds Public Library - Summer reading kickoff event is June 3rd at the park from 10am to 2pm.  Attend the kickoff or visit the library for details on the program.  (I couldn’t find much online)

Moody Public Library – Program starts June 7th with shows on Wednesdays at the new Civic Center.  Details here.

Odenville Public LibraryTheir event calendar says summer reading started May 30th.  I can find zero information online so I would just check at the library.

Pell City Public LibrarySummer reading started May 24th.  Drop by the library to get signed up!

Springville Public Library - Summer reading starts June 1st and runs through July 13th.  Shows every Thursday at 11:00am.  Details here.

 

Trussville Public Library  - will not be having a summer reading program due to building construction and potential closure dates this summer.

 

And don’t forget to print a reading log from Barnes & Noble so the kids can record 8 of the books they read!  Turn it in to B&N and they’ll get a FREE book!

If I missed a library please let me know!