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Deals That Are Nifty by Sister Thrifty: Congrats GRAD!

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Congrats GRAD!

It’s that time of year again….time to bid farewell to teachers, textbooks, campus, homework and school chums. It’s always a little bitter-sweet saying goodbye, but that full summer ahead sure takes the sting out fast!


Planning a party for your favorite graduate? Whether it’s for a graduating kindergartener or your nephew finishing law school, here are some great links to help you out with money-saving ideas:

www.celebrations.com/graduationparty-games                All ages party games

www.earlylearningactivities.com/PDF/eoy1.pdf              Grade school

www.highlightsteachers.com/archives/party_ideas/         Grade school

www.teachingheart.net/endoftheyearpage.html                Grade school

www.fun-theme-party-ideas.com/college-graduation-party.html   College

http://www.graduationparty.com/                                          High School


Fairly Frugal gifts for GRADS

• Prepaid phone cards

• Address book filled with notes from family and friends

• Gas gift card

• Laundry basket with detergents, fabric softener, roll of quarters

• Personalized coupons

• Gift cards to the Grad’s favorite store or restaurant

• Emergency Preparedness backpack

• First Aid Kit

• Journals, pens, stickers

• Stationery, hand-made gift cards, and stamps

• Movie Night gift basket: DVDs, popcorn, theater gift card

• Shower caddy filled with personal hygiene items

• Breakfast basket: pancake mix, syrup, spatula, fresh fruit

• Personal organizer

• Luggage

• Money tree

• Wallet with some money

• Picture frame, scrapbook


Tips for Moving Out of the Dorms
1. Divide and conquer: Decide which items will be thrown away, stored at a friend’s house near campus until next year, or brought home

2. Sell back textbooks at www.amazon.com or www.half.com . There is a great textbook rental company www.chegg.com , where an excellent condition, Organic Chemistry textbook that retails for $156 can be sold back for $81 or traded in for $89 in "Chegg Dollars" - which can be used, in turn, to rent next year's textbooks. And Chegg pays the postage too!

3. Donate items at www.freecycle.org or at local drop off centers such as Goodwill or Salvation Army or Deseret Industries


And now for a few fun freebies this week:

Free Vanilla Cone at Sonic Drive-in 5/29

Do you have a student graduating from kindergarten through fifth grade this year? If so, congratulate them on this milestone achievement with a vanilla cone from SONIC®, America's Drive-In. SONIC's Free Vanilla Cone coupon is valid 5-29 College Savings Day, May 29, 2010, at participating SONIC Drive-Ins.  Not a parent of a graduating kindergartener - 5th grader but know someone who is? Be sure to Tell a Friend about the SONIC promotion.   http://www.ok4saving.org/rsvp/rsvp.html

Free Krispy Kreme Doughnut (June 4th)

Krispy Kreme is offering customers one FREE doughnut of any variety at participating U.S. store locations on Friday, June 4. No purchase is necessary to receive a free doughnut. The offer is good for one doughnut of any variety per customer.     http://investor.krispykreme.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=473923

Olay Body Wash Sample: Get a free sample of Olay Total Effects Body Wash (2.0 oz. bottle) from Walmart. http://bit.ly/c0dVPS

Free iTunes Starbucks 10-song Sampler: Visit iTunes on Facebook and fans get a free 10-song Frappuccino Beverage http://bit.ly/cX0LnF

Shutterfly 3 Free Cards ($0.99 s/h): Get your 3 FREE 5x7 Folded Photo Greeting Cards ($5.97 value) from Shutterfly. http://bit.ly/bxNG4e

Congrats GRAD!

CENTSerely,

Sister Thrifty 

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