Friday, June 25, 2010
I know you moms….you love to throw a big shindig for the 4th of July for your friends and family, but you want to save some money, right? I can hook you up! I know you’re busy, so I did a little research for you…Below are some freebies that are perfectly patriotic for the occasion.
Inexpensive Party Supplies:
4th of July Famous Quotes
Free patriotic address labels:
Free patriotic music & downloads:
Have a VERY happy and safe 4th of July next weekend!
Saturday, June 19, 2010
I absolutely love to watch movies and read books. Even better is when they’re free! I also love the summer time because there seems to be more time to catch up on the books and movies I didn’t have time to enjoy during the school year. Here are some great freebies for you and your family:
http://www.regmovies.com/nowshowing/familyfilmfestivalschedule.aspx At Regal Cinemas
http://www.amcentertainment.com/smc/ At AMC theaters
http://www.cinemark.com/summermovieclubhouse/index.htm At Cinemark Theaters
http://www.classiccinemas.com/wmms.asp At Classic Cinemas
http://www.harkinstheatres.com/summerMovieFun.aspx At Harkins Theaters
www.hulu.com TV shows, movies
http://www.booksinmyphone.com/ free books on your cell phone
www.Wowbrary.org/readforfree Books, videos, audiobooks
www.swaptree.com textbooks, hardbacks, paperbacks
www.freebooks4doctors.com Over 300 free medical books
www.deseretbook.com/free free pdf books
To read about the books I write, check out my author web site at: www.boicebox.com
Sister Thrifty (aka: Trina Boice)
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Summer means vacations and new adventures! Many of you use this time to travel abroad and discover the wonders of the world. Planning on taking a great trip to Europe while the kids are out of school? I found some great links to web sites where you can learn foreign languages for free! Traveling to Cancun for an exotic beach trip? Check out these web sites where you can brush up on your old high school Spanish. Half of the fun of traveling in a foreign country is meeting the people, learning their culture, and trying to communicate with them. Me? I'm working on Chinese right now!
http://www.verbalearn.com/ – VerbaLearn is an excellent vocabulary tool for English language learners. It can be customized so that students can practice the words they need to practice and skip the ones they are already familiar with.
http://www.poplin.com/ – Popling is a unique way to learn a language without intense study. This free web app sends random questions and flashcards to your computer screen so that you can learn new vocab words while you work on other things.
http://www.foreignlanguageflashcards.com/ – This site provides free picture flashcards for visual learners who are trying to master a foreign language. Other resources include free foreign language learning guides, downloads, and a flashcard maker.
http://www.quizlet.com/ – Quizlet can be used to create and share flashcards. It is a wonderful tool for learning new vocabulary words.
http://www.lingolook.com/ – Lingolook is a foreign language phrasebook application that works with iPhone. The app isn’t free, but it is cheap. For less than $5, students can download it and learn all of the most important phrases used while traveling.
http://www.byki.com/ – This personalized language learning system can be downloaded for free. It is available in 70 different languages and includes tools to help people permanently memorize vocabulary words and phrases.
http://www.edufire.com/ – eduFire provides a wide range of video flashcards for foreign language learners. Cards are rated for difficulty and content so that students and teachers can quickly find what they are looking for.
http://www.livemocha.com/ – Livemocha offers the opportunity for learners to study and practice a language at their own pace. The site can also be used to connect with foreign language learners around the world.
http://www.myhappyplanet.com/ – This social language learning site is perfect for students who want to meet new friends and practice a foreign language with native speakers. MyHappyPlanet also provides free videos from fluent speakers and member-created language lessons.
http://www.italki.com/ – This free foreign language site can be used to find a language teacher or practice online with a language partner. italki also offers free language questions and the ability to ask questions about something you don’t understand.
http://www.voxswap.com/ – VoxSwap is a social network for learning languages. The site introduces visitors to new people and language learners around the world.
http://www.lingopass.com/ – LingoPass is a unique site for language learners. Every time users share their language, they receive a free, one-week membership that can be used to attend any of LingoPass’ online language lessons.
http://www.lingvosoftonline.com/ – This site offers a number of free online language tools for learners, including a free online phrasebook, free flashcards, and free online dictionaries.
http://www.mindtools.com/ – MindTools provides an excellent guide to learning foreign languages. The guide includes information about different systems and effective mnemonics.
http://www.babelfish.com/ – This free online translator from Yahoo! can quickly translate text from one language into another.
Buena suerte! Adios!
Sister Thrifty (Trina Boice)
Saturday, June 05, 2010
School is out! Now what? You’ll have a house full of kids who are looking for something good to do. Not to worry! Sister Thrifty has some inexpensive and FREE ideas for you:
* Go out to eat! Check out kidseat4free.com – a massive database of restaurants with "kids eat for free" offers. Browse by city or enter your zip code to find restaurants near you. Here’s a free meal to get you started!
Free Meal at IHOP
IHOP via Facebook: "It's HERE! The Revolution is upon us - the Pancake Revolution, that is. Join now to receive exclusive offers from your favorite IHOP, including a FREE MEAL just for signing up!"
* Go bowling for free!
• Read a comic book together!
Free Comic Book: A Chicken's Life and Sticker Sheets (PETA Kids)
Send an e-mail to PETAKids with your full name, age, and mailing address included, to receive "A Chicken's Life" comic book along with some awesome PETA Kids sticker sheets. http://www.petakids.com/mccruelty-mission.asp?c=petakids_enews
*Go to a museum for free!
Blue Star Museums is a partnership among Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and more than 700 museums in all 50 states to offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 31, 2010, through Labor Day, September 6, 2010.
* After a day of kids screaming and running through the house, this one is for mom: Free Sample of America's Favorite Ear Plugs
Select one out of three available pairs of earplugs and follow the instructions to complete your request. http://www.hearos.com/
* Make your own stickers!
You can send a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to StickerGiant and they will mail some free stickers out to you. Please allow a few weeks for your stickers to be sent out.
PO Box 301
Hygiene, CO 80533
Free Assortment of LessonsThatRock.com Stickers
Send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
LessonsThatRock Music Lessons
Free Stickers Offer
9456 Los Angeles St
Bellflower, CA 90706
Free Shark Love Sticker
Visit this offer and fill out very simple form to request your free sticker. You may also send your request with your snail mail address to: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Go shopping together!
One-Day Pass to Your Local Sam's Club (exp 6/24)
One-Day Pass to Your Local Sam's Club. Good Through June 24th, 2010. Visit this offer, print that page out and bring it to your local Club.
• Exercise for free together!
Try Curves on Tuesdays for Free
New offer from Curves - for a limited time, try us Tuesdays FREE.
Now to get your creative juices flowing:
• Play kickball
• Play board games
• Go to the playground
• Ride bikes together.
• Have a scavenger hunt.
• Garden together.
• Go to the zoo.
• Go to the library.
• Play hide and seek
• Have a picnic at a park.
• Create a fort in your living room out of blankets or cardboard boxes.
• Bake cookies.
• Camp in your backyard.
• Play freeze tag.
• Learn magic tricks.
• Fly kites.
• Do a science experiment.
• Teach them to play chess.
• Have a BBQ.
• Make play dough from scratch.
• Learn to play a musical instrument.
• Create a blog together.
• Make a movie using a camcorder and computer.
• Fingerpaint with pudding.
• Make mud pies.
• Blow bubbles.
• Play with squirt guns.
• Play wiffleball.
• Do shadow puppets.
• Take turns saying tongue twisters.
• Take pictures of nature.
• Have a thumb wrestling contest.
• Have a water balloon fight.
• Face paint each other.
• Play video games together.
• Sing songs. Make some songs up.
• Play dress-up.
• Build a model rocket.
• Have a joke contest.
• Make popsicles.
• Find summer constellations.
• Have a tea party.
• Make and send cards to soldiers.
• Take the train somewhere just for fun.
• Put on a luau.
• Make homemade ice cream
• Play tennis
• Eat dinner backwards.
• Have a fashion show.
• Decorate flip flops.
• Make GAK
• Go to a free concert in the park
• Wash the car and have a water fight
Now get out there and start having some fun!