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May 29 15

Lancaster Public Library Summer Reading Kick-Off Event on 5/30/15

by Kathy

Start summer off with a bang at the Lancaster Public Library on Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 11am to 1pm! Listen to live music, enjoy activities for kids, and visit booths hosted by local kid-friendly organizations. And of course, visit the library table to pick up your Summer Reading logs.

Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke Street, Lancaster, PA.

May 29 15

Saving on Local Lancaster County Summer Excursions

by Kathy

There are so many fun outings to do with your kids over the summer in the Lancaster County area – like the Herr’s Potato Chip Factory, Hands On House, Lake Tobias, Hershey Gardens and Hershey Chocolate Factory. It can be overwhelming! And it can be costly. Here are a few great deal sites that you will want to keep watching for money-saving trips!

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1. Amazon Local. Most of these deals are for the Philadelphia area, so watch them for day trip opportunities like the Zoo or the Children’s Museum.

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2. Groupon. They are currently running deals on SkyZone in Harrisburg, Hershey Gardens (2 tickets for $12), and some photography places. I’ve also seen Lake Tobias and Crayola Factory deals offered on here.

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3. Living Social. They are currently offering a deal for Spring Mountain Adventures zip line tour! Share these deals with your friends, and they’ll get $10 off their first deal of $20 or more!

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4. Local Flavor (previously DoubleTake Deals). This is mostly deals for restaurants and eating out, which can be fun excursions too! But you will also find deals for places like the LaserDome and Slick Willy’s!

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5. PA 50/50 Deals. They just offered a half off deal of a $50 gift card to Esbenshades, which is awesome if you were planning on making a large purchase there. You can buy up to 2 deals and use both at the same time! They also regularly offer deals to The Works in Wyomissing. Please note that they sell out quickly and your best bet is to check it regularly, and sign up for emails so you are notified of new deals immediately!

May 28 15

Pick Your Own Strawberry Places in the Lancaster Area You May Not Have Known About: From $1.49 to $3.99 per pound

by Kathy

It’s strawberry picking time! There are so many great places to pick strawberries in Lancaster County, and the kids love it! A recent post by prompted me to share a few of the secrets I know about. It is amazing how the prices really vary depending where you go. The first year we went strawberry picking, I had no idea what a good price was. Last year we went to Sauder Strawberry and we were very pleased. They were delicious and good sized and decently priced!! If you have a favorite, comment about it and I will update this post as we go.


1. Hoover’s (Erbs Bridge Road, Lititz). They will open the week of June 1st sometime. Call 717-733-1048 for more info. Price is $1.49 per pound.

2. Sauder Strawberry (1031 Valley View Road, New Holland). Please call 717-572-8394 to reserve your rows. They just had a special from Mary 28-29 to get 25% off your strawberries if you pick 2 full provided trays. Price is $1.85 pound.

3. Weaver’s Orchard (40 Fruit Lane, Morgantown). Strawberries will be available May 30 starting at 7 a.m.! On May 30, we will have limited quantities available. Please plan to come early–within the first hour or two– if you want to make sure there will still be strawberries available to pick. From June 1 – 4, pick-your-own will be open mornings only. By Friday, we plan to be open all day, weather permitting! If you are picking less than 5 pounds it is $3.99/lb, and prices decrease the more you pick.

4. Brecknock Orchard (390 Orchard Road, Mohnton). The season opened May 28. Price is $3.25/lb for less than 10 pounds, and decreases to $2.25/lb if you pick over 20 pounds.

5. Myers Strawberries (1429 Auction Road, Manheim). Please call 717-653-1259. Price is $2.10 per quart.

6. Shenk’s Berry Farm (911 Disston View Drive, Lititz). Please call 717-626-6194. Price is $1.60/lb. 


May 21 15

How I read Giant Gas Deals

by Kathy

For first timers trying the gas deals, it can be intimidating or overwhelming. I spoke to a group one time and they were just baffled and amazed at how you need to figure the math out. You can spend a lot of time and thought into figuring out the deals and there are so many different ways to do it. Everybody does math a little differently! Find your unique way of doing it, and do it your way that works for you!

Here is how I quickly interpret the gas deals and determine which prices are good stock up prices for our family.

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1. Calculate the total amount saved in gas. In the example above, I will take the 40 cents per gallon and multiply it by 25 gallons. That means I will save $10.00 in gas if I buy 5 of the items.

2. Determine the amount saved per item. If I am saving $10.00 in gas, and need to buy 5 items, that means if I divide 10 by 5, I am saving $2.00 per item pictured. That makes Aunt Jemima pancakes FREE, or Mars Ice Cream Bars only $1.00 per box.

I will cross out the price for every item and write the new price in. If its a good deal, I will get it, since I will be buying gas anyway. Sometimes if I am out of pasta sauce and it is less than $1.00 I will get it even if it is not free. It just depends on my needs at the time.

And yes, sometimes I splurge a little. Have you ever tried the Talenti ice cream that is on sale in this ad for $3.50. With the $2.00 gas savings it is only $1.50. If there is a celebration, anniversary or birthday, or even a stressful week and I know my husband and I will need to decompress, I will get this as a special treat for after the kids go to bed! It is delicious!

3. Search for coupons to make the deal even better. I will search other blogs or coupon sites like to see if there are coupons available for the items that are around $1.00 or less after the gas deal. For instance this week there is a Mars Ice Cream coupon for $1.00 off making them FREE!

4. Figure out my totals. Sometimes I will buy 5 of an item if I need it, but sometimes I don’t need 5 so I mix and match. I might only want 2 loaves of bread, and 1 box of waffles, so I will fill in with 2 of something else. I don’t need to do the math out because I know what I am paying per item since I already tallied that in step 2 above. It won’t matter how many I buy, I will always be paying the same price, as long as I get a multiple of 5 items.

May 21 15

Money-Maker on Gerber Graduates through Giant Gas Deals

by Kathy

$1.00 off any 3 Gerber Graduates Meals or Sides


Buy (8) Gerber Pasta Pick-Ups, Lil Meals, Dices and Breakfast Buddies at $1.33 each
Use (2) $1.00 off any 3 Gerber Graduates coupons
Pay $8.67
Earn $12.50 in gas
Total Cost is an EARNING OF $3.83!

This deal ends on Saturday, May 23, 2015. If your store is out of stock of these items, ask for a rain check.

May 21 15

Giant Deals this Week, May 17-23, 2015: FREE Mars Ice Cream and Aunt Jemima Pancakes

by Kathy

There are some great Giant gas deals this week again! Many you don’t even need coupons for. Keep in mind, these deals are best if you fill up 25 gallons (which you can do by filling your vehicle plus a gas can).

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You need to buy 5 items in the first category in order to earn $10 worth of gas (400 points = $.40 off per gallon x 25 gallons = $10). I like to mix and match my gas deals, because I typically don’t need 5 of one product. So I just get what I need, like this:

Be sure to print this coupon first! I used two computers to get 4 coupons (you can print each coupon twice).

$1.00 off (1) SNICKERS Brand Ice Cream


(4) Snickers Ice Cream Bars $3.00 each
use (4) coupons $1.00 off each
(1) Aunt Jemima Pancakes $2.00
Pay $10.00
Earn $10.00 in gas

If you go to the store now, and try this, you might be in luck (because my local store restocks sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday night), or you might find that they are sold out of the best deals. Like the Snickers and the baby food deal. Don’t get frustrated! The customer service is very friendly. Just ask them for a rain check on the items that they do not have, and go back sometime in the next few weeks to make your purchases.

May 18 15

Oregon Dairy | Family Farm Days

by Kathy

Family Farm Days will be at Oregon Dairy on June 16, 17, 18 of 2015! Family Farm Day Hours: 10am – 7pm

Chicken BBQ Hours – 11am – 7pm.

Event Sponsors: Additional Sponsored by: Oregon Dairy, Fulton Bank, Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative, John Sauder Chevrolet, New… #familyfarmdays

Source: Oregon Dairy | Family Farm Days

May 14 15

Come Explore, Create and Invent with Clifford: May 16, 2015

by Kathy

Join your friends from WITF and your favorite big red dog at the York County Agricultural and Industrial Museum  in York, PA on Saturday, May 16 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM!

This free, fun, family event, specifically designed for children 3-8, will get the whole family discovering and learning together.

Younger and older siblings welcome!

Fun for the whole family! This event is FREE, but please RSVP.

May 11 15

FREE cone at Haagen Daaz on May 12 from 4-8pm

by Kathy

Stop in at the Haagen-Dazs Shop at Park City Mall food court for a FREE CONE of your favorite flavor on Tuesday, May 12 between 4pm and 8pm. Located at 1205 Park City Center Space L205, Lancaster, PA.

May 1 15

Kids Bowl FREE at Dutch Lanes for Summer of 2015

by Kathy

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Be sure to sign up for the Kids Bowl FREE program at Dutch Lanes in Ephrata this summer!