Full Steam Ahead for the Hogwarts Express

Hogwarts ExpressThe Hogwarts Express at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley is a huge draw for guests at the newly expanded Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida. The original grand opening date for the Hogwarts Express was July 8th and already in a little over a month it welcomed its one millionth rider! The new attraction has been drawing huge crowds and was worth a party!

Universal celebrated the million-passenger milestone by treating 200 park visitors to Butterbeer ice cream and selected a few special children to receive conductors’ hats before boarding the train. Cheers from guests filled the air at Hogsmeade Station during the celebration of the one millionth rider on the Hogwarts Express – the iconic train that transported Harry Potter and his friends between Hogsmeade Station and King’s Cross Station in J.K. Rowling’s beloved series.

In early July, guests began boarding the Hogwarts Express to travel between The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida. The incredible journey, which requires a park-to-park ticket, combines powerful storytelling, live special effects, lifelike animation and state-of-the-art technology to take riders on the journey of a lifetime.

A million guests riding the Hogwarts Express in its first month of operation also says that attendance to the park has gone up and that the opening of this attraction is no small feat for Universal Orlando Resort. Every ride results in a turnstile click because the ride involves leaving one park and entering another. Guests have to prove that they have admission to both parks, scanning their tickets before hitting the boarding platform. Guests with single-park tickets can pay to upgrade their passes at the train stations. The Hogwarts Express is an iconic park ride like none other and is worth a visit the next time you head to Universal – maybe you can be a part of the billionth rider celebration!

Written by Amy Eisenrieth:  As an active mom and travel agent, Amy knows memories are what matter most in life. Whether your plans include Wizardry or Pixie Dust she has the magic to make your vacation memories last a lifetime! Contact Amy about saving an extra 5% off your vacation with a coupon tip. Book your next vacation with Amy at 803-281-0330 or by email.

New Dining Coupons

Au Bon Pain - $2 Off $7 Purchase (exp: 9/9/2014)
Bakers Square - 20% Off Entire Check (exp: 9/5/2014)
Boston Market - Free Kids Meal with Individual Meal Purchase (exp:8/31/2014)
Bruegger’s - $3 Off Big Bagel Bundle Starting 8/29 (exp: 9/1/2014)
Carrabba’s - $10 Off 2 Dinner Entrees (exp: 9/30/2014)
Carvel - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Classic Sundae (exp: 8/31/2014)
Einstein Bros - $3 Bakers Dozen Box (exp: 9/10/2014)
Garbanzo Grill - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree (exp: 9/1/2014)
Jamba Juice - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Smoothies or Fresh Squeezed Juices (exp:9/1/2014)
Juice It Up - Buy 1 Get 1 Free 24 oz. Just Peachy Smoothie (exp: 8/31/2014)
Logan’s - Free Dessert with Adult Entree Purchase (exp: 9/10/2014)
Marie Callenders - Buy 1 Entree Get 1 50% Off When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp:9/26/2014)
Peet’s Coffee - Free Small Chai Latte When You Buy Artisan Baked Good, Simply Oatmeal or Fresh Food Purchase (exp: 9/1/2014)
Red Lobster - Free Appetizer or Dessert When You Buy 2 Adult Dinners (exp:8/31/2014)
Texas Corral - Free Appetizer When You Buy 2 Adult Entrees (exp: 8/31/2014)
Uno Chicago Grill - Kids Eat Free with Adult Entree Purchase (exp: 9/1/2014)

Be sure to always check out the Dining Deals Master List before you go out to at. You can find it located on the far right side of the blog under the Most Popular Post header or you could just add it to your favorites.

How to use dining deals to “Coupon to Disney“:

  • If you are planning to dine out, check the list first. If there is a coupon available, you could use it and deposit the difference into your fund. (For example: If you saved $5 on your purchase at McDonalds, you could take $5 cash out of your budget and deposit it into your fund.)
  • Make sure you join the clubs for all your favorite restaurants. They often send coupons for free food throughout the year and almost always on your birthday (usually valid for a couple weeks around your birthday).
  • Be sure to read the Couponing to Disney Training Guide.

(Thanks Surviving the Stores!)

Living Social: 20% Off Your Purchase


Living Social is offering 20% off your purchase when you enter the code LABORDAY20 at checkout through September 1st.

Be sure to select your city to see your local deals. You can find vouchers for restaurants, local attractions and more.

You can also look at deals in cities you plan to visit on your next vacation. It’s a great way to save on entertainment and restaurants.

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Swagbucks Clash of Careers Team Challenge

Swagbucks is here with a fun way to get bonus SB in addition to all the SB you earn! The Clash of the Careers Team Challenge starts today and lasts until 12pm PT on Thursday, Sept 4th!

There are 4 teams and your earning in the categories below contributes points to your team’s total! The team at the end of the challenge with the highest score claims victory! 

But rest assured, all members who participate and contribute at least 1 point to their team’s total will be rewarded. 1st place: 25 SB, 2nd place: 20 SB, 3rd place: 15 SB, 4th place: 10 SB. The Top 5 contributors from each team will also win bonus Swag Bucks: 500, 400, 300, 200 and 100 SB respectively. 

Here are the ways to earn SB AND contribute points:

  • Answer: Get rewarded for giving your opinions and you’ll also contribute 6 pts to your team’s total score. 
  • Watch: Every time you earn SB watching SBTV you’ll contribute 5 pts to your team’s total score. 
  • Play: Every time you earn SB while playing games you’ll contribute 4 pts to your team’s total score. 
  • Search: Search the web and every time you earn SB you’ll contribute 3 pts to your team’s total score. 
  • Mobile: Every time you earn SB from SBTV Mobile, Special Offers on Mobile, or EntertaiNOW on mobile, you’ll contribute 2 pts to your team’s total score. 
  • Swag Codes: Every Swag Code you redeem adds 1 pt to your team’s total score.

Remember, in order to get your Team Challenge bonus, you must join the challenge & get at least 1 point for your team! That’s all it takes to get more SB towards your next gift card. Haven’t sign up yet? Sign up here to earn gift cards for all the cool stuff you do online!

FREE Customized Disney Maps Shipped to Your Door = FREE Souvenir!

Did you know that you can create your own custom maps of Disney World? This is a really great way to plan out what you want to do before you arrive or you can even create a custom and FREE souvenir after your trip. Just select the rides you enjoyed as a family and order your map. These maps are high quality and make beautiful framed works of arts. I plan to order us a set to frame for our Disney themed den! Keep in mind that you will need to log in/register before you can create your maps. They will ask if you want to print or order the maps (go with ordering!). If you do order them, they will take 2-4 weeks to arrive and you won’t be able to order another set of maps for 6 months. This could also be a great way to surprise your kiddos with a trip to Disney World. Just wrap up the maps and give them to the kids at Christmas! Just click on the image above to make yours! Maps

Give Cottonelle A Try With This Coupon

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Cottonelle has a new one, two punch to help you have a clean bum. Yes, that topic that is hard to discuss…. keeping the bum clean! But as moms, it is something that we all have to think about. Which toilet paper is best for your family? Which one will cause the least irritation? Which one leaves everyone feeling clean?

Cottonelle has 2 different products that when used together can help you achieve that comfortable clean.

Start by using one of the Flushable Cleansing Cloths and then follow it with the Cottonelle Total Care toilet paper. It will leave your bum feeling clean and refreshed.

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We all have sensitive skin so it isn’t uncommon for someone to complain. Since starting this one, two routine, there are no more complaints! And the kids laundry is getting a lot easier to do too.

The Cottonele Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths feature SafeFlush Technology which causes them to start to break down immediately after flushing. They are safe for both sewer and

If you would like to try this routine for your family, you can print this coupon for $1.50 off Cottonelle Toilet Paper and Flushable Cleansing Cloths. If you share it with 3 friends, the amount increases to $2 off!

This post is sponsored by Cottonelle. All words and opinions are my own. 

New Retail Coupons

Aeropostale - $10 Off $50, $15 Off $75, or $25 Off $100 Purchase (exp: 9/14/2014)
Ann Taylor Factory - 15% Off Entire Purchase Starting 8/28 (exp: 9/2/2014)
Bath & Body Works - Free Signature Collection Item with $10 Purchase (exp: 9/2/2014)
Bloomingdale’s - 20% Off Large Selection or Sale & Clearance Items (exp: 9/1/2014)
Bonton/Carson’s - $10 Off $25 Regular or Sale Price Purchase (exp: 9/4/2014)
Carter’s - 25% Off $50 Purchase (exp: 9/1/2014)
Famous Footwear - 20% Off (Rewards Members) or 15% Off Purchase (exp: 9/7/2014)
Kirkland’s - $10 Off $50 Purchase (exp: 9/1/2014)
Kohl’s - $10 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 9/1/2014)
Macy’s - 20% Off Fine & Fashion Jewelry + More (exp: 9/1/2014)
Payless - 20% Off Red Tag Clearance Items (exp: 9/1/2014)


Be sure to always check out the Retail Coupon Master List before you go shopping. You can find it located on the far right side of the blog under the Most Popular Post header or you could just add it to your favorites.

How to use retail coupons to “Coupon to Disney“:

  • If you are planning to go shopping, check the list first. If there is a coupon available, you could use it and deposit the difference into your fund. (For example: If you saved $5 at AC Moore, you could take $5 cash out of your budget and deposit it into your fund.)
  • Make sure you join the clubs for all your favorite stores. They often send coupons throughout the year.
  • Be sure to read the Couponing to Disney Training Guide.

(Thanks Surviving the Stores!)

Rite Aid Scenarios 8.31 to 9.6 | $3.48 for 7 items

Couponing can be overwhelming. I always wished I had someone who would put it all together for me and then I could run to the store and pick up the deals. So I decided to be that person for you!

Go here to see all the Rite Aid deals. I suggest you print out both your scenario plus the deals that you plan to do. That way when you are in the store, you know exactly what you are doing and how it’s suppose to work.

Transaction #1 (8/31 only!):

Buy (2) Crest Luxe Toothpaste 4-6oz @ $3.49 each
Buy (2) Speed Stick Gear Deodorant or Body Spray @ 2/$7.00
Use (1) $1.50 off Crest 3D White Luxe toothpaste, 4.1 oz, Rite Aid coupon – watch by 8/30 printable
Use (2) $1 off Crest toothpaste from P&G 7/27 (EXP 08/31)
Use (2) $1.50/1  Speed Stick Gear deodorant or body spray from 8/24 SS
Pay $7.48 OOP and get $6.00 +UP back


Transaction #2:

Buy (2) Infusium23 Shampoo or Conditioner 12-16oz or Pert Shampoo 25.4oz @ 2/$10.00
Buy (1) Honest Tea 16.9oz $.99
Use (1) $1.50 off Honest tea, 16 or 16.9 oz  printable
Use (2) $2 off Infusium 23 shampoo, conditioner or leave-in treatment, excl 1.7 oz from 8/10 SS
Use $6.00 +UP from before
Pay $0 OOP and get $4.00 +UP back

Total OOP is $7.48.  With $4 +UP leftover it’s like paying $3.48 for 7 items!

Recap of Deals and Disney Posts For Week of 8.24 to 8.30

A Note from Kristin

Keep reading for deals, tips and Disney news!

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