Hello Frugal Friends!

Frugal Informer - Uncle Sam wants you to be frugal!Welcome to the Frugal Informer-Tucson!

Here you can find info on frugal finds in and near your neighborhood.  Thrift stores, fire sales, community rummage sales, cheap eats, and freebies. We let you know what’s out there, it’s up to you to go snap up those frugal finds!  If you have the scoop on frugal find you’d like to share, please let us know here.

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Go forth and be frugal!

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Birthday Freebies and Deals in the Tucson Area

Hey everybody, it’s my birthday!

To celebrate, I’m sharing with you places in the Tucson area that offer freebies or great deals for your birthday.

FREE Birthday Food/Drinks:

FREE Retail Deals:


So, I’m off to get my freebies! Good to know that making that trip around the sun each year can reap some tasty benefits!


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FREE Admission & Backpacks for Kids at Reid Park Zoo June 24th

FREE Admission for Kids to Reid Park Zoo in Tucson Plus Free Backpacks for the First 1000 Kids

 The Arizona Federation for Children is sponsoring an event this Saturday, June 24 from 8am-12pm.  They are inviting families to come visit us in Tucson at the Reid Park Zoo THIS Saturday, June 24th from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.! All kids get in free (with a paid adult).

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Papa John’s Pizza at 50% Off

Do you like pizza? Do you like it better at 50% off?

Yeah, we thought so.
Visit https://www.papajohns.com/order/stores-near-me for the store nearest you.
Use promocode: PAPA. Expires: 6/25.
papa johns 50 off
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Know what’s great about summer? CHEAP MOVIES FOR KIDS, that’s what!

frugal-informer-cheap-movies-for-kidsCinemark’s Summer Movie Clubhouse program offers kid/family friendly flicks at a super duper price. $5 for 10 movies when a pass is purchased in advance or only $1 at the box office the day of the show. Keep the kiddos cool and contained (at least for an hour and a half).

Below are the flyers of the schedules for the three Cinemark theaters in Tucson offering the Clubhouse: Century 20 El Con, Century Gateway 12, and Century Park Place 20. Heck, there’s even a coupon on a purchase of a snack. Dang!

Cinemark Summer-Century 20 El Con


Cinemark Summer-Century Gateway 12


Cinemark Summer-Park Place



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All Tucson Area Goodwill Stores Are Having a 50% Off Sale

One day only, everything at every Tucson area Goodwill store will be 50% off!

goodwill-50off-saleWhaaa?!  It’s like Christmas all over again.  And did you know that these kind of sales are the few times that books actually go on sale?  Get something “new” to read during these cold nights.

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FREE $10 Twice and Nice Gift Card on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday

Get a $10 Gift Card FREE on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday

frugal-informer-twice-as-nice-offer-nov2014Yup, it’s Black Friday and Small Business Saturday again.  These are also great days to update your wardrobe or get some shiny accessories to wear to those holiday parties at Twice as Nice.  And if you spend $40, you get a FREE $10 gift card!  This offer is available at all Twice as Nice locations.

Visit Twice as Nice’s website and sign up on their mailing list to get great offers like this one sent directly to your email box.  shopselltrade.com


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FREE Family Arts Music Experience for the Whole Family – Nov. 2nd

Hey Tucson Parents! Looking for something fun to do this weekend?

The Family Arts Music Experience at the Children’s Museum Tucson would probably be a fun event to check out. At this interactive event presented with Bollykids, festival-goers participate with local art-based organizations in activities the whole family can enjoy. Throughout the event, families are exposed to Indian culture through dance performances, ethnic food tastings, traditional clothing, and Indian crafts. Admission is free to the public.

Date:  Nov. 2nd
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m

Location:  Children’s Museum Tucson, 200 S. 6th Ave. 
Phone for More Info:  520-792-9985

Museum Web Page: www.childrensmuseumtucson.org/events-exhibits/signature-events





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Free Just-for-Kids Performance from the TSO String Quartet – November 1, 2014

TSO String Quartet Presents A Magical Musical Mystery

Date:  Saturday, November 1, 2014
Two Performances: 10:00 AM and 11:15 AM.Location:  Tucson Symphony Center → view map

As described on the TSO’s website:
“Hop aboard the magical, musical bus for an exciting adventure in Disneyland! Save the day by solving a mystery with musical clues from famous characters. We’ll meet pirates, princesses, monsters, and many other surprises along the way. In A Magical Musical Mystery the audience will meet Sleeping Beauty, a Pirate from the Caribbean, Morticia from the haunted house and Cookie Monster! The music includes the Disneyland favorite, “It’s a Small World,” the sing-along “Wheels on the Bus” and more by Tchaikovsky, Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Williams and Mozart. The story was written by TSO Assistant Principal Violist Ilona Vukovic-Gay. Costumes welcomed!

A fun family experience for everybody. Filled with discovery, storytelling and a front row experience, our interactive ensemble concerts entertain, engage and educate our youngest listeners. (And maybe some of our older listeners too!) They’ll have a great time, and so will you. FREE for everybody with a suggested donation of $3 per person at the door.”

What a great way to see live music and for those kids who are starting out on string instrument instruction, it’s a great way to experience the possibilities of playing a instrument.





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Avoid Paying Full Retail for Craft Supplies and Gifts

Hobby-lobby-couponJoann-couponsWith holidays around the corner, maybe you need a some stuff to craft that perfect decoration…or buy a crafty gift for giving.  If the vein of being frugal, make sure you don’t pay full retail if you don’t have to.  Right? Craft stores offers offer 40%-50% off coupons that regularly come with the Sunday newspaper.  But, if you’re not one of those folks who does not buy/read the Sunday paper anymore (though you probably should buy it for $1 at Dollar Tree for the coupons), you can still get your hands on those craft store coupons.

Visit the websites of the three big local craft stores: Michaels, JoAnn’s, and Hobby Lobby.  There you can either find the coupons to print or save on your mobile device. You can also sign up to have them texted or emailed to you on a regular basis.

While the coupons on this page are for this week only, you can get updated ones by visiting the coupon pages of the stores’ websites directly.




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50% OFF Everything at Goodwill until Sept. 17th

frugal-informer-goodwill-50off-kolbIn order to clear the store in preparation for their move to a new location (in the same shopping center), Goodwill at the Northeast corner of 22nd and Kolb is holding a 50% OFF EVERYTHING sale.  And they mean everything!  The sale goes through Wednesday, Sept. 17th so hurry over. There’s still quite a good selection of stuff.  (Personally, I just bought like-new Ferragamo patent leather booties, leather flats, a skirt, a dress, leggings, and two blouses for $20.)

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