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Kids bowl free every day this summer

Sign your children up now and let 'em knock down the pins during vacation. Also: Free magazine subscription, water ice, photo collage, dog food and game rental.

By Donna_Freedman Mar 20, 2013 10:59AM

Logo: Bowling balls in bowling alley (Doable, amanaimagesRF, amana images, Getty Images)School's out in just a couple of months. If you're looking to line up frugal fun for the vacation months, put this one on your roster: two free games of bowling every single day this summer.

The Kids Bowl Free program operates in all 50 states and eight Canadian provinces. You can search for bowling centers in your area by clicking on that link.


Register now so you can hit the local lanes as soon as school lets out. And if your kids have never bowled before? They could wind up being pretty good by the end of the summer, even if you go only once or twice per week.

Bonus: The shoes are so cool. 

But seriously: Experienced bowlers in adjoining lanes may offer advice, especially if they've taught their own kids. Or check out the Help With Bowling website, which quite a bit of info on helping children learn the sport.


In addition to tips on techniques and scores, the website offers realistic advice such as "request a lane close to the restrooms" and "the concession stand is a good place to start for (small) kids to show that good things come from this loud, scary place."

Thanks to Kelli of Freebie Finding Mom for that summertime tip.

And if you want to celebrate the first day of spring? Stop by any Rita's Italian Ice from noon to 9 p.m. today for a free Italian ice.  (Link courtesy of Jen at

More fun (and free) stuff

Photo collage.
Another offer that is good only through today is the free 8x10 photo collage  from Walgreens. Order online with the code COLLAGE4FREE and choose in-store pickup. (Thanks to Totally Free Stuff.)


Magazine subscription. Sign up for the Ladies Home Journal at this link on the Free Stuff Forum. You don't need to leave a credit card number, i.e., no auto-renewal. However, you do have to agree to receive email offers (use your secondary email address for this one) and you must click through a screen's worth of yes/no offers before your subscription will process.

Candy bar. Download the 7-Eleven smartphone app and get a coupon for a free Snickers bar, redeemable in-store on March 26. The store will also be giving away free samples of Mio "water enhancers" on April 23, a good way to try a new flavor without committing to a full-size bottle. (Link courtesy of Reward Part Freebies.)


Doggie dinner. Print out a PETCO coupon for a 13-ounce can of Pro Plan Dog Food. This offer expires March 31. Don't have a dog? Redeem the coupon anyway and see if local food banks collect animal supplies, or donate it to a pet rescue program. (Thanks to Jen at


Game rental. Text the code NOWPLAY to 727272 on your cellphone and Redbox will text back a Redbox game rental code, good until May 9. (Link courtesy of


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Donna Freedman

Donna Freedman, a writer based in Anchorage, Alaska, writes the Frugal Nation blog for MSN Money. She won regional and national prizes during an 18-year newspaper career and earned a college degree in midlife without taking out student loans. Donna also writes about the frugal life for her own site, Surviving and Thriving.