Giveaway {Washington Home & Garden Show, 3 Winners}

Thanks to all who entered!  Congratulations to our winners, Kara, Eric, & Gladys!

Next weekend, March 9 -11, 2012, the Washington Home & Garden Show will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.  Not familiar with the Show?  It is under new management and better than ever!  There will be exciting exhibitors, valuable presentations and fantastic features over this three day home and garden show.  You’ll have the chance to learn from world renowned celebrity guests and outstanding local professionals how to transform your home into ultimate living spaces.

Some of the featured celebrities include: Ty Pennington, host of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and co-host and design expert on the new smash hit talk show, The Revolution; and Todd Davis, of HGTV’s Room Crashers.  The Show will showcase a Glorious Gardens, 16,000 square feet of gardens that will showcase the latest in landscaping and outdoor lifestyle trends; Innovation Avenue, a one stop shop for the latest in home decor, kitchen & bath, outdoor living and more; and Ikea Furniture Fashion Show, haute design comes to life during a chic runway presentation.

Show hours will be 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM on Friday, March 9th; 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM on Saturday, March 10th; and 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM on Sunday, March 11th.

Tickets are $9 (online) or $12 (at the door) for adults; $3 for children, 6 – 12 years; or free for children, 5 and under.  Tickets are valid for one day.  To purchase your ticket, click here.  Use code FRUGAL to get TWO tickets for the price of ONE.

{Giveaway Details}
Washington Home and Garden Show is offering THREE of my readers each a pack of  FOUR tickets!   To enter, just let me know what part of your house you would like to refurbish (if money was no object!).   This contest is open to the US and will close at 11:59 PM on March 5, 2012.  I will draw the winner by, and they will have 48 hours to respond to the email notification that they won.

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5) Tweet this giveaway, please include @capitallyfrugal and @DCHomeShows in your tweet.  (Leave a link to your tweet, please!)

Disclosure: I was given no compensation to write this post – I did it to share this giveaway with my readers.

Celebrate Leap Year with These Freebies!

Happy February 29th!  Since this phenomena only occurs once every four years, many businesses are celebrating the day by offering some terrific promotions!  Here are some of our top picks!

:: Buy 1, Get 1 Free Drinks at Caribou Coffee

:: Buy 1, Get 1 Free Homewrecker Burrito (with the purchase of two drinks) at Moe’s Southwest Grill

:: Buy 1, Get1 Free Lunch Sandwiches at Einstein Bros Bagels

:: Free Black & White Cupcake to the first 50 people to Sprinkles that say “Leap Year”

:: Free Cupcake at Georgetown Cupcake to the first 100 people who say “DC Cupcakes”

:: Free Food at Select DC Chick-fil-A’s from 5-8 PM

Participating Restaurants include:

:: Free Small Drink and Curly Fries (with the purchase of a Reuben) at Arby’s

:: Receive 29% off your entire check at Denny’s

:: Free Fountain Drink with the Purchase of a Sub at Quiznos

:: 29 Products at 29% off at Dollar General (Free Shipping if you spend $25)

:: 29% off any single item (under $30) at Ace Hardware

:: 50% off Sale on Participating  Hotels at

Giveaway {Tickets to the Super Pet Expo}

Thanks to all who entered!  Congratulations to our winner, Janice!
Super Pet Expo, sponsored by Evo pet food, will again unite pet owners and animal lovers at the premiere shopping extravaganza and animal entertainment destination. From March 16th through March 18th, pet owners and pet lovers will be able to shop for their four-legged friends at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA. No other event in the Washington Metro area delivers more animal education and entertainment under one roof. Leashed pets welcome to attend for free. The fun-filled family event will feature more than 150 vendors, and some of the weekend’s entertainment include:

* EVO”s World Class Frisbee Dogs
* Hot Dog Pig Racing
* Wiener Dog Racing
* Animal Talent Agent Dawn Wolfe
* Puppy Playground
* Professional Pet Photographer (additional charge)
* Extreme Reptile Exhibit (additional charge)
* Audition for David Letterman’s Stupid Pet Tricks
* Pony rides (additional charge)


Show hours are 4:00 to 9:00 PM on Friday; 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Saturday; and 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Sunday. Admission is $13 for adults, $8 for children ages four to 12, and FREE for kids three and under.  Avoid long lines and buy tickets online.  If you don’t win the giveaway, you can still receive a $3 discount on all tickets you buy when you use the promo code: FAMILY.


{Giveaway Details}
Family Magazine Washington, DC, one of the sponsors for this amazing event, is offering one of my readers a pack of FOUR tickets to attend!   To enter, just let me know what type of pet you have (or would like).   This contest is open to the US and will close at 11:59 PM on March 5, 2012.  I will draw the winner by, and they will have 48 hours to respond to the email notification that they won. 
For extra entries:

1) “Like” Family Magazine of Washington, DC on Facebook. (Leave your Facebook ID.)
2) Follow Family Magazine of Washington, DC on Twitter. (Leave your Twitter ID.)
3) “Like” Capitally Frugal on Facebook. (Leave your Facebook ID.)
4) Follow Capitally Frugal on Twitter. (Leave your Twitter ID.)
5) Tweet this giveaway, please include @capitallyfrugal and @familymagdc in your tweet.  (Leave a link to your tweet, please!)

{Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation to write this post.  I did it, because I love to give my readers a terrific giveaway!}

Top Money Saving Apps for Moms

Everywhere I turn, I see the prevalence of smart phone technology in our every day life: from two year olds mastering Angry Birds to college kids huddled around a phone watching the newest YouTube video.  And, mobile devices are only going to become more popular.  According to a recent New York Times article, in just four years, over one billion people will own smart phones!

With these high speed mobile devices accessible to so many people, companies have capitalized on the trend and created apps that are revolutionizing the way we save money.  If you’re like me, I am always overwhelmed when I browse my App Store (yes, I’m one of those women who breaks out in cold sweat when given too many options).  So, I was very grateful when AT&T approached me about writing this post, and sent me some of their top apps to try out.

Here are my favorites:

ShopSavvy {Free on the iPhone and Android}
The ShopSavvy app is the original barcode scanner for the Android phone and it’s very easy to use.  Just download the app, aim your phone camera at any product’s barcode, wait for the beep, and ShopSavvy will instantly provide you with a list of online and local prices for that product.  No longer will busy moms need to waste time looking through twenty store circulars to find the lowest price on a favorite product.  With ShopSavvy, that information is one scan away!

I tried this app, when we were shopping for our daughter’s birthday present this past weekend. I became attached to a Step2 Water Table; and, in an attempt to redirect my focus, my husband suggested we could find it cheaper online.  Normally, this works wonders on my frugal soul – but, I remembered ShopSavvy, whipped out my phone; and within seconds, all the competitor prices appeared.  Much to my husband’s chagrin, the water table in front of me was the cheapest online and within a 100 mile radius.  Ah, ShopSavvy, how I love thee!

GasBuddy {Free on the iPhone and Android}
As I was researching this post, I came across the GasBuddy app and now wonder how I lived without it!  You type in your zip code (or allow the app to access your phone’s GPS tracking information), and you’ll see a list of all the nearby gas stations and their current prices.   In addition, if you report a gas price,  you’ll earn points towards prize give-away entries.  They give away a $250 gas gift card every week!

With gas prices nearing $4.00/gallon, I’m very thankful to save $0.10-$0.15/gallon by checking this app!  I especially love GasBuddy when we’re on a road trip.  Since we’re generally unfamiliar with the area, we pull into the closest (translation: the most expensive) gas station off I-95.  But, now, with a touch of my iPhone, I’ll be able to access the cheapest prices in the area!

GeoQpons {Free on the iPhone and Android}
GeoQpons provides you with thousands of mobile coupons, offers and deals from top retailers, restaurants and businesses.  By clicking on the local tab, you can find coupons and offers specific to your area.  Once you find the savings you want, just show the coupon image or code on your phone to the cashier – no more lost coupons, wasted ink, or untimely death of trees.

When I tested GeoQpons, I was thrilled to find the  majority of our local ValPak coupons listed (you know, the blue envelope of coupons you receive in the mail each month).  I always flip through the  paper version, see a fabulous offer, then promptly lose it.  Never again.  By typing in my zip code on GeoQpons, I can magically summon all those misplaced coupons to my phone!

And, if you’re looking for an inexpensive place to dine, it’s worth checking their restaurant coupons – I saw several Buy 1, Get 1 Free Entree Coupons for popular restaurants in the area.

Key Ring Rewards Card {Free on the iPhone, Android, Windows 7, & Blackberry}
This app is so popular that it was voted 1st in Mobile Commerce and Best Online Pick for the 2011 Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) Emerging Technology Awards!  What exactly does Key Ring Rewards do?  It eliminates those pesky Loyalty Cards you carry around, by loading them all to your phone.

I particularly like this app, because I’m usually the one holding up the grocery line as I desperately dig through my bottomless purse to find the appropriate store card.  Now, I just whip out my phone and they can scan the uploaded barcode.  I’m sure cashiers at the stores I frequent are extremely grateful for these technological advances!

ShopKick {Free on the iPhone and Android}
ShopKick gives you awesome rewards and deals simply for walking into your favorite store.  Just visit one of the participating 1,300 Best Buy stores, 1,000 Old Navy stores in all 50 states, and hundreds of Target stores, Macy’s, American Eagle, Sports Authority, Crate&Barrel, West Elm, Wet Seal and Simon malls nationwide; open the shopkick app on your iPhone or Android in the entrance area, and wait for a few seconds.  Your shopkick app will reward you instantly – not only will you collect points towards gift cards, you will often times receive a coupon to use.

I downloaded the app and found two nearby stores (Best Buy & Old Navy) that are participating.  ShopKick will give me 55 points for walking into Best Buy, 20 points for visiting their Digital Imaging section, and 75 points for scanning three items – that’s 150 points for one visit!  Instant rewards start at 400 points (for a GC) or 500 points (for a Target or Best Buy gift card).  It’s definitely worth loading to your phone, especially as an excuse to enjoy some retail therapy!

How about you?  Do you have a favorite money saving app?  I would love to hear what smart phones apps you love (or hate!) and how they have influenced your buying habits.

Leap Year Promotions at Select DC Chick-fil-A’s

Several Chick-fil-A’s in the DC area will be offering Leap Year promotions tomorrow, Wednesday, February 29th from 5:00 – 8:00 PM.  No coupon is needed – but, this offer is valid for dine-in only.  Hooray for free dinner! :)

Participating Restaurants include:
Chick-fil-A at Fairfax Circle: FREE Spicy Chicken Sandwich
Chick-fil-A at Chantilly Place: FREE Spicy Chicken Sandwich
Chick-fil-A Leesburg: FREE Spicy Chicken Sandwich
Chick-fil-A at Signal Hill, Manassas: FREE Classic or Spicy Sandwich

Fine Print: While supplies last.  Limit of one per person.

Thank you to Chick-fil-A’s awesome marketing staff for notifying me about the Leap Year promotions! :)

Giveaway {Eversave Washington, DC Premier Photo Tour}

This giveaway has ended – thank you to all who entered!  Congratulations to our winner, Christine!

I love today’s Eversave Washington, DC deal: $46 for a half-day photo walk from Premier Photo Tours! For those of you who are not familiar with Premier Photo Tours, it is a company who offers mini-workshops that are suitable for all levels of photo experience (point & shoots, SLRs – even cell phone cameras)…all while getting hands-on experience as you enjoy a walking tour.

Because this is the Centennial celebration of the Cherry Blossoms, Premier Photo Tours will be offering many walking tours of the blooms at their peak! {There isn’t enough information to pin down the best days and times for this year’s blooms, but they will update their website as time gets closer.}

Or, if the sight of Cherry Blossoms doesn’t thrill you, you can choose from a variety of other photo tours: the sunrise over the monuments, the natural wonders of Great Falls, or twilight along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.  I drooled over this Save, because I love DC in the Spring (especially when the Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom) and because I’ve always wanted to learn how to take a National Geographic worthy photo.  I hope some of you budding photographers will be able to take advantage of this great deal!

Fine Print: There is a limit of one per person, may buy additional Saves as gifts. This voucher is valid for any half-day photo walk; subject to availability. Online registration required. Participants ages 16-18 must be accompanied by an adult. Cameras are not provided, but are required. The Save voucher is valid beginning the day after purchase. The promotional value expires on Jan 31, 2013.

{Giveaway Details}
Eversave Washington, DC is generously offering one of my readers today’s save: a half-day photo walk with Premier Photo Tours. I’m so jealous that I can’t enter my own giveaway!!

To enter, just subscribe (or be a current subscriber) to Eversave Washington DC. Then, leave a comment with the email address that you subscribe to Eversave with, and let me know which photo tour you’d love the best!

:: Extra Entries ::
1) Follow Eversave Washington, DC and Capitally Frugal on Twitter.
2) “Like” Eversave Washington, DC on Facebook. (They offer lots of opportunities to win Save Rewards on their Facebook page! And, if you post on their wall that Capitally Frugal sent you – I’d be ever so grateful! :) )
3) Share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter (please include @capitallyfrugal and @EversaveWAS) – and, leave a link here!

Fine Print: This giveaway will end on March 5, 2012 at 11:59 PM, and the winner will be drawn by I will email the winner and they must confirm within 48 hours. At that point, I will forward their information to the sponsor, who will be responsible for fulfilling the prize. This giveaway is open to the US.