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Pack Your Corn?

What?  Pack your corn?  What in the world, why would you pack corn?

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I read a post on a Disney planning travel community back in 2004 that still sticks with me.  Partly because it was just so odd that I have a hard time visualizing it and to remind me that travel looks different for all of us.

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Cedar Point Michigan Super Saver Ticket

Cedar Point is offering a Michigan Super Saver Ticket on their website.  A Single day visit is for admission, parking and unlimited drinks for $39.99.  A two day ticket is $79.99 and also includes a visit to the Cedar Point Shore Waterpark.

You can purchase the tickets here: Michigan Super Saver Ticket Link



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Free Entrance into our National Parks

There are four days in 2018 that entrance to our National Parks are free for visitors.

From the National Park Service website:

Come experience the national parks! On four days in 2018, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2018:

The entrance fee waiver for fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

More information can be found here: 



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Choice Hotels Spring Promotion 2018

Book now on or the mobile app and you’ll be on the way to earning a free night. Remember, you must make two separate stays between April 2 and May 25 to earn enough points to redeem for a future free night at over 1,000 hotels worldwide.

Register here:

Book. Stay. Repeat.

From the Choice Rewards Website:

Register Register! You must register for the promotion to make sure all your stays count.
Book Book on or the mobile app.
Stay 2x Make two separate qualifying stays between April 2 and May 25, 2018.
Free Night Earn points to redeem for a future free night at over 1,000 hotels.
Repeat Repeat to keep earning!
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I scour Groupon to save money on dining when we travel.  Really I save on dining to give us ice cream or late night dessert money as you can tell from reading some of my posts. One place caught my eye because it was not only near our Airbnb rental but it also had food I knew Daughter would like.

Fuel, Recharge Yourself.  They offer a full menu under 500 calories.  I didn’t really care, i just want delicious food.  We stopped in here Sunday after hearing Mass for dinner.  They offered outdoor seating and indoor.  We chose indoor by a window to watch the masses leave town.

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Sams Club Membership Deal

I did an offer similar to this a couple of months back for a Sam’s Club membership. Its worth it for the few items I buy there for our small family.  The best deal for us is Feta Cheese and the tubs of Greek yogurt so I stop once or twice a month for these and to pick up a team snack.

Join Sam's Club

Sign up here: Sams Club Membership Offer

*$45 deal cost

Join by October 10, 2015 to receive these offers. Offer valid for new Sam’s Club Members only; not valid for those with a current membership or those who were Sam’s Club members less than 6 months prior to October 10, 2015; If you need to check your renewal date, call 1.888.746.7726 and choose option #2, then option #1. Please have your membership card or statement on hand. Offer valid for U.S. Sam’s Clubs only; not valid in Puerto Rico locations. Offer is valid for the first year of membership only. Membership renewal the following year will be at the regular rate of $100 for Sam’s Plus Membership (plus tax in some locations). Money-back guarantee on the membership fee for the first membership year is $45.00.

**Get a $20 Sam’s Club e-gift card when you join as a Sam’s Savings® or Sam’s Business® Member. $20 e-gift card offer is only valid when you join or renew online by clicking the ‘Get Offer’ promotional link advertising the e-gift card promotion and following the steps to join after clicking on the link. An e-gift card code will be emailed to you at the email address associated with the membership after purchasing the membership online. Offers may not be combined with any other offer or promotion. Only one e-gift card per primary member. E-gift card may not be used to pay for membership fee, travel purchases or select services. Membership cards are non-transferable and are valid at all Sam’s Club locations worldwide. Primary memberships are valid for one year from the date of issue. Visit to view our privacy policy. Only one e-gift card per primary member. Walmart® and Sam’s Club associates are not eligible for any e-gift card offers. Offer valid through October 10, 2015.

Rotisserie chicken offer is an Instant Savings offer and is subject to availability, valid dates and limits per membership. Offer may take up to 24 hours to load to a membership account. Offer can be redeemed one time only. No substitutions or rain checks. No cash value. Offer appliers to current nonmembers only and is valid through 30 days from date of new member sign-up. Number of items and value of Instant Savings varies. All terms and conditions apply. Club Insider Savings and Instant Savings (collectively “Instant Savings”) are subject to availability and valid dates. Select Instant Savings are available online. For Club Pickup orders not paid for online, any savings will be based on and limited to the Instant Savings offers available to the paying member on the date of in-club payment and order pickup. State and local laws may require sales tax to be charged on the pre-discounted price of an item with an Instant Savings offer. Prices shown are pre-tax amounts. No money shall be returned to the member if the price of the item falls below zero after applying the Instant Savings discount. To view your Instant Savings account, visit or download the Sam’s Club® app. Member must have a registered email on in order to access the Instant Savings account page online. Visit for program details and terms and conditions. Instant Savings may take up to 24 hours to load to a membership account. Items and prices may vary in-club. Instant Savings offers shown are valid in U.S. clubs with a U.S. membership, excluding Puerto Rico.

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Hertz Accelerate Your Point Promo

Register here to accelerate your Hertz Gold Plus Rewards® points to earn free days fast! Start by earning double Gold Plus Rewards points on your first qualifying rental after registration, then accelerate to triple points on all the rest of your qualifying rentals from September 8 through December 15, 2015.

It’s a great way to drive up your point balance and arrive at Free Rental Days that much faster!

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Radisson Stay Longer Earn More Airline Miles

Another Radisson promotion:

Stay Longer, Earn More Airline Miles

Earn up to 2,000 bonus miles when you stay at Radisson Blu hotels worldwide between May 1 and July 31, 2015. The longer your stay, the more the miles add up. Provide your airline membership number at check in and receive the following bonus miles for your stays:

•    500 bonus miles for one night stays
•    1,000 bonus miles for two night stays
•    2,000 bonus miles for three night stays

Choose from select airline partners:

Aeroplan – Earn up to 2,000 bonus miles now through July 31, 2015.
American Airlines – Earn up to 2,000 bonus miles now through July 31, 2015.
Delta Airlines – Earn up to 2,000 bonus miles now through July 31, 2015.
United Airlines – Earn up to 2,000 bonus miles now through July 31, 2015.

: The “Stay Longer, Earn More” promotion (“Promotion”) is available for Eligible Stays at participating Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, and Park Plaza® hotels globally (“Participating Properties”) with a check-in date beginning May 1, 2015 and completed by July 31, 2015 (“Promotional Period”).  An Eligible Stay is defined as a stay at an eligible rate of one or more nights at the same Participating Property. Rates not eligible for the Promotion include, but are not limited to, employee rates; airline crew rates; travel agent rates; hotel employee rates; tour operator rates; wholesaler rates; rates booked through online travel companies; and complimentary rooms such as rooms booked as Award Night stays using a gift certificate or free night voucher.  Members who provide their account number at the time of check-in during the Promotional Period will earn 500 bonus miles for Eligible Stays of one night, 1,000 bonus miles for Eligible Stays of two nights, and 2,000 bonus miles for Eligible Stays of three or more nights.  Bonus miles are in addition to the standard 500 or 250 miles per Eligible Stay based on brand.  There is no maximum on the number of Eligible Stays that can qualify for the bonus during the Promotional Period.  Rates for each night may vary.  Participating Properties are subject to change without notice.  Offer subject to availability and blackout dates may apply.  Club CarlsonSM Gold Points® may not be earned for Eligible Stays under this Promotion.

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Southwest Airlines Fare Map Fun

So maybe only travel geeks would find a fare map fun?  I have a couple of times searched for a weekend away on the Southwest Airlines Getaway Finder.  The map lets you enter your starting airport, dates and price range.

Voila! The locations under $236 round trip from Minn/ St Paul airport.  Philly at $176 looks like a great getaway!

You can play with the map here:


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Bonus Southwest Airline Miles with Best Western

Earn 1,800 points with Best Western® branded hotels

Best Western

With three types of hotels that offer amenities and services to meet your individual travel needs, finding the right hotel is now easier than ever. From a traditional BEST WESTERN® to BEST WESTERN PLUS®, and BEST WESTERN PREMIER®, all hotels offer a welcoming experience among clean and comfortable surroundings, with the amenities to ensure a restful and productive stay. At each property you can expect free high-speed Internet, free local and long-distance calls, breakfast available, and much more.

Stay now through May 1, 2015 and earn triple Rapid Rewards® points for each qualified stay. That’s 1,800 points, instead of the standard 600. You must be a member of Rapid Rewards® and Best Western Rewards® to take advantage of this offer.

How to earn:

  • If you’re not yet a Rapid Rewards® member, enroll now.
  • If you’re not yet a member of Best Western Rewards®, enroll now.
  • Make sure your earning preference at Best Western Rewards® is for Southwest Airlines® Rapid Rewards®.
  • Register for the Spring Promotion at and stay by May 1, 2015.
  • Book your hotel on or between March 1, 2015 and May 1, 2015.
  • Stay at any Best Western branded hotel in the United States, Canada, or the Caribbean between March 1, 2015 and May 1, 2015.

Terms and Conditions
Individuals who (a) have enrolled in the Best Western Rewards program; (b) have chosen Southwest Airlines® Rapid Rewards® Points as their earning preference; (c) register for the Spring Promotion on between March 1, 2015, and May 1, 2015 (“Promotion Period”); (d)  have a qualified* stay at any Best Western branded hotel in the United States, Canada, or Caribbean Islands during the Promotion Period; and (e) complete that qualified stay during the Promotion Period, will earn Rapid Rewards bonus points for the qualified stay (the 1,200 bonus points are in addition to the 600 base points for a total of 1,800 Rapid Rewards Points for each qualified stay).  There is no limit on the number of bonus points a qualified individual can earn under this Promotion.  BEST WESTERN REWARDS ENROLLMENT, PROMOTION REGISTRATION, AND SELECTION OF RAPID REWARDS POINTS AS EARNING PREFERENCE REQUIRED PRIOR TO THE FIRST QUALIFIED STAY.  Enrollment into the Best Western Rewards program and registration for the Promotion can be completed at

*A “qualified stay” for the purpose of this Promotion is defined as one or more consecutive nights at the same Best Western branded hotel at a rate eligible for earning Rapid Rewards points through Best Western Rewards. Only one check-in/checkout permitted per qualified stay. Qualified stays, which take place during the Promotion Period, but have a checkout date that overlaps the ending of the Promotion Period, will be counted towards the Promotion.

Promotion may not be valid with other offers, promotions, or discounts. Promotion is subject to cancellation or change without notice. Please allow six to eight weeks for bonus points to post after completed stay. Bonus points do not count toward A-List, A-List Preferred, or Companion Pass qualification. All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply.

All Best Western Rewards Program rules apply.  Visit for complete Program terms and conditions.

Each Best Western® branded hotel is independently owned and operated. Best Western and the Best Western marks are service marks or registered service marks of Best Western International, Inc. ©2015 Best Western International, Inc. All rights reserved.

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