This week you'll find lots of food, home and family deals. Enjoy!
Free Financial Aid help
Austin ISD officials say so far this year the number of Central Texas seniors applying for federal financial aid is down dramatically. As of March 1st only 29 percent had filed their paperwork. That's down 30 percent compared to last year. But parents and students who haven't applied can get it done Saturday, March 23rd. There are free workshops to help complete the forms at Reagan, Travis , Lake Travis, Hutto and Manor High Schools starting at 8:30 am - 12:30pm.
Tiffs Treats is offering two dozen cookies for $17.75 this week. Just order two dozen cookies, then type the online promotion code 1775 into the coupon code box at checkout.
Saw this on Facebook: La Pâtisserie by Luxe Sweets is helping celebrate National Macaroon Day by giving away one free macaroon to each customer between 8am to 5pm Wednesday, March 20th.
This Saturday, March 23rd from 9am – 12pm (or until they run out) the Tree Folks have 300 trees to give away for free. It’ll take place at Bartholomew Metropolitan Park, 1740 E. 51st St Austin, TX 78723. All you have to do is stop by and pick up one to three free five gallon trees. They will also give away free Tree Gator watering bags with the help of Austin Water Utility. They will have: Live Oak, Chinquapin Oak, Burr Oak, Cedar Elm, Mexican Buckeye, Texas Redbud, Desert Willow, maybe more. No need to reserve or call ahead, just show up and get your tree! Thanks to the Tree Folks for letting me know!
There’s a car free living and sustainability fair this Saturday, March 23rd at Jasper Park. They’re having a bike rodeo for kids, you can get free bike maintenance and more. Learn more at this Facebook page.
The Bob Bullock State Museum is having a home school day Wednesday, March 20th from 10am to 3pm. Come explore the Museum this spring and receive the discounted school group rates for Exhibit, IMAX® Theatre, and Texas Spirit Theater admissions. Home school educators make sure to stop by the Resource Table for new activities and lesson plans created just for this event. Learn more here.
You can always find a list of the best events taking place for families each weekend at Free Fun in Austin.com.
Free Car seat safety checks
The Williamson County EMS and Texans In Motion at Scott & White Healthcare are hosting a car seat inspection (by appointment) on Thursday, March 28 from 10:00am - 1:00pm. The event will be held at the Scott & White Healthcare Clinic located at 425 University Blvd. in Round Rock. Participants can make an appointment by calling the Williamson County EMS at (512) 943-1264
Texans in Motion at Scott & White are also providing several free checks coming up in April. I’m letting you know ahead of time because you do need to schedule an appointment. Thanks Sherri!
- April 9th – Seton Medical Center – Kyle; 10 a.m. – 1p.m.; 6001 Kyle Parkway – 78640 - (512) 336-3423
- April 10th – Baby Earth, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 106 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock 78664 – (512)600-7050
- April 16th – Steiner Ranch Fire Station, 10 a.m. – 1p.m.; 3048 Steiner Ranch Blvd., Austin – 78726 – (512) 336-3423
- April 17th – Granite Shoals Fire Station, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 8410 W. FM 1431, Granite Shoals – 78654 – (830) 693-7277
- April 18th – Luling EMS Station, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.; 685 S. Hackberry St., Luling – 78648 - (830) 875-7038
- April 24th – Travis County Fitting Station, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Austin (Location to be determined) – (512) 336-3423
- April 25th – Old Taylor High School; 1pm – 4pm; 3101 N. Main – 76574 - Contact Taylor ISD Family Services (512) 352-3910; Ask for John
Easter Egg Hunts
There are a bunch of Easter Egg Hunts kids of all ages and abilities can take part in the next few weeks. The first ones start this weekend.
Georgetown hosts its Eggstravaganza this Saturday, March 23rd at 9am at the McMaster Athletic Complex. There will be 25,000 candy eggs and one grand prize egg. The fields will be broken up by age – categories are 2 and under, 3-4, 5 to 6, 7 to 8, and 9 to 10.
Lakeway’s Eggstravaganza kicks off at 2pm Saturday, March 23rd and City Park. There will be a petting zoo, Easter bunny and egg hunts for kids ages 1 to 8 starting at 2:45pm.
Pflugerville’s Spring Pfling is also Saturday, March 23rd noon to 3pm at Heritage Park. There will be a petting zoo, moonwalks and lots of family fun. Children are also encouraged to bring a basket to hop on the bunny trail and gather Spring goodies.
Cedar Park's Spring Egg-Stravaganza is this Sunday, March 24th at 2pm at Elizabeth M. Milburn Park. The egg hunt is for kids 12 and under. Have your children bring a basket and hunt for candy and prizes. The Easter Bunny will be available to take pictures with your children until 2:45 – bring your own camera.
You can find a terrific, more complete list of events that take place this week and next week compiled by my friends at Free Fun in Austin.com.
On line savings
March Madness is here and the Austin based Offers.com savings experts have rounded up this week's best March Deals including savings on food, college gear, electronics and more! Thanks Shermayne for the tips!
Up to 30% off all Panasonic & LG HDTVs + Free Store Pick Up
Best Buy Deal
Was $999.99 - Now Only $699.99
Omaha Steaks Deal
Was $105 - Now Only $39.99
Fans Edge Deal
Best Buy Deal
Here are some terrific coupon offers courtesy of our friends at BeFrugal.com. Thanks Jen for the tips!
- Rita's Water Ice coupon: Free Italian Ice All Day March 20, Valid on Wednesday, March 20 at participating locations only. See offer for details. Expires: 3/20.
- 7 Eleven coupon: Free MiO Liquid Water Enhancer April 23, Stop by participating 7-Eleven stores on April 23 for Free MiO Liquid Water Enhancer. While supplies last. See offer for details. Expires: 4/23.
- 7 Eleven coupon: Free Snickers Bar w/ 7 Eleven App Download, Download the 7 Eleven app then come in March 26 to redeem coupon. Coupon provided through 7 Eleven app. Participating locations only. See offer for details. Expires: 3/26.
- PETCO printable coupon: Free 13oz Can Of Pro Plan Dog Food, Up to $1.59 value. See printable coupon for more details. Expires: 3/31.
- Denny's coupon: 2 Free Pieces Of Bacon When You Share On Facebook, Participating locations only. See offer for details. Expires: 3/23.
- Hardee's coupon: Free Small Fry & Drink w/ Email Signup, Sign up for Hardee's emails and receive a coupon for a free Small Fry & Drink w/ the purchase of any 1/3 lb. Thickburger. Coupon provided by Hardee's upon signup. Participating locations only. See offer for details. Started 3/15/2013, expires soon.
- Kmart printable coupon: Free Easter Bunny Basket W/ 3-Card Purchase, Participating locations only. See offer for details. Expires: 3/31.
- Elizabeth Arden coupon: Free Advanced Anti-Aging Duo w/ Any Order, Plus free shipping. Expires: 3/22.