Local Business Owners: You’re Invited to Microsoft’s Accelerate Your Business Event

Are you a business owner in the Twin Cities area? If so, you’re invited to attend Microsoft’s Accelerate Your Business event on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel. It is a complimentary event featuring networking, education and best practice sharing, all designed for small and medium sized business owners.

The event’s keynote speaker Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit and bestselling author of Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made Not Managed, will be discussing the success story of reddit.com’s evolution from a dorm-room idea to the company it is today. This keynote is just part of an impressive line-up of speakers, interactive networking experiences and a showcase of the latest technology to achieve your full business potential.

At Microsoft’s Accelerate Your Business event, national media personalities, Carol Roth and Gene Marks will lead discussions on entrepreneurial essentials like customer loyalty and game-changing technology. Then Microsoft’s Gary Fowle will showcase the technology that’s not just hot but essential to maximize your company’s productivity and profits.

This event is tailored for small and medium business owners, C-level leaders and key senior managers that can expect to be challenged, expect to be entertained and expect to be informed.

Accelerate Your Business is a complimentary event and will be capped at capacity, so register early to reserve your spot!

Disneynature Born in China Free Advance Screening Tuesday AMC Rosedale

We are big fans of the Disneynature movies and their latest film, Born in China, is coming to theaters just in time for Earth Day. BUT, you have a chance to see it early with a special advance screening Tuesday, April 18th at 7PM at AMC Rosedale. Download a pass to admit 4 people HERE. Please be aware that seating is given on a first come, first serve basis, so make sure to arrive early!



About the movie:

Narrated by John Krasinski (“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” NBC’s “The Office,” “Amazon’s “Jack Ryan”), Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film “Born In China” takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet. Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China’s vast terrain—from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest—on the wings of red-crowned cranes, seamlessly tying the extraordinary tales together. Opening in U.S. theaters on Earth Day 2017, “Born in China” is directed by accomplished Chinese filmmaker Lu Chuan, and produced by Disney’s Roy Conli and renowned nature filmmakers Brian Leith and Phil Chapman.

5 Ways to Save Money on Gas + HyVee Gift Card Offer + #HYVsave10 Reader Giveaway

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When we’re looking at a monthly budget, one item that can always make a big dent is gas for our cars! Living without a car can be difficult for most of us, so the only option is to keep that expenditure in control. You can get a good start with these ideas for 5 ways to save money on gas:

5 Ways to Save Money on Gas


  1. Drive Less – Yes, most of us need our cars, but do we really need to make as many trips? Try to combine errands into one big trip or do them on the way home from work or school. Carpooling is a way to drive a lot less!
  2. Watch Your Brakes – Excessively braking not only causes your brake pads to wear out quickly, but it also wastes gas! Stop with plenty of time and you’ll improve your car’s efficiency
  3. Check Your Tire Pressure – If your tires are under-inflated, they will wear out faster AND waste gas. Proper inflation reduces tire friction and gives you better gas mileage.
  4. Don’t Leave the Engine Running – If you’re waiting to pick someone up or eating that food you just picked up at the drive through, turn off your engine and save gas.
  5. Look for Discounts on Gas Purchases – You can pay a lot less for gallon if you get a discount on every gallon you purchase. Use a loyalty program like the one at Hy-Vee and save even more with the current offer running right now! Check out the details below!


If you visit your local Hy-Vee store now through April 18, 2017, you can score a great gas deal and earn 10 cents off per gallon with every $25 purchase of select gift cards or earn 20 cents off per gallon with every $50 purchase of select gift cards. Here’s how it works:

  • Find a Hy-Vee Store near you
  • Purchase select gift cards and save 10¢ cents on gas for every $25 purchased in gift cards or 20¢ cents every $50purchased
  • Participating Gift Cards include: Nike, Xbox, AMC Theaters, Fandango, American Express, Game Stop, Ruby Tuesday, Lane Bryant, Chili’s, Applebees, Michaels, iTunes, Petsmart, Groupon, Carnival
  • Take advantage of this offer before it ends on 4/18/2017.

You can make this offer an even better deal by using your favorite rewards credit or debit card to purchase. That way you can earn points, miles or a percentage back on your purchase on top of the great gas savings offer. Depending on the type of gift cards you choose, you can even use them to buy gasoline, making your savings come full circle!

Reader Giveaway: We have teamed up with several other great blogs to bring you this reader giveaway where one lucky winner will receive a $50 Visa gift card! For your chance to win, just leave us a comment and complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 4/17/17. Good luck!

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Smurfs: The Lost Village Advance Screening Ticket Giveaway!

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It’s time for Smurfs fans to get ready for an all new adventure, Smurfs: The Lost Village, headed to theaters on April 7th!

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!


Reader Giveaway:
Ten (10) lucky Thrifty Minnesota readers will each receive a family 4-pack of tickets to an advanced screening of Smurfs: The Lost Village at Showplace ICON in St. Louis Park on Saturday April 1 at 11am. To enter, head on over to our Facebook page!

The Works Museum Robot Day for Kids and Families + Reader Giveaway

It’s almost time for The Works Museum annual Robot Day family event on Saturday, April 8th! Gather your kids, friends, and family of all ages and head on over experience a hands-on celebration of National Robotics Week. You can see demos from robotics experts, interact with robots used in industry, and meet student robotics teams showcasing their competition robots. Plus, if you register ahead of time you can save $2! (See details below.)

“With robotics of all shapes and sizes, Robot Day is just one way The Works Museum inspires kids to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). But kids just know they’re having fun,” says Kit Wilhite, Director of Education.

Highlights of Robot Day 2017 will include the chance to drive a law enforcement robot, see a 3D printer that replicates human organs for surgeons to practice, and an opportunity to build and program your own LEGO robotics.

When: Saturday, April 8, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: The Works Museum, 9740 Grand Ave S., Bloomington, MN, 55420

Cost: $8 pre-registered through Thursday, April 6/$10 at the door. Free for members.

More: Visit www.theworks.org for more details or call 952-888-4262.

ABOUT THE WORKS MUSEUM. The Works Museum is all about hands-on engineering for kids.  We serve more than 70,000 children, families, and educators annually, inspiring the next generation of innovators, engineers, and creative problem-solvers. For regular hours and admission, membership, and camp information, visit theworks.org.

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win a family four pack of tickets to the event. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 4/6/17. Good luck!

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The Boss Baby Free Advance Screening this Saturday at Showplace ICON

Get a chance to THE BOSS BABY before it hits theaters with a free advance screening this Saturday, March 18 at Showplace ICON (West End) at 10am. Download a family four-pack of passes (while supplies last): http://www.gofobo.com/SYbqI16182

Please note: seats are awarded on a first come, first served basis and are not guaranteed. Arrive early!



DreamWorks Animation and the director of Madagascar invite you to meet a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and stars in the animated comedy, DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby. The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby’s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim. With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby is an authentic and broadly appealing original comedy for all ages.

2017 Minnesota City Wide Garage Sales List

2017 Minnesota City Wide Garage Sales List

2017 Minnesota City Wide Garage Sales List


I have had SO MANY emails and Facebook messages for the last few weeks asking about our annual list of Minnesota City-Wide Garage Sales that I figured it was time that I better get it started. This year marks the SEVENTH annual listing of city-wide, town-wide and neighborhood sales throughout the state of Minnesota! We greatly appreciate all of the people and organizations who come forward to provide us with information each year to help us put together this list.  It is a huge project that takes many hours of work! I’m happy to see so many people using the list and am honored by all your kind comments about it.

All of the sales below are those that I have been able to confirm the dates either via the city hosting the event, a local resident or a reader with information about the sale. NOTE: This is a work in progress. If you know of any confirmed sale dates that I have not yet listed, please let me know by leaving a comment here or e-mail me and I will get it added to the list.

Please help support this list by “liking” us on Facebook, subscribing to Thrifty Minnesota email updates, checking out our advertisers or telling your friends about Thrifty Minnesota.  Any help is appreciated!

You can also scroll down to the end of the list to see all of the Large Charity Sales.

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April 7, 8 – Plato

April 21, 22 – Belle Plaine

April 21, 22 – Jackson

April 21 – Le Center

April 21, 22 – Madison

April 27, 28, 29 – Pierz

April 27, 28, 29 – Braham

April 28, 29 – Blue Earth

April 28, 29 – Dassel

April 28, 29 – Fairfax

April 28, 29 – Nicollet

April 28, 29 – Pine Island

April 29 – Diamond Path Neighborhood (Apple Valley)

April 29 – Appleton/Holloway

April 29 – Braham

April 29 – Cokato

April 29 – Grand Meadow

April 29 – Hartland

April 29 – Houston

April 29 – Howard Lake

April 29 – Janesville

April 29 – Jonathan Neighborhood (Chaska)

April 29 – New Richland

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May 3, 4, 5, 6 – Oaks of Shenandoah Neighborhood Sale (Coon Rapids)

May 4, 5, 6, 7 – 100 Mile Garage Sale More Info

May 4, 5, 6, 7 – Chisago

May 4, 5, 6 – Fairmont

May 4, 5, 6 – Gaylord

May 4, 5, 6 – Melrose

May 4, 5, 6 – Oakdale

May 4, 5, 6 – Sleepy Eye

May 4, 5, 6 – Springfield

May 5, 6 – Amboy

May 5, 6 – Avon

May 5, 6 – Barnesville

May 5, 6 – Brownsdale

May 5, 6 – Caledonia

May 5, 6 – Henderson

May 5, 6 – Marshall

May 5, 6 – Motley

May 5, 6 – St. Charles

May 6 – Ada

May 6 – Annandale

May 6 – Austin

May 6 – Belview (Maps at Cenex, Post Office)

May 6, 7 – Brownsdale

May 6, 7 – Chatfield

May 6 – Hutchinson

May 6 – Isanti

May 6 – Montgomery

May 6 – Mora

May 6 – North Branch

May 6 – The Wilds of Sartell

May 7, 8 – Plato

May 8, 9 – Proctor (At Fairgrounds)

May 11, 12, 13 – Andover

May 11, 12, 13 – Champlin

May 11, 12, 13 – Cloquet

May 11, 12, 13 – Mable

May 11, 12, 13, 14 – Osseo More Info and Map

May 11, 12, 13 – Scanlon

May 11, 12, 13 – Stewartville

May 11, 12, 13 – Woodbury More Info

May 12, 13 – Austin

May 12, 13 – Dover

May 12, 13 – Kasson

May 12, 13 – Lake Crystal

May 12, 13 – Mapleton

May 12, 13 – Mazeppa

May 12, 13 – Menahga

May 12, 13 – Rushford & Peterson Valley

May 12, 13 – Sauk Centre

May 12, 13, 14 – Wanamingo

May 12, 13 – Winnebago

May 13 – Albany

May 13 – Badger

May 13 – Blooming Prairie

May 13 – Highview/Oakridge Neighborhood (Sauk Rapids)

May 13 – Johnsonville Neighborhood (Blaine) More Info

May 13 – Lonsdale

May 13 – New Prague

May 13 – Pine City

May 13 – Rochester NE & NW

May 13 – Roseau

May 13 – Royalton

May 13 – Rush City

May 18, 19, 20 – Bloomington

May 18, 19, 20 – Elko New Market

May 18, 19, 20 – Esko

May 18, 19, 20 – Little Canada

May 18, 19, 20 – Richfield (More Info)

May 18, 19, 20 – Rosemount

May 18, 19, 20 – St. Joseph

May 19, 20 – Belgrade

May 19, 20 – Brooten

May 19, 20 – Clinton

May 19, 20 – Eyota

May 19, 20 – Jordan

May 19, 20 – Long Prairie

May 19, 20 – Mankato

May 19, 20 – Mayer

May 19, 20 – Preston

May 19, 20 – St. Peter

May 19, 20 – Spring Grove

May 19, 20 – Waseca

May 20 – Belgrade

May 20 – Clarks Grove

May 20 – Columbia Heights (More info)

May 20 – Eden Valley

May 20 – Ely

May 20 – Lafayette

May 20 – Lakeville More Info

May 20 – Lyle

May 20 – Monticello

May 20 – Rochester SE & SW

May 20 – Spring Valley

May 20 – Winsted

May 20 – Winthrop

May 25, 26, 27 – Hill City

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June 1, 2, 3 – Brooklyn Park (More Info/Maps)

June 1, 2 – Freeport

June 1, 2 – Gary

June 1, 2, 3 – Roseville

June 2, 3 – Finlayson

June 2, 3 – Hayfield

June 2, 3 – Highland Park

June 2, 3 – New Ulm

June 2, 3 – Slayton

June 3 – Victory Neighborhood (Minneapolis)

June 7, 8, 9 – Albertville

June 8, 9, 10 – Benson

June 8, 9 – Princeton More Info

June 8, 9, 10 – Spring Lake Park

June 9, 10 – Adams

June 9, 10 – Albert Lea

June 9, 10 – Fertile

June 9, 10 – Flensburg

June 9, 10 – Lakefield

June 9, 10 – Lamberton

June 9, 10 – LeRoy

June 9, 10 – Shooting Star Scenic Byway (in cities along the Shooting Star Scenic Byway)

June 10 – Frazee

June 15, 16, 17 – Hamburg

June 16, 17 – Elgin

June 16, 17 – Highway 65 Sale (More Info)

June 16, 17 – Medford

June 16, 17 – Winona

June 17 – Tracy

June 22, 23 – Arden Hills

June 22, 23, 24, 25 – Lewiston

June 23, 24 – Root River Trail Towns (Harmony, Preston, Fountain, Whalen, Rushford, Rushford Village, Lanesboro, Peterson, Houston) More Info

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July 13, 14, 15 – Richmond

July 14, 15 – Eyota

July 15 – Clarkfield

July 21, 22 – Byron

July 21, 22 – Truman

July 28, 29, 30 – Cologne


August 3, 4, 5 – Gaylord

August 5 – Nevis

August 11, 12 – Sunrise Township

August 18, 19 – Kenyon

August 18, 19 – Long Prairie

August 18, 19 – Oronoco

August 18, 19 – Plainview

August 18, 19 – Zumbrota

August 25, 26 – St. Charles


September 1, 2 – LaCrescent

September 7, 8, 9 – Fairmont

September 7, 8, 9 – Sleep Eye

September 8, 9 – Mantorville

September 9 – Chatfield

September 9 – Crookston

September 9 – Spring Valley

September 15, 16 – Blue Earth

September 16 – Cambridge

September 22, 23 – Jackson

September 23 – Barnsville

September 29, 30 – LeRoy

September 30 – Stewartville


October 6, 7 – Harmony

October 7 – Houston


Large Charity Sales:


April 21, 22 – 15th Annual Rosemount High School Marching Band Garage Sale – Friday 4-8pm, Saturday 7am-4pm (High School Student Center)

April 22 – Reach for the Stars Fundraiser (To send Minneapolis School Kids to Space Camp in Huntsville Alabama) Ramsey Middle School, 50th St and Nicollet Ave. 8am – 4pm

May 4, 5, 6 – Benilde-St. Margaret’s School More Info

May 6, 7 – Patriots Marching Band Garage Sale – Lower Gym at St. Anthony Village High School (Door #11) – Saturday 8-6, Sunday 9-4 Call 612-706-1095 for add’l info.

September 16, 17 – North Oaks Rummage Sale supporting Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota More Info

Twin Cities Bridal Show Discount Tickets

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Attention brides to be! Get ready and grab your Twin Cities Bridal Show Discount Tickets before it arrives at Saint Paul RiverCentre this Sunday, March 5th!! If you’re determined to make your dream wedding a reality, skip all the nightmarish running around and spend a fun afternoon enjoying the Twin Cities Bridal Show. See your Pinterest boards come to life at this all-encompassing expo, which includes the Aisle of Style fashion show, Glam 2 Go Makeover Zone and the Inspiration Station, spotlighting the latest design trends. More than 130 companies are planning to be on hand with samples, previews and planning advice, from caterers and photographers to DJs, florists, lighting experts and beyond.

Buy your tickets now and you can snag Twin Cities Bridal Show Discount Tickets for only $10.50 each (a $4.50 discount over the regular $15 price).

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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Free Advance Screening

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Disney’s long-awaited live-action re-telling of “Beauty and the Beast” is coming to theaters soon! (March 17th to be exact.)  YOU can be one of the first to see it! Your family is invited to attend a free advance screening of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in 3D on Monday, March 13 at 7:00pm at Showplace ICON in St. Louis Park. Download a family four-pack of passes (while supplies last): http://www.seeitfirst.net/pin/355880

Please note: seats are awarded on a first come, first served basis and are not guaranteed. Arrive early!

This new version of the studio’s animated classic refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. Each new video clip from the movie makes us more and more excited to finally see it! Here is the latest:



“Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast” is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.

Beauty and the Beast Printable Coloring Sheets

To tide us over until we can finally see the movie in theaters, we have some fun Beauty and the Beast Printable Coloring Sheets. They include all of our favorite characters like Belle, the Beast, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts and more.

These Disney Beauty and the Beast Printable Coloring Sheets include all of our favorite characters like Belle, the Beast, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts and more.

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST opens in theatres everywhere on March 17th! Get advance tickets HERE!


Punch Pizza Buy 1 Get 1 FREE for Valentine’s Day

We love Punch Pizza all the time, but just a little bit more when they have one of their awesome offers. They have a GREAT one for Valentine’s Day! To celebrate this day of love, visit Punch Pizza to buy one pizza and get one FREE!  Free pizza must be of equal or lesser value. Limit one per customer.  Print out the coupon HERE or show it on your phone.

Not valid for takeout at the Highland Park location or with any other offer.