Have You Seen this DAVANNI’S Remodel? + Reader Gift Card Giveaway

DAVANNI’S has been part of the Twin Cities for over 40 years. While I’m happy that many of the things I loved about DAVANNI’S in my youth are still the same, it is great to see them continuing to make changes and improvements every year. Some of the recent changes have been to remodel several locations. Last week we took a visit to the recently remodeled Minnetonka store to take a look and, of course, eat some of our DAVANNI’S favorites AND something new.

To give you an idea of the OLD look of the Minnetonka location, this is a glimpse of what it looked like before the remodeling job was started. (I have to say I’m not a fan of that crazy print on the fabric covering the booth seats.)

The DAVANNI’S Minnetonka “facelift” created a brighter and airier interior. A bar serving wine, and tap and bottled beer, including several kinds of locally brewed craft beers, was added, complete with bar seating. The store’s party room was also remodeled.

Several other DAVANNI’S locations have also been remodeled including Edina and Eagan, with bars/beer taps added to the Chanhassen, Cleaveland and Grand and Uptown locations. The Eden Prairie location will also be adding a bar and updating soon. Additional bar tap installs will be found in Arden Hills, Bloomington, Woodbury an Plymouth.

Once we took a look at the remodeling results, it was time to eat! For lunch we mixed things up and had a few things that we tend to order on almost every visit, but also tried a couple of new things. For the kid, pizza was a must!

My all-time DAVANNI’S favorite is the Garlic Cheese Bread. I seriously don’t know anyone else who can make a garlic cheese bread as good as DAVANNI’S!

For something new we tried the Chicken Cobb Salad. It’s made with Sliced Chicken, Hard Boiled Egg, Crumbled Bacon, Crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese, Red Onion, Tomato and Dressing of Choice. It’s very good and very filling!

A must when I visit DAVANNI’S with my sister is sharing an Assorted Hot Hoagie on grain bread. That has been our go-to sandwich for close to two decades. It’s made with an assortment of three meats (thus the name Assorted) — Ham, Smoked Ham, and Salami and topped with garlic butter and mozzarella cheese, then broiled. It’s dressed with tomatoes, lettuce, mayo (which we get on the side), onions, and DAVANNI’S own secret dressing. It’s so delicious that I am going to have to head to DAVANNI’S to get one for lunch when I finish writing this.

We topped off our meal with cookies – Chocolate Chip for the kid and the NEW Sea Salt Caramel Cookies for the grown-ups. These new cookies are DELICIOUS and were developed by Davanni’s own in house Oven Hearth bakers and are made and baked fresh at their totally company-owned bakery in Saint Paul. The Sea Salt Caramel Cookies are only in “test” right now. So, the more you buy, the more likely they will be added to the permanent menu. So everybody PLEASE buy these cookies because I want them to stay on the menu!!

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will receive a $25 DAVANNI’S gift card. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 2/16/17. Good luck!

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Save Money Shopping with Groupon Coupons

Do you like to save money when you shop? Of course you do!! I think we all like to pay as little as possible when we buy the things we want or need. By paying less our money goes a lot further. I have been a fan of Groupon for a long time and have found lots of great discount offers for local events and restaurants through the Twin Cities area. BUT, I didn’t even know about Groupon Coupons….

With Groupon Coupons, you can find coupons to use at lots of your favorite retailers. There is no membership required to access these verified offers from a long list of stores in our area (or in any area you’re visiting) as well as online retail sites. The promo codes, deals and offers can be used right from your mobile device without having to worry about accessing a printer.

Taking a quick look through the offers at Groupon Coupons I found deals at:

  • Target
  • Express
  • Sam’s Club
  • Kohl’s
  • BabiesRUs
  • Travelocity
  • Orbitz
  • Best Buy
  • Office Depot
  • JC Penny
  • Footlocker

…. and lots more!

Head on over and check it out for yourself. You can search for coupons by the name of a store or by category. There are lots to choose from – to be exact, at the tie I’m writing they have 74,179 offers from 11,386 stores!

Where will you shop first with Groupon Coupons?

Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show Discount Tickets

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For 2017 you can get tickets for only $9 each HERE.

 

 

 

 

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A new sister show to the Minneapolis Home + Gardening Show is coming this way with the Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show AND it has a new show location in the brand new U.S. Bank Stadium. That means not only will it be the perfect time to check out what’s new for your home, but ALSO to check out the new home of the Vikings if you haven’t yet visited the stadium. You can do it for less if you plan ahead with these Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show Discount Tickets.

Get a jump on those spring cleaning projects or make your Pinterest dreams a reality when the Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show rolls into U.S. Bank Stadium, offering the best and brightest ideas for making over your kitchen, bath, décor and more. This three-day expo features appearances by experts like designer Vern Yip of HGTV’s Design Star, remodeling queen Kayleen McCabe of DIY Networks’ Rescue Renovation and feng shui guru Julie Ann Segal. Stroll through the show to learn about everything from alternative living spaces to furniture hacks to low-maintenance houseplants. Your voucher is good for admission on the day of your choice.

Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 on the home show web site, but you can get them for only $9 each (which includes all fees) from Goldstar HERE!

2017 Minneapolis Boat Show Ticket Giveaway

With the slight warm-up in the weather this week, it’s the perfect time to start dreaming about spring and attend the Minneapolis Boat Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center January 19-22.

As always, the event is full of education and family-friendly events including:

  • NEW! Cruising the Water with Wings Financial Credit Union, an immersive experience featuring the Minnesota Wine Experience with wine tastings from three top Minnesota cold-climate wineries and Cruisin’ Cuisine with boat cooking demonstrations from three of the Twin Cities’ most popular chefs (1/20 and 1/21).
  • Free daily seminars on a variety of topics that will help you stay safe and make the most of your time on the water, including the popular Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center for DIYers looking to learn how to repair and maintain their boats.
  • Antique Boat & Classic Boat Display, a fan favorite returning this year with an impressive display of antique and classic boats from old wooden beauties to quirky crafts from days gone by.
  • Boating Skills Virtual Trainer, which allows you to take the helm of a virtual boat and sharpen your driving, docking and other important skills.
  • Contests and giveaways each day of the show, including a chance to win a new Sea-Doo Spark!

2017 Minneapolis Boat Show Info:

When: Thursday, January 19, 2pm–9pm
Friday, January 20, 12pm–9pm
Saturday, January 21, 10am–9pm
Sunday, January 22, 10am–5pm

Where: Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tickets: Tickets are regularly priced at $14 for adults and free for children 15 and under with paid adult. Active military are free with ID. Senior Day is Thursday, January 19, where 62+ ticket price is $11. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.MinneapolisBoatShow.com or onsite the day of the show.

For more information about the Progressive Insurance 2017 Minneapolis Boat Show, visit MinneapolisBoatShow.com. You can also follow the show on Twitter, Facebook andInstagram. Look for the hashtag #MPLSBoatShow!

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Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win four (4) tickets to the 2017 Minneapolis Boat Show. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 1/19/17. Good luck!

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Oh Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad at Howard Conn Fine Arts Center

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As we prepare for the start of Black History month in two weeks, take a look at Oh Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad at Howard Conn Fine Arts Center. The Underground Railroad one of the greatest collaborations against racism in American history. Through this productions you and your family can learn about the lives of the major players, including Harriet Tubman and Harriet Beecher Stowe, through stories and songs of the period. You’ll also hear about the lesser-known heroes, like mysterious “Peg Leg” Joe, who taught slaves to escape, and Henry “Box” Brown, who had himself put in a box and mailed to freedom. Relive the journey at Youth Performance Company’s Black History Month production at Minneapolis’ Howard Conn Fine Arts Center.

Right now you can pre-order discount tickets for only $8 plus service fees here.

Minnesota Children’s Museum MOA Pop-Up FREE Admission Sunday

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Have you visited the Minnesota Children’s Museum Pop-Up Museum at Mall of America yet? If not, you can visit tomorrow, free of charge! Thanks to the generosity of Target Corporation, admission is free every third Sunday of each month, from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Minnesota Children’s Museum MOA Pop-Up Museum.

Due to the number of visitors on Target Free 3rd Sundays, they suggest leaving strollers at home or in the car. It’s more fun for everyone when there is more room to move around! For more tips on visiting the Museum on Target Free 3rd Sunday, visit their website.

 

 

Buy $100 in Visa Gift Cards and Get a $10 Hy-Vee Card! + Reader Giveaway #HVVisa16

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It’s hard to believe that there is only about a week left of 2016!! Are you prepared for the end of the year? Have you purchased all your gifts? This end of the year always seems like such a crazy time. We’re busy making holiday plans, shopping, cooking, decorating – all while working around holiday events like school concerts and holiday get-togethers. Even though the year has almost run out, there is still time for YOU to run out to Hy-Vee to get a great deal when you buy Visa Gift Cards.

If you have some last minute holiday gifts to buy, you can get a little extra bonus for yourself or to give as an extra give when buying gift cards Visa Gift Cards at our local Hy-Vee Stores. Not only will you get the rest of your holiday shopping done (finally!), but you will get a bonus Hy-Vee gift card to use toward your groceries or for buying some delicious holiday treats.

When you purchase Visa gift cards at your local Hy-Vee store now through 12/27, you can take advantage of this special offer. Here’s how it works:

  • Buy $100 or more in Visa gift cards at Hy-Vee
  • Receive a $10 Hy-Vee gift card to use toward any Hy-Vee purchase (or to give as a gift)!
  • That’s it! A total win-win situation.

 

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Looking for some fun ideas as to how to present your Visa gift cards as a present under the tree this year? Try one of these ideas:

  • Place the card in a mason jar and fill the remaining space with wrapped candies.
  • Use a small Christmas stocking to hold the card and decorate with a candy cane sticking out of the top.
  • Tape the gift card to a square candy bar or to a pack of gum.
  • Place in a cardboard takeout container (you can get them at the craft store for under $1) and fill the remaining space with ribbon shreds.

However you choose to present your gift card it’s sure to be a hit. Plus, you’ll have the added gift for yourself of spending your bonus $10 Hy-Vee gift card.

Reader Giveaway: We have teamed up with some other great blogs to host this giveaway where one lucky reader will receive a $75 Amazon e-gift card! To enter, just fill out the form below by 11:59pm ET on 12/26/16. Good luck!

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Walmart Online Grocery Pickup – Saving Time in the Twin Cities Area

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Its here! Walmart Online Grocery Pickup is now available in multiple locations in the Twin Cities Metro. This holiday season, when we all can use some extra time in our busy schedules, you can cross spending time grocery shopping off the list!

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Walmart Online Grocery Pickup is a new way to shop for groceries. You simply order your groceries online using your computer or smartphone, select a pickup time, arrive at the store, and a Walmart associate brings your groceries to your car and loads them up for you. And to top it off,  the service is completely FREE! There are no service fees or price mark-ups, so we get the same Every Day Low Prices we find in Walmart stores. Locally, you can pick up your Walmart Online Grocery order in Maple Grove, Elk River, Monticello, Cottage Grove, Shakopee, Oak Park Heights or Hastings.

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Here’s exactly how Walmart Online Grocery Pickup works:

I used the Walmart Online Grocery Pickup service for the first time last week and it was so easy! I ordered my groceries from my desktop at Walmart Online Grocery, but you can also order right from your smartphone (more about that later). I was happy to see how easy it was to find everything I wanted. For most of my groceries I just entered a search term like “cream cheese” or “spinach” and all the related options came up for me to make my choices. I was also able to do some browsing. I knew I wanted to find some type of frozen meal because things have been super hectic here recently, so I clicked on “Shop by Department” to select “Frozen” and then “Frozen Meals”. I could then browse through everything available. I appreciated that I could click through on each item to get more details before making my choices. I also like that I can choose from departments throughout the store including dairy, produce, deli, meat, bakery and more.

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Once I had all my groceries selected I just had to pay and select when and where I wanted to pick up my order. Pick-up times are available in one hour time slots starting the day after you’re placing your order.

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Then I was all done until the next day but I decided I would download the Walmart Grocery app (available for iPhone and Android). Once downloading I realized we can also order our groceries right from the app itself.

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The next day I received an email that my order was ready for pick-up at the Elk River store. When I was ready to go pick it up, I checked in via the app to let the store know I was on my way. The app told the store how far away I was, letting the pick-up associate know to have my order ready. (If you don’t want to use the app, you can call when you’re on the way for your pick-up.)

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Once I got to the store it was easy to find the pick-up location by following the orange signs in the parking lot. I pulled into a waiting spot and waited a few minutes for an associate to come out with my order and load the whole thing into my car. I didn’t even have to step out into the cold, which is a BIG plus during a Minnesota December!

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The associate who helped me, Sarah, was SO nice and even showed me the bananas she chose for me to make sure they were the ripeness I preferred. She got it perfectly with nice yellow bananas with just a bit of green at the stems. I was impressed at how much care she obviously puts into selecting the very best items.

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From start to finish the Walmart Online Grocery Pickup experience was smooth sailing and a huge timesaver. While I like the service simply because it saves time I know others who like the service for other reasons. I have a friend who suffers from anxiety and grocery shopping causes her a lot of stress. With grocery pick-up she can avoid that entirely. For elderly or disabled shoppers, the pick-up option lets them get everything they need without having to make their way through the store. For mom’s with little ones they don’t have to wrangle their kids while trying to get the shopping done. I think I could go on and on!

Check out Walmart Online Grocery Pickup and let us know what you’ll be doing with YOUR extra time!

 

Buy Visa Gift Cards at Hy-Vee and Get a Bonus! + Reader Giveaway

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Now that we have passed Black Friday and Cyber Monday we are definitely in the BIG holiday shopping season! Did you start tackling your holiday shopping lists already? Or are you more of a last minute holiday shopper? Do you spend Christmas Eve racing to the store to grab last minute gifts? I admit I have spent plenty of December 24ths shopping myself. At this point it has almost become a tradition for me and my sister to race about doing last minute shopping on that day. But it doesn’t have to be that way. This year I vow to get things done early so I can enjoy the last days before Christmas celebrating rather than shopping.

By starting holiday shopping NOW we can also get a great deal buying gift cards Visa Gift Cards at our local Hy-Vee Stores. Not only will you get your holiday shopping done early, but you will get a bonus Hy-Vee gift card to use toward your groceries or for buying some yummy holiday treats.

When you purchase Visa gift cards at your local Hy-Vee store now through 12/14, you can take advantage of this special offer. Here’s how it works:

  • Buy $125 or more in Visa gift cards and receive a $10 Hy-Vee gift card to use toward any Hy-Vee purchase (or to give as a gift)!
  • You can try the new Five Back Visa Cards for even greater savings. (More details about that below)
  • The Capital One® QuicksilverOne® Cash Rewards Credit Card offers 1.5% cash back.

If you choose a Five Back Visa gift card, it can be used anywhere Visa debit is accepted. Then, when you shop at select stores, you get up to 5% of your purchase price added back to your card! That means more savings for you if you choose to use the card yourself or a bigger gift for your recipient if you chose to give the card as a gift!

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Looking for some fun ideas as to how to present your Visa gift cards as a present under the tree this year? Try one of these ideas:

  • Place the card in a mason jar and fill the remaining space with wrapped candies.
  • Use a small Christmas stocking to hold the card and decorate with a candy cane sticking out of the top.
  • Tape the gift card to a square candy bar or to a pack of gum.
  • Place in a cardboard takeout container (you can get them at the craft store for under $1) and fill the remaining space with ribbon shreds.

However you choose to present your gift card it’s sure to be a hit. Plus, you’ll have the added gift for yourself of spending your bonus $10 Hy-Vee gift card.

Reader Giveaway: We have teamed up with some other great blogs to host this giveaway where one lucky reader will receive a $50 Amazon e-gift card! To enter, just fill out the form below by 11:59pm ET on 12/13/16. Good luck!

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$15 for $30 to Spend at Love From Minnesota Stores

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This is a great idea for a last minute Valentine’s Day gift, or just as a special treat for yourself. You can pay only $15 for $30 to spend at Love From Minnesota stores. They have seven different stores to choose from in the metro area:

Ridgedale – Love From Minnesota
IDS Center – Love From Minnesota
MOA – Minnesot-ah!
MOA – I Love Minnesota
MOA – Love From Minnesota
Apache Mall – Love From Minnesota
Roseville – Love From Minnesota

Their stores have lots of fun Minnesota themed gear, fun gifts, chocolates and more. Tuck one of these certificates into a Valentine and you’ll be all set for the holiday.

Fine print:

Limit 5 vouchers per customer
1 voucher allowed per visit
Entire value must be used in a single visit
Valid in stores only
No cash back
Expires February 28, 2017

Purchase your Love from Minnesota certificate HERE.