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

Disclosure Compensation5 Ways to Save Money on Gas

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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National Beer Day in Granite Falls

Have you ever heard of Andrew Volstead?  I have to admit, I hadn’t until I was looking for events and things to do this weekend. I also learned that it’s National Beer Day on Friday, April 7th.  What does this have to do with Andrew you might ask.  Andrew was from Granite Falls and played a part in the ending of prohibition.  If you stop by the Chamber of Commerce in Granite Falls,  you can pick up the Prohibition Story walking tour guide.  If you can’t make it on Friday, you can check the website for other hours and dates when Andrew’s home will be open for tours.

Celebrate the end of Prohibition in Andrew Volstead’s hometown. Stop in the chamber office at 807 Prentice St and pick up a copy of the Prohibition Story walking tour guide. The Andrew J. Volstead House is open from 4-6 with local history of what happened on this day in 1933.  Then enjoy a beer at one of our bars and restaurants. The Granite Falls American Legion Post #69 has a  Free Beer special: Buy one domestic bottle, get one free from 4pm to 10pm.

Rock the Cradle 2017

Music is something that connections generations.  Sure, we might not all prefer the same kind of music.  Music is still something we can all enjoy in some form or another.  Rock the Cradle 2017 is all about music and kids, it takes place this coming Sunday, April 9th.  It’s a free event that’s recommended for kids ages two to eight (and their grown-ups).  Rock the Cradle takes place at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Children’s Theatre Company. We attended Rock the Cradle when our girls were younger and I’m not sure who enjoys the event more, the kids or the adults.  This is not one of those events where parents stand around bored, it’s where both generations enjoy all things music together.  Take a look at the fun filled schedule and plan your day.

Presented by The Current and Children’s Minnesota, we’re excited to offer another free event for kids and their grown-ups at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Children’s Theatre Company, featuring musical performances, hands-on activities, engaging experiences with station hosts and plenty of surprises along the way. Rock the Cradle has something for the whole family!

Hiking and Walking in the Three Rivers Park District

I hope we can safely say that it’s spring, soon the white snow will be out of site.  With each day, I see more and more signs of spring. Thankfully we live in state that offers a lot of public land for us to be able to enjoy the outdoors.  So, even if you live in the middle of a town, you too have access to hiking and walking close by.  The Three Rivers Park District offers access to over 27, 000 acres of parks and trails.  Hiking and Walking is a way to get out and enjoy what spring has to offer.  The Three Rivers Park District recently updated and revamped their website, making it even easier to find a place to hike or walk.

“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
― John Muir

Omnifest at the Science Museum of Minnesota

 

Credit: Science Museum of MN

Nature, movies and amazing scenery, all take place at the Omnifest at the Science Museum of Minnesota.  It takes place from now through May 4th.  With five different films showing during Omnifest there is sure to be something for everyone.  You can find the schedule as well as purchase advance tickets on the website.

Get a front-row seat to experience larger-than-life adventures—from the immense glaciers in the Arctic to the breathtaking summit of Mount Everest and the spectacular views of the Nile, known as the “Mount Everest of Rivers.” With a diverse film line-up that will appeal to all ages and interests, Omnifest 2017 is an ideal family destination this spring.

Design a Doll Day at Gideon and Agnes Pond House

Tucked into a quiet corner of Bloomington you will find the Gideon and Agnes Pond House.  Not too far from the Mall of America, but it will seem like worlds away when you step inside the door.  The story of the house starts back in the 1800’s, thankfully it’s still here and is now on the National Register of Historic places.  You have a chance to tour this beautiful home on Sundays, at specific times.  On the first Sunday of the month they also offer interactive activities. Tomorrow (April 2nd) is “Design a Doll Day”.  There’s no set fee but they appreciate and suggest a $2 donation.  You can find more information here about their activities and tours, as well as the hours of each.

Bring your imagination and create a family of dolls to take home! Join historic seamstress Pauline Bold, who will demonstrate how to make corn husk dolls, cloth dolls, and yarn dolls. These were popular toys for American Indian and frontier children. All materials will be provided.

Touring the MN State Capitol

How long has it been since you’ve been to the Minnesota State Capitol?  Did you go there on a school field trip many years ago or perhaps you are new to the area, well now is the time to add it to your list and go.  First of all it’s totally free, and it’s also been remodeled recently.  It’s been a three year process to get it to where it is today.  Three years full of renovation, restoration and refurbishing.  There’ll be a grand opening celebration of the three year renovation, it will take place in August.  Don’t wait until August though, it’s something you can do now.  More information on the free guided tours can be found here. you can also do a self-guided tour and more information on that can found here.

Highlights from the 2013-17 restoration

  • Fully restored Senate and House of Representatives chambers and Supreme Court courtroom
  • Restored and repaired exterior marble
  • Restored decorative and fine art throughout the building
  • Professional conservation of 57 paintings
  • Extensive stencil work returning 1905 patterns and colors
  • Newly uncovered and restored skylights, historically-accurate glass front elevators and restored original furnishings
  • Cleaned, repaired and re-gilded Quadriga sculpture
  • Expanded dining in the basement level near the Rathskeller Cafe and a new grab-and-go lunch counter on the second floor (open during legislative session only)
  • Almost 40,000 square feet of new public gathering spaces including meeting rooms, working and relaxing spaces, and gallery space
  • New classrooms and tour center
  • ADA compliance

Some finishing work, as well as the installation and interpretation of some artworks, will continue in 2017, resulting in limited or no access to the roof and Quadriga, the west wing third floor and the north wing ground floor.

 

Flick ‘n’ Float – Finding Nemo

It’s almost time to find your swimsuit and a floatie and head to Eden Prairie.  Flick ‘n’ Float – Finding Nemo takes place tomorrow, March 31st.  It sounds like a great family friendly event.   Open swim begins at 5:30 and the movie starts at 6pm.  You can find the address, as well as the admission information on the website.

 

 

 

Kid City Laugh In Event

Most of us know that laughter really is contagious and it’s truly the best medicine.  The Kid City Laugh In Event take place on Saturday, April 1st in Maplewood at the Community Center YMCA.  April 1st as many of you know is typically called April Fools Day, what’s more fun than laughter on the day that usually filled with jokes.  This is the 2nd annual event, it’s free and fun for the whole family.  There’ll be puppets, activities, treats, and more.  You can find more information about the event here.

 

Bunny Garden at the Woodlake Nature Center

Most of us can admit it, bunnies are adorable.  Would I want to own one, probably not, but I still think they are adorable.  If you’re like me then the Bunny Garden at the Woodlake Nature Center event would be a great thing to check out. This event was actually started because of all the ads for bunnies this time of year.  The Bunny Garden is not an event where you go and get pressured to buy a bunny, it’s part education and also fun. There are various dates to choose from starting on April 2nd through April 15th.       You can read what the event is all about, as well as purchase tickets for a date that works for you, here on their website.