Minnesota Vikings License Plate Frame – $11.71!

Hey, football fans! Right now Amazon has this Minnesota Vikings License Plate Frame for just $11.71 (reg. $16.99)! As far as I can tell, this is the lowest price this has ever been on Amazon.

Shipping is free for Prime members or on orders of $25 or more.

SKOL Vikings!!!

MKS’s Flying Colors Kite Fly in Bloomington

Kite flying is something all ages can enjoy.  It doesn’t seem to matter if you are flying or watching, it’s still enjoyable.  The MKS’s Flying Colors Kite Fly in Bloomington takes place this Saturday, September 22nd from 10-3.  You decide if you want to participate or just be a spectator.

This is the Minnesota Kite Society’s BIG summer kite fly! This event will take place at the lower ball fields of Valley View Middle School and Valley View Elementary School. The ball fields are located northwest of the intersection of 90th Street and Portland Avenue South in Bloomington, MN.

This year Flying Colors will be a smaller kite fly event. We will not have kids kitemaking or food vendors. All are welcome to join us. Bring your kites and help us fill the sky.

FREE Coffee at Holiday Stationstores – Tuesdays through 10/9

Get your coffee fix for FREE starting today and every Tuesday through 10/9 at Holiday Stationstores! They’re offering a free cup of coffee all day and any size, no coupon required.

If you want some other great deals on coffee (not free, of course, but big discounts), check out the list of Minnesota coffee deals here. You’ll find lots of deals for local coffee shops and cafes for coffee at a big discount, plus some deals on doughnuts and other goodies to go with the coffee!

And, while you’re getting your free coffee at Holiday, how about saving on gas too? Fill up at Holiday and you can save 5¢ per gallon with this printable Holiday Gas Coupon. It’s valid for up to 20 gallons.

Looking for someplace to drive with that full tank of gas? Check out all the fun Minnesota attractions we have featured here on ThriftyMinnesota.com.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Xcel Energy Center Discount Tickets (12/29)

Were you hoping to see Trans-Siberian Orchestra perform at Xcel Energy Center this holiday season? Here’s your big chance: right now you can get discount tickets to the December 29th shows (3 pm or 8 pm) via Groupon.

With your purchase, you’ll also get a digital download of the Groupon-exclusive album Siberian Sleigh Ride.

Seating is in the 200-level and tickets are $54.99 each with a limit of 8 tickets per person. You must purchase tickets together to sit together.

TSO’s Christmas PresentThe Ghosts of Christmas Eve, which tells the musical story of a young runaway who encounters ghostly visions after breaking into an abandoned vaudeville theater on Christmas Eve, and features electrified takes on “O’ Come All Ye Faithful,” “O Holy Night,” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” The show received such rave reviews that TSO chose to bring it back and crank it up to 11 with an all-new second set of the group’s greatest hits, plus its trademark spectacle of pyrotechnics, lights, and lasers.

TSO’s Christmas Past: For more than 20 years, TSO has proven that Christmas and cranked-up guitars go hand in hand like Santa’s milk and cookies. 2017 was the group’s most successful tour to date, and they are ready to rock 2018.

TSO’s Christmas Future: As Trans-Siberian Orchestra further cements its place among the world’s top touring rock acts, expect more cutting edge theatrics from the band that brought you “Rock Theater.”

Get your discount tickets HERE!

American Made Music Festival in Richfield

Fall is my favorite time of year and I love that there are some great outdoor local events to attend. 

The American Made Music Festival takes place this coming weekend. 

This event takes place in Richfield at the Amphitheater of Lyndale Gardens.  You can purchase advance tickets here on the event website.   With over 10 different bands sharing their talents, it sounds like it’s a perfect fall event to check out.  Tickets start at $25 and up, depending on if you want to attend one or both days.

Chicken Ship at Open Eye Figure Theatre

We love to attend local theatre shows.  One of the best parts about living in MN is that there is an abundance of great options. 

If you want to save up for a bucket list show you can do that but there are some great hidden gem theaters offering amazing live talent as well. 

One of our favorites is the the Open Eye Figure Theatre which I have mentioned before.  Kevin Kling is also a favorite local storyteller.  He brings laughter and wit and local humor to the stage.  The upcoming show Chicken Ship is next weekend September 20-23 at Open Eye.

Open Eye Figure Theatre Presents
September 20 – 23
Created and performed by Kevin Kling and Clare Murphy

High-flying storytellers Kevin Kling and Clare Murphy create a mythic allegory for our times, as told by farmyard animals! A chicken wakes up in 2018 to the sky falling down. As she runs along a dangerous road littered with foxes and falsehoods, she encounters fables, myths, and history that illuminate and obfuscate her path. What will become of her and the ship she sailed in on?

Kevin Kling has been a regular on the Open Eye stage for many years and for this show he’s bringing back Irish storyteller Clare Murphy, first seen at Open Eye in FOUR DIRECTIONS. These talented artists captivate audiences with surprising, hilarious, and profound storytelling! Only four performances!


LIFE ITSELF Free Advanced Screening in St. Louis Park

Who else is a fan of “This is Us”? (ME!) The creator – Dan Fogelman – has a new project, a movie opening in theaters on September 21st. LIFE ITSELF celebrates the human condition and all of its complications with humor, poignancy and love.

I’m excited to share that you and a friend have a chance to see this movie early with a local advance screening next Wednesday night! (See below to download tickets.)

About the Movie

As a young New York couple goes from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes in LIFE ITSELF. Director and writer Dan Fogelman examines the perils and rewards of everyday life in a multigenerational saga featuring an international ensemble including Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Olivia Cooke, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Laia Costa, Alex Monner and Mandy Patinkin. Set in New York City and Carmona, Spain, LIFE ITSELF celebrates the human condition and all of its complications with humor, poignancy and love.

Rated R for Language including sexual references, some violent images and brief drug use.



Free Advanced Screening Tickets

You and a guest are invited to a special advanced screening of LIFE ITSELF on Wednesday, September 19 at 7 pm at Showplace ICON at The West End. Download your pair of passes to see the film below (while supplies last)! Please arrive early as seating is first come, first served. Download HERE.

Minnesota Orchestra: $20 Tickets for Guests Under 40

Guests under the age of 40 can get $20 tickets to Minnesota Orchestra performances! This special offer is available for select concerts throughout the season, and more concerts are added monthly.

You’ll want to sign up for the #MNOrchMonday email list to receive notification when additional concerts become eligible for the discount, plus other invitations and ticket offers.

To purchase your tickets, select $20under40 for the ticket type when choosing your seats. Your tickets will be held at the Box Office and require one valid ID showing proof of age (must be 40 years or younger) per two tickets purchased. There is a limit of one pair of $20 tickets per eligible performance.

Current eligible concerts include:

Minnesota Children’s Book Festival


it’s no secret that our kids love to read, even as they begin their first year of high school they still love it.  They almost always have a book with them or close by. So of course we also love events that revolve around books and authors. The Minnesota Children’s Book Festival takes place tomorrow Saturday, September 15th from noon to 5pm.  This is the 19th annual event, taking place just outside of Red Wing.  No admission fee and lot’s of great activities for all ages.  You can find the schedule and information about each author here. 

Join us for the 19th annual celebration of Minnesota children’s books, authors, and illustrators. It’s a day full of presentations about the making of their books, tents with interactive book-related activities, sunshine (most always), in a beautiful setting. Bring the whole family. It’s free! Authors’ and illustrators’ books available for purchase and autographing.




Fall Harvest Orchard (Delano) – 50% Off U-Pick Apples + Attractions Tickets

I know people can be pretty passionate about which apple orchard is their favorite, and one I’ve heard mentioned many times is Fall Harvest Orchard in Delano.

Right now you can get a Groupon offer that helps you save on U-pick apples and their fun attractions, plus there are plenty of FREE attractions to check out, too!

Plus, through 9/15 you can use the coupon code SUPER20 to take an extra 20% off!

Options include:

  • $15.20 $19 for half peck of U-pick apples with four attractions tickets ($28 value)
  • $27.20 $34 for full peck of U-pick apples with eight attractions tickets ($50 value)

A half peck includes 5-6 pounds of apples, and a full peck includes 10-12 pounds of apples. Plus, admission is FREE! Other free activities include visiting and feeding the animals, jumping and playing in corn bins, and climbing tires and hay bales. The attractions tickets cover admission to the train ride, wagon ride, jump/bounce pillow, and corn maze.

You can use your Groupon through October 28th, and the orchard is open Thursdays through Sundays from 10 am – 6 pm. There is a limit of 1 per person.

Fall means shorter days and lower temperatures, but it is also the season for fun family activities. Fall Harvest Orchard aims to help visitors make the most out of it, offering attractions such as corn mazes, apple picking, and a jump pillow. Their goal is for both adults and children to leave with smiles on their faces, and perhaps a perfect pumpkin for Halloween.

Get your Groupon HERE!