Donate to Toys for Tots at Kowalski’s or Creative Kidstuff, Get Free Nickelodeon Universe Mystery Ticket

If you and your family plan to donate to Toys for Tots this year, note that if you donate at a Creative Kidstuff or Kowalski’s location, you’ll receive a free Nickelodeon Universe Mystery Ticket which ranges in value from one ride to a full day of rides at Nickelodeon Universe. There is a limit of 4 tickets per family, while supplies last. Mystery tickets expire 12/24/18.

Creative Kidstuff locations:

  • Edina Galleria
  • Mall of America
  • 4314 Upton Ave. S, Minneapolis
  • Ridgedale Center
  • Shops at West End, St. Louis Park
  • 1074 Grand Ave, St. Paul

Kowalski’s locations:

  • 1646 Diffley Rd., Eagan
  • 16500 West 78th St., Eden Prairie
  • 440 Water St., Excelsior
  • 1261 Grand Ave., St. Paul
  • 5327 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis
  • 5801 Neal Ave. N., Oak Park Heights
  • 5615 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis
  • 441 Highway 96 W., Shoreview
  • 2440 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
  • 4391 South Lake Ave., White Bear Lake
  • 8505 Valley Creek Rd., Woodbury

Toy donations need to be new and unwrapped and are accepted through Sunday, December 16. (Of course, you can donate to Toys for Tots at many locations – we just wanted you to know about this unique opportunity.)

Free Admission to All Minnesota State Parks on Black Friday

Hopefully your day today includes some time surrounded by friends or family. Or if you’re like a good friend of mine, then perhaps just a day at home to relax and enjoy a good frozen pizza. However you spend the day, it’s a day to be thankful.

Whatever you choose today, tomorrow will be a new day. For many there’s the tradition of shopping, but for the rest of us, there’s Free Admission to All Minnesota State Parks on Black Friday. A day to explore, hike and wander for free – sounds like a perfect Thrifty Minnesota Day!

Free Admission to All Minnesota State Parks on Black Friday!

The tradition continues! Admission to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas (regularly $7 for one-day vehicle permit) will be free on the day after Thanksgiving again this year.

The goal is to encourage families to extend their holiday by spending time together with a walk outdoors. Research shows that walking offers multiple benefits, from increased creativity and better brain function to more flexibility and stamina. So you won’t just burn calories, you’ll also improve your well-being.

While you’re out there, snap a photo of your Black Friday free park adventure, and share it with us on social media using #FreeParkFriday and #OnlyinMN.

Need a suggestion for a free park adventure?

A few parks will offer special programs on Free Park Friday, and you can visit our events calendar for more information.

If the programs don’t fit your schedule, you can explore on your own. There’s a Minnesota state park or recreation area within about 30 miles of anyone in Minnesota. Use the ParkFinder and HikeFinder tools to help you with your trip-planning.

Important reminders

Be sure to check which parks will have special hunts taking place, so you can plan accordingly.

Many state park offices will be closed or minimally staffed over the holiday weekend, because staff will be taking time off to celebrate with their own families, but visitors can stop at the orientation stations near the park entrance for trail maps and tips on what to see and do at the park.

Free MN State Parks Vehicle Permit for Active Military Personnel

Did you know that military families get in FREE to all Minnesota state parks and recreation areas? It’s true! In 2017 the Minnesota legislature approved a statute to provide FREE year-round vehicle permits to active military personnel in any branch or unit of the United States Armed Forces and veterans with a service-related disability.

These vehicle permits are normally $35 for a full year and provide qualifying military families unlimited access to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas. To apply, present valid military ID at any staffed state park and let the park attendant know your military status.

Davanni’s: Free Solo Pizza and Pop for Veterans and Active Service Members

To celebrate Veterans Day, Davanni’s is offering a FREE Solo 1-Item Pizza and a Regular Pop for all veterans and active service members! Offer is valid Sunday, November 11th only; must show proof of service.

Fairview Clinics Candy for a Cause – Donate Candy, Get a Free Book

How did trick-or-treating go last night? Chances are your kiddos picked up a BUNCH of candy…maybe even too much. I know mine sure did!

Here’s an option for your overabundance of candy – donate it through Fairview Clinics to US military personnel serving overseas! Kids and families can donate their unopened candy November 1st through 9th by stopping at select Fairview, HealthEast, and University of Minnesota Health (M Health) clinics. Kids are also encouraged to make a card to send along with their candy.

In return, each child who donates will be able to pick a book from their selection – picture books to chapter books. Parents can also choose one, if they’d like.

Stop by one of the following clinics to make the swap (visit for clinic hours):

Fairview Clinics – Apple Valley
Fairview Clinics – Andover
Fairview Clinics – Bass Lake (Maple Grove)
Fairview Clinics – Blaine
Fairview Clinics – Bloomington Oxboro
Fairview Clinics – Bloomington Lake, Minneapolis
Fairview Clinics – Bloomington Lake, Xerxes
Fairview Clinics – Brooklyn Park
Fairview Clinics – Burnsville
Fairview Clinics – Chisago Lakes
Fairview Clinics – Columbia Heights
Fairview Clinics – Eden Prairie
Fairview Clinics – Elk River
Fairview Clinics – Farmington
Fairview Clinics – Fridley
Fairview Clinics – Highland Park
Fairview Clinics – Hugo
Fairview Clinics – Lakeville
Fairview Clinics – Lino Lakes
Fairview Clinics – Milaca
Fairview Clinics – New Brighton
Fairview Clinics – North Branch
Fairview Clinics – Pine City
Fairview Clinics – Princeton
Fairview Clinics – Prior Lake
Fairview Clinics – Rogers
Fairview Clinics – Savage
Fairview Clinics – University Children’s
Fairview Clinics – Uptown
Fairview Clinics – Zimmerman
M Health Maple Grove Clinic
M Health Nurse Practitioners Clinic
M Health Mill City Clinic
HealthEast Clinic – Rice Street
HealthEast Clinic – Stillwater
HealthEast Clinic – Vadnais Heights
HealthEast Clinic – Woodwinds

Get a FREE Cookie at Kwik Trip Today

Today only (Wednesday, 10/31) you can get a FREE Kwikery Bake Shop Cookie at Kwik Trip! You’ll need to log in to your Kwik Rewards account (it’s free to join) and add the coupon to your account, then swipe your Kwik Rewards card at the register to receive your discount.

Dunn Brothers: FREE Hot Chocolate for Kids in Costume

Get your little trick-or-treaters dressed up in costume and bring them to Dunn Brothers today for a FREE small hot chocolate. Dress up yourself and you’ll get $1 off a prepared beverage. Present this offer to your barista to receive either of these deals…and don’t forget your costumes!

If you don’t already have the Dunn Brothers Coffee Rewards App, sign up here to get a FREE $2 credit.

*LAST DAY* FREE Coffee at Holiday Stationstores – Tuesdays through 10/9

Just a reminder – TODAY is the last day to get your free coffee!

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

Dunn Brothers: Free Small Coffee for National Coffee Day

Celebrate National Coffee Day at Dunn Brothers with a FREE small (12 oz) brewed coffee! You’ll need to show this coupon to the barista or just have them use offer code 10198. Limit 1 transaction per customer. Find a Dunn Brothers Coffee near you.

If you don’t already have the Dunn Brothers Coffee Rewards App, sign up here to get a FREE $2 credit.

FREE 30-Minute Jump Passes at Sky Zone – Friday, 9/14

Mark your calendars! Sky Zone is celebrating their 14th birthday this Friday (9/14) by offering FREE 30-minute jump passes! There are Twin Cities locations in BlaineEdina, and Oakdale.

Just show up at Sky Zone the day of the event and ask for the FREE 30-minute pass. If you want to jump for longer (60, 90, 120, or 180 minutes), use the coupon code SZBirthday during checkout online and the 30 minutes will be discounted from the final amount.

Sky Socks are not included and are $2.50/pair, but are reusable so you can keep them for your next visit to Sky Zone. Limit one FREE 30-minute ticket per jumper, valid between 11 am – 7 pm.

They will also be offering food combos including a pretzel and smoothie combo for $6 or a cookie, nachos and soda combo for $5 (no outside food or drink is allowed).

Thanks, Twin Cities Frugal Mom!