Spring Into Pahl’s Open House

It might not look like spring and it might not feel like spring, but it is.  This Saturday April 13th you can Spring Into Pahl’s Open House, a chance to smell fresh flowers and if nothing else pretend there’s not snow on the ground.  Pahl’s is located in Apple Valley and a favorite for our kids, they almost always have free popcorn.

Pahl’s Market Spring Open House

Saturday, April 13th 9am – 5pm 

Come and celebrate Spring’s arrival with a fun-filled day of cheerful seminars, blooming greenhouse tours and super savings!
Enjoy 20% OFF almost everything at Pahl’s during our Spring Open House!
(excludes gift cards, landscape services, bulk material and delivery charges)

Tuck Everlasting at Howard Conn Fine Arts Center – Comp and Discount Tickets

Enjoy a theater performance with your kids with comp or half-price tickets to Tuck Everlasting! Full price tickets to performances at the Howard Conn Fine Arts Center are normally $15, but right now you can get them for either comp or $7.50 tickets via Goldstar, depending on the day and time.

Tickets are available for select shows in May 2019. Comp tickets are limited and have a $4.75 service fee, and half-price tickets have a $3.50 service fee (so $10.50 total).

If you could live forever, would you? Based on the best-selling novel by Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting finds the free-spirited Winnie Foster searching for adventure in the 1890s. She discovers the Tucks, a close-knit family that has discovered the secret to everlasting life. Kidnapped and forced to live with these people from another century, Winnie is confronted with the reality of what it means to be immortal. This show — recommended for those in 3rd grade and up — can be enjoyed at the Howard Conn Fine Arts Center in Minneapolis.

Get your discount tickets HERE.

Free Computer Repair and Support at Fix-It Tech Clinics

We’ve written before about free Fix-It Clinics in Hennepin County (yes, these are still going!), but if you need tech support, you’ll want to stop by one of the free Fix-It Tech events around the metro area.

These free community technology education events are run by volunteers who provide computer repair, educations, and resources. If your computer or laptop is slow, not working, or seems to have a virus, bring it in for free tech support.

Upcoming events include:

Details and what to bring

  • First come, first served. Labor is free. Volunteers can offer advice on purchasing parts online or at local repair stores.
  • Bring your laptop, and/or desktop tower and power cord.
  • Volunteers help with laptops, smartphones and tablets based on capacity.

Free workshops

  • Short sessions are held to explain basic computer maintenance and Internet safety.

Discount Kayak, SUP, or Canoe Trips Through Clear Waters Outfitting Company (Clearwater)

Two things I’ve always wanted to try are kayaking and stand up paddleboarding (aka SUP)…not at the same time, of course. 😉 You can get outside and enjoy our beautiful Minnesota weather on the Mississippi River this summer with a kayak, SUP, or tandem canoe trip at a discount through Clear Waters Outfitting Company via Groupon!

Options include:

  • $24 for Eight-Mile Kayak or SUP Trip on the Mississippi for One ($41 value)
  • $45 for Eight-Mile Kayak or SUP Trip on the Mississippi for Two ($82 value)
  • $34 for Eight-Mile Tandem Canoe Trip on the Mississippi ($62 value)

Included in your Groupon is parking, a life jacket, paddle, shuttle pick-up along the Mississippi River, and your kayak, SUP, or canoe (of course). The average trip duration is two to three hours.

If you really want to go all out, they also offer a Kayak Fishing Trip for Two or Four on the Mississippi River at a current cost of $109 for two people or $219 for four people. Each of these fishing trips includes lunch, a specially equipped fishing kayak, paddle, life jacket, fishing tackle and gear, and shuttle drop-off or pick up along the Mississippi River and a special orientation map session to get you on the “hot spots” to enjoy this World-Class Smallmouth Bass fishery. Fishers must acquire the appropriate licenses before casting their lines.

You’ll have all summer to use either of these deals as your Groupon won’t expire until September 30th, 2019. You are required to make a reservation as well as sign a waiver, and trips are subject to weather.

Outdoor enthusiasts Dan and Sandra Meer equip adventurers with canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards to explore lakes and rivers close to the Twin Cities. “One group we sent out on just a two- or three-hour trip counted 12 eagles,” Dan says, marveling at the myriad wild turkeys, muskrats, and deer that often congregate along the protected waterway to gossip about bald eagles’ unconvincing hair plugs. Gleaming schools of small-mouth bass lure fishermen to the rippling waters, and plentiful sandbars and shallow depths also beckon younger explorers. “We want to get kids involved,” says Dan—himself a former Boy Scout and now the father of two more Scouts. “Get them away from their screens.”

He and his wife entice those youths, and older adventurers as well, with day trips in canoes and kayaks whose hulls are made in nearby Wenonah. For overnight jaunts down the river, the couple rents both vessels and camping gear, and at their store—housed in an old creamery building on the riverbank—they sell new and used canoes and kayaks to dedicated paddlers who know the river so well they can fall asleep while swimming across it.

Get your Groupon HERE!

Hy-Vee Aisles Online: FREE Pickup and New Membership Option for Delivery ($99/Year)

Hy-Vee Aisles Online

Hy-Vee is switching up their fees for their Aisles Online store pickup and home delivery, including offering a NEW membership option for home delivery! The changes listed below will go into effect April 9th, 2019.

I have tried Hy-Vee store pickup several times over the last couple years because I was able to get Hy-Vee’s awesome sale prices and use digital coupons (pretty much the only coupons I use these days), but the fee for store pickup kept me from doing this on a regular basis.

Now Hy-Vee is lowering the minimum purchase amount for free pickup to just $30! They will do all of your grocery shopping for free when you pick up your order as long as you place an order of $30 or more.

Hy-Vee Grocery Delivery

In addition, Hy-Vee offers home delivery for a fee ($9.95 per order), oftentimes available for same-day delivery. Now, you can buy an annual Aisles Online membership for $99/year which will get you free delivery on all orders! Note that a minimum $30 purchase is required for all deliveries. Also note that Hy-Vee delivery drivers do accept tips.

These changes will go into effect April 9, 2019.

HyVee Grocery PickUp

When Hy-Vee first came to the Twin Cities I was very excited to have a new option for grocery shopping. The brand new store near me was wonderful and I enjoyed shopping there, but it never really became part of my normal routine.

My life has gotten even busier over the last few years (five kids will do that to a mom!), so my grocery shopping as of late has mostly consisted of a weekly Walmart Grocery Pickup order, quick runs to Aldi for produce, and the occasional trip to Cub Foods since it’s my closest grocery store. My days of heavy coupon use are long past (readers of a popular – now defunct – Twin Cities coupon blog may remember me from there…).

Anyway, I’m excited that Hy-Vee is offering these options as they really do have some great sales that I’m looking forward to being able to take advantage of once again.

Crayola Experience: Free Admission for Kids Ages 4 and Under – Weekdays Through April

Crayola Experience is treating little ones to a day of fun by offering free admission on weekdays to all kids 4 and under, now through 4/30/19. Please note that you’ll need to present a copy of your child’s birth certificate.

Of course, you’ll still need to buy tickets for the rest of the family, but you can get discount tickets for $14.99 with coupon code thrifty1 online to save for the rest of you, too! (Code is case-sensitive.)

Other current savings opportunities and special offers:

  • Members to Other Attractions: Got a membership to another museum or attraction? Show your current annual or season pass/membership to receive 50% off general admission every Monday in April. Valid for up to 4 admissions.
  • Social Workers: Free admission daily through 4/30/19; 25% off admission for immediate family (spouse, children, grandparents)
    Bring pay stub, work ID, or proof of employment
  • Teachers: Free admission daily; 25% off admission for immediate family now through 4/7/19
    Bring valid teacher ID (school badge or recent pay stub + photo ID)
  • First Responders: Free admission daily; 25% off admission for immediate family on Sundays
    Bring valid ID
  • Birthday Freebies: Free admission within 7 days of your birthday
    Valid with proof of birthdate (driver’s license or birth certificate)

International Owl Center (Houston) – Discount Admission

In southeastern Minnesota there’s a little town called Houston (population 979). It’s home to the International Owl Center, featuring Alice the Great Horned Owl and other owls.

Right now you can get discount admission to the International Owl Center when you go through Groupon! You’ll pay as little as $3.67 per person with this offer. Options include:

  • $8 for admission for two
  • $15 for admission for four
  • $22 for admission for six

Admission is normally $7/adult, $4/child ages 4-17, and free for children 3 and under, so keep that in mind when figuring out which option to purchase.

They’re open Fridays through Mondays from 10 am – 4 pm during the fall through spring (I haven’t seen anything on summer hours yet). Shows run daily at 11 am and 2 pm.



The City of Houston, Minnesota, is a town full of nature and a community that’s dedicated to preserving it. The town’s nature center provides a source of tourism and environmental education so it became the home of Alice, a permanently injured great horned owl. She was acquired by Karla Bloem, a member of the community that has dedicated her life towards the study of owls after being awarded a fellowship to continue her study on the species. It is through her hard work, her partnership with the town’s nature center, the donations of members and volunteers of the community that the International Owl Center was born. Now, this unique center is home to several owls, dedicated to educating the public about the owls in North America and the world and hosts an annual festival that attracts some of the top name owl biologists from all over the world.

Get your Groupon HERE!

Cameron’s Coffee Warehouse Sale: April 4-6

Anyone else LOVE Cameron’s Coffee? (My favorite is Highlander Grog.) You’re in luck as the Cameron’s Coffee Warehouse Sale is coming up soon! Shop this sale in Shakopee for great deals on their delicious coffee.

Sip on free samples of your favorite blend or flavor while you shop the aisles. They’ll have a limited number of Cameron’s T-shirts for sale, as well as free burlap.

Sale hours are as follows:

  • Thursday, April 4: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Friday, April 5: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday, April 6: 9 am – 4 pm

Location is 5555 12th Avenue East, Suite 170 in Shakopee, across the street from the Cameron’s Roasting Facility. Find all the details HERE.

Jessie James Decker Discount Concert Tickets – State Theatre

Jessie James Decker is coming to State Theatre in Minneapolis next month! The concert is on Thursday, May 2 at 8 pm.

Right now a limited number of main floor tickets are available for $20 each via Groupon! These tickets are normally $55.06 with all of the fees, and with your Groupon you’ll pay NO additional fees.

Jessie James Decker

  • How you know her: as a country music sweetheart who starred on the E! reality show Eric & Jessie: Game On alongside her husband Eric Decker
  • Her musical debut came in 2009 with the release of her self titled album, which was led by the gold-certified single “Wanted.”
  • Her latest: 2018’s girl anthem, “Boots,” is the first new song Jessie’s released since her 2017 album, Southern Girl City Lights, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

Order your discount Jessie James Decker tickets HERE.

Sea Life Minnesota – 40% Off Admission (Including the NEW “Brave the Rainforest” Adventure)

Sea Life Minnesota in the Mall of America is a popular attraction, but it’s also a spendy one! If you’re hoping to make a trip to see the sea turtles and sharks, make sure you save some of your hard-earned cash before heading out the door.

The biggest savings I found on Sea Life Minnesota admission is by using your IKEA Family card which will get you 40% off General Admission tickets. (If you don’t have an IKEA Family card, it’s free to join and you can do so online.) Show your IKEA Family card at Sea Life to receive the offer, or enter the first six digits of your IKEA Family number as the promo code when you order online. This offer is valid clear through the end of 2019!

With the discount, I was able to get child tickets (ages 3-12) for as low as $11.39 and adult tickets for as low as $15.59, not including tax (and there’s no fee). Remember that kids 2 and under get in free.

But if you’re able to find a coupon for free child admission with adult admission purchase (currently available at Applebee’s and Wendy’s, according to the Sea Life Minnesota website), that would possibly be a better deal than this, depending on how many kids you’re bringing.

Sea Life has a new Brave the Rainforest adventure which is included in the cost of general admission. This two-and-half-story adventure challenges guests to brave interactive exhibits and new animal encounters never-before-seen at the Aquarium:

  • The largest pop-up tank in any SEA LIFE in the world will dare entire families to crawl into a dome full of flying cockroaches
  • Guests will “eek!” at the meet & greet Ranger Camp area where they can get up-close or even touch blue-tongued skinks, flying cockroaches, tarantulas, snakes and more
  • Kids of all ages come nose to snout with caiman crocodiles in two new pop-up bubbles – one on land and one underwater – to guarantee the ultimate croc encounter
  • Two-hundred piranha will be circling in one of the many creature exhibits sure to dare guests to encounter the new “Brave the Rainforest”