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50 Things to Do This Summer in Des Moines Under $5 - dsm4kids.com

Now that we’re a few weeks into summer break you may be looking for a few inexpensive ways to keep everyone entertained and out of trouble. We’ve got you covered with this list of 50 exciting summer ideas all under $5. Most of these events and activities are actually totally FREE! Des Moines offers plenty of frugal fun, so be sure to take advantage of these incredible inexpensive programs and activities. Continue Reading…

Find Discounted Tickets to Local Attractions This Summer in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Nothing screams summer like an outing to a fun attraction, whether you’re just out and about for the day or on vacation. Of course paying to get into these attractions can also make you scream, especially when you’re purchasing admission tickets for multiple people. Fortunately, there are ways to save a little money. We’ve rounded up a list of businesses and organizations that provide a variety of discounts to local attractions in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

All in Favor of FREE Chick-Fil-A, Say “Aye”! - dsm4kids.com

By Natalie Maughan

Any family with young kids knows the chicken sandwich and lemonade all too well. Yet, have you tried Chick-Fil-A for their breakfast? How about giving a breakfast biscuit a-go on the house? That’s right, every Tuesday at local participating Chick-Fil-A’s you can get one “mystery” breakfast item for FREE for each person in attendance. Here’s the best part: you don’t even have to leave your car if you don’t want to. You can ask for it at the drive-thru. I know what you’re thinking: “How have I missed this?!” Well, here’s your chance to make every Tuesday morning even more awesome. Continue Reading…

50 Things to Do This Spring in Des Moines Under $5 - dsm4kids.com

Spring is such an exciting time in Des Moines with tons of opportunities for family fun. With summer break just around the corner, save your money this spring by attending family events that are cheap or totally FREE. Here are 50 opportunities to have family fun under $5 this spring in Des Moines. Continue Reading…

50 Things to Do This Fall Under $5 in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Just about mid-September everyone is in the mood to celebrate autumn, so we’ve rounded up some cheap and free ways to help you get in a fall frame of mind. If you’re looking for even more fall fun, be sure to check out our Fall Fun Guide with links to fall festivals, pumpkin patches and more! Continue Reading…

50 Ideas Under $5 4 Winter Fun in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Now that it’s beginning to look (and feel) a lot like winter. And since we know the cold, dark days of winter can be challenging with little ones, we’ve put together 50 fun winter activities to keep you and your crew from going stir-crazy. Psst! We even kept budget in mind, and all 50 activities cost $5 or less (per person). If you’re lucky, by the time you’re finished with this list, spring will be knocking on the door! Continue Reading…

What To Buy After Christmas - dsm4kids.com

What To Buy After Christmas

You’re thinking, I just finished my Christmas shopping and have a house full of stuff!  But, once Santa is gone, the after Christmas sales will be on!  Many retailers will be trying to get rid of their holiday inventories and we consumers need to figure out what’s good to buy now and what’s not.  If you’re not all shopped out, read on to find out what to buy after Christmas.  Continue Reading…

Tips 4 Shopping at the Rhea Lana’s Fall 2015 Consignment Event – dsm4kids.com

In recent years, kids’ consignment sales have gained popularity as parents look for ways to save money. A great consignment sale event here in Des Moines is Rhea Lana’s of Ankeny/Des Moines.  Jessica Hansen, local franchisee, invited me to attend the Consignor’s Pre-Sale at Merle Hay Mall yesterday and I am sharing my experience with you. Continue Reading…

15 Ways 4 Families to Save Money at the Movies in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

It’s that time of year when all of the big summer blockbusters are in the theaters and the kids are asking to go to a movie every other day.  We enjoy going to the movies as a family and love catching the latest flick when we can.  We recently went to Inside Out and by the time we bought four tickets, popcorn and drinks, a whopping $60 bucks was drained from the old bank account.  Ouch! So, that got me to thinking about how we can save money going to the movies.  With a little research and a little planning it is possible to lower the cost of a movie.  Here is 15 ways for families to save money at the movies. Continue Reading…