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10 Ways to Save at the OC Fair

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Orange County’s beloved  OC Fair opened yesterday and will be entertaining kids and adults Wednesdays – Sundays now through  August 14th.

The OC Fair is a ton of fun, but can also end up being a ton of money if you don’t know about some of the OC Fair discounts so I wanted to highlight these 10 ways to save at the OC Fair for you.

From experience, if you have kids that  love the rides, by far the best deal is to go on a Wednesday or Thursday and get the $30 unlimited wristband. Then it’s just done and you don’t have to worry about reloading your ticket or running out of rides. Best value for sure.

If planning the day of the week, Thursdays are great because kids get free admission all day, you can get the unlimited wristband AND take advantage of the $2 Taste of Fair food noon – 4p.  Huge savings. We are going this Thursday (yay!) Follow our adventure on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

10 Ways to Save at the OC Fair 

1. Read & Ride

Kids ages 5-11 can read 2 books to earn 3 free carnival rides. Click here to download the book report form. Completed book report forms can be redeemed for ride tickets at the Centennial Farm Information Booth during Fair hours.

2. We Care Wednesdays

FREE admission and one (1) free carnival ride per person each Wednesday with appropriate donation (donation changes weekly.) Click here for the schedule.

3. $30 Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristband

Sold until 5p, valid until 8p on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Enjoy all the rides you can handle for one price plus 2 free games. Required Fair admission sold separately.

4.  $2 Taste of Fair Food

Thursdays Noon – 4p. Enjoy $2 samples of select Fair treats.

5. Kids Day

Thursdays all day children 12 & under receive FREE Fair admission.

6. $2 Rides and $2 Games

Fridays Noon – 4p. Rides and games are only $2 each in the Main Carnival and Kiddie Carnival.

7. Seniors Day (60+)

Bring grandma and grandpa to the Fair! Fridays all day $2 discount on Senior admission plus FREE Ferris wheel and merry-go-round rides.

8. Rise & Shine: Saturdays and Sundays

Early admission pricing every weekend of the Fair. $3 general admission for everyone 10 am – 11 am (Discounted tickets are sold until 11 am and must be used by Noon on the day of purchase.)

9. FREE Off-Site Parking (Weekends Only)

Free parking and shuttle service is available on Saturdays and Sundays from the Experian parking structure located off the Bristol Street exit of the 405 Freeway. Follow the signs to “Experian.” The shuttle operates from 10 am-1 am Saturday & Sunday only.

10. Active Military & Veterans 

Active-duty military and veterans receive free OC Fair admission and are eligible to purchase ½ price general admission tickets. Promotion is valid all 23 days of the 2016 OC Fair. Military ID required.

 For complete information on everything this year’s OC Fair has to offer visit www.ocfair.com

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Shooby Dooby down to Ruby’s Diner on Monday, July 27th, 2015 from 11:30am until closing and you can get a Ruby’s Classic RubyBurger and fries for only $1.93 to celebrate Ruby’s 93rd birthday!


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Better Than Black Friday: Amazon Prime Day July 15th

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Links in this post are Amazon affiliate links. 

I didn’t discover the awesomeness of Amazon Prime until last Christmas when I signed up for their Free 30-Day Trial to do my Christmas shopping.

Seriously. What in the HECK took me so long?! Amazon Prime is the bomb!!!  It has saved me SO much time, money and headaches.

There are a gazillion items that get free two-day shipping, many now even are on free one-day shipping. In need of a last minute birthday gift for the weekend with no time to run to the store? No problem. Amazon Prime, I love you.

As a Prime Member we also get access to a ton of instant videos the kids love.

I also give the Amazon Gift Cards as gifts because they arrive the next day with one-day free shipping. Perfect teacher gifts.

The reason I never signed up for it before was that I was afraid of spending too much money online shopping simply because it’s so easy and so convenient.

But what I have realized is that Amazon Prime actually SAVES me money! 

Here’s why, often I use it to buy gifts or items I need last minute using the free shipping.

If I were to run to Target for the same item, I would be guaranteed to spend a whole lot more on things I realized I couldn’t live without while in the store. Am I right?

Not a Prime member? Sign up here for a Free 30-Day Trial and just try it out.

Amazon Prime Day 

Since I am a new Amazon Prime gal, this is the first I am getting to experience Happy Amazon Prime Day July 15.

I hear that it’s better than Black Friday. SWEET! Stock up now on some items for Christmas and disperse the holiday spending.

It’s a one day shopping event on July 15th, 2015 with exclusive deals for Prime Members.

Already a Prime Member and is it July 15th? Happy Amazon Prime Day – July 15 – Exclusive Deals for Prime Members – Shop Now!!!

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Fundraise Smarter with SmartRaiser

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SmartRaiser Mobile Discount Card for Fundraising

How many of you are familiar with the credit card-sized, plastic community discount cards? For those not familiar, it’s a card with reusable deal or promotion for card holders and groups sell the cards to raise money for their cause.

The concept is a great one, because who doesn’t love a win-win? You feel good by supporting a local group and get to save money at local businesses, and the fundraising group makes money.

But there’s always been one little problem with me. I have bought these cards over the years, but often don’t take advantage of the deals on the card because the print is really small and I forget what’s on there.

Or, even if I remember a company is on there, I often don’t have the card on me. Frustrating. Which is why I think this company is SO brilliant!

SmartRaiser Mobile Discount Card 

Enter SmartRaiser, an Orange County based company that created an easy-to-use mobile discount cardwhere you always have your mobile discount card on you, because these days, no one goes anywhere without their phone!

SoCal moms and families with kids in groups that fundraise, you will want to run to get the SmartRaiser fundraising program started in your school or organization.

How it Works

SmartRaiserScreen The SmartRaiser folks have canvased SoCal to get hundreds of deals groups can use to customize a card for their fundraiser.

In case you were wondering, there is no cost to the business. I personally love supporting my local businesses – especially when I know they are active in helping the community.

Each mobile discount card has on average around 50 reusable deals which groups can use to sell and raise money for their organization.

The mobile discount card sells for $20 for 12 months and out of that, the fundraising group makes 70%! The group will also make a percentage on renewals giving them the the opportunity for a continuous revenue stream.

How AWESOME is that?!

To make it even more personal, groups can brand their own mobile discount card.

For example, say your mascot is the Lion.  Your school could sell their own customized Lion Mobile Discount Card.

And since it is mobile, you can sell your card online, through social media and also in person.

It’s a No Cost / No Risk Fundraiser 

SmartRaiser makes it free for a fundraising group to sign on to their program and there are no set-up fees or minimums to get started. Plus, since it is totally mobile, there are no costs for printing and no inventory to hold on to.  It’s one of the truly risk free fundraising programs out there.

Never Forget to Use Your Discounts Again 

When users download the app, you can easily scroll through and check out the amazing deals. I love the clean and user-friendly interface.

After you purchase the mobile discount card, you simply show the deal screen at the business to redeem your savings over and over and over again for a whole entire year! 

Plus, your mobile discount card doesn’t de-value over time, it is good for 12- notifications months from the date of activation.

Now I am going to get a little techie on you because I think this is one of the coolest features. The app puts a geofence around the business’s location and a (not annoying) reminder will pop up on your phone when you are near or in the location reminding you of the deal!

Do you want to implement this risk free fundraiser? 

If you are involved in a group that has a fundraising need and are interested in learning more about how you can get your group’s own customized mobile discount card to sell to raise money contact:

Jim Shirley
Vice President
jimshirley @ smartraiser.com

If you own a Southern California business and would like the opportunity to discuss featuring a special deal or promotion on SmartRaiser to help local groups raise money contact:

Ryan Oriza
Account Executive
ryanoriza @ smartraiser.com

Don’t fundraise harder. Fundraise Smarter.

Visit www.SmartRaiser.com to learn more!

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Unbooked Appointments Coupon


Who could use a free mani? Or an extreme discount on a massage or facial? Ladies, and gentleman, it is time to treat yourself with this Unbooked Appointments coupon for a free $20 credit to use towards a service of your choice.  Just click here, enter your email, and you will receive a $20 credit in your account to use towards your next booking.

What is Unbooked Appointments?

Unbooked Appointments works with service providers to help book them services during their slower days/times at a discounted rate.  With categories like Beauty and Spas, Health and Fitness, Auto, Home and Garden and Things to Do, you can search your county by category to see what appointments might work for you.

Then, “Go When They’re Slow and Save!” 

Just for fun, with your $20 credit, you could score a FREE gel mani in Huntington Beach or a FREE eye brow wax. Yep, the discounted rate at the select times is only $15, so you would have a $5 credit to use towards your next service. There are lots of fun opportunities like that on Unbooked Appointments where you could use your $20 credit.

Seriously – just sign up to get your $20 credit and browse around. You will be shocked at the deals!!!

How Do I Redeem My Service Coupon? 

What I love about Unbooked Appointments is the financial part is taken care of online so you don’t have to pay onsite.

Once you find a service that you like, just select a date and time that works for you and purchase the appointment at a discount price.

Unbooked will send you reminders as the appointment gets closer and all you need to do is show up – the provider will be happily expecting you! No phone calls, no coupons, no hassles, just enjoyment.

$20 Credit for Tiny Oranges Readers

Click here to get yours!

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