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Frugal Family Finds: the "Get it While it's Hot " Edition

Time is money, right? Sometimes we shell out more for convenience but this week’s Frugal Family Finds helps you find the trifecta of thrift by bringing together technology, convenience and savings.

1. Whole Foods — Wheaton and other locations

The Deal: Technology + convenience+ savings= the ideal deal. Thanks to Whole Foods for making it so simple for us coupon-clipping wannabes to be super savers. Click thru for online coupons you can print and save on items such as: vitamins, brats, roasted red peppers and even Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.

2. Brookfield Zoo — Brookfield

The Deal: Clap (or rap) along: ”We ‘re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo and you can come too, too, too. The kids are free, free, free, and I’m just paying for me, me, me!” On August 8, 9, 10 all children 11 and under are admitted for FREE. During Free Kids’ Days, presented by Meijer, Brookfield Zoo will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission for adults is $13.50 and parking is $9.00.

Offer Good: Aug. 8-10

3. Lollapalooza.com — online

The Deal: Headed to the 20th Anniversary Lollapalooza concert this weekend in Grant Park? You don’t have to be at the three-day fest to enjoy a sampling of some of the fresh sounds from this year’s artists. The man behind the curtain, Perry Farrell is offering up 15-songs to download for FREE featuring Chi-town favorites, the Smith Westerns and jam band regulars, My Morning Jacket, and indie darlings Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.  For those a bit more voyeur minded (or just cheap) you could view many of the acts live streaming on YouTube beginning Friday afternoon as well at youtube.com/lollapalooza

 Offer Good: Songs for download thru Sep. 30.

4.Lowe’s — Carol Stream

The Deal: Are your digs looking a little dull, weathered and worn? Perk those tired walls with a new coat of Valspar paint from Lowe’s for under $35 a gallon. But the real fun can be had online where you can choose from over 244 colors and then have it mixed and ready to pick up at your local Lowe’s.

Offer Good: Prices Good Through Aug. 11 

5. Amazon.com/Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home — Online

Eager to give a shout-out to one of Ohio’s own, Amazon.com is helping us sing the praises of this ice cream queen. For those unfamiliar with the unique deliciousness and scoopability of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, do yourself a favor and skedaddle to Lemon Tree Grocer in Downer’s Grove or visit Jeni’s online for a fresh pint. For the culinary do-it- your-selfers, you can create dairy dreams in your kitchen with Jeni Britton Bauer’s, “Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home.” The cookbook is featured on sale at Amazon.com for $14.99 and has free shipping with Amazon Prime.

Offer Good: Prices subject to availability

6. Illinois Farm Families — Chicago

With the locally grown movement in full swing, Illinois Farm Families is hosting a Mom’s Night Out on Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. at Little Beans Café to invite moms from around the Chicagoland area to meet local farm families and find out how food is locally grown and produced. Register for wine and dinner outing to chat with other like-minded moms and learn more about the Field Mom opportunity to meet farm families and tour area farms.

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