Score du Jour for Tomorrow: Half-Price Cheeseburger from Sonic Drive In

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June 6–one day only!–Score your half-price cheeseburger at Sonic Drive-In!

Check out  Sonic’s Facebook Page for details. Here’s your Locator to find a Sonic near you.

Bon appetit!

Score du Jour: Tax-Free for Floridians


Hurricane season is here!

Florida residents, here’s your chance to prepare. The Tax-Free Weekend for purchasing hurricane supplies started yesterday and runs until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 4.

Here’s what you need to prepare for a hurricane (note: not all these items are tax free):

Drinking water: 1 gallon per person per day. Stock at least a three-day supply.

Batteries-Put fresh batteries in and stock 2 extra sets of batteries per device.

Car cell phone charger-If you don’t have one already, get it now.

Flashlights-1 per person, with 2 to spare.

Battery-operated radio/clock

Non-electric can opener

First Aid kit

Three day supply of non-perishable foods

Disposable plates, knives, forks, spoons

Baby wipes

Grill supplies: Propane for gas grills, charcoal/lighter fluid for charcoal grills. (If your power’s out, you’ll want to barbecue your meat before it goes bad!)


Got your hurricane kit ready? No excuses!

Score du Jour: Free tablet, free reading!



Reading = Quality of Life for me.

A few weeks ago, preparing for some major changes in my life, I let go of my Kindle Unlimited reading app. I’d miss it, but I couldn’t justify the monthly cost when so often as a graduate student I didn’t have time to read for fun. I mourned, but I let it go.

But That Nagging Little Frugal Voice insisted that there just had to be a free or low-cost way to replace it, and That Nagging Little Frugal Voice was right. The Overdrive app lets you download ebooks from your local library, and my local library has plenty to keep me busy for years and years and years. The catch? I needed a Kindle Fire to access the app. I didn’t have the Kindle Fire and I couldn’t see paying out some cash to get it when I had a black-n-white Kindle that works just fine.


About a year ago, we got an Amazon credit card which pays rewards points for gas, food, and–of course!–purchases on Amazon. Since we’re devoted Amazon Prime fans and I’m a not-so-devoted commuter who puts many miles on my car, which requires mid-grade gasoline and lots of it, those  purchases add up to points pretty fast. When I checked our available points, I found I could score a “free” Amazon Fire tablet.

So I’m spending this lovely Sunday afternoon downloading books I want to read onto my new tablet, admiring the pretty colors (such an upgrade from my old black-n-white Kindle!) and learning about ways to make more money freelancing.

Score du jour!

What’s your latest Score Du Jour? Tell us how you’re living the dream thanks to clever shopping!

Score du Jour: $10 for Life!



You can score admission to every national park for life…and it will only cost you $10! The catch? You must be 62 years old and you need to move quickly.

Check out the website for information on purchasing the pass. Prices will be going up soon, so act quickly! You can purchase the pass in person at any national park or online, but there is an additional $10 fee for processing online purchases.

Happy Savings!

Score du Jour Advance Warning Edition: Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day



The only thing better than a Ben & Jerry’s cone is a free Ben & Jerry’s cone, and tomorrow’s the day!

Get a free cone from Ben & Jerry’s between noon and 8 p.m. The offer applies at your Ben & Jerry’s shop and doesn’t apply to ice cream purchased in the store. Plan to spend a little time scoring your free scoop, because this event is hugely popular.

Chill out and enjoy!



Score du Jour: How Social Media Melt-Down Got Us a Luxury Hotel Room for Cheap


The luxury hotel on Bourbon Street was in the middle of a social media disaster. Remodeling wasn’t going so well, and the rants vastly overwhelmed the raves in the reviews.

At T-minus six months to our New Orleans vacation trip, Favorite Sister and I were scouring the Interwebs for lodging that wouldn’t break the bank. We read the poor reviews and initially decided not to take a chance…until the hotel posted a deal we couldn’t refuse. (No horse’s head under the cover…wrong movie, ace.)

For $125 per night, we could stay in this fine luxury soon-to-be remodeled hotel right smack on Bourbon Street. This was a steep discount from their regular room rate (don’t get me started on the rack rate–I just don’t pay that.)   Amortized between two people, this price allowed us to stay in pampered comfort right in the heart of the action for $63 a night. Deal!

Fast-forward six months. The remodeling is just a bad memory that gives some poor manager the sweats when she has flashbacks to last winter. Rave reviews abound. And we will be landing in New Orleans in four days, economizing with airport shuttles instead of renting a car since, you know, we’re RIGHT ON BOURBON STREET!

Sure, it’s a risk. I wouldn’t stay anywhere with chronically horrible ratings. A luxury hotel with a reputation to risk? That was worth the gamble.

So how have you used social media to score an outrageous deal?