Giveaway: $50 Amazon Gift Card!

April 30, 2014


Giveaway has ended. Winner will be announced soon!

Back when I first started Coupon Geek I used to blog quite frequently about the things my family and I would do to have fun together on very little money. I loved sharing those posts as several reader friends said how much it helped them find frugal things for their family to do, as well. And another reason–it always kept me actively finding more things for us to add to our list of possible outings.

I’ve gotten away from writing much on Coupon Geek but once school is out-of-session I plan to pick up on it and return back to my old days of blogging fun.

To kick off the writing inspiration, I am hosting a giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card to the reader that wins this giveaway.

And to keep it simple and fair, I am only allowing one entry per reader.


In the comment field below this post, share one (or more) things that you like to do with your family during the summer that costs $5 or less.

Entry is open to US residents only through 11:59PM CST on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. There is a total of one entry allowed per person. Winner will be chosen using a giveaway service and contacted by email. If you’re the winner, you’ll have only 48 hours to respond or an alternate will be chosen. Comments posted for entries will be shared on the site.

Important Note: All comments are moderated so there will be a delay from when you post your comment until it’s visible under the giveaway. If you are reading this via Email Newsletter, you’ll need to come to the site in order to be able to enter as that’s where the comments field is located and hosted.

Good luck to all that enter!

151 Linda Nye May 6, 2014 at 7:25 am

We are building a fort the old fashioned way! Gather or cut trees/branches approx. 15 ft. long & 2 in. in diameter for the frame (20+). Place against a large horizontal tree branch of a tree on both sides, then a few for the back. Frame it like a tent or get fancy & create any shape you like. Set poles approx. 10 in. apart. Next, fill in with many evergreen tree branches. They easily weave and pile on the poles. Your structure should last more than a month. Be creative. Use 2 adjacent trees with similar height horizontal branches for a structure with a roof. You can use grape vine to secure poles together. We also build furniture out of rocks. The idea is to use anything in the forest. I built a couch out of rocks (Flintstones-LOL).

152 Becki Daley May 6, 2014 at 7:31 am

My children and I love to Geocache. The only cost to us is gas to get to the cache, other then that it is complete free.

153 Tiffany May 6, 2014 at 7:43 am

Our family has big cookouts at my moms house, and this summer she is putting up a pool so with 5 bucks we would buy a nice side item to take to a day of family fun.

154 darya keating May 6, 2014 at 7:55 am

I live in staten island ,NY and we have a free ferry going to the city. The ride alone is a lot of fun and sight seeing. And then we walk in a city, Battery park ,not too far from the ferry. To make this more fun, we buy sweets at the ferry terminal and enjoy it outside on a fresh air.

155 Kim Gillis May 6, 2014 at 8:00 am

Sitting on the front porch having a cup a java with my husband, watching the sun come up and listing to the birds signing.

156 Carrel J May 6, 2014 at 8:08 am

We look for free water fountain/playgrounds and let them enjoy, while the adults talk and take pictures.

157 Suzy May 6, 2014 at 8:13 am

We are going to start family bike rides this summer!

158 Carrie Aiken May 6, 2014 at 8:23 am

We love going to the park, so we’ll definitely be doing that this summer!

159 Stephanie DeMarr May 6, 2014 at 8:25 am

A big bucket of water, these squirter things you can get at the dollar store some sunscreen and we have an afternoon on good fun on a hot day:)

160 Dannan Wilkinson May 6, 2014 at 8:41 am

My family loves to go to the local splash pad.

161 Amy Carlo May 6, 2014 at 8:45 am

We like to go to the park! We have many nice parks in our area that have beautiful lakes and fountains and its nice to walk around or just sit and relax.

162 Lori Ryan May 6, 2014 at 8:46 am

Sitting on the patio drinking lemonade and catching up I each other’s lives

163 Yvonne G. May 6, 2014 at 9:07 am

We take the dog for a walk to the park. We all get exercise and it’s usually a fun outing.

164 Dominique DeCoster May 6, 2014 at 9:09 am

My mom an I walk on the beach for exercise, and it only costs us the change for the parking meter :)

165 Megan May 6, 2014 at 9:56 am

We live by an amazing path so we like to take walks!

166 Shelly Rodwell May 6, 2014 at 10:00 am

We go to $1 scoop ice cream on Mondays during the summer, it’s a great treat and cheap way to spend time w/ my family.

167 Beth May 6, 2014 at 10:11 am

We blow bubbles outside in our yard!

168 Rachael Walden May 6, 2014 at 11:24 am

I love to go for walks, exploring new neighborhoods!

169 LISA WILLIAMS May 6, 2014 at 11:34 am

We enjoy going to the spray park in our community for FREE. :-)

170 Laurie Parfitt May 6, 2014 at 1:54 pm

The sandbox becomes a free treasure during the summer. We try to find the most unusual items to make sand pies with, truck mountains, and treasure hunts. When that becomes boring after a long while, we add a little water to step it up!

171 kellie May 6, 2014 at 4:12 pm

We love the beach!

172 Dianne McKinney May 6, 2014 at 4:31 pm

My favorite thing to do during the summer is to take leisurely walks look at the lovely flowers visit with friends and enjoy the wonderful weather

173 Mary Clinton May 6, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Our favorite thing to do for less than $5 will always be water balloons. You can get a huge pack of balloons for under $5. We create our own games to play using the balloons and then once we have had enough of the games then the real fun starts :) An all out battle where everyone is a target!

174 Food, Faith, and Other Fabulous Finds May 6, 2014 at 5:21 pm

I like to crack open an ice cold watermelon to enjoy a refreshing treat and a messy face.

175 Mary Ann Westcott May 6, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Blowing bubbles on the front steps with my grandchildren after dinner! Priceless!

176 Emily May 6, 2014 at 5:43 pm

I love going swimming at the beach with my husband, or going out on his family’s boat. It costs us nothing! This year we will be able to take our baby (who is due in June) I’m so excited!!

177 Candace May 6, 2014 at 5:44 pm

We love to go to the local nature park. It has a playground and a great nature walk.

178 Kerri May 6, 2014 at 5:54 pm

We love to take the dogs on long walks.

179 Miriam Moenich May 6, 2014 at 6:15 pm

We have a $1.00 movie theater in Raleigh. For $5.00 my husband, son, daughter and I could enjoy a Saturday night family movie and have $1.00 left over!!

180 Debra G May 6, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Go to the park, lake, creek, or fireworks show with a blanket and picnic lunch. Sometimes I can use coupons to get pizza for $5.00. We play, fish, read, swim, talk, sing and enjoy each other.

181 Blue May 6, 2014 at 6:33 pm

I like to drive out to the county line bridge at low water dam, the later days of June, or early July, just before dark. The fireflies come out and file the trees along the river banks and it’s stunningly beautiful, and we just and watch the light show and talk about life.

Sometimes we go out to a country road and find a field with lots of sweetgrass, and pick a few sacks full. Then we bring it home, dry it and grind it to a powder, then coat bamboo sticks to make sweetgrass incense.

Best of all, we will stake some sticks in the back yard and tie twine between them, throw a sheet over the twine, and make a tent, and sleep the night in the back yard, spending a lot of the time watching sky, locating the constellations.

182 Mel May 6, 2014 at 6:42 pm

We go to the local park with a free petting zoo.

183 Rose Strahm May 6, 2014 at 6:43 pm

We enjoy a free splash pad in the area or the Madison zoo. Also free.

184 pam May 6, 2014 at 6:58 pm

I like to take my kids to the animal shelter and visit the dogs. Occasionally we’re allowed to walk some of them. It’s a great day for us as well as them!

185 Susie B May 6, 2014 at 7:10 pm

We find out when museums, gardens, and science centers are free, and then go during those times (going early before it gets crowded). Movie houses in our area sometimes have $1 movie showings. When it gets hot: there’s always sprinklers or slip n slide.

186 Mara Cain May 6, 2014 at 7:20 pm

I take my granddaughter for ice cream cones and then we sit outside watching the trains go by and counting the cars.

187 jen May 6, 2014 at 7:29 pm

We have a free splash park 10 mins from out house!

188 Anne May 6, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Summer brings to mind many ideas of things that have little or no cost that our family can do together!
1. Watermelon seed spitting contest
2. Summer reading at the library
3. Watching fireworks together on the 4th of July
4. Enjoying our town’s 4th of July parade, with a stop at the donut store on the way!
5. Playing Bocce ball at the grandparents’ house with the extended family

189 Corie Eisner May 6, 2014 at 8:35 pm

We like to spend time together swimming at the pool, then having a picnic, and finishing up with hula-hooping or Frisbee. It’s all about enjoying each other and the wonderful summer weather.

190 Michelle W May 6, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Going to the park flying kites! Also swimming in our pool.

191 Patsy May 6, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Go to the park as often as we can.

192 Kelly L May 6, 2014 at 9:02 pm

We have BBQ’s all summer long and keep a corn hole tournament going at each one. Everyone participates and it’s fun to watch the improvements, especially with the kids. Keeps everyone active and talking.

193 Becky Weber May 6, 2014 at 9:12 pm

We like to sit out on our porch and relax!

194 JoLee Frederiksen May 6, 2014 at 9:14 pm

We like to play bean bags in the drive way with other people in the neighborhood.

195 Alicia May 6, 2014 at 9:26 pm

The kids love to run through the sprinkler!

196 Melanie Lee May 6, 2014 at 9:37 pm

My son loves to go bowling during the summer with the kids bowl for free program.

197 tracy May 6, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Go to as many local parks as we can – and rate them!!!

198 Thomas Murphy May 6, 2014 at 9:50 pm

We like to go to the beach.

199 Debby McLean May 6, 2014 at 10:48 pm

I like to enjoy a free sundae at Culver’s with my family. We use a BOGO coupon to keep our cost below $5.00.

200 Tabathia B May 6, 2014 at 11:25 pm

We participate in the summer reading program and go the $1 movie for kids

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