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With Busch Gardens' opening day in about one month, here's one resort package you might want to go ahead and nab. Kingsmill Resort is offering a package good for two nights lodging, tickets to Busch Gardens, daily breakfast, free transportation to Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, and Merchant Square, and access to the resort's pool and fitness center.
Prices start at $100 per person per night, based on four person occupancy.
Just a quick note to save you money:
Thanks to A Frugal Chick, I'm passing along this rare Amazon coupon code good for $8.63 off any Amazon purchase of $50. Use the code BIGTHANKS at checkout to get the deal.
Only a few hours left to take advantage of Kings Dominion's buy-one-get-one-free sale on admission.
Buy a single-day admission ticket for $67 and you'll get a second one free. Good any single day March 25 though June 30. Just go to their website to get the deal.
Even if you miss this deal, don't despair. I've got the latest information for you to start planning your first 2017 visit, including operating dates and hours, pre-season ticket deals, and discounts for those renewing their season passes, as well as upcoming events and Soak City hours. Here's where to get started.
Commemorate the 155th anniversary of the epic Battle of Hampton Roads March 4 and 5 at the Mariner's' Museum in Newport News.
A mixture of family-friendly, hands-on activities, videos, living history encampments and demonstrations, photo ops with Abraham Lincoln, and more will introduce you to the battle between the USS monitor and the CSS Virginia on March 6, 1862, one of the most famous battles in civil war history.
All activities are free with admission to the Mariner's' Museum. For details, go to www.MarinersMuseum.org.
If you want to plan a Virginia Beach vacation, but money is a little tight, take advantage of Siebert Realty's tax refund deal.
Book a new rental by March 1 for a stay with an arrival of June 17 or 18 and use the promo code TAXREFUND, and you'll pay nothing until April 15.
For details, go to www.siebert-realty.com.
Busch Gardens Virginia Admission Info -- 2017 Prices, Free Preschool Pass, Limited Time 2-Park Fun Card Deal, Promo Codes, Park Hours and More
Save up to 40% off a visit to Williamsburg's Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg thanks to a new deal from Groupon.
The deal is good on stays between Feb. 20 and April 6 and includes a stay in a suite, waterpark passes for up to six, and for some rooms, a $50 dining credit. Prices start at $159.99 per night.
To get the deal, go to Groupon.
Even if you can't use this deal, here's two other promo codes you can use to save money on this fantastic indoor water resort.
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If you're already dreaming of spring-like days at Kings Dominion, I've got the latest information for you to start planning your first 2017 visit.
From 2017 operating dates and hours, pre-season ticket deals, and discounts for those renewing their season passes, to upcoming events and Soak City hours, I've got everything you need in a way that's concise and easy to understand. Here's where to get started.
Book a 3-night Virginia Beach rental through Sandbridge Realty and you'll get the 4th night free. This deal could save you up to 45% on your spring beach getaway. Arrival ate must be on or before May 16.
To get the deal, go to www.siebert-realty.com and click on "Specials." And for a list of more places to find beach rentals (as well as tips for how to plan a getaway for less), click here.
For a limited time, local residents can get 50% off admission to Norfolk's Nauticus. If you live in an area with a 757 area code, you'll get half-off admission to Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin Jan. 18 through Feb. 28. You must show proof of residency to get the deal.
Just a few days left to take advantage of some great food freebies for January. In case you missed them, here they are:
- 7-Eleven - Get a free hot or iced small coffee every Wednesday in January, plus a free small Slurpee every Saturday in January and February. To get the deal, you'll need to download and scan your 7-Eleven app when you visit.
- McDonalds - Get their app and you'll get free weekly deals such as a BOGO free breakfast sandwich, free fries with a $10 purchase, or buy 5 get one free McCafe beverage.
- Wendy's - Buy a key card for $2 and you'll get a free Junior Frosty every time you make a purchase in 2017.
- IHOP all-you-can-eat pancakes - This deal goes through the start of Jan. through the second week in Feb.
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A few spots are trying to brighten your winter with some pretty sweet food freebies. Here's a few:
- 7-Eleven - They are offering a free hot or iced small coffee every Wednesday in January, plus a free small slurpee every Saturday in January and February. The only catch: You must scan your 7-Eleven app.
- McDonalds - Get their app to receive free weekly deals. Deals may include a BOGO free breakfast sandwich, free fries with a $10 purchase, or buy 5 get one free McCafe beverage.
- Wendy's - Buy a key card for $2 and you'll receive a free Junior Frosty each time you make a purchase in 2017.
- IHOP all-you-can-eat pancakes - start of Jan. through the second week in Feb.
This a a shout out to militarybridge.com, which recently posted a helpful list of 25 ski resorts that offer military discounts on lift tickets. Discounts range from $10-$20 off lift tickets to completely free lift tickets for active military. Check out the list here.
While I don't claim to have anywhere near as comprehensive a list of military discounts as they do, I do have a number of discounts you should check out, including this season's military discount (and free admission days) for Kings Dominion.
Two weeks ago, I posted that Kings Dominion was offering some excellent holiday deals you should consider taking advantage of if you were planning to visit this season.
Unfortunately, those deals have expired. But the good news is that their Pre-Season Single-Day Deal of $39.99 (good any operating day all season) is still in effect.
Even better news just arrived in the form of the first promo code of the season that will save you another $10 off that price-- if you act fast.
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During the month of January you can get a free coffee (hot or iced) at participating 7-Eleven locations when you scan your 7-Eleven app. No purchase necessary.-
Wendy's - Buy a $2 key tag and get a free unlimited Junior Frosty all 2017 when you make a purchase.
Speaking of coffee and apps, just a little tip of you're thinking of downloading the Dunkin Donuts app: Last month I took advantage of a deal (since expired) which gave you a $5 bonus when you loaded $10 or more on your Dunkin Donuts app. I figured I'd use the $10 to buy a gift card for a friend since I rarely buy things at Dunkin's.
But I (and the guy working the counter) were shocked to learn that you can't buy gift cards using the Dunkin Donuts app. Just be aware that apps like these may have restrictions on what you can use them to purchase!
Winter Events at Virginia Beach & Beyond, from Whale Watching to Virginia Beach Restaurant Week, to the Popular (and Frigid) Polar Plunge...
Looking for something to do inside this weekend? I'll show you have to get $3 off tickets for the Hampton Roads Auto Show Jan. 13-15. And if you're military, I'll tell you how to get a free ticket!
The show features the latest cars from all the major car makers, plus free Toyota ride and drives, live shows from local radio stations, and an appearance by Scooby Doo on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. For details and the link to the $3 off coupon, click here.
Winter Whale Watching Deals in Virginia Beach...Package Deals Including Hotel, Excursion, Virginia Aquarium & IMAX Tix and More.
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Kings Dominion is offering several pretty sweet deals to get you thinking about spring. Here's how they stack up:
- Holiday Bundle Deal: Get a 2017 single day admission (good for any operating day), a single meal deal, and parking.
- Holiday All-Inclusive Ticket: For three payments of $49, you'll get one single day admission (good for any operating day), all-day dining, a Fast Lane Pass, parking, a souvenir bottle, and a single day FunPix Photo Pass.
- Pre-Season Single-Day Deal: Get a single day admission (good any operating day) for $39.99.
Keep in mind that all three deals do not include taxes and fees, but the first two, at least, are really good deals. Why? Let's break this down based on 2016 prices (2017 single day prices aren't posted yet, but you can expect that they'll be at least $3 higher than 2016 prices).
2016 single day ticket: $66
Fast Lane Pass: $40
All Day Dining Plan: @$30
Souvenir Bottle: $10.99
Based on 2016 prices, the Holiday Bundle will save you @$66-$70, while the Holiday Inclusive Deal will save you @$54-$58.
As for the Pre-Season Deal, while single-day ticket deals it is possible (based on similar coupon or promo code deals I found in 2016) that you might be able to do a little better than $39, you may want to take advantage of this deal if you want the flexibility of getting a low price that's good for any operating day.
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With Busch Gardens' opening day in about one month, here's one resort package you might want to go ahead and nab. Kingsmill Resort is offering a package good for two nights lodging, tickets to Busch G…
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Just a quick note to save you money: Thanks to A Frugal Chick, I'm passing along this rare Amazon coupon code good for $8.63 off any Amazon purchase of $50. Use the code BIGTHANKS at checkout to get t…
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