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Save $5 Off Dunkin' Donuts Munchkin Run Registration

Save $5 off the registration fee for the Nov. 18 Dunkin' Donuts Munchkin Run if you use the promo code "DONUTFUN" when registering online at www.donutrun.org.

The 5K run, which supports kids with cancer, is a run/walk through the St. Christopher's campus in Richmond. Runners will enjoy a Dunkin Donuts breakfast plus post-run snacks, a t-shirt, a finisher's medal, and Dunkin' Donuts coupons.

The pre-discount registration fee is $35 for adults, $30 for youth 6-17, and $15 for kids 5 and under (they have a special kids donut dash for them). Prices go up $5 per ticket after Nov. 1.

For details, go to the donutrun.org website.

"Night of the Living Museum" at Virginia Living Museum

The Virginia Living Museum is hosting its annual "Night of the Living Museum" Halloween event on Oct. 20 and 21 from 5 pm to 8:30 pm each night.

Now in its 18th year, this event for kids ages 12 and under features pumpkin carving, trail walks, visits with nocturnal animals like skunks and raccoons, and an opportunity to trick or treat in themed galleries of the museum which feature fairies, princesses, and pirates.

Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character or wild animal and make creepy crafts and enjoy a "Not the Mythbusters" show featuring science experiments.

The cost is $15 per person ($10 for museum members) and kids 2 and under are free. TIckets for the planetarium show "Fright Lights" are extra.

For more info, go to www.thevlm.org.

Today's Travel Deals & Tips

Here's a round up of some of the day's best travel deals and tips.

- The Budget Traveler's Guide to Disneyland - If you want to save money, find "Hidden Mickeys," and save time online-- or even get freebies-- on your next visit to Disneyland, check out Budget Travel's latest article here.
- Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg Getaway Sale - Book by 10/17 and save up to 50% off per night with code RGETAWAY2
- Fares from $49 each way on Southwest Airlines - ends Oct. 12
- Fares from $31 each way on Jet Blue - today only
- Fares from $20 each way on Frontier - today only

Up to 37% Off International Spy Museum

If the words "Bond, James Bond" send flutters up your spine, you owe it to yourself to visit Washington DC's International Spy Museum.

This three-story homage to spies, spy history, and yes, James Bond, is well-worth a visit-- so worth it that my hubby and I spent a full three and a half hours there before our legs gave out.

But one thing it is not is cheap, so I'd advise you to jump on this rare Groupon deal offering you up to 37% off the $21.95 ticket price. I usually only see this deal offered once a year, so you need to snap it up before it disappears.



Fall Fun Itineraries for Virginia: From Fall Leaves to Apple Picking

We're just entering the peak time of fall colors, with brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges just starting to appear in Virginia. But Virginia is a big state, so peak viewing dates vary quite a bit depending on your location.

So here's a quick guide to peak viewing times in the state of Virginia.

Fall is also a great time for Halloween haunt attractions (and I've got discounts for them!), great locations for apple picking (including my favorite, Carter's Mountain in Charlottesville), and fall festivals.

If you have 1-3 days to enjoy a fall getaway, check out my Fall Fun itinerary, complete with tours of presidents' homes, great restaurants, and a quite-possibly-really haunted mansion.

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Free Senior Admission to Virginia Zoo

Norfolk's Virginia Zoo is offering free admission to seniors ages 62 and older on Wednesdays through Oct. 26.

Just bring a valid ID as proof of age, and you're in!

It's a great way to take your grandkids out for the day for less, especially if you pair it with a memorable meal at nearby Doumar's Drive-In.

Save $39 Off Kings Dominion Halloween Haunt Tickets

You can save up to $39 off Kings Dominion's Halloween Haunt (getting ready to start its third weekend of the season tomorrow) with no fewer than four active promo codes, military and first responder deals, and bring-a-friend discounts.

I've detailed the deals here. Keep in mind that most of the deals are only good when you purchase tickets in advance online, so whatever you do, check them out before showing up at the park.

Also, if you really love frights and don't mind paying more to maximize them, consider purchasing a Fright Lane Pass. For an extra $73-$106 you'll get access to five secret "Skeleton Key" rooms, as well as jump to the front of the line in the mazes.

50% Off Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream Tickets

Kids like to be scared too...but their parents don't like being too scared to open their wallets. But the latest Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream deal may have parents happily reaching for theirs.

For the first time I can remember, the park is offering a Kids Spectacular Ticket deal that provides 50% off the adult admission price. For $45, kids ages 3-9 can get admission to the park's more family-friendly Halloween daylight hours on weekends.

This way, the kids can enjoy a little family-friendly Halloween fun without breaking the family bank.

For more info, as well as promo codes and other ways to save at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream, look here.

Airline Deals From $29 One-Way

Today is quite the day for airline deals if you're able to travel this fall. Check out these amazing fares (no code necessary except for the Emirates deal - see below):

- Fares from $29 each way on Frontier Airlines - ends soon
- Fares from $39 each way on Southwest Airlines - ends Oct. 5
- Fares from $47 each way on Alaska Airlines - ends Oct. 9
- $50 off economy and $200 off business class fares on Emirates Airlines - ends soon. Use code EKJETZY.

Howl-O-Scream and Halloween Haunt Deals

Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Howl-O-Scream and Kings Dominion's Halloween Haunt are now underway through Oct. 29, but why pay full price if you don't have to?

I've got a dozen ways to get Halloween Haunt tickets for far, far less than full price. Just look here.

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream discounts are harder to come by, but I've still found three current deals that will save you $20 or more. Here's how to get them.

Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg Weekend Deal

Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg is offering 50% off a Friday stay when your plans include a Saturday night stay and you book by Oct. 5.

The deal allows you to save up to $125 off select dates for bookings between Sept. 29 through Dec. 16. You may need to enter an offer code, which is "WEEKEND" to get the deal.

Even if you miss this discount, here's another way to get 30% off a two-day stay at Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg for select groups.

Today's Food & Fun Freebies

Just wanted to take a quick moment to alert you to some freebies you may want to take advantage of for today:

- Buy one get one free pizza at Dominos (no coupon necessary - now through Sept 24.)
- Buy one, get one free chicken parmesan at Macaroni Grill (today only with this coupon)
- Free Bloomin' Onion with purchase at Outback (Sept. 18 only - just mention "Bloomin' Monday" when you order)
- 50% off Busch Gardens Williamsburg tickets - good for Howl-O-Scream (offer ends in a week. Here's how to get it.)
- Buy one pizza, get one free at Papa John's when you use VISA checkout - ends soon.

Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion!

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Sept. 18 is National Cheeseburger Day

If you love freebies or burgers, Sept. 18, National Cheeseburger Day, is a great day to score some freebies and deals.

The website afrugalchick.com has done a great job of highlighting deals from about a dozen burger spots-- including deals like "get a free burger with purchase" at Ruby Tuesdays.

Find out about those deals here, but remember, they're only good Sept. 18.

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream Deals: Save up to 50%

With Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Howl-O-Scream starting in just a week or so, this year's deals and promo codes are just starting to appear.

But I've already found several deals, including the following:

- a limited time 50% off admission deal
- a promo code good for $20 off admission
- a good-anytime deal offering $32 off admission
- a deal good for 50% off admission for active military and veterans

To get these deals, go to my Howl-O-Scream page.

Howl-O-Scream Haunts Busch Gardens Williamsburg

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Eclipse Event at Virginia Living Museum

Make your viewing of the Aug. 21st eclipse even more special with a visit to the Virginia Living Museum.

From 1:30 to 4:30 pm, you'll be able to safely view the eclipse with specially-provided eclipse glasses, telescope views of the sun, plus a live webcast of the total eclipse in the Abbott Planetarium.

The viewing is included free with admission. Eclipse glasses are free while supplies last.

And don't miss the other hands-on fun you'll find at the museum, plus ticket info and more.

Last Chance for $1 Admission at Mariners Museum

Only two weeks left to take advantage of $1 admission at the Mariners Museum in Newport News.

Now through Labor Day, adults, kids, seniors, everyone can get admission to the museum for just $1.

So if you haven't visited the museum, now is the time to go as you'll see when you read my review of the Mariners Museum.

Don't miss the turret from the USS Monitor, a 360 degree movie experience on the Battle of the Ironclads, and a life-sized replica of the Monitor, as well as artifacts from the Titanic.



Upcoming Food Freebies

If you're in the mood for snagging some free or super cheap food deals in the days ahead, check these out:

- Free Slurpee "Bring your own cup day" - On Aug. 18 and 19, from 11 am to 7 pm each day, bring your own cup to 7-Eleven and you'll get a free Slurpee. It's a savings of $1.50.
- Buy One, Take One Entree at Olive Garden - For a limited time, when you buy a dine-in meal, you can get the same meal to take home for free.
- Free Red Lobster - Join their eclub and you'll get a coupon for a free appetizer or dessert.
- Free Chick-fil-A Breakfast Sandwich - Aug. 29-Sept. 30 when you download or update their app. Offer only available during breakfast hours. Must be redeemed by placing a mobile order or scanning the “My Card” QR code using the app.

For more ways to save on meals, including Kids Eat Free deals, check out my Cheap Eats page.

Limited Time Kings Dominion 50% Off Deal

Groupon has reprised its end-of-summer deal offering 50% off Kings Dominion tickets.

That's right-- you'll pay just $33.50-- 50% off the usual at-the-door price of $67. This is a limited time deal, so go to Groupon fast if you want to get the deal before it ends (type in 'Kings Dominion" in the search bar if it doesn't come up right away).

Missed the deal? Check here for more ways you can save $30 off tickets at Kings Dominion.

Free Bowling Today Only

Celebrate National Bowling Day at all AMF Kegler's locations with a free bowling game.

You can get the deal by downloading their new BowlMojis sticker pack to your iPhone.

You can also continue to take advantage of bowling deals for kids with their Summer Games pass. For $19.95 per child, kids can bowl 3 games every day for the rest of August.

To get the deal, go to www.amf.com, and for more freebies to round out your summer, check out my Free Summer Fun page.

50% Off Kings Dominion

End summer with a bang by saving 50% off Kings Dominion tickets.

Groupon is offering Kings Dominion single-day tickets for just $33.50-- that's 50% off the usual at-the-door price of $67. This is a limited time deal, so go to Groupon fast if you want to nab the deal before it ends (type in 'Kings Dominion" in the search bar if it doesn't come up right away).

If you miss that deal, I still have ways you can save $30 off tickets here.

Free Admission for Seniors at Virginia Zoo

Proving that there are some benefits to getting older, the Virginia Zoo is offering free admission for seniors ages 62 and up on Wednesdays during the months of August and September.

The Virginia Zoo is one of Norfolk's favorite family attractions, a perfect place to take the grandkids or just enjoy a little rest and relaxation.

Tie in your trip to the zoo with a visit to nearby Rowena's Tea Room or Baker's Crust, plus a little antiquing in Ghent, or a visit to the free Chrysler Museum to see their glass-blowing.

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