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Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Best Freebies We've Found

Everybody loves freebies, right?

I've put together a small list of some of our family's favorite freebies.

Publix Preschool Pals.

If you have a child under 5 and have a Publix grocery store near you (and chances are you do if you live on the Eastern side of the US), I highly recommend signing up for Publix Preschool Pals. Not only do you receive coupons (that are really good ones) and newsletters full of tips as your child grows, every month your child receives a small prize in the mail. By far our favorite was the Preschool Pals CD-ROM, which included some very well-made interactive, educational games.

Lego Club and Lego Club Jr. Magazines

If your child loves Lego, then he/she would adore the free Lego Club Magazine (and Lego Club Jr. for smaller builders). With comic strip stories, jokes, fan photo submissions, and monthly building contests, this is a magazine that our kids anxiously await the arrival of each month!

Your Story Hour's "Adventures in the Holy Bible" Program

I grew up listening to Your Story Hour's dramatized Bible story cassette tapes! These didn't survive my childhood so that I could pass them down to my two, so I was thrilled to see that Your Story Hour has a new program for kids that lets them work to collect the Life of Jesus CDs: The "Adventures in the Holy Bible" program! Every time your child completes a set of Bible quizzes based on booklets sent their way, they receive a CD (or mp3 download) from the Life of Jesus collection. Mr. Tinker just completed the 13-part program, and he received this nifty CD binder in the mail this week!

Inter-Library Loans

Did you realize that your library has a wealth of available books, CDs, audiobooks, DVDs, and videos? Okay -- maybe not your local branch....but thanks to a little something called "inter-library loans" (ILLs), you can gain access to most every item in your entire state's library collection -- most likely for no cost at all. We are enjoying so many audiobooks and hard-to-find books this way, shipped to our local branch from other branches state-wide. I request a hold online, and within a few days our local library calls to let me know I have items available for pick-up. Can't beat this!

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