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Ballet Arizona Offering Free Ballet Under the Stars Performances September 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th at Locations All Over Town!


I’m so happy to see that Ballet Arizona is doing Ballet Under the Stars again this year! Head over here for more information about the performances at locations all over town. They’re all free and loads of fun.

“September 12 – ** NEW LOCATION Tempe Sports Complex, Tempe
September 13 – Fountain Park, Fountain Hills
September 14 – Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater, Goodyear
September 15 – Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix
All Performances begin at 7:00 PM

Join us September 12-15 as we kick off the season with free events & dance performances for the whole family in Phoenix and across the Valley. During our annual Ballet Under the Stars program, you’ll have a chance to see several exciting pieces of dance! Don’t miss ballet performances in Phoenix, Tempe, Goodyear, & Fountain Hills this September.

Free and open to the public, Ballet Under the Stars allows Arizona communities to enjoy dance in a unique outdoor setting complete with a stage, lighting, costumes, and beautiful Arizona weather.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a varied program, ranging from classical to contemporary. You won’t want to miss this perfect show for the entire family – it is a great way to introduce ballet to your children for the first time!”

My daughter loves this every year!


Happy First Friday! FREE Admission to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix and the Heart Museum!


It’s the First Friday of the month and that means it’s a GREAT night to head to downtown Phoenix for First Friday fun.

Admission is FREE to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix from 5-9 PM. Head over here for more information.



Admission to the Heard Museum is free from 6-10 PM. Head over here for more information.

Pick one museum or try to hit both(save huge and learn a TON)!


See the John McCain Documentary Free at Harkins Camelview and Harkins Sedona 6 Sunday at 4!


If you’d like to remember and learn more about our great Senator John McCain, Harkins Theatres is giving us all the opportunity to see the new documentary “For Whom the Bell Tolls” for FREE this Sunday, September 2nd at 4 PM. The showings will be taking place at Harkins Camelview at Fashion Square and Harkins Sedona 6. Head over here for more information on their Twitter page.

John McCain’s family has been in our family’s thoughts and prayers all week. So beautiful to see the tributes to a man who always wanted to unite us. I remember running into him when I was a child hiking with my parents and siblings near Sedona. He was so nice to us, shook all of our hands, and looked us in the eye. I was so impressed with him especially when my dad told me about all he had been through. Wish there were more like him in politics. He makes us all proud to be from Arizona. Rest In Peace Senator McCain ❤.


LAST DAY for Groupon 25% off Deal! Score a BBQ Picnic Package from Can’t Stop Smokin BBQ for $22.50 ($55.94 Value) and More!



It’s the last day (8/29) to head over here and score an extra 25% off Groupons with code FF25. This is EXCELLENT savings on top of savings!

Here are some of my top picks:


Head over here to pick up a BBQ Picnic Package from Can’t Stop Smokin BBQ for $22.50 with code FF25 (a $55.94 value). Note: You must buy the voucher (here’s a link straight to it) then bring it to the restaurant (good at the 2650 East University Drive, Mesa, AZ 85213 location or the 7250 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226 location).

 Check out what’s included:


  • “One pound of beef brisket, tri-tip, pork ribs, or beef ribs
  • One pound of any other meat
  • Two medium sides or three salads of any size
  • One medium cobbler

The restaurant gets great reviews! This sounds much easier than cooking for a Labor Day get together to me (call stores for hours).


You could head over here and get a new Senita Club family membership to the Desert Botanical Garden for $55.12 with code FF25 (usually $109)!

Check out what’s included in the Senita Club membership:


  • Visit as often as you want with unlimited annual admission
  • Receive advance ticket offers for special events
  • Enjoy reciprocal admission to over 300 gardens, arboreta and conservatories
  • Get discounts on classes, plant sales and gifts at the Garden Shop
  • Butterfly Pavilion Admission (Opens March 2017)
  • Enter the Garden an hour earlier than the public every Wednesday and Sunday
  • Subscription to The Sonoran Quarterly magazine
  • Reference privileges in the Garden library
  • Members’ nights at Las Noches de las Luminarias (December)
  • Members’ days at Plant Sales (March and October)
  • Click here for Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine discounted subscription

Member Discounts:

  • Music in the Garden concert tickets
  • Advance ticket offer and discounts for Las Noches de las Luminarias
  • Other special offers for Garden members
  • Classes and workshop fees
  • Guest admission
  • Garden Shop purchases
  • Plant Sale purchases
  • Discounts on rentals at the SRP Visitor Center
Your Senita Club Membership also includes these benefits:
  • Free annual admission for two adults and your children or grandchildren under 18 years of age
  • Two free, one-time guest passes “

This is such a great place to take out of town guests or to visit yourself!


Love tacos? Head over here to score a ticket to the Arizona Taco Festival for $6 with code FF25 (code good through  8/29, tickets usually $13.83)! NOTE: I would buy each ticket individually so you get the $2 off every single one (you can use code FF25 up to three times per account).

The festival is happening 10/14 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

“The Arizona Taco Festival celebrates the Mexican food favorite with a weekend of taco tastings, live entertainment, and interactive events. Each day, more than 50 teams prepare samples of their unique recipes for chicken, beef, pork, or seafood tacos, all competing for cash prizes.

Meanwhile, a special expo on Saturday features more than 100 types of boutique tequila, and live entertainment ranges from lucha libre wrestling to a chihuahua beauty pageant. Other events include chili-pepper-eating contests and live bands playing festive reggae and mariachi sets.”


Save Big at Arizona Museums With 20% off Groupon Code!



Head over here and use code SAVE20 (so happy there was a new one this morning) to get an extra 20% off up to three Groupon local deals. This deal is good through Saturday (8/18) only and is a perfect opportunity to snag AZ museum discounts at a big discount. There are tons of great learning opportunities in our great state!

Head over here and use code SAVE20 to get two admissions to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix for $11.96 ($29.90 value)! Choose to pick tickets from now until September 30th or October 1st-November 18th (perfect if you have a trip planned)!


Head over here to get an adult ticket to the Arizona Science Center along with a Planetarium ticket for $12.76 with code SAVE20 (usually $27). Get a child ticket and Planetarium ticket for $9.56 with code MEGA (usually $21). The discounted tickets are good through September 18th.


Head over here and use code SAVE20 to get four people into the Hall of Flame Museum for $12.80 (usually $28). This tickets are good for 90 days after purchase.


Head over here and use code SAVE20 to get two tickets to the Rosson House museum for $9.20 (usually $18). This was the home of a prominent surgeon in 1895 and I’ve heard great things about the tour.


Head over here to get two tickets to the Biosphere 2 for $22.40 with code SAVE20 (usually $40). Our family really enjoyed our visit (could be a fun day trip to Tucson)!

Enjoy and remember code MEGA is only good through tonight (8/16)!

Get an All Day Pass to H2-WHOA at Lake Pleasant for a Huge Discount!



If you’re looking for something exciting to do you could head over here to get an all day pass to H2-WHOA in Lake Pleasant for just $40 (a $75 value). If you buy passes for four you’ll pay $129  (a $300 value). That comes out to $32.25 a person!

“What You’ll Get:

  • All-Day Pass for One, Two, or Four to H2-Woah

Additional Information:

  • When can I visit?: Water park opens 11 a.m. on Weekdays and 10 a.m on Weekends
  • Recommended for ages 7 and up.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Oct 1, 2018. Amount paid never expires. May be repurchased every 180 days. Call for reservation. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. All goods or services must be used by the same person. H2-WHOA is recommended for ages 7 and up, but all ages are welcome to attend. Must sign waiver. Weekends often reach capacity, starting wait times may reach 10–15 minutes. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About H2-WHOA

Taking a dip in the nearest body of water is a must come summer’s scorching temps, but H2-WHOA redefines the word “dip”. That’s because its 32-foot high, 80-foot long slides, each ending in a ramp of varying steepness, rocket swimmers up into the air before plummeting them into the cool depths of Lake Pleasant below. The towering colossus is designed for thrill-seekers, letting them catch massive air, flipping and twisting off one of H2-WHOA’s three connected slides. And safety is of high priority here too, with every guest required to wear a life jacket and a resident lifeguard sitting watch.”


Feel Like a Nice Night Out? Get Up to Half Off at Donovan’s! I’m Buying This for My Husband for Father’s Day!


If you feel like a nice night out, head over here to get $80 to spend at Donovan’s Steak and Chop House for $45 or $180 to spend there for $90. This is my husband’s favorite restaurant and I think this would make for an excellent Father’s Day gift.

Update: I just called them and they confirmed the certificate IS VALID on Father’s Day! WOW!

“Choice of:

  • $80 Value Towards Food and Drinks
  • $180 Value Towards Food and Drinks

See the menu

Donovan’s Steak & Chop House

As soon as diners enter Donovan’s Steak and Chop House, it’s clear they’re in an upscale establishment. Whether it’s the handsome dark wood that lines the walls or the expansive wine cellar, winner of Wine Spectator magazine’s Award of Excellence, the restaurant oozes sophistication. By combining this VIP atmosphere with a menu of mouthwatering steakhouse cuisine, Donovan’s locations have earned plenty of praise from diners and media outlets alike.

Awards and Accolades
  • Phoenix New Times Best Steakhouse of 2011
  • Top 10 Steakhouses in Metro Phoenix
  • Gold Medallion for Best Steakhouse Fine Dining from California Restaurant Association
  • San Diego location named a AAA four-diamond restaurant in 2016
  • Zagat rated
Steaks By Size
  • 8-ounce Prime filet
  • 10-ounce Prime filet, peppercorn filet
  • 12-ounce new york strip
  • 14-ounce Prime filet
  • 16-ounce new york strip, Cajun rib-eye, Prime rib-eye
  • 20-ounce bone-in new york, Prime porterhouse
  • 24-ounce bone-in rib chop

Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Not valid for prix fixe menus. Limit 3 per person, may buy 2 additional as gift(s). Limit 1 per visit. Limit 1 per table. Must use promotional value in 1 visit(s). Valid only for option purchased. Valid only at listed locations. Not valid for happy hour specials. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services. Offer is not eligible for our promo codes or other discounts.”

Have a Big Surf Trip Planned? Score Tickets for $13.60 Good Any Day This Summer (Usually $32.95)!


If you have a Big Surf trip planned any day this summer, head over here to get tickets for $13.60 each with code QUICK20 (code good through 6/5)! Tickets are usually $32.95 so this is a huge savings!

Friends don’t let friends pay more than they have to.

Have so much fun!

As Seen on 3TV Your Life Arizona…Fun Mother’s Day Deals and Freebies That Won’t Break the Bank!


Thanks so much for tuning into my 3TV  Your Life Arizona segment on fun March deals and freebies you’ll love! If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll join the totally FREE Alicia’s Deals e-mail list through this link (unsubscribe at anytime).  Please tell a friend about my site too so we can all “live life better for less” together. You can also find out first about the latest and greatest bargains when you “like” Alicia’s Deals on Facebook and follow me on Twitter. Mother’s Day is Sunday and you don’t have to spend a lot of money to let mom know how much you love her.


My favorite food of all time is bread, and when I saw this deal I knew I had to share it with everyone! If you take mom out to Wildflower Bread Company on Mother’s Day she’ll get to take home a free loaf of their delicious honey wheatberry bread (while supplies last). They have the most delicious salads and lots of brunch favorites.

Speaking of food, I have a new favorite restaurant and a deal to go along with it! The Persian Room is in North Scottsdale and their food is incredible. Head over here to get $20 to spend on two entrees for $9.60 with code MOM2. You can’t use it on Mother’s Day, but you could give it as a gift for a future date (mom wants as much time with you as possible). Two of my best friends took me here for my birthday and I still can’t stop talking about the incredible bread, hummus, roasted meats and vegetables, special rice, and everything else I tried. I saved the leftovers for my daughter and she can’t wait to go herself!

One thing mom would love is a yard without bugs! Head over here to pick up a Flowtron Electronic Insect Killer for $45.88, usually $64.99. If you have Prime you should get it in time for Mother’s Day with free two day shipping. I have this in my yard and I’m SHOCKED how well it works. I used to get mosquito bites all the time, now I don’t! It covers an acre area.

Finally, I am thrilled about a new freebie at Hallmark called Free Card Fridays. Just stop into your closest participating Hallmark location for a FREE Just Because card each and every Friday through July 27th, head over here for all of the information. You must be a Hallmark Crown Gold Member, it’s completely free to join. Spread some joy, especially to Mom!


Save on Season Passes to Big Surf and Wet and Wild!


Summer is literally just around the corner and if you want to keep the kids active and in the water, head over here to pick up a deal on a season pass to Big Surf in Tempe (good May 5th-September 3rd). You’ll pay $49 and check out everything that comes with it (in addition to admission each day):

  • “$5 Off at Beach Side BBQ
  • BOGO raft rental
  • Buy pizza get two medium drinks
  • $2 Off a Souvenir Cup
  • $5 off of General Admission
  • One BOGO Surf Lesson
  • Two bring-a-friend passes
  • $1 off ice cream
  • Buy funnel cake get one at 50%
  • Buy churro get churro at 50%”


If you’re a fan of Wet and Wild you can head over here to get a season pass for $64.99! This is good now through October 15th! Note if you’re buying four or more, you can get passes for $59.99 on their website and parking (note they charge a $5 processing fee). If you’re buying three or less, the Groupon is the way to go.

“The scorching Arizona sun beats down on Adobe Dam Regional Park, but visitors to Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix keep cool as they splash throughout more than 30 waterslides and attractions. The 35-acre facility is home to an abundance of adrenaline-pumping rides—including a towering tandem water coaster, a spiraling 45-foot funnel, and a four-story six-lane speedway—to contrast its more laid-back attractions, including an interactive playground and 450,000-gallon wave pool. The junior water park accommodates younger guests with kid-friendly funnels, rivers, and racing slides. Food and beverage carts traverse the grounds, while an onsite restaurant, cafes, and pubs fuel fun with full meals, snacks, and drinks. To ensure guest safety, a vigilant staff of lifeguards patrols the park and will swiftly kick out sharks who’ve shrewdly disguised themselves in bikinis and sun hats.”

Check out the fine print:

“Promotional value expires Oct 16, 2018. Amount paid never expires. Limit 4 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. All goods or services must be used by the same person. Promotional codes not valid on this offer. Valid starting March 10th 2018. Sales tax will be collected at ticket window upon redemption.Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services. Offer is not eligible for our promo codes or other discounts.”