A Week of Free National Parks Admission Starts Saturday, April 21

It’s increasingly difficult to come up with family activities which would not cost an arm and a leg which is why I’m so thrilled to learn that starting April 21, and stretching all the way through the following weekend, entrance fees are being waived at all national parks that usually charge for admission.

The occasion is what’s become an annual event, National Park Week, which in 2012 is scheduled for April 21 to 29. It’s one of several periods during the year when normal admissions fees are waived. Other no-fee dates include Get Outdoors Day (June 9), National Public Lands Day (September 29), and Veteran’s Day (November 10 to 12 this year).

How much you’d save on entrance fees depends, of course, on which park you’re visiting. Normal admissions fees range from $25 (Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Glacier), to $20 (Yosemite), to $15 (Badlands), to free all year-round (Great Smoky Mountains, Redwood National Park). The Parks Department likes to point out that 397 national parks and monuments, in fact, never charge admission.

So what are you waiting for?   Pack your sleeping bags and go explore your wild side.  :-)

Source: Time

A Free Gift from David Bach

A piece of good advice from the elders:  Do Not Start the New Year in Debt.

Unfortunately,  for many people,  that just was not the case.   Most just did not know where to start.   Well, David Bach is coming to the rescue.    This best-selling author is on a mission to get America (and the world) out of debt and has been it is his personal mission in 2011 to “help one million people pay down a billion dollars in debt and start a new, debt-free life.”  He has just completed his 12th book ‘Debt Free For Life’ which is out in stores now.

For a limited 24-hour window,  you can download a free copy of David’s new book straight to your desktop. Then, you can read it at your leisure and let his tips work for you!  This offer is only available for 24 hours and ends at 11:59pm EST tonight.  (January 5, 2011).    Just click on this link and you’re on your way. Pass this piece of great news to friends and family members.

For more information on David Bach,  please visit his website.

 

Reading is Cool

A few days ago, Howie shared a site called http://hotguysreadingbooks.tumblr.com/
Let me set the record straight… I am NOT emotionally prepared for the little giant to be considered “hot”. =)

That being said, I love the fact that his face lights up and he literally dances whenever I mention that we’ll be going to Borders, Prologue, or Kinokuniya. In his book, reading is cool.

Build Your Child’s Reading Skills This Summer!

Looking for ways to get your child to read when school’s not in session? iVillage has partnered with PBS Parents to bring you a free, four-week reading challenge that will help you make reading a fun, easy part of everyday life for your kids.  Sign up today and starting on Monday, July 5, you’ll get daily ideas to help you turn everyday activities with your kids into adventures that build reading skills.

What I really like about the site is that it also includes great reading guides:

Kid’s guide to reading fun
Great books for kids of all ages
10 ways to grow a bookworm

What are you waiting for?  Sign up and get reading!

Free: Lonely Planet iPhone city guides for stranded travellers

In response to the travel chaos caused by Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which has covered northwest Europe in a massive cloud of ash, Lonely Planet is offering 13 of its European iPhone city guides free to stranded travellers.

With a lot of travellers stuck in unfamiliar places, these city guides will provide much-needed, practical information as well as suggestions on what to do whilst stranded.

The 13 apps are available for free now until 11.59pm (GMT+12) Thursday 22nd April 2010.

The guides can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store at the links below:

Amsterdam
Barcelona
Berlin
Budapest
Copenhagen
Istanbul
London
Moscow
Munich
Paris
Rome
Stockholm
Vienna

Please share this link with any friends or family who have had their plans affected by this.

Note: If you download the app for free, it is yours to keep. You will not be charged in the future for an app that you have downloaded free.

For all BoA cardholders: Get free museum tickets in 2010

Here’s a great money-saving, family/friend bonding tip:

Bank of America cardholders can get into select museums, zoos, science centers, botanical gardens and more for free with the Museums on Us program. All you need is your Bank of America ATM, credit or debit card and a photo ID.

Get the full list of participating locations, as well as eligible weekends through September 2010, here:  http://museums.bankofamerica.com/

24 hr Freebie Alert: Download David Bach’s Start Over, Finish Rich

“A recession is a terrible thing to waste–so don’t waste this one! Use it instead to get rich.”
— David Bach

I have personally declared 2010 as the year in which I get my financial house in order. Financial expert David Bach explains that this year will be the best opportunity for building wealth we have seen in decades. And, as the economy recovers, you must be set up to recover with it. David’s easy, take-action plan will show you how.

His latest book, Start Over, Finish Rich supplies the ten crucial moves you must make in 2010 to get back on track and recapture your dreams of a richer future. Learn how to:

* Get out of debt
* Fix your credit
* Rebuild and improve your retirement plans
* Take smart risks
* Reorganize your financial life for the high tech age
* Update your real estate plan
* Change your thinking about money
* Recommit to wealth

Now here’s the special offer: David has partnered with AOL and their Personal Finance site, Walletpop to make this book free TODAY ONLY.

Just click on this link to download your copy now.

So what are you waiting for? Hurry and learn how you can make 2010 your best year (financially) ever!

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