Category: Contests & Giveaways

February 4th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get The Sillies Out! tour is coming to Richmond next week, and I have a family four-pack of tickets to give away! Entry info is at the bottom of this post.

The sillies are crazy little creatures that live inside of us and need to be shaken out! DJ Lance Rock and everyone’s favorite cast of colorful characters are calling all fans to get ready to jump, shake and shimmy them out at the new live tour Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get the Sillies Out!. Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get The Sillies Out! tour will visit more than 50 cities across the U.S. in 2013. Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! is touring in support of their first national beverage launch, a new line of toys, a new line of kids sportswear and a DVD/ CD collectors’ edition.

Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get the Sillies Out! will have two performances at the Landmark Theater in Richmond, VA on Wednesday, Feb. 13th at 3:00pm and 6:00pm. CLICK HERE for ticket information for the shows. Tickets start at $27.00. VIP Party packages are available as well which include a ticket in the first 15 Rows, a pass to “Get the Sillies Out” in the private VIP room featuring a super fun party with the Gabba Gang (costumed characters) and more. Children under 1 year old do not require a paid ticket to sit on a parent’s lap.
For a complete list of tour dates, cities and show times, and a preview of the show, visit

Yo Gabba Gabba! is an award-winning, live-action television series and live stage show whose unconventional formula has created a triple stacked fan base, making it one of the most popular entertainment properties among preschoolers, parents and indie music lovers alike. The television show, now in its fourth season, airs several times a day on Nick Jr.

Giveaway: One winner will receive four tickets to their choice of the 3pm or 6pm shows on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the Landmark Theater. Tickets will be available at will-call.

To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below with your email address! (or follow the link to get to the form if you don’t see the form widget below)

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Deadline to enter is Wednesday, February 6th, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Winner will be notified via email and will need to respond with their showtime preference by 7 p.m. on 2/7/13, and can pick up their tickets at will-call beginning one hour before their chosen showtime.

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January 1st, 2013 by RichmondBargains

Happy New Year, bargain-lovers! I hope your year is off to a great start.

To celebrate 2013, I’m giving away a 2013 Entertainment Book, Richmond edition!

– To enter, just enter your name and email address in the Rafflecopter widget below to “login” and then enter your email again to enter. (If you can’t see the widget, click the link and it should take you to a page where you can enter) –

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Ends 1/7/12 at 11:59pm EST.
(I’m trying out Rafflecopter to run this giveaway for the first time, so please bear with me if there are any roadbumps and let me know if you have questions)

Also, Heather B. let me know she found Entertainment Books on clearance for $10 at Office Max, so be on the lookout in stores for book deals!

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November 23rd, 2012 by RichmondBargains

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens “Dominion GardenFest of Lights” returns for another bright season starting tonight, November 23!

A holiday tradition featuring more than half-a-million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more… This year’s
“East Meets West” theme showcases the rich array of plants and decorative arts of Eastern cultures that have influenced our Western traditions

Check out the origami crane chandelier:

origami chandelier

– – – Regular admission prices: $11 adults, $10 seniors, $7 kids ages 3-12 – – –

Discounts available for the 2012 Garden Fest season:

The following coupons will be available during GardenFest. They are not valid in combination with any other offers. (Please note the Garden’s AAA discount does not apply for GardenFest because GardenFest is considered a special ticketed event.)

Richmond Times-Dispatch Press Pass– Visitors can present the press pass coupon and get a “buy one, get one free” ticket (adult, senior, child & member) on select nights only. Coupon must be presented at the Garden’s Visitors Center for discount, no photocopies accepted, no other discounts apply, one free admission per coupon. “Free” ticket must be equal or lesser value.
Press pass coupon runs in Thursday Weekend section; is good for the following Sunday ONLY on these dates ONLY:
Runs: Thursday, Nov. 22; VALID Sunday, Nov. 25
Runs: Thursday, Nov. 29; VALID Sunday, Dec. 2
Runs: Thursday, Dec. 6; VALID Sunday, Dec. 9
Runs: Thursday, Jan. 3; VALID Sunday, Jan. 6

Valpak – Visitors can present the Metro Richmond area ValPak coupon and receive $3 off one GardenFest ticket (adult, senior, child; does not apply to members). Good Nov. 30 – Dec. 6, 2012. Offer valid with coupon only. One coupon per person. May not be used in combination with any other discounts including member discounts. No photocopies.

Garden members receive free admission on the following nights: Nov. 26, 27, 28 & Jan. 7. The Historic Bloemendaal House will be open those evenings with live music 6 – 7:30 p.m. On other days, GardenFest admission for members is $5 for adults and $4 for kids ages 3-18. More information about Lewis Ginter memberships can be found here.

Here is the lineup of additional special events on various dates that you may want to plan your visit around:

    Dominion GardenFest of Lights Illumination Ceremony
    Friday, Nov. 23
    Doors open 5 p.m.; ceremony and entertainment 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    Join the GardenKeeper as we kick off the start of Dominion GardenFest of Lights! Celebrate this year’s East Meets West theme with entertainment by the River City Taiko drummers and a show by the Jow Ga Kuen Lion Dance Team.

    Dominion GardenFest for Fidos
    Select Thursdays, Nov. 29 & Jan. 3
    Leashed pets allowed; suggested $2 pet admission benefits the Richmond SPCA.

    Greater Richmond Children’s Choir
    Sunday, Dec. 16; 4 – 6 p.m.
    Included with regular GardenFest admission
    Special performance for visitors’ enjoyment.

    New Year’s Eve Family Frolic
    Monday, Dec. 31; 2 – 5 p.m.
    Family fun with live music plus make-and-take crafts. Those who attend the New Year’s Eve Family Frolic and who are already in the Garden can stay to attend Dominion GardenFest of Lights.

    Special events every week:

    Merry Mondays: Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17, 31, Jan. 7 – 5 – 8 p.m.
    Location: Library Reading Room; Santa “sightings” in the Conservatory on Mondays through Dec. 17
    Storytime fireside with the Garden Keeper and visits from the Butterfly Fairy.

    Caroling Tuesdays: Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11, 18 & Jan. 1 – 6 – 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Throughout the Garden
    Barbershop Quartets stroll and sing. You can join in the fun, too!

    Crafty Wednesdays: Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26 & Jan. 2 – 5 – 8 p.m.
    Location: Education and Library Complex, Classroom 1 (across from the train room) Families can join Garden staff and volunteers to make Asian-inspired crafts. Projects include origami (Dec. 5 & 26), miniature kites (Dec. 12 & Jan. 5), and lanterns (Nov. 28 & Dec. 19).

    Musical Thursdays: Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27 & Jan. 3 – 6 p.m. & 7 p.m.
    Location: Library
    Acoustic musicians perform festive entertainment.

Additional Tips for visiting


Enter to win a 4-pack of tickets to Lewis Ginter GardenFest of Lights!

To enter, just leave a comment on this post!

If you are reading via email subscription, click the title of this post or click here to be taken to the blog post to comment. If you have not commented on the blog before, your comment will be held for moderation until I get a chance to approve it – it will show up later!

For some reason, my blog hates posts with more than 80 comments. If this giveaway starts to near 80 comments, I will put up a second post and direct you to enter there!

Contest ends Tuesday, November 27 at 11:59 p.m. EST. (1) Winner will be chosen by, be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond or else a new winner will be chosen.

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August 16th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

Curious about the final results from the $10 School Supply Challenge?

Altogether, 10 people participated and collected a total of $933.17 worth of school supplies for the Henrico Education Foundation! The total amount of money spent for that haul was $93.79 – a 90% savings rate!

The top shopper was Ann, who purchased $178.97 worth with her $10 budget. Her six-year-old daughter Natalie participated as well, and the other frugal ladies who contributed were Jennifer, Kim, Stephanie, Julie, Noelle, Eleanor, and Tiffany.

Many thanks to Kroger,, and for providing prizes for this year’s participants!

For my part, I spent $9.86 and collected $122.19 worth of supplies.

(My son wanted to be in the picture since he helped)

It’s funny, during last year’s challenge I didn’t set foot in Staples, and this year, the majority of my haul comes from there. Altogether I made 4 Staples runs, plus one trip each to Target, Office Max, and Kroger. To get past the $5 minimum required for some of Staples cheap prices, I took advantage of the free-after-rebate items – I have submitted 5 Easy rebates for $23.98 back. I also used a couple of manufacturer’s coupons for Bic and RoseArt items.

So where is all this bounty headed?

Working with the Henrico Education Foundation, we’ve divided it into high school supplies destined for Henrico High School and elementary supplies for students at Donahoe Elementary.

Hopefully, this inspires you about the potential of bargain shopping, particularly as a means of blessing others even if you don’t have a lot of cash to spare!

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August 14th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

Today – August 14 – is the final day to spend your $10 Frugal School Supply Challenge budget!

Final totals must be submitted using **this form** by tomorrow (Aug 15) at 12 p.m. EDT, and you must have collected $40 worth of supplies, to be eligible to win one of the great prizes from Kroger,, and

Here was the post with all the challenge details

I can’t wait to see everyone tomorrow at the finale event at Tuckahoe Library, and find out who shopped the savviest! We will be meeting in the big meeting room near the entrance to the right starting around 4pm. At 4:30 p.m., the prize drawing will be held from eligible entries received (You do not need to be present to win).

I’ll hang around the library until 5:30 p.m. if you want to drop off supplies on your way home from work. You can even drive to the door and give me a call (email me at richmondbargains at for my number) and I’ll come get them from you. If you aren’t able to make the event tomorrow, please email me and we’ll work out a time to meet up.

Then all of fruit of your frugal shopping will be headed to Henrico High School and Donahoe Elementary School to help kids through the Henrico Education Foundation!

I finished shopping yesterday and will be glad to get all these supplies out of my house – they are overflowing the kitchen cabinet I am storing them in

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July 4th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

40 folks entered to win tickets to Dreamworks How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular. Congratulations Cindy B.!

July 1, 2012

my boys, 5 (almost 6) and 7 LOVE LOVE LOVE the HTTYD movie. We’ve rented it from Redbox too many times to count, have most of the stuffed animals, and the action figures. Too bad the wings keep falling off the dragons. We woul love to see this live!

Hope you and your boys have a blast!

If you didn’t win but still want to go, Living Social DC currently has a special offer for tickets beginning at $39 each, depending on the show you pick. Package also comes with “Gift Bag with Fiber-Optic Light, Light-Up Medallion, and Keychain”

Or you can save 25% on weekday performances (including Friday nights) by entering the code MOM in the promo box which says “MOMMY BLOG” – Purchase tickets here.

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June 28th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

Dreamworks’ How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular is coming to Washington DC’s Verizon Center July 19-22, 2012. It sounds like a stupendous show, and you can enter to win 4 tickets to the Saturday morning performance!

Firebreathing Dragons Soar Through Arena Skies at Verizon Center July 19-22!

This summer, audiences across North America will experience the magic of firebreathing dragons that soar through arena skies in DREAMWORKS’ HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON LIVE SPECTACULAR. The tour will be produced by RZO Dragon Productions to deliver 23 dragons, some with wingspans of up to 46 feet, Viking warriors and world-class circus artists and acrobats, to perform against a state-of-the-art, wall-to-floor immersive projection measuring more than 20,000 square feet. The show comes to the North America on the heels of smash hit run in Australia & New Zealand.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON LIVE SPECTACULAR will play at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. July 19-22. Regular Ticket prices range from a low of $29.50 to a high of $69.50 (excluding fees). A limited number of premium seats and special VIP ticket experiences and family packages are also available. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets, for showtimes and much more. There are three amazing VIP packages as well. CLICK HERE for details on how to meet the dragons as well as other VIP opportunities!

SPECIAL OFFER….SAVE 25% on weekday performances (including Friday nights) by entering the code MOM in the promo box which says “MOMMY BLOG” Get great seats for a big discount!

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON LIVE SPECTACULAR was created by DreamWorks Animation, producers of the Academy Award®-nominated film, How to Train Your Dragon, and Global Creatures, the masterminds behind the international phenomenon “Walking with Dinosaurs,” the #1 grossing world tour of 2010. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON LIVE SPECTACULAR’s worldwide tour is exclusively promoted by S2BN Entertainment and delivers some of the most ambitious theatrical technology to ever tour the arena.

The live production rolls fire-breathing action, epic adventure and heartfelt laughter into an original captivating story set in the mythical world of Vikings and wild dragons. Based on the book by Cressida Cowell, it centers on Hiccup, a Viking teenager who doesn’t fit in with his tribe’s longstanding tradition of heroic dragon slayers. Hiccup’s world is turned upside down when he encounters a dragon that challenges him and his fellow Vikings to see the world from an entirely different point of view. The story presents a vision so grand in scale that only DreamWorks Animation and Global Creatures could bring How to Train Your Dragon to life in front of a live audience.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON LIVE SPECTACULAR breaks every rule of theatrical entertainment to fully immerse audiences into the show in ways that have not been attempted before. Barely contained within the arena, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON LIVE SPECTACULAR utilizes the full venue, maximizing every dimension of the performance space to transport audiences into a mythical world of fire-breathing dragons who soar overhead at great speeds. The state-of-the-art animatronic technology and large-scale cinematic projections interact seamlessly with the live actors, who bring DreamWorks Animation’s heart-warming story to life through theatrical storytelling, martial arts and acrobatics. It’s not to be missed!

Check out a video of the show by CLICKING HERE

Ready to see it for yourself? One reader will win 4 tickets to the 11am performance on Saturday, July 21, to be picked up at will-call on the day of the show. (Knowing that it’s tough to make the trip to DC on a weeknight, the show was nice enough to give me Saturday tickets to give away.)

To enter, just leave a comment at the end of this post about whether you’ve seen the movie, read the books, or neither, and just want to check it out!

Contest ends Tuesday, July 3 at 11:59 pm EST. Winner will be chosen by, notified via email, and have 48 hours to respond.

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May 30th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

noonday collection

Update: Congratulations Barbara B. for winning the Dulce necklace!

Fellow preschool mom Kirsten approached me about doing a Noonday Collection giveaway, and when I saw the prize, I knew you guys would love it.

Here’s a little more from Kirsten:

I am an ambassador for Noonday Collection which is a company that sells handmade fair trade goods from around the world in people’s homes. We seek to create sustainable aid through small business and advocating for the orphan. Noonday is providing what the developing world needs most – the opportunity for individuals to use their skills, creativity and industry to create value and get compensated for their work.

It makes me think “Ten Thousand Villages meets Lia Sophia” – combining fashion and philanthropy. (More about the backstory and philosophy)

One reader will win this lovely Dulce necklace from Noonday, a $78 value!

It’s stunning, and made of seeds! Artisans in Ecuador carve and polish Tagua seeds to create the hexagonal shapes. I can think of a number of friends who would rock this necklace 🙂

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post with a favorite item from Noonday’s website.

Contest ends Monday, June 4, at 11:59pm EST. One (1) winner will be chosen by, emailed and have 48 hours to respond with their mailing address so the prize can be sent. In the event that this giveaway exceeds 80 entries (which for reasons best known to my blog seem to be the most comments it can handle on a single post) a second post will be started to accept additional entries.

If you’re interested in hosting a trunk show, you can contact Kirsten at

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May 17th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

va homeschool convention

The HEAV Virginia Homeschool Convention is June 7-9 at the Richmond Convention Center. A family pass for all three days is $69, and includes admission to the exhibit hall, used curriculum sale, and LOTS of great workshops.

Featured speakers include Dr. Tedd Tripp, Dr. Jason Lisle, Mike Snavely, Hal and Melanie Young and Crystal Paine. If you follow deal blogs, you may recognize Crystal as the frugalista behind! I’ve been reading her blog since 2005 or 2006, when it was BiblicalWomanhood, and am thrilled she’s coming to Richmond. She has lots of great national deal info, as well as frugal living, raising small kids etc. (She’s doing a series on freezer cooking this month) Crystal will be teaching five classes:

    How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half
    Advanced Couponing Techniques
    25 Ways to Significantly Lower Your Grocery Bill Without Clipping Coupons
    I’d Throw in the Towel–If Only I Could Find a Clean One
    Becoming a Work-At-Home Mom Without Losing Your Sanity

And she’s giving away five family passes to the convention on her blog – go here to enter if you’re interested in attending.

I’ll be there! I actually qualify to attend for free this year, because my oldest is under 5 years old and it’s my first HEAV Convention (technically it’s my third or fourth, but first as a parent!). So if you have a preschooler and would like more information about homeschooling, go here for the details about the free pass for parents of preschoolers.

Let me know if you win, or if you’re going!

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May 4th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

alpaca pastures of virginia

One of the things I love about local blogging is finding out about cool opportunities I never would have otherwise! Such is the case here –

Sherry from Alpaca Pastures of Virginia is offering readers the chance to win a free Alpaca Tour for up to 20 people to be scheduled on one Saturday in August 2012 (Value: $100):

The Alpaca Farm Tour consists of a walk to the barn to visit the alpacas, learn about their living quarters, and find out what’s required to raise alpacas. You’ll learn about the history of the Alpacas, how Alpaca fleece is processed, and the import of Alpacas to the USA. Everyone will have an opportunity to touch the Alpaca’s fiber.

To enter: Just leave a comment on this post!

Contest ends Friday May 11 at 11:59pm EST. One (1) winner will be chosen by, and will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond with contact information.

You can find out more about the alpaca tours on the website, and don’t forget to use the Richmond Bargains special offer for $25.00 off an Alpaca Tour & Fiber Workshop for 15 or more people, or Book a Birthday Party or Group Picnic with an Alpaca Tour for 20 people and utilize the Pavilion for 45 minutes for $25.00 ($25 savings).

The farm is located in Beaverdam in western Hanover county at 18388 Beaver Dam Road.

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