American Sniper Shootout in Mason, TX

Taya Kyle invites you to the American Sniper Shootout – Mason, TX – December 5

With my good friends at TrackingPoint, it would be an honor if you could join me in Mason, Texas for a very special event on December 5 – the American Sniper Shootout to benefit the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation.

I will be taking on World Shooting Champion, Bruce Piatt, who stands to win $1 million if he can beat me. He’ll be using a military rifle while I’ll be using TrackingPoint.

It’s more than just me taking on Bruce – four amazing country music acts headline the show – Easton Corbin (one of my favorites), Asleep at the Wheel and the Scooter Brown Band – plus Donica Knight – will entertain you before Bruce and I take on the range.

There will be some of the finest Texas food and drink on hand and family experiences will take place during the day, before a VIP function and auction at night – with proceeds going to the Foundation established in Chris’ name.

Tickets for the event are just $10 – you can purchase here: http://www.americansnipershootout.events

As a valued friend, I want you to consider doing it in style and securing your spot at the VIP dinner. The entertainment goes into the night and we’ll have some amazing people on hand.

This will also include a number of auction items with the proceeds going to the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation.

If you’d like to enquire about VIP dinner tickets, more information on extending your involvement in the event, or to donate an auction item, please send an email to lisa@americanss.org.

I can’t wait to see you in Mason on December 5!

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If You’re Feeling Lucky this Veterans Day!!

Military & First Responders Appreciation Day

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What is Military & First Responders Appreciation Day?

To show our thanks, members of the military, first responders and hospital staff are invited every Tuesday from 6am – midnight for exclusive food, beverage and valet discounts, plus guaranteed free play from $10 – $250.

Who is eligible?

Eligible participants must have ID to prove they are active military, military veteran, fire fighters, law enforcement officers, paramedics, or hospital staff. Check in at Total Rewards® to receive the daily Mystery Free Play Voucher, voucher for discounted valet parking and identification tag to enjoy offers, rewards and discounts.

Exclusive Discounts:

  • 2-for-1 pints at B’More Beers
  • $4 Fireball, Jameson, Jim Beam, and Crown Royal shots with the purchase of any beer at B’More Beers
  • 2-for-1 domestic beer at TAG bar and 14Forty
  • $4 premium well drinks at TAG bar and 14Forty
  • 20% off your check at Guy Fieri’s Baltimore Kitchen + Bar, and the Baltimore Marketplace restaurants
  • 50% off valet parking.

*20% discount does not apply to seafood menu items at Tark’s at the ‘Shoe.

Veterans Day Special Offer

November 11  │  Veterans receive 25% off dining on Veterans Day  │ Thank you for your service.

Veterans Day Take it or Leave it

November 11  │  1pm – 3pm  │  14Forty

This special edition of “Take it or Leave it” is to show support for our Veterans. Organizations from around Marlyand will play in the gameshow to raise money for their cause.

Honor and Remember – 6th Annual Gold Star Family Evening

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SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY CLICK HERE

SAVE THE DATE
Sixth Annual Honor and Remember
Gold Star Family Evening
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Sunday, December 6th, 2015. 4-8pm
Gold Star family registration 2:30pm
Gold Star family only reception 3-4pm

A tribute to the 50th Commemorative Anniversary of Vietnam.

Featuring:MADISON RISING
America’s most patriotic rock band,

on a mission to reignite authentic American culture through great rock music.

Location: Founder’s Inn & Spa, Virginia Beach, Virginia

We invite you to our Sixth annual evening honoring the families
whose loved ones gave all for our freedom.
Tickets $75. Two complimentary tickets are available per Gold Star Family. RSVP Required to banquet@honorandremember.org

Since each ticket has been specifically sponsored,
please be sure you will be able to attend before requesting. We would like to accommodate as many families as possible.  Thank you

CLICK HERE to view PHOTOS from last year’s event.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY CLICK HERE

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Although accommodations are not provided our four star host facility
has a terrific rate for those desiring an overnight stay.
call (757) 424-5511 

(If completely booked, these hotels are within 2 miles.)

Staybridge Suites – (757) 745-4582
Marriott Chesapeake – (757) 523-1500
Hampton Inn – (757) 420-1550
Red Roof Inn – (757) 523-0123

Veterans & Service Dogs: An Information Session

Veterans, their families, advocates, and others interested in learning about how service dogs can assist Veterans with disabilities are invited:
Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza
8525 Fenton Street, Spring Room
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Click here to register for this event.
Click here for a printable pdf version of this event.

During this informative discussion, you will learn:

  • What types of disabilities, injuries, or illnesses a service dog can be trained to assist with
  • What service dogs can and cannot do, including a live demonstration
  • Who is a good candidate to partner with a service dog
  • What are realistic expectations about being partnered with a service dog
  • How Hero Dogs raises and trains its service dogs
  • How Hero Dogs trains and supports Veterans
  • What Veterans’ responsibilities are for training and partnering with a Hero Dog
  • How to apply for a service dog from Hero Dogs

Please join us for this informative discussion! Plenty of time for questions and answers will be available after the presentation. Light refreshments will be provided.

Hero Dogs is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that raises, trains, and provides service dogs free of charge to Veterans in the Greater Baltimore Washington Metro Area. We are having a free informational event for Veterans, their families, advocates, and others interested in learning about how service dogs can assist Veterans with disabilities.
Please share the details.

http://www.hero-dogs.org/veteran-information-session/

Flu Vaccines for WRNMMC Patients and Beneficiaries

Shared from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Facebook Page

FLU VACCINES: WRNMMC Beneficiaries are able to get their flu
vaccinations at the Flu tent located in Building 9, first floor, near Radiology. The flu vaccine campaign at Walter Reed will run for one month with operating hours from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Closed Oct 12 in observance of Columbus Day).

The flyer below has details, and for additional information, call
301-295-5798.

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It’s Never to Early to Plan for Veterans Day

Shared from Serving Together…

2015 Washington D.C. Area Veterans Day Events

Arlington National Cemetery – November 11, 2015, 11 a.m. Across the Potomac from Washington at the west end of the Memorial Bridge, Arlington, Virginia. (703)607-8000This is the national Veterans day service with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Seating in the amphitheater is limited, so visitors should plan to arrive at least a half hour before the ceremony.
Women In Military Service For America Memorial – November 11, 2015,  3:00 p.m.Located at the Gateway to Arlington National Cemetery.  The ceremony is free and open to the public and will include formal military honors, a keynote address, veterans’ remarks,and a wreath laying.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial – November 11, 2015, 1 p.m. Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Dr. NW, Washington, DC. Color guard, speakers and a wreath-laying ceremony pay tribute to all who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War America’s other conflicts.
Vietnam Women’s Memorial – November 11, 2015, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.and 2-4 p.m.  Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Drive, NW Washington, DC. (301) 314-8505. Vietnam-era veterans and the children of veterans tell stories “in their own voices” about their experiences. There will also be stories featuring soldiers of the current struggles in Iraq and Afghanistan and other locations around the world.

World War II Memorial –November 11, 2015, 9 a.m. 17th Street, between Constitution and Independence Avenues, NW Washington, DC. (202) 619-7222. Wreath laying ceremony.
Navy Memorial – November 11, 2015. 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC. (202)737-2300. The Naval District of Washington will lay a wreath, at the Lone Sailor Statue in commemoration of Veterans Day.
Air Force Memorial – November 11, 2015, 11 a.m. One Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington, VA. Wreath laying ceremony and a two-minute moment of silence will be observed to commemorate those members of the U.S. armed forces who were killed during war.
National Cathedral Veterans Day Tribute Concert – 2015 Date to Be Announced, 7:00 p.m. 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington, DC. Washington National Cathedral will honor the service of the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families with a concert tribute, featuring the U.S. Marine Corps Orchestra, Washington National Cathedral Singers and selections from American War Letters. The event is free and open to the public with no ticketing required.
Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens – November 11, 2015. Mount Vernon, Virginia. Special activities include a patriotic community concert by the all-veteran barbershop chorus at 11 a.m., at 2 p.m. wreathlaying at the tomb of our first commander-in-chief, George Washington. Active duty military personnel and veterans are admitted free-of-charge. The wreathlaying is included with regular Mount Vernon admission. The barbershop concert and Martha Washington program are free.
Manassas Veterans Day Parade – November 7, 2015, 11 a.m. Manassas, Virginia. The community parade includes military and high school bands, pipe and drum corps teams, military units from the various Armed Services, military vehicles, and members from local veteran organizations.
National Marine Corps Museum – 2015 Date to Be Announced, noon. 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle, Virginia. (800) 397-7585. Celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day with a ceremonial sword cake cutting.

Couponing 101 – Saving Money This Fall

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OSC Intern and Couponing Extraordinaire, Sara is back this month helping our families keep to their budgets!! She is hosting a class in Fredericksburg this week but thought she would share some of her tricks with everyone so you can save this fall!!

Just because there is a coupon doesn’t mean you need to buy it! ONLY purchase what you will use or donate, not because you think the coupon will go to waste or because it’s a great deal. I am referring to food products…who needs 100 boxes of pasta??

If your intention is to start a stockpile, you will need to put out little money out front- this is for CVS mainly.

Shop at stores that double your coupon! Wegmans and Giant are the only 2 around here, plus Harris Teeter if you are going north, or Kroger if you are going south.

Each store has its own coupon policy, if it is a place you often shop, go online and print out their policy. Most cashiers do not even know their policy, and if you are getting a great deal, they tend to want to be the coupon police.

Sometimes couponing means you have to go to a few different stores to get the great deals, fortunately here many stores are close together therefore you aren’t really wasting gas, it just may take a little longer.

DO NOT EXPECT TO BE A COUPON QUEEN IN THE FIRST WEEK! Learning to coupon can be a difficult process and often time consuming initially.

NOW FOR SOME GOOD INFORMATION!

To get the BEST deals, you cannot be brand specific. With that being said, there are good deals on numerous popular brands all the time, so don’t be worried, your deals may just be fewer and far between. SO with that said, if you are brand specific (say toilet paper) and a good deal comes out, find a way to get more coupons and stock up! You may need to purchase extra Sunday newspapers, go to your local library to print off coupons, or ask friends and neighbors if they are going to be using that specific coupon.

Where to find coupons- Sunday newspaper, coupons.com (must have a printer, you can print 2 of each coupon from each device you have, i.e. computer, smart phone, I pad, etc.) smartsource.com, redplum.com. Many stores have their own printable coupons as well, Target and CVS being 2 examples that I use frequently.

What to do with those coupons you aren’t going to use- SHARE THEM! Don’t have a need for baby coupons, but do need pet coupons, share with your friends, neighbors, or even on coupon trains.

Did you know that Target will accept a manufactures coupon, a target coupon and you can use your cartwheel and your red card all on one item? Don’t know what cartwheel is? Look it up and download it to your smart phone!

CVS will also accept a manufacture coupon as well as a CVS coupon on 1 item. CVS is my go to place for anything that I need as far as laundry detergent and personal hygiene products. Diapers and makeup items as well! Don’t have a CVS card? GET ONE!

CVS has a program called EXTRA CARE BUCKS, you purchase an item and that item will give you money back on the spot for your purchase. You must have a CVS card in order to participate in this program, it is free so no excuse for not having one. The ECB (Extra care buck) that prints at the bottom of your receipt can be used or “rolled” into your next purchase. For example, this past week there was a Proctor and Gamble deal where you spend $30 you receive a $10 ECB back. SO already essentially $30 worth of products for $20, then you start adding in your coupons and the deal gets even sweeter. Here is a deal I did this week, just as an example.

Pampers were on sale 2/19.98

Tide was on sale 5.94

So I purchased 2 bags of diapers, 2 bottles of Tide for a total of 31.86 before taxes. I had coupons for each item, $1.50 off each bag of diapers and $2 off each tide (newspaper) so that brought my total to $24.86 before taxes. I had $24 in ECB from a few weeks ago to “roll” into this deal. I got my total to .86 plus tax. I paid 2.xx out of pocket and received a $10 ECB for my next purchase.

But you will not start off with ECB’s so your first scenario would look like this: 31.86 – 7.00 in coupons. $24.86 plus tax is what you would pay and receive the $10 ECB for your next purchase. Remember when I said you had to put a little money out up front at CVS?

I always try to roll my ECB’s into something that will give back ECB’s, but when the deals run dry (happens a few times a year for me) then I use them on things we need, bread, milk or toilet paper, I just get as much with whatever amount I have. ECB’s have a life of 30 days for the most part, meaning you have 30 days to “roll” them into something else before they expire.

I am a firm believer that you should never pay for certain things, toothpaste and toothbrushes being a few. Also shampoo/conditioner, body wash and razors should just be pennies on the dollar, if you are doing the deals that CVS has to offer.

Can you tell I am a CVS fan?

LOVE TARGET? They often offer gift cards for purchasing a certain number of items- this week one deal is buy 3 tide, downy, bounty, charmin or Swiffer items for x.xx amount get a $10 gift card back. If you are brand loyal to any of these products, this could be a good deal. There were coupons in the Sunday paper for each one of these items, so once you mix the gift card with the coupons, you could save several dollars.

Obviously I am stocking up on baby items currently, and Target had a great deal a few months ago, I didn’t participate but should have. There were multiple baby deals going on that could be combined, spend $100 on baby items get $20 gift card, spend $200 get a $40 gift card, buy 3 boxes of diapers get a $25 gift card. The diapers were 34.99 a box and there were various coupons out depending on the brand of diapers. I will use pampers as an example, there were $3 manufacture coupons per box (limit 4 per coupon policy), along with $2 Target coupons, and a cartwheel for 10% off any diapers. SO when you do the math it looked like this.

6 boxes diapers @ 209.94 then you take off your coupons so 209.94 – 12 (4×3) manufacture =197.94 – 8 (4×2) target = 189.94 – 10% (18.99) =170.95 plus tax is what you would pay and in return you would receive a $40 gift card for spending $200 (this is done before coupons), as well as 2 $25 gift cards for buying 6 boxes of diapers. SO after the $90 in gift cards that you earned, you essentially got the 6 boxes of diapers for 80.95 plus tax, or 13.49 a box. If you have a Target Red card, an extra 5% would come off as well.

You then have $90 in Target Gift Cards to do whatever you want with, groceries, Christmas presents, clothes, or you could even roll it back into the same deal to get it even cheaper. This is just one example, Target does gift card deals all the time.

I use several websites to find the great deals, sometimes I do my own but I love to look and see what others are doing, and like to see if I have missed anything. I am a fan of AFULLCUP.com, Thekrazycouponlady.com and mysweetsavings.com. Many times they do the work for you, down to telling you where the coupons can be found that are needed for the deal.

I also use several different savings apps on my phone, IBOTTA is my favorite. Join my team by using my referral code- tgtgeg, I will earn money when you redeem your first deal as will you! I currently have a lifetime amount of 248.55 earned, just for purchasing everyday items. Savingstar.com is the same way, there is no referral code or team work on this one, and both are free to join.

Now to FOOD! Food for me is much harder to coupon for, or maybe I am so used to getting personal items for so cheap, that a 40-50% savings doesn’t sound very good! Cereal deals come around roughly every 6 weeks, so when Giant offers $6 off 4 boxes, I will do as many transactions as I have coupons. Once again it is 4 like coupons per purchase. The deal usually looks like this

4 boxes @ 3.29 each =13.16- $6 for purchasing 4 boxes = 7.16, and the coupons are usually 50-75 cents off each box, making it look like this. 7.16- .50-.50 (coupon doubles remember) -.50-.50-.50-.50-.50-50 which leaves you with 3.16 plus tax, or less than a dollar a box. If you can find the 75 cent coupons it is even better, 29 cents a box plus tax! My girls eat cereal like it is going out of style, so I usually hunt down enough coupons for 4-5 transactions, or 16-20 boxes. I know this will be just enough to get us to the next sale, roughly 6 weeks away.

Target last week had Kraft cheese on sale, shredded or block, 5 for $10. Pretty good deal already, however on coupons.com, there were 75 cents off of 1! That made each item only 1.25, which is a great deal for cheese. However you must remember you can only buy them in lots of 4, due to the coupon policy. Target often has $5 off coupons when you purchase $25 worth of grocery items, which mixed with coupons and the cartwheel app can make for great deals as well.

This is all just scratching the surface, there is so much to learn about couponing, and every store is different. Many stores do not accept coupons at all, ALDI and Costco to name a few.

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