Deals and bargains for family friendly fun ... and back-to-school stuff, too

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Raising a family on a budget can be tough. Expert bargain hunter Alicia Markham tracked down discounts, deals and freebies for the family.

1. Kids 8 and under get free Jamba Juice kids' smoothies this Saturday from 11-4 at participating locations. There is no purchase required, maximum four kids per

2. Summer isn't over yet for most of us, and there is still a lot of time to enjoy Phoenix-area water parks. Alicia has an exclusive code that will get you two tickets to Wet & Wild including unlimited soft drinks for $30, a $98 value. Why not save a whopping $68?!


3. If you can take the kids to a Diamondbacks game this weekend, there are some great promotions going on at Chase Field. Friday night the family can enjoy a fireworks display after the game. Saturday night the team will give away 20,000 Luchador masks, and Sunday they're giving 5,000 kids free baseball caps. The deal on Sunday gets even better as kids 15 and younger are eligible to join the No Chew Crew. They'll get a free admission to a Sunday home game along with a free toothbrush! Go to to register. Sunday is also kids run the bases day.

4. Alicia says make sure you do not pay too much for back to school clothes or supplies. She recommends moms and dads ad match at Target, Office Max, Staples, and Walmart. Snag extra coupons to save you even more. Alicia has printable coupons on her website for kids' shoes and clothes, along with many other back-to-school need. You'll also find a full list of back-to-school deals for the week.

For more great deals and bargains, keep an eye on her website,