Planning for the holidays? Find good deals now

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Even though Arizona is still experiencing triple-digit weather, if you want to save money, you need to start thinking about the holidays now. The Deals Diva, Alicia Markham, found these five deals that will help you save a significant amount off the prices of holiday events, cards, family photos, and more, if you plan ahead.

1. North Pole Experience
This year you can book an afternoon trip (head to the North Pole between 1 PM and 3:45) and save $40 for a family of four off the night prices (starting at 4 PM). You’ll have an identical experience inside Santa’s workshop AND be back home in time for bed. You can learn more online.

2. Tiny Prints
If you are ready to make your holiday cards, why not save 25 percent? Right now on Tiny Prints you can save 20% off any holiday card or invitation order (no minimum) or 25 percent off when you spend $99 or more! The 2013 designs just came out. The Deals Diva has promo codes for the discounts. online.

3. This is Life Photography
If you want to take a family photo for a Christmas card, there is a great deal from This is Life Photography. Your family will can score a 30-minute mini session and 2 digital files for $99 this weekend (worth $450). Make holiday cards and/or enlargements for your walls with the digital files. Alicia says she has personally used this company before and has been happy with the results.

4. Ballet Arizona’s Nutcracker
This is a wonderful holiday performance that has turned into a tradition for many Arizona families. Book your tickets in September to enjoy 40 percent off your tickets with promo code SCHOOL (good for December 6, 7, and 8).  Call the box office at 602-381-1096 and use promo code SCHOOL to get the 40 percent discount and save on ticket fees. This deal excludes savers seats.

5. Childsplay’s Velveteen Rabbit
This is another Arizona holiday classic. This year the theater is celebrating its 25th anniversary. If you pick up your tickets now, you can save $5 per ticket with promo code HOLIDAY. Tickets start at $15, so with the promo code you’ll pay as little as $10 per person. Call the box office at 480-350-3822 to book your tickets and remember to mention promo code HOLIDAY. Note: The discount is not good for the $12 preview performance.

Information about all of these deals can be found at