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Man oh man, where has the summer gone!? All of a sudden we are past Labor Day and fall is just about staring us in the face. No complaints from me – I’m pretty partial to fall weather – but did August just disappear for anyone else?!
We took a couple weeks off this summer… a bit of an impromptu “summer break” if you will. August was pretty hectic with family time and vacation time, so we decided to just chill for a couple weeks. But now, we are back on track and, as always, looking at different ways we can save money and stretch our miles to the limit! So we are going to slide back into the flow of things with a Friday Five – because lots is going on!
The CFA app is pretty swell and they just revamped their app to (hopefully) bring more food rewards to their raving fans. In honor of this revamp, they are offering free 8 count nuggets through September 29th – all you have to do is download their app and create an account! If you already have the app, just open it up and the nugs should show up under your rewards.
This Is Us Movie
Well, kind of. The brains behind This Is Us is coming out with a movie he wrote and directed called Life Itself. You can check out the trailer and even better, grab free movie tickets (if you are local to BHM) here! You just have to be a Regal Crown Club member, which is easy enough to sign up for. If you aren’t local to BHM, head on over here to see if there are any screenings in your area. If you’ve never been to an advance screening before, be sure to get there early since they purposely overbook!
Geeze, when are they going to release tickets for Hawaii!? 2018 is slowly disappearing and with each passing month, it seems less likely that flights will happen this year. Southwest could always surprise us with an early Christmas present – and they have maintained their goal of 2018 – but that doesn’t provide much lead time for travelers.
I’m hoping they can finish up all the Hawaii logistics soon so they can turn their attention to Canada.
Frontier and your “local” airport
I had to book a last minute flight up to MD a couple weeks ago and I ended up snagging a flight out of Nashville to Philly for $87 round trip. And I booked two days before the flight left! That is some pretty great value and while I had a couple hour drive up to Nashville, it was way cheaper than flying out of Birmingham. I also used Way.com to grab some cheap, off-airport parking at a local Marriott that had a shuttle to the airport.
All-in-all (minus the drive) it was a pretty seamless experience and while the price could have been double what I paid if I had taken any luggage (sorry for wearing your clothes all weekend, Dad!), expanding my “local” airport options saved me around $400. This brought in alternate flight options on low-cost carriers like Frontier and Spirit and can really drive down the cost of last-minute travel.
“Wait, what? Again?” Yep – the never-ending renovation saga continues! But don’t worry, a different bathroom this time. We finished up our guest bathroom and moved right into tearing out our master to revamp it. This took a little longer due to a rotten subfloor and our August disappearance, but the end is in sight!
We switched out the tub for a walk-in shower and we just finished the tiling this weekend. Man, it looks good. We didn’t document this even close to as well as the last one (I know, I know, I regret it) but expect a summary post coming up soon in the next couple weeks. The end is in sight!
The Simple Summary
After a much needed summer vacay, we are back and ready to go for the fall. Keep checking back in every Tuesday for new content and let us know in the comments if you have any topics you’d like us to cover!