Your Personality (and Family) on PAPER – Expressionery.COM

There are so many new and fabulous merchants in the 2014 GoPlaySave book being used in fundraisers all over the triangle area right now!  One of these exciting new merchants is an online merchant that provides a product where you can create and express your family’s personality…on paper.

Expressionery features Laura Kelly’s full line of character, “Me and My Peeps”, to be used in creating stationery items.  When you buy the stationery, there is a code in the book to get the matching labels for free!

You can create memo pads, labels, gift labels, note cards and other fun things on Expressionery using the “Me and My Peeps” characters.

To keep up with new products and special promotions, like Expressionery on Facebook and follow the Expressionery Blog.

If you would like to enter to win a 2014 book along with 3 fabulous game pads from Expressionery and a $20 Gift Card, enter the contest!

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Please be sure to like GoPlaySave on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.  We are even on Pinterest gathering and pinning ideas for great places to go, ways to save money and fun things to do.

Happy Expressing Yourself, Going, Playing and Saving,

Your Friends at GoPlaySave Triangle



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Indoor Family Fun in Cary – Mini Golf and Dining Too

There is a new place in Cary that offers a fun time for your family while allowing everyone to use up some energy playing mini golf.  It is Indoor Greens Mini Golf and Café and is conveniently located on High House Road in the Cornerstone Shopping Center.

Indoor Greens has 18 holes of mini golf on a turf surface that offers little hills and a variety of undulations.  It is great for kids and adults of all ages.  They also have a party room for larger groups or corporate meetings.  After your 18 holes are over, they offer a menu of sandwiches and salads.

They offer a great selection of natural sodas, beers and sweets too!  The golfing and dining is cost effective for a family and a great alternative to bowling and the movie theater.

Indoor Greens is a new merchant in the GoPlaySave 2014 book and offers BOGO coupons.  They are also partnering and supporting local schools with coupons for free golfing for participating in the fundraising process, which promotes responsibility.  Indoor Greens has a Facebook Page and a Website where you can visit to get more information and keep up to date on specials, leagues and events.

If you would like to enter a contest for $100 worth of fun at Indoor Greens Mini Golf and Café, you can do it here!  If you are the winner, you will receive a gift certificate good for you and three others to play unlimited golf and dine.  The certificate excludes alcoholic beverages.

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Happy Going, Playing, Saving and Mini Golfing,

Your Friends at GoPlaySave


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Back to School Tips

It is that time of year again where kids are heading back into the classrooms and creating routines.  Sometimes the transition from summer to school can be difficult.  We talked with Laura Kelly, prior teacher and now creative mom of boys, Here are few suggestions to make the change smooth in your home.

Adjust the Sleep Clocks – Work back into the sleep patterns of going to bed early and getting up early.  Start at least a week before school starts and make the effort your child puts into this worth it.  If she goes to be on time and sleeps all night, take her somewhere special to celebrate.  Bounce -U and Monkey Joes are great on hot summer days!

Create a Workspace – While out shopping for school supplies and classroom donations from the teacher’s list, get items to personalize your child’s at-home work space.  This is a special place where they can go to do homework and study.  If you are limited on space or your child shares a room, create a study bucket of special homework supplies that can travel to the kitchen table.  Office Depot has tons of great supplies and organizational tools for kids.

Communicate with School – If there is an open house or a “meet the teacher” time, be there.  Even if it is your child’s 5th year at the same school, the classroom is new and the expectations will be different.  Providing them the opportunity to become acquainted early with their new environment will help them start out on the right foot.  If their are volunteering opportunities, seize the ones that work for you.  Find a way to support the classroom and school even if it means donating items, not time.  A.C. Moore has awesome things that teachers would love but might not buy themselves for classroom projects.

Discuss Clothing – Some children are socially conscious about what they wear and what backpack they carry.  Make sure that your child feels confident in what they wear to school.  You might not love their choice and it might not be perfect for your scrapbook photos but their self esteem is worth it in the long run.  Dicks Sporting Goods has great clothes for active kids.

Healthy Foods – Create healthy eating habits.  Pack healthy lunches and let your kids participate in the process.  They will be more likely to eat their lunch if they helped make it.  For after school snacks, create a drawer or basket of healthy choices so they know when they get home where to go and what they can eat.  Lots of kids come home from school really hungry, especially if they had lunch at 10:30 am.  Kroger is a great place to shop for these items.

Make it Fun – There are tons of ideas online that share suggestions of DIY Back to School projects.  These will help your kids get excited and make the concept of school seem exciting like summer.  For starters, you could visit the Rit Studio DIY Back to School Blog Hop filled with awesome projects.  You can dye wooden bathroom passes for teachers, make Box Top collection jars, book covers, backpacks and so much more. You can buy Rit Dye at A.C. Moore and Kroger.

and lastly, buy the GoPlaySave book from a student in your family or community.  The sales of our books support the student’s self esteem, the school’s fundraising efforts and the merchants that participate.  Your purchase makes a very big difference.  If you are interested in holding a fundraiser, please email us.

CONTEST TIME!  Enter to win a 2014 Book and these other fun back to school things too!
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Happy Back to School,

Your Friends at GoPlaySave





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Celebrating the launch of the 2014 Book – Contest for 4 Emerald Pointe Passes

We are super excited to announce that in the 2014 edition of GoPlaySave there are 4 coupons to Wet’n Wild’s Emerald Pointe in Greensboro, North Carolina!  Hot summer days are so much fun when splashing and sliding at this top notch water park.

To find out the hours, directions and attractions, visit Emerald Pointe’s website where there is a plethora of information.  If you would like to enter the contest we are holding to celebrate this exciting addition to our book, you can enter in a variety of ways!
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The contest ends on Friday at 2 pm and a winner will be announced within 48 hours. Good luck!

Happy Summer,

Your Friends at GoPlaySave Triangle

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August Means Both Back to School and Fundraising Season!

We are so excited about the 2014 GoPlaySave Book.  It is off the press and circulating now through the first of many fabulous fundraisers.  Did you know that when you buy a GoPlaySave book, you are supporting the child you buy it from, the school or organization that he attends AND the community businesses.

The first delivery was made to Sycamore Creek Elementary last week and they are totally rockin’ it with sales.

The folks at Herbert Akins Elementary worked hard to sort and organize books for all of the students in all of the classes.  Did you know that EVERY student gets recognized for their efforts in being responsible about participation, even if they just try.  That is our Ryan in the bottom right photograph happily helping out!

If you are looking for a way to contribute to our Triangle community, buy a book from a child!  If you are looking for a fundraiser that makes your organization lots of money and makes a huge difference, let us know.  You can email us at

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with special promotions, contest, information and giveaways!

Happy August,

Your Friends at GoPlaySave!


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The 2014 Books Are READY!


Extra Extra Read All About It!  The 2014 books are out and the fundraising season has begun!  To celebrate the kickoff of the season, we are offering a contest with a prize of…drumroll…

A 2014 BOOK and a 5 pack of Sharpie NEON Fine Tip Markers so you can go through and mark it up.

Marking up your book suggestions:

  1. Give each family member a color to star beside the coupons they want to use.
  2. Use different colors to mark which places you want to visit with your kids, on date nights or by yourself.
  3. Use the NEON Sharpies to doodle beside the merchant pages that make you happy!
  4. Use the five markers as bookmarks between the pages of the first five merchants you plan to visit.

To enter the contest, click here!
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Your Friends at GoPlaySave

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Personalize a Beach Bucket with “Me and My Peeps” From AC Moore

Driving around town, you probably see lots of the family people on the backs of cars.  Did you know that the original artist to draw the auto decals is from right here in the Triangle Area.  This week there is a featured blog hop and we are proud to be a part of it.

The decals on these buckets came from AC Moore.  Because they are made to withstand bad storms, car washes and the like…they can stand a little play.  We like play!

The awesome black buckets are from Romanoff Products.  They are sturdy and solid and last a long time.  There are lots of great ways to use the decals. Check out some of the other ideas from so pretty fabulous designers! To find out more about these projects, click here.

If you would like to enter the contest to win this awesome prize, go for it!

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Have a great time creating fun project and shopping at AC Moore (using you savings coupons of course).


Your Friends At GoPlaySave

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Do you have any Sharpie markers in your home?

Did you know that the average household has at LEAST 2.  How many merchants that participate in the GoPlaySave book sell Sharpie markers?  Do you have any idea?  There are LOTS of places that you can save money buying Sharpie products using your coupons on your mobile app or the tear out ones from your book!

If you love Sharpie markers and you would like to win a $50 Sharpie prize pack, we have three ways you can enter a contest to do just that!  First of all, you can post a comment on this blog and let us know 3 merchants in the book that sell Sharpies.  If you like our Facebook page AND post a comment there telling us how many Sharpies you own, you will get another entry.  You can also go follow us on Twitter for a third chance.

The contest runs through July 15th at 5 pm.  The winner will be announced on our Facebook wall.

Happy Sharpie Day,


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Beat the Heat with SAVINGS on NINE Cold Treats

SUMMER is here.  It is hot.  Kids are already saying, “I am bored!”  Nothing beats the heat of summer like taking a break to go and get a cold treat.  There are LOTS of options in the GoPlaySave program to save money during these hot days and have treat after treat after treat.

Ice Cream is a sure thing!  We have savings coupons for the following ten great places and lots more.  Break out your book and start playing and saving.

Baskin Robbins

The Ice Cream Shop in Downtown Apex

Cold Stone Creamery


Goodberry’s Frozen Custard

Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Freshberry Frozen Yogurt Cafe

Dairy Queen

FRESH Local Ice Cream

And of course there are cold treats, milkshakes, etc. in the fast food restaurants too!  You can use your Kroger savings to buy LOTS of ice cream and toppings too, enough to have an ice cream party!

Cool Off!  Take A SWEET Break.  Get some ice cream.  Save some money.  Have some fun!

LIKE GoPlaySave on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter.

Happy Beating the Heat,

Your Friends at GoPlaySave




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Five Triangle Outdoor Dining Hot Spots

Warm weather can create the perfect climate for eating outdoors.  There are lots of restaurants in the GoPlaySave book and on the mobile app that offer outdoor dining experiences.

Here are a few of our favorites…

Mia Francesca – located in Raleigh and offering a menu of amazing Italian dishes, a brunch menu and a gluten-free menu!

Spring Rolls – located in Raleigh and offering a fabulous Asian Fusion menu!

West Park Tavern - located in Cary and offering all American cuisine and lots of draft beers!

Moe’s Southwest Grill – located all over the Triangle – featuring a fantastic variety of fresh, made-to-order southwest fare!

Mellow Mushroom - located all over the Triangle – providing delicious foods and pizzas in creative and uplifting environments!

Follow us on Facebook to keep up with the latest savings and news!

Follow us on Pinterest too and pin along as we add to our boards.

Happy Being Outdoors,

Your Friends at GoPlaySave!





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