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Pizza Hut Camp Book It! Kids Summer Reading Program

Some of you may remember the Pizza Hut “Book It!” program during your elementary school years that encouraged reading using free pizza as a reward. Well, it still exists in the form of Camp Book It!:

Parents, join us for our first ever Camp BOOK IT! and keep rewarding your kids all summer long. Track and reward your kids’ reading for June, July and August in our digital dashboard. When they meet their monthly reading goal, they’ll receive a free one-topping Personal Pan Pizza® from Pizza Hut! We’ll also share fun activities and book recommendations each week to keep the fun going throughout the summer!

This program is usually for homeschooling parents during the academic school year, but is open to all age-eligible children during the summer:

You must be one of the following: a parent homeschooling your own children in Kindergarten through 6th grade (ages 5-12 years old) as of September 1, 2020 for the October to March program OR a parent enrolling your own children in Kindergarten through 6th grade (ages 5-12 years old) as of September 1, 2020 for the summer program.

After signing up, I found that this program is much less involved than the one we signed up for at our local library, which requires us to log the book title, author, and time spent reading for each day. For Camp Book It, there is a simple daily counter. You can even count the days retroactively if you sign up in the middle of the month. Once you reach 20 days of reading in one calendar month (our goal is 20 minutes per day per child), you complete the goal and a prize code will be emailed to you.

I like that they give out little Personal Pan Pizzas as they are a novelty to our kids, making it feel like a special reward that they earned. Read books, earn free pizza, that’s my kind of deal!

Target REDcard 5% Off, $40 off $40+ Purchase For New Approvals

Updated. In my area, Target currently has the best setup for ordering via app and picking up at the store. No markups, well-organized, dedicated parking area, and minimal waiting. Walmart was a mess, and so was the grocery store. We were always missing something and/or were given someone else’s items. Here’s a quick update on ways to save at Target.

Newly approved REDcard applicants can currently receive a coupon good for $40 off $40+ purchase (valid in-store or online) along with their new card in the mail. Restrictions listed below. Apply online or in-store from 7/12-7/25.

The Target REDcard offers an ongoing 5% off all Target purchases both online and in-store (Target gift cards excluded, in-store Starbucks included) and free 2-day shipping on qualifying items. Available as either as a credit card or debit card. The REDcard debit card version connects directly to a designated checking account. Instead of a credit check at one of the 3 major bureaus, a reader reports that Target uses SageStream (formerly ID Analytics) for debit cards, another consumer reporting agency.

Target also has a Circle rewards program that offers 1% cash back, but only on non-REDcard purchases (no stacking, bummer). They will also offer various discounts and coupon that are targeted to you. You need to opt-in in order for them to track your purchases.

You can earn 1% to redeem at Target later when you use non-RedCard payment types on eligible purchases. (To earn 1%, a RedCard can’t be used for any portion of the purchase.) Just scan Wallet in the Target app or enter your mobile number in store, or make a purchase online. Restrictions apply.

Here’s the list of restrictions on that $40 off $40 coupon.

RedCard $40 offer: Get a coupon for $40 off a $40+ qualifying purchase when you are approved for a debit or credit RedCard in-stores and at between 7/12/20-7/25/20. The coupon will be mailed to approved cardholders with their RedCard and will be valid through 8/29/20. Excludes items sold & shipped by Target PlusTM Partners, alcohol, Apple products, Barbie Dreamhouse, Bose, Casper, clinic & pharmacy, dairy milk, DockATot, Disney Frozen Castle, DSLR cameras & lenses, Elvie, Fitbit, gift cards, Google, HALO baby, Hasbro games (Classic Monopoly, Connect Four, Jenga, Rubik’s Cube, Sorry, Trouble), Hot Wheels id, HP, Infant Optics, JBL, LEGO, Levi’s Red Label, LG OLED TV, limited-time designer partnerships, Mega Bloks, mobile contracts, Motrin pain relief, Nerf Ultra, Nintendo hardware and Switch games, Polder, Peg Perego, Philips Avent, power shave, power dental, Harry’s and Flamingo, prepaid cards, PS4 hardware, Samsung TVs, simplehuman, Sonos, Sony electronics, Target Optical, Thomas and Friends Wood, Traeger, Tylenol pain relief, 23andMe, Weber, and Xbox One hardware.

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