FREE Show with OBB!

OBBJoin us for a free concert with Pulse artist OBB – and stay after the show to meet the band and snap a selfie with the guys!

Thursday, June 18th at 7PM
The Pulse Studios at Fox Creek
33365 335th Street, Waukee
Questions? Email

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    Win a Young & Free surprise pack for a friend!

    this_is_living_ep_coverYou’ve got a chance to win a free download of the Young & Free “This Is Living” EP. And when you win, you also get to send a Young & Free surprise pack to a friend! They’ll get the same free download, PLUS an iPod Shuffle, Bluetooth Speaker and other fun party supplies!

    To enter, simply complete the new Music Advisory Team survey before 11:59PM on May 31, 2015. Click here to log in or set up your profile!

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      Frugal Friday: Ways to Save by Using Your Local Library!

      libraryWhile the library is a great place to check out books, of course, most libraries also offer many other money-saving programs and resources. Here are a few more ways to save at the library:

      1. DVDs & CD’s
      Many libraries offer free DVD rentals! Music CD’s are also available to check out from the library. So much money can be saved by checking out DVDs from the library over the years instead of renting or buying them!

      2. Kid’s Toys
      Kid’s play areas at the library often have puzzles or other toys that children can play with and are a great place to take your children on cold winter days. It doesn’t cost any money (and mom can bring some books home, too!).

      3. Audiobooks
      Check your library to see what their audiobook collection is like. Many have a pretty extensive collection — and some even offer audiobooks you can download for a time period.

      4. Ebooks
      Many people don’t realize that most public libraries have eBooks available for checkout through their websites. All you have to do is log into your local library’s site using your library card, then follow the links for eBooks (often, there are also digital audio books available).

      5. Local Attraction Memberships
      Some libraries offer memberships to local attractions (zoos, museums, etc.) that you can “check out”. If your library offers this, it’s a great way to visit local attractions and have some family fun — without spending a dime!

      6. Online Foreign Language Programs
      Many public libraries across the country have a free program for learning a foreign language. It’s called Mango Languages. If you check their website, you can find out if your local library participates. You can find out if your library participates here.

      7.  Summer Reading Programs
      Summer reading programs provide huge motivation for children to get in a lot of reading during the summer, and the rewards are amazing— things like free Kid’s meals, free miniature golf, a free smoothie at McDonald’s, free baseball game tickets, free ice skating passes, and more.

      8. Online Classes
      Check to see if your library offers free online classes through Universal Class.  There are hundreds of classes to choose from out of there 42 areas of study.  Some of those areas include: office skills, performing arts, parenting, homeschooling, do it yourself, gardening, cooking, computers, accounting and web development.

      9. Kindles
      Some libraries loan out Kindles!  They come pre-loaded with 15-20 titles.  Libraries often use different themes including: New York Times Fiction & Non-Fiction Bestsellers, Romance, Mystery, Science Fiction, Classics, Popular Fiction, Biography and more!  This is a great way to test out a Kindle before you buy one.


      Note: If you have a relatively small library that doesn’t have a great selection, check and see if they offer Inter-Library loan. Most libraries do, and this offers a much, much broader selection. You have to request the book and then wait for it to come in, but it’s free–which usually makes it worth a bit of a wait!

      You can also suggest books for your library to purchase. They might not heed your suggestion, but it’s always worth a shot.


      Thanks to Money Saving Mom for the great tips! Find the original post here.

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        Frugal Friday: Ways to Save When Traveling with Kids!


        Planning a family vacation this spring/summer? Here are a handful of my favorite ideas on ways to save when traveling as a family from this post (thanks, Penny Pinchin’ Mom!):


        “Hotels with free breakfast!” – Jana K.

        “Travel at night so they sleep and don’t need to eat. Also we pack snack boxes and a cooler with drinks.” – Amy R.

        “Crock pot meals in the hotel room and eat by the pool instead of going out to dinner!!” – Gina M.

        “Look up the community on Facebook and reach out for suggestions from local parents on where to go for fun, inexpensive (or even free) activities for kids.” – Jill T.

        “Rent a house/condo from VRBO or homeway instead of hotel rooms. They are cheaper and you can cook two meals a day, which saves a bunch.” – Stephanie B.

        “Plan ahead. Spur of the moment trips always cost more.” – Kristi S.

        I pack a cooler with drinks, snacks, cold cuts and bread to save time and money for those random hunger moments that cost you an arm and a leg at the gas station convenience store.

        I research nearby restaurants to the hotel and look for coupons or promos that will save us some money on our vacation dining.


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          Places to go, things to see…

          Summer is coming! We’ve got some fun things for you to consider as you plan your time. Swing by one Friday in May to put a Pulse window sticker on your car and sign up to win cool prizes. Make time to join us and enjoy your favorite Pulse artists on stage. And check out our free community calendar to see what else is going on around town!

          IMG_1749MAY STICKER STOPS!
          Help us get the word out about the new frequency – put a Pulse 101.7FM window sticker on your car!

          Friday, May 15th from 3-5:30PM
          with Jim Manderfield @Iowa Realty

          at the corner of Valley West Drive and EP True
          Put a sticker on your car and sign up to win a $100 Scheel’s gift card!

          Friday, May 22nd from 11AM-1PM @Blue Tomato Kitchen
          at the southwest corner of 63rd and Grand
          Stop by for a sticker, a free bite to eat and sign up to win a Young & Free prize pack!

          Friday, May 29th from 11AM-1PM @BMW of Des Moines
          at the corner of 100th and Hickman in Urbandale
          Stop by for a sticker and sign up to win the use of a BMW i3 for a weekend!

          Saturday, June 6th
          Building 429, I Am They, About A Mile and more!
          Click here for details.

          OBB Live at the Pulse 101.7FM Studio
          FREE SHOW! Details TBA…

          Thursday-Saturday, July 16-18
          NEW LOCATION: Sommerset, WI just outside the Twin Cities!
          Dozens of Pulse artists, camping, food and fun
          Click here for details.

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              Frugal Friday: 7 Ways to Save $4000/yr. Without Cutting Back on Anything!



              So I found a new blogger, The Penny Hoarder, and I am so happy that I did! Such great tips… and a bunch of them were new to me (and I consider myself quite the frugal gal)! Here are 7 ways to save without cutting back:


              1. Go Out to Dinner, But Pay Less Than Half the Bill – Everyone knows about Groupon but, if you’re just using groupon, you’re losing out on cash! will give you cash rebates on every Groupon that you buy through their site.
              2. Say Goodbye to Your Bank – The top 10 banks in the US charge an average of $7.50 /month. Online banks have lower overhead costs and are able to pass along the savings. Check out Synchrony Bank or Ally Bank.
              3. Get Cashback on Groceries - Check out the Ibotta app – earn cash rebates on grocery purchases just by taking a picture of your receipt with your smartphone!
              4. Get Your Cell Phone for Free - The average household pays around $102/month in cell phone bills! Switch to a free carrier like FreedomPop. They offer free talk, text, and 4G data. You can either purchase an outdated phone from them or use your own Sprint-supported smartphone. There is a cap on the usage and faster speeds are available for an extra cost.
              5. Free Internet?! - Don’t worry, you don’t even have to cancel your current plan! Share some data about things like how long you’re spending on Facebook and these 3 companies will help pay for your internet: Media Insiders Panel, Nielsen Digital Voice, and Savvy Connect.
              6. Save BIG on Travel – Leverage your credit cards to earn airline miles. Don’t have a credit card? No problem! You can even earn free miles by taking surveys, shopping online, etc. Find out more here.
              7. Get Paid to Shop – Use cash-back shopping sites like Ebates to get up to 25% cash back!

              Find the full article here.

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