Campus visits, free national parks, boat swap, back to school – Orange County Register

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Did you know you can swap use of your boat with others who offer their boats in other locations? This is a chance to travel and enjoy boating in other locales. Sometimes people even trade holiday cottages or campers for boats. Occasionally, home exchange clubs also offer homes with boats to trade out. If you’re primarily interested in swapping your boat, check out to learn more.


Got a kid going into college? Want to take your student to visit college campuses? Well, if you choose Amtrak train travel, you’ll get one student ticket for 50 percent off if you buy one adult at regular prices, plus younger kids always travel for half price. Some blackout dates apply. Learn more and register here:


Ready for a road trip? All national parks and monuments will be free to visit on Friday, Aug. 25 in honor of the National Park Service’s 101st birthday. If you decide to visit one, I’d suggest going at sunrise, because not only will the weather be cool, but you won’t hit any crowds. Later in the day, these “free days” get pretty mobbed. Enjoy! Learn more:

$10 DEAL

Back to school, anyone? If you sign up for The Children’s Place email club, they’ll send you a coupon good for $10 off if you spend $40, and note that they’re having all kinds of sales right now, including 60 percent off clearance items. And, note this: They’re also offering a gift card deal: If you spend $20 in store between now and Sept. 11, they’ll give you a $10 coupon that you can use between Sept. 12 and Sept. 25 only, both in store and online. If you decide to do this, make sure to put those dates on your calendar so you don’t forget them, as I always do. Learn more:


If you have an American Express card, Uber has a deal for you: Get $30 off your first ride in the U.S. when you pay with an eligible Amex card, and use the promo code UBERAMEX. Learn more here: (Note: It’s CO, not COM)

If you have an American Express card, you can save 30 percent on your first Uber ride when you pay with an eligible American card and use the promo code UBERAMEX. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register/SCNG)


Head over to the ASICS warehouse sale Friday-Sunday, Aug. 10-13, offering great deals on workout and running items, including clothing, accessories and…

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