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Giveaway: Create Your Own Family Game Night

by Tara Kuczykowski on September 20, 2009 · 798 comments


In today's economy, a family outing to the movies can put a strain on most budgets! You don't even want to know what a recent trip to the movie theater cost our family. We dropped over $100 and didn't even get to watch the entire movie between bathroom breaks and tantrums. From now on, we're definitely waiting for the DVD!

Luckily Walmart and Hasbro have partnered to help families make memories and enjoy each other at home. This week, stores across the country have Family Game Night aisles dedicated to helping you put together your own Family Game Night for under $40.

Choose a theme like Sweet Tooth Sunday -- with Candyland and the sugary sweet movie Pollyanna along with soda and makings for a homemade ice cream sundaes -- or Special Mission Night -- all about solving puzzles and using your smarts to uncover a mystery and play Pictureka along with secret recipes of creative snacks to enjoy while you watch National Treasure. Or pick from your all-time favorites at affordable prices.

We headed out to Walmart today with $40 in hand to check it out, and the kids were thrilled with both the selection of games and movies. We finally narrowed it down to Trouble and Operation (both faves of mine when I was younger), and the girls picked out High School Musical. We snagged all 3 for just $35, so we have $5 left over to pick up some simple snacks. $40 for a fun and relaxing evening at home compared to $100+ for a disastrous and stressful outing is a huge bargain! Plus the entertainment isn't limited to a single 2-hour span.

One lucky Deal Seeking Mom winner will receive a $40 Walmart giftcard to put together their own Family Game Night theme!

To enter, tell me what your family's favorite board game is. Do you have young children who love Candyland, or do you prefer adult games like Apples to Apples?


Every reader has four methods available to enter this contest. Choose one each of any combination of method one, two, three, or four for up to a total of 4 entries!!!

Methods of entry:

1. Leave a comment. Tell me about your favorite family board game!

2. Add Deal Seeking Mom to your blogroll or add my badge to your sidebar. Make sure to come back and leave the link to your site in a separate comment!

3. Join the Deal Seeking Mom Forums to chat about your great finds, special coupon codes, and chances to win exclusive giveaways. Leave a separate comment letting me know you've joined or that you're already a registered user!

4. Subscribe to my feed via RSS or email. You must confirm your email subscription for it to be a valid entry! Leave a separate comment letting me know you have done so. If you’re already a subscriber, simply leave a separate comment letting me know you’re already subscribed. Lovin’ my subscribers! You guys make this all possible.

(1) $40 Walmart gift card

This giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday 9/23. I’ll use to select the winning comment. Winner will be notified by email on and listed on my Giveaway Winners page. Good luck!

While you’re in a contest entering mood, don’t forget to check out the Giveaway Gathering for a variety of contests being hosted on Deal Seeking Mom readers’ blogs!


1 Catherine September 22, 2009 at 10:54 am

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2 Catherine September 22, 2009 at 10:54 am


3 Laura September 22, 2009 at 11:22 am

My son is too young to play board games yet, so my husband and I like to play Scrabble.

4 Laura September 22, 2009 at 11:23 am

I am a registered user of the DSM forums.

5 Laura September 22, 2009 at 11:23 am

I subscribe to your feed via RSS.

6 Candi September 22, 2009 at 11:40 am

I subscribe!

7 Candi September 22, 2009 at 11:43 am

My daughter loves family night. She got to pick two weeks ago and we had a talent show. My son did tricks with the dog, I hula hooped, my daughter did a magic show and daddy won since he got all dressed up like a cowboy and sang a country song. She even gave away a dollar as the prize it was so fun.. As for games she loves to play hang man.. We use a wipe board and have teams.. This is a game you don't have to spend a dime on and it is really fun..

8 Lori A. September 22, 2009 at 11:55 am

We love Apples to Apples! We also have the junior edition so we can play with the whole family or just the older kids. We also love Settlers of Cattan and Spy Alley. Our youngest is too young for the last two games but he and I like to be a "team" when we play. ;)

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9 Lori A. September 22, 2009 at 11:56 am

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10 Lori A. September 22, 2009 at 11:56 am

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11 Alison D. September 22, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Growing up my brother and I loved to play Life. We used to play for hours and hours.

12 Linda September 22, 2009 at 1:01 pm

I still have the Life game my brother and I had growing up in the late 60's early 70's. Now my boys love to play it, too. We laugh when one of us have so many children they can't all fit in the car!!

13 Kristen September 22, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Right now our favorite is Monopoly Jr.

14 Kristen September 22, 2009 at 2:06 pm

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15 Kristin O'Rear September 22, 2009 at 2:22 pm

We love playing the scene-it husband especially

16 Meg September 22, 2009 at 2:45 pm

My favorite board game is Cities and Knights of the Catan games. Our whole family loves it (except my son who feels it doesn't have enough strategy). So, if we're all playing, it would have to be Apples to Apples. Thanks for the opportunity to buy more games!

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18 judy brittle September 22, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Our favorite board game to play is Monopoly. I loved it as a child and we continue to play it today. As a cild I also loved Go To The Head Of The Class. I sure wish that was still around. Thank you!

19 judy brittle September 22, 2009 at 2:52 pm

I joined the forum.

20 judy brittle September 22, 2009 at 2:52 pm

I'm a subscriber.

21 Sharon Jefferson September 22, 2009 at 3:20 pm

I love to play Quoridor.

22 sara September 22, 2009 at 5:02 pm

I love the game LIFE.

23 sara September 22, 2009 at 5:03 pm

I'm a subscriber.

24 sara September 22, 2009 at 5:04 pm

i subscribe to the forums.

25 Gina Hindman September 22, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Monopoly is our favorite family board game!

26 Hollie September 22, 2009 at 6:40 pm

My little girl (6) loves Chutes and Ladders!

27 Christina Burrell September 22, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Our favorite Board Game is Scattegories.

28 Jenn September 22, 2009 at 8:58 pm

My all time favorite board game has to be Sorry! My son and I love it!

29 Anne September 23, 2009 at 12:35 am

Monopoly is my favorite, although you have to be careful that the game stays friendly! (I have a super competitive family)

30 Heidi B. September 23, 2009 at 3:18 am

I subscribe through google reader and LOVE reading your daily posts.

31 Heidi B. September 23, 2009 at 3:30 am

We LOVE playing LIFE.

32 Rebecca Manning September 23, 2009 at 7:32 am

I am a member of the DSM forums. Thanks

33 Charlene September 23, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Our family loves Sorry! It's very simple, but dynamic and different every time!

34 Amanda B September 23, 2009 at 12:59 pm

We love to play Monopoly!

35 Kimberly September 23, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Hungry Hungry Hippo!

36 Erin September 23, 2009 at 2:20 pm

My family LOVES game night!

37 Erin September 23, 2009 at 2:20 pm

I subscribe to you!

38 Beeb September 23, 2009 at 3:13 pm

I love them ALL! LOL! A friend of mine used to have a "Game night", and it was a blast to get together and play cards, Pictionary, and other fun games! Thank you for the chance!

39 Beeb September 23, 2009 at 3:14 pm

I am a member of the forums - my username is hardertobreathe! Thank you!

40 Beeb September 23, 2009 at 3:15 pm

I have your button here:

Thank you!

41 Beeb September 23, 2009 at 3:16 pm

And I subscribe via supercoupongirl AT, which is also where I may be reached if I am so lucky as to win! Thank you!

42 Jan McElveen September 23, 2009 at 3:28 pm

We like to play monopoly. Although last year we got yatzee turbo, that was quite fun. We also had a game night at church that was all board games. The big winner of that night was scrabble!! Many boards of scrabble were played.

43 Annmarie W. September 23, 2009 at 5:55 pm

We bought our children the game of Life last Christmas...and it has become our favorite family game! Oh...and we also love Aggravation!

44 Annmarie W. September 23, 2009 at 5:56 pm

I subscribe to your feed!

45 zat September 23, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Without a doubt, it's Ticket to Ride. I have older children and this is a great game that is different every time.

46 Jeanine p September 23, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Does Twister Count ?? Love that ! thx jtrophy at gmail dot com

47 Jeanine p September 23, 2009 at 7:39 pm

I'm a subscriber @ jtrophy at aol dot com

48 Bridget =) September 23, 2009 at 8:25 pm

my kids LOVE board games, and lately they've been LOVING trouble! =)

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