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A Public Service Message About….Ebola

October 20, 2014

The Cheap Bastard isn’t just about saving money. He’s also about providing a public service. Sure, he likes to tell jokes and poke fun at stuff, but there are times when he feels it’s necessary to step into the fray, make a quick, helpful comment, then back away and let the fur fly.

Today is just one such day.

After weeks of hearing everyone whip themselves into a froth over ebola, he felt it was time to put this thing into perspective with a fast, easy quiz for his readers. He truly hopes that the quiz from an actual medical professional will do just that.

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That is all. Show’s over. Go on about your business.

It’s Seattle Restaurant Week: 3 Course Lunches For $15

October 20, 2014

imgresThe folks who love Seattle Restaurant Week always sing the praises of the dinner deal where diners can get a three course meal for $30 at some of the city’s finest eateries, but what they often forget to mention is that many of those same restaurants are offering three-course lunches for $15, which is a far more approachable price than $30 later in the evening.

Not all of the 100 or so restaurants involved in the semi-annual restaurant fest are offering lunch, but the list of places to lunch include the Dahlia Lounge, The Georgian, Serafina and Ray’s Cafe. The Seattle Restaurant Week site offers a more complete list for ladies (and others) who lunch.

Who knows? I just might see you there.

And, just in case you were wondering, Seattle Restaurant Week runs Oct. 19-23 and Oct. 26-30.

Drinks 50% Off at Peet’s After Noon All Month

October 17, 2014

141015-keurig-10-offer-billboard-headlineIt’s late, I’m tired and I could really use some caffeine. Too bad the Peet’s Coffee & Tea over in Greenlake isn’t still open. If only it were, I would seriously consider going there and taking advantage of a month long special where you can get any drink for half off after noon (with coupon)

Considering that it’s 10 p.m., I imagine the special would still be going.

Too bad it’s closed. I guess I’ll just have to make it myself. Or I could always go to bed.

Nancy Pearl Live at Bryant Corner Cafe on Tuesdays

October 15, 2014

If you love books, I mean really love books, I was just reminded of a cool free event that just started taking place every Tuesday at the Bryant Corner Cafe.

Nancy Pearl and former KUOW host Steve Scher record a podcast at Bryant Corner Cafe.

Nancy Pearl and former KUOW host Steve Scher record a podcast at Bryant Corner Cafe.

Nancy Pearl, the author of “Book Lust” and the city’s favorite librarian, has begun doing live recordings of her podcast “That Stack of Books” every Tuesday at 10 a.m. The live recordings go an hour and it just so happens that Tuesday is the same day that cookies are half off.

What better way to spend a rainy fall morning than talking about books with Nancy Pearl over a cup of coffee and a cookie?

The Bryant Corner Cafe is located at 3118 NE 65th St.

Although the Cheap Bastard is on assignment next week, he hopes to see you there the following week.

If you want to hear a podcast, check out the first one from the cafe here.

Free Health Care Clinic At Key Arena 10/23-26

October 15, 2014

Obama Care may have brought affordable health care to more people than had it before, but there are still folks who are falling through the cracks because they still can’t afford to see a doctor until things get really bad. Fortunately, there are occasional events like this one coming up next week that can help out until things get better.

The information I have says that more than 50 health, human service and civic organizations from all over the state will be coming together to produce the Seattle/King County Clinic with Remote Area Medical from Oct. 23-26 and provide a wide range of FREE dental, medical and vision care to those who can’t typically afford it (which it refers to as “underserved populations”). Although it lists the date, it doesn’t list a time. So, if you’re interested in this, you’ll probably want to get there early.

Really early.

At the same time, there will be a FREE resource fair at the Seattle Center Armory on the 25th and 26th that’s designed to help individuals and families find health, social service and human service providers that might be able to help them with continuing needs. It’s called HealthFest and its offerings will include free flu shots, nutrition demonstrations and help navigating the world of health care insurance.

It isn’t often the Cheap Bastard lists cheap medical stuff, but when he does, you can bet it’s going to be something good. Like this.

Birthday Deals: Why Wait Until the Big Day to Look?

October 9, 2014

Photo from eatdrinkdeals.com

Photo from eatdrinkdeals.com

Did you ever wake up on your birthday and feel too tired to cook? Or maybe just wanted everyone to celebrate the wonder that is you by giving you free stuff?

You can turn that dream into reality, but you have to do a little bit of planning by knowing who is giving what away and how far advance you have to register. Thanks to the internet, you can often register the day before and still qualify for a bunch of them, but why scramble when someone has been nice enough to compile a whole list of dozens of freebies and cheapies? And it’s right here.

No need to thank me because, quite frankly, I’m not the one who compiled such a helpful list. Instead, it was the folks at eatdrinkdeals, one of my favorite national dining deal sites.

If you study the list and register now, all you’ll have to do is sit back on your big day and let the freebies roll in.

Thanks eatdrinkdeals.

Seahawks Fans Get Free Burger at Red Robin Today

October 7, 2014

RR-1197-Football-Sponsorship-Seahawks-600wLanding-PG_F-2It may not have been pretty, but the Seattle Seahawks beat Washington’s NFL team last night and scored a red zone touchdown or two along the way (not including the ones that were negated because of penalties), so Red Robin restaurants in Washington and Oregon are celebrating by offering a Free Tavern Burger and bottomless steak fries all day today, Tuesday, October 7 with the purchase of an entree and two beverages.

So, if you’re really hungry and thirsty or you want to split the bill with a friend (or treat someone to a cheap meal), you’ll want to head on over to your nearest Red Robin. Or as the ad jingle says, “RED ROBIN…YUM!”

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