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National Coffee Day: Walk Out And Smell the Coffee

September 29, 2014

It’s late in the afternoon and the afternoon drowsies have hit. Fortunately for you, it’s national coffee day and there are a few places you can go today and get a deal on a cup of joe. They include:

Peet’s Coffee and Tea–Get two coffees or espressos for the price of one today (9/29).

Krispy Kreme–Participating locations offering a ree cup of coffee or a mocha or latte for $1.

Dunkin Donuts–Free coffee.

Why I Decided to Use a Travel Agent (Despite Cost)

September 24, 2014

tomatoboy pictureAs promised, here’s the first of the lessons I learned when I went on the trip that prompted The Tomatina Diaries.

Everyone loves a great bargain and, thanks to internet travel sites, there’s an abundance of them. In fact, there are so many of them these days that travel agents seem unnecessary. After all, why pay extra to go to an office and talk to someone who can do what you can do at home for a lot less?

And why did I, a man who prides himself on searching for no-frills, no service charge bargains pony up the big bucks to book my trip?

Lots of reasons. So many, in fact that I may add more after I post this, but here’s a good start:

1. I WANTED TO GET IT RIGHT. As I mentioned in my other blog, what started out as a simple trip became complicated when I decided to do a few assignments and started adding cities to my itinerary. Once it started involving lots of details and moving parts, I knew it was time to bring in a professional.

2. I NEEDED SOMEONE WHO KNEW MORE THAN I DID…A LOT MORE. That’s why I searched Angie’s List for a good travel agency, then asked for someone who knew Spain. Although my travel agent had been to Basque country, she hadn’t heard of Hondarribia and that was a bit worrisome Read more…

Free Lonely Planet Travel Books on Kindle

September 23, 2014

Since we’ve been talking about travel anyway, I figured it was worth mentioning that Amazon is currently offering a number of Kindle editions of Lonely Planet travel books for absolutely nothing, nada, zilch, zip, zero.

The Mix includes:

Across Asia On the Cheap

Secret Europe: 50 Truly Unforgettable Experiences to Inspire Your Next Trip

USA’s Best Trips: 7 Amazing Road Trips

Europe Essentials

Top 10 Sights: New York

These are just a few of the travel books available for free on Kindle Edition only. If you’re planning on traveling, you may want to check out the list fast because prices can change without notice.

Thanks to Frugal Living Northwest.

Then This Happened At Krispy Kreme

September 21, 2014

A pirate explains his ping pong cannon to my kids.

A pirate explains his ping pong cannon to my kids.

After getting a dozen free donuts at Krispy Kreme Friday morning, I decided to take my kids there after they got out of school.

The store may have been empty when I stopped by in the morning, but that wasn’t the case when we stopped by later in the day, as you can see.

Menchie’s: Free Yogurt at Green Lake Village from 11 to 1 Today (9/20)

September 20, 2014

photoIn case you missed my post earlier this week, Green Lake Village is having a grand opening at 11 today (9/20) and the frozen yogurt store is celebrating with a week’s worth of deals starting with 8 ounces of free yogurt today from 11 to 1 p.m.

Other retailers are supposed to be having grand opening deals during that time as well, but I couldn’t find a list, so you’ll just have to go and check them out yourself.

It May Look Lame…But It Got Me Donuts

September 19, 2014

pirate man
For those of you who were wondering what would happen if you showed up to Krispy Kreme in a really lame pirate outfit, here’s your answer.

I put on an old newspaper pirate hat that I made last year, an eye patch and a hook, walked into the Krispy Kreme on Aurora Avenue in Seattle and said “Aaarrrrggggghhhhh!” and you know what I got?

I mean, besides laughed at?

I got this (and no, the box isn’t empty)!


Krispy Kreme: Get Free Donuts By Dressing Like a Pirate the Easy Way Today (9/19)

September 19, 2014

EyePatch_ThumbSure, you say to yourself, I could get a dozen free glazed donuts today if only I dressed like a pirate and visited a Krispy Kreme, but who has time to assemble all the accoutrements necessary to do so?

Believe it or not, you do.

All you have to do is wear three approved pieces of pirate gear and you’re in. And this year, Krispy Kreme has helpfully provided a way for you to print out and make at least three on its web site. So, now you can make your own eye patch, sport your own pirate flag, create your own hand with a hook and even print out your very own parrot for your shoulder.

Take your time, the promotion goes all day. Or, if you want, you can just stop in, talk like a pirate and get a single free one.


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