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Save Up to 40% Off Great Wolf Lodge

April 17, 2014

images-4Now that my kids know how to swim, I simply have to get them to Great Wolf, but it’s so doggone expensive. This deal should help. The Northwest hotel built around a mega-waterpark currently has a spring sale on its website where it is offering prices up to 40% off regular rates if you book for a visit through June 26, 2014.

All you have to do is go to the website and use the promo code: SPRINGFUN.

ThriftyNWMom is reporting rates as low as $139.99 a night for a midweek stay in June and a few Friday night visits for under $200.

Move fast, though. Dates are already getting booked up and the deal expires on April 21.

Thanks ThriftyNWMom.

Tax Day Deals

April 15, 2014

The Cheap Bastard has been so busy with holiday prep over the last week or so that he hasn’t had time to post deals. Although I plan to make up for that oversight starting tomorrow, I wanted to let you know that there are a couple of tax day deals out there worth checking out.

Since I won’t have enough time to post things until tomorrow, I wanted to let you know that:

Boka at Hotel 1000 has an all day happy hour today only.

Arby’s is offering a free snack-sized curly fries with coupon today.

Chevy’s Fresh Mex won’t be charging tax on your order through tonight.

Living Social is offering $5 off your purchase of $15 or more, today only.

Sonic has half priced drinks including teas and slushies all day.

Papa Murphy’s is selling two pizzas for $10.40 with coupon. (eatdrinkdeals)

And Entertainment Books are selling for, you guessed it, $10.40, through the 17th.

Thanks to The Coupon Project, eatdrinkdeals and others.

Grocery Outlet’s Cheap Buzz: All Wine 20% Off

April 9, 2014

Unknown-9Don’t get the wrong idea about Grocery Outlet’s 20% off sale on the price of all wines now through April 13th. The wines may be inexpensive, but they’re not cheap.

Although prices start around $3ish to $4ish dollars, we’re not talking about Boone’s Farm Tickle Pink, Ripple or MD 20/20. Instead, we’re talking about some good wines that happen to be reasonably priced. I mean it in all seriousness when I say don’t let the screw tops on some of them put you off, the store has some great stuff…and for the next few days, it will cost 20% less.

Even better, if you’re having a party and you buy a case of wine during the sale (or any time), you can return the unopened bottles that you don’t end up using and get your money back.

IT’S FREE SCOOP DAY at Ben & Jerry’s

April 8, 2014

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To show their appreciation for their customers, participating Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops (including the ones at Green Lake, Kirkland and South Center) are giving away free scoops of ice cream to all customers who pass through their doors today…no purchase necessary.

The cones start flying out the door at noon and the craziness continues until around closing time.

And you can be sure that the Cheap Bastard will be there shortly before noon to get some. And then he’ll go get his kids after school and bring them, too.

Seattle Restaurant Week: 3 Courses for $28 at 160 Eateries

April 7, 2014

Unknown-8It may be called Seattle Restaurant Week, but for the next two weeks you’ll be able to get a three course-dinner at some of the city’s hottest restaurants for just $28.

It almost seems inconceivable to go to a place like Wild Ginger, Tilth or even any of Tom Douglas’ many restaurants and know you can order a meal for under $30 (excluding beverage, tax and tip). Heck, that’s such a good price, you may want to go out twice. Not only that, but some of the restaurants are offering three-course lunches for $15.

The event started Sunday and runs through Thursday, April 10th this week and from Sunday, April 13-April 17th next week.

Just one warning, if you have a favorite restaurant on the list, you may want to reserve as soon as you can…or you might not be able to get in.

One extra added bonus: Even if you don’t go out, you can still go to the Seattle Restaurant Week web site and download the free eCookbook Fresh From Seattle with recipes from some of the chefs at restaurants participating in the event.

Ben & Jerry’s Reminder: Free Scoop Day Tomorrow

April 7, 2014

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One of my favorite freebies of the year is tomorrow.

From noon to close, participating Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops across the country are offering a free cone (with one scoop of ice cream of course) to each customer as their way of saying thanks for another great year of business. k

The event runs from noon to 8 p.m.

There are three B&J locations in King County: Green Lake, Kirkland and South Center Mall.

Welcome to Federal Way Rotarians

April 4, 2014

Rotary_Club_LogoThe Cheap Bastard loves the give and take that he gets from the audience whenever he does a presentation at a Rotary meeting. Thursday’s meeting was the perfect example. Not only did I get some good natured ribbing over the cover price for “The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Seattle,” but a Rotarian named Cheryl also suggested a novel (and brilliant) cheap bastard way of saving money.

Cheryl’s idea only applies to people with a specific birtdate: Feb. 29th. Since a person with that birthdate only has a birthday every four years, that would mean that someone who is in their 30s would be only about 7 and a 40 year-old would be 10. If that’s the case, she asked, why shouldn’t they qualify for children’s discounts at attractions, restaurants and stores?

I like it!

Here’s a quick summary of the deals I mentioned in my presentation yesterday:

Taproot Theatre
had the deal that made many of you gasp. Put up posters and publicize upcoming plays and you could get two free tickets to an upcoming production.

Burien Little Theatre–all volunteers get free tickets to see a show including folks who work on props, sets and costumes.

Seattle International Film Festival–ushers get at least one voucher to see a free movie during the festival per shift worked. Volunteer before the festival and you can get vouchers that are good during the festival.

Pay-What-You Can Performances — A Contemporary Theatre and many other local theater companies have shows during the run of each play where you can pay what you can afford to see a play. There’s a list in the theater section of my book.

Seattle Mariners — Major League Baseball games may not be cheap, but there are promotions that can make games cheaper. Like Grand Slam Family Night when a family of four or more can get View Level seats for $15 each or Main Level seats for $30 each as well as a hot dog and Pepsi. On BECU Family Night select View Level seats are $10.

The Everett Aquasox — Tickets start around $7, but there are many promotions that lower prices including $5 Family Night, Half Price Monday Monday and Two For Tuesdays.

Tacoma Rainiers — Tickets are cheaper than the Mariners here as well, too. Promotions include 2 For 1 Sundays.

SPU Falcons — All tickets for sporting events at this NCAA Division II school are the same. Whether it’s basketball, gymnastics, soccer or volleyball, students pay $3, adults pay $6. If you want to splurge on reserved foul line tickets at a men’s basketball game, you can pay $7 or opt for reserved center court seats for $8.

The Adult Story Time at Seattle Public Library that I mentioned is called Thrilling Tales and it runs from 12:05 to 12:50 every Monday at the Central Library. So, you’ll have just enough time to make it back to work after lunch hour.

I mentioned Scarecrow Video‘s free screenings in a post earlier this week.

Ballard Locks–There are free concerts at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day, weather permitting.

Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park has free live music most Friday and Saturday nights.

Seattle Art Museum–When I wrote the book, the Seattle Art Museum confirmed that the admission price is indeed a donation and that you can pay whatever you want to get in.

Center For Wooden Boats–I know it sounds to good to be true, but you can indeed sign up for a free 45 minute cruise around Lake Union on an antique wooden every Sunday. Although the official sign-up time is 10, the line starts around 9:30. Most cruises start around 1, so you might want to sign up and then head out for brunch.

AAA Discounts–The Museum of Glass, Tillicum Village and the LeMay Family Collection are among the many places that offer discounts for AAA members. Find more here.

Peso’s Kitchen–There’s a Breakfast Happy Hour from 10 to noon when most dishes are $7.50. The restaurant also offers regular and late night happy hours.

The Hi-Life–This Ballard restaurant has Not-So-Early Bird breakfast specials from 8:30 am. to 11 a.m. when all dishes on the special menu are $5.75.

List–This Belltown restaurant has an all day happy hour on Sunday and Monday.

Dragonfish is a great place to go for pre-play happy hours and also after the show. It has an all-day happy hour from 3 to close on Mondays and 3 to 6 p.m. other days as well as a late night happy hour from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Cheap Bastard loves the prices and the service at this place.

Rick Steves Europe Through the Back Door–The budget travel guru offers a wide variety of classes at his shop in Edmonds throughout the year.

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