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Half Price Books: Even Cheaper Reads At Its New Outlet (In Olympia)

August 22, 2014

UnknownAs if Half Price Books weren’t already a heck of a deal to begin with, the geniuses at HPB have come up with an even better way for you to get a deal on a used book–a Half Price Books Outlet.

Sure, it’s in Olympia, but it could be a great place to stop if you’re heading south on a road trip anyway, need a place to stretch your legs and want a great summer read (or a read for any season). Books and all of the items you love to buy at HPB start at 50 cents and most go for $10 or less. Not only that, but all pocket-size, mass market paperbacks are 25 cents every Tuesday.

If Half Price Books is a deal and the outlet is a deal on top of a deal, then you’ll even get a chance to get a deal on top of a double deal Monday August. 28- Sept. 1 when everything in the outlet will be an additional 20 percent off as part of its storewide sale.

Just the the thought of all this triple dealing is making my head spin.

Free car washes today at brown bear (8/21)

August 21, 2014

freecarwashDid you forget already? Did you wash your car already and miss it?

Don’t worry. There’s still time to take advantage of this deal. Just rush on over to any brown bear tunnel wash before 8 pm and you’ll get to join the line.

Don’t Forget: Free Car Washes at Brown Bear Thursday (8/21)

August 20, 2014


Just in case you missed the posting earlier this month, Brown Bear Car Wash’s annual customer appreciation day free car wash is tomorrow (8/21) at participating tunnel car wash locations around Puget Sound.

So, if you were planning to clean your car’s exterior today, you may want to put it off 24 hours or so, or you may want to rush right out and get your car extra dirty.

Cheap Week: Another Source For Cheap Entertainment

August 20, 2014

Unknown-2The Cheap Bastard loves being your occasional source for free and cheap things to do around town and he hopes to continue to fill that spot in your heart for quite some time to come. But he also wants to let you know about another occasional source for freebies and cheapies, depending on your definition of cheap.

It’s Seattle Met Magazine’s Cheap Week blog and, as the title suggests, every week it lists a variety of events you might not have heard of and give you more information about some of the ones you already knew about.

This week’s post includes the Washington State International Kite Festival in Long Beach, a monster movie double feature along with research paper presentation at Lake Forest Park City Hall on Thursday and the Seattle Anarchist Book Fair on Saturday and Sunday.

Although all those events are free, it also lists a few pay events that I might or might not, depending on my mood and whether I think the cover charge is all that cheap. The first is tonight’s show by Seattle musician Lena Simon at Chop Suey for $7 and Saturday’s Dude Fest centering on the showing of The Big Lebowski at the Fremont Outdoor Cinema for $10. Since there are so many free music concerts, I myself might not have listed the Chop Suey show, but I would have to list the movie event because, hey, The Dude Abides.

Ben & Jerry’s Core Tour @Roosevelt Safeway at 4:30 Tuesday…(8/19)

August 18, 2014

BvV8m8ZIYAEywxIAnd that means free scoops of its new core ice cream during what the company referred to in a tweet as ice cream happy hour.

In case you haven’t heard of core ice cream, it’s a new concept by the ice cream giant where each pint has one main flavor with a core of fudge, caramel or raspberry in the center, depending on the flavor.

I’m not sure how long the event will last or how much supply will be on hand, but it never hurts to get there early or on time just to be safe.

The Roosevelt Safeway is located at 7300 Roosevelt Way in Seattle.

Starbucks Treat Receipt Program Ends Today (8/17)

August 17, 2014

Unknown-1Here’s one of the first signs that summer is over. No, not the fact that it’s getting darker earlier and that it’s getting cooler at night. Instead, it’s the annual end of Starbucks Treat Receipt program.

In case you’ve forgotten, it works this way. You buy a hot beverage in the morning at your favorite Starbucks and keep your receipt, so you can turn it in after 2 p.m. the same day to get a medium cold, iced or blended beverage for just $2.

Well, all that ends today. So, if you haven’t taken advantage of it yet or even if you have, now’s your last chance to stick it to the man…who runs Starbucks.

New Olympia Toy Store Opens With Celebration Today (8/16)

August 16, 2014

16436027I admit it, one of the reasons there weren’t many postings last week is that I was on a family vacation to Lincoln City. One of the great things about travel is that I often come across great deals, interesting events and other cool stuff.

Today’s opening of Captain Little in Olympia today is a little bit of all three. While I can’t tell you what the prices will be in the new store, which replaces a much-loved toy store that had to close in March, I can tell you that they’ll be doing some pretty cool stuff starting at 11 a.m. today.

For starters, there’s the store itself. Although it wasn’t yet done when I happened by last weekend, what I saw looked really fun with some great merchandise already scattered around. And the staff was already excited about opening day.

As if cool toys weren’t enough, there will also be crafts for kids, prizes and free Snoqualmie Ice Cream.

I don’t know about you, but even though I’m an adult, I still think it’s hard to beat toys and free ice cream.

In case you were wondering, the store is at 121 5th Ave SE in Downtown Olympia. If you live in the South Sound, it’s definitely worth checking out. And if you don’t live down south, but have kids, it may be worth the trip as well. After all, it’s Saturday, and you weren’t doing anythig important anyway.

C’mon. You know you want to.


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