Since today is the Cheap Bastard’s Birthday, he’s out cashing in on all those birthday freebies he’s written about. And this year is one of THOSE big birthdays, so he’ll return with a post tomorrow.
In the interim, he just wanted to warn you that tomorrow is IHOP’s Free Pancake Day, so block off some time on your calendar to cash in on that great offer.
In the meantime, I’m singing, “Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me….” and no I don’t look like a monkey. I probably could use a shower, though.
In case you forgot or just weren’t paying attention, today is the start of the month-long event Dine Around Seattle where more than 50 of Seattle’s top restaurants have three course dinners for $30 and some even have three course lunches for $15.
It doesn’t really go all month, of course. The prices are only good Sunday through Thursday. The prices aren’t available on weekends and the specials end on March 27th.
Remember, deals don’t always come at the most convenient times, but they are still deals.
Yes, that’s right. You can see a free play at Seattle Public Theater this weekend. It seems when most theater companies offer free performances it’s on an odd Wednesday, Tuesday or night when you’re just too busy to come, not at convenient times during the weekend like SPT is doing with its shows of “Metamorphoses.”
It is worth pointing out that the play is being put on by SPT’s Youth Program and that the actors are in grades 9 through 12, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be good. Heck, I have to admit that the only plays I’ve seen recently have been of the high school variety that also happen to feature someone who used to baby sit our kids and all of them have been amazing.
Performances are in the Bathhouse Theater at Green Lake, 7312 West Green Lake Drive N. in Seattle. Shows will be at 7 p.m. today and Saturday as well as Sunday at 2 p.m. and next Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.
If you buy a $1 Wendy’s Key Tag now, you an stay cool all summer long with free Frosty Jrs whenever you show the tag and make a purchase.
The key tags are available at participating local Wendy’s restaurants throughout the country and the free drink deal that comes with it goes through Aug. 31st. All of the proceeds go to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Talk about a great cause.
Sure, free coffee, 30 extra minutes in IKEA’s bubble room for kids and the occasional odd discount on furniture are good reasons to join Ikea’s loyalty program, Ikea Family, but now there’s an even better one–Members can buy one admission to the EMP Museum and get a second one free now through April 20th.
And the best part is, it’s not a one-time only deal. While you can only get one BOGO ticket per card holder per visit, you can take advantage of the offer again and again. The offer is good only on tickets purchased at EMP and you must show your IKEA Family card to get it.
That’s not the only cool deal at Ikea, though. Here are a few others:
BRING YOUR OWN FRIENDS DAY, SCORE FREEBIES AND SWAG — Bring a friend to BYOF Day March 8 and you’ll get free breakfast with a coupon (for IKEA family members), a Buy 1, Get One Free Dessert (dessert for breakfast! I like the way IKEA thinks) and $5 off $25 spent on food at the Swedish Food Market (with coupon). Heck, if you spend more than $150 on home furniture and stuff, you can eat free. You also get a free blue bag (with coupon) and $20 off on the price of a Billy bookcase.
Not only that, but if you RSVP, IKEA will donate $1 to Save the Children’s Early Step for Success program.
FREE ANDROID SMART PHONES — Ikea family members an get a free Android smart phone and get free shipping with two year activation. The site doesn’t have a lot of details on this one, but it’s still a cool deal.
Thanks to Thrifty Northwest Mom.
The Cheap Bastard doesn’t know why people say they’re getting their pets “fixed” when they have them spay or neutered. They weren’t broken and everything was working just fine until we got involved, thank you very much.
Still, Tuesday was World Spay Day and in recognition of the event, the Seattle Animal Shelter’s Spay and Neuter Clinic is offering folks a chance to get their pets spay and neutered for free through Feb. 28th (gasp, that’s tomorrow).
These procedures usually cost between $120 and $155, so this is a pretty big deal. As you might guess, space is limited, so you’ll want to make an appointment at (206) 386-4260.
The shelter will also offer microchips and vaccinations for pets getting surgeries on those days. That’s another big deal because microchips usually cost $30 and vaccinations $10.
Thanks to MyBallard.
Yes, we all know that if we change our own oil or tackle small projects around the house ourselves instead of hiring an expert to do it, we’ll save money. But have you ever stopped to consider how much you could save by taking the same approach to grocery shopping?
I’ve known this lesson for years. That’s why I’d rather spend the $1.99 it costs to get a small pineapple at Fred Meyer this week (no, this isn’t product placement, it’s just a price I happen to remember from shopping earlier today) and go through the hassle of cutting myself than spending $3 to get the same amount pre-cut in a nice container. Sure, it may take a little longer and not look as pretty as the pre-cut stuff, but it’s a heck of a lot cheaper.
Yes, you could get a store-bought tuna salad sandwich with a small smear of tuna salad on it for $4 or you could buy a can of tuna and some celery then get some mayo from the fridge and make salad for a fraction of the cost and still have enough left over for two or three more sandwiches.
I stumbled across the example that brought it all home to me occurred a few weeks back when I saw a box of Carnation Instant Breakfast on a shelf at QFC sitting next to a six pack of pre-mixed instant breakfast drink.
The first question that occurred to me was, how lazy do you have to be to not be willing to mix an instant drink?
At this point, you’re probably asking yourself how lazy you have to be to not want to make an instant drink yourself. While I don’t know the answer to that question, I can tell you that you probably aren’t all that thrifty. The day I checked prices, the box of 10 envelopes of instant breakfast drink powder was $5.69 (.57 cents each) while the four pack of 8-ounce bottles were on sale for just $7.99 (or $2 a bottle).
I’m just sayin’….