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It’s a Bank of America Free Museum Weekend!

April 4, 2014

bank-of-america-300x300If you have a Bank of America card and wanted to do something this weekend without spending a lot of money, you’re in luck.

The first full weekend of every month, Bank of America sponsor the Museums on Us program that gives Bank of America cardholders free admission to participating museums. All you have to do is flash your card at the admissions desk.

Here’s a quick list of Seattle/Tacoma area museums that participate in the program:
Bellevue Arts Museum
Northwest African American Museum
Seattle Art Museum
Tacoma Art Museum
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

Of course, if you’re in another state and want to find out what other museums participate, you can always check out the Museums on Us webpage.

Welcome to Mill Creek Rotary Members

April 3, 2014

Rotary_Club_LogoThe Cheap Bastard wants to say thanks to the Mill Creek Rotary Club for hosting The Cheap Bastard yesterday. I definitely enjoyed the puns, the jokes and the give and take with the audience.

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.

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.

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day Next Tuesday (4/8)

April 1, 2014

1902998_303780186413604_2021147680_nI’m excited to report that Ben & Jerry’s festival of free ice cream, Free Scoop Day, will be on Tuesday, April 8 at participating scoop shops around the country.

Yes, I know, I’m posting this on April 1st, but I’m not kidding. It’s been verified by Eatdrinkdeals and Ben & Jerry’s facebook page. So the only way that I could be wrong is if they are pulling off an elaborate hoax.

I usually don’t give this much advance notice, but, hey, this is Ben & Jerry’s we’re talking about and you may need the extra time just to figure out what flavor you want so you won’t tie up the line when it’s your turn.

Panda Express: Free Fish Dish With Purchase

April 1, 2014

2014-03-29_1008No fooling, today is April Fish day at participating Panda Express restaurants throughout the country.

No, that doesn’t mean lots of fishy practical jokes. Instead, it means that you can get a free serving of Golden Szechuan Fish with any purchase….as long as you remember to bring the coupon or download it to your favorite digital device.

So, whatever you do, don’t forget the coupon.

Groupon: Queen Anne Hotel Stay for $67

March 31, 2014

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Have you ever gone to see a show at the Seattle Center and had such a great time, perhaps a little too much of a great time if you catch my drift) and wished you could afford to stay overnight so you wouldn’t have to worry about driving home.

Thanks to Groupon, if you time it just right, you may be able to make it work with a stay at Mediterranean Inn starting at around $67 a night.

The Groupon deal includes free overnight parking, a night’s stay for two in a double or queen room and the chance for kids to stay free. Dates are available from now through some days in May. Many rooms feature kitchenettes.

Go ahead, you know you want to attend a concert and not have to worry about driving home and the Mediterranean is just two blocks from the Seattle Center…across the street from Dick’s. What more could you ask for?

Thanks Thrifty NW Mom

Start Your Morning With Free Coffee at McDonalds

March 31, 2014

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McDonalds has launched a bid to make your mornings a bit easier with a free small coffee during breakfast hours for the next two weeks.

Yep, that’s right. You can pull into a participating McDonald’s, order a small java made with 100% Arabica beans brewed fresh every 30 minutes (which is much better than being brewed stale) and leave without having purchased anything. Or, if you want plausible deniability and don’t want anyone else seeing you order something and not pay for anything, you can use the drive through.

Welcome to North Seattle Rotary Club

March 28, 2014

Rotary_Club_LogoThe Cheap Bastard wants to say thanks for hosting The Cheap Bastard yesterday. I haven’t been to a Rotary meeting in years and forgot how fun they can be.

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

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

Spectrum Dance Theater–volunteer meeters and greeters at its studio performances in its location on Lake Washington Blvd. can stay and see the show for free or an hour of dance classes for an hour’s worth of volunteer work.

Balorico–Four hours of light administrative or marketing work gets you a dance lesson.

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.

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.

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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