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Wendy’s: $1 For 5 Coupons for Free Jr. Frosties

September 15, 2014

145951Now that I’m back, I’m trying to kick off with a mix of deals, contests and other stuff. This one is all about that base, all about that bas…um…er, no it’s not.

It’s all about Halloween. Now through Oct. 31, participating Wendy’s are selling Halloween Coupon books that contain five coupons for free Jr. Frostys…for only $1. You can give the to friends, trick-or-treaters, people who like pre-fab shakes, that sort of thing.

The best part is that 90 cents out of every sale goes to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, an organization that helps foster kids find loving families.

As many of you know, adoption is a cause that is near and dear to my heart.

Library Book Sale This Weekend or Free Books All Year Round

September 13, 2014

221You know how there are some good news-bad news jokes? Well, today’s bargain is kind of like that only it’s a good news-better news joke.

The good news is that the Friends of the Library are holding their Big Fall Book Sale at Magnuson Park from 9 to 5 p.m. today and Sunday. The prices have jumped a little bit, so the bargains aren’t as good as they used to be. Hardbacks and paperbacks are now $2 each, but they are half price all day Sunday. Kids and young adult books and CDs and DVDs are still only $1.

The even better news is that you don’t have to wait for a library book sale to save money. Heck, there are places you can get them for free and you can find them all over town.

They’re called Little Free Libraries and they pop up where you least expect them. Usually, they’re in front of people’s houses and they are in cities all across the country. All you have to do is exchange a book you have for one that interests you.

The disadvantage is that you never know what you’re going to get, but sometimes you find some great stuff that you wouldn’t have otherwise considered. I know of six within walking distance of my house and yesterday I found a book that I was hoping to find at the library book sale (“The Racketeer” by John Grisham). You can find a list of them, but it does take a little time to find them because they are listed alphabetically by state and, well, Washington is in the W’s…so it’s a pain in the butt. There is a Seattle Little Free Libraries Facebook page, however.

In fact, if you want to save even more, you can go to my favorite little library at The Bryant Corner Cafe and Bakery almost any day of the week because they not only have a lot of books, but they also have good deals every day of the week. Kids eat free Monday, half price cookies on Tuesday, $2 lattes on Wednesday, half price pastries on Thursday (and 2 for 1 burgers on Thursday nights) and half off homemade bread (around $1.75) on Fridays.

So you can get a free book and a nice little treat. And the lattes are amazing. And I don’t even like coffee.

The Tomatina Diaries Are Finally Up!

September 12, 2014

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Two weeks to the day after returning back from Spain and the big tomato battle, La Tomatina, I’ve finally posted the journal of my trip.

It’s got photos, videos of the battle and is filled with the wacky observations that you’ve come to expect from me, the Cheap Bastard. It is a work in progress and it will be complete when I finally figure out how to post photo galleries on WordPress.

Was the trip cheap? No, but I’ll be blogging about that here in the coming weeks.

Now that it’s done, I can go back to blogging and being the cheap bastard. Woo hoo!

Feel free to check out the trip blog, The Tomatina Diaries, and let me know what you think.

You’ll Never Guess What I Did on My Summer Vacation

September 5, 2014

tomatoboy pictureI went to Spain and took part in La Tomatina, the world’s biggest tomato fight. This was the year of one of those big, milestone birthdays and I had been promising myself that I would go to Tomatina when I had the year of my big birthday…and I actually did, much to the shock of a number of people including some family members and even myself.

It’s hard to believe I returned just last week. I’ve been working on a funny blog about the trip and will be putting up posts, pictures and videos mid-next week as time permits.

Why should you check it out? Not only because you’ll see some fun photos of beautiful San Sebastian, Seville, Valencia and Barcelona, but also because you’ll see photos of me covered in tomatoes.

And who doesn’t love seeing a favorite goofball getting a well-deserved come-uppance?

While overseas, I thought a lot about travel and this blog and I’ll be blogging about the lessons learned in the coming weeks. Even though the trip wasn’t cheap, I was able to afford it because I had a lot set aside and because I’d saved over the years.

I’ll also be looking at how I’ve been doing what I do and making changes along the way.

So, no, I didn’t walk away from the blog, I was working on that project I told you about. And that project just happened to be a big vacation.

While there, I also interviewed a University of Puget Sound grad who is working in a one-star Michelin restaurant for an alumni magazine and visited the first Costco to open in Spain (in Seville) for a possible story for a local business magazine and that may help me cover some of the cost of the trip.

Once a Cheap Bastard, always a cheap bastard.

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

August 30, 2014

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Explanation coming soon.

Monday: It’s Shark Week!

August 25, 2014

I’m not sure what to say other than “watch and laugh.”

I don’t know why I find this funny. I just do.

And I don’t even like cat videos.

Saturday Funny: You Oughta Use Foil

August 23, 2014

I’m busy on a project that will keep me busy through most of the rest of the month and will limit the number of posts on the blog. Rather than leave you high and dry without the Cheap Bastard’s typical sense of humor, I’ll post some of my favorite funny bits (and occasional deals) as I have time.

I know this one gets a bit weird at the end, but at the start it’s a perfect spoof of “Royals” and is Weird Al at his best.

So, enjoy today’s post just for the fun of it.

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