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Going Out of Business Sale @Sports Authority

May 26, 2016

sports authorityIn case you haven’t heard, the Sports Authority chain is going out of business and it started its big going out of business sale today with 30 percent off original ticketed prices on all merchandise in every store.

Sort of.

I noticed that the e-mail I received did have an asterisk saying “some exclusions apply.” To which I must say, “Dude, you’re going out of business. Why would you possibly want to hold anything back?”


It’s Free Scoop Day @Cupcake Royale (5/19)

May 19, 2016

13263908_10154213597294096_794467283273794823_nFree ice cream at a cupcake place?

Yes, I know it sounds strange, but Cupcake Royale has been selling ice cream for a couple of years now and has started a great tradition of having an annual free scoop day. And today’s the day. The event goes from 2 to 7 p.m. at all locations.

What’s on offer varies from location to location, however. There will be mini ice cream sandwiches at the locations in Madrona and West Seattle. And no one really knows why.

If only tonight weren’t so filled with end of year stuff at my kid’s schools I’d be there in a New York minute (which is much faster than a Seattle minute, but I’m not sure why).

3-Course Breakfast @Salish Lodge Under $20 on Wednesdays

May 10, 2016

Ah, finally, my daughter is gone off to school and there’s nothing but the same type of peace and quiet you might expect to hear when you go to Salish Lodge on Wednesday mornings to enjoy the 100 year old institution’s deal on its 3 course Country Breakfast for the throwback price of $19.16.

The Country Breakfast is a three course meal including a selection of juices, a baker’s basket of pastries, coffee or tea, buttermilk pancakes, seasonal fruits with Devonshire Creme, Old Fashioned Steel Cut Oats, Salish Honey Poached Fruit and a main course of three farm fresh eggs, smoked bacon, apple pork sausage, ham steak, hashed potatoes and a buttermilk biscuit.

It also includes the Honey from Heaven service where honey from the lodge’s hive is poured from high above your plate and onto your pancakes.

Trust me, it’s pretty cool. My wife and I went when the breakfast special was introduced and it’s pretty spectacular in a wonderfully romantic setting. Heck, if our daughter hadn’t been so whiny and today had been Wednesday, we probably could have dropped her off and still had time to get there.

The Country Breakfast normally costs $37, but on Wednesdays from now through June 29th, it’s just $19.16. It’s available from 7 to 10 a.m. and well worth whatever you have to do to get the kids off to school early so you can make it to Snoqualmie Falls in time to have breakfast with that special someone.

As for me, well, I’m just surprised I somehow managed to get my daughter to school two minutes before the start of classes. After a day like today, that breakfast is looking pretty good right about now…..


Free Thursday Running Group @UVillage Oiselle Store

May 10, 2016

imgresWow, a spare moment when the Cheap Bastard can actually post a bargain. Who’d have thunk it, even if it is only because my daughter is throwing a tantrum and I’ve chosen to ignore her.

So, anywho, Flight, a sporting goods store for women at U Village has a free running group every Thursday night at 6:30 p.m.. All paces are welcome. I guess you could call it the Thursday Night Flight Club.

And the yelling continues….

It’s Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day (4/12)

April 12, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 10.50.26 AMThere will be free ice cream for everyone today….or at least everyone who lives near a participating Ben & Jerry’s because today is the company’s annual thank you to all of its customers and anybody else who just happens by.

The event starts at noon and goes until 8 p.m. local time (whatever that is). Of course, that’s just what the website says. Your mileage and timing may vary.

I don’t know about you, but I’ll be there early.

Ben & Jerry’s Announces Free Scoop Day

April 8, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 10.50.26 AMIn case you haven’t heard, next Tuesday is Free Scoop Day at participating Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops across the country.

The annual day of thanks to all its customers will be Tuesday, April 12th and it will run from noon to 8 p.m. local time, whatever that is.

I can hardly wait.

See you there.


My 87 Cent Uber Ride

April 6, 2016


Yes, it is possible to get an Uber ride for almost free, as I found out last week when I attended the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop in beautiful, cosmopolitan Dayton, OH and it’s so easy to get, it’s not even funny. It may be a one-time deal, but it’s good in any town with Uber, not just Seattle.

First, a bit of background. As I mentioned, I attended a conference in Dayton last week and wasn’t sure how I was going to get from the airport to my hotel. There were no shuttles and the cabs weren’t exactly cheap. Shuttle services started around $38, if you reserved a day in advance and lord knows what a taxi would have cost if I had just hailed one when I got there. I had heard that Uber was around $16-$22, so I downloaded the free App before I left.

So far, so good.

Then, I heard about the discount code. All I had to do was enter FIRSTRIDE18 when I booked the ride and it meant that I would get $18 off my first ride. I’m so glad it was that easy because, quite frankly, I needed the ride after getting off a red-eye flight from Seattle and I wasn’t in the mood for anything complicated. The driver arrived in less than 10 minutes and I was at my hotel in less than an hour.

As it turns out, the ride would have cost $18.87, but since I had the discount code, it only cost 87 cents.

Not too shabby.

There’s another way for both of us to get a free ride, by the way. If you sign up for Uber using my invite code — davidv8113ue — and then book an Uber ride, you’ll get a ride worth up to $20 free and I will, too.

Is this a great country or what?



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