Looking for a place to celebrate surviving another April 15th with your dignity intact, but your wallet empty?
How about Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour tonight at the Seattle Center?
Admission is free and this time around you’ll get to release your inner child (you know, the one who doesn’t have to pay taxes and do all that adult stuff) with a giant inflatable slide, hula hoops, a giant Jenga game and even a mechanical bull.
Did I just say mechanical bull? Hello, is this the Seattle Center? I don’t know how to tell you this, but the 80s called and they want their stuff back.
Throwback or not, there’s great fun to be had from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Seattle Center with free admission, free games as well as food and drink specials. And if you really want to save money, you can bring your own food, but still play the games. There will also be prizes, specialty cocktails and a live DJ (which I find is so much better than a dead one).
Some might frown, but you’re a cheap bastard and you’re used to such looks.
So, what are you waiting for? Be there or be oblong.
You don’t have to like today’s income tax filing deadline, but there are a few deals that may make it a little more bearable including freebies from Arby’s, a discount on pet adoption and even a freebie at Cinnabon.
And no matter how much you pay today, think of the great bargain you’re getting for the money you shell out: Roads and bridges, mail service, clean air, clean water, police, fire fighters and one of the best fighting forces in the world. Think how much you’d have to spend on each if you had to pay for them yourself.
Here are the deals:
Arby’s–Free curly fries with coupon.
Bonefish Grill–$10 off your next visit with coupon.
Burger King–Buy one Whopper, get one free at participating restaurants.
Baskin Robbins–Buy one cone, get one free with coupon.
Cinnabon–Two free tax bites on tax day at participating locations.
Entertainment Book–Order a book today and get it for $10.40.
Hard Rock Cafe–Lay down your wallet and pick up a mic and sing for a free entree.
Lucky 8s China House–Half off happy hour cocktail specials and an extended happy hour this week.
McCormick and Schmicks–All four Seattle area restaurants are offering extended happy hour deals. And their deals are always great.
Olive Garden–Your “family” gives you $6 off a dinner for two through April 19.
Office Depot–Free 2 pounds of document shredding with coupon.
Panda Express–Single serving of Shanghai Angus Steak by downloading the coupon and liking Panda Express.
Papa Murphy’s–Frugal Living NW says participating stores are offering a large 1-topping pizza and a large Faves pizza for $10.40 with coupon.
PF Changs–Fifteen percent discount.
Seattle King County Humane Society–15 percent off adoption fees through today.
Staples–Five pounds of shredding with coupon.
More to come, if I find more.
Get a free ice cream cone (with ice cream in it and everything) at neighborhood Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops across the country on Tuesday from noon until 8 pm local time. Last I heard, all of the scoop shops participated in the event, but it never hurts to check.
The ice cream company’s annual thank you to its customers is a great kick off for an odd week of bargains that even includes some tax day deals.
Just in case I don’t have time to get back to you, here’s the week in preview:
Seattle Restaurant Week started on Sunday, April 12th with close to 100 restaurants offering three course meals for $30. It’s not actually a week at all. It goes from the 12th-16th and the 19-23rd, but never on Friday or Saturday nights.
There’s also a whole bunch of April 15th day deals including free curly fries at Arby’s, the opportunity to sing for a free supper at the Hard Rock Cafe and 15% off on adoption fees at the Seattle/King County Humane Society.
And I’m pretty sure there will be a few more good ones coming before the week is out.
Bring your favorite big-ass cup to a 7-11 today and you can fill it with Slurpee, regardless of capacity, for $1.49, around the price of a medium Slurpee.
Before you head out the door in search of a crazy, full on sugar rush with a side of brain freeze, there are a few restrictions worth noting.
First, the timing. The special only runs from 11 am to 7 pm.
Second, about those containers. Before you start bringing in punch bowls, unused waste paper baskets and new garbage cans, be forewarned that the cup must fit through an in-store display with a 10-inch diameter hole.
So, no, your dreams of filling an inflatable swimming pool so that you can swim in it will have to wait for another day.
So, try to contain your enthusiasm as best you can.
It seems like it’s been a while since we’ve heard from Oprah. Apparently, she and Starbucks feel that way, too. Perhaps that’s why the coffee chain and the talk show entrepreneur are teaming up tomorrow to do a BOGO at participating Starbucks stores.
Just show up at a participating Starbucks between 2 and 5 pm on Thursday, Friday or Saturday and you can buy one Oprah Cinnamon Chai Latte at regular price and get a second one free.
Is this a great country, or what?
It’s just my luck. Wouldn’t you know it? The Friends of Seattle Public Library finally announce the dates of their upcoming annual book sale and it turns out it’s going to be the same weekend I’m tied up on a major project. The sale will be from 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday, May 2 and 9 am to 4 pm Sunday, May 3 in Rooms CC1161 and the Old Cafeteria at North Seattle College, 9600 College Way N.
Oh well, i guess I’ll continue getting my books from the Little Free Libraries in my neighborhood.
Did I mention that I just got a great book by Seattle firefighter Earl Emerson from a Little Free Library in my neighborhood?
And if you haven’t already joined, but are looking for a reason to do so, don’t forget that next Monday you’ll be able to get a frap for half off during the same time period.