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Free Tax Help Available at Seattle Public Libraries

February 25, 2015

Who says there’s no such thing as free help filing your taxes?

The Seattle Public Library is offering just that at a number of its branches through early April. It’s brought to you by AARP, the Seattle Public Library and Seattle King County United Way. As part of the effort a cadre of trained volunteers will be on hand to answer taxpayer questions and even help prepare personal tax returns. (Personal returns only, no business returns.)

When and where the services are offered vary widely. You can get drop in service but it’s on a first-come, first-served basis so you should be prepared to wait. You should also be prepared by having the right documents in hand including Photo ID, Social Security card, Medicare card (if applicable), all your tax documents, mailings from Social Security Administration and whatever else might be relevant.

The Seattle Public Library website has a complete list of times and locations where the service is being offered. Or you can check the SPL’s calendar for an up-to-date schedule

Get a Free Donut Today at Krispy Kreme (2/24)

February 24, 2015

imgres-1Krispy Kreme is celebrating the opening of its thousandth store today (in Kansas City, if you care) by giving away a free original glazed donut to everyone who stops by a Krispy Kreme store.

The company hopes to give out 1 million of the little suckers.

Since I’m a sport and I love to support people and organizations with lofty goals, I think I’ll stop by and have one later in the day.

On the opposite end of the health spectrum, I’m also hearing a rumor that Veggie Grill in University Village might be having a two for one deal where friends eat free, but I have not been able to confirm that report.

Buy Red Robin Gift Certificate, See Mall Cop Free

February 23, 2015

red-robin_free-movie-ticket-mall-copUm….er…you know it’s a slow bargain day when the best the Cheap Bastard can come up with is a deal where you get a free ticket to see “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2″ when you buy a special limited edition $25 Red Robin gift certificate.

In fact, the Cheap Bastard is trying to figure out what the connection between “Mall Cop” and Red Robin is, other than the fact that the Northgate Red Robin is located in Northgate Mall. Perhaps there are other Red Robins located in other malls and the chain ponied up money for product placement. If so, I’m here to tell you, it probably wasn’t money well spent.

But what the heck do I know? I decided the first one looked so stupid that it wasn’t worth my time and now the studios have decided to make a sequel. If you saw the movie and feel strongly about it, please write in and let me know why I should invest two hours of my time to see this movie, even if I could get a free pass.

Regardless, here’s how the deal works: Buy a special “Mall Cop II” gift certificate and you’ll get a movie ticket up to $10 in value to see the movie, which opens April 17th.

The Cheap Bastard has no further comment on this issue. I think the trailer says it all:

Free Mexi Fries at Taco Time Today (2/20)

February 20, 2015

imgresIn case you haven’t heard the news, today is MexiFriday at Taco Time and that means you can get a free order of Mexi Fries just by driving up or stopping in, all day today, no purchase necessary!

How cool is that?

I’m so excited that a new Taco Time just opened up on the way to my kids’ school. Woo hoo!

More Big Bag Deals at Bergman

February 19, 2015

photoI know, I know. Even with the mild spring-like weather, it’s hard for most people to even start thinking of summer travel, but I forgot to mention one great big bag deal that you might want to consider snapping up before it goes away.

It seems that Victorinox, the same folks who brought you the Swiss Army Knife, are in the process of closing out a line of luggage called Werks Traveler because the company no longer wants to offer a lifetime, unconditional warranty on its bags. As a result, the company has been slashing prices since late last year. So, now there are some great deals to be had while supplies last…at least at some area Bergman Luggage stores, especially the one at Northgate.

How good?

Here’s what the Northgate store had when I left today: Read more…

Seattle Center Holds Best Damn Happy Hour Tonight (2/19)

February 19, 2015

images-2The name really says it all. The Best Damn Happy Hour will run from 5 to 8 pm at the Seattle Center Armory and will include deals on parking and food from a wide variety of restaurants as well as good, goofy fun including Giant Jenga, Giant Scrabble, Giant Connect 4, Giant Checkers, and Darts. There will be Happy Hour Raffle Prizes: Tickets to events at Seattle Center Resident Organizations including Seattle Rep, Teatro Zinzanni, EMP, Pacific Science Center, and Chihuly Garden & Glass.
Plus Specialty Cocktails

Also, this month there will be PINBALL featuring a handful of old-school pinball machines to the Armory. Play for fun or nostalgia, or enter our contest to crown the night’s highest scorer. Get your trigger fingers ready!!

Bergman Luggage: Carry Your Old Case In, Wheel Your New One Out

February 19, 2015

briggs-and-riley-a-case-for-giving-3Believe it or not, you can save up to $100 on a great piece of luggage when you turn in old wheeled luggage at Bergman Luggage.

I’m mentioning this deal partly because I have been working at the Northgate MallBergman Luggage store since just before the holidays and think it’s amazing not only because you’ll get a break on luggage that never goes on sale, but also because you’ll be helping out a local charity.

So, what’s the deal?

If you have an old useable wheeled suitcase that you hate or just want to get rid of, bring it into Bergman Luggage and you’ll get $50 off the purchase of a new wheeled Briggs and Riley bag. If your old bag is a Briggs and Riley bag, you’ll get $100 off your purchase. And your old bag will go to the Ronald McDonald House.

I admit, Briggs bags aren’t cheap. They start at around $419 (or $319 if you get the $100 discount), but they’ve got a warranty like no other. They are so well built that the company has an unconditional warranty. If something goes wrong with your bag, they will repair or replace it free as long as you own the bag. No questions asked. It doesn’t matter if you run over the bag with your car or Spirit Airlines baggage handlers decided to take their frustrations out on your luggage. It’s covered.

Sure, cheaper bags start at around $119, but most only cover manufacturer problems like poor workmanship and only for about a year or so. And they aren’t built to last. These are.

And after what I just saw Alaska Airlines do to a bag last week, it never hurts to have a bit of added insurance. I’m not picking on Alaska. I love Alaska Air and fly the airline every time I get a chance. I’m just saying that things sometimes have a way of happening when you least expect them.

One last note: My employer didn’t ask me to post about this. I’ve just done so because I think it’s a great deal. If you do happen to take advantage of it, though, I’d love it if you mentioned that I (David Volk) referred you because I do get credit for it and every little bit helps.

Or stop in and see me.

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