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Cheap Shutdown Update: Sam’s Club Field Report

October 8, 2013

UnknownAfter reporting that Sam’s was offering free passes to military families during the government shutdown, the Cheap Bastard and his wife decided to take the offer for a test drive today at the Aurora Sam’s Club in North Seattle. They would have done the same at Costco if they weren’t already members.

The CB is pleased to report that it worked even better than expected. He thought he would only be able to get in with a military ID during regular hours, but he and his wife were already in the neighborhood during special business hours and got in without a hitch. In fact, they didn’t even need to stop at the customer service desk for a special pass. All they had to do was show a military ID at the cash register. They were even able to purchase gas (with the help of the station attendant) for $3.38 a gallon.

They even managed to score some free coffee when the CB noticed a Seattle’s Best Coffee vending machine that sells mochas for $1.50 and $2. It’s the same type of machine he’s used at the Tacoma Winco and had great results. A sign above the machine offered free coffee in return for a text message. So, he got a large mocha ($2) and his wife got a large pumpkin spice latte ($2) free. One last note: unless you like really sweet stuff, you might want to stay away from the Pumpkin Spice latte. When it was hot, his wife said it tasted like potpourri. It got better when it cooled down, however.

And now, for other ways for furloughed workers to spend their time without spending a lot of cash:

GET YOUR MOTOR RUNNING–The West Seattle Running Club starts its Tuesday night run at 6 p.m. at the Statue of Liberty Plaza on Alki Beach (at Alki Ave Sw. and 61st). The group typically runs 2 to 5 miles.

ANOTHER ROUND, ON THE HOUSE–Another day, another free wine tasting at Wine World Warehouse from 6 to 8 p.m.

MakelifesweeterSWEETS FOR THE SWEET–Theo Chocolate is hosting “Spectrum of Chocolate: A Guided Tasting” an event in which you can taste chocolate in many of its infinite varieties ranging from roasted cocoa nibs to 70% dark with some white chocolate along the way. From 6:30 to 8 p.m. tonight. Free, but RSVP required.

As if that weren’t enough, there’s also the possibility of:

Unknown-1DATE NIGHT…UM…ER…DAY–Sure, money may be tight and the future is uncertain, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to manage a small splurge and a number of Seattle restaurants will be happy to oblige with Seattle Restaurant Week. The event goes from Oct. 13-17 and 20-24th and features prix-fixe meals at 60 of the city’s favorite high-end restaurants. Granted, the $28-per person, three-course dinner may be out of reach, but the $15, three-course lunch may be reachable. And if the shutdown is still going on, you’ll have more than enough time for a leisurely meal with the one you leave (even if it is only just you).

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