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April 4, 2014

Rotary_Club_LogoThe Cheap Bastard loves the give and take that he gets from the audience whenever he does a presentation at a Rotary meeting. Thursday’s meeting was the perfect example. Not only did I get some good natured ribbing over the cover price for “The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Seattle,” but a Rotarian named Cheryl also suggested a novel (and brilliant) cheap bastard way of saving money.

Cheryl’s idea only applies to people with a specific birtdate: Feb. 29th. Since a person with that birthdate only has a birthday every four years, that would mean that someone who is in their 30s would be only about 7 and a 40 year-old would be 10. If that’s the case, she asked, why shouldn’t they qualify for children’s discounts at attractions, restaurants and stores?

I like it!

Here’s a quick summary of the deals I mentioned in my presentation yesterday:

Taproot Theatre
had the deal that made many of you gasp. Put up posters and publicize upcoming plays and you could get two free tickets to an upcoming production.

Burien Little Theatre–all volunteers get free tickets to see a show including folks who work on props, sets and costumes.

Seattle International Film Festival–ushers get at least one voucher to see a free movie during the festival per shift worked. Volunteer before the festival and you can get vouchers that are good during the festival.

Pay-What-You Can Performances — A Contemporary Theatre and many other local theater companies have shows during the run of each play where you can pay what you can afford to see a play. There’s a list in the theater section of my book.

Seattle Mariners — Major League Baseball games may not be cheap, but there are promotions that can make games cheaper. Like Grand Slam Family Night when a family of four or more can get View Level seats for $15 each or Main Level seats for $30 each as well as a hot dog and Pepsi. On BECU Family Night select View Level seats are $10.

The Everett Aquasox — Tickets start around $7, but there are many promotions that lower prices including $5 Family Night, Half Price Monday Monday and Two For Tuesdays.

Tacoma Rainiers — Tickets are cheaper than the Mariners here as well, too. Promotions include 2 For 1 Sundays.

SPU Falcons — All tickets for sporting events at this NCAA Division II school are the same. Whether it’s basketball, gymnastics, soccer or volleyball, students pay $3, adults pay $6. If you want to splurge on reserved foul line tickets at a men’s basketball game, you can pay $7 or opt for reserved center court seats for $8.

The Adult Story Time at Seattle Public Library that I mentioned is called Thrilling Tales and it runs from 12:05 to 12:50 every Monday at the Central Library. So, you’ll have just enough time to make it back to work after lunch hour.

I mentioned Scarecrow Video‘s free screenings in a post earlier this week.

Ballard Locks–There are free concerts at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day, weather permitting.

Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park has free live music most Friday and Saturday nights.

Seattle Art Museum–When I wrote the book, the Seattle Art Museum confirmed that the admission price is indeed a donation and that you can pay whatever you want to get in.

Center For Wooden Boats–I know it sounds to good to be true, but you can indeed sign up for a free 45 minute cruise around Lake Union on an antique wooden every Sunday. Although the official sign-up time is 10, the line starts around 9:30. Most cruises start around 1, so you might want to sign up and then head out for brunch.

AAA Discounts–The Museum of Glass, Tillicum Village and the LeMay Family Collection are among the many places that offer discounts for AAA members. Find more here.

Peso’s Kitchen–There’s a Breakfast Happy Hour from 10 to noon when most dishes are $7.50. The restaurant also offers regular and late night happy hours.

The Hi-Life–This Ballard restaurant has Not-So-Early Bird breakfast specials from 8:30 am. to 11 a.m. when all dishes on the special menu are $5.75.

List–This Belltown restaurant has an all day happy hour on Sunday and Monday.

Dragonfish is a great place to go for pre-play happy hours and also after the show. It has an all-day happy hour from 3 to close on Mondays and 3 to 6 p.m. other days as well as a late night happy hour from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Cheap Bastard loves the prices and the service at this place.

Rick Steves Europe Through the Back Door–The budget travel guru offers a wide variety of classes at his shop in Edmonds throughout the year.

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