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Krispy Kreme: Get A Second Dozen Donuts for 78 Cents (7/10)

July 10, 2015

78thOfferIn case you haven’t heard, you can get a second dozen glazed Krispy Kreme Donuts today for just 78 cents when you buy the first dozen at regular price. At participating locations, of course.

The donut shops are doing it today only in celebration of the chain’s 78th birthday.

And who isn’t nuts about these fried pillows of dough?

Which I guess would make you a dough nut.

Sorry, couldn’t resist.

Get 57 Cent Pancakes at IHOP Today (7/7)

July 7, 2015

57 shortstackIt’s hard to find a better reason to get up and out of the house than a short stack of IHOP buttermilk pancakes for 57 cents.

Okay, well there are other reasons. Like getting up to get your kids to camp so you can get them out of your hair while you actually try to accomplish something. Or getting up so you can get to the job that’s just okay, but gives you the money to do the stuff you really want to do. Or even getting up so you can stare into the eyes of the lovely person you spent last night with, BUT THAT’S NOT THE POINT.

The point is that participating IHOP locations are celebrating the company’s 57th birthday by offering a 57 cent short stack of pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today only.

It would be enough to make their spokesman Cliff cry tears of joy in his coffee….if the company hadn’t killed him off.

Cheap Sci Fi Movies at the Triple Door Tonight

July 6, 2015

ImageIt’s just $5 for a science fiction movie and an adult beverage as part of Movie Mondays tonight and every Monday night through the summer at the Triple Door in Downtown Seattle.

Okay, okay, they aren’t first run movies. Instead, they’re movies like Mad Max 2: Road Warrior (on tonight), Space Balls (next week) and the whole damn Star Wars series through Aug. 31st.

You may think it’s silly to go Downtown and spend $5 on a sci-fi classic, but hey, there’s an adult beverage in it for you and the movies start at 8 pm, when it’s still hot, so why not enjoy some cool conditioned air and some ice cold beer or whatever other beverage is appropriate with sci-fi?

And if you’re wondering, I checked. The Triple Door does not sell Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters.

Free Acupuncture for Veterans Every Monday

July 6, 2015

SAV-Logo350You can get free ear acupuncture today and every Monday if you are a veteran or a member of a veteran’s family from 6 to 8 p.m. at the O’Kelly Clinic at Solid Ground, 1501 N 45th. Street in Seattle.

The treatment is given in a community style clinic and is designed to improve clarity and focus, boost energy, reduce stress, cut down on anxiety and irritability and curtail hyper-vigilance, flashbacks and nightmares.

Why I Do What I Do

June 29, 2015

photo“Our family of 8 went [to Red Robin] tonight (two tables of 4) and it was fantastic! Thank you SO much for sharing this with us!!!! We can’t afford to go out very often so this was a huge blessing!”

–Reader Donna, on the Cheap Bastard Facebook page.

 No, no, thank you Donna, for your kind words.

I received this comment on my Facebook page yesterday and I treasure it. It’s one of the nicest things anyone has ever said about The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Seattle. It also helps summarize why I do what I do. Sure, the book’s title is “The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Seattle–Secrets of Living the Good Life–For Less,” but I don’t just do it for people who have good jobs and are looking to save a little bit of money. I do it for people who don’t have much money at all, but still want to have fun in and around this very expensive city. That might mean free events for kids, free medical treatment for adults who can’t afford to see a doctor or even a free ice cream cone or cup of yogurt for people who might otherwise not be able to afford it because their budgets are just too tight. Or even, in this case, a free dinner at Red Robin.

Truth be told, I get a kick out of saving money and I get an even bigger kick out of being your tour guide into the wonderful world of savings. I love pointing out the stuff you may have missed and I enjoy doing it with humor.

And I have done all this without asking for anything in return…except for the occasional sale of a book. I don’t get paid by the companies I mention, I don’t take advertising (although that could change) and I generally won’t list a deal from a company I don’t like (I’m talking to you, Walmart and Papa John’s).

After five years of doing this, I now have a few small favors to ask. My first request is a simple one. If you like what you read on my blog, please pass the word along and tell all your friends about it. So they can enjoy it and I can help them, too. My hope is that they’ll like it so much they’ll mention it to other friends.

The second takes only slightly more effort and it is simply this. If you enjoy my writing style, please tell your friends about me. I make my living as a professional writer and would love to get more loyal readers. Even more important, though, I’d really appreciate it if you could pass my name around when you hear about people looking for someone for a writing job. My specialties are travel, business, food, consumer affairs and parenting, but I’ve written just about everything. I have a passion for telling stories and I know when a serious approach is called for and when humor is the only way to tell the tale.

I do copy writing, content, trade publication work, public relations and have even written a speech or two in my time. If I could have any job, I’d be a syndicated humor columnist writing a column about oddball, off-the-beaten path travel and the joy of being an older parent to two adopted children, but for now I’ll just be happy with steady, better-paying writing gigs.

If you like my writing and want to see more, check out my website. and some of my writing samples. (You can find even more clips here.) And if you want to hire me, you can e-mail me at david at davidvolk.com. My rates are reasonable, I’m good and I know how to meet a deadline.

I have to admit, this isn’t really where I planned on going when I sat down to write this post, but sometimes you just have to go with your gut.

Regardless, now you know why I do what I do.

Thanks so much for joining me on this journey.

And now, back to the deals.

Waterfront Red Robin Sneak Peek Review: Not Just a Meal, An Adventure

June 26, 2015

photo 4My family and I went to the sneak preview of the soon-to-be-reopened Red Robin at Pier 55 and here are a few quick observations about our experience.

The first, most important thing for you to know, especially if you have a reservation for the free sneak peek this weekend, is that it is hard as hell to find. That’s because work on the Waterfront has made everything a total mess. So, if you’re planning on driving down, allow plenty of time, especially if you’re going for lunch because there are Mariners day games on Sunday and Monday¬† (00ps, sorry, I misread the schedule. The team is in Anaheim this weekend) Even if there weren’t a Mariners game, as much of Elliott Southbound along the waterfront has been reduced to one lane.

The fun isn’t over when you get of your car, either. There are areas where the sidewalk is closed on the west side of Elliott so you may have to walk on the Alaskan Way Viaduct part of the way. The unexpected detour becomes even more confusing when you try to get to Pier 55 because it’s fenced off and you can’t get there from here. You actually have to enter at the gate near Pier 56…..Once you’ve confirmed that your name is on the list and the guy from the restaurant tells you what you can and can’t order.

It is a free meal after all.

Don’t worry, though, the selection is good. Read more…

Free Summer Meals for Needy Kids

June 26, 2015

Web_Slider-2School is out, but that doesn’t mean needy kids should go without food. This program fills the gap with free meals for kids.

No matter whether you love public schools or hate them, one of the best services they provide are free and reduced priced meals for kids from poor families. Once the school year is over, however, many kids either have to find a way to fend for themselves or do without.

Fortunately, that doesn’t have to be the case in the Seattle area where the Summer Food Service Program started up again earlier this week. The program, which gets its funding from the United States Department of Agriculture, offers free breakfast, lunch and snacks to kids ranging in age from 1 to 18 in parks and facilities throughout the area. Parents don’t have to provide proof of income or citizenship or even an address. Kids just show up.

Another nice thing about the program in Seattle is that many of the places that participate in the program don’t make it all about the food. Instead, it’s often offered as part of a number of summer activities that could include games and crafts. In fact, my kids and I stumbled across one such program in the Central District a few years back and didn’t even realize it. We were just driving around looking for a park to visit in the south end and stopped because the park we were i, nterested in had a waterfall fountain they could play in.

Once we got there, my kids were excited to see a table filled with crafts and activities and they probably would have stuck around if there hadn’t been a waterfall to play under. I had heard of the Summer Food Service Program, but didn’t even realize that the park was part of it until somebody came up to me and asked if my kids wanted something to eat. And the way they asked made it seem more like I happened to be at a family event where a relative wanted to make sure we weren’t missing out on the food than I was being asked by someone at, say, a soup kitchen or social service organization.

The best way to find out if there is such a program near you is to plug your zip code into the Summer Meals Search Tool or call the Family Food Hotline at Family Food Hotline at 1-888-4-436-6392.

I understand that this may not be a service that most of my readers use, it’s important to know about it so you might be able to pass it on to someone who might need it.

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