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Celebrate Ivar’s Birthday Tuesday With $1.10 Meal (With Purchase)

March 22, 2015

ivars_110birthdayYes, you can get an entree for $1.10 at Ivar’s on Tuesday and it will be a full-sized entree, but there are a few catches (pun not intended). First, you have to buy one entree at regular price. Second, you have to order from a special birthday menu.

Regardless, it’s still a great deal and it’s proof that the man who was responsible for underwriting the first local broadcasts of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” still has a sense of humor and is still giving back to Seattle even though he’s been dead for 30 years.

I just wish I’d known about this special when it was his 90th birthday.

Those aren’t the only freebies associated with his birthday by the way. The first 110 guests at each location get a free small blueberry dessert. And, if you print and assemble a L’il Ivar figurine, take a selfie with it and post it to Instagram at #IvarsBDay and you’ll be entered to win a $110 Ivars Gift Certificate.

Ben & Jerry’s: Free Scoop Day Less Than A Month Away

March 18, 2015

Good news, ice cream lovers! Ben & Jerry’s has just announced that its annual free scoop day will be April 14.

For the uninitiated, that’s the day that participating B&J Scoop Shops show customer appreciation by giving away a free scoop of your favorite ice cream. No purchase necessary.

So far as I know, the nearest B&J is at Greenlake. Oddly enough, it just happens to be in the same building as my kids’ dentist.


I think not.

Starbucks Reward: Buy One Tea, Get One Free Until 5 Today (3/16)

March 16, 2015

The Cheap Bastard can’t believe that he almost missed this deal that is going on NOW.

If you’re a Starbucks Rewards member, you can get two tea drinks for the price of one from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. It’s all part of the coffee chain’s Happy Monday promotion that goes on now through the end of the month.

You do have to be a Starbucks Reward member to get the deal.


It’s Free Cone Day at DQ

March 16, 2015

imgres-1Participating Dairy Queens all over this great land of ours will be giving away a small vanilla soft serve cone to every customer today, no purchase necessary.

Is this a great country or what?

Of course, your mileage could vary.

Thanks to Grant Gordon.

Goldstar: See Seattle Festival Orchestra for Free

March 11, 2015

How often do you get to go on a tour of Russia, Austria and Denmark for nothing? Okay, so it’s a musical tour, but it features Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Strauss’ Overture to Die Fledermaus and, direct from Disney’s Fantasia, Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain. And it’s free.

Regardless of whether the mountain became bald because of male pattern baldness or strip mining, it’s still a lovely piece of music and I hear he’s going in for plugs any day now….

Um…er…now where was I? Oh, yeah, free. If you act fast, you can get a free ticket for this March 22 concert for free on Goldstar (plus $6 charge) or $10 for this $20 concert.



Dine Around Seattle for Cheap

March 5, 2015

logo_das-homeIt’s that time of year again. When the dining scene slows down, local restaurants step in with a twice yearly promotion called Dine Around Seattle where you can get a three course prix-fixe meal for a $33 dinner or (an even better deal) an $18 lunch.

Granted, those aren’t the regular Cheap Bastard level prices that I usually post, but we’re not talking about regular Cheap Bastard restaurants, either. Instead, we’re talking about places like Local 360, Andaluca, Barking Frog and Cantinetta. I’m not about to debate the merits of whether or not frogs actually bark at this moment, but suffice it to say these are pretty good deals.

The Dine Around Seattle event runs all month with prices being good Sunday through Thursday until March 31.

So, now’s the time to ask out the object of your affection for that special dinner you’ve been meaning to take them to. They don’t have to know you’re saving money while doing so….

IHOP: Get A Free Short Stack of Pancakes Today (3/3)

March 3, 2015

imgres-2The Cheap Bastard doesn’t mean to brag or anything, but participating IHOPs all over the country are celebrating his birthday by offering a free short stack of pancakes to every customer who eats at the flapjack chain.

Wait, what’s that? They’re not celebrating my birthday? They’re celebrating National Pancake Day?

You made that up. There’s no such thing. Some people just can’t stand it when other people get all the glory.

Well, regardless of the reason, participating IHOP restaurants are giving a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes for guests who stop by and dine in. Offer limited to one free short stack per guest. It’s also limited to supplies on hand. Yeah, right. Like the INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF PANCAKES is going to run out of pancakes. After all, they can always make more.

There is one small string attached to the deal. The chain is asking guests to consider making a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals or some other locally designated charity. The organization hopes to raise $3.5 million overall.

And here I thought the company was just taking up a collection for me…..


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