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Seahawks Blue Friday Deals: Keep Clam and Watch Wildlife

September 18, 2015

BlueFriday-PromoPage3Twelve cent sodas at Ivar’s and $3 discounts at Northwest Trek are the newest deals for folks who want to show their Seahawks pride on the Friday before a game this football season.

In my office, or course, it doesn’t matter what I wear or don’t wear because I work out of my home and nothing I wear will really help psych up my co-workers. Although I bet there are probably a few things that I can find to put in that would embarrass the living daylights out of my kids when I take them to school, but I want to hold off on those until they actually are embarrassed by me, instead of doing it now while they still love me.

Anyway, here’s the scoop on these deals:

Ivar’s Blue Friday discount varies by month.

In September, for example, if you wear blue and green, you’ll get a regular fountain drink when you purchase any regular entree.

In October, it’s Clam Snackers for $1.20, whatever they are. Limit 2 per person.

In November, you can get two entrees–Fish ‘n Chips, Clams, Baby Prawns or Chicken– for $12.\

And In December, it’s 3 bowls of chowder for $12.

It’s all part of Ivar’s 12th Clam special available only at participating seafood bar locations.

And if you just want to get away from it all and look at some wildlife, Northwest Trek is offering a $3 discount on admission every Friday during football season except for Christmas for folks wearing Seahawks gear.

Is this a great country, or what?

Thanks to Thrifty NW Mom.

The Cheap Bastard Review: GMC Acadia

September 13, 2015

I was contacted recently to see if I would be interested in writing a review of a GM product. Since my family is in the market for a new car and we were heading out of town on a long weekend trip, I jumped at the chance to get the test driving started. At the time, I was given a choice between a Chevy Volt, which would have been too small for our needs and an Acadia, which was more than big enough. 

I went with the Acadia even though it’s above our price range and the size we would normally choose. 

Here’s my review in my own inimitable Cheap Bastard style. If you’re in the market, I hope it helps:
The sign said Portland was 29 miles away and I let out a silent cheer knowing I’d finally get a chance to stretch my legs after driving from Bend, Oregon.

The only problem was, I couldn’t tell what the mileage meant because I couldn’t find the odometer anywhere on my dashboard and the navigation system wasn’t responding to my voice commands.

Welcome to my weekend test drive of a 2016 GM Acadia All Wheel Drive Denali.

I was one of a number of bloggers asked if I would be interested in taking a new GM vehicle on a test drive recently—and I jumped at the chance. Not only because it was a cool opportunity, but also because we had already planned to spend a weekend in Bend and we weren’t all that thrilled with the idea of driving our ailing 15 year-old Subaru Legacy Outback on the trip. Not that there’s anything wrong with our car, if you don’t mind waiting a minute or two while the transmission decides if it wants to shift into drive or not after backing out of a parking space.

The trial not only gave us piece of mind, it allowed us to start test driving new cars.

And the Acadia 2016 certainly is a great one if Read more…

Krispy Kreme: Talk Like a Pirate, Get Free Donuts 9/19

September 10, 2015

KKD15002_Pirate_FreeDoughnut_720x176_2[8]Avast and ahoy, ye donut lubbers. Krispy Kreme has announced that its annual National Talk Like A Pirate Day free donut deal will be Saturday, Sept. 19th.

On that day, there be a free glazed donut for the lot of ye that be willing to go into a participating Good Ship Krispy Kreme and say “Arggh,” “Ahoy,” “Shiver Me Timbers” or make reference to Davey Jones Locker. But if ye be brave enough, aye, you can don at least three items of pirate clothing and earn a true treasure: a dozen free glazed donuts.


There be vein-clogging treasure in them there….display cases?

Reminder: It’s Free Car Wash Day

August 27, 2015

free-brown-bearGet your car washed free at any Puget Sound Brown Bear Car Wash tunnel location today from 8 am to 8 pm.

It’s all part of Brown Bear’s annual customer appreciation day.

Is this a great country or what?

Today’s Reason To Smile: It’s Tomatina Day

August 26, 2015

tomatoboy pictureAs an alternative to all of today’s bad news, I’d like to give you a reason to smile. In case you haven’t heard, today is the last Wednesday in August, the day that the tiny Spanish town of Bunol holds the world’s biggest tomato battle called La Tomatina. I had been hearing about it for so long, that I finally gave in and went last year.

If you’d like to read what it’s like to participate in the world’s biggest officially sanctioned food fight, check out my post here. Or you can read the whole darn blog covering my week in Spain:

Free Samples of Freckled Lemonade at Red Robin Today (8/20)

August 20, 2015

38654705665_20150804033360It’s free lemonade day at participating Red Robin restaurants today, sort of.

In celebration of National Lemonade Day, many restaurants in the Red Robin empire are serving up samples of the company’s tasty lemonade. How big the samples are, I don’t know.

The drinks are free, but the company would sure love it if you donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer. And if you donate $5 or more, you get a nifty wristband.

Interestingly, these things used to be called bracelets, but I’m pretty sure no real man would be caught dead wearing a bracelet so they now call them wristbands. I mean, after all, when Lance Armstrong came up with the idea, how many guys do you know would have wanted to wear Live Strong bracelets? Ah, but wristbands, that’s another matter.

Call your local Red Robin for more details (about the lemonade, not the wristbands).

Brown Bear: Free Car Washes on August 27th

August 19, 2015

free-brown-bearThe Cheap Bastard is back from a driving vacation in Bend, Oregon. What better way to start off than with a free car wash?

And Brown Bear Car Wash is happy to oblige, as long as you can wait a week. All of Brown Bear’s tunnel car wash locations throughout the Puget Sound region will be offering free car washes from 8 am to 8 pm on Thursday, Aug. 27th. No coupons necessary. No bait and switch. Just a basic car wash.

So, if you’ve already waited this long, why not wait a few more days and have Brown Bear wash your car for you?




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