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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…..

Olive Garden’s Big Lunch Deal–Unlimited Soup, Salad, Breadsticks Just $5

March 1, 2015

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Talk about a deal. Just $5 for unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks for $5 for lunch at participating Olive Garden restaurants now through March 6th.

The deal is good from traditional lunch time until 4 p.m. each day.

All of which goes to show that when you’re at here (at Olive Garden), but when you’re standing outside on the street, they won’t give you the time of day…just like your regular family.

You will need to print out a coupon to cash in on the deal. You can find it here.

Thanks to Hip2Save.

Don’t Miss Free Movie Monday at Fix Greenlake

March 1, 2015

IMG_4055-300x225Catch a free showing of the comedy “Tommy Boy” at Fix Coffee at Greenlake on Monday starting at 6:30 p.m.

Granted, the movie featuring the late Chris Farley isn’t exactly a first run or even a second run movie, but it’s a fun way to blow off steam on a Monday night, especially since there will also be popcorn, prizes and games along the way.

The show isn’t a one-off deal. Fix does free Monday night movies every Monday thanks to the assistance of Scarecrow Video and host Nick Vega.

It’s just one of the many cool freebies this coffeehouse offers. On Tuesdays, Fix does pub trivia ($2 per team member), Wednesdays are Family Open Mic nights from 7 to 8:30 and Thursdays are Board Game Nights from 7 to 9 pm

Free Tax Help Available at Seattle Public Libraries

February 25, 2015

Who says there’s no such thing as free help filing your taxes?

The Seattle Public Library is offering just that at a number of its branches through early April. It’s brought to you by AARP, the Seattle Public Library and Seattle King County United Way. As part of the effort a cadre of trained volunteers will be on hand to answer taxpayer questions and even help prepare personal tax returns. (Personal returns only, no business returns.)

When and where the services are offered vary widely. You can get drop in service but it’s on a first-come, first-served basis so you should be prepared to wait. You should also be prepared by having the right documents in hand including Photo ID, Social Security card, Medicare card (if applicable), all your tax documents, mailings from Social Security Administration and whatever else might be relevant.

The Seattle Public Library website has a complete list of times and locations where the service is being offered. Or you can check the SPL’s calendar for an up-to-date schedule

Get a Free Donut Today at Krispy Kreme (2/24)

February 24, 2015

imgres-1Krispy Kreme is celebrating the opening of its thousandth store today (in Kansas City, if you care) by giving away a free original glazed donut to everyone who stops by a Krispy Kreme store.

The company hopes to give out 1 million of the little suckers.

Since I’m a sport and I love to support people and organizations with lofty goals, I think I’ll stop by and have one later in the day.

On the opposite end of the health spectrum, I’m also hearing a rumor that Veggie Grill in University Village might be having a two for one deal where friends eat free, but I have not been able to confirm that report.

Buy Red Robin Gift Certificate, See Mall Cop Free

February 23, 2015

red-robin_free-movie-ticket-mall-copUm….er…you know it’s a slow bargain day when the best the Cheap Bastard can come up with is a deal where you get a free ticket to see “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2″ when you buy a special limited edition $25 Red Robin gift certificate.

In fact, the Cheap Bastard is trying to figure out what the connection between “Mall Cop” and Red Robin is, other than the fact that the Northgate Red Robin is located in Northgate Mall. Perhaps there are other Red Robins located in other malls and the chain ponied up money for product placement. If so, I’m here to tell you, it probably wasn’t money well spent.

But what the heck do I know? I decided the first one looked so stupid that it wasn’t worth my time and now the studios have decided to make a sequel. If you saw the movie and feel strongly about it, please write in and let me know why I should invest two hours of my time to see this movie, even if I could get a free pass.

Regardless, here’s how the deal works: Buy a special “Mall Cop II” gift certificate and you’ll get a movie ticket up to $10 in value to see the movie, which opens April 17th.

The Cheap Bastard has no further comment on this issue. I think the trailer says it all:

Free Mexi Fries at Taco Time Today (2/20)

February 20, 2015

imgresIn case you haven’t heard the news, today is MexiFriday at Taco Time and that means you can get a free order of Mexi Fries just by driving up or stopping in, all day today, no purchase necessary!

How cool is that?

I’m so excited that a new Taco Time just opened up on the way to my kids’ school. Woo hoo!

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