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Free Prom Dresses at Meadowbrook Saturday

February 26, 2016

fglogopinkThe Fairy Godmother Project will help high school-aged girls in need find the perfect prom dress from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 NE 113th St. in Seattle.

I admit, I’m not into this stuff, but if I were a girl I might think it’s pretty cool because it sounds like the stuff of fairy tales. There will be at least 200 dresses and 100 pairs of shoes on hand and every girl who shows up will get her own fairy godmother who will work with her to create the perfect prom look. Best of all, it’s totally free. No means testing and no questions asked.


Free Bagel & Shmear @Einsteins Today (2/9)

February 9, 2016


It’s National Bagel Day and Einstein’s Bros. Bagels is celebrating by offering a free bagel and shmear to all comers who buy something….and have the coupon. Print it out or show it on your smart phone.

Unlike the free yogurt deal from yesterday (which, alas, the Cheap Bastard missed out on due to a family situation) this one appears to go all day. It is, however, not valid at locations at college campuses, military installations, hospitals or airports.

For every free bagel and schmear given out, Einsteins will give a free bagel and schmear to someone in need.

The company is also doing a Bagel Love contest where the prize is free bagels and schmears for a year. All you have to do to enter is upload a picture of you or someone you know enjoying Einsteins bagels.


Living Social: $55 Costco membership with more than $50 in bonuses

February 5, 2016

imgres-1Sure, a Goldstar membership at Costco usually costs $55, but it doesn’t usually come with lots of great freebies the way this Living Social offer does.

Not only do you get membership and an additional free membership card to the membership warehouse for the regular membership price, you also get a $20 Costco Cash Card and coupons for Organic Tortilla Chips ($4.99 value), a food court pizza ($9.95 value) and a 72-pack of AA batteries (worth $18.99). And, when you think of it, who couldn’t use a 72 pack of AA batteries.

And did I mention the $25 off a $250 order from

That’s an additional $59 worth of stuff right there.

Remember, membership has it privileges.


Yogurtland: Free Yogurt on Monday (2/8)

February 4, 2016

banner-nfydI’m so excited and I just can’t hide it. I’m about to lose control and I think I like it.

As it turns out, Yogurtland is indeed doing a National Frozen Yogurt Day giveaway on Monday, Feb. 8th. Alas, the U District Yogurtland is gone, but there’s one in Lynnwood, so I’ll be going there. It’s so much better than Menchie’s. Don’t get me wrong, Menchie’s is great, but the flavors are so much more vivid.

So, here’s the scoop or the pour as it were. You can get free frozen yogurt on Monday, Feb 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. at participating Yogurtland locations. In years past, the U District Yogurtland would give each person a 5 ounce cup and let them go to town. I have no idea if that will be the case in Lynnwood or any of the other Yogurtland locations.

The Seattle Greenlaker is also reporting that Zoe Yogurt over in Greenlake will also be doing a National Frozen Yogurt Day special on Monday from 4 to 7. Zoe’s deal will be Buy One, Get One Free with a $4 limit on the free item.



Menchie’s: Free Yogurt from 4-7 (2/1 only)

February 1, 2016


It’s National Frozen Yogurt Day and that means free yogurt at Menchie’s, only this year there’s yet another new twist.

This year, you can get your first six ounces of frozen yogurt free, but there’s a time limit ¬†on the offer. In the past, you could go from 4 pm to close. This year, it’s 4 to 7 pm only. And it’s only at participating locations, so you may want to call before you go.

Alas, Yogurt Land is no longer participating in the free yogurt extravaganza, so Menchie’s will be the only game in town today.

Oh well. It’s still free, right?

Dine Out Vancouver Means Great Dining Deals

January 13, 2016

DOVF16 postcard frontForget about Dine Around the Sound and Seattle Restaurant Week. If you want great dining deals on amazing restaurants, Dine Around Vancouver is the festival for you. Sure, you may have to drive a bit, but the 17-day celebration not only boasts three course meals at $20, $30 and $40 (That’s $14, $21 and $28 US), but there are also lodging deals starting at $80 ($56 US).

Not only that, the celebration starting Jan 15th isn’t just about sitting down and saving on restaurant visits. It also features cool events. Like a Craft Food and Beer pairing tour, a Street Food City, a Brunch Crawl at the Olympic Village, a Food Photography Tour, dinner with a play and even a pizza making master class.

If only his kids were older and able to sit longer, the Cheap Bastard’s family (whatever you do, don’t call them The Bastard Family) would be there in nothing flat.

The event runs from Jan. 15-31st.

Just one quick warning: Many events and restaurant deals may require reservations. Book now.


Seattle Film Festival Sale?

January 13, 2016

EB_LastChance_800x225The Cheap Bastard admits it, he’s puzzled and ready to throw in the towel on this one.

The Seattle International Film Festival has been advertising the lowest prices of the year on its upcoming festival starting in May and it lists the prices for full series passes all the way down to packs of 20 tickets and beyond. It also says the sale ends on the 15th.

The only thing it doesn’t say is how much you’ll save if you buy now. So, I know I promised film festival deals, but the film festival doesn’t appear to be cooperating anywhere on its web site.

It does say you can get better deals with membership, though. And I can see that six pack of festival tickets that normally goes for $60 is currently selling for $48. So, there’s that.

Memberships start at $55 and get you the following benefits:

A personalized membership card to present at the box office

$5 off General Admission tickets at SIFF Cinema

A punch card for 5 free small popcorns

Invitations to free screenings

Early Bird sales for the Film Festival starting in October with savings of over 40% on Festival passes and ticket packages

$2 off on individual Festival tickets




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