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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!

More Big Bag Deals at Bergman

February 19, 2015

photoI know, I know. Even with the mild spring-like weather, it’s hard for most people to even start thinking of summer travel, but I forgot to mention one great big bag deal that you might want to consider snapping up before it goes away.

It seems that Victorinox, the same folks who brought you the Swiss Army Knife, are in the process of closing out a line of luggage called Werks Traveler because the company no longer wants to offer a lifetime, unconditional warranty on its bags. As a result, the company has been slashing prices since late last year. So, now there are some great deals to be had while supplies last…at least at some area Bergman Luggage stores, especially the one at Northgate.

How good?

Here’s what the Northgate store had when I left today: Read more…

Seattle Center Holds Best Damn Happy Hour Tonight (2/19)

February 19, 2015

images-2The name really says it all. The Best Damn Happy Hour will run from 5 to 8 pm at the Seattle Center Armory and will include deals on parking and food from a wide variety of restaurants as well as good, goofy fun including Giant Jenga, Giant Scrabble, Giant Connect 4, Giant Checkers, and Darts. There will be Happy Hour Raffle Prizes: Tickets to events at Seattle Center Resident Organizations including Seattle Rep, Teatro Zinzanni, EMP, Pacific Science Center, and Chihuly Garden & Glass.
Plus Specialty Cocktails

Also, this month there will be PINBALL featuring a handful of old-school pinball machines to the Armory. Play for fun or nostalgia, or enter our contest to crown the night’s highest scorer. Get your trigger fingers ready!!

Bergman Luggage: Carry Your Old Case In, Wheel Your New One Out

February 19, 2015

briggs-and-riley-a-case-for-giving-3Believe it or not, you can save up to $100 on a great piece of luggage when you turn in old wheeled luggage at Bergman Luggage.

I’m mentioning this deal partly because I have been working at the Northgate MallBergman Luggage store since just before the holidays and think it’s amazing not only because you’ll get a break on luggage that never goes on sale, but also because you’ll be helping out a local charity.

So, what’s the deal?

If you have an old useable wheeled suitcase that you hate or just want to get rid of, bring it into Bergman Luggage and you’ll get $50 off the purchase of a new wheeled Briggs and Riley bag. If your old bag is a Briggs and Riley bag, you’ll get $100 off your purchase. And your old bag will go to the Ronald McDonald House.

I admit, Briggs bags aren’t cheap. They start at around $419 (or $319 if you get the $100 discount), but they’ve got a warranty like no other. They are so well built that the company has an unconditional warranty. If something goes wrong with your bag, they will repair or replace it free as long as you own the bag. No questions asked. It doesn’t matter if you run over the bag with your car or Spirit Airlines baggage handlers decided to take their frustrations out on your luggage. It’s covered.

Sure, cheaper bags start at around $119, but most only cover manufacturer problems like poor workmanship and only for about a year or so. And they aren’t built to last. These are.

And after what I just saw Alaska Airlines do to a bag last week, it never hurts to have a bit of added insurance. I’m not picking on Alaska. I love Alaska Air and fly the airline every time I get a chance. I’m just saying that things sometimes have a way of happening when you least expect them.

One last note: My employer didn’t ask me to post about this. I’ve just done so because I think it’s a great deal. If you do happen to take advantage of it, though, I’d love it if you mentioned that I (David Volk) referred you because I do get credit for it and every little bit helps.

Or stop in and see me.

Rainforest Cafe: Kids Eat for $2.99 Today and Other Places Kids Eat Free

February 18, 2015

The Cheap Bastard has always prided himself on his book’s list of places Kids Eat Free (or cheap), but Red Tricycle has just bested him with its new list of places around Puget Sound where kids eat free.

Since today is Wednesday, for example, I’ll mention three great deals off the list.

PALLINO — The pasta place at University Village, Woodinville, Issaquah and Redmond has a deal on Wednesdays and Sundays where one child eats free with the purchase of an adult entree over $5.95.

ZIPPY’S GIANT BURGERS — Slightly more limited in duration, the place named after a pin-headed child has a Happy Hour from 3 to 6 p.m. when kids 12 and under eat free in White Center and Georgetown.

And, of course,

RAINFOREST CAFE — The restaurant answer to theme park food has a deal where kids eat for $2.99 with the purchase of an adult meal from 5 p.m. to close. It’s for kids 12 and under. And it’s at Southcenter Mall.

For more places that kids eat free, see the RedTri article.

You’re Not Too Young To Get Senior Discounts

February 17, 2015

AARP Real Possibilities cardThe Cheap Bastard knows that many of his readers are young whipper-snappers like he is (relatively speaking), but he has come to realize that senior citizenship is a state of mind…in a good way.

For example, a friend of his who is about to turn 50 says she has been getting senior discounts at a local movie theater for quite some time because the folks at the box office think she’s older than she is. She doesn’t look particularly older, mind you, she just has blonde hair and wears a certain type of eyeglass frame that teens at this theater must make people think she’s older than she is. So, when she went to buy a ticket, the clerk asked her if she wanted a senior discount (which meant a substantially cheaper ticket), so she said yes and she’s been getting the discount ever since.

In fact, a few years back, the clerk at a local Orowheat Outlet store asked if I was eligible for the senior discount and I foolishly said no because I wasn’t even 50.

The reason I mention all this is that senior discounts start earlier than you think. Some places offer them once you turn 50, as I have done. Others offer them for folks aged 60 or 65. So you may want to check while dining, booking travel, shopping or getting medicine.

Of course, there are also plenty of dining deals and EatDrinkDeals says there are plenty of great discounts for members of (gasp) AARP, which I’m still considering joining. The offers include deals at the following places:

DENNY’S — AARP members get 15% off their check every day, all day long through March 6th.

DUNKIN’ DONUTS — Show your card and get a free donut when you buy a large or extra large beverage.

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE — 15% off your bill at lunch every day and Mondays through Thursdays. Offer does not include alcohol, taxes or tip.

Some deals are short-term, subject to participation and could end at any time. So you should call before you go.

The EatDrink posting says that AARP members also get 10% discounts at a wide range of other restaurants including:

Bubba Gump
Chart House
Claim Jumper Restaurant
McCormick & Schmick’s
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Rainforest Cafe

For the full list and more details, head to the AARP discount page.

Starbucks Date: Coffee, Love and a Deal on the Side

February 12, 2015

images-1You can get a coffee and treat pairing for $5 after 2 pm tomorrow (2/13) at participating Starbucks if you and a special someone take part in the World’s Largest Starbucks Date.

The event is part an effort to help bring couples together, part recognition of the fact that Starbucks has become an extremely popular place for first dates the world over and also part effort to publicize the coffee behemoth’s partnering with the dating site, The partnership is all about bringing couples together and I could spend a lot of time covering the details of the new Meet at Starbucks feature on, but I’m short on time, so you’ll have to look that up yourself.

What all of this means for you is a good deal when you and your potential love hit Starbucks tomorrow. The options for the $5 pairings include the following:

Caffé Verona® Coffee Press for Two and a Double Chocolate Chunk Brownie

Tall Flat White and Chocolate Croissant

Grande Raspberry Mocha or Grande White Chocolate Mocha and Heart Cookie

Although Starbucks is encouraging togetherness, I’m assuming that, other than the first option, the $5 pairings are designed for one person and that if you’re going on a date and want to pick up the check, you’ll end up paying $10 total.

Still, it’s not a bad deal.

Speaking of deals, if you’re looking for a place to go on Valentine’s Day, here’s a national round-up of other places to go on the big day covering all price ranges from Dairy Queen and Baskin-Robbins to Morton’s Steakhouse.


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