Archive for July, 2010

Atlanta home services deal site fills void in bargain industry

Sarah Huttu uses popular collective buying sites like Groupon and Living Social to get deals on restaurants and other forms of entertainment.

But, when it came to increasing her exposure as a professional artist, she quickly learned that type of marketing environment would not serve her well. Huttu couldn’t afford to give up as much as 50 percent of her profits to a middleman, nor could she meet the likely demand for her customized paintings that the sites would generate.

Deal sites have delivered well on spa treatments and family fun, but not on the more essential home services like landscaping, pressure washing and interior painting. That’s a void Atlanta-based Living Space Deals, which launched June 1, hopes to fill.

Huttu turned there to create a buzz around her business. Instead of sharing half her profits with a gallery, or selling one piece at an arts festival, she used a 65 percent discount — or $125 off — on Living Space Deals to attract four clients and …

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BOGO Baskin Robbins | Kids free at Doc Chey’s | “FAME, The Musical” a deal

After the scorching heat this weekend, I’m still trying to cool off. Whew! These two deals will help.

Baskin Robbins has a buy one soft serve cone, get one soft serve cone of equal or lesser value for free with this coupon. The coupon is valid through Aug. 8, but I doubt I’ll be waiting that long to use it.

Kids Eat Free at Doc Chey’s

Doc Chey’s Noodle House is a big hit with children. Parents will love it even more now that kids eat free on the weekends. All day long on Saturdays and Sundays, kids 11 and under eat free from the kids menu with the purchase of an adult entree. It’s good for dine-in customers only at the Grant Park location.

Queso Crunch Burrito at El Pollo Loco

Use this coupon to get a free Queso Crunch Burrito at El Pollo Loco with the purchase of a Queso Crunch and any size drink. If you have a hearty appetite, or you’re generous enough to share with a friend, this is a pretty good deal. The coupon expires Aug. 3.

“FAME” in Alpharetta

Local theatre can be an …

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Atlanta’s 8 great daily deals

Today’s Daily Deals

Groupon.com: $36 for a six-month Sunday subscription to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Value: $71.94. This deal must be activated by Sept. 27.

Groupon.com (side deal): $35 for six drop-in theatre or dance classes for kids and a T-shirt at Off Broadway Dance Theatre in Alpharetta. Value: $92. Note: Deal is not yet “on.”

Halfoffdepot.com: $20 for a one-hour Deluxe Pedicure at Kim’s Day Spa in Buckhead. Value: $40. The voucher expires Dec. 1. There’s a limit of three per person.

Halfoffdepot.com (side deal): FREE small bucket of balls at the Golf Training Center. Value: $4.

Scoutmob.com: 50 percent off at My Daily Bread Cafe. Use the mobile coupon by Oct. 26. There’s a maximum discount of $10 off.

MyDailyThread.com: $125 for teeth whitening at Beaming White of Buckhead. Value: $300. Everyone gets 20 percent off when 50 people purchase this deal.

LivingSocial.com: $35 for two-hour photography class at Monica B. Photography. Value: 53 percent off.

Tippr.com:

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$10 All-Day Unlimited pass at Malibu | Free bowling | $1 popcorn and drinks at AMC

Free game of bowling

National Bowling Week is July 31 through Aug. 7. The goal: To have set a national record for most games bowled in a day. I’m not on any kind of marathon, but I do enjoy taking my shot at strikes. You can bowl for FREE on Aug. 7 when you use this coupon at participating bowling alleys.

$10 All-Day Unlimited Pass for Malibu

Go-Karts. Putt-putt golf. Bumper cars. Talk about fun! If you want to hit a home run with your kids, take them to Malibu Grand Prix and use this Halfoffdepot.com certificate to make it cheap. For $10, you can get an unlimited, all-day pass — a $25 value. It doesn’t expire until July 23, 2011, but you have to purchase the certificate by 10 a.m. July 26.

$1 Popcorn and Drink at AMC theatres

Movies are ridiculously expensive. Factor in the cost of refreshments and it the expense piles up. Here’s a little relief. Popcorn and beverages are $1 each at participating AMC theatres on Sunday, July 25. You have to download and print the coupon from …

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Black Friday at Target | N. Georgia Outlet Back-To-School sale | Fashion clearance at Macy’s | 50% off at Dillard’s | Uniform sales

Christmas in July sales

Target isn’t waiting on the day after Thanksgiving to bust out its Black Friday specials. Starting at 3 a.m., Target will hold a Christmas in July Black Friday sale for online purchases. Some of the highlights include a Philips Blu-Ray Disc Player for $99.99 (42 percent off), clothing at 25 percent off, a CHI 1-inch flat iron for $79.99, and other deals on bedding, toys and decorations.

Toys R Us is in line, too, with great deals that can be used for back-to-school shopping. For instance, all Crayola crayons, pencils, paper and markers are buy one, get two free. Family games are 50 percent off and there are sales on tons of other items. Shipping is free for orders of $49 or more.

For back-to-school, Sears has up to 50 percent off school uniforms and the store is holding weekly specials on electronics, plus there is free shipping for 30 days with no minimum purchase required. Additionally, it has its Christmas in July sale going on with deeply discounted …

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Financial burden eased for low-income college students

The average college graduate carries a student loan burden of $21,000, according to the Project on Student Debt. That’s considerably more than Jillian Wilms and her single mother could ever afford.

For students like Wilms, academic stalwarts from families whose income falls below the poverty line, the towering expense of higher education is intimidating, if not impossible. Georgia high school students have relied upon the HOPE scholarship to ease the load, but there are other options available exclusively for those representing low-income households.

At Georgia Tech, where Wilms is a rising junior, it’s called the Tech Promise. Since its inception in 2007-2008, 366 students from families with an annual income of $33,300 or less have received a financial aid package that includes a combination of grants, scholarships and work study programs — and no student loans. Of those, 93 have graduated. This fall, 71 more will be brought in under the Tech Promise umbrella. …

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50% off “Cats, The Musical” | Free Braves tickets with blood drive | Taste of East Atlanta | Boutique sales |

50% off “Cats”

“Cats, The Musical” is coming to the Fox Theatre Aug. 4-8. It’s a longtime favorite of families worldwide.They’ll see Mr. Mistofelees, Grizabella the Glamour Cat, Rum Tum Tugger, Macavity and Shimbleshanks the Railway Cat. Now, say three five times quickly! If you want to go to this Theatre of the Stars production, keep in mind that tickets are 50 percent off on Aug. 4 and 5 when you buy them through Ticketmaster at Publix grocery stores. The deal is not valid at the Fox box office.

$1 bar bites specials at JCT.Bar

Every Thursday night, JCT.Bar offers $1 bar bites from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Among the menu items are popular bites like deviled eggs, oysters on the half shell and pimento cheese toast.

Atlanta Braves All-American Blood Drive

Here’s a way to do a little good while you’re at the ballpark. On Monday, July 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Turner Field, the American Red Cross will accept blood donations, with a goal of collecting 400 pints of blood. All …

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Back-to-school computer specials

Check every day this week for back to school specials.

Back-to-school computer specials

Walmart bundle: If your college student needs a little of everything, this Walmart bundle is not a bad option. For as little as $348, the bundle includes a laptop, 4 GB USB Flash Drive, a laptop case and a wireless printer. There are 29 laptops to choose from, but according to dealnews.com, retail outlets like Walmart and Best Buy generally has the best savings on Acer, Toshiba and HP models. Online, the HP G62-219WM Laptop PC bundled with carrying case and flash drive is $448.

Apple: Apple has a back-to-school promotion in which you get a free iPod touch with the purchase of any Mac. That’s a $199 savings. Of course, it’s a deal only if you need or want an 8GB iPod touch. You must apply for education pricing to get this deal, valid through Sept. 7. Click here for details.

Best Buy: With the purchase of a 13.3-inch Apple MacBook from Best Buy, you get a $75 gift card. Of course, the …

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50% off Atlanta Journal-Constitution subscription with the Sizzlin’ Summer Sale

Grocery coupons. Sales announcements. Local news.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution packs a punch for bargain hunters and right now subscriptions to the newspaper are up to 50 percent off during the Sizzlin’ Summer Sale. The offer runs Thursday, July 22 through Sunday, July 25 and is the best introductory subscription offer this year.

Subscribers will have the rate for up to 52 weeks, which means they’ll have the paper during peak back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons, as well as throughout the year for savings on grocery shopping and advertisements featuring other blockbuster discounts in metro Atlanta. Plus, they’ll get more complete local news and information from the AJC than anyone in metro Atlanta. I’m a little partial — I work there, after all — but it’s true.

The half-off rates are available for seven-day delivery, four-day delivery on Thursdays through Sundays and on Sundays only. The introductory rate is available to new subscribers only.

To secure your 50 …

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How financial reform signed into law impacts consumers

President Barack Obama today signed the sweeping financial reform legislation into law.

What does that mean for consumers?

Credit score: It may be several months away before it is actually implemented, but consumers will now be provided the actual credit score lenders used if the consumer is denied a loan or approved with disadvantaged terms. This is applicable to lenders, insurance companies, landlords and retailers. So, if you apply for insurance and you’re told no, the insurance company must provide you with the score it used in making its decision. This gives the consumer greater insight and makes the lenders more transparent.

“It completely takes the guess work out of it,” said John Ulzheimer of Credit.com.

Mortgage lenders: Fraudulent loans may not be a thing of the past, but they just become more difficult to pull off. That’s because lenders must now verify the borrower’s ability to repay the loan. If lenders do not comply, they will face heavy penalties.

“It will …

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