Archive for April, 2011

Free Tai Chi classes, demonstrations Saturday

taichi.0427 (Large)Trying to be more mindful about your exercise? How about through your exercise?

Try free classes in Tai Chi (Taiji) and watch demonstrations of the ancient forms on the Marietta Square Saturday at 10 a.m. Classes are free and appropriate for all ages.

In honor of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2011, people from 70 countries will make presentations to raise awareness about the exercise value found by practicing this Chinese art.

To find a group near you, check out the Georgia Tai Chi and Qigong school listings. Call to find out if you local school is offering free classes.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Did you watch TLC’s ‘Extreme Couponing’?

Did you watch TLC’s “Extreme Couponing” last night? Above is a clip, in case you didn’t catch it.

Local extreme couponer Stephanie Barr from Buford was featured on the show teaching her 18-year-old son how to coupon before he goes off to college. When I interviewed Barr last week, she said her son had become interested in couponing very naturally after watching her “do the math” it takes to find savings. In case you missed it, here’s the preview story on Barr.

Did you learn anything from this episode? If you’re already a couponer, what’s the most you’ve ever saved in one shopping trip?

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Clark Howard: Unit price holds the key to finding a bargain

Consumer expert Clark Howard’s column appears here each Thursday in conjunction with Deal Spotter, a weekly print section in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

ClarkHowardPaying attention to unit pricing in the supermarket can be your ally at a time when food manufacturers are trying to sneak by reductions in the amount of product they’re selling you.

The New York Times reports manufacturers are doing this especially when the packaging promises that the product is “new and improved.” It’s happening in a variety of product categories across the country, including canned goods, condiments, soups and crackers.

I was in a warehouse club using coupons to buy bars of soap recently. I noticed the soap was in new packaging and saw that the package contained 16 bars of 4 ounces each. But I had a hunch the package contained more the last time I bought it. So

I got down on my hands and knees to dig around and find an old package. Lo and behold, the old packages had 16 bars of 4.5 ounces each. Now, …

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BOGO tickets for Shrek the Musical

Does life have you feeling a little green this week? You’re in good company.

Take the whole family to enjoy your favorite swamp-dwelling ogre, who makes a stop on stage in Shrek the Musical at the Fabulous Fox Theatre today-May 1.

Today you can also take advantage of a special buy one, get one free ticket deal for this evening’s performance of Shrek the Musical (using promo code KIDS, valid on tickets in price level 1).

Little ogres and princesses can also attend a free Kids night on Broadway celebration in the Fox Theatre’s grand salon from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This event will include cookie decorating, arts and crafts, games, coloring sheets, a prize wheel and Shrek-themed treats from Morelli’s Ice Cream. The actresses who play Young Shrek and Young Fiona in the musical will be available to sign autographs from 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.

Tickets start at $26.50 and can be purchased through the Fox Theatre Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 1-800-982-2787. Orders for groups …

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Free lunch for administrative professionals today

It’s time to honor the people who make you look good — your administrative professionals.

Stop by Shula’s 347 Grill in Buckhead from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. today to celebrate Administrative Professionals Day. Treat your coworker to lunch at Shula’s, and his or her meal is on the huose. Enjoy signature burgers, sandwiches, salads and more from the express lunch menu. Valid only today with a minimum party of two; good for one free meal off the express lunch menu or $10 off a regular entrée.

Shula’s 347 Grill is located in the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel. 3405 Lenox Road NE, Atlanta. 404-848-7345.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Cheap ice cream at Baskin Robbins

photo_nutrition_2126bSupport your local firemen while enjoying a cool treat.

Visit Baskin-Robbins for its fifth annual 31 Cent Scoop Night today from 5 to 10 p.m. The chain is partnering with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) to pay tribute to America’s firefighters and giving you ice cream for the low, low price of just $.31.

According to its website, the Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation will make a $100,000 donation to the NFFF. Participating Baskin-Robbins stores will help raise additional money for local firehouses by inviting fire departments to the event to collect donations.

You can also text in a personal donation to show your support for firefighters by texting NFFF to 50555 on your cell phone.

Click here to find your nearest Baskin-Robbins location. Does not include tax. Limit 3 2.5 oz scoops per person. At participating stores while supplies last.

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Will you “like” Facebook deals?

It’s finally happened. The giant that connected you to friends over the internet now wants you to connect with them in real life.

Facebook launched its Deals program today, which imitates every daily deals website you’ve ever visited. Except of course, these offers are all in one place. Once you’ve found a deal you like, you can share, buy and plan with your friends. The availability for deals ranges from 24 hours to a week.

You can find deals on Facebook through email and notifications or you can click the deals tab of your home page, which will appear if you list one of the five test cities (which include Atlanta) as your “current location” on Facebook. If your friends choose to share this information, you may also see the deals they buy or like in your news feed. Facebook is currently featuring deals from Opentable, Gilt City, Tippr, PopSugar City, Plum District, ReachLocal, Zozi, Home Run, KGB Deals, aDealio, and ViaGoGo.

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Free pretzels today from Pretzelmaker

If life is wearing you down like it does Stanley from “The Office,” maybe all you need is a complimentary pretzel to soothe your soul.

In honor of National Pretzel Day, visit any Pretzelmaker today to “sing for your snack.” Sing a snippet from a song of your choice and receive a free soft pretzel (standard salted or unsalted) while supplies last. Patrons who prefer not to sing won’t go hungry — simply say “National Pretzel Day” to receive your free pretzel.

Limit one offer per guest. Counts vary by store. Valid only at participating U.S. stores. No purchase necessary. No cash value.

Click here to find a Pretzelmaker near you. You can also become a fan of Pretzelmaker on Facebook.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Atlanta woman seeks to redeem ‘Extreme Couponing’

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Stephanie Barr of Buford will appear on TLC's "Extreme Couponing" Wednesday. Her garage houses her stockpiles of groceries from couponing. She says she gets a rush whenever she saves a lot. Vino Wong vwong@ajc.com

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed the store where Tai and Tarin Perry shopped. The correct store is Jewel-Osco. Their shopping methods have also been further clarified.

Stephanie Barr is on a mission to redeem coupons.

More precisely, she hopes to redeem respect for the process of using coupons, especially in light of the rather, uh, zealous shoppers on TLC’s “Extreme Couponing.”

Much controversy has surrounded the cable TV show and its featured shoppers, who save hundreds of dollars per grocery trip, sometimes loading up multiple carts and hogging checkout lines for hours.

While many couponers on the show have an obvious talent for saving lots of money, critics cry that some stores featured in the series break their own policies to …

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Free DVD rentals from Blockbuster Express

Does your family need a quiet night in for once? Try curling up on the couch with homemade popcorn and a free movie.

Use promo code mondaydvd today to get a free rental from Blockbuster Express. (Sometimes these codes don’t work on new releases, so catch up on the $1 rentals from last month.) Check out Tangled or Toy Story 3 for the family, or Wall Street if it’s just you and your loved one up late.

Also, sign up for the new release email to get another DVD freebie.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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