Archive for May, 2011

Whitewater rafting deals

If you follow any of the deal sites in town, you know there’s been a slew of whitewater rafting specials lately. They’ll save you a ton of money on an out-of-the-ordinary adventure — and you’ll thank yourself when it’s 95 degrees outside. Plus, it’s a great date idea if you’re sick of the dinner-and-a-movie combo. Here are just a few available today.

  • LivingSocial: Try a middle-river rafting trip beginning in Benton, Tenn. for just $20 (reg. $46). The Outdoor Adventure Rafting trip consists of about one and a half hours on the water.
  • Sweet Jack: Same deal as above, but if you and your friends are truly adventurous choose the full-day version ($40 and three hours of river time) from Sweet Jack.
  • Half Off Depot: Or charge the rapids with Adventures Unlimited in Ocoee, Tenn. For only $20 (reg. $53) you’ll get a 3.5 hour trip (2 hours on the water). Blackout dates for this deal include July 16, 23, 24, 30, 31, Aug. 6 and Sept. 4.

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How are you paying for college?

The college acceptance letters are out, students have switched their tassels to the opposite side of their mortar boards and the race is on to find dorm room necessities.

But the toughest challenge might still be unresolved: How are you paying for college?

Whether you’re a student paying your own way or an involved parent who’s bridging the gap for your kid, putting the pieces of financial aid and personal income together for an undergraduate education can be taxing.

According to an article from Kiplinger, the average debt at graduation is $24,000 — enough to permanently screw up your credit score if you don’t have a plan to pay it off. Fortunately there’s more than one way to find the money you need. Here are just a few options:

  • Get a job: Working while in college (or even during the summers) can make a huge dent in that bill.
  • Get a university job: A teaching assistant position in your field of study can reinforce your foundation as well as extra cash to pay down that debt. …

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$139 round trip to Chicago this weekend

Looking for a cheap weekend getaway?

Try this super sale: $59 each way to Chicago this Memorial Day weekend. This deal, through Fly.com, wasn’t available through other search engines I checked. Flight times for Friday especially are early (7 a.m. Yikes!), but it’s worth it for the price.

From TravelZoo:

Memorial Day marks the start of summer in Chicago, and the city celebrates with a huge parade downtown and festivals all over the city. Among the most popular are the Belmont/Sheffield Music Festival and the Randolph Street Market Festival. Lake Michigan beaches also open this weekend.

Who knows who long this deal will be up, so if you’re interested make plans quickly.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Free appetizers, drink specials at 10 Degrees South

Looking for a new happy hour spot?

Try Buckhead’s 10 Degrees South, which was voted the restaurant with the “best vibe” by Jezebel magazine in 2010. Not only that, but the restaurant’s new Tuesday specials allow you to try it out without spending too much of that paycheck.

Enjoy live music tonight by Christian Jones and special $5 cocktails (reg. $8-$12) from 6-9 p.m. Show up on the early side to sample complimentary South African appetizers from 6-6:30 p.m.

10 Degrees South has been specializing in South African cuisine since 1998, which melds influences from French, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Malaysian, Indian and Mediterranean cultures. Signature menu items range from the familiar, including Peri-Peri chicken and prawns, to more eclectic dishes such as ostrich medallions and a lean sausage called Boerewors.

4183 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404-705-8870.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Shop now for college dorm room

Your high school graduate has already received her college acceptance letter. During the next few weeks she’ll receive information from her college on orientation and housing — so it’s time to start thinking about dorm room necessities.

Some items you can wait to purchase if you’re dropping your student off in another city. For example, you’ll want to measure closet and floor space before purchasing organizers.

But for other items, shop this summer when stores put dorm room staples — extra-long twin bedroom sets, desk lamps, shower caddies — on sale. Plus, retailers in college towns will be overrun come August, so don’t expect to waltz in and have your choice of, say, area rugs.

Dan Morrison, director for Residence Life at Georgia Tech, and Shay Little, director of Administrative Services and Communications at the University of Georgia, share their tips on what to bring and what’s a waste of money:

Cheap, but practical

Morrison: “Organizational systems. Long and skinny works …

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Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ album 99 cents today

Gaga fans, put your paws up for a deal.

Today Amazon is offering the digital download of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” album for only 99 cents — a savings of $12.87.

Additionally, when you download the album you’ll receive 20 GB of Amazon Cloud Drive storage for free. It’s a slick way to get customers to give the Amazon Cloud Player a try, but hey, it’s free.

Be patient with downloading, as there’s a lot of traffic on the site.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Up to $300 off hotel rooms

According to a recent poll conducted by the U.S. Travel Association, consumer travel confidence is at its highest level since 2007. And if you’re one of the more than 138 million travelers expected to indulge in a vacation this summer, why not get paid for your hotel choice?

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), the world’s largest hotel group, is adding some extra sizzle to summer travel with its “Vacation Pay” promotion, a reward for weekend stays. Catch some rays at the beach, relax poolside or take on an outdoor adventure and receive a $75 prepaid MasterCard for staying two consecutive weekend nights (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) at any of IHG’s hotels worldwide through Aug. 31, including:

Offer is valid for U.S. residents only and redeemable for a maximum reward of $300 back. For more …

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Wes Moss: Why gas prices take so long to drop

Certified financial planner Wes Moss provides personal finance advice and accessible investment strategies. His guest post appears here Monday mornings.

Wes-Moss-032011-USE-THIS-VERSIONOil prices fell roughly 15 percent in early May, from nearly $115 per barrel to less than $100, where they remain.

The price of gas correlates directly with the price of oil — nearly 70 percent of the cost of a gallon of gasoline is oil. So why haven’t we seen a significant drop in gas prices in the wake of oil’s price tumble? And why does it always seem gas prices spike up with oil prices, but only slowly fall when the price of oil retreats?

Consider these factors:

1. Gas station owners make very little profit from selling gas. They may mark it up by 10 cents a gallon, but after such costs as employee salaries, rent/mortgage payments and credit card fees, their profit may be only 2 cents per gallon. If the average station pumps about 4,000 gallons daily, that’s just 80 bucks of gas profits for an entire day.

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Free $25 gift card to K&G

Nothing says success like a snazzy suit. But who says you can’t use a gift card to buy it?

Show up for the “Suit Up to Win: Body, Mind & Soul” empowerment workshop Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and receive a $25 gift card for K&G Fashion Superstore.

Admission to the workshop, targeted at men, is free. Gospel radio and TV personality Reggie Gay will host the event. Featured speakers will focus on strengthening your income as well as your body, mind and soul.

Stone Mountain Middle School. 4301 Sarr Parkway, Stone Mountain.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Redbox movie rental deals

For impulsive movie renters, costs can get pricey. That’s why this deal is for you.

Redbox invites you to celebrate movies with 10 Days of Deals. The movie rental company is offering daily discounts through Wednesday. Simply text DEALS to 727272 every day through Wednesday for a new discount code to use at the kiosk that day (between $.10 and $1.50).

Find your nearest Redbox location by visiting the website or via the Redbox iPhone or Android mobile apps and receive your 10 Days of Deals.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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