Archive for July, 2011

Free shmear this weekend at Einstein Bros.

You recover there with friends after your group run on Saturday mornings. Or you pick up brunch for the whole family on Sundays.

If Einstein Bros. Bagels is a standard part of your weekend ritual, consider this a perk to go with your Powerbagel.

This weekend pick up a free extra shmear when you purchase a Bagel Bucket (13 bagels and two shmears for $13.99) at Einstein Bros. Bagels. Print this coupon, which is valid Saturday or Sunday. The cream cheese spread regularly retails at $3.59. Plus, you’ll get a coupon booklet worth $200.

This promotion applies only to the Bagel Bucket, not the Pick 6, Half Dozen or Baker’s Dozen. See the coupon for more restrictions, and visit the Einstein Bros. website to find a store near you.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Atlanta Botanical Garden discount

Is the heat keeping you away from outdoor Atlanta attractions this summer?

Enjoy the beauty of the Atlanta Botanical Garden during the less intense morning hours. During the month of August, visit the gardens for only $10 each (adults and children) from 9 a.m. until noon Tuesday through Sunday. There are tons of ways to keep cool in the garden, including bringing a water bottle to refill at the Brita station or splashing around in the Sunflower Fountain in the Children’s Garden.

Print out the Beat the Heat coupon, available on the Garden’s website, or present it on your PDA or cell phone. This offer excludes special events. Regular admission is $18.95 adults, $12.95 children 3-12, and free for children younger than three. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-876-5859.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Pasta and wine deal at Maggiano’s

Now fans of the friendly portions at Maggiano’s have something more to cheer about.

Maggiano’s Little Italy is toasting its friends with a special “Cheers Friend!” Facebook offer. Just “like” them on Facebook, and Thursday – Sunday you can order one of Maggiano’s nine Classic Pastas and a glass of the private-label wine, Salute Amico (“Cheers Friend” in Italian), for only $15 (reg. $21). Plus, you’ll get a second pasta to take home. How’s that for friendly?

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Jessica Shops: Do some shopping while you socialize

Social shopping

Copious.com: So many of us are on Facebook, why not make use of that time and shop while we socialize? Currently in beta version, Copious.com is sure to be a hit in merging Facebook with shopping. It allows people to buy and sell items with ease. Categories available include new and “pre-loved” handbags, electronics, home items and sporting goods. Great deals I found include a MiGi Sweet Sunshine crib set for $162 (above; retail $179), a Michael Kors Heidi Hobo Bag for $225 (retail $498) and a Ddrum D2 beginner five-piece drum set for $165 (retail $399). It’s also a great little place to find unique gifts like a handmade coffee sleeve ($15) or vintage Dior earrings ($35). Whether you’re in the market to buy or sell, double up on your online time and save (or make) some cash, too.

Freshen fingers, toes

Sally Beauty: Keep those fingernails and toenails looking good the rest of summer. Visit Sally Beauty’s online store and grab a deal on the popular …

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Coupon Mom: Back-to-school coupons and more

Walgreens sale, reward add up to cheap crayons

Crayola crayons: With school around the corner, be on the lookout for rock-bottom prices for school and stationery supplies. For the next several weeks you can expect to save up to 90 percent on common items, so stock up for the entire year. These also are great to donate to local charities as they organize efforts to provide supplies for clients’ children. Start by getting a free box of Crayola crayons at Walgreens. On sale for $1, you will get a $1 Register Reward at checkout. Your net cost is free.

Use rebate, rewards for notebooks

Mead products: Rite Aid has a 50-percent-off sale on all Mead products, which you can combine with a mail-in Single Check rebate that gives you $5 back when you spend $20 on Mead products or $2 back when you spend $10. Start by getting Mead Composition books at Rite Aid, on sale three for $1.98 (67 cents each when you buy three). You’ll get a $1 +UP Reward when you buy three, so your net cost …

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Clark Howard: Four credit cards that pay in travel rewards

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

ClarkHowardAlthough I prefer credit cards that pay cash, I want to share highlights of a list from Time magazine that names some of the best travel reward cards of the moment.

Capital One Venture Rewards
You earn two miles for every dollar spent on this card. The miles then convert to cash equivalent to use for travel, and they can be redeemed in conjunction with periodic special deals. There is a $59 annual fee for this card. At that price, it’s only worth it if you do a lot of high-dollar volume on the card. As with all Capital One cards, there are no foreign transaction fees.

Pen Fed Premium Travel Rewards American Express
Long ago, when I worked as a civilian for the Air Force, I was a member of Pentagon Federal Credit Union. You can become a member even if you’re not military by joining either the National Military …

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Half-priced lasagna Thursday

Use your noodle this week and take advantage of this discount.

In honor of National Lasagna Day, Brio Tuscan Grille will offer its lasagna for half-price on Thursday.

The house-made Lasagna Bolognese Al Forno is oven-baked and layered with Bolognese meat sauce, Alfredo, Ricotta and Mozzarella. The dish usually retails for $17.25 but will be offered for $8.63 Thursday.

Lasagna Day reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling Brio in Buckhead or Dunwoody.

Also, check out Brio’s $2.95 bar menu, available on weekdays.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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National Hamburger Day deals

I know — where do these national-everything-days come from?

But with deals like these on National Hamburger Day Thursday, I can definitely get in on the celebration.

Shula’s 347 Grill: Enjoy a free meal at Don Shula’s signature restaurant in the heart of Buckhead. The first 100 people at Shula’s 347 Grill Thursday will receive a free hamburger and fries, no strings attached. Dine-in only. Valid all day for lunch and dinner. Located in the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel. 3405 Lenox Road NE, Atlanta. 404-848-7345.

Cheyenne Grille and Sports Bar: The restaurant is offering $5 hamburgers and fries all Thursday. 2391 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404-842-1010.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Free tea from Chick-fil-A

Invite two – or more – for tea next week with this free Chick-fil-A deal.

The 134 Chick-fil-A restaurant locations in Greater Atlanta will host a Great Tea Giveaway Monday through Aug. 13. During this time, guests with a reservation are invited to visit any participating Chick-fil-A restaurant to pick up a free half-gallon of Chick-fil-A’s freshly brewed sweet or unsweet iced tea. You can make a reservation here.

“This has been one hot summer in Atlanta,” said Restaurant Marketing Director Robin Lomax. “We hope everyone will reserve a free half-gallon of Chick-fil-A’s iced tea to help beat the heat.”

Reservations are limited. No purchase necessary; limit one free item per customer; must be present to receive item.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Back-to-school sales require strategic shopping

Every autumn, the list gets longer:

“Did he need college-ruled notebook paper last year?”

“I don’t remember buying her five binders.”

“A T-I-80-WHAT?”

The school supply list, it seems, grows more than your children do each year. And while your son might clamor for the Transformers pencil box, you’re determined to keep this shopping trip for necessities under control (for the most part, anyway).

That’s why, armed with the Inman Middle School 6th grade supply list, I drove to six different metro Atlanta retailers, determined to identify the cheapest places to buy supplies and the strategies most effective for back-to-school shopping. Here’s what I discovered:

Strategy: Don’t be persuaded by the door-buster prices on, say, notebook paper, which should be relatively cheap anywhere you go. Instead, one strategy is to identify the items on your list that could cost the most, and then choose a retailer based on the price of that item. For example, one-inch binders …

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