Archive for August, 2011

Free High Museum admission

You’re a culture-lover living on a bargain hunter’s salary. But you can still satisfy your artsy side.

Bring your smart phone and explore the entire High Museum of Art for free — yes, free — at Tweetup at the High next Thursday. The event is from 5 to 8 p.m. and is co-hosted by Burnaway. Just RSVP here.

Use #hightweetup to tweet your impressions of the permanent collection as well as special exhibitions including Radcliffe Bailey: Memory as Medicine and The Resonant Image: Photographs by Chip Simone.

The High will also give away prizes every half-hour including tickets to Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters, a signed Radcliffe Bailey catalog and freebies from the High Shop.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Clark Howard: App lets your smartphone ’sip’ data

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

ClarkHowardWith big wireless carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon all having data caps in place, being a data hog on your smartphone can really affect your wallet. (Sprint is the only one of the bigs still out there doing unlimited data at the moment.)

If data use is a problem for you, you could make the switch to a cheaper no-contract carrier that offers unlimited data. But not everybody wants to make that leap.

So what’s a dedicated smartphone user to do? I recently discovered something I already use helps my smartphone to sip data instead of guzzling it.

A tech writer for The New York Times recently ran a story that says Opera Mini, a popular free European mobile browser, reduces data consumption by 90 percent so you can dramatically stretch your data plan.

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Half off Disney on Ice


Is Tangled on repeat at your home? In the family SUV? Whenever your child has free time?

Try taking the kids to see the real deal — the Disney On Ice Dare To Dream tour at Philips Arena Oct. 12-16. Experience Disney’s  favorite heroines, including Rapunzel, Princess Tiana and Cinderella, as they journey, sing and skate their way to happily ever after.

And for a short time, you can purchase tickets to opening night, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. for only $15. Valid on the regularly priced $30 seats. (With additional fees this comes out to $21.25. And hello, it is a school night.)

Or you can save 20 percent on all other performances. Valid on the regularly priced $30, $22 and $14 seats. Additional fees apply. For either offer, enter promo code “ZXD” at Ticketmaster. Offers are not valid on Rinkside and VIP seats. Offer ends Thursday.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Save on Atlanta Silverbacks tickets

It’s difficult to think about next soccer season — this one isn’t even over yet. But deal-hunting sports fans should take a minute to consider this offer from the Atlanta Silverbacks.

Buy your 2012 season tickets before Nov. 1 for as little as $100 (reg. $150). Each package has different different perks but includes the following:

  • Tickets to all 14 regular season home games, playoff games, and at least one exhibition game.
  • Free Silverbacks T-shirt
  • Passes to Silverbacks VIP tent
  • Invitations to special team events
  • Discounts on concessions, merchandise and youth camps

Christmas presents, anyone?

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Involuntarily bumped? Airlines now have to pay you more

Have you ever been kicked off a flight because the airline overbooked it?

Effective Tuesday, bumped travelers are now eligible to receive twice as much money as they were before, according to Kelly Yamanouchi’s story on You could be reimbursed up to $1,300 depending on how much you originally paid for your ticket and how long you have to wait to hop another flight.

More from the story about the new regulations:

  • Involuntarily bumped passengers are entitled to cash compensation equal to double the one-way value of their tickets, up to $650, if the airline was able to get them to their destination within a short period of time (within one to two hours of their originally scheduled arrival time for domestic flights and one to four hours for international flights).
  • Passengers delayed for a lengthy period of time (more than two hours after their originally scheduled arrival time for domestic flights and 4 hours for international flights) are entitled to four times the …

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Jessica Shops: Sales on shoes, kitchenware and more

The key to savings A great way to save when shopping online is with promotional codes, but where are the best ones? My go-to for online shopping coupon codes is Major retailers like REI, Toys ’R’ Us, Land’s End, The Children’s Place and more all can be found with up-to-date and reliable codes for major savings. Examples include $5 off $50 orders from, $35 off $300 orders at (where you can get a grill, above) and even $150 off $500 orders from As always, deals are subject to availability. Whether shopping for household staples, a new grill or a new wardrobe, just key in the code, click and save.

Organize your kitchen Do you love kitchen gadgets? Click over to and save 20 percent on all items from Fox Run (expires next Wednesday). The brand specializes in scoops, cookie cutters, spice containers and more. Plus, visit this site often for daily deals on organizers, portion …

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Bottomless pasta, BOGO dinners

Large families, rejoice! Pizzeria Venti is making it easy for you to go out once in awhile.

Bottomless pasta this week

Pizzeria Venti is hosting a send-off dinner for the Atlanta firefighters who are biking to NYC to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and to raise money for the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation. Come meet the firefighters Thursday evening and send them off with good wishes, and you’ll get the bottomless pasta special (bottomless pasta, salad and sodas for 4 people for $22).

Buy one in, take one out

Dine on one of the pasta dishes at Pizzeria Venti on Tuesdays and get another one to take home free. Choose from penne al pomodoro, ravioli quattro formaggi, gnocchi basilico, and handmade lasagna al forno. All pasta dinners come with fresh baked rolls and side of pomodoro sauce. Not valid with any other offer or coupons. Dine-in only, please. From 5 p.m. to close on Tuesdays. Take-out items are packaged and refrigerated-requiring re-heating.

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Free cookies at Ted’s Montana Grill

As far as desserts go, I’m not really a cake person. And pie is never first on my list. But I’ll take fresh-baked cookies any day.

You might have to fight me for them.

The cookies at Ted’s Montana Grill are just a little bit of baked heaven -– and on Tuesday they’ll be free with any purchase. Choose from chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, oatmeal raisin, and the new double chocolate.

(One cookie free with any purchase; no minimum purchase required. Limit one cookie per guest). For a list of Ted’s Montana Grill location here.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Make the most when you sell your gold

bargain.0823You’ve heard the buzz. Maybe you’ve even heard friends and family chattering about it. With the price of gold soaring to more than $1,900 per ounce Monday, selling your old jewelry is a way to get back some of that money the roller-coaster stock market’s been taking away.

But before you scrounge up all the gold jewelry you’re willing to “scrap” — sell purely for its gold content, by weight — hold on just a bit. I did my own test run to give you some tips on getting the best prices.

First, I rounded up a mix of 14- and 18-karat jewelry and took it to three different types of places: a “we buy gold” business, a jewelry store and an antique market’s gold and coin dealer. Each gave me a weight total for my gold and how much money I could expect to get for it. And their quotes in each category varied drastically. I didn’t identify myself as a reporter to ensure the businesses wouldn’t give me “special” pricing — which could give you overly optimistic …

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Marlow’s Tavern deals

You might be craving some asparagus fries or a flavorful black and blue steak salad. Or maybe a sophisticated platter of shrimp and grits is calling your name.

You can fulfill any of those culinary desires and more at  Marlow’s Tavern in Cumming, which is celebrating its grand opening this week. Special offers include:

  • Monday: Marlow’s Tavern Insiders will receive 20 percent off their checks. Become an Insider by signing up on the website. The first 100 guests will also receive a free T-shirt.
  • Tuesday: Get the famous Tavern Burger for just $5 all day.
  • Wednesday: Ladies receive an array of $5 appetizers and drink deals from 5 p.m. until close.
  • Thursday: Wear your South Forsyth school spirit apparel to the restaurant and receive a 20 percent discount.
  • Friday: Get free appetizers from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Live music starts at 9 p.m.
  • Saturday: Bring in a ticket stub from the AMC Avenue Forsyth to receive a free appetizer. Ticket stub must be from that day.
  • Sunday: $7 Crab …

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