Archive for September, 2011

Coupon Mom: Add coupons, sales to save up to 75%

Save on dish soap

Gain: Gain dishwashing liquid (11 ounce) is 99 cents when you use the in-ad coupon from the Walgreens ad. Also, use the Aug. 14 RedPlum coupon for 50 cents to pay 49 cents per item. Be sure to have at least one other item in your order that doesn’t need a coupon because at Walgreens, you cannot have more coupons in your total order than items, although it is fine to use two coupons on one item as long as one is a store coupon and one is a manufacturers coupon.

Stock up for savings

Arm & Hammer: Stock up on Arm & Hammer products such as laundry detergent, baking soda, deodorant and cat litter at Rite Aid, on sale buy one, get one free. Save more with the $1-off-two Arm & Hammer laundry products coupon from the Sept. 18 SmartSource circular. You also can print $1 coupons for each product from Arm & Hammer’s website, and if you spend $20 on Arm & Hammer products you will get a $10 +UP Reward. You’ll save 75 percent if you combine all savings. Check …

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Free museum admission, kids’ events this weekend

This weekend has serious family-time potential, with free museums and kids’ activities.

Smithsonian Museum Day: Take your family to the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville or to the Center for Puppetry Arts for free this Saturday. Museums across the country are participating in free Museum Day, and you can visit the Museum Day website for a full list of participating locations. You must fill out this form and print your ticket, which is valid for two people. One ticket per household.

Fourth Saturday Family Fun Days: Take the kids for a (free!) afternoon of “Our Many Cultures” interactive entertainment and educational activities at Centennial Olympic Park. Don’t miss out on the life-sized chess games, contests and street performances. Saturday. Noon to 4 p.m. 265 Park Ave. West, Atlanta.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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$1 Haagen-Dazs ice cream

Who doesn’t love a discount on ice cream? And the deal is even sweeter when it benefits charity.

This month Häagen-Dazs is committed to raising $10,000 to give to Bert’s Big Adventure, a local nonprofit that provides a trip to Disney World for children with terminal illnesses. To help accomplish this, Häagen-Dazs will give you a scoop of ice cream when you make a $1 donation on Friday.

Locations participating:

  • Underground Atlanta Shopping Center. 50 Upper Alabama Street, Atlanta.
  • Georgia World Congress Center. 285 Andrew Young International Blvd., Atlanta.
  • Lenox Square Mall. 3393 Peachtree Road, Atlanta.
  • Cumberland Festival Shopping Center. 2980 Cobb Parkway South, Atlanta.
  • Town Center Cobb. 400 Ernest W. Barrett Pkwy., Kennesaw.
  • Cumberland Mall. 1154 Cumberland Mall, Atlanta.
  • Perimeter Mall. 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta.
  • Avenue Forsyth. 410 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming.
  • North Point Mall. 1000 North Point Circle, Alpharetta.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain …

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Clark Howard: Try these options to get textbooks for less

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

ClarkHowardI got a rude introduction to the high-price world of college textbooks when my eldest daughter was a freshman several years ago. At the time, I had to pay $135 for one book for one class!

Unfortunately, the cost of college textbooks is up 22 percent over the last four years, according to the Student Public Interest Research Groups. That’s four times the rate of inflation in the U.S. economy over the same period.

The College Board reports that the average student spends $1,137 on books for about 12 to 15 weeks before they become yesterday’s news at the end of the semester.

Thankfully, the Internet has come to the rescue by offering a number of websites like and Course that rent college textbooks. (The latter even gives you digital access to textbooks on an iPhone, iPad or Android device.) Other …

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Free Yoforia in Midtown

How about some honeydew-, açaí berry- or rose-flavored frozen yogurt to top off your Sunday strolls at the park?

Yoforia, a frozen yogurt chain that focuses on natural and organic ingredients, has opened a new location on Monroe Drive across from Piedmont Park.

And you blog readers know what that means — free frozen yogurt. Yoforia-Piedmont Park will host a grand opening today from 5 to 11 p.m. Stop by to get a free Yoforia with all your favorite toppings.

And traditionalists out there, don’t worry. They still have your original, chocolate and peanut butter flavors as well. Lactose intolerant? Try the raspberry sorbet.

985 Monroe Drive, Atlanta. 404-685-0742. Monday – Thursday: noon – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday: noon – 11 p.m. Sunday: 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Jessica Shops: Bridal deals, student spa discounts

Bridal bargains

Victoria’s Secret: Despite cooling weather, Victoria’s Secret bridal deals are heating up. I found some fabulous fall shower gift ideas to make any blushing bride feel like a million bucks — without costing you a fortune. One super cute (and modest) option is the Sexy Little Things bridal hip hugger three-pack with fun phrases like “kiss the bride,” or try a more revealing Lacie Heart thong set — both are on sale three for $30 (regularly $12.50 each). Get sale items for her honeymoon such as a Strapless Ruffle Cover-up ($24) or a Terry Convertible Tube Dress ($49.50). Finally, help her get her beauty rest with a sleep mask for $15.

Good grades count

Bliss spa at W Hotels: Bliss Atlanta and Bliss Midtown are giving co-eds 15 percent off spa treatments with a valid ID. To get a 20 percent discount you must show a grade of A on any exam dated after Aug. 1, 2011. You also must book an appointment in advance and mention the college promotion. This offer …

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Free kids’ admission to PGA Tour Championship

Taking the family to the PGA Tour Championship can become very expensive very quickly. But bringing the kids to watch the golf greats might be too memorable an experience to pass up.

The PGA Tour Championship, held Wednesday through Sunday at East Lake Golf Club, is the finale to the FedEx Cup playoffs. And the great news is, up to four children 18 and younger can get in for free with each paying adult.

Military personnel, veterans and dependents can also receive free tickets when you show the appropriate identification. (Active-duty members must reserve tickets in advance and bring the printout in addition to military ID at the gate.)

Purchase tickets through your local Kroger store to see 100 percent of proceeds from each ticket benefit the East Lake Foundation. Visit the PGA Tour Championship website for ticket prices and more information.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter


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Panda Express newspaper coupons

These Panda Express coupons in Sunday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution caught my eye, but they weren’t in the usual coupon books. Check your coupon stack, as this offer only went out to certain areas of Atlanta. One is for a freebie tomorrow:

  • Get two free Shanghai spare ribs from Panda Express tomorrow. Offer valid Wednesday only.
  • Get half off a two-entree plate when you purchase a two- or three-entree plate of equal or greater value. Additional charge for shrimp entrees. One coupon per person per purchase. Valid through Oct. 29.

Just out of curiosity, are there any of you who didn’t get these coupons who would have used them? Typically businesses will target slices of Atlanta when their stores don’t blanket the area, and I wonder how accurate their estimations are.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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An inside look at free food giveaways

There’s no such thing as a free lunch.

Whoever said that must not live in Atlanta. In the last month alone, we’ve been tempted with a range of free items, including breakfast at Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s coffee, King of Pops treats, kids’ meals at Moe’s, Arby’s sandwiches, Ted’s Montana Grill cookies and appetizers at Marlow’s Tavern. (And most recently, BOGO Happy Meals.) OK, most of these aren’t literally a free lunch, though what you get from these promotions is clear.

But what do the businesses get?

“Over a long period of time, we hope to keep our customers who love our product, and win customers who weren’t familiar with it,” says Robin Lomax, the Atlanta area marketing director for Chick-fil-A, who spearheaded the chain’s Great Tea Giveaway this summer. “There is expectation that we will hopefully see increased tea sales.”

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BOGO Happy Meals this week

The new Happy Meal

The new Happy Meal

If you don’t associate McDonald’s with a healthy serving of fruit, the fast-food restaurant is bribing you to change your mind.

The international chain is using Atlanta as a test market for its brand-new Happy Meal, which features apple slices and a smaller-sized fry in every box. This week local McDonald’s restaurants will host a “Happy Meal Happy Hour” from 2-7 p.m. each day through Thursday, featuring a buy one, get one free deal on all Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals.

The new Happy Meal includes a choice of chicken McNuggets, a hamburger or cheeseburger; a choice of beverage including fat-free chocolate milk, 1 percent white milk, apple juice or soda; apple slices and a smaller serving of french fries. You can also request another bag of apples instead of the fries.

The new Happy Meal ranges from 410 to 550 calories (this estimate assumes you order one of the milk options and don’t sub out the fries for another serving of apples).

McDonald’s has been …

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