Archive for October, 2011

Free cupcakes at Piece of Cake

Just treats, no tricks.

Show up in your Halloween costume today at any Piece of Cake location and receive a free small cupcake. Hello, pumpkin spice.

include Atlanta, Decatur, Dunwoody, Roswell and Vinings.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Wes Moss: Underwater on your home? No problem

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

Wes Moss hosts 'Money Matters' Sunday mornings on AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB

Wes Moss hosts 'Money Matters' Sunday mornings on AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB

One upside to the current economic upheaval is that mortgage rates have fallen to their lowest levels in recorded history. Unfortunately, many homeowners who would love to take advantage of this situation by re-financing their homes are unable to do so because they are “underwater” on the property – they owe more on the house than it’s worth in the current market.

Sound familiar? If so, the federal government’s new and improved Home Affordable Refinance Program (I’m calling it HARP 2) might be the answer. Under traditional re-fi standards, applicants typically need at least 20 percent equity in the property in order to re-finance. HARP 2, using the power of Washington, D.C., eliminates that requirement for homeowners. Based on the …

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CiCi’s pizza deals

cicisUpdate: To receive your free kids’ buffet, print the coupon at right.

You have a lot of trick-or-treating on your plate this weekend, so CiCi’s Pizza is trying to make dinner simple and affordable for families on the go like yours.

For $9.99, busy parents can order three medium, one-topping or select specialty pizzas to-go from CiCi’s Pizza as part of its “Three for $9.99″ carryout deal. Call any CiCi’s to place an order for three piping-hot, fresh-from-the-oven pies ready for pick-up.

Also, print the coupon above to receive a free kid’s buffet coupon redeemable on Halloween when kids visit in costume. (At participating locations; purchase of adult buffet required.)

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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$35 massages

A great way to get deals on services is to locate a school that offers a student clinic — especially for massage therapy.

Experience a one-hour massage for $35 (less than half what a professional therapist might charge) at the Georgia Massage School. Student masseuses are trained in a wide variety of techniques that allow them to customize each session, whether you prefer light, medium, or deep massage. Price valid through Dec. 31.

Appointments are available on Friday mornings. 415 Horizon Drive, Suwanee. 678-482-1100.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Coupon Mom: Halloween candy deals

In time for Halloween, treat yourself to candy

If you haven’t bought Halloween candy yet, you’re in good shape with this week’s sales and coupons. When you combine various coupons and promotions, you’ll be able to buy name-brand bags of candy as low as $1.38 per bag, which is a savings of more than 50 percent.

Target: Find 10.5- to 11-ounce bags of fun size Kit Kat, Reese’s, Snickers and selected varieties of candy bars on sale for $2.49 per bag. Use the $1-off-three coupon from the Oct. 16 or Sept. 25 SmartSource circulars to pay $2.16 per bag.

Walgreens: find an in-ad coupon to get Hershey’s, Reese’s, Mars or Nestlé fun size candy (10- to 12.5-ounce bags) on sale for $1.99. You can combine that store coupon with the $1-off-three SmartSource coupons on the Hershey’s and Reese’s varieties to pay $1.66 per bag, or use the $1-off-two Nestlé coupon from the Oct. 16 RedPlum circular to pay $1.49 per bag at Walgreens.

Rite Aid: The drugstore also has fun size …

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Free kids’ admission at Georgia Aquarium

Let your kids visit the spider crabs, batfish, “ghost jellies” and toothy sharks this weekend for a screaming good time. For free.

This Halloween the Georgia Aquarium will transform into the Georgia A-Scary-Um to celebrate the howling fun holiday. Children 12 and younger dressed in costume will receive free admission when accompanied by an adult (offer valid for up to two children in costume per one paid adult or annual pass holder on Saturday and Sunday). The event includes trick-or-treat stations, costume contests, spooky arts and craft tables, family-friendly activities and giveaways.

Georgia A-Scary-Um is partnering with Green Halloween, a non-profit initiative to provide healthier and more Earth-friendly options to families by teaching them about eco-friendly and animal friendly Halloween candy. Parents can also learn about healthy and sustainable Halloween tips and easy recipes to try at home.

Additional Halloween festivities include a “Monsters of the Deep” lecture …

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Clark Howard: Use layaway option for debt-free holidays

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

ClarkHowardWalmart is reintroducing layaway to help shoppers play Santa Claus on a cash budget this holiday season.

The nation’s largest retailer is the latest to breathe new life into this very old way of shopping. Sears, Kmart and Toys “R” Us have all done layaway plans for the past few years and are doing them again this season.

Here’s how layaway worked in the past: You’d go into a store during the fall and put a deposit down on a sale item that you wanted to give someone at Christmas. (Traditionally, your deposit was noted on a piece of carbon paper in the days before the computer era.) Then you would pay additional money toward the outstanding balance in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

Usually by the second week of December, you’d be required to have finished paying off the balance in full. If you didn’t …

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Free kids’ pancakes at IHOP

CountSpatulaSearching for treats instead of tricks this Halloween?

Take the family to IHOP Friday for the Scary Face Pancake Giveaway. From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., children 12 and younger will receive a free Count Spatula Scary Face pancake, featuring a whipped topping and candy corn mouth, strawberry nose and mini-Oreo eyes.

If you need a reminder, fill out this form and IHOP will give you a “wake-up call” tomorrow.

Adults can take advantage of pumpkin pancakes or all-you-can-eat buttermilk pancakes.

This deal is valid at participating locations; no purchase is necessary.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Marietta Fish Market specials

Would you think it a whale of a tale if I said you could get lobster, to go, for under $10?

Marietta Fish Market is celebrating its three-year anniversary with its annual customer appreciation party this week. The five-day event runs today through Sunday and will feature a special menu of 10 popular dishes under $10; live music and other entertainment; and, of course, lobsters. Lots and lots of lobsters.

The restaurant will offer some of its most popular menu items for a special price of $9.95. Guests can enjoy whole steamed lobster (1.5 pounds) served with stuffed clams and stuffed crabs; crab legs with fried jumbo shrimp; a 14-ounce New York strip steak with stuffed shrimp or stuffed scallops; a fried platter of shrimp, flounder and scallops; Maryland-style crab cakes served alongside broiled jumbo shrimp; sautéed shrimp with cheese grits; and seafood jambalaya. The entrées all come with sides.

During the celebration, you can even get your lobster to go at the …

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Jessica Shops: Go green with these clothing deals

(Eco)nomical finds

Green fashion: Going green while saving is easier than ever. Luxury line Neon Buddha has a gorgeous Fall Crush Cardigan at Neiman Marcus for $85 (regularly $145). For men, Melange Burnout crew shirts are on sale at for $29.99 (regularly $42; get an extra 15 percent when you sign up for the newsletter). Neon Buddha donates 1 percent of its sales to projects around the world, while Alternative Apparel supports sustainable practices in its clothing manufacturing and provides for the health, safety and responsible wages for its workers.

Save on bedding

Pacific Coast Feather Company: The bedding company specializes in high-quality, lower-priced bed sets, pillows, comforters and feather beds. Shop online at until Monday and take 20 percent off select pillows or a bed set of a comforter and two pillows (regularly $244-$769).

Stay slim going into the holidays

Slimpressions Shapewear: As seen in O magazine, InStyle and Woman’s Day, …

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