Archive for March, 2012

Travel deals (bring your kids and pets)

Family fun in the sun

Omni Amelia Island Plantation: The Pirates & Princesses package at the Florida resort is available through Sept. 3. Extras include pirate patches and princess tiaras at check-in, a romantic parents-only dinner and a “just for kids” dinner party, and plenty of other activities. Rates start at $245 per night and are subject to availability (rates regularly start at $289/night). A Thursday arrival and three-night stay is required. To book, call 904-261-6161.

Southern savings

Jekyll Island Club Hotel: Welcome the warm weather in style and save with the Spring Getaway special from the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Take 25 percent off any room through May 24 (rates regularly start at $199). This deal is available Sunday through Thursday, based on availability. Restrictions apply.

Doggone good

Riverside Hotel: The Paw Print special at the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., hotel will let your pup stay for free (regularly $75 ). Find pet perks like a doggie bed, treats, a pet …

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Coupon Mom: Veggies, Easter candy, healthy cereal

Freeze the savings

Veggies, ibuprofen: Kroger has Birds Eye Steamfresh frozen vegetables (10-ounce to 12-ounce bags) on sale for $1. Use the coupon for $1 off three from the March 4 RedPlum circular to pay 67 cents per bag. Also, get Kroger Ibuprofen (500 count) for $5, only one cent per pill. Front-page hot deals include fresh asparagus at $1.99 per pound and split bone-in chicken breasts at 99 cents per pound.

Stock up for Easter

Hershey’s, Cadbury, Russell Stover: Walgreens has single Easter candy items for 39 cents each, including Hershey’s, Nestle, Mars, Cadbury or Russell Stover (.9 to 1.5-ounce sizes). You can use the $1-off-two coupon for Mars Easter candies, any size, to get two free Mars varieties (such as Snickers or M&Ms). Limit 10. Rite Aid also has single serve Nestle Easter candy on sale “buy one, get one free,” so the $1-off-two coupon may make both items free. Check in store for specific Rite Aid prices.

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Free smoothie with haircut

It makes perfect sense — warm weather means both cold smoothies and shorter hair.

Great Clips and Smoothie King have teamed up to give you an easy peasy deal this spring. Visit any of the 126 Atlanta area Great Clips, buy a full-priced haircut ($12 for kids and seniors, $14 for adults) and get a gift card for a free 20 oz. smoothie from Smoothie King. Promotion runs through April 22.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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B98.5 radio deals: High Museum, bicycle tours, wedding

High Museum of Art: Take advantage of this Spring Break special from the High Museum of Art, which is offering $5 off admission April 3-8 ($13) when you use the promo code “SB12” or mention the Spring Break special. Don’t forget the High is still offering Half-Price Thursday Evenings ($9!), when you visit from 4-8 p.m. And, coming next weekend, April 7, is Fulton County residents and students get in free (valid ID required).

Bicycle Tours of Atlanta: Spend a beautiful spring afternoon feeling like a kid, riding through the neighborhood on a bike with the dogwoods in bloom and jasmine in the air. With this deal for Atlanta Bargain Hunter readers, you can score 50 percent off a Spring Fling Bicycle Tour from Bicycle Tours of Atlanta. This tour, which includes a bike, helmet and water, begins April 7 and will run Saturdays and Sundays through May. Atlanta Bargain Hunter readers can get $20 off the $40 ticket when you use discount code “AJC.”.

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Clark Howard: New website hunts for low rental car rates

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 have a method for saving money on car rentals that’s a bit cumbersome but has worked for me. Now a new website promises to automate my clunky old process.

My method is tested and proven: When I book my flight weeks or months before the actual date of travel, I also book my car rental at the same time. Then a week before my travel date, I reshop the car rental rate. At least 90 percent of the time, I find that I can book a new car cheaper at the last minute, so I just let my old reservation go.

My family and I took a ski trip in December and we needed to rent a car. My price went from just under $300 when I booked the flight to just under $100, including all junk fees, when I reshopped the rate a week before travel.

But AutoSlash.com has automated my process. AutoSlash keeps re-shopping your rate for you every single …

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75 percent off at Stars and Strikes

Switch your family night out to Wednesdays and save a little.

Plan for fun at the bowling alley and save with a deal from Stars and Strikes in Cumming, Dacula, Dallas and Stone Mountain. Pay 99 cents per person for a game of bowling (regularly $4; shoe rental extra), bumper cars (regularly $5 per session) or balladium, a foam ball-shooting game (regularly $5, available at Stone Mountain). This deal is available open to close every Wednesday.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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50 percent off Montessori Schools of Georgia registration

It’s hard to put a price on a good education.

Even so, Montessori Schools of Georgia, an AMI-accredited Montessori school with students ages 15 months through 6th grade, is offering a 50 percent discount on the registration fee (a $200 savings) for new students who enroll by April 30.

Montessori Schools of Georgia (with Alpharetta, Cumming and Decatur campuses) offers individualized instruction to children ages 15 months through 12 years old and promotes creativity, independence, and self-sufficiency. Get 50 percent off registration fees for new students enrolled by April 30 for this summer or for the 2012-2013 school year. Options range from half-day to traditional to year-round. 678-208-3148.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Jessica Shops: Material Girl, style tips and winter closeout

A material world

Material Girl at Macy’s: Wild prints are hot this spring and leave it to Madonna to lead the pack on this trend. She and daughter Lourdes have made another splash with the latest from their popular Material Girl line, exclusive to Macy’s, both in store and online. Now many of these coveted items are finally starting to go on sale. My favorite pieces are the bright, colorful tops in feminine fabrics. The dolman printed chiffon top was $30, now just $20.99. The Fringe Ikat Print top retails at $26 and is now $19.99 and the tribal print tiered zippered tank was $28 and is now $19.99. Prices subject to change.

Ready, set, style

Blowouts & Bubbly: Mark your calendars for the next Blowouts & Bubbly event on April 20 at Dragonfly the Salon, where guests will enjoy creative cocktails and nibbles while top stylists provide blow outs and styling tips for $10 (regularly $50 and up). Spots are limited to 25 guests and must be booked ahead of time. Guests must share the …

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50 percent off The Wedding Experience

Feeling a little overwhelmed at planning a wedding?

The Wedding Experience is perfect for newly engaged couples to jump start their journey down the aisle. The April 14 event features table inspiration designs, pop-up wedding shops, lunch, dessert, and cocktails. (Trust me, one of these events can get your creative wheels turning if you haven’t started planning yet.)

Regular prices are $10 for early bird engaged admission (includes a swag bag and entrance into giveaways), $5 for early bird general admission, $15 for regular engaged admission and $10 for regular general admission. But AJC Atlanta Bargain Hunter readers will receive 50 percent off any ticket with code AJCBRIDE.

The event runs 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Click here for the event schedule or to register.

More: My big, fat, bargain wedding: Finding a venue | MBFBW: Finding a caterer

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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B98.5 radio deals: Disney on Ice, plant sale

These deals were originally shared on B98.5 this week. Note: The Star Provisions deal only includes pizza, stuffed breads and muffuletta sandwiches as available. It does not include the entire menu.

Disney on Ice: Treat the kids to an evening of entertainment filled with their favorite Disney characters and save almost half off with this deal from Goldstar.com. For a limited time, you can purchase discounted tickets for just $28 (regularly $53) to Disney on Ice “Treasure Trove,” featuring characters from “Peter Pan,” “The Lion King,” “Tangled,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Snow White” and others. Discounted performances available include Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth.

Plant sale: Stock up on flowering perennials for sun and shade, several varieties of hosta, sedums and ground-covers at the save-a-buck-at-the-truck sale at Habersham Gardens April 14. Most plants will be in one-gallon sizes, but there will also be some four-inch pots, …

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