Archive for May, 2012

Up to 50 percent off at Pike Nurseries

‘Tis the season to be outside — and gardening.

Pike Nurseries is offering discounts of up to 50 percent for select products through June 13. Discounted items will vary by store location, but can include patio furniture, select shrubs and annuals and many other gardening essentials.

Visit  your local store for more information.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Small cars cost less to maintain

Good things come in smaller packages.

At least, that was the conclusion from this MSN Auto article about the 2011 top 10 cheapest cars to maintain. According to the article, “Labor costs and the cost of replacement parts for small cars are usually cheaper.”

Topping the list is the Honda Fit, with a total five-year service cost of $2,937, although the Toyota Corolla is right behind at $2,991.

But the more important question is, do maintenance costs actually factor into your decision to buy a new car? What about a used car?

How much do you currently spend on auto maintenance per year?

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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B98.5 radio deals: car detailing, rafting and Spice Market

These deals were originally shared on B98.5 this week. For our full list of great offers, pick up a copy of Thursday’s DealSpotter section.

America’s AutoSpa: Spruce up your ride with this special from the Kennesaw car detailer. For a limited time, purchase a $10 voucher at Halfoffdepot.com for the “Auto Detailing Platinum Package” ($35 value), which includes a wash, interior vacuuming, Armor All and a Rain-X treatment — all in 20 minutes. The certificate expires six months from the date of purchase. America’s AutoSpa, 2764 Cobb Parkway NW, Kennesaw.

Ocoee Outdoors: Adrenaline junkies take note: Ocoee Outdoors has a special deal for one of its guided half-day whitewater rafting trips down the Middle Ocoee River. For a limited time, purchase a $20 certificate at Halfoffdepot.com that gets you a 3.5-hour whitewater rafting trip ($45 value) with Ocoee Outdoors. The certificate is valid any day May through September except Saturdays. Age and weight restrictions apply, …

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Win a pair of AJC Peachtree Road Race numbers (again!)

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The race is on — again.

Organizers expect 60,000 people this July 4 at the 2012 AJC Peachtree Road Race. If you want to be among them but didn’t snag a number during this year’s lottery (or yesterday), listen up. We have a pair of AJC Peachtree Road Race numbers we’re giving away!

Entering to win them is easy: just leave a comment below. Feel free to share your running story, your training routine, or why you’d like to run the Peachtree this year. You must use your real email address (which won’t show up on the blog). Only one entry per person.

Also, check out the AJC Peachtree Road Race Facebook page and Twitter account. And don’t miss the AJC Peachtree Road Race page, with great training tips, results from past years and more.

The winner will be randomly selected at noon today, and we’ll notify the winner via …

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Clark Howard: Mark your calendar for the best deals

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

ClarkHowardWhat are the best buys right now? Yahoo Finance reports some of the deals during May and early June are obvious ones, while others you may not have thought about.

Mattresses

This is the best time to buy a mattress because people are not buying indoor stuff this time of year. Look for deals going into June. Consumer Reports recommends a regional chain called Original Mattress Factory. But I’m also partial to the warehouse clubs. If you’re going the warehouse club route, I suggest you pull a mattress off the rack and lay on it for 10 minutes or more — right there in the store — to make sure you like what you’re buying.

Spring merchandise

This is an obvious one because the spring goods are moving from the discount rack to the deep discount rack. Remember that you can always use the calendar to help you save …

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Students free at Renaissance Festival

School’s. Out. For. Summer.

Which means you have two full days this weekend to explore the Georgia Renaissance Festival. Best of all, it’s free Saturday and Sunday for students 18 and younger. (18-year-olds must show student ID.)

Visit this week to meet Adam Crack, who holds seven Guinness World Records including the most bullwhip cracks in one minute (253) and fastest whip (ten targets in 4.53 seconds.) For real. Click here for a preview.

This discount available at the gate only. Offer cannot be combined with any other discount.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Win a free pair of AJC Peachtree Road Race numbers

34834_483795940847_6949197_n-289x300Update: We have randomly selected a winner. Thanks to all who participated!

The race is on.

Organizers expect 60,000 people this July 4 at the 2012 AJC Peachtree Road Race. If you want to be among them but didn’t snag a number during this year’s lottery, listen up. We have a pair of AJC Peachtree Road Race numbers we’d love for you to have!

Entering to win them is easy: just leave a comment below. Feel free to share your running story, your training routine, or why you’d like to run the Peachtree this year. You must use your real email address (which doesn’t show up on the blog).

While you’re at it, check out the AJC Peachtree Road Race Facebook page and Twitter account. And don’t miss the AJC Peachtree Road Race page, with great training tips, results from past years and more.

The winner will be selected at random at 4 p.m. today, and we’ll notify the winner via email. You’ll then need to submit your registration information to the Atlanta Track Club by 5 p.m. …

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Free orange chicken at Panda Express

SummerHoursFreeOrangeChicken9PMIt’s the summer of late-night chicken.

To promote its extended summer evening hours, participating Panda Express locations are giving away a free single serving of orange chicken on Friday from 9 p.m. to close.

Print out this coupon for a free single serving of the Orange Chicken entrée and bring it to a participating store to redeem it. Summer hours will be in effect until Labor Day.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Jessica Shops: BalanceDiet, Mutsy strollers, Charmed Design

Balance your body

BalanceDiet: Just in time for bikini season, BalanceDiet is now open in Buckhead. This award-winning weight loss and anti-aging center combines medical-grade products with personal lifestyle consulting in a spa setting. My favorite aspect is the Thinspa Infrared Sauna — it’s relaxing and can burn up to 300 calories in one session. Body-slimming wraps, antioxidant facials and fat-reducing massages are just the beginning. Programs are as low as $17 per month and Jessica Shops readers can take advantage of the Thinspa Summer Special, which includes a 37-minute Detoxifying Infrared Sauna session, a 30-minute Tranquility Massage, a 45-minute Super Oxidant Facial and an Age-Reversing Eye Treatment for $149 (regularly $230).

Stroller sale

Mutsy strollers: This deal is unbeatable. Buy a Mutsy 4Rider stroller ($569), get an Easyrider model for free ($169) online through Thursday. You must have both a 4Rider (or 4Rider Light) and an Easyrider in your cart and enter …

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Clothes, gifts for dads top June sales

Shop for savings on a range of items, including Caribbean vacations and apparel, in June:

Father’s Day gifts: Bargains can be found “in lots of different departments, and some where you don’t expect — like housewares, and shavers and personal care items for men,” said Dan Butler, vice president of retail operations for the National Retail Federation. “They can be anywhere from 25 to 40 to 50 percent off.” In cosmetics, men’s fragrances might be sold in larger sizes or as package deals.

Also look for free gifts with purchases for Dad. Butler has seen duffel bags, totes and even clocks packaged together as Father’s Day promotions.

Caribbean vacations: “You’ll start seeing really cheap cruises and vacation packages to anywhere in the Caribbean, mainly because it’s hurricane season,” said Lindsay Sakraida, features editor at DealNews.com. Booking a Caribbean trip from June through November is riskier, but that’s when the best prices will be …

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