Archive for July, 2012

$1.50 fitness classes in Acworth

Getting fit doesn’t get much cheaper than this.

Purchase a certificate for $15, good for 10 group classes and a fitness/health assessment ($149 value) at the Acworth location of Life Quest Fitness. No membership is required, and group classes include yoga, zumba, pilates and many more — check out the options at on the website. Call 678-973-0635 and mention you saw the deal in Deal Spotter, or visit in person. 3362 Acworth Summit Drive, Acworth.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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B98.5 radio deals: ‘Peter Pan,’ Zoo Atlanta, Frame Source

These select 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, every week in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“Peter Pan”: Check out the classic tale in the all new production of “Peter Pan” at the Fox Theatre and save by purchasing half-price tickets at Goldstar. Tony award-nominee Cathy Rigby takes center stage in this show, designed for the whole family. Tickets are $28.50 (regularly $55) for 8 p.m. performances Tuesday-Aug. 10, and the 7 p.m. show on Aug. 12. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.

Zoo Atlanta: Take the family out for a day with the animals. Zoo Atlanta has a special $10 ticket ($20.99 value) at Alamitad, which is valid until the end of the year. You will receive the tickets in the mail, so plan your trip accordingly. In the meantime, check out the exhibits online (we’re suckers for the giraffes and the petting zoo). Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Ave. SE, …

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Save big on school supplies, clothing in August

Back-to-school sales rule in August, but you’ll also see summer clearance on clothing and outdoor gear.

Back to school

Clothing, supplies: When it comes to saving money, bundling is your best bet. Groupon, for example, has already begun to offer backpack deals and supply bundles. And some online retailers will run sales you can combine with an extra coupon code and free shipping. “We see this a lot with clothing, especially the brands the kids like,” said Brent Shelton, a spokesman with consumer site FatWallet.com. Abercrombie & Fitch and Aeropostale offered their best discounts of the year last August.

Laptops and more: Retailers like Amazon, Microsoft and Sony will probably offer laptop bundles in August, when higher-end models might be paired with an Xbox, PlayStation or gift card, says Lindsay Sakraida, features editor at DealNews.com. “Amazon sometimes will even offer both a console and a gift card,” she said. “For some of the lower-end computers, you can still get …

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Back-to-school: One-cent backpacks at OfficeMax

High Sierra Loop Forest Party Cerise BackpackIt might be the best back-to-school discount yet this season.

Today through Saturday, shoppers can get a backpack for one cent at OfficeMax stores nationwide or online.

Purchase one of more than 140 qualifying student backpacks, laptop backpacks, messenger bags and more using your MaxPerks Rewards card (it’s free to join) at OfficeMax and receive the entire cost of the backpack, minus one penny, back in your rewards account for future purchases. That’s it.

For example, if you purchase the Ful Overton Backpack for $39.99, you’ll receive $39.98 back immediately in your MaxPerks account for your next purchase.

Also: Watch our back-to-school Q&A for money-saving tips and dorm room ideas.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Wes Moss: Avoid getting gouged by mutual funds

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

Mutual funds have traditionally been the vehicle of choice for small investors who don’t have the time or expertise  to maintain their own stock portfolio. But mutual funds come with their share of frustrations, including the seemingly high costs and the annoying tendency of this year’s “hot fund” to perform poorly next year.

The Money Matters team recently completed a study of actively managed mutual fund costs. It turns out gripes about expenses are legit – they can indeed be very high. But what stood out is the great disparity between what a fund says it costs and the actual cost.

We studied 35 popular funds. The average published expense ratio was 0.9 percent, but the actual average expenses were around 3.8 percent. That’s nearly five times the …

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Miss our chat on back-to-school bargains? Watch it now

UPDATE: If you missed our live back-to-school chat Sunday, here’s a replay you can share with other back-to-school deal-seekers.

PREVIOUSLY: Go to our live chat post for tips on where to find the best deals, coolest clothes and dorm trends this year.

You’ll need to use your Facebook login to enter the live chat and ask questions.

Don’t have a Facebook login? Leave a comment on the live chat post and our moderator will post it for you.

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Reminder: National Hamburger Day deal

Just a reminder — don’t forget your BOGO hamburgers (with fries!) at Shula’s 347 Grill tomorrow for National Hamburger Day.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Coupon Mom: Deals on school supplies

Staples: Erasers, index cards

Staples has Staples pink cap erasers (12 count) for one cent with a minimum purchase of $5 (regularly $1.29, limit two per customer). Get Staples ruled 3-inch by 5-inch white index cards (100 pack) for one cent with a minimum purchase of $5 (regularly $1, limit two per customer).

Walgreens: Folders, binders, pencils

Stock up on free or nearly free school supplies at Walgreens this week. Get Wexford or Oxford two-pocket folders with prongs for 12 cents each, 1-inch Wexford binders for 99 cents, Paper Mate mechanical pencils (10 count) for 49 cents, and Crayola colored pencils (12 count) for 99 cents. Find more school supply items at rock-bottom prices.

Office Depot: Rulers and binders

Office Depot has rulers and protractors on sale for 10 cents each. Wilson Jones 1-inch poly binders are 50 cents each (regularly $1.99), limit three. Scholastic Glue Sticks four-pack are on sale for 50 cents (regularly $1.59), limit three.

Breakfast to go

Belvita:

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Miss our chat on back-to-school bargains? Here’s the replay

UPDATE: If you missed our live back-to-school chat Sunday, here’s a replay you can share with other back-to-school deal-seekers.

PREVIOUSLY:
Shhh! Don’t tell anyone — we’ve got the best back-to-school bargains for you and your family.

Tune in to our live video chat on the blog Sunday at 7 p.m. with Jessica Shops, fashionista and savings guru from JessicaShops.com.

Jessica will give us tips on where to find the best deals, coolest clothes and dorm trends this year. To ask Jessica questions on the Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog, you’ll need to use your Facebook login to enter the chat.

Don’t have a Facebook login? Leave a comment below and our moderator will post it for you.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Half-price admission to the Atlanta Botanical Garden

You don’t have to be a botanist to admire gorgeous landscaping.

Now through September, explore the beauty of the Atlanta Botanical Garden for half-price through Scoutmob.

Tickets are $9 – less than half the cost of regular Garden admission of $18.95. The discount admission is good both during daytime hours and on Thursday evenings during Cocktails in the Garden. It’s the perfect opportunity to experience the summer exhibition, Independent Visions: Sculpture in the Garden, featuring 19 contemporary works by nine internationally acclaimed artists.

1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-876-5859.

Also: Free tea at McAlister’s Deli today.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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