Archive for July, 2012

B98.5 radio deals: Alon’s, Six Flags, Men’s Wearhouse

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.

Alon’s Bakery & Market: The Dunwoody restaurant recently installed a new wood burning pizza oven and now offers weekly all-you-can-eat pizza nights from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Monday. For $12 per person, guests will receive unlimited pizza and focaccia from the market’s pizza oven. Kids younger than four are free.

Six Flags: Get a free kid’s ticket to visit Six Flags Over Georgia on Fridays or $10 off one adult ticket any day. Just bring a Gogo’s pack plus the coupon available on the GoGo’s Crazybones website. Kids’ ticket discount must be accompanied by the purchase of a full-price general admission ticket. The offer is valid until September 30.

Men’s Wearhouse: Take those old, dusty clothes off their hangers. Donate your gently used professional attire to the National …

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Clark Howard: White Cloud is tops among tissue

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

ClarkHowardThink you have to spend a lot for quality toilet paper? Think again.

Research done by Consumer Reports in its May 2012 issue says the best toilet paper in America is a Walmart private label — White Cloud 3-ply Ultra Soft and Thick. At 25 cents per 100 sheets, White Cloud got a high score of 91 based on softness, strength, disintegration and tearing ease.

In second place, Quilted Northern Ultra Plush got a score of 81 and costs 38 cents per 100 sheets. Third place was claimed by Great Value Ultra Strong — another Walmart brand — with a score of 77 and a price of 27 cents.

My beloved Costco brand, Kirkland Signature, checked in with a score of 69 at 12 cents, just about the cheapest brand sampled.

The three absolutely cheapest options — Scott 1000, Walgreens Big Roll and CVS Earth Essentials — cost 8 cents per …

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Jessica Shops: Freebies on the Web

A Web free-for-all

On the Web: I love a great product sample — it not only saves money but is a great way try new products. Freebies4mom.com isn’t just for moms and has everything from free Tide Pods to Purina Cat Chow and nutritional bars. Freeflys.com is organized by food, children, health and beauty, where I found a free sample of Garnier Fructis Fall Flight Shampoo and Conditioner. HeyItsFree.com is not only fun to read, but offers great freebies like a subscription to Men’s Fitness magazine. Hunt4Freebies.com has free mobile apps, food and even a Bausch + Lomb Biotrue Multi-Purpose Contact Lens Solution Sample (perfect for travel). Another idea? Start compiling now for holiday stocking stuffers.

Rock on

Rock Candy Leatherworks: I love finding unique jewelry, and Rock Candy Leatherworks is just that – sweet and stylish leather bracelets as well as beaded earrings, rings and more. Save 10 percent on the “Rock Wrap” with code “jessicashops” through the end of …

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Free tea at McAlister’s Deli

Refresh yourself with a sweet summertime offer.

Free tea day is back by popular demand at McAlister’s Deli. On Thursday, visit any participating McAlister’s Deli location to get a free 32-ounce, signature McAlister’s Famous Sweet Tea. No coupon is required and no purchase is necessary.

Coming Saturday: National Hamburger day deals

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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B98.5 radio deals: Varsity Orange, sweet tea, hot yoga

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.

  • Free Varsity Orange drinks all day today at any The Varsity location.
  • Free sweet tea at McAlister’s Deli.
  • The Loews Atlanta Hotel will host Cityscape Hot Yoga on the Terrace on Aug. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. The class is complimentary for Exhale members and hotel guests and $10 for non-members. Afterwards, guests can enjoy a complimentary smoothie and chair massage. Complimentary parking is also included.

Looking for back-to-school sales? Participate in our live chat with Jessica Shops Sunday at 7 p.m. here on the Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Ted Jenkin: How much do I give for a wedding gift?

Certified financial planner Ted Jenkin is the Co-CEO and Founder oXYGen Financial, Inc. and occasionally guest blogs for Atlanta Bargain Hunter.

Ted Jenkin of oXYGen Financial

Ted Jenkin of oXYGen Financial

Your college roommate or long-time childhood friend invites you to their wedding. Now you have to spend money to get an airline ticket, a hotel room, and possibly buy a new dress or suit for the wedding. It dawns on you — you’ve also got to figure out how much is the right amount to give for a wedding gift.

You are no Miss Manners, but you don’t want to walk away like some cheapskate the couple laughs at that evening when they open up their gifts.

Let’s talk first about if you can’t attend the wedding. By no means should you consider a wedding invitation a personal invoice for you to spend money. If you don’t attend the wedding and it’s someone close to you, sending a small present should suffice. But don’t feel like the invitation is a measure of extortion for you to turn your …

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50 percent off Cheesecake Factory cheesecake

If you love cheesecake, you’re going to love it even more when it’s half off.

In honor of National Cheesecake Day on Monday, visit The Cheesecake Factory for 50 percent off any slice of cheesecake when you dine in. This deal is restricted to one slice per person, and each guest must be present. For locations or information about this deal, visit The Cheesecake Factory website or its Facebook page.

Does anyone else think the Oreo Dream Extreme Cheesecake looks too good to be true?

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Stay in style with in-town getaways

You’re aching for a chance to recharge. Maybe you need a calm, cool place to crash while your home’s air-conditioning system is being repaired. Or you don’t want to drive all the way back home to the ’burbs after a Braves game or sightseeing tour with visiting family.

Whatever your reason, one of these current special offers from Midtown and downtown Atlanta hotels might meet your needs for a quick getaway:

Westin Peachtree Plaza

  • It pays to be local. Save 15 percent with proof of Georgia residency.
  • Take an aquatic excursion with the Georgia Aquarium package from $212 a night, which includes two reservation-free tickets to the aquarium (regularly $35.95 each), breakfast for two in the Westin café and free valet parking. If you’re bringing the young’uns, choose the family package from $268 a night, which includes an extra two kids’ tickets and breakfasts.
  • Effervescent families can snag the World of Coca-Cola package ($160 for two, $170 for four), which …

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64-cent roast beef sandwiches at Arby’s

Sometimes it’s good to be stuck in the past.

Arby’s is celebrating its 48th anniversary (the restaurant opened in 1964) by offering a coupon for a 64-cent classic roast beef sandwich today. Visit Arby’s on Facebook or click on the link above to get the coupon. While supplies last.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Free orange drinks at the Varsity

VARSITYWhat’ll ya  have?

The Varsity will give away free Varsity Orange drinks all day Tuesday at all seven locations to honor the 80th anniversary of the legendary drink.

Created in 1932, the Varsity Orange is still made fresh on-site daily from orange juice and pure cane sugar (no artificial sweeteners or corn syrup).

More: Did you see President Obama at the Varsity last month?

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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