B98.5 Radio deals: Free admission to High Museum, Callaway Gardens and Atlanta History Center

These select deals were shared on B98.5. For more great offers, pick up a copy of  the DealSpotter section, every Thursday in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

High Museum: On the first and third Thursdays of the month through April 18, the High Museum hosts Open Studio for teens from 4 – 7 p.m. Today’s event features a clothing swap and cassette tape collage. You do not need to be a member. Admission to Open Studio and the Museum is free for all teens age 15 and older. Drinks and snacks are provided.

Also, if you’re a Falcons fan — see this special deal for the High Museum available Saturday, Jan. 19.

Callaway Gardens: Enjoy free admission weekdays through Feb. 28. The gardens are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily ($18 adult admission applies on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays). Admissions grants access to the exotic floral displays and the tropical Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center. Head outside to explore the sculpture garden or the walking and biking trails. …

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Clark Howard: Supply of cars means savings for you

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

Listen to Clark's live radio show 8-10 p.m. weekdays on AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB.

Listen to Clark's live radio show 8-10 p.m. weekdays on AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB.

Looking for a sweet deal on a new car? Several vehicles are overstocked on dealer lots and certain to be priced to move.

This latest development comes at a time when the car business is otherwise booming. Yet The Wall Street Journal  reports that while the Japanese automakers are doing well, the Detroit automakers are slowing.

What’s behind the success of the Japanese, who were on the ropes a year ago in the after-effects of the tsunami? Detroit-style marketing, that’s what.

The Japanese automakers are offering major incentives. Honda is up to nearly $2,500 and Nissan is up to more than $4,000. They’re also doing a lot of zero-percent-interest financing — another key Motown move.

At the same time, both domestic and foreign brands …

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Deals rise up for Falcons fans

Well, Falcons fans…it is your weekend. Take advantage of a few deals made just for you:

Kick things off by downloading  and posting your AJC digital Falcons Cheer Card to Facebook or Twitter.

Also a reminder to ride Marta and avoid hefty parking fees.

High Museum: In honor of the Falcons playoff game and the closing weekend of Fast Forward: Modern Moments 1913 >> 2013, the museum is offering $3 off admission or $10 off membership for anyone wearing a Falcons jersey or t-shirt on Saturday. The $3 discount also applies to Saturday night’s Assemblage: A Culture Shock Event which begins at 8 p.m.

The Falcons fan offer is available only to walk-up visitors wearing Atlanta Falcons jerseys or t-shirts. The discount applies to all ticket prices — adult, kid, senior and students. Discount tickets may be purchased at the ticket desk in the main lobby.For more information visit the website.

TAP: Tailgate with TAP and cheer on the Atlanta Falcons. Beginning at 12:30 p.m. there will be $5 …

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Make money by losing weight?

Did you resolve to lose weight in 2013?

Did your resolution involve an outlay of cash for a gym membership, weight loss programs, food, etc?

Experts say at least one-third of you are about a week away from giving up which means you won’t have a story to tell like these Atlanta weight-loss success stories.

But what if instead of paying money, you could make money by losing weight? Would it motivate you to continue?

HealthyWage — a company that runs health incentive programs — pays cash rewards for participants who meet their weight loss goals.

The “10 percent challenge” lets you double your money if you lose 10 percent of your weight within six months. For example, if you put up $150 and lose 10 percent of your starting weight in six months, they pay you $300.

If you don’t want to pay anything upfront, try the free “BMI Challenge.” HealthyWage pays you $100 if you get your Body Mass Index from above 30 to below 25 within 12-months.

There are also “Biggest Loser” type team …

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Jessica Shops: No More Rack, the Vitamin Shoppe and Columbia Sportswear

NoMoreRack.com: Find everyday brands and products such as electronics and clothing, all marked 60 percent to 90 percent off retail, at nomorerack.com. The website averages nine big deals every day at the top of the website, but you also can find hundreds of other products throughout the site. I recently found a Miss Sixty parka for $69 (regularly $200), a three-pack ladies tank top set for $5 (regularly $49), an iPhone 5 charging kit for $12 (regularly $39) and a Cuisinart three-in-one cooker for $95 (regularly $300). Shop men’s, women’s and kids items too, and the site’s flat-rate shipping is $2 per item.

The Vitamin Shoppe: Jump-start your health resolutions with a savings of up to 55 percent off select weight management products at The Vitamin Shoppe. As an added bonus, all orders over $25 ship for free. This sale ends Jan. 27.

Columbia: Stock up on Columbia sportswear and gear for your favorite winter sports during the online winter sale. Shop select merchandise, …

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Kids eat free Wednesdays at Bone Lick BBQ

Kids are expensive. Especially if they are healthy eaters.

Fortunately, many eating establishments have realized that if you feed the kids for free, the grown-ups will come.

One of the newest entries to the “Kids Eat Free” scene is Bone Lick BBQ

Every Wednesday beginning at 5 p.m. at Bone Lick BBQ in West Midtown invites kids, 10 and younger, to enjoy a dinner on the house with the purchase of one adult entree or combo.

Bone Lick’s new kid-friendly menu features a variety of items including a grilled cheese sandwich, pulled pork sliders, and boneless ribs, each served with Bone Lick’s tater tots or a salad. These items are $5 on other days.

Kids are also invited to take advantage of Bone Lick’s growing collection of vintage tabletop and classic arcade games and skee ball.

For more information visit Bone Lick BBQ on Facebook or call 404 – 343-6574.

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– Nedra Rhone, for the Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog

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$1 cup of soup for National Soup Month

Visit Pollo Tropical tomorrow and say “Caldo Gallego” to get a cup of soup for $1 in honor of National Soup Month.

Caldo Gallego Soup is a white bean soup, with ham, pork, chorizo, potatoes and collard greens. Limit two per customer. No coupon or additional purchase is necessary.

The offer is only valid on Wednesday, January 16.

For more information on Pollo Tropical locations, menu items and nutritional information, visit pollotropical.com.

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– Nedra Rhone, for the Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog

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Cash vs. Debit to cut spending

When I was in high school, my parents taught me all about budgeting.

Later as an adult, I would share these lessons with friends and associates who wanted to save money and admired my financial savvy (of course, some friends just call me cheap) and I was always surprised by the results.

Sometimes, a budget helped.

Sometimes, it failed horribly.

When things went wrong, the culprit was most often out-of-pocket spending — that unconscious spending on items we think are no big deal: cups of coffee, lunches out, a tube of lip gloss, etc.

In his latest book,  “The Smartest Money Book You’ll Ever Read,” (Perigee, $16), financial advice columnist Daniel Solin makes the point that in order to achieve the greatest savings you have to control both your monthly expenses and your out-of-pocket spending.

Many advisers say the key to curbing out-pocket spending is to pay cash for everything. These are probably the same ones who have taught us to cut up all of our plastic cards or freeze …

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8 small ways to save more money this year

Saving more money is among the top 10 New Year’s resolutions for 2013, but sometimes we make it harder than it has to be. Taking small steps now to reduce spending can pay off big by next New Year’s Eve. Here are seven not-so-obvious ways to help you start:

Avoid ATMs: You need cash in a hurry so you rush to the nearest ATM. Stop! Don’t ever pay $5 to access your cash, says Josh Elledge, founder of SavingsAngel.com. Use ATM finder apps, Foursquare or bank-specific apps to locate your bank’s nearest ATM. Or go to a drugstore, buy a pack of gum with a debit card and get the cash you need.

Stop auto-spending, start auto-saving: Magazine subscriptions that automatically renew. Free promotions that auto-debit fees if you don’t cancel. Forgetting about automatic debits can cost hundreds of dollars each year. I know, I’ve done it. Opt out from the start or cancel before charges kick in. The only thing you want to automate is saving. Sign up for direct deposit and auto-save programs …

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Affordable alternatives to pricey kitchen appliances

I recently discovered my blender is kaput.

Clearly I haven’t made a smoothie in  a long time, but sometimes the stomach wants what the stomach wants and a smoothie requires a blender.

My discovery set-off a search for an affordable blender. The old one — a Waring Pro — costs $300, just a hundred bucks shy of the almighty Vitamix.

When I made that purchase a decade ago, I was a raw food enthusiast and literally could not have lived without a good blender. That phase lasted six months before I decided to upgrade  to vegan, then vegetarian, then pescatarian — and eventually back to “oh hell, give me a burger!”

I’m no longer willing (or able) to pay that much for a blender, but I still want something that works. I spotted this recent post on MoneyTalksNews that offers cheap alternatives to pricey kitchen appliances.

The writer studied reviews and tested expensive and cheaper stand mixers, food processors, toaster ovens, coffee makers and blenders.

The upshot? Pay $450 for a …

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