5 Tips for Traveling Frugally

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tips for traveling frugallyTraveling can be expensive and all the little things add up quite quickly! It is hard to imagine saving money while traveling, but it can be done. Here are five tips to traveling frugally so that you can get out there and experience more of the world!

Plan Ahead

This sounds simple enough, but it is strangely one thing that is overlooked. When you are planning on flying, book your ticket three weeks ahead as prices go up on the 21-day mark. Conversely, 48 hours before a flight you can find some tremendous deals on last minute trips. A great resource is using Google Flights and then using this information to compare flights on Expedia or Travelocity.  If you’re traveling during the holidays, these are my tips for saving on holiday flights.

Tips on Fuel

Plan to fill up early in the morning and not when a tanker is filling the gas station’s underground tanks. Gas prices increase before any major holiday, so gas up as far in advance as you can, then just top off on the morning on your road trip. These simple steps will make sure that more gas ends up in your tank for less money.  Also, utilize your Kroger card to save big on gas, too.

Where to Stay

There are many choices of where to stay when traveling. If you are on a road trip, break out the tent and camp along your route. When flying, don’t forget to look up places on AirBNB or check out local B&Bs, especially if you don’t need all the amenities of a hotel. You can contact the Chamber of Commerce in the city you are visiting and often times they have discount codes for you to use at a local hotel.

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Excursions on the Cheap

When talking to the Chamber of Commerce, ask them if they have an activity book (often free) which has 2-for-1 coupons or discounts throughout an area. Many museums and attractions have a couple days a month where admission is reduced or free, plan if your trip is planned around those dates.  Also, utilize things sites/apps Groupon, Scoutmob, Goldstar, and Living Social for discounted deals on things to do locally.


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Don’t Eat All Your Money

Food can add up quickly while traveling. Pack snacks like dried fruit, nuts, and protein bars in your bag. When you get to your destination, stop at the grocery store and pick up food that you can eat. Don’t eat out at breakfast, as you can start your day with a banana and protein shake. (Or if you’re lucky, find a hotel that throws in free breakfast.)  Dinner is usually twice the cost of lunch, so eat your largest meal midday and have the leftovers for dinner.

These are just a few of the ways you can travel frugally this year. Now get out there and travel!

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Tax Day Freebies 2017

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Tax Day Freebies 2017

Ahh, April 15th is upon us.  Can you smell the panic in the air, the long lines at the post office, of those frantic to get their taxes filed before the stroke of midnight?  Ok, so I can’t either, but you get the drift.  And in any case, with tax day comes cool Tax Day Freebies 2017.  Super-special thanks to Mission: To Save, Parade Magazine, and AJC.com for contributing to this list!

Sometimes individual franchise owners choose not to participate in freebies and discounts so be sure and call ahead to avoid disappointment.

Tax Day Freebies 2017

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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Discount Tickets around Atlanta

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Discount Tickets Around AtlantaYou may have figured out there’s a ton to do around the Atlanta area. Not only are there plenty of free things to do in Atlanta, there’s also tons to do around town with discounted tickets.  Just as when you’re traveling, you should always check for discounted tickets for upcoming events.

 

Finding Discount Tickets Around Atlanta

 

Goldstar

Goldstar is one of the easiest ways to find discount tickets around Atlanta on all kinds of events and shows.  There's plenty of family-friendly shows, as well as more grown-up oriented shows and outings.  So whether you're looking for a date night or a family night, make sure you check these current deals at Goldstar first.

Also, make sure you search for other major cities when you're traveling.  Goldstar has deals in over 50 major US cities, so there's bound to be discount tickets for what you're looking for.

Current Goldstar Deals:

Magic, Comedy & Otherworldly Entertainment at Atlanta Magic Night

at Red Light Cafe, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Tue, August 22
FULL PRICE: $15
OFFER PRICE: $7.50

Atlanta Magic Night brings together top-tier comedians and magicians to the Red Light Café for an evening that'll have you laughing, gasping and asking "How'd they do that!?" Opener Jerry Farber blen... [more+]

Atlanta Magic Night brings together top-tier comedians and magicians to the Red Light Café for an evening that'll have you laughing, gasping and asking "How'd they do that!?" Opener Jerry Farber blends southern-style stand-up comedy with breezy jazz piano playing, like a cross between Jeff Foxworthy and Dave Brubeck. Up next comes mentalist and magician Joe M. Turner, whose magical cabaret show "Shenanigans" was a favorite of former Atlanta mayor Sam Massell. And then comes the main event: renowned mentalist and psychic entertainer Mark Johnson, a master at probing the otherworldly insights buried deep within the human mind. [less-]

Hit Musical "Cabaret" -- Sexy, Dark & Decadent

at Serenbe Playhouse - The Open Air Kit Kat Club, Chattahoochee Hills
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Step out of the modern world and back in time to the divinely decadent Kit Kat Klub of 1930s Germany, the "Cabaret" where seductive singer Sally Bowles enchants the crowd each and every night. There, ... [more+]

Step out of the modern world and back in time to the divinely decadent Kit Kat Klub of 1930s Germany, the "Cabaret" where seductive singer Sally Bowles enchants the crowd each and every night. There, misfits and outcasts of Berlin come together, taking refuge from the storm of a rapidly changing society where their kind is less than welcome. Led by the enigmatic Emcee, the colorful characters of this Kander & Ebb masterpiece are eager to entertain you with numbers like "Don't Tell Mama," "Willkommen," and "Cabaret." Don't miss this Tony Award-winning classic playing at Serenbe Playhouse's Open Air Kit Kat Club. [less-]

Crab Dinner & Comedy at "Kraken 'Em Up Wednesdays"

at Atlanta Comedy Theater, Norcross
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Wed, August 23
FULL PRICE: $19.99
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If you're feeling crabby, Atlanta Comedy Theater has got you covered with this night of funny people and fresh seafood. "Kracken 'Em Up Wednesdays" is a hysterical night of stand-up comedy where your ... [more+]

If you're feeling crabby, Atlanta Comedy Theater has got you covered with this night of funny people and fresh seafood. "Kracken 'Em Up Wednesdays" is a hysterical night of stand-up comedy where your admission includes half a pound of crab legs, corn, potatoes, vegetables and drawn butter. While you chow down, you'll be entertained by a top-notch lineup of stand-up comedians hosted by BET's Kiana Dancie. Come hungry and enjoy some comedians cracking jokes while you crack some crab legs. [less-]

Live Music & More at City Winery Atlanta

at City Winery Atlanta, Atlanta
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Following on the heels of its acclaimed sister venues in New York City, Chicago, Boston and Nashville, City Winery Atlanta offers the best in intimate live music and comedy performances, along with fi... [more+]

Following on the heels of its acclaimed sister venues in New York City, Chicago, Boston and Nashville, City Winery Atlanta offers the best in intimate live music and comedy performances, along with fine dining, wine tastings and classes. Bringing the winery experience to the hot and happening Ponce City Market, City Winery is a vibrant, interactive space that appeals to culture lovers and foodies alike, with performances from music legends like Don McLean, John Doe of X, Aaron Neville, Matthew Sweet, J.D. Souther and many more. [less-]

Bawdy Broadway-Meets-Bluegrass Musical "The Robber Bridegroom"

at ACT3 Productions , Sandy Springs
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Thu, August 24
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A charming gentleman bandit, the rich plantation owner's daughter he loves, the wicked, sex-starved stepmother who wants her dead and an evil thief who carries his brother's head around in a trunk -- ... [more+]

A charming gentleman bandit, the rich plantation owner's daughter he loves, the wicked, sex-starved stepmother who wants her dead and an evil thief who carries his brother's head around in a trunk -- they're all here in "The Robber Bridegroom". Set to an infectious Broadway-meets-bluegrass score, this bawdy adult fairy tale comes loaded with plenty of cheeky innuendo and double entendres. The show's 1975 Broadway run snagged a Tony nomination, and now this rollicking, Southern-fried romp about a dangerous, handsome, backwoods rogue who's a gentleman by day and bandit by night comes to the ACT3 Productions stage in Sandy Springs. [less-]

"My Fair Lady": Broadway Musical Favorite Features a Famed Makeover

at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre - Cobb Civic Center, Marietta
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This witty battle of the sexes pits snobby London linguist Henry Higgins against Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl plucked from the street, as he attempts to turn her into a well-spoken society w... [more+]

This witty battle of the sexes pits snobby London linguist Henry Higgins against Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl plucked from the street, as he attempts to turn her into a well-spoken society woman. But his feisty pupil gives him much more than he bargained for. With a score full of instantly recognizable Lerner & Loewe songs like "The Rain in Spain," "I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?" and "I Could Have Danced All Night," it's no wonder "My Fair Lady" became a huge Broadway hit and, in 1964, was turned into an Oscar-winning film starring Audrey Hepburn. The acclaimed Atlanta Lyric Theater brings the latest version of this romantic charmer to the stage at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre at the Cobb Civic Center. [less-]

"Another Mother": A World Premiere by G. M. Lupo

at West End Performing Arts Center Black Box Theater, Atlanta
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Thu, August 24
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FULL PRICE: $25
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Atlanta's Essential Theatre presents the world premiere of their 2017 Playwriting Award-winner, G. M. Lupo's "Another Mother". Directed by Peter Hardy, the play follows the emotional journey of a youn... [more+]

Atlanta's Essential Theatre presents the world premiere of their 2017 Playwriting Award-winner, G. M. Lupo's "Another Mother". Directed by Peter Hardy, the play follows the emotional journey of a young woman named Genevieve as she pieces together the mysterious identities and relationships among her biological mother, her birth mother and the mother who raised her. See this exploration of unintended consequences and how our actions may affect others we know little or nothing about when it comes to the stage of the West End Performing Arts Center Black Box Theater. [less-]

"The Uprooting": New Play Explores Identity, Race & Family

at Hapeville Performing Arts Center, Hapeville
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Academy Theatre and Impact Theatre Atlanta kick off their 2017/2018 season with the premiere of Betty Chaney's "Uprooting", a sequel to last summer's hit "The Rooting Place". Set 20 years after the ev... [more+]

Academy Theatre and Impact Theatre Atlanta kick off their 2017/2018 season with the premiere of Betty Chaney's "Uprooting", a sequel to last summer's hit "The Rooting Place". Set 20 years after the events of the first play, the story centers around Oba, a young man whose light complexion has made him an outsider in his dark-skinned family. He returns to Mississippi to claim his great-great-grandmother's inheritance, and along the way, he must find a way to earn the respect of his cousins and accept his own identity. See it at the Hapeville Performing Arts Center. [less-]

"The Penis Talk Show"

at 7 Stages, Atlanta
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FULL PRICE: $35
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"The Penis Talk Show" delivers on exactly what its title promises, as three exposed yet totally anonymous individuals take to the 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta to converse with the audience and share th... [more+]

"The Penis Talk Show" delivers on exactly what its title promises, as three exposed yet totally anonymous individuals take to the 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta to converse with the audience and share their most personal penis-centric stories. A titillating yet educational and even (ahem) uplifting peek into human sexuality, "The Penis Talk Show"'s discreet interview format allows its onstage subjects to be as frank as they want to be, and to answer your most burning questions. Come find out everything you've ever wanted to know about male genitalia, but were afraid to ask. [less-]

"The Only Light in Reno": Comedy Goes Behind the Scenes with Liz Taylor & Marilyn Monroe

at Out of Box Theatre @ Artisan Resource Center, Marietta
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Thu, August 24
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FULL PRICE: $25
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Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift are portrayed in this comedy set in Reno, Nevada. Filming on Clift and Monroe's 1960 movie "The Misfits" is hopelessly behind schedule, it's over ... [more+]

Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift are portrayed in this comedy set in Reno, Nevada. Filming on Clift and Monroe's 1960 movie "The Misfits" is hopelessly behind schedule, it's over 100 degrees in the shade, the nearby mountains are on fire and the city is experiencing a total blackout. What's a group of Hollywood legends to do? Find out in this hilarious production that drops you into the middle of their adventures in The Biggest Little City in the World. Written by Topher Payne ("Tokens of Affection", "Swell Party"), this original comedy provides a fun glimpse into the lives of Tinsletown's most iconic stars when being pampered isn't an option. [less-]

Learn Burlesque With Sugar Brown at "Sip & Slay"

at Metro Dance Studio & Performing Arts Center, Atlanta
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Thu, August 24
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FULL PRICE: $30
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Slinky and seductive burlesque dancer Sugar Brown invites you to get in on the act at "Sip & Slay". Wear your sexiest attire and bring heels, because Brown is going to teach you some of the hottest da... [more+]

Slinky and seductive burlesque dancer Sugar Brown invites you to get in on the act at "Sip & Slay". Wear your sexiest attire and bring heels, because Brown is going to teach you some of the hottest dance moves while you sip a glass of included wine and enjoy the sexy music. Let your inner vixen out to play as you learn sexy choreographed dance moves that'll drive onlookers crazy the next time you hit the dance floor. This fun, flirty event takes place at Metro Dance Studio & Performing Arts Center. [less-]

Comedians Big Rome & Sherman Golden

at Atlanta Comedy Theater, Norcross
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Thu, August 24
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"Old School Comedy Jam" brings a pair of stand-up vets together on one bill at Atlanta Comedy Theater. Comedians Big Rome and Sherman Golden have kept audiences rolling in the aisles on HBO's "Def Com... [more+]

"Old School Comedy Jam" brings a pair of stand-up vets together on one bill at Atlanta Comedy Theater. Comedians Big Rome and Sherman Golden have kept audiences rolling in the aisles on HBO's "Def Comedy Jam", BET's "Comic View", "Showtime at the Apollo" and more. Expect each of these seasoned pros to come out of left-field with material that's brazenly funny -- whether they're cracking jokes about relationships, money or everyday Atlanta life. [less-]

Outdoor "Robin Hood" Swings Onto Stage in Family Adventure

at Serenbe Farmer's Market Stage, Chattahoochee Hills
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Fri, August 25
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Embark on a swashbuckling journey to Nottingham with a thrilling adaptation of the classic "Robin Hood". Robin abandons his life of comfort to rob from the rich and give to the poor with his Merry Men... [more+]

Embark on a swashbuckling journey to Nottingham with a thrilling adaptation of the classic "Robin Hood". Robin abandons his life of comfort to rob from the rich and give to the poor with his Merry Men. In the outdoor space, his green attire camouflages the outlaw hero as he takes on the power-hungry Prince John, the Sheriff of Nottingham, and rescues the beautiful Maid Marion. Under the direction of Broadway's Paul McGill, characters fly through Serenbe's magnificent forest on a zip line, redistributing wealth as they go. Catch all the high adventure in Robin's natural element at Serenbe Farmer's Market Stage in Chattahoochee Hills. [less-]

"All I Want is My Name": The Unauthorized Ike & Tina Story

at Earl Smith Strand Theatre, Marietta
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Fri, August 25
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FULL PRICE: $40 - $75
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You may know a lot about the story of Ike and Tina Turner ... but you probably don't know it all. "All I Want is My Name" takes a penetrating look at the true and untold story of the legendary musical... [more+]

You may know a lot about the story of Ike and Tina Turner ... but you probably don't know it all. "All I Want is My Name" takes a penetrating look at the true and untold story of the legendary musical duo, as infamous for the years of abuse as they were famous for unforgettable songs like "Proud Mary," "A Fool in Love," "Nutbush City Limits" and so many more. Filled with emotion and drama, this story follows their complicated relationship from start to finish on the stage of Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta. [less-]

"Ada and the Memory Engine": 19th Century Countess Becomes First Computer Programmer

at West End Performing Arts Center Black Box Theater, Atlanta
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Fri, August 25
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Today, fewer than seven percent of women graduate from college with a degree in science, technology, engineering or math. In light of this depressing statistic, it's even more amazing that the world's... [more+]

Today, fewer than seven percent of women graduate from college with a degree in science, technology, engineering or math. In light of this depressing statistic, it's even more amazing that the world's first computer programmer was a woman -- and that she died in the year 1852. Ada Lovelace, the poet Lord Byron's only legitimate child, was so proficient with numbers that she worked as a teenager with British mathematician Carl Babbage on the concept for what would become the world's first mechanical computer, and went on to write what historians consider to be the first computer program, nearly a hundred years before the technology existed to run it. Award-winning playwright Lauren Gunderson brings Ada's incredible true story to the stage in her play "Ada and the Memory Engine", coming to the West End Performing Arts Center Black Box Theater in Atlanta. [less-]

"The Summer of Our Discontent" -- Short Plays From Atlanta Playwrights

at Onion Man Productions, Chamblee
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Fri, August 25
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FULL PRICE: $16
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Summer is winding down (already?!?), and you can celebrate the bittersweet ending when Onion Man Productions presents "The Summer of Our Discontent". This eclectic collection of short plays by Atlanta... [more+]

Summer is winding down (already?!?), and you can celebrate the bittersweet ending when Onion Man Productions presents "The Summer of Our Discontent". This eclectic collection of short plays by Atlanta playwrights all reference someone's discontent. Sit back in the black box theater and take a break from the sun. [less-]

"A Lesson Before Dying" -- A Powerful Tale of Justice, Race & Dignity

at Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center, Decatur
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Set in the backwoods of Louisiana in 1948, "A Lesson Before Dying" centers on a young man sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit. At the trial his lawyer, trying to save his life, calls him... [more+]

Set in the backwoods of Louisiana in 1948, "A Lesson Before Dying" centers on a young man sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit. At the trial his lawyer, trying to save his life, calls him no more a human being than a hog. In prison, he acts like one, insisting that he will be dragged like that hog to his death in the electric chair. As he awaits execution, a local schoolteacher helps him face his impending execution with dignity. This poignant, thoughtful and heart-wrenching play finds both men grappling with what it means to be a man. Don't miss this theatrical adaptation of Ernest J. Gaines' Pulitzer-nominated novel, as Dominion Entertainment Group presents "A Lesson Before Dying" at the Porter-Sanford III Performing Arts Center in Decatur. [less-]

Lawrenceville Ghost Tour: Take a Haunted Stroll Through the Night

at Lawrenceville Square, Lawrenceville
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Fun for adults and children alike, this 90-minute walking tour through Metro Atlanta's oldest city teaches fascinating facts while sending an exhilarating chill down your spine. Your guide (in full pe... [more+]

Fun for adults and children alike, this 90-minute walking tour through Metro Atlanta's oldest city teaches fascinating facts while sending an exhilarating chill down your spine. Your guide (in full period costume) will titillate the senses with details of recent paranormal investigations and popular legends of ghostly goings-on -- like the night the dead rose up and paraded down Lawrenceville's main thoroughfare. Stroll the haunted streets through historic courthouse square, past turn-of-the-century storefronts and on to the Old Jail, where you can go inside ... if you dare. [less-]

Miracle Plays Presents "Jazz Age Jeopardy" Murder Mystery Dinner Show

at TP Productions Dinner Theatre/Three Southern Girls Tea Room , East Point
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Fri, August 25
FULL PRICE: $60
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Anything can happen at the Cat's Meow in this 1920s Jazz Age Murder Mystery Spectacular, and it's up to you to determine whodunnit. Don your best tailored suit or flapper gown as you attend crime boss... [more+]

Anything can happen at the Cat's Meow in this 1920s Jazz Age Murder Mystery Spectacular, and it's up to you to determine whodunnit. Don your best tailored suit or flapper gown as you attend crime boss and business man Felix Fontano's private party hosted by Miracle Plays at The Three Southern Girls Tea Room in the Atlanta area. During this wildly interactive evening, you'll work in groups to decide who the murderer in the room is, and some audience members will even be chosen to act as staff members and entertainers. Everyone's hard work pays off though -- your detective skills are rewarded with a buffet-style dinner and three glasses of wine to "sharpen" your solving smarts. [less-]

Atlanta Magic Theater Starring Magician Peter Morrison

at Atlanta Magic Theater, Atlanta
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Experience mind-blowing stage magic, mesmerizing mentalism and tons of lighthearted audience participation at Atlanta Magic Theater starring Peter Morrison. A featured performer at the world-famous Ma... [more+]

Experience mind-blowing stage magic, mesmerizing mentalism and tons of lighthearted audience participation at Atlanta Magic Theater starring Peter Morrison. A featured performer at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, Peter combines thrilling illusions, seemingly impossible feats of mentalism and laugh-out-loud comedy in a fast-paced, 75-minute stage show. Now, after six years of performing the highest-rated show in San Francisco (according to Yelp and TripAdvisor), he's bringing his crowd-pleasing show to Atlanta. Make sure you arrive at least an hour early to meet Peter and enjoy a little close-up, pre-show magic in the Atlanta Magic Theater lounge, where drinks and yummy appetizers will be available for purchase. [less-]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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10+ Valentine’s Date Night Ideas

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Cheap Date Night Ideas Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be another occasion for which to go in debt.  On the contrary, there’s plenty of free, cheap, and frugal date night ideas around Atlanta -and anywhere – just put the leg work in to it ahead of time.  Here are a few great Atlanta date night ideas, but most can be date night ideas for just about anywhere.  And keep in mind, these date night ideas are great, not just for Valentine’s Day, but all year long!

Frugal Date Night Ideas around Atlanta (and Beyond!)

  1. Coffee Date.  No, don’t run through your local coffee kiosk for this one.  Actually scope out your semi-local coffee shops or coffee bars and take your special someone there.  Find a quiet table and enjoy the coffee and conversation.  I’m willing to bet that most of the time you share coffee, it’s when you are in a rush in the mornings.  This will be a nice change and therefore a great date.  Check Scoutmob for a local coffee shop near you!
  2. Dive Bar.  Going out for drinks doesn’t have to be expensive.  You can look for dive bar that offers cheap drinks and a unique atmosphere.  These bars are often provide just about the best people watching opportunities that exist.  Again, Scoutmob it, folks!  (I swear, this isn’t an ad for Scoutmob.  I just really like promoting free apps!)
  3. Hit the Trail.  Take your special someone on a romantic hike and a bring a picnic along with you.  Do an internet search for trails near year and their difficulty scale – or check out my list of free or cheap hikes around Atlanta.  Be sure to choose one that makes sense for your fitness level (they range from super easy, park like strolls to more strenuous ones).  Just be sure choose wisely so that you both have fun!
  4. Attend a Paint Night.  Are you and/or your sweetheart artistic?  Paint nights are very popular right now and many restaurants and local event centers are offering paint nights for a very reasonable rate.  I’ve personally been to All Fired Up and would recommend them, and have heard great things about Painting with a Twist, too.
  5. Dinner and movie (at home).  Dinner and movie at home can be very romantic!  Just make sure to mix it up a bit so it’s not the same thing as every other night.  Maybe the two of you can cook a meal together and enjoy each other’s company with a candlelit meal.  Follow that up by snuggling on the sofa watching a movie.  Or, if you’re near Studio Movie Grill, snag this great deal while it’s available!
  6. Take a YouTube lesson together.  Learning is sexy.  Lucky for those of us on a budget, there are lots of free classes available at our fingertips.  From cooking to musical instruments to singing and drawing, you can learn just about anything on YouTube.  Grab your honey, open up the laptop and learn a new skill together.
  7. Hit up happy hour.  Many restaurants now offer happy hour discounts where you can order select food and drink items for half price!  This is a great way to save and still go out!
  8. Play a game of miniature golf.  When was the last time you played mini golf? I didn’t realize how cheap it was!  And oh so fun too!  Check Groupon for a potential mini-golf deal near you.
  9. Group game night.  Valentine’s Day doesn’t always have to be just for two.  Why not invite a group of friends over for a group game night and enjoy everyone’s company?  It is free and fun, plus it will give you a chance to invite those friends that don’t h 73 answered questions ave a partner to spend the day with.  You can never go wrong with a classic game like Pictionary, Phase 10, or try something new like Watch Ya Mouth or even Pie Face.
  10. Find a local musical act playing or check out an open mic night and pay a small cover fee for live music and entertainment.  
  11. Explore Your City!  There are tons of free and cheap things to do in Atlanta.  You can also peruse sites like Groupon for restaurants and activities inspiration on the cheap, as well as Venue Kings and Goldstar for concerts, shows, and sporting events.

Got other cheap date night ideas not listed here?  I’d love to hear them!  Also, make sure you check out these great inexpensive Valentine’s gift ideas for her (also not limited to just Valentine’s!).

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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Stone Mountain Christmas Magic!

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Making the Most of Stone Mountain Christmas

Recently, I was the delighted to be invited back with my family to experience Stone Mountain Christmas.  Last winter, we played at Snow Mountain, but hadn’t yet gotten to see the magic of Stone Mountain Christmas, so of course we jumped at the opportunity to go.  Suffice it to say, it is now on my list of family-friendly things to do in Winter in Atlanta!

From the whimsical sing-along Christmas train ride with The Gift (my Thomas-loving son’s favorite, of course!), to the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in 4-D (seriously, 10 minutes of fun and cuteness!), visiting Santa, the great variety of live performances peppered throughout, or my daughter’s absolute favorite: meeting the Snow Angel – there’s something for everyone at Stone Mountain Christmas.  The evening is topped off with the Snow Angel Fireworks Finale.

How can you make the most of your time at Stone Mountain Christmas this holiday season?  Here are my top tips for doing so:

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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Studio Movie Grill Groupon – $5 movie ticket

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The Studio Movie Grill Groupon is BACK!  You can also check out other Atlanta Groupon deals and Goldstar.

Studio Movie Grill Groupon


The Studio Movie Grill Groupon is BACK!  This is a great one, y’all — you get movie admission for $5!!  Studio Movie Grill has two Atlanta locations, and thus this Groupon has two options:

  • $5 for one movie ticket to Holcomb Bridge Studio Movie Grill at 2880 Holcomb Bridge Drive (up to $11 value)
  • $5 for one movie ticket to Duluth Studio Movie Grill at 3850 Venture Drive (up to $11 value)

Each offers a dinner and movie experience.  This is the lowest I’ve seen this Groupon offer, and it’s even better because they just recently revamped their menu, and it is full of ahh-mazing food and drink options!

Studio Movie Grill Groupon Food
Hurry and grab this GREAT deal before it’s gone!

Studio Movie Grill Groupon

Are you not yet signed up with Groupon?  No problem — sign up here, then go snag this great deal!

Legal-Mumbo-Jumbo:  Promotional value expires Jan 5, 2017. Amount paid never expires. Limit 10 per person. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Not valid for Star Wars Rogue One. Not valid for movies at 5pm or later on Friday-Sunday. Not valid toward special event movies, or alternate programming. Extra fee for 3D movies. Must redeem and use movie tickets by expiration date. $1.50 convenience fee/seat applies to online redemption. Never valid for alcohol, beverage, or food. Limit 1 per person per visit. Not valid towards buyouts. Not valid in combination with promo codes. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services. Offer is not eligible for Groupon promo codes or other discounts.

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You may also wish to check out these other great deals around town:

Legoland 1/2 off admissionLEGOLAND discount tickets

Georgia Renaissance Festival (1/2 off!)Goldstar Georgia Renaissance Festival

College Football Hall of Fame & Chick-fil-a Experience
Groupon - College Football Hall of Fame

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Halloween Activities in Atlanta 2016

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kroger. The opinions and text are all mine.

Halloween Activities in Atlanta 2016Mark your calendars, y’all!  There’s plenty to do this week and next weekend as we prepare for Halloween!

Moonlight Madness at Kroger

IN-STORE EVENT

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27TH

4PM-7PM

  Different Kroger stores throughout Atlanta will be hosting Moonlight Madness.  Activities may include:

  • Costume Contest for Kids
  • Trick or Treat Street ~ Each Department will pass out candy
  • Cake Walk
  • Pumpkin Carving Contest
  • Cookie Decoration Station for the Kids
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Coloring Station or Contest
  • Family Friendly Open House
  • Samples Samples Samples!!

Last year, by chance we stumbled into Moonlight Madness after school, and the kids enjoyed participating in a cake walk, and were delighted to get to go for several go-arounds.  In the end, we walked out with our very own caramel cake, which I may have shared with the kids (hee hee), and they enjoyed the fun and festivities.  And the cake.  Check with your individual location to see what activities they  may have for Moonlight Madness at Kroger.

Halloween Activities in Atlanta 2016

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--Barbara

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Cow Appreciation Day is Coming!

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Cow Appreciation Day 2016

July is known for many things, and many occasions. Most notably, we Americans get all red, white, and blue for the 4th of July. But for the die-hard chicken lovers, we know something spectacular occurs later in the month: Cow Appreciation Day.  Around Atlanta, and across the country, folks will dress up as their favorite bovine, in order to snag some free Chick-fil-a chicken.

There are some changes this year for Cow Appreciation Day 2016, as you may have heard.  First, hours are from 6:30 am to 7:00 pm.  Second, all participants who dress up will receive an entree.  In years past, it was up to the individual location’s discretion to discern if you were fully or partially dressed, to determine if you got an entree or a full year – but this year, all locations are offering an entree for all levels of dressed-up.

It’s a tradition I’ve been embarrassing my kids with for a few years now, and I’ve no intention to stop anytime soon.  However, I’m not (totally) ashamed to admit, I am a walking, talking Pinterest fail.  So, my costumes over the years tend to lack in imagination.

A few years ago, I think I reached my creative peak, by including my son’s Beanie Baby monkey, per my son’s request in the festivities. But of course, except for the collage below, I totally forgot to snap good pics, because, well, that would’ve just been *too* easy…

 

So, I reached out to some of my blogger pals and fellow Chick-fil-a Mom’s Club members, and came up with a few ideas for you, in case you want to go beyond just pinning the paper cutouts to a white t-shirt.  🙂
Of course, Chick-fil-a has some great ideas to get you started, and this year they’ve included some creative extras.  Check out their printable cow templates!

Cow Appreciation Day 2016 costume ideas

First, Lani of Life Anchored created this adorable cow onesie.  My favorite part?  There’s NO SEWING involved!  Plus, it could easily be done as a regular shirt, not just for a onesie.

Easy-No-Sew-Cow-Costume

 

Tabitha, over at Saving Toward a Better Life, created a simple and adorable cow costume with a simple trash bag.

trash bag cow costume
And of course, Lindsey of Redhead Baby Mama, created a round-up of cow costumes, as well.

Cow Appreciation Day Costumes - Redhead Baby Mama

And then make sure you also watch this tutorial on how to make a cute cow tail.

So seriously, how will YOU participate in Cow Appreciation Day this year?  Comment below with your ideas, or with how you intend to participate in Cow Appreciation Day.

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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CVS Curbside Pickup Service

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Disclosure: I’m working with CVS Pharmacy to help spread the word about CVS Curbside Pickup.  All opinions, bad puns, and over-excited zeal expressed are all my own.  All product claims and program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.

BIG news for the Atlanta, Charlotte, and San Diego area, y’all!  CVS now offers curbside pickup in these areas.  Yep, you can now make an online order at CVS.com and they will bring it to you curbside.  No need to even turn off the engine!

CVS Curbside Pickup - what's so great?

Do y’all know what a game-changer this is?!?  No more schlepping the kids in to the store, chasing them or lugging them around, trying hard to keep them from touching every.  single.  thing in the store.  Heck, you could pickup your CVS order in your PJs.  Or this summer, keep the kids in their wet bathing suits, and you in your cute bathing suit cover. [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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How to Save with the Atlanta Braves

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Atlanta Braves Discount TicketsAs a member of the #BravesBloggers, I was recently treated to a game and a tour of Turner Field, as well as a bag full o’ swag.  However, all opinions, reminiscings of childhood days, and random ramblings are 100% my own.

I’ve been in Atlanta all my life.  I remember going to Braves games before they were good.  (Does Dale Murphy ring a bell?)  I come from a LONG line of Braves fans: my mom was at the World Series game at Atlanta-Fulton County stadium in ’95 when they won.  My grandaddy faithfully watched games all season long, again this was back before they were “good”.  And I watched the Atlanta Braves become a powerhouse basically through the span of my teen years.  My family attended games at their inaugural season in Turner Field in 1997, so it’s only fitting that I partner with the Atlanta Braves this summer in their final season at The Ted. (I’m not hip.  Do people still call it The Ted??)

Atlanta Braves Discount Tickets - beer is good

As an Atlanta native, The Braves are intertwined with the culture fabric of summers in Atlanta to me.  Tailgating at Turner Field should be part of your summer bucket list, even if you only check it off once or twice.  Even if the Braves aren’t as hot as they were in the 90’s, they are still an integral part of our hometown lore.  I mean, just look at the Chicago Cubs, they’ve been stinking it up for over 100 years, but going to Wrigley Field is a part of Chicago culture.  (….unless, like my Chicago-native husband, you had a White Sox hat affixed to your head for years during your childhood.  But that’s a story for another day.)

I digress.

Being Atlanta’s FRUGAL Mom, I’m frequently asked about ways to save at local events and attractions.  It’s a huge part of who I am and what I do.  So when folks heard I was an Atlanta Braves Blogger this season, the question I heard most was about Atlanta Braves discount tickets.  SO, I wanted to share some awesome little money-saving tidbits with y’all.  But this goes beyond just discount tickets for Atlanta Braves games.  I want to show you how to save even once you’re INSIDE Turner Field.

Ways to Get Atlanta Braves Discount TicketsWays to Get Atlanta Braves Discount Tickets

  • Show your military ID – All active, retired, reserve, and veteran military personnel as well as first responders may enjoy 50% off upper box or outfield tickets to all remaining regular season 2016 Braves home games, just go to GovX.com.
  • Use your college ID – For select games during the 2016 season, students with a valid college email address can purchase an Upper Box ticket and get one free, just go to  here to register your email address!
  • Sportsclips $8 Mondays – Get a Terrace View seat in Sections 224L-230R or 223R-229L for only $8 every Monday, for a savings of up to 70%!
  • Coca-Cola $12 Tuesdays – Sit in the Club Pavilion in Sections 321R-337L for only $12! This special Tuesday deal saves you up to 40%!- Sit in the Club Pavilion in Sections 321R-337L for only $12! This special Tuesday deal saves you up to 40%!
  • Gas South –  If you’re a Gas South customer, you can not only score discount tickets, but you can also get two FREE tickets to an Atlanta Braves game.  You can also save up to gas-south.com/offers Sunday through Thursday all season long.  You’ll need to have your account information handy (such as your latest bill) to verify that you’re a Gas South customer.
  • Subway – Yep.  Subway. If you buy a medium drink and get the specially-marked cup around the metro-Atlanta area, there’s a peelie on there for $10 off tickets to an Atlanta Braves game.  You’ll go to the website listed on the peelie, and enter the discount code.  The code is good for up to four tickets, which means you can save up to $40!  Not bad for the price of one drink, huh?
  • Goldstar – Enjoy tickets for $21 each for Friday night Fireworks for June 24 and July 1 through Goldstar.   Want to go when the NY Mets are in town June 23, 25, or 26?  On Thursday the 23rd, there’s a bobble head giveaway, on Sunday the 26th (as always) kids run the bases before the game, and on Friday the 25th, some guy name Flo-Rida is performing.  😉  There’s also discount tickets for when the Miami Marlins are in town, as well as the Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, and the Cleveland Indians.
  • Also, check out places like Shopper, Stubhub, SeatGeek, and more for savings.

Atlanta Braves Discount Tickets - Things to do at Turner Field

Once you’re actually IN Turner Field, there’s tons of family-friendly activities to do, many that are free!  For starters, there’s The Sky Zone at the very top of the stadium – just follow the stairs all the way up to the very top!  You can sit on some cool coke-bottle shaped oversized chairs, “run the bases” on the psuedo small field, or just admire the magnficent view of the city AND the game, all in one spot.

Perhaps the very best feature for families bringing small kids is the CHOA Hope and Will’s Dugout, which includes the Tomahawk Treehouse.  Yep.  There’s an actual playground at Turner Field!  The Dugout will sometimes have tee balls and opportunity for kiddos to participate in a small game.

Also, did you know every Sunday home game, kids get to run the bases on the field?  If you’re a Kids Club member, your kiddos get to go to the front of the line for this experience.  There are two Kids Club membership options: the FREE membership gets you a passport, lanyard, BOGO ticket offer and stickers for every Atlanta Braves home game attended throughout 2016.  For $25, you get everything included in the basic membership, PLUS exclusive gifts and offers such as BOGO ticket offer and passes to the VIP Batting Practice Experience.  This is a great value if you plan to frequent home games this season with your kids.Atlanta-Braves-Discount-tickets_kids-club

My number one tip for savings once you’re in Turner Field: BYOB.  Well, bring your own soft-sided cooler.  Yep, you can bring your own food, snacks, and drinks inside.  You may NOT bring alcoholic beverages, nor glass or aluminum drinks.

However, I do recommend you try some of the new cuisine available at Turner Field this year, including the new Burgerizza, which is exactly as it sounds: a 20 oz burger, FIVE cheddar slices, and bacon (BACON!), pressed between two Freschetta pepperoni pizzas. My personal -and unexpected favorite- is the “Tater Tot Chop”, which starts with a layer of tater tots pressed in a waffle iron, loaded with bacon (BACON!), melted cheese and jalapenos, topped with a second tater tot waffle and served with Coca-Cola-infused ketchup.  Trust me, you won’t regret trying these dishes at least once!  Also, kids can enjoy a “Sandlot Snacks” kids meal, which include a hot dog, Welch’s fruit snack, and a kids’ beverage with a souvenir cup.

Atlanta Braves Discount Tickets - Great Grub at Turner Field

Two of my blogger friends and fellow #BravesBloggers have must-reads for Turner Field: Lindsay, of Redhead Baby Mama has a fantastic list of must-see offerings at the stadium, and Kecia of Momerish shares a list of kid-friendly things to do while you’re there.

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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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