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:

Puppet Show, Workshop & Museum With Cinderella Della Circus

at Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Sat, July 22
Sun, July 23
FULL PRICE: $19.50
OFFER PRICE: $11.50

Combine fairy tale magic, puppetry and circus, and you get Cinderella Della Circus. Showcasing high-flying thrills with marionette, rod and shadow-style puppetry, this show delights children and adult... [more+]

Combine fairy tale magic, puppetry and circus, and you get Cinderella Della Circus. Showcasing high-flying thrills with marionette, rod and shadow-style puppetry, this show delights children and adults alike. You'll also go hands-on with the Create-A-Puppet Workshop and get access to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum. Get to the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta for a show highlighting friendship, shared culture and the magic of imagination. [less-]

"Bright Half Life": Profound Romantic Drama by Pulitzer Nominee

at Marietta's New Theatre in the Square, Marietta
OFFER DATES:
Sat, July 22
Sun, July 23
Fri, July 28
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Sat, July 22
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FULL PRICE: $28
OFFER PRICE: $15.50

Time collapses, expands, somersaults and folds back in on itself in Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Tanya Barfield's drama "Bright Half Life". An exploration of what comprises a life with another ... [more+]

Time collapses, expands, somersaults and folds back in on itself in Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Tanya Barfield's drama "Bright Half Life". An exploration of what comprises a life with another person that's been hailed as "profound" ("The New Yorker") and "virtuosic" ("Time Out New York"), "Bright Half Life" takes a kaleidoscopic look into the shared lives of two lesbian lovers, Erica and Vicky. Using a series of fragmented memories, this contemporary love story offers an intimate glimpse into the couple's tumultuous relationship over the course of four decades. Immerse yourself in a love that truly transcends time. [less-]

Comedian Henry Welch (OutKast Albums, BET's "Comic View")

at Atlanta Comedy Theater, Norcross
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Sat, July 22
Sat, July 22
Sat, July 22
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FULL PRICE: $20 - $30
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $15

Known for his catchphrases "Y'all ain't ready for me!" and "I'm booked!" comedian Henry Welch considers himself the most feared man in comedy. His brand of clean comedy has sent him to clubs and colle... [more+]

Known for his catchphrases "Y'all ain't ready for me!" and "I'm booked!" comedian Henry Welch considers himself the most feared man in comedy. His brand of clean comedy has sent him to clubs and colleges all over the world and brought him to the attention of OutKast, who featured him in a music video and in hilarious skits on their albums "Idlewild" and "Speaker Boxxx". He's also been seen on TV shows like BET's "Comic View", HBO's "Def Comedy Jam" and Showtime's "The Big Black Comedy Show", as well as "Shaquille O'Neal's All Star Comedy Jam: Live From Las Vegas". Now you can catch Welch, along with Cory "Zooman" Miller, at the Atlanta Comedy Theater. [less-]

"King Hedley II": August Wilson's Provocative Tragedy

at South Fulton Arts Center, College Park
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Sat, July 22
Sat, July 22
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FULL PRICE: $25
OFFER PRICE: $12.50

Some of the finest monologues playwright August Wilson ever wrote are featured in "King Hedley II", the ninth installment of his famous 10-play "Pittsburgh Cycle". One of the two-time Pulitzer Prize w... [more+]

Some of the finest monologues playwright August Wilson ever wrote are featured in "King Hedley II", the ninth installment of his famous 10-play "Pittsburgh Cycle". One of the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner's darkest works, the production captures the hope and despair of America's decaying urban centers in the '80s. Exhausted by the cycle of poverty and violence, ex-con King Hedley is determined to make a new beginning, even as his old habits prove hard to break. Set in the very neighborhood in which Wilson was raised, this Tony-nominated play explores themes of systemic racism, gender roles, love and sacrifice. Now, the New African Grove Theatre Company presents "King Hedley II" at the South Fulton Arts Center in College Park. [less-]

Youth Production of Romantic Calypso Musical: "Once on This Island Jr."

at OnStage Atlanta, Decatur
OFFER DATES:
Sat, July 22
Thu, July 27
Sat, July 29
FULL PRICE: $13
OFFER PRICE: $6.50

Set in the French Antilles, this tropical musical from the Tony Award-winning creators of "Ragtime" and "Seussical" combines elements of both "Romeo and Juliet" and "The Little Mermaid". The result is... [more+]

Set in the French Antilles, this tropical musical from the Tony Award-winning creators of "Ragtime" and "Seussical" combines elements of both "Romeo and Juliet" and "The Little Mermaid". The result is a fun, calypso-tinged story filled with great music and rousing dance. The Tony-nominated hit chronicles the fairy-tale love of a young peasant girl for a handsome young aristocrat -- a love that leads her to save him from his doom. As the gods debate the star-crossed lovers' fate, the islanders gather to sing and celebrate the hope of the human spirit. This staging will be performed by the talented young artists of OnStage Atlanta in Decatur. [less-]

Atlanta Magic Theater Starring Magician Peter Morrison

at Atlanta Magic Theater, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Sat, July 22
Sat, July 22
Fri, July 28
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FULL PRICE: $30 - $40
OFFER PRICE: $12.50 - $22.50

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-]

"Happy Ending": A Bare-All Comedy About Truth & Identity

at 7 Stages, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Sat, July 22
Sun, July 23
Thu, July 27
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FULL PRICE: $35
OFFER PRICE: $25

"Happy Ending" introduces you to a simple, perfectly professional massage therapist who goes about his day job never knowing who his next client might be. When a new customer walks in the door -- full... [more+]

"Happy Ending" introduces you to a simple, perfectly professional massage therapist who goes about his day job never knowing who his next client might be. When a new customer walks in the door -- full of conflicting signals, hidden agendas and forbidden topics -- all of the job's usual decorum goes out the window. Watch as rules get broken, skin gets bared, the truth gets twisted and things get steamy in playwright Ronnie Larsen's sexy two-character play "Happy Ending", hitting 7 Stages in Atlanta. [less-]

Pulitzer-Winning Dark Comedy "Between Riverside and Crazy"

at Southwest Arts Center, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Sat, July 22
Sun, July 23
Wed, July 26
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FULL PRICE: $35
OFFER PRICE: $17.50

Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, "Between Riverside and Crazy" from Stephen Adly Guirgis ("The Motherf**ker With the Hat") now comes to Atlanta's Southwest Arts Center. Encompassing a worl... [more+]

Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, "Between Riverside and Crazy" from Stephen Adly Guirgis ("The Motherf**ker With the Hat") now comes to Atlanta's Southwest Arts Center. Encompassing a world that's "south of cozy and north of dangerous, west of sitcom and due east of tragedy" ("The New York Times"), the show centers around ex-cop and recent widower Walter "Pops" Washington and his recently paroled son Junior, examining their shared struggle to hold on to one of the last great rent-stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive while treading past old wounds, sketchy new house guests and a final ultimatum. [less-]

A Girl Battles Evil Cheerleaders and Randy Ogres in Action Comedy "She Kills Monsters"

at Out of Box Theatre @ Artisan Resource Center, Marietta
OFFER DATES:
Sat, July 22
FULL PRICE: n/a
OFFER PRICE: Sold Out

After losing her sister, Agnes Evans departs her childhood home, but soon becomes enthralled with her late sister's Dungeons and Dragons notebook. Her journey coincides with an action-packed adventure... [more+]

After losing her sister, Agnes Evans departs her childhood home, but soon becomes enthralled with her late sister's Dungeons and Dragons notebook. Her journey coincides with an action-packed adventure through an imaginary world as she battles evil cheerleaders, randy ogres and homicidal faeries in the action-filled comedy "She Kills Monsters". A 2012 GLAAD Award nominee, the play explores the wounds of loss and adolescence. Reality, fantasy and '90s pop culture collide in this empowering story about embracing your inner badass (and geek) at the Out of the Box Theatre in Atlanta. [less-]

"Life Could Be a Dream": Musical Comedy From "The Marvelous Wonderettes" Creator

at ART Station, Stone Mountain
OFFER DATES:
Sat, July 22
Sat, July 22
Thu, July 27
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FULL PRICE: $28
OFFER PRICE: $14

From the creator of the smash hit "The Marvelous Wonderettes" comes this 1960s musical comedy. The doo-wop quartet called The Crooning Crabcakes -- the boy group once banned from the Springfield High ... [more+]

From the creator of the smash hit "The Marvelous Wonderettes" comes this 1960s musical comedy. The doo-wop quartet called The Crooning Crabcakes -- the boy group once banned from the Springfield High School prom in favor of the Wonderettes -- sets out to finally find their own path to the top of the charts by entering a radio talent contest. Presented at ART Station in Stone Mountain, this family-friendly show features plenty of fun banter, along with such classic songs as "Runaround Sue," "The Great Pretender," "Unchained Melody," "Earth Angel" and more. [less-]

"The Diviners": Moving Depression-Era Drama

at Southside Theatre Guild, Fairburn
OFFER DATES:
Sat, July 22
Sun, July 23
FULL PRICE: $16
OFFER PRICE: $8

Set in a fictional Indiana farming town during the Great Depression, this moving drama from Fairburn's Southside Theatre Guild focuses on the friendship between an ex-preacher from Kentucky and a dist... [more+]

Set in a fictional Indiana farming town during the Great Depression, this moving drama from Fairburn's Southside Theatre Guild focuses on the friendship between an ex-preacher from Kentucky and a disturbed young boy, who was deeply traumatized by a near-drowning in his past. As a result, he's deathly afraid of water, but ironically is also gifted with the ability to divine its location -- sorely needed in his drought-besieged community. But as the bond between the two of them grows, the townspeople push the lapsed man of God into taking action too soon, with tragic consequences. [less-]

Academy Theatre's Short-Play Fest -- "Tapas II: Steady As She Goes"

at Hapeville Performing Arts Center, Hapeville
OFFER DATES:
Sat, July 22
Sun, July 23
FULL PRICE: $20
OFFER PRICE: $10

Centered around the theme of "steady as she goes," the Academy Theatre's short-play festival sets sail with a variety of ten-minute works that range from drama and comedy to horror and absurdist. Nine... [more+]

Centered around the theme of "steady as she goes," the Academy Theatre's short-play festival sets sail with a variety of ten-minute works that range from drama and comedy to horror and absurdist. Nine different playwrights from across the country are represented in the second edition of this show, which comes to the stage at the Hapeville Performing Arts Center. [less-]

"The Long Haul": A Long-Form Stand-Up Showcase

at Relapse Theatre, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Sat, July 22
FULL PRICE: $10
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $5

Strap in for an evening of non-stop laughter because you're in it for "The Long Haul" at The Relapse Theatre in Atlanta. Hosted by comedian Damon Sumner, this monthly stand-up showcase swaps out quick... [more+]

Strap in for an evening of non-stop laughter because you're in it for "The Long Haul" at The Relapse Theatre in Atlanta. Hosted by comedian Damon Sumner, this monthly stand-up showcase swaps out quick sets for a chance to let great comics perform longer and even more hilarious routines. Described as "a blend of Kevin Hart and Jim Gaffigan," Sumner has performed at numerous comedy festivals, including the Dallas Comedy Festival, Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival, and the Hell Yes Comedy Festival. This month's bill features headliner Samm Severin, William Childress and Krystle Pierce. [less-]

Punch & Judy: Classic Puppet-Show Mirth From Kincaid Karacters

at Marietta's New Theatre in the Square, Marietta
OFFER DATES:
Sat, July 22
Sat, July 29
FULL PRICE: $11.60 - $23.20
OFFER PRICE: $7.50 - $13.50

Squabbling puppets Punch and his wife Judy are classic puppets that bring mayhem and mirth to every show. The battling twosome have been making audiences laugh for more than 350 years -- in fact, even... [more+]

Squabbling puppets Punch and his wife Judy are classic puppets that bring mayhem and mirth to every show. The battling twosome have been making audiences laugh for more than 350 years -- in fact, even George Washington attended a show starring the havoc-wreaking puppets. Fun for kids and adults alike, you can now experience the exploits of Punch and Judy, performed by the nationally acclaimed Kincaid Karacters, at Marietta's New Theatre in the Square. See this morning show on its own, or opt for a buffet breakfast with the "Brunch with Punch" option. [less-]

"Honk! The Musical" -- An Ugly Duckling Tale

at Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, Woodstock
OFFER DATES:
Sat, July 22
Sun, July 23
FULL PRICE: n/a
OFFER PRICE: Sold Out

Based on Hans Christian Andersen's beloved fairy tale, "The Ugly Duckling", this charming family musical tells the story of a funny-looking baby duck searching for his mother. Along the way, he encoun... [more+]

Based on Hans Christian Andersen's beloved fairy tale, "The Ugly Duckling", this charming family musical tells the story of a funny-looking baby duck searching for his mother. Along the way, he encounters a sly cat, a beautiful swan, a chicken and other colorful characters. Awarded the prestigious Olivier Award (Britain's equivalent of the Tony Award), "Honk!" is an entertaining tale for the whole family, as little "Ugly" goes from being ridiculed by his friends and family to discovering his amazing destiny and finding love and acceptance along the way. With its exuberant music and steady stream of hilarious characters, "Honk!" will delight every member of your family -- "fowl play" has never been so much fun! [less-]

"The Hunchback of Notre Dame": A Musical Take on Hugo's Classic

at Aurora Theatre - Main Stage, Lawrenceville
OFFER DATES:
Sat, July 22
Sun, July 23
Wed, July 26
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Sat, July 22
Sun, July 23
Wed, July 26
Thu, July 27
Fri, July 28
Sat, July 29
Sat, July 29
Sun, July 30
Fri, August 04
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FULL PRICE: $40 - $65
OFFER PRICE: $20 - $32.50

Victor Hugo's epic tale of a deformed bell-ringer and the woman he loves comes to the stage as a musical, featuring the Disney film's Academy Award-nominated score, plus new songs by masters of the fo... [more+]

Victor Hugo's epic tale of a deformed bell-ringer and the woman he loves comes to the stage as a musical, featuring the Disney film's Academy Award-nominated score, plus new songs by masters of the form: Alan Menken (Disney's "Beauty and the Beast") and Stephen Schwartz ("Wicked"). Combining the best parts of both the book and the film, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" features verbatim passages from Hugo's gothic novel, as the deformed Quasimodo grapples with society's cruelty and protects the lovely gypsy Esmeralda, the one woman who shows him kindness. Get caught up in the historical, romantic magic when "The Hunchback" comes to the Aurora Theatre's Main Stage near Atlanta. [less-]

Outdoor "Robin Hood" Swings Onto Stage in Family Adventure

at Serenbe Farmer's Market Stage, Chattahoochee Hills
OFFER DATES:
Sat, July 22
Sun, July 23
Fri, July 28
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FULL PRICE: $10 - $20
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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-]

Lawrenceville Ghost Tour: Take a Haunted Stroll Through the Night

at Lawrenceville Square, Lawrenceville
OFFER DATES:
Sat, July 22
Fri, July 28
Sat, July 29
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Sat, July 22
Fri, July 28
Sat, July 29
Sat, August 05
Fri, August 11
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Fri, August 18
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Fri, September 01
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FULL PRICE: $12
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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-]

"School House Rock Live! Jr.": Stage Adaptation of Kids' TV Classic Performed by Youths

at Lyric Studio Theatre in the Square, Marietta
OFFER DATES:
Sun, July 23
FULL PRICE: $10
OFFER PRICE: $6

A pop culture phenomenon comes to the Lyric Studio Theatre in the Square with "Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr." The Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning cartoon series from the 1970s that taught history, gr... [more+]

A pop culture phenomenon comes to the Lyric Studio Theatre in the Square with "Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr." The Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning cartoon series from the 1970s that taught history, grammar, math and more through clever, tuneful songs is not only making a small-screen comeback, the stage adaptation is thrilling a whole new generation of audiences, and Atlanta Lyric Theatre is no exception. "Schoolhouse Rock Live!" follows Tom, a new school teacher who's nervous about his first day of teaching. As he tries to chill out by watching TV, various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the screen and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music, introducing such songs as "Just a Bill," "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly" and "Conjunction Junction." This production is presented by the youth actors from Lyric's junior program. [less-]

Improve Your Sex Life With Totally Wow! Workshops

at Totally Wow! Group, Marietta
OFFER DATES:
Sun, July 23
Sun, July 23
Sun, July 23
+ 6 more dates
Sun, July 23
Sun, July 23
Sun, July 23
Tue, July 25
Tue, August 08
Sat, August 19
Tue, August 22
Tue, September 12
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FULL PRICE: $30
OFFER PRICE: $15

Ladies, transform your sex life in a healthy and positive way with Totally Wow! Workshops. These women-only classes cover a range of topics, from safe BDSM practice to self-empowerment. Learn the ins ... [more+]

Ladies, transform your sex life in a healthy and positive way with Totally Wow! Workshops. These women-only classes cover a range of topics, from safe BDSM practice to self-empowerment. Learn the ins and outs of your body, pick up some expert techniques and get the most out of your love life with Totally Wow! Group in Marietta. [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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