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:

Richard Wright's Powerful Novel "Native Son" Adapted to Stage

at Theatre in the Square - Main Stage, Marietta
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Sun, April 23
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FULL PRICE: $30
OFFER PRICE: $17

Richard Wright's seminal work "Native Son" has been part of the cultural landscape for decades, and with this ingenious theatrical adaptation by Nambi E. Kelley, the novel about oppression, freedom an... [more+]

Richard Wright's seminal work "Native Son" has been part of the cultural landscape for decades, and with this ingenious theatrical adaptation by Nambi E. Kelley, the novel about oppression, freedom and justice bursts with all new life on stage. The tale of Bigger Thomas, whose goals of wanting more out of life -- suffocated as he is by the rat-infested world of poverty and prejudice he finds himself in, living in 1930s Chicago -- are sidetracked when he makes a fateful decision while working for a well-to-do white family. Don't miss this insightful, urgent adaptation from Marietta's New Theatre in the Square. [less-]

Cuban Exiles in "A Bicycle Country" by Pulitzer Prize-Winner Nilo Cruz

at Aurora Theatre - Studio, Lawrenceville
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Sun, April 23
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FULL PRICE: $20
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"A Bicycle Country" by Cuban playwright Nilo Cruz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Anna in the Tropics", features symbolism and fantasy as three Cuban exiles search for freedom. Set in Havana, t... [more+]

"A Bicycle Country" by Cuban playwright Nilo Cruz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Anna in the Tropics", features symbolism and fantasy as three Cuban exiles search for freedom. Set in Havana, the characters look to build a dream in the face of desperate odds. The play charts their harrowing journey across the Caribbean Sea, examining the universal themes of liberty and oppression, hope and survival. Performed in Spanish with English supertitles, this play features characters wrestling with some of mankind's darkest issues and coming out transformed on the other side at Aurora Theatre - Studio in Lawrenceville. [less-]

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat": Andrew Lloyd Weber's Hit Musical

at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, Mableton
OFFER DATES:
Sun, April 23
FULL PRICE: COMP - $8
OFFER PRICE: FREE - $4

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" provides a colorful twist on the Old Testament tale of Joseph, whose father gives him a gorgeous multi-hued cloak as a gift. Green with envy over the gar... [more+]

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" provides a colorful twist on the Old Testament tale of Joseph, whose father gives him a gorgeous multi-hued cloak as a gift. Green with envy over the garment, Joseph's brothers sell him into slavery, and he ends up in Egypt, where he manages to rescue the country from famine, with a little help from an Elvis-esque pharoah. A multiple Tony nominee when it first appeared on stage, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" features a lively mix of musical styles, ranging from country and rock to hip-hop and even calypso. Catch all the dazzling color and delightful songs at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. [less-]

"The Dixie Swim Club": A Poignant Comedy About Best Friends

at Sylvia Beard Theatre, Buford
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Sun, April 23
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FULL PRICE: $22
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"The Dixie Swim Club" focuses on five vibrant women who have called each other friends since their time spent together on a college swim team 33 years ago. Every year since graduation, they've kept th... [more+]

"The Dixie Swim Club" focuses on five vibrant women who have called each other friends since their time spent together on a college swim team 33 years ago. Every year since graduation, they've kept their bond alive by spending a long summer weekend together at the same North Carolina beach cottage, leaving husbands, children and work behind to share in each other's challenges and triumphs. Spotlighting four specific weekends throughout the span of these 33 years, this poignant comedy is a blend of tender moments and raucous repartee that brings the beauty of lifelong friendships onto the stage and into the spotlight of the Sylvia Beard Theatre at the Buford Community Center. [less-]

"Strait of Gibraltar": A Sexy Psychological Thriller

at Synchronicity Theatre, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Sun, April 23
FULL PRICE: $30
OFFER PRICE: $15

What starts off as a typical romantic comedy quickly spirals into a suspenseful thriller about terrorism in Andrea Lepcio's "Strait of Gibraltar". Miriam, a Jewish woman, meets Zameer, a Muslim man fr... [more+]

What starts off as a typical romantic comedy quickly spirals into a suspenseful thriller about terrorism in Andrea Lepcio's "Strait of Gibraltar". Miriam, a Jewish woman, meets Zameer, a Muslim man from Morocco, and the two instantly fall in love. However, when Zameer reveals that he's in the country illegally, Miriam comes to the earth-shattering conclusion that everything is not what it seems. Smart, riveting and profound, "Strait of Gibraltar" examines love, truth and prejudice in the age of the Patriot Act. See this exciting new play when it makes its world premiere at the Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta. [less-]

A Cop Makes a Deadly Decision in Gripping Drama "Split Second"

at Hapeville Performing Arts Center, Hapeville
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Sun, April 23
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FULL PRICE: $20
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What happens when an ordinary cop makes a deadly decision that changes his life forever? "Split Second" is an all-too-timely drama that unfolds when a respected African-American police officer arrests... [more+]

What happens when an ordinary cop makes a deadly decision that changes his life forever? "Split Second" is an all-too-timely drama that unfolds when a respected African-American police officer arrests a white man. The suspect taunts the officer with racist insults until, in the grip of uncontrollable rage, the officer crosses the line. Don't miss this provocative and thought-provoking drama from playwright Dennis McIntyre presented at the Hapeville Performing Arts Center. [less-]

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games: "Full Throttle Fun" Package

at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games , Roswell
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FULL PRICE: $58 - $220
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Feel the roar of the engines as you race high-speed gas-powered Superkarts on a European style track, experience Georgia's only interactive XD motion theater, maneuver your way through the indoor rope... [more+]

Feel the roar of the engines as you race high-speed gas-powered Superkarts on a European style track, experience Georgia's only interactive XD motion theater, maneuver your way through the indoor ropes course, rack up game points for prizes, and even savor BBQ from the Big Green Egg at Andretti Indoor Karting and Games in Roswell. This 100,000 square-foot entertainment center offers plenty of heart-pounding excitement for both kids and adults, with a full bar and restaurant and more than 40 HDTVs. With the "Full Throttle Fun" Package, you get one Superkart race (junior or adult), admission to the 7D dark ride, $10 worth of arcade play and one session at the Cosmic Rock Wall or Sky Trail ropes course. [less-]

"Outbreak": Interactive Escape Room Experience

at Big Escape Rooms, Atlanta
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Mon, April 24
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FULL PRICE: $30.24 - $363
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Instead of sitting in a dark theater watching actors perform, "Outbreak" places you right in the middle of all the action. Set in the not-so-distant future, a deadly virus has swept the earth, wiping ... [more+]

Instead of sitting in a dark theater watching actors perform, "Outbreak" places you right in the middle of all the action. Set in the not-so-distant future, a deadly virus has swept the earth, wiping away a huge chunk of the population and leaving the world in utter chaos. It's post-apocalyptic madness and it's up to you and your team to release the antidote by finding clues and solving all the puzzles. But, time is running out and the infected are right behind you. Can you escape the room and save humanity before it's too late? You'll have to see for yourself when this interactive experience comes to Big Escape Rooms. [less-]

Escaping From Boris: One Hour to Free Yourself From a Killer Clown's Prison

at Big Escape Rooms, Atlanta
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Mon, April 24
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FULL PRICE: $30.24 - $363
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Here's the bad news: You and your friends have been trapped in an abandoned circus by Boris, a crazed serial killer clown. The good news is that Boris is giving you a chance to escape -- but only if y... [more+]

Here's the bad news: You and your friends have been trapped in an abandoned circus by Boris, a crazed serial killer clown. The good news is that Boris is giving you a chance to escape -- but only if you can succeed at one of his twisted games. You'll have one hour to search for clues that will help you solve his puzzle and escape from his trap before Boris returns to make you his latest victim. This pulse-pounding experience at Big Escape Rooms in Atlanta is as close as you'll ever want to come to being a character in a horror movie. [less-]

Live Music at City Winery Atlanta

at City Winery Atlanta, Atlanta
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Tue, April 25
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FULL PRICE: $10 - $40
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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 performances, along with fine dining, ... [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 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 coming soon to this new venue. [less-]

"Urinetown: The Musical" Satirizes Corruption and Revolution

at ACT3 Productions , Sandy Springs
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Thu, April 27
Sun, April 30
FULL PRICE: $25
OFFER PRICE: $12.50 - $17.50

When a 20-year drought leads to a government ban on private toilets, a greedy company profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs -- until a hero rises up against the system. ... [more+]

When a 20-year drought leads to a government ban on private toilets, a greedy company profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs -- until a hero rises up against the system. "Urinetown" is a satirical, original and surprisingly clean tale of corruption, love and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. The show's irreverent score gives a nod to musicals from Broadway to Brecht and Weill, and playfully parodies shows like "Fiddler on the Roof", "Les Misérables" and "West Side Story". The winner of three Tonys and two Obie Awards during its original Broadway run, "Urinetown" can now be enjoyed at ACT3 Productions in Sandy Springs. [less-]

Ellis Marsalis Quintet: The First Family of Jazz

at The Rich Theatre, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Thu, April 27
FULL PRICE: $75.79
OFFER PRICE: $37.90

Ellis Marsalis is bringing great music for a good cause. Patriarch of the "First Family of Jazz," pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr. is a fixture of the New Orleans music scene and the father of jazz greats W... [more+]

Ellis Marsalis is bringing great music for a good cause. Patriarch of the "First Family of Jazz," pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr. is a fixture of the New Orleans music scene and the father of jazz greats Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis. A Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductee, Ellis and his sons are also recipients of an NEA Jazz Masters Award. In this concert, Ellis Marsalis bring his quintet, featuring Jason on the vibraphone and Delfeayo on the trombone, to The Rich Theatre in Atlanta for a night of great jazz. Plus, the concert benefits Santa Fe Villas, which helps provide housing for the homeless. [less-]

A Mother Shares a Recipe for Life in Comedy "Pie in the Sky"

at ART Station, Stone Mountain
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Thu, April 27
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FULL PRICE: $29
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Two women set out to bake an apple pie. As they sift, roll and stir, Mama shares her recipe for life in the hopes that her daughter Dory will restart her own. The world premiere of Lawrence Thelen's c... [more+]

Two women set out to bake an apple pie. As they sift, roll and stir, Mama shares her recipe for life in the hopes that her daughter Dory will restart her own. The world premiere of Lawrence Thelen's comedy starts with the crust, ends with the ping of a timer and packs a whole lot of emotions and laughs in between. Intimate, poignant and often hilarious, "Pie in the Sky" will leave you with a warm heart when it comes to the ART Station in Stone Mountain. [less-]

Comedian Leonard Ouzts ("Conan")

at Atlanta Comedy Theater, Norcross
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Thu, April 27
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FULL PRICE: $20 - $30
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $15

Despite being only 24 years old, comedian Leonard Ouzts has already established a comedy career on par with many experienced stand-up veterans -- and his list of accomplishments continues to grow as h... [more+]

Despite being only 24 years old, comedian Leonard Ouzts has already established a comedy career on par with many experienced stand-up veterans -- and his list of accomplishments continues to grow as his star shines even brighter. Since his TV debut last year on "Gotham Comedy Live", the IHOP waiter-turned-comic has toured all over the country, as well as appeared on "Conan", "Adam Devine's House Party" and BET's "Comic View". He also hosts his own web series "Camedians" and was selected as the New Face at the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. A native of South Carolina, Ouzts uses his humble upbringing and keen observational humor to deliver hard-hitting laughs. Don't miss his hilarious set when he comes to the Atlanta Comedy Theater. [less-]

Stand-Up Comedian Myq Kaplan ("Last Comic Standing")

at Relapse Theatre, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Thu, April 27
FULL PRICE: $15
OFFER PRICE: $7.50

Self-proclaimed "small, dork and handsome" comedian Myq Kaplan has logged late-night mic time with Letterman, Conan, Fallon and Seth Meyers and has starred in his own Comedy Central and Netflix specia... [more+]

Self-proclaimed "small, dork and handsome" comedian Myq Kaplan has logged late-night mic time with Letterman, Conan, Fallon and Seth Meyers and has starred in his own Comedy Central and Netflix specials. You may have also caught his hilariously nerdy and idiosyncratic material on "Last Comic Standing" (where he was a finalist), or "America's Got Talent". Now, you can hear Kaplan run through clever observations and pithy way-homers with his signature mile-a-minute delivery when he takes the stage at Atlanta's Relapse Theatre. "" [less-]

"Suds: The Rocking 60s Musical Soap Opera" Is Packed With the Decade's Greatest Hits

at Southside Theatre Guild, Fairburn
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Thu, April 27
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FULL PRICE: $16
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Loaded with good, clean fun, bubbling energy and some of the greatest pop hits of the '60s, tells the story of a young woman and her guardian angels who come to teach her about finding true love in, o... [more+]

Loaded with good, clean fun, bubbling energy and some of the greatest pop hits of the '60s, tells the story of a young woman and her guardian angels who come to teach her about finding true love in, of all places, a laundromat. The show is loaded with that tuneful decade's greatest hits, including "Respect," "You Can't Hurry Love," "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" and "Chapel of Love." Dance your way down to Fairburn's Southside Theatre Guild for a sudsy good time at "Suds: The Rocking 60s Musical Soap Opera". [less-]

Atlanta Magic Theater Starring Magician Peter Morrison

at Atlanta Magic Theater, Atlanta
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Fri, April 28
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FULL PRICE: $30 - $40
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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-]

Female-Bonding Comedy With a Southern Twist: "The Savannah Sipping Society"

at OnStage Atlanta, Decatur
OFFER DATES:
Fri, April 28
FULL PRICE: $23
OFFER PRICE: $11.50

Inhabiting a similar Southern neighborhood as "Steel Magnolias, Fried Green Tomatoes" and "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood", this new female-driven comedy centers around four women "of a certai... [more+]

Inhabiting a similar Southern neighborhood as "Steel Magnolias, Fried Green Tomatoes" and "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood", this new female-driven comedy centers around four women "of a certain age" who happen to meet at a Savannah-area happy hour. Though they each face their own career and relationship challenges, the quartet -- workaholic Randa, newly single Dot, revenge-filled divorcee Marlafaye and "life coach" Jinx -- become BFFs, meeting up once a week to drown their sorrows and/or toast their successes. And over the course of six months, they manage to start anew, with a little help from their new friends. The latest comedy from the prolific writing team of Jones-Hope-Wooten ("The Dixie Swim Club, Always a Bridesmaid") comes to OnStage Atlanta in Decatur. [less-]

Electrifying Battle of Wills & Wits "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest"

at Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church, Decatur
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Fri, April 28
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FULL PRICE: $20
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The Renaissance Project Theatre Company takes the stage at Decatur's Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church for the riveting American drama that was turned into an Oscar-winning movie starring Jack Nic... [more+]

The Renaissance Project Theatre Company takes the stage at Decatur's Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church for the riveting American drama that was turned into an Oscar-winning movie starring Jack Nicholson, "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest". It's the story of one of literature's great characters, Randle P. McMurphy, the felon who thinks he's pulled a fast one by feigning insanity to get out of a prison sentence. But instead of resting up at the state mental hospital, the charming rebel finds himself leading an insurrection, which lands him squarely in the crosshairs of the controlling Nurse Ratched. [less-]

Bronson Pinchot ("Perfect Strangers", "Beverly Hills Cop") -- Improv & Stories

at Dad's Garage Theatre , Atlanta
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Fri, April 28
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FULL PRICE: $31 - $31.50
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Bronson Pinchot comes to Dad's Garage Theatre in Atlanta for a weekend of improv, stories and scandal. Renowned as a witty and fascinating storyteller, Bronson was nominated for an Emmy as one of the ... [more+]

Bronson Pinchot comes to Dad's Garage Theatre in Atlanta for a weekend of improv, stories and scandal. Renowned as a witty and fascinating storyteller, Bronson was nominated for an Emmy as one of the stars of ABC's "Perfect Strangers" and has appeared in numerous films, including "Beverly Hills Cop", "First Wives Club", "Risky Business", "True Romance" and "Courage under Fire". He recently starred in his own reality series, "The Bronson Pinchot Project", and now you can hear him share his entertaining stories about growing up poor, attending Yale and his career in television, stage and film. [less-]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

**Remember, y'all, this post may contain affiliate links. I receive a small amount of compensation when you purchase from my links, which I"ll totally blow on waffle fries and sweet tea, y'all!**

10+ Valentine’s Date Night Ideas

**This post may contain affiliate links. I receive a small amount of compensation when you purchase from my links, which I"ll totally blow on waffle fries and sweet tea, y'all!**



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:

Making the Most of Your
Stone Mountain Christmas Experience

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--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.

Atlanta Braves Discount Tickets - Braves Blogger logo

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Cool Things to do While Visiting Greensboro

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Huge thanks to Lindsey of And The Kitchen Sink for guest posting on frugal-friendly tips for traveling to Greensboro.

I have lived in Greensboro my entire life. There’s just something about this city that keeps calling me home. In my years of living here, I have visited and experienced almost everything there is to do here. There’s so much to do here you couldn’t possibly do all of it in a day, in my opinion these are the best bangs for your buck!
Visiitng Greensboro

Attractions

Greensboro Science Center

A lot of this sciences are geared toward younger audiences, I would be lying to you if I told you that I didn’t go to the Science Center for my 19th birthday. This is personally one of my favorite places in Greensboro, and I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting the area. Greensboro’s Science center is the only facility in the whole state that offers an accredited science museum, zoo, Omnisphere theater, and aquarium all in one place.
Science Museum- The museum has exhibits that range from fossils and dinosaur footprints, extreme weather galleries, small reptiles, even an educational exhibit filled with interactive displays that take you on a tour of the body’s main systems. From now until June 5th you can see the exciting bodies revealed exhibit. [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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