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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:

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

at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games , Roswell
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FULL PRICE: $58 - $220
OFFER PRICE: $29 - $99

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
OFFER DATES:
Tue, May 02
Wed, May 03
Thu, May 04
+ 2 more dates
Tue, May 02
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Mon, May 08
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FULL PRICE: $30.24 - $363
OFFER PRICE: $20 - $250

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-]

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

at Marietta's New Theatre in the Square, Marietta
OFFER DATES:
Thu, May 04
Fri, May 05
Sat, May 06
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-]

Comedian Ronnie Jordan Brings Heavyweight Laughs to ATL

at Atlanta Comedy Theater, Norcross
OFFER DATES:
Thu, May 04
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FULL PRICE: $20 - $30
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $15

One of the rising stars in the comedy world returns home for another night of big laughs, as Ronnie Jordan headlines at the Atlanta Comedy Theater. Jordan has made a name for himself as a comic's comi... [more+]

One of the rising stars in the comedy world returns home for another night of big laughs, as Ronnie Jordan headlines at the Atlanta Comedy Theater. Jordan has made a name for himself as a comic's comic, sharing the stage with stand-up big timers like Rickey Smiley, Bruce Bruce and Sinbad. Jordan's hard-hitting style has earned him spots on BET's "Comic View", "P. Diddy Presents Bad Boys of Comedy" and tours around the world. This hometown boy will bring big laughs, so don't miss out on a great evening of entertainment. [less-]

Actor-Storyteller Stephen Tobolowsky Shares "My Adventures With God"

at Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, Dunwoody
OFFER DATES:
Thu, May 04
FULL PRICE: $18
OFFER PRICE: $9

Although you might not know him by name, chances are you know Stephen Tobolowsky's face. The prolific character actor has racked up an impressive roster of roles that include Ned Ryerson in "Groundhog... [more+]

Although you might not know him by name, chances are you know Stephen Tobolowsky's face. The prolific character actor has racked up an impressive roster of roles that include Ned Ryerson in "Groundhog Day", Sammy Jankis in "Memento", Commissioner Hugo Jarry in "Deadwood", and Sandy Ryerson on "Glee" to name just a few. He somehow also finds time to write books ("The Dangerous Animals Club") and host a podcast ("The Tobolowsky Files"), in which he shares funny and poignant stories of his life. Many big names pass through his stories -- like Harold Ramis, Christopher Nolan, Spike Jonze and God. Now you can see this engaging and entertaining storyteller in person and buy a signed copy of his newest book, "My Adventures With God", when he comes to the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. It's an introspective collection of essays about love, catastrophe and triumph, all told through the lens of his ever-evolving relationship with the mystery that is "God." [less-]

Southern Sisters Welcome a Long-Lost Relative in "Split in Three"

at Aurora Theatre - Main Stage, Lawrenceville
OFFER DATES:
Thu, May 04
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FULL PRICE: $20 - $55
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It's the late 1960s, and change is coming to the Mississippi Delta. Years after "Brown v. Board of Education", the federal government is putting pressure on local schools to admit black students along... [more+]

It's the late 1960s, and change is coming to the Mississippi Delta. Years after "Brown v. Board of Education", the federal government is putting pressure on local schools to admit black students alongside white ones, and the controversy has turned the once-sleepy rural region into something resembling a warzone. Caught in the middle of the chaos are two white sisters, Nola and Nell, with very different opinions on whether their community should integrate or not. But Nola and Nell are in for the shock of a lifetime when they get a visit from their long-lost half-sister - an educated, well-to-do Northerner who also happens to be half black. As their worlds collide, the siblings struggle to rekindle the bonds of sisterhood in comic drama "Split in Three", coming to Lawrenceville's Aurora Theatre. [less-]

"The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told": Gay Retelling of the Bible

at Out Front Theatre Company, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Thu, May 04
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FULL PRICE: $25
OFFER PRICE: $12.50

Inspired by the fundamentalist saying "God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve," Atlanta's Out Front Theatre Company is putting a thought-provoking twist on the creation story with "The Most Fabulou... [more+]

Inspired by the fundamentalist saying "God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve," Atlanta's Out Front Theatre Company is putting a thought-provoking twist on the creation story with "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told". Starting with Genesis, this new production follows two gay couples -- Adam and Steve and Jane and Mabel -- as they decide to procreate in order to start civilization. We follow these friends down through the centuries as they encounter various oddball characters, all the way to modern-day New York. [less-]

Learn Burlesque With Sugar Brown at "Sip & Slay"

at Metro Dance Studio & Performing Arts Center, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Thu, May 04
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FULL PRICE: $30
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Slinky and seductive burlesque dancer Sugar Brown invites you to get in on the act at "Sip & Slay". Wear your sexiest attire and bring heels, because Brown is going to teach you some of the hottest da... [more+]

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

"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, May 04
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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-]

"Spring Shorts": One-Act Fest at OnStage Atlanta

at OnStage Atlanta, Decatur
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Fri, May 05
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FULL PRICE: $18
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Spring is shorts weather in the ATL, so Decatur's OnStage Atlanta gets into the spirit of the season with its latest collection of one-act plays from both local and nationally-known playwrights. This ... [more+]

Spring is shorts weather in the ATL, so Decatur's OnStage Atlanta gets into the spirit of the season with its latest collection of one-act plays from both local and nationally-known playwrights. This annual tradition continues with the 2017 program, which includes eight offerings that focus on women and women's issues. You'll hear stories about an interesting blind date, an overzealous catalog salesperson, a runaway bride, the vagaries of dating via phone apps, adoption and more. [less-]

"The Comedy of Errors": Shakespeare's Madcap Classic

at Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Fri, May 05
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FULL PRICE: $20 - $34
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One of Shakespeare's fastest, funniest and wildest plays, "The Comedy of Errors" is a farce that centers around two sets of twins, both separated at birth, who circulate in the same city over the cour... [more+]

One of Shakespeare's fastest, funniest and wildest plays, "The Comedy of Errors" is a farce that centers around two sets of twins, both separated at birth, who circulate in the same city over the course of one very crazy day. Multiple mistaken identities lead to confusion on a grand scale, while slapstick, puns and clever wordplay all add up to a singularly entertaining experience. This production of "The Comedy of Errors" at Atlanta's Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse is filled to the brim with wild elements like madness, infidelity, wrongful beatings and even demonic possession. [less-]

Atlanta Magic Theater Starring Magician Peter Morrison

at Atlanta Magic Theater, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Fri, May 05
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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-]

"Cagematch": No-Holds-Barred Long Form Improv Battle

at Dad's Garage Theatre , Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Fri, May 05
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FULL PRICE: $21.50
OFFER PRICE: $10.75

Two teams of brave and brilliant improv warriors enter the ring. They will engage in no-holds-barred combat, but instead of their brawn, they'll have only their wits to survive. From the same people w... [more+]

Two teams of brave and brilliant improv warriors enter the ring. They will engage in no-holds-barred combat, but instead of their brawn, they'll have only their wits to survive. From the same people who brought you "TheatreSports", one of the longest-running and most-popular improv competitions, "Cagematch" takes the stakes to an even higher level, using long form improv for the format and instituting only one rule: there are no rules. Grab a date or a friend, maybe even a group of 'em, or just treat yourself to the fun at Dad's Garage Theatre in Atlanta. [less-]

"Annie Get Your Gun": Irving Berlin's Classic Wild West Musical

at Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, Woodstock
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Fri, May 05
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FULL PRICE: $15
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Saddle up for a Wild West adventure with Annie Oakley -- the best shot around! Supporting her siblings by selling the game she so skillfully hunts, Annie catches the eye of Buffalo Bill, who persuades... [more+]

Saddle up for a Wild West adventure with Annie Oakley -- the best shot around! Supporting her siblings by selling the game she so skillfully hunts, Annie catches the eye of Buffalo Bill, who persuades her to join his Wild West show. This rousing 1946 Broadway musical comedy features a book by Dorothy and Herbert Fields, and such classic Irving Berlin hits as "Anything You Can Do," "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly" and "There's No Business Like Show Business." Enjoy this rootin', tootin' production of "Annie Get Your Gun" at Elm Street Cultural Arts Village in Woodstock. [less-]

Fresh Parenthood Perspective in Play "Motherhood Out Loud"

at The Art Place Mountain View, Marietta
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Fri, May 05
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FULL PRICE: $15
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"Motherhood Out Loud" dishes out everything they don't tell parents in the pages of "What to Expect When You're Expecting". This theatrical production shatters traditional notions about parenthood, un... [more+]

"Motherhood Out Loud" dishes out everything they don't tell parents in the pages of "What to Expect When You're Expecting". This theatrical production shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations. It's filled with illuminating insight, humor and raw emotions, making for a joyous, moving, hilarious and altogether thrilling look at raising children. Authored by an array of writers from journalism, fiction, television and the theater, "Motherhood Out Loud" at The Art Place Mountain View in Marietta will leave you looking at child-rearing in a totally different light. [less-]

"Riverdance" -- The 20th Anniversary World Tour

at Fox Theatre, Atlanta
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Fri, May 05
Sat, May 06
Sat, May 06
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FULL PRICE: $58.50 - $88.50
OFFER PRICE: $37.50 - $88.50

"Riverdance" -- the thunderous celebration of Irish music, song and dance that weaves together Celtic mythology and Irish history -- has tapped its way onto the world stage and thrilled millions of pe... [more+]

"Riverdance" -- the thunderous celebration of Irish music, song and dance that weaves together Celtic mythology and Irish history -- has tapped its way onto the world stage and thrilled millions of people around the globe for two decades. And now it's coming to the Fox Theatre as part of its 20th Anniversary World Tour. Whether it's your first or your fifth time seeing this exhilarating extravaganza, the internationally acclaimed show is pure entertainment for the whole family. The "Chicago Tribune" calls it "an explosion of sight and sound that simply takes your breath away," and the "Washington Post" raves that it's "a phenomenon of historic proportions." Don't miss your chance to enjoy the incredible "Riverdance" experience in person. [less-]

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

at Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church, Decatur
OFFER DATES:
Fri, May 05
Sat, May 06
Sat, May 06
+ 4 more dates
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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-]

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

at Hapeville Performing Arts Center, Hapeville
OFFER DATES:
Fri, May 05
Sat, May 06
Sun, May 07
FULL PRICE: $20
OFFER PRICE: $10

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-]

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

at Sylvia Beard Theatre, Buford
OFFER DATES:
Sat, May 06
FULL PRICE: $22
OFFER PRICE: $11

"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-]

Lightwire's Glow-in-the-Dark Creatures Light Up "The Ugly Duckling"

at Roswell Cultural Arts Center, Roswell
OFFER DATES:
Sat, May 06
Sat, May 06
FULL PRICE: $12
OFFER PRICE: $6

Prepare to be amazed as Lightwire Theater lights up one of the most beloved children's tales of all time, "The Ugly Duckling". Featuring high-tech effects and electroluminescent wire, Lightwire create... [more+]

Prepare to be amazed as Lightwire Theater lights up one of the most beloved children's tales of all time, "The Ugly Duckling". Featuring high-tech effects and electroluminescent wire, Lightwire creates animal characters and brings them to life with expressive choreography and puppetry at the Rosewell Cultural Arts Center. Audiences of all ages are sure to be entertained and enchanted by this new telling of the classic story, which finds a swan egg accidentally mixed in with a mother duck's brood. The homely little hatchling endures much teasing until it gets older and grows into a beautiful swan. [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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--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

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--Barbara

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Coca-Cola’s Strong Military Commitment

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Coca-Colas Military Commitment - soldier

I recently spent the day at The Coca-Cola Company headquarters, helping to stuff care packages to send to the military.  This is a sponsored campaign for Coca-Cola; however, as always, all opinions and bad puns are 100% my own.

I never thought packing tubes of toothpaste would lead to such humbling, drop-to-my-knees revelations, and yet, that’s exactly what happened to me the other day.  I was invited to work alongside hundreds of Coca-Cola employees who volunteered to help stuff care packages for the USO to send to our troops.  It was an assembly-lined process, and in its seventh year, ran like a well-oiled machine.  I happened to be in front of the large bin of toothpaste tubes, at the front of the assembly line.  Next to me were packages of disposable razor blades, and a few bins down from there were bottles of eye drops.  Knowing the service members offered feedback and helped determine what items were NEEDED for these care bags made the eye drops all the more of a reality to me.

Eye drops.

I mean, I have eye drops at my house, and shortly after LASIK, I kept eye drops on me at all times, and recall the insane discomfort of dry eyes, and thus the necessity of carrying eye drops with me at all times.  But my discomfort was short-lived (and elective).  Enough of our service members expressed a need for dry eye relief, to necessitate carrying it with them at all times.

Coca-Cola's Strong Military Commitment - USO care packages

It both blew my mind and made my heart hurt just a little, but also gave me a sense of pride in my friends, my family, and complete strangers who have selflessly served our country.  Such a simple thing as dry eyes also made my heart swell with pride, knowing the sacrifices these brave men and women face everyday, and the men and women who went before them.  It’s but one small indication of what our military go through on a daily basis while deployed, and a small token of the sacrifice and discomfort they face in order to serve our country.

This made the experience at Coca-Cola earlier this week all the more real, and all the more worthwhile, in knowing that the work we did that day would make an impact on our men and women serving our country.  Also, I was pleased to learn more about Coca-Cola’s ties to the military, as well as the USO.

Coca-Cola's Strong Military Commitment - USO stuffing party

The Coca-Cola company’s rich history of supporting the military stretches back 75 years when the company began a unique partnership with the US military.  You see, Coca-Cola has been working alongside the United Service Organizations (USO) since its beginning back in 1941, when then company president Robert Woodruff committed “to see that every person in uniform gets a bottle of Coca-Cola for 5¢” (wouldn’t it be nice if those prices were still in effect?!).  In fact, when General Eisenhower reached out to Woodruff in 1941, it was to ask for Coke to be sent overseas during the war.  Plants followed military theaters, which greatly helped launch Coca-Cola on to the international stage.  By the end of the war, over 5 billion Coca-Colas had been served.

Now, Coca-Cola remains committed to honoring our nation’s heroes through veteran hiring and mentoring programs, which I learned more about first hand in a sit-down with Mark Rahyia, Chief US Sales & Operations Officer, Coca-Cola Refreshments, who has been with the company for 19 years, and proudly served in the Navy.  Most impressive were these facts:


Fun Facts: Coca-Cola’s Military Commitment

  • In 2013, Coca-Cola made a 5 year goal to hire 5,000 veterans.  The company had already been hiring veterans, but wanted to focus specifically on this goal.  As of October, they’ve exceeded this goal, more than a year ahead of schedule.
  • Veterans looking for information about career opportunities at Coca-Cola can visit http://www.enjoycareers.com/military/.  They also participate in the Department of Defense’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership, among other recruitment programs.
  • Coca-Cola is part of Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS), which is a recruitment program for youth military, which guarantees job interviews for 3-4 companies (Coke included) upon leaving the military.  The group works to support veterans both inside and outside the company.
  • Since 2014, Coca-Cola has partnered with American Corporate Partners (ACP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting veterans in their transition from the armed services to the civilian workforce. To date, more than 100 Coca-Cola employees have served as mentors to 124 veterans making this transition.
  • Coca-Cola is part of the U.S. Army Training With Industry (TWI) and U.S. Air Force Education With Industry (EWI) programs, which bring service members into the company (to a department commensurate with their military career) to learn business perspectives and best practices and share their unique military experience and backgrounds.
  • “7” is the magic number this year for Coca-Cola.  They are celebrating the 75th birthday of the USO and 75 years of partnership with the organization to support our military.  This week marked 70,000 care packages Coca-Cola assembled over the last 7 years to help boost morale overseas.
  • Active military personnel and veterans are always offered free admission to the World of Coca-Cola.  Surrounding Veterans Day each year, a discount is extended to family members, as well, so military families can enjoy the World of Coca-Cola together at a deep discount.
  • Every year Coke recognizes employees who are veterans, or employees with family in the military.  Many historic pieces of military art are displayed along the hallways of Coca-Cola headquarters.  Peppered in with posters of employees include the artwork proudly depicting military med and women from the 1940s campaigns, original artwork by Haddon Sundblom.Coca-Cola's Strong Military Commitment - artwork

As a Georgia girl raised in Atlanta, I’ve always felt a strong loyalty to the Coca-Cola brand, not only because it’s always been the “local brand”, but because I strongly see the company’s presence both in the local community AND on the global stage.  Seeing now the strong support Coca-Cola extends to our men and women who serve our country only strengthens my loyalty and love of the brand.  Both my grandfathers were in the Navy, along with my father-in-law (a Vietnam vet), several uncles and cousins also served, as well as childhood friends who proudly still serve our country (a few taking on multiple tours, God bless them!) – all this drives Coca-Cola’s commitment a little closer to home for me, and making me proud to support the company and thus also the military.

This Friday is Veterans’ Day.  Please thank a veteran or military member in your life, not just on Veterans’ Day but any given day.  Share with them all the great ways companies around the country are thanking them, and share below in the comments with ways YOU can thank our fine men and women who serve our country.

Coca-Cola's Strong Military Commitment

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--Barbara

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Veterans’ Day Freebies 2016

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Veterans Day Freebies 2016

November 11 is Veterans Day, so make sure you pass on this information to anyone you know who is a Veteran or Active Duty so they can snag a free deal and/or a free meal! All places require proof of military service, proof of service includes Military ID, Discharge Papers, DD214 and being in uniform. What proof of service required depends on the individual establishment.

Special thanks to Gimme Freebies for contributing to this list of Veterans Day Freebies 2016.

Veterans Day Freebies 2016

Center for Civil and Human RightsThe Center offers discounted admission to both active duty military members and veterans with a valid veteran ID or DD-214 form.  [Read more…]

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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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