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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:

"A New Brain": A Tragi-Comic Musical From Tony-Winning "Falsettos" Team

at Aurora Theatre - Studio, Lawrenceville
OFFER DATES:
Fri, June 23
Sat, June 24
Sun, June 25
FULL PRICE: $10
OFFER PRICE: $5

Penned after composer William Finn ("Falsettos") was hospitalized for a rare brain disorder, "A New Brain" examines the Tony winner's near-death experience through the lens of fear, forgiveness and a ... [more+]

Penned after composer William Finn ("Falsettos") was hospitalized for a rare brain disorder, "A New Brain" examines the Tony winner's near-death experience through the lens of fear, forgiveness and a tyrannical singing, dancing frog. The charmingly eccentric tale follows Gordo Schwinn, a creatively stifled, sarcastic songwriter stymied by a kids' TV show project. When he suddenly collapses from a mysterious illness requiring emergency surgery, a hallucinatory journey unfolds as Schwinn struggles to create his greatest songs while still recovering. It's a funny theatrical adventure about the healing power of art and it's headed to Aurora Theatre - Studio in Lawrenceville. [less-]

Atlanta Magic Theater Starring Magician Peter Morrison

at Atlanta Magic Theater, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Fri, June 23
Fri, June 23
Sat, June 24
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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-]

Outdoor "Robin Hood" Swings Onto Stage in Family Adventure

at Serenbe Farmer's Market Stage, Chattahoochee Hills
OFFER DATES:
Fri, June 23
Sat, June 24
Fri, June 30
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Fri, June 23
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Fri, June 30
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FULL PRICE: $10 - $20
OFFER PRICE: $5 - $10

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-]

"Incorruptible": Satirical Comedy Shines Light on the Dark Ages

at OnStage Atlanta, Decatur
OFFER DATES:
Fri, June 23
Sat, June 24
Sun, June 25
FULL PRICE: $18 - $23
OFFER PRICE: $9 - $11.50

Set in medieval times, this bawdy black comedy centers on a rag-tag group of financially irresponsible French monks whose patron saint seems to have deserted them. Desperate for a way to save their mo... [more+]

Set in medieval times, this bawdy black comedy centers on a rag-tag group of financially irresponsible French monks whose patron saint seems to have deserted them. Desperate for a way to save their monastery from economic ruin, the monks appear to be rescued when a cunning, one-eyed traveling minstrel teaches them an outrageous new way to fill their coffers. In crafting this clever comedy, award-winning playwright Michael Hollinger ("Opus") drew inspiration from the true exploits of two feuding French monasteries in the 9th century and the widespread practice of buying, selling, stealing and faking holy relics in the early days of Christianity, when souvenirs from the saints were big business. Catch the craziness at OnStage Atlanta in Decatur. [less-]

Shakespeare's "Macbeth" in a Lush Outdoor Setting

at The Waterfalls at Serenbe , Chattahoochee Hills
OFFER DATES:
Fri, June 23
Wed, June 28
Thu, June 29
+ 2 more dates
Fri, June 23
Wed, June 28
Thu, June 29
Fri, June 30
Sun, July 02
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FULL PRICE: $25 - $35
OFFER PRICE: $12.50 - $17.50

Shakespeare under the stars. It doesn't get any more quintessentially summer than that, and Serenbe Playhouse brings you "MacBeth" set amidst a stunning waterfall, surrounded by the dense woods of Cha... [more+]

Shakespeare under the stars. It doesn't get any more quintessentially summer than that, and Serenbe Playhouse brings you "MacBeth" set amidst a stunning waterfall, surrounded by the dense woods of Chattahoochee Hills. Nastier than Scorsese at his bleakest, more violent than Tarantino at his bloodiest, "Macbeth" still shocks like no other tale on the page, stage or screen. After receiving a prophecy that he will become King of Scotland, the brave Scottish general commits a heinous act fueled by a lust for power and his wife's wicked influence. But upon assuming the throne he was promised, the new king is consumed by crippling guilt and paranoia. Starring film and television star Justin Deeley ("90210, Drop Dead Diva"), this adaptation features a modern take on the war zone, with the setting replicating the lush forests of Scotland. [less-]

"The Miracle Worker": The Inspiring True Story of Helen Keller

at Sylvia Beard Theatre, Buford
OFFER DATES:
Fri, June 23
FULL PRICE: $22
OFFER PRICE: $11

The amazing life of Helen Keller never fails to inspire, thanks to William Gibson's unforgettable and uplifting drama. A Tony winner for Best Play, "The Miracle Worker" now comes to the Sylvia Beard T... [more+]

The amazing life of Helen Keller never fails to inspire, thanks to William Gibson's unforgettable and uplifting drama. A Tony winner for Best Play, "The Miracle Worker" now comes to the Sylvia Beard Theatre in Buford, telling the remarkable true story of Keller's young teacher, Annie Sullivan, and her heroic efforts to give the blind, deaf and mute girl the gift of language. In some of the most emotional and powerful scenes you'll ever see on stage, Sullivan helps Keller overcome her rage and confusion and learn to communicate. Keller would even triumph, going on to become one of the most influential women of the 20th century. [less-]

"Comedy Squared": A Night of Sensational Stand-Up

at Marietta's New Theatre in the Square, Marietta
OFFER DATES:
Fri, June 23
FULL PRICE: $20
OFFER PRICE: $15

Marietta's New Theatre in the Square brings a big night of comedy to town, with a show full of talented stand-ups, many of whom have local roots. Headliner Kareem "Plug" Chapman returns to his native ... [more+]

Marietta's New Theatre in the Square brings a big night of comedy to town, with a show full of talented stand-ups, many of whom have local roots. Headliner Kareem "Plug" Chapman returns to his native Atlanta from L.A., and will no doubt show off the sharp topical wit that led him to gigs at famed clubs like The Comedy Store and The Laugh Factory, opening for the likes of Jon Lovitz and Chris D'Elia and appearing on Comedy Central's "Hart of the City". Also on the bill is Marti P., an award-winning improv comic, stockbroker-turned-stand-up Dwayne Jackson and host Terre King. [less-]

Short Play Festival Explores "The Corporate Collection"

at Onion Man Productions, Chamblee
OFFER DATES:
Fri, June 23
Sat, June 24
Sun, June 25
FULL PRICE: $16
OFFER PRICE: $8

Onion Man Productions' annual festival of short plays, the "Summer Harvest", is back with a new batch of engaging works revolving around a theme. This year's edition, "The Corporate Collection", featu... [more+]

Onion Man Productions' annual festival of short plays, the "Summer Harvest", is back with a new batch of engaging works revolving around a theme. This year's edition, "The Corporate Collection", features a series of plays that poke fun at corporate America's expense. Enjoy talented newcomers and experienced playwrights tackle our corporate overlords in this night of theater. [less-]

"Richard III": One of Shakespeare's Most Memorable Villains in a Tale of Ruthless Ambition

at Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Fri, June 23
Sat, June 24
Sun, June 25
+ 4 more dates
Fri, June 23
Sat, June 24
Sun, June 25
Thu, June 29
Fri, June 30
Sat, July 01
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FULL PRICE: $20 - $34
OFFER PRICE: $10 - $17

"Now is the winter of our discontent." So begins Shakespeare's thrilling, timeless tragedy "Richard III", the tale of a deceptive and sadistic politician scheming to become king. In the Bard's masterp... [more+]

"Now is the winter of our discontent." So begins Shakespeare's thrilling, timeless tragedy "Richard III", the tale of a deceptive and sadistic politician scheming to become king. In the Bard's masterpiece, one of literature's most memorable villains, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, is a ruthlessly ambitious man who seeks the crown at any cost. Using charm, cunning and wit, he moves up the political ladder -- without hesitating to murder those who stand in his way. Don't miss the outrageous rise and reign of "Richard III" onstage at the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse in Atlanta. [less-]

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

at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games , Roswell
OFFER DATES:
Sat, June 24
Sun, June 25
Mon, June 26
+ 34 more dates
Sat, June 24
Sun, June 25
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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-]

Drink and Be Merry With Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare: "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

at Village Theatre, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Sat, June 24
Sat, July 08
Sat, July 15
+ 2 more dates
Sat, June 24
Sat, July 08
Sat, July 15
Sat, July 22
Sat, July 29
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FULL PRICE: $15
OFFER PRICE: $8

With more than 1,600 cans and over 450 bottle of beer consumed onstage, Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare has racked up impressive numbers. Ripping a page out of the ingeniously sloppy series "Drunk History", th... [more+]

With more than 1,600 cans and over 450 bottle of beer consumed onstage, Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare has racked up impressive numbers. Ripping a page out of the ingeniously sloppy series "Drunk History", the theater troupe behind Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare inserts an entirely inebriated cast member into an entirely serious production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream". Laugh-out-loud funny and completely interactive, the series has been selling out shows in the UK since 2010 and finally makes its way stateside. With audiences dictating when the drunk actor must drink more, no two performances are ever the same. And lest you think it disrespectful, it's all based on the good 'ol days of the raucous, interactive and vibrant Elizabethan theater scene. The most fun, bawdy Shakespeare play you'll ever see happens at Atlanta's Village Theatre. [less-]

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

at Marietta's New Theatre in the Square, Marietta
OFFER DATES:
Sat, June 24
Sat, July 08
Sat, July 15
+ 2 more dates
Sat, June 24
Sat, July 08
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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-]

Puppet Show, Workshop & Museum With Cinderella Della Circus

at Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Sat, June 24
Sat, July 01
Sun, July 02
FULL PRICE: $21.24
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-]

"The Frog Prince": A New Play Based on a Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale

at Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, Woodstock
OFFER DATES:
Sat, June 24
FULL PRICE: $12
OFFER PRICE: $6

A delightful new play based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, "The Frog Prince" is a fun-filled fantasy the whole family will enjoy. It's a tale with a twist that's set in the rainforest, where a stub... [more+]

A delightful new play based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, "The Frog Prince" is a fun-filled fantasy the whole family will enjoy. It's a tale with a twist that's set in the rainforest, where a stubborn princess and a selfish frog realize that things are not always what they seem. The princess comes to see that there's more to this frog than meets the eye and that you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince. See this play, written by Siobhan Brumbelow, at Elm Street Cultural Arts Village in Woodstock. [less-]

Live Music & More at City Winery Atlanta

at City Winery Atlanta, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Sat, June 24
Sun, June 25
Mon, June 26
+ 4 more dates
Sat, June 24
Sun, June 25
Mon, June 26
Tue, June 27
Thu, June 29
Fri, June 30
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FULL PRICE: $10 - $60
OFFER PRICE: $5 - $30

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

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

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" Live On Stage

at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre - Cobb Civic Center, Marietta
OFFER DATES:
Sat, June 24
Sat, June 24
FULL PRICE: $38 - $53
OFFER PRICE: $20 - $27

Step into the magical world of Disney with "Beauty and the Beast" when the animated favorite comes to life on the stage of Marietta's Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. You and your family will be transporte... [more+]

Step into the magical world of Disney with "Beauty and the Beast" when the animated favorite comes to life on the stage of Marietta's Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. You and your family will be transported to the heart of a quaint French town, where the beautiful and intelligent Belle yearns for something more than her provincial life. When her father gets lost in the woods, he seeks shelter in an old castle but is soon taken captive by the master of the house -- a horrible Beast with a haunting secret. Belle surrenders her freedom to save her father's life and helps teach Beast the meaning of love. The enchanting "Beauty and the Beast" is for the young and young-at-heart alike. [less-]

"Narnia" Author C.S. Lewis Comes to Life in Insightful Solo Show

at Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Sun, June 25
FULL PRICE: $61.50
OFFER PRICE: $31.50

C.S. Lewis is most famous for writing the bestselling "The Chronicles of Narnia" fantasy series, but he was also well-known for his personal and public transition from non-believer to devout Christian... [more+]

C.S. Lewis is most famous for writing the bestselling "The Chronicles of Narnia" fantasy series, but he was also well-known for his personal and public transition from non-believer to devout Christian. The one-man play "The Most Reluctant Convert", adapted from Lewis' own thoughts and writings on the experience, stars award-winning actor Max McLean, who portrays the author as he endures the death of his mother, works through his complicated relationship with his father and walks the path from staunch atheist to one of the most influential Christian intellectuals of his day. After successful runs in New York, DC and Chicago, see the philosophical exploration the "Chicago Sun-Times" called "bristling, provocative, highly entertaining," when "C.S. Lewis Onstage" brings one of the past century's most interesting personalities to life on stage at Georgia Tech's Ferst Center for the Arts. [less-]

Cochon555 Culinary Festival: Pork Competition, Wine & More

at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Sun, June 25
FULL PRICE: $125 - $200
OFFER PRICE: $100 - $176

Get ready to "pig out" as Cochon555, a culinary festival like no other, comes to The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead in Atlanta. Five top area chefs cook five heritage breed pigs in a tail-to-snout competition... [more+]

Get ready to "pig out" as Cochon555, a culinary festival like no other, comes to The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead in Atlanta. Five top area chefs cook five heritage breed pigs in a tail-to-snout competition to see who can create the tastiest dishes. Spend your Sunday sampling their creations and voting for your favorite. Pair your bites with boutique wines, craft cocktails and artisanal brews. You can keep your tasting festival going with purchases from pop-ups, including a ramen bar, La Brea Bakery, Farmstead Cheese Bar, Creminelli Cured Meats, Luxe Butter Bar and Perfect Puree Dessert Station, with proceeds going to charity. [less-]

"The Classy Ladies Sundress Brunch and Shop"

at MacNificent Event Center, Atlanta
OFFER DATES:
Sun, June 25
FULL PRICE: $20
OFFER PRICE: $10

Leave the kids and the men at home and head to MacNificent Events Center in Atlanta for a Sunday brunch that's only for the women. Enjoy unlimited sangria, a small-bites brunch buffet, networking and/... [more+]

Leave the kids and the men at home and head to MacNificent Events Center in Atlanta for a Sunday brunch that's only for the women. Enjoy unlimited sangria, a small-bites brunch buffet, networking and/or girl talk, DJ Bluue spinning great beats, fabulous giveaways and much more. Your VIP ticket gets you some swag to take home as well. It's your chance to unwind in a supportive female environment, make new business and personal connections, and maybe even do a little shopping among the on-site vendors. [less-]

Improve Your Sex Life With Totally Wow! Workshops

at Totally Wow! Group, Marietta
OFFER DATES:
Sun, June 25
Sun, June 25
Sun, June 25
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Tue, June 27
Tue, July 11
Sat, July 15
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Tue, July 25
Tue, August 08
Sat, August 19
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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:

Making the Most of Your
Stone Mountain Christmas Experience

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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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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

Keep on saving!  :o)
--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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--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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