Albuquerque the Magazine’s Best of the City Awards 2011 & 50% Off Subscription

December 12, 2011 by  
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Thanks for voting ABQ on the Cheap into the Top 5 Blogs for Albuquerque The Magazine’s Best of the City Awards 2011!  It’s a thrill to win your vote of confidence again this year, and thanks to everyone who voted for us… Albuquerque on the Cheap readers are the best! 

I would have known about this earlier, but I did NOT take my own advice. I always recommend subscribing to Albuquerque The Magazine to save money, but I let my own subscription lapse recently, and didn’t buy the December issue until last week.

But I’ve just taken advantage of this Albuquerque The Magazine subscription deal – get two years’ subscription for a mere $14. That’s more than 50% off the usual subscription of $15 a year, and a bargain for a magazine that comes chock-full of entertaining articles, profiles of the people to know and the places to go, info on Albuquerque restaurants, arts, and businesses, and I always love the free recipes. (This month it’s comfort food with chicken.)

Even the regular magazine subscription at $15 a year saves 65%  on the cover price of $3.95 per issue –  so if you buy more than three issues a year on the newstands anyway, it’s a no-brainer to subscribe and save.

The two years for $14 magazine deal makes an Albuquerque The Magazine subscription still sweeter. The offer is available for a limited time via Groupon, and you can also give subscriptions as a gift.

In the Best of the City Awards, congratulations to Best Blog winner Joe Monahan, and the other bloggers in the best of the rest top five: the sparky One Headlight Inc, the wonderful Duke City Fix, and Gil’s Thrilling (and Filling) Blog by fab foodie Gil Garduno.

Thanks to you readers who support all of the Albuquerque magazines, newspapers, and bloggers.

–Tania FYI I’ve given you my Groupon affiliate link. To help support ABQ on the Cheap (it doesn’t cost you anything), please use the link. Thanks!


Page One $5 Off New or Used Purchases

December 22, 2010 by  
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As a writer and avid reader I’m always keen to support initiatives to help people read more. And I’m especially keen to support our local owned independent bookstores…. especially when we save money too!

Print out this Page One coupon to save $5 on any $30 purchase, which could come in handy for last minute gifts, or to buy books to read in the new year. It’s valid on new or used items, till December 31 2010.

For ABQ on the Cheap readers with a smart phone or other internet enabled doohickey, you don’t even have to use the printable coupon. Just show it on your “web capable mobile device” to the cashier to get the $5 discount.

I do love that phrase: web capable. I’m not sure how capable I am on the web right now as I’m kinda busy roasting chestnuts. But even while my mind is on jingling bells, $5 off a $30 purchase sounds pretty cool to me…

Page One Bookstore is located at 11018 Montgomery NE



Sandia Golf Champion’s Club Discounts

December 21, 2010 by  
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The 2011 Champion’s Club gives golf freebies and discounts at Sandia Golf Club  at the Sandia Resort & Casino. Plus a chance to win a new Apple iPad if you join by December 31, 2010.

Tee off on the cheap with the Sandia Golf Champion’s Club. Buy 2011 membership of the rewards program for $149 and in addition to earning loyalty points when you play at Sandia Golf Club, you get:

  • A free round of golf at Sandia worth $85
  • A free twilight round of golf worth $55
  • 4 free range passes worth $100
  • A free round of golf on your birthday
  • $10 off the regular twilight rate
  • 50% off the practice range rate
  • 15% off private golf instruction
  • 15% off golf merchandise at the club’s shop
  • 15% off food purchases at the Clubhouse Grill
  • 20% off at the Sandia Resort’s Green Reed Spa
  • Discounted Champion’s Club rates on rounds, and reduced green fees for guests
  • Discounted rates at partner golf courses in the US

See all the Champion’s Club benefits. Plus if you purchase membership by December 31, 2010, you get entered for a chance to win a new Apple iPad.

That seems like a great deal for golfers.  The Sandia Champion’s Club golf package is worth more than the $149 membership price – assuming you use all the benefits. Join online at the link, or call Sandia Golf Club at 505-798-3990.

Don’t wait too long if you want to join the 2011 rewards program (or give it as a gift). The price of membership goes up to $199 after January 31, 2011, and the annual membership period is from February 1 to January 31.

If you like this deal, also check out the similar offer at Twin Warriors and Santa Ana golf clubs.

Sandia Golf Club is at the Sandia Resort and Casino.



Monday Night Savings at Thrift Town

December 20, 2010 by  
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It’s the last two weeks for Monday night savings at Thrift Town…

If you’re a Monday Night Football widow (or widower), take heart. While your partner is cheering on the team, you can score big savings on new-to-you clothes at Thrift Town!

On Monday December 20 and Monday December 27, 2010, from 6 – 8 pm, Thrift Town is offering 30% off clothing in their Monday Night Football Sale.  

That’s adult clothing, kids’ clothing, women’s clothing, suits, skirts, jackets, coats, ties, you name it. Sounds like a good opportunity to find a deal on party clothes for the holiday season, or a few extra winter warmers.

The sale excludes gift cards, and already-reduced Color Tag items.  Don’t fumble this opportunity to kick off the week with a new (to you) uniform 😉

The Thrift Town 30% off clothing sale is only on Monday nights from 6 – 8 pm

Thrift Town is located in Albuquerque at 3900 Menaul Blvd NE.



Gift Card Discounts and Freebies: Holiday Bag of Bargains

December 20, 2010 by  
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Final update with more free bonus cards and holiday deals on gift cards to restaurants and shops. If you haven’t bought all your Christmas gifts yet, these are easy ways to spread a little seasonal cheer. Plus, when you give a little, you get a little… Use the freebie or savings to treat yourself, or for an extra stocking stuffer.


Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen Free $10 Reward Card with the purchase of $50 worth of Pappas Gift Cards until December 24. (The free reward card is then valid from December 27 – February 28.) /

40% Off Plentiful Pantry Gift Certificate for the online store. Get a $50 certificate for $30 via CityDeals – it can only be used for Plentiful Pantry website orders, so could be good for distant friends/relatives.  

Mimi’s Cafe $5 Coupon free with every $25 gift card purchase, or get $10 worth of coupons (2 x $5) when you buy $50 of gift cards. The offer is only good on gift cards bought IN the restaurant, not online, till January 3, 2011.

Cici’s Pizza Free Adult Buffet Card when you buy $20 worth of Cici’s gift cards, only available when you buy the gift card in restaurants, at participating locations. Use the free buffet card in January 2011.

Garduno’s Free $20 Bonus Certificate when you buy $100 in Garduno’s gift cards till December 24. Thanks to reader Gerri for the tip!

Buffalo Wild Wings Free $5 Gift Certificate with the purchase of $25 in gift certificates. Offer is until December 31, and the freebie certificate can be used Jan and Feb 2011.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill $5 Bonus Card with the purchase of every $25 gift card, when you buy cards in the restaurant only, till January 5. Use the bonus card in Jan/Feb 2011.

California Pizza Kitchen $20 Rewards Card with the purchase of $100 in gift cards. (Free shipping on cards till December 31.) Redeem the reward card between January 10 – March 25, 2011.

10% Off Chili’s Bar & Grill Gift Card orders of $100 or more.

$10 Buca Di Beppo Bonus Card every $50 of gift cards purchased to December 31. Bonus card can be used during the month of January 2011. See the deal terms for when you’ll receive your card, depending on when you order.

Applebees Free $10 Bonus Gift Card when you buy $50 in Gift Cards.

Flying Star Cafe is giving a free $25 gift card when you buy $250 worth of gift cards this holiday season.  Buy any gift cards to a value of $250 – $499 and get 10% back in extra gift cards. If you buy gift cards to a value of $500 or more, you get 15% back in additional gift cards. Ask at Flying Star Cafe locations.

Village Inn Free $5 Bonus Card with the purchase of a $25 gift card. Don’t have a web link for this, I spotted it on a sign in the Village Inn on Yale while dashing in for Pie Rush Wednesday 😉 so ask in the restaurants.

Denny’s Free $5 Gift Card with a $25 gift card purchase. If you buy the Denny’s gift card card online there’s a $1.95 shipping and handling charge, so do yourself a favor and buy it a Denny’s restaurant to save dollars!

Pelicans Bar & Grill Free $25 Gift Certificate for every $100 certificate purchased. Or get a free $10 bonus for every $50 gift certificate.

Fuddruckers Free $5 Bonus Gift Card for every $25 you spend on gift cards. Offer is on card purchases to December 31, 2010, and the bonus card is valid for use between January 1 and February 28, 2011 .

Panda Express Free Two Entree Plate  when you buy a $25 gift card.

Genghis Grill Free $5 Gift Card when you buy a $25 gift card. They’re at 4410 The 25 Way NE. Thanks to reader Tim for the tip!

Outback Steakhouse Free $20 Bonus Card for every $100 worth of gift cards you buy. Bonus card valid from January 1 – February 22, 2011.

Landry’s Restaurant Free $10 Reward Card  for every $50 worth of Landry’s gift cards you buy to December 25 . Landry’s Reward card can be used from January 1 – February 10, 2011

$5 Texas Roadhouse Certificate when you buy gift cards worth $30 or more. Thanks to reader Jackie for the tip! The Albuquerque Texas Roadhouse is located at 5900 Pan American Freeway.

FREE $10 Restaurant Certificates (with no purchase necessary) to email to family and friends. See the deets at our earlier post, ‘cos you can’t beat FFFFFreeee!


iT’Z Family Food and Fun Free $5 Game Card when you buy a $25 gift card to December 31.

New Mexico Sports & Wellness 11% Off Get a $100 gift card for $89 for their five Albuquerque health clubs.

Up to 40% Off MyStyle Handbags & Accessories Gift Cards to December 24. Get a $25 gift card for $20, a $50 gift card for $35, or a $100 gift card for $60. They’re all redeemable starting December 26 and have no expiration date. MyStyle Handbags & Accessories is at 7900 San Pedro NE.  

Free $10 Godiva Shopping Card with every $50 purchase at Godiva in the Coronado Center till December 24. Up to a maximum of 4 free cards per person. (Mmm, chocolate gifts for friends, perks for you!)

NatureWorks Discovery Store Free $5 gift card. The New Mexico Museum of Natural and Science store is giving away a bonus $5 card when you buy a gift card worth $25 or more, until December 31, 2010.

Thrift Town $20 Worth of Bonus Coupons for every $20 worth of gift cards you buy, till December 31, 2010.

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Know of any other gift card deals? Email us – we’ll keep updating as we find more.

–Tania. I’ve given you my CityDeals affiliate link. If you feel like sending a little love this way to support the ABQ on the Cheap site, please use the links.


Free Holiday Concerts

December 18, 2010 by  
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Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra entertains us with two free holiday concerts on December 21 and 22, 2010.

This sounds like a fine way to kick back and get in holiday mood if you aren’t quite there already. The Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra performs two free holiday concerts this week, with a program including Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson, and Brahms’ Symphony Number One. Also on the bill is Symphonie Espagnole for Violin and Orchestra by Edouard Lalo, featuring David Felberg as violin soloist.

The free Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra concerts run from 7:30 – 9 pm, and although there’s no charge for admission, donations are welcome.

That’ll sleigh ya!



The Limited 40% Off Sale: One Day Only

December 17, 2010 by  
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A little bird just told me (well, actually it was an email from The Limited) that on Saturday December 18, 2010 EVERYTHING is 40% off at The Limited.


Note added Jan 2, 2011: Apologies to any email subscribers who received a repeat of this old post about a December 18 sale. Obviously I did not send out a post on a past event – the Feedburner service had a technical blip that’s beyond my control and emailed the old post out again. Sigh. Technology is great when it works (most of the time) and frustating when it decides to have a mind of its own… wishing you all the best for 2011 and thanks for your support of ABQ on the Cheap! Tania


The discount applies whether you’re shopping at the store or purchasing at The Limited online. That means 40% off women’s jeans, suits, pants, sweaters, dresses, skirts, jackets, accessories, and whatever all else they sell.

Sorry, I don’t have a link to the deal at time of writing on Friday night, as I say it came in an email. But I want to give the heads-up as soon as possible. Presumably if you’re reading this Saturday morning, you’ll see the 40% off  deal showing at The Limited website.

The one day sale is on Saturday December 18, and apparently no coupons or coupon codes are needed. The online prices will already reflect the discount.

Teacher and Student Discount

Plus, did you know that educators and students receive a 15% discount at The Limited women’s fashion store every single day? The discount for teachers and students is valid on purchases made in stores. They don’t exactly shout about it, it’s hidden away in the Frequently Asked Questions on their website under The Limited Promotions, so you have to know to ask for it. Now you know, so ask for it!

You need to take your student or educator ID and the 15% off is only good in stores, not online. It also can’t be combined with other coupons. No expiry date visible, seems it’s an ongoing promotion.

The Limited in Albuquerque is located in Cottonwood Mall.



Runway Apparel 25% Off Sale

December 17, 2010 by  
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Fashionistas – look sharp! My purty little ears perked up when I heard (via Facebook) that Runway Apparel is having a store-wide sale of 25% off all women’s fashion through Christmas Eve. For items on the sale rack, you get an extra 10% off.

As nothing at the Runway Apparel boutique costs over $100 in the first place, that sounds like we’re looking at styling savings, and it comes at just the right time to grab something hot for holiday parties. Because after all darling, we all know we have NOTHING to wear!

I interviewed Runway Apparel owner Lori Medik recently for an article for Local Flavor magazine, and she really knows her stuff and gave brilliant fashion tips. Well, you probably already know that, seeing as Runway Apparel was voted winner of Best Casual Women’s Wear and made the top 3 for Best Boutique and Best Accessories in the readers’ vote for Albuquerque The Magazine’s Best of the City Awards 2010.

The 25% off sale runs to December 24, 2010.

Runway Apparel is located at 5901-D Wyoming at Academy and Wyoming.


Food Freebies & Deals: December 17-24, 2010

December 17, 2010 by  
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We don’t have chestnuts roasting on an open fire (yet) but we do have festive food and restaurant deals to rock us around the Christmas tree…

Free holiday gift wrap and free hot chocolate at Chick-fil-A at Paseo del Norte on Saturday December 18 from 9:30 am to 7 pm. The good people of Copper Pointe Church wrap your presents as a free service while you eat at Chick-fil-A, and live Christmas music adds even more festive spirit! 8110 San Pedro Drive NE.

50% off any Domino’s Pizza through Sunday December 19 when you order carryout using the promo code: 50OFFPIZZA. It’s quick and easy to order Domino’s Pizza online for carryout and remember to use the promo code: 50OFFPIZZA

12 Days of Whataburger coupons get you a FREE food item every other day through December 22.  You’ve still got a few days left for your freebies! Sign up at Whataburger and they email the coupons.

Free Bowl of Walt’s Soup at Waffle house with the coupon. Free soup offer is valid on dine-in only to December 27, 2010.

50% Off Treats from Baking for Good plus an extra 10% off for new customers. Pay $30 for $60 worth of Baking for Good fresh baked organic goodies including brownies, blondies, cookies, iced cookies, and allergen-free baked goods. The half price Baking for Good offer is on December 17 and 18 only, in a national deal via Plum District LA. But as the treats are shipped nationally, we can buy it wherever we are. 15% of the order value is donated to a non profit organization, you choose your good cause when you order.
PLUS if you’re a first time Plum District buyer, you get an additional 10% off this deal by entering the promo code plumholiday at checkout. So you get $60 worth for $27.

Chili’s Grill & Bar holiday promotion with a different daily deal or coupon through December 24. For example, kids eat free on December 20 with the coupon and a purchase of an entree.  Each offer is only valid for specific day, see the ones coming up at the link!

Half Price Wine and Beer at Old Town Pizza Parlor. Go on Marble Mondays for half price beer pints and pitchers, or on Tuesdays for half price wine by the glass or the bottle on ALL wines!
Also get 50% off food at Old Town Pizza Parlor with a CityDeals dining certificate – you pay $10 for a $20 certificate.

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Tasting at Slate Street Cafe on December 23 and December 30. Fizz it up with three “generous tastes” of wine plus a light appetizer for $18. Tastings are in the wine loft from 5 – 7:30 pm.

Free Shipping on El Pinto Salsa The free shipping offer is back again for orders of 12 jars or more – you can mix them up.

Free Cup of Yoplait Yogurt when you fill out the form at the link to receive a coupon by mail. Yoplait has one million cups of Yoplait Original Yogurt to give away, until May 31, 2011, or while supplies last. You can see how many Yoplait free yogurts are left at this link, and when I point at New Mexico on the map I see that we have only claimed 555 free yogurts. Texas has claimed 12,776. Come on New Mexico, we can beat Texas! Claim your free yogurt and redeem our state pride!

Send free $10 certificates to 40 different people each day. Scroll down at the link to the Feed It Forward promotion. Friends and family choose from 9,500 participating restaurants nationally to redeem their certificate. Send up to 40 free $10 certificates every single day until December 31.

80% off already discounted dining certificates when you enter the promo code PRESENT at checkout through December 20. Restaurants include Red Brick Pizza, Olympia Cafe, Sandiago’s at the Tram, Mesa Grill, Ichiban, Pueblo Harvest Cafe, Sushi King, and a whole bunch more. With the extra 80% off, a $25 certificate (usually $10) now costs $2, a $50 certificate (usually $20) now costs $4, etc…

Pharmaca Buy One Get One Free Sigg Bottles on December 17 – 18 only. Buy one trendy BPA-free reusable Sigg bottle,  and choose another one gratis! No weblink for the deal, it came in by email. Buy in the Pharmaca store or online and the 2nd Sigg bottle you put in your basket is automatically marked as a freebie! Offer expires December 18.

Chick-fil-A 2011 calendar costs $6 and contains coupons every month adding up to more than $30 in free food. (You do the math!)  Buy it online or better yet at your nearest Chick-fil-A store to support the locals! The Chick-fil-A at Paseo Del Norte is also selling a Cow Nutcracker gift box with a Chick-fil-A Cow Calendar and ornament for $7.95. Love it!

50% off Cheese & Coffee Café Downtown thanks to Good Day New Mexico’s Half Price Thursday. Buy $50 worth of dining certificates for $25, and use by February 25, 2011. (Shipping cost is $3.75, check the deal details for how you may use the certificates.) Quantities are limited!

Dine Out and Help Coupon when you dine at the Lucia Restaurant in Hotel Andaluz. Lucia will donate 20% of your total bill to Roadrunner Food Bank when you use the coupon on Monday through Thursday till December 31.

Note: not all locations may be participating in all offers, call ahead if you want to be sure.

–Tania. On the CityDeals,Plum District, and deals I’ve given you my affiliate links. If you feel like sending a little love this way to support the ABQ on the Cheap site, please use the links.


25% Off Jewelry and Gifts for ABQ on the Cheap Readers

December 17, 2010 by  
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Get 25% off jewelryIt’s the last two days to get 25% off Susan See’s fab jewelry and gifts with an exclusive promo code for ABQ on the Cheap readers. The offer is good till December 18.

I’m a fan of local photographer Susan See’s work. She cleverly takes her striking photo images and turns them into unique earrings, pendants, bookmarks, and magnets. She’s also very good company if you’re on Twitter – find her @susan_see.

So I’m delighted that Susan has offered ABQ on the Cheap readers a discount of 25% off your entire order when you use the promo code below at her online store Susan See Photo Jewelry and Gifts.

Prices are a bargain even before the discount, especially for one-off work from a local artist. For example $20 for glass photo earrings, $10.50 to $19.50 for glass photo pendants.

You need to make a minimum $10 order to get the discount and the offer is good until Saturday December 18, 2010, as that’s the last day for an order to be placed and received before Christmas.

To get 25% off, first choose your items at Susan See Photo Jewelry and Gifts. Then you have a choice:

  • Either Send Susan an e-mail via the Contact Me form on her Bio/Contact page with details of your order and quoting the promo code: ABQCheap-DecPhoto25
    Susan will then send you an invoice via PayPal.
  • Or place the order at the website, paying the full amount via PayPal, and quoting this promo code in the PayPal notes: ABQCheap-DecPhoto25
    Susan will then refund the 25% discount to you when processing your order.

You don’t need a PayPal account to pay via PayPal, you can just use a credit or debit card too – you’ll get that option as you go through checkout.

The deadline to order with the 25% discount is December 18, 2010 at Susan See Photo Jewelry and Gifts.



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