Free Pancakes at IHOP March 3

February 26, 2015 by  
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On IHOP’s National Pancake Day, IHOP is giving dine-in customers a free short stack of pancakes… no doubt they’ll go like hotcakes!   People from around the country will celebrate a “Decade of Giving” with the tenth annual National Pancake Day at IHOP.

So hop on over to your local IHOP on Tuesday March 3, 2015, between 7 am and 10 pm, to claim a short stack of free IHOP pancakes – that’s three buttermilk pancakes. In exchange, consider making a donation to Children’s Miracle Network to support children’s hospitals, or other local charities.

IHOP’s National Pancake Day celebration has raised almost $16 million for charity since it started in 2006.  Their goal this year is to raise $3.5 million for charity.  Wow!

They’ve given away more than 10 million pancakes in previous years, so make sure three of those cakes have your name written on them in 2015!

The IHOP National Pancake Day offer is limited to one free short stack per person, at participating restaurants for dine-in only while supplies last and is not valid with any other offer, special coupon or discount.



ABQ Free Valentines Weekend Balloon Rally

February 8, 2015 by  
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We don’t have to wait till Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta to see the skies dotted with a fleet of balloons!

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day weekend, with the Free Friends and Lovers Balloon Rally on the mornings of February 14 and 15, 2015. More than 135+ balloons including special shapes will launch from Balloon Fiesta Park, and it’s free to roll up and watch, so take your sweetie or family to cuddle up to in the cool morning. Balloons launch at sunrise – just a couple of minutes before 7 am.

The balloon rally by local pilots is a Valentine’s tradition, organized by the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association.



Golf Rewards Club for New Mexico Residents

December 10, 2014 by  
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The 2015 Star Rewards Club gives freebies and discounts at Twin Warriors and Santa Ana golf courses, plus a $50 room stay credit at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa. Buy membership by January 1, 2015, for a chance to be one of THREE lucky winners of Free Golf for a Year at the Twin Warriors Golf Club in the year-end drawing!

New Mexico residents get a good deal package on golf with the Star Rewards Golf Club program. Buy 2015 membership for $159 and in exchange you get :

  • Golf
    •  Round with cart at Twin Warriors Golf Club ($79.99 value)
    •  Round with cart at Santa Ana Golf Club ($65 value)
    •  Twilight Round with cart at Twin Warriors Golf Club ($39.99 value)
    •  Twilight Round with cart at Santa Ana Golf Club ($40 value)
    •  Three FREE Twin Warriors All-Day Practice Range passes ($75 value), then $10 a day thereafter
    •  Year-round discounted green fees at both courses
    •  VIP preferred tee times – 10 days in advance
    •  $50 Resort Stay Credit at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa
    •  Enrollment into Hyatt Regency Tamaya’s Pathways program to receive discounts at Tamaya Mist Spa & Salon, Corn Maiden, Santa Ana Cafe
    and resort room rates.
    •  Monthly discounts for dining outlets at Santa Ana Star Casino including Sadie’s at The Star and Hyatt Resort dining outlets
    •  $20 Certificate to Prairie Star Restaurant
    •  Monthly Offer including Free Play, Points, Discounts for Various Casino Outlets,
    Free Cover at The Stage and Much More
    •  Stop by the Star Rewards Club on your first visit to the casino to activate your 2014 Star Rewards Golf offers.
    •  Swipe your Star Rewards Card at a Fast Rewards Kiosk each month to view your exclusive offers
    •  One entry in monthly drawings with each round
    •  Free Golf for a Year winner drawn in December
    •  20% off all in-stock, no-sale soft goods
    •  Logo Cap
    NEW Bonus!  Reciprocal Rates at We-Ko-Pa in AZ

This seems like a pretty good deal.  Just the four rounds of golf  in the golf package are worth more than the $159 membership price, so assuming you use all the benefits, it should be a hole in one!

Membership of the Santa Ana and Twin Warriors Star Rewards Golf Club 2015 is only open to New Mexico residents aged 21+, although out-of-state folk may buy it as a gift for New Mexicans. And no doubt the golfer in your life would be very happy to receive it!

If you like this deal, also check out the recent posts on Twin Warriors Discount Golf Lessons and the Sandia Golf Champions Club discounts.



Discount Golf Lessons at Twin Warriors

December 9, 2014 by  
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These discounted golf lesson packages could make a great gift for the golfer in your life – available for purchase until December 31, 2014.

I always like giving people unforgettable experiences for Christmas and this does not include my attempt at singing “Jingle Bells” in a minor key.

So these golf instruction deals at Twin Warriors Golf Club  caught my eye. They could be a hole in one if you’ve got a golfer to buy for, or you like hitting the greens yourself. The discounted packages are with Sandy Lemon, the Director of Golf Instruction, and there’s a range of prices to suit all pockets.

For example:

  • $25 off Golf Instruction Gift Certificate – usually $100, now $75
  • $40 off a one-hour private lesson and a 30-minute follow-up – usually $120, now $80
  • $40 off a 90-minute “your choice” package on things like putting, chipping and pitching, etc… – usually $120, now $80
  • $35 off a 90-minute package for two people on full swing and short game, usually $135, now $100

They’re available to buy till December 31, 2014, then the gift must be redeemed by the end of December 2015. The final order date for delivery by Christmas is Friday December 19, 2014.

Expect to pay $1 for shipping, and you can personalize the certificate with a message for the recipient.

Find out more about Sandy Lemon here – she’s got a very impressive golfing bio and is Director of Instruction for Twin Warriors Golf Club at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, and also for the Santa Ana Golf Club.

You might also be interested in our previous post on  Sandia Golf Champions Club Discounts.



Sandia Golf Champions Club Discounts

December 9, 2014 by  
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The 2015 Champion’s Club gives golf freebies and discounts at Sandia Golf Club at the Sandia Resort & Casino. Plus a chance to win a 60″ VIZIO LED HDTV if you join by January 1, 2015.

Tee off on the cheap with the Sandia Golf Champion’s Club. Buy 2015 membership of the rewards program for $159 and in addition to earning loyalty points when you play at Sandia Golf Club, you get:

  1. Two (2) free rounds of golf when you join (1 Regular & 1 Twilight)
  2. 15% off all in-stock merchandise
  3. Unlimited rounds of golf at the Champions Club rates
  4. Reduced rates for up to 3 guests
  5. 50% off Practice range rate
  6. 15% Discount on food purchases in the Clubhouse Grill
  7. Eight (8) Free range passes – $200 value

  8. BONUS POINTS Program…
    Earn points on all greens fees
    Redeem points for FREE golf

    Earn and Redeem points at other participating OB Sports Courses 
    Earn VIP Status after 10, 25, 50 regular rounds of golf 
    Increase advance reservation window by up to 3 days

See all the Champion’s Club benefits in this link.  Plus if you purchase membership by January 1, 2015, you get entered for a chance to win a 60″ VIZIO LED HDTV!

Don’t wait too long if you want to join the 2015 rewards program (or give it as a gift). The price of membership goes up to $199 after January 1, 2015, and the annual membership period is from the time of purchase to December 31, 2015.

This seems like a great deal for golfers.  The Sandia Champion’s Club golf package is worth far more than the $159 membership price – assuming you use all the benefits. Join online at the link, or call Sandia Golf Club at 505-798-3990.

Sandia Golf Club is at the Sandia Resort and Casino.



Discount Golf for NM Residents on Santa Fe Trail Courses

July 23, 2014 by  
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New Mexico golf courses are beautiful to play, especially when you’re saving dollars on green fees!  New Mexico residents can get a great deal on New Mexico golf that works out to just $25 per round including top notch courses like Paa-Ko Ridge, Twin Warriors, and UNM Championship. The offer is only for New Mexico residents.

This twilight golf pass gives a discount on Golf on the Santa Fe Trail courses, letting you play all eight for just $200. That’s 25 bucks per round, a very low par for these courses, saving over $150.

Twilight hours start at 2 pm, allowing plenty of time for a relaxed game, and the pass can be used Monday to Thursday. The pass is valid for one year from purchase date, to play all the Santa Fe Trail golf courses once each – see the trail map at the link. Six are around Albuquerque, the other two are north of Santa Fe:

  • Paa-Ko Ridge
  • Twin Warriors
  • Sandia
  • UNM Championship
  • Santa Ana
  • Isleta Eagle
  • Black Mesa
  • Towa

They say pass numbers are limited, although some form of this pass deal has been ongoing for a while now.  Still, golfers who want to try all these excellent area courses will stumble on their soft spikes to snap this one up.

To summarize the very fair deal conditions for the discounted Golf on the Santa Fe Trail pass:

  • You must be a New Mexico resident and can play each course only once
  • The pass can be used Monday to Thursday for tee times starting from 2 pm
  • Book tee times up to seven days in advance, for groups of no more than four players
  • The pass is good for a year from date of purchase

If you don’t play yourself, this could make a good gift for the golfer in your life. Buy the discount golf pass online.

If you’re not a New Mexico resident or if you’re taking an out-of-state guest, regular green fees are still very competitive (especially compared to other national courses of similar quality) at all the Golf on the Santa Fe Trail courses.



Rio Rancho Sunday is Funday 2013

August 14, 2013 by  
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It’s the Mayor’s annual picnic in Rio Rancho this weekend, and the Sunday is Funday event features a Superheroes theme. Specifically a “Superheroes…Bullying Stops Here!” theme.

Mayor Swisstack’s Rio Rancho Sunday is Funday event on Sunday August 18, 2013, offers lots of family fun from 12 noon to 4:30  pm.

Admission is free to the Rio Rancho Sunday is Funday, which has now officially changed its name to the Tony Popper Memorial Mayor’s Sunday is Funday.  The event includes Mayor Swisstack’s fun pentathlon, live music, and activities for kids including clowns, jumps, and a rock climbing wall. You can also browse vendor booths from local businesses.

Parking is $3 per car at the Rio Rancho High School, and you will need to pay for your food too of course, although it’s usually inexpensive so you can feed the kids without breaking the bank.

Rio Rancho Sunday is Funday:

  • When: Sunday August 18, 2013
  • Time: Noon to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Rio Rancho High School, 301 Loma Colorado Boulevard, Rio Rancho, just west of Loma Colorado Park.
  • Admission: Free, but parking at Rio Rancho High School is $3 per car.



Bernalillo County Free Movies in the Park

May 30, 2013 by  
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Here’s a great free Albuquerque film series this summer, providing the perfect excuse to enjoy a picnic while watching family-friendly free movies in the park.

The Bernalillo County Free Movies in the Park 2013 series runs on various Friday and Saturday evenings until September 20, at different outdoor locations around town.

The next free Movies in the Park dates are:

June 1 – The Amazing Spider Man with Andrew Garfield in the title role
June 7 – Les Miserables featuring a slew of unhappy French people played by a star-studded cast including Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway
June 8 – ParaNorman, an animated film featuring a boy who tackles ghosts, zombies and (even worse) grown-ups to save his home town from a centuries-old curse
June 14 – The Pursuit of Happyness starring the fantabulous Will Smith
June 15 – Hotel Transylvania with a fresh take on Dracula in this animated movie voiced by Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, and others.

The schedule may change, and the movies start at dusk at different locations each time, so check out the full Bernalillo County Free Movies in the Park program.

It’s fine to take blankets, lawn chairs, and coolers with a picnic, but no alcohol. In previous years any other beverages also had to be in a sealed (unopened) container, just in case you were spiking your orange juice with vodka :-) Now, would we ever do that?

Take note: All outdoor movies are weather-permitting.



Avocado Sale May 1 (Cheap Salmon too)

April 30, 2013 by  
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Making guacamole for the Cinco de Mayo weekend? Here’s a one-day sale to save on avocados…

I could easily eat an avocado a day (they’re supposed to be healthy fat, right?) and a bowl of guacamole doesn’t last long in this house, between me and Mr Cheap battling it out with our tortilla chips. And did you know that if you put an avocado stone in water for a few days then plant it, it makes quite a pretty houseplant?

Anyhoo… as an avocado advocate, I was pleased to hear about this one-day Whole Foods Market sale on Wednesday May 1, 2013.

Avocados are on sale at 10 for $10, or $1 each, saving up to 67 cents on each avocado. It’s good timing for the Cinco de Mayo weekend if you choose avocados that are not too ripe already, although maybe they’re selling them off because they are ripe – so you’ll take your chances there. Oh dear, you’ll just have to eat them immediately 😉

I’d usually give you a sale web link but I got this info in an email from Whole Foods, so you’ll just have to take my word for it. The avocado sale is only on Wednesday May 1, 2013, while supplies last.

If you’re firing up the grill, I also notice in the Whole Foods sales flyer that Columbia River Whole Sockeye Salmon is on sale at $7.99 per pound (saving $4 a pound) from May 1 – 14.

You don’t need any coupons, just turn up at the participating Whole Food Market stores in Albuquerque:

  • Whole Foods Market Indian Plaza store at 2103 Carlisle Blvd. NE
  • Whole Foods Market Academy store at 5815 Wyoming Blvd NE
  • The sale is also on at the two Santa Fe Whole Foods stores if you’re heading thataway, at 753 Cerrillos Road, and 1090 S. Saint Francis Drive.



Big Ho-Ho-Ho Holiday Wishes!

December 24, 2012 by  
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I’m wrapping up for the year here at ABQ on the Cheap… and I mean that quite literally. I still have to wrap all my gifts for Mr Cheap! So we’ll be back in the New Year, unless I spot a super special deal in the meantime that I can’t resist sharing.

Thanks to you fantastic readers for hanging out with us here at ABQ on the Cheap, and thanks especially to everyone who took the time to comment or send a message. I love receiving your emails with deal tips or just a few friendly words.

Here are a few last-minute seasonal items, and I wish you and yours a very joyful holiday and a wonderful New Year. After all, the best freebie any of us can have is the love of our friends and family – enjoy!

Don’t forget to download your free holiday music to add sparkle to the Christmas parties, and if you’re struggling with last-minute gifts, check out the e-cards and gift cards post with discounts and free bonus cards, or send free $10 restaurant certificatesas gifts for family and friends to January 1.

Send kids of all ages a free personalized holiday phone call or email from Santa, with details tailored to the recipient. You can also send a message via Google+. It’s quite a lot of fun just to create the message.

You can also track Santa’s progess from the North Pole as he travels around the world, and play holiday games in the Kids’ Countdown Village. I’ve been watching Santa’s progress but he doesn’t start his holiday rounds until December 24. I know the feeling. You can also track Santa in Spanish.

Paula Deen’s Holiday Hosting Guide is a free recipe and holiday eBook with cooking and hosting tips, including edible gifts, table decorations and ornaments to make – plus some that are easy for kids. There’s a lot of good advice and holiday ideas packed in the 36 page PDF, and free recipes include Christmas Morning Casserole, as well as some recipes and ideas more targeted to Thanksgiving, but still relevant for Christmas.

These New Mexico Holiday Free Recipes for tamales, posole, empanadas and biscochitos from the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau might also come in handy.  The recipes are from Flying Star Cafe, Jane Butel, and other feastly locals.

FELIZ NAVIDAD! We’ll be back with more Albuquerque freebies, discounts, and deals in 2013.

— Tania.  


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